Weekly digest:Dec 1

Hello again

It’s another ‘Wow!’ moment to start this week’s edition. A fantastic number of people came along to our HS2 information session at the Greenwood Centre last week. We are never quite sure how these events will go, but we quietly thought the latest information from HS2 would strike a chord with local residents. And, boy, what a resounding chord we heard! Over 280 people came to learn more of HS2’s current plans; in particular their plans to demolish the Greenwood Centre and take out a large chunk of the Toton Fields Nature Reserve during the 6+ year construction period.

Thanks to all of you who came to see the plans and ask questions. ITV news came along as well, and I know of a couple of late-comers who came late-on after seeing their report on the early evening news. Who says publicity doesn’t pay?  However, the job is only half-done…..

  1. The next steps: consultation feedback…
  • The official HS2 consultation session for our area is next Friday 7th Dec from 2pm at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton NG10 4AA. If you missed last week (or have more questions), then pop along to talk to HS2 staff who should be able to answer your questions.
  • The Forum’s Top Ten list of concerns/issues are here. But let us know if we have missed anything important to you. We want to compile as complete a list of issues as possible.
  • We have one further ask. Please, please respond to the consultation by 21st Dec, personally by using this HS2 on-line link. The link provides details to send in your views via email or post if you’d prefer.
  • As we emphasised at Greenwood, it sends a much more powerful message to HS2 if we all provide individual responses. The Forum will, of course, be sending in a response on behalf of residents, but all of us on the Steering Group will also be responding individually.
  • If you’d like to a reminder of the HS2 source material here are the links again:
    1. Non-technical summary (includes Hub Station) [1.4MB]
    2. Maps – Toton only. [19MB]
    3. Community Area report Ratcliffe to Long Eaton, inc. Toton. [9.2MB]
  • We have also set up a dedicated email address (cttcnf@gmail.com) Please use this address to send us a copy of the questions/queries you provide to HS2 as part of your response – it helps us gather the ‘big picture’
  1. Broxtowe Council Local Plan Part 2 hearings
    • I’ve mentioned these hearings before, but you might like to know they start next week at the Town Hall on Foster Avenue, Beeston. Anyone can turn up and observe these sessions. Details of dates/times of  individual sessions are here:
    • The key sessions for our Area both take place next Thursday 6 December:
      1. Morning session – starts 10am: Chetwynd Barracks
      2. Afternoon session – starts 2pm: Toton Strategic Growth Area
    • Richard – our chairman – is participating at both on our behalf. I’ll also be there to support & observe. If you have time, why not come along and see local democratic process in action?
  2. The Neighbourhood Plan – an update
  • I’ve mentioned before (more than once, I know) how busy the SG have been drafting up our Neighbourhood Plan. There is still a lot more work to be done but I wanted to give you a brief update. After all, the production of the Plan is the prime purpose of the Forum.
  • Well… the Plan will comprise 3 main sections:
    1. an introduction to our Area – its history, main geographic features and characteristics
    2. the vision and objectives for the future of our Area. How we’d like to see the Barracks and the Strategic Growth Area developed – based on your feedback from consultation sessions held over the last 12 months.
    3. the specific policies that reflects/delivers our objectives and which developers will need to comply with when building new homes/offices.
  • The first section has now been completed and has been reviewed by the Steering Group. So, I think it is ready to be shared with you to review and let us know your thoughts. I’ll discuss this with the SG at our meeting next week to check I have received all their input first. But expect to see a draft of ‘Section 1’ soon
  • The 2nd section is almost ready to be reviewed by the SG but that will take a few more weeks to collate and incorporate their feedback before sharing more widely with you.
  • The final, most important, section – the one containing the policies (with supporting justification) – will take longer to complete and won’t be ready until the new year.

4. And finally,……

  • Welcome to the 90 new recipients of this digest! Thank you again for signing up with us last Saturday. If you have queries about these items (and I often refer to previous editions), please get in touch. I’ll be very happy to provide background information to bring you up to speed. If, at any time, you want to unsubscribe from these digests, please use the unsubscribe facility at the bottom of this email.
  • A plea to help save the Attenborough-Long Eaton footpath. This item is slightly ‘off-topic’ as it doesn’t directly relate to our Area. However, we know how important the environment and green spaces are to a lot of you. We have been asked to publicise this campaign to save the path that runs from Barton Lane, Attenborough to Trent Meadows, Long Eaton following the main railway line past the sailing club. If you value this path (I use it almost weekly) then please use this link to a Facebook page to find details how to help. Many thanks

And that’s all folks for now.  Back again next week.

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Nov 23

Hello everyone,

Our focus this week, as you might guess, is the HS2 event taking place tomorrow at the Greenwood Centre. With this edition being published (unusually) on Friday, I’m not able to provide feedback on how it went. So, I’m afraid you’ll need to bate your breath until next week to find out how it went.  In the meantime, some snippets for you.

  1. Lotto bonanza – the £1,000 pa barrier smashed!
    • The Broxtowe Lotto scheme was only launched in mid-September and I last reported on this 6 weeks ago. At that time, I wrote (somewhat optimistically I thought) about our hopes to attract enough supporters to raise £1,000 towards our activities.
    • And guess what! The latest report tells us that we are on track to raise almost £1,100 a year!
    • Members and friends now buy over 40 tickets on our behalf each week and we thank each and every one of you for supporting the Forum. It is a huge boost to the Steering Group to know that you believe in our work to the extent of digging in your pockets to help us.
    • We only hope some of you have won prizes along the way. If you have, please let us know; it will be good to know we have actual winners as well as being a ‘winner’ of the scheme ourselves.
    • I’ll keep the link to our page below in case other supporters would like to step forward. But, as promised, I won’t be badgering you so much now!
  2. Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) meeting
    • As notified last time, we had a meeting with the DIO earlier this week to discuss our approach to the Local Plan examination process.
    • It’s fair to say (and unsurprising, really) we have different views on how the Barracks should be developed in the long term. So, the meeting became a little heated at times as we discussed our different thoughts concerning the site.
    • However, it is important to report that the Forum is completely aligned with the DIO’s key requirement – the site is capable of delivering a total of 1,500 homes. The DIO want this figure to be formally allocated before they move to the next stage of their overall plan – to develop a masterplan – before then considering how best to dispose of the site.
    • We believe the site is capable of accommodating 1,500 homes: our caveat is the deadline of delivering the first 500 dwellings by 2028, the end date of the Council’s Local Plan. Given historical precedent in the Borough, we don’t believe homes can be built at a rate of 100 per annum, starting in 2023, as predicated in the Plan’s housing trajectory.
    • But this is a relatively minor niggle compared to the ‘big picture’ perspective of the overall allocated figure. So, I’m confident the outcome of this particular hearing will be a win-win for all parties.
  3. Commissioned reports update
    • We have three reports being undertaken on our behalf by AECOM consultants – which are being funded separately by the government. A quick update on each of them:
      1. Heritage and Landscape report. We are eager to publish this report. We have seen the draft and made our suggested amendments. AECOM have accepted all our comments and the report is now with Locality (the agency handling these technical packages) to review and sign-off on behalf of the government.
        Fingers crossed we can finally release it in the next week or so.
      2. Policy Definition and Evidence Gathering report. We have held a series of teleconferences and AECOM have already provided us with useful advice on providing evidence to justify our draft policies. This report – when produced in the spring – will undoubtedly strengthen our Plan and help make it watertight when presented for examination.
      3. Design Codes report. This piece of work will help shape our housing policies. We are keen to reflect comments arising from our consultation sessions last spring to: i) move away from standard ‘red-brick’ estates, and ii) to build energy efficient and environmentally friendly dwellings.
        Again, we expect to get the report sometime late next March, so it will be a welcome late addition to our Plan policies.
  1. And finally…..
    • Toton and Chilwell Meadows CAT (Community Action Team) meeting is being held next Thurs 29th Nov at 7.15pm at Toton Methodist Church, Stapleford Lane.
    • Clean and Green on Toton Fields. I mentioned this event a couple of weeks ago and it was held last Sunday 18th. It was very successful, and I’d like to thank all who took part – it was a lovely morning to be out and about on the reserve. The council have produced a press release about the event and you can read all about it here

 More next time, he said, finishing succinctly (still my favourite ‘word of the moment’) ….

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Nov 17

Hello again

Wow! What a momentous week! And no, I’m not talking about Brexit (you’ll be glad to know). No, what I am talking about are the 3 Forum events that have taken up virtually all our time this week.

  1. HS2@Toton: Greenwood Centre, next Sat 24th from 1pm
    • This is our final ‘call to action’. We are hosting an event at the Greenwood Centre to explain the latest information from HS2. We’ve been out leafletting every house to the west of Stapleford Lane to encourage nearby residents who will be most affected to come along. If you live elsewhere, here is a link to the flyer for info.
    • Next Saturday isn’t really a consultation exercise: more an information share of HS2 proposals. We have identified some major issues /concerns and we want to explain them to you. We also want to listen to your views. Have we captured your key issues about the Hub station?
    • Our ‘call to action’ is for you to respond personally to HS2 with your thoughts and views. The Forum will submit its own response, based on all the views we’ve gathered. BUT feedback is much more effective – i.e. HS2 will more likely listen – if the community submit personal feedback
    • Here is a link to, in our view, the Top Ten facts and issues we’ve captured so far. Please come along next Saturday and we will be glad to explain our concerns in more detail. We’ll be providing a link to the HS2 feedback site in a future digest.
    • To save a search for links from previous digests here are 3 important documents:
      1. Non-technical summary (includes Hub Station) [1.4MB]
      2. Maps – Toton only. [19MB]
      3. Community Area report Ratcliffe to Long Eaton, inc. Toton. [9.2MB]
    • Unfortunately, HS2 personnel decided not to attend on Saturday but we have been supplied with a small number of maps and reports that can be viewed on the day.
      See you next week.
  2. Garden Communities Bid
    • As promised last time, here is a link to the final version of the application made by Broxtowe Council to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The submission was finally completed on Tuesday (the deadline had been extended)
    • It was great to receive strong letters of support from Anna Soubry (as mentioned last week) but also from a host of key stakeholders inc Notts County Council, Derbys County Council, and Erewash Borough Council. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) also supplied a supporting letter which was very welcome given they had expressed a number of reservations at a meeting to discuss the bid.
    • The bid is to designate Chetwynd Barracks as a ‘garden village’ and provide government support for us to develop the site quickly and in a way that meets both ours and council objectives. It is a strong application and, if successful, it will prove to be a game changer for the Forum and our area. Fingers crossed.
  3. Local Plan Part 2: Examination hearings are nigh
    • The Council’s Local Plan Part 2 has reached the ‘end game’ stage. It is with an Independent Examiner to review and take final submissions from stakeholders before being approved and adopted. This is when landowners and developers (mostly) plead their case to build more/less houses on this patch of land, or to include/exclude that patch of land in the overall allocation.
    • Our own plea is that the Local Plan needs to clearly define the widths of green infrastructure corridors. At the moment it merely states that the width of green corridors should be ‘significant’. Our view is that ‘significant’ is too vague a term and is wide open to interpretation. It will almost certainly let developers off the hook and allow them to squeeze the widths of corridors to build more or bigger houses.
    • We must, simply must, make space for nature! So, we will be going in front of the Examiner and asking her to get the council to sharpen up the terminology in the Plan. Our preference is a statement along the lines of: ‘green corridors must be 50 meters wide for 80% of the length’ or something similar.
    • Okay, ‘making space for nature’ is a particular passion of mine. To be fair, the council is sympathetic to this view. However, their argument is that putting any sort of figure – whether it is 5 or 50 meters – risks making the Plan ‘unsafe’ and open to challenge by developers. Hence the reason for making our case to the Examiner (in early December) in the hope of getting a definitive view.
    • I’ll climb down off my soap box now in case I’m boring you. But if you’d like to see the hearing statements we’ve presented to the Examiner, let me know. I haven’t provided a link here as our statement needs to be read alongside 3 or 4 other documents to make sense of it.
  4. And finally…..
    • No too many ‘And finallys….’ this week so I’ll quickly note:
      1. We are meeting the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) next week to discuss our approach to these Local Plan examination hearings. They are attending a couple of sessions since they are a significant landowner.
      2. Richard is also attending a Strategic Planning Group meeting next week to discuss progress with the Toton Lane site. In particular the Housing Infrastructure Bid being is being put together to improve road infrastructure around Bardills Island/A52 and access to HS2 Hub Station

And that’s it for this week.  Apart from, that is, Brexit. But don’t get me started on that! In my view I think they need to…….

Hope to see you next Saturday afternoon at the Greenwood Centre.

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Nov 10

Hello everyone

It’s been another hectic week (I’m beginning to sound like a stuck record, aren’t I) and there is a fair bit to report. So, down to business…

  1. HS2 Consultation: Greenwood Centre Nov 24th from 1pm
    • No apologies for leading with again. HS2 is a critical topic for lots of residents in Toton and beyond. And this latest round of consultation provides us with a much clearer idea of what is being proposed.
    • We met representatives from HS2 on Friday to ask them to support our session at the Greenwood Centre. They are unable to attend in person – they are tied to one official session per ‘area’, which is at West Park, Long Eaton on Dec 7th. However, they will provide us with the latest documentation, so we can show you the latest maps and plans.
    • We have identified a top 10 list (which may stretch to 11 or 12) of key issues relating to the station both during construction and afterwards when it is commissioned.
    • Because we believe this is so important, we intend to leaflet all houses to the west of Stapleford Lane/High Road and we will distribute posters elsewhere in our area.
    • Please put the date in your diary and come along and let us know your views. And please spread the word to friends and neighbours.
  2. A ‘Clean & Green’ event on Toton Fields next Sunday 18th
    • To emphasise the importance of the nature reserve, the Friends of Toton Fields are partnering with the Council & the Practical Conservation Volunteers to take part in an initiative to ‘clean and green’ local green spaces in the Borough
    • [I need to declare an interest: I’m a ‘friend’ of Toton Fields, and Norman Lewis is both a member of our Steering Group as well as founder-member and long-time chairman of the Friends group.]
    • Next Sunday, at the Greenwood Centre at 10.45am, we will be carrying out wildflower planting and seed sowing as well as running a litter picking session.
    • Here is a link to more details of the event and please come along a support the Friends if you are interested in practical conservation work on the reserve
  3. Garden Communities Bid submitted
    • Pleased to report that the Council have submitted our Garden Communities bid application to the government. The bid, you’ll recall, is to ask for government support to help us develop Chetwynd Barracks in a way that works for all of us – to make it something we can all be proud of.
    • I say ‘our’ bid, but of course this is a council owned initiative, although we have been delighted to provide a lot of the input to the text. We need to thank both Richard (our chair) and Ian (SG member) for spending considerable time on this input. We’d also like to thank Steffan, Amanda and the council’s team for putting it all together so quickly.
    • Finally we also want to thank Anna Soubry, our MP, who sent a strongly supportive letter to James Brokenshire, the Minister of Housing. Here is a link to the letter and it makes clear her approval of this ‘community led bid’.
    • The application was made late on Friday – there are always last-minute additions/ tweaks to be made, so we haven’t seen the final version yet. We hope to get a copy early next week and I’ll aim to publish it here next time, so you can have a look.
  4. Further technical support reports commissioned
    • Building on the Heritage and Character report we are close to publishing, we have commissioned 2 further reports over the last 10 days:
      1. Design inc Design Codes. This piece of work will provide us with detailed guidance for Chetwynd Barracks. It will prescribe the design of homes that respect existing assets, that development schemes encourage walking and cycling and reduce the impact of traffic. And make sure the Barracks becomes an attractive and interesting place.
        More information on design codes here on a government website
      2. Policy Development and Evidence Base. This report will review our draft policies and supporting evidence and advise how we can improve the credibility and robustness of our evidence. It will also advise where we need to re-draft policies to meet a standard acceptable at examination and in the real world.
    • Both these reports will be produced in the spring and will be invaluable in ensuring our Plan is correctly worded with policies that are enforceable and which reflect our aspirations. Watch out for further updates on the progress of these strands in future editions.
  5. And finally…..
    • An update on the Neighbourhood Plan. I think I may have previously mentioned (!) how busy we’ve been writing the Plan recently, so you are due more of an update. I’m pleased to say we have finished the 1st section (out of 3) of the Plan and are working to have the 2nd section finished by the end of this month. The final section – the important one, full of policies – will be completed, hopefully, by the middle of January (after taking a little time off for Christmas).
    • AGM planning. We had a Steering Group meeting last Thursday and a key item on the agenda was planning our next AGM. We’ve settled on a date – Sunday February 10th – and we hope to go back to The Village, but we still need make the booking with the hotel so treat the location as tentative for now. More details to come in future editions but please pencil the date in your diary now. We will have a lot to show you!
    • Lotto Update. We’ve had a further bulletin from the Broxtowe Lotto scheme. We are very pleased to report that we have been given (by you, our wonderful supporters) a terrific donation of £79 for the month of October. This amount covers the costs of hiring our meeting rooms along with regular office supplies. Many, many thanks for your support – it is very much appreciated.

And I think that’s more than enough for this week. See you next time

Kind regards
Graham

Broxtowe Lotto: tickets available from our CTTC Forum page where you’ll also find details of the scheme.

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Weekly digest: Nov 3

Hello again

Another short, snappy edition as I’m in full ‘writer’ mode at the moment putting together the Neighbourhood Plan. However, this week……. we need to talk about HS2.

  1. HS2 Consultation: Greenwood Centre Nov 24th
    • The Forum has booked the Greenwood Centre on Saturday 24th November between 1pm and 6pm to host our own HS2 consultation session.
    • Members of the Steering Group have been through the various documents in great detail and we are concerned over several items being proposed not least:
      • sectioning off a huge tract of Toton Fields Local Nature Reserve during construction – potentially for over 5 years.
      • demolishing the Greenwood Centre along with significant parts of the woods in the Reserve
      • moving A52 bridge over the Sidings 25 meters further south. The bridge needs to be higher to allow the train to pass under – so a brand new bridge south of the current one is planned.
      • station car parking (4,000 capacity) is all at ground level and spread over both the east and west sides of the station.
      • no obvious allowance for the tram to extend down to the station
      • etc.
    • Team members met with HS2 people at the Trowell exhibition yesterday where we presented them with a list of issues (20+ at the last count) that we wanted to discuss with them and we have a follow-up 121 meeting next Friday.
    • We obviously want HS2 to attend our session on the 24th but it’s not certain yet they will attend our event as well as the ‘official’ HS2 session at Long Eaton on Dec 7th.
    • But we strongly urge you to come to Greenwood on the 24th where we will explain our concerns and gather your views and thoughts. This is the time for us to give a clear message to HS2 regarding their current plans and our suggested improvements.
  2. HS2 documents
    • To save you searching out the links from last week:
    • These are large documents but well worth reading if you have an interest is what is currently planned for the Sidings.
    • Alternatively come along to Greenwood on the 24th and we’ll explain all! Now, there’s a hostage to fortune!
  3. Garden Communities Fund application
    • We met with Broxtowe Council and their consultants (ARUP) last Monday to discuss this application. The council invited the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (& their team) along as well given they own the land.
    • The DIO mentioned they were aware of other funding streams available from the government, so we hope to work with them separately to explore other avenues that we could tap into.
    • ARUP have been busy this week drafting up the application and we are due to meet up again early next week to go through the document before final sign-off and submission to the government. More on this next week following submission
  4. And finally….
    • Heritage and Character Assessment report. We spent some time on the draft report making suggestions and we haven’t quite finished yet. We will to send off our corrections this week so the final, authorised version may not be back to us until the end of Nov. I said last time it could be with us early Nov. but that isn’t now feasible
    • Chetwynd Barracks consultation. The Steering Group collated our response to the DIO’s exhibition and submitted it to organisers last week. If you’d like to see a copy of our feedback (just a collection of our thoughts/observations), here is a link to the document.

That’s all folks for this week.…

Kind regards
Graham

Broxtowe Lotto: tickets available from our CTTC Forum page where you’ll also find details of the scheme.

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Weekly digest: Oct 20

Hello everyone

Another busy week but I shall be even succincter (is that even a word?) than last week as I don’t intend to be long-winded.

  1. Chetwynd Barracks consultation has now taken place…
    • … so, if you missed it then it’s now too late to attend a session.
    • However, all is not lost: below are links to: a) the banners on display at the event and b) the website where you can provide online feedback
      1. Display banners here
      2. Website to log ‘have your say’ comments
    • We’d urge all those who didn’t have time to attend a session to have a look at the online information and provide feedback. The more you provide the better a picture is painted.
  2. Master planning commission kicked off
    • You’ll recall we received a grant from Locality in September to fund some master planning work of our own for the Barracks area and beyond
    • We met with Peter, the ex-University student who worked with us earlier this year, and who is now a fully-fledged architect.
    • Peter will be building on the work he did for us last year by producing a detailed master plan for the Barracks site as well as producing some illustrations of street scenes and housing designs
    • We’ve asked for the illustrations to be ready for our AGM in the new year, so you will be able to see our thoughts for the area and compare them to the DIO’s ideas.
  3. HS2 consultation documents
    • As heralded last week I’ve produced a couple of condensed documents that explain the impact of HS2 on our area.
      1. Non-technical summary Ratcliffe to Long Eaton, inc. Toton. [22 pages: 1.4MB]
      2. Maps – Toton only. [15 pages: 19MB]
      3. Non-technical summary All exc. community summaries. [66 pages: 1.6MB]
      4. Community Area report Ratcliffe to Long Eaton, inc. Toton. [294 pages: 9.2MB]
    • These are huge files and d) Community Area report hasn’t been abridged at all.
    • I recommend reading a) Summary inc. Toton and b) Maps – Toton if you want to understand the impacts on our Area. Feel free to look at/skim through the others if you have trouble sleeping at night!
    • And if you are a real glutton for punishment here is the link to the government website that contains all the documents available. And there is an awful lot more to read through if you are minded.
    • We are meeting HS2 next week and hope to persuade them to host a consultation session in Toton – at the Greenwood Centre – in the next few weeks, so we all have the chance to review the current plans. More on this next time.
  4. Garden Communities fund
    • We are working closely with Broxtowe Borough Council to produce an application to this fund which is managed by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Govt.
    • Next week we meet with consultants to explain our thoughts and aspirations for the site. If we are successful it means the Forum will have more of a say in how the Barracks is developed.
    • The application needs to be submitted in early November, so we don’t have much time to get our case produced! Fingers crossed…
  5. And finally……
    • Heritage and Character Assessment report. We’ve finally received the draft report from our consultants this week. It’s another hefty (60 page) document that we need to review and provide our comments/observations. We’ve only had time for an initial skim through, but it contains some useful stuff for our Plan. I’d expect the final version will be produced & published sometime in early Nov.
    • Local Plan Part 2 examination. Just as you thought the Council’s Local Plan was all done and dusted, we have asked to take part in the formal examination process, scheduled for early December. We are largely in agreement with the Local Plan – the council took on board several of our suggestions during the consultation phase. However, there are a couple of issues we want to raise with the examiner – not least the need to assure a decent width (we argue 50 metres) for all wildlife corridors in our area.

That’s enough for this week. More next time, which may be in a couple of weeks, as I need to get back to drafting the Plan…

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Oct 13

Hello

I have a short break from producing these updates and suddenly everything takes off! There’s lots to report this week so I’ll try to be succinct – rather than ramble on and on and on as I’m told I’m sometimes prone to do. Well, that’s what my wife keeps telling me. I don’t see it myself: I like to think I produce informal, chatty updates that are laid-back and….

  1. Chetwynd Barracks consultations taking place next weekend!
    • The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) – part of the MOD – are selling the site and have commissioned 3 consultation sessions undertaken by external consultants. The dates and locations are:
      • Thurs 18th 2pm – 8pm: Village Hotel, Chilwell NG9 6DL
      • Fri 19th 2pm – 8pm: Scout Hall, 1 Attenborough Lane, Chilwell NG9 5JN
      • Sat 20th 1pm – 6pm: Tesco Extra Community Room, Toton, NG9 6QX
    • A leaflet drop to households in the area has been arranged. However, delivery seems to have been patchy: I know of several people (myself included) who haven’t received one. If you haven’t received a copy, please let me know – we are interested to know how effective the distribution has been.
    • Here’s a link to the flyer if you haven’t received one.
    • We encourage everyone to attend one/more of these sessions and provide feedback. We’ve not had a preview of the exhibition, so we are as curious as you to know their thoughts. Please attend and let them know your views!
  2. HS2 Ltd announce the next series of consultations
    • And hot on the heels of the DIO sessions comes the next set of HS2 sessions. You may have seen the local news items over the last couple of days referring to the published Environmental Assessment for HS2 Phase 2b and the adverse impacts for Toton (as well as further afield).
    • I’ve downloaded all the relevant files published by the government and will produce a condensed version – applicable to just our area – ready for next week’s digest.
    • Here’s a link to the government website if you want direct access to the files. Be warned there are some huge files e.g. the summary document is 250-odd pages!
    • For now, you may want to note the dates of the meetings held in our area:
      • Fri 2nd Nov 2pm -8pm: Trowell Parish Hall, NG9 3QA
      • Fri 7th Dec 2pm – 8pm: West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton NG10 4AA
    • We are looking to arrange a further session in Toton, ideally at the Greenwood Centre, so more local people can attend. We’ll keep you updated on progress.
  3. Anna Soubry visit
    • Our MP, Anna Soubry, made time this afternoon (Friday) to call in at our office in Oban House. The invitation to Anna followed on from the meeting with Ruth Hyde, Chief Exec of Borough Council. We are keen to meet all key influencers to explain current progress with our Plan.
    • Anna is very interested in our work and offered her support whenever required. We discussed the recent announcement at the Conservative Party conference by Philip Hammond regarding the creation of a new ‘development body’ for Toton. [Link here if you haven’t seen it.] Anna confirmed she has already asked for the Forum to be closely involved with this body when it is set up. She also agreed to intercede on our behalf with the Minister for Housing, in the next few weeks. More on this in future editions.
    • Overall, it was a very useful & productive meeting and we hope to invite her back in 6 months or so to provide further a further update.
    • We are now planning to invite our ward councillors to the office to brief them on our work and progress with the Plan.
  4. Toton Strategic Planning Group
    • This is the new working group set up by Notts County Council, chaired by David Hughes, Director of Investment and Growth. The Group supports the Toton Hub Station Delivery Board – the offshoot of the HS2 Strategic Board set up to deliver the HS2 Growth Strategy for the Station area.
    • The Group met for the first time a couple of weeks ago and we are a member. Other members include key officers of local authorities (County, City and Borough) as well as reps from Dept of Communities/ Local Govt, Dept of Transport, HS2 Ltd, Highways England. The meeting was primarily a ‘get to know you’ session and agreed the terms of reference.
  5. A reader writes in…..
    • …expressing concern about air quality especially around traffic on Stapleford Lane in particular and Toton generally. She asks if others are concerned and whether monitoring is taking place.
    • I’m pleased to report that another of our members takes a strong interest in this matter and keeps us updated with latest monitoring results that take place in our Area. I’ll respond to the specific enquiry separately but in case anyone else is interested in air quality
    • Average air quality readings for Stapleford Lane, Toton for 2017 are:
      • Toton corner / Manor pub = 29
      • Toton Branch Surgery 2 Banks Road = 21
      • 1 Katherine Drive = 26
      • 269 Stapleford Lane (nr Cleve Ave) = 29
      • Toton Lane (other side of Electric substation) = 25
      • Geo Spencer (Toton side) = 34
      • Geo Spencer (Stapleford side) = 26
      • 209 Toton Lane (Stapleford side) = 29
    • The threshold for action to be triggered is a reading of ‘40’ so at this stage we are within acceptable limits. But we are keeping a close watch!
    • If you have any queries like this that you’d like to raise with the Forum, please get in touch. We’ll be glad to take on board concerns you have.
  6. Broxtowe Lotto – the results are in!
    • The local lotto scheme is now up and running and I’d like to thank all of you who have taken part and are supporting us as a ‘good cause’. I know some of our supporters are already winners, with some additional free entries; fingers crossed we’ll soon have cash winners.
    • We have received our first ‘dividend’ payment of £25. Whilst some might regard this amount as being modest, we are absolutely delighted to receive this contribution to our funds.
    • Our number of supporters have been steadily growing and we are now forecast to receive almost £800 over a 12-month period – a fantastic total!
    • Am I being greedy in hoping we can reach £1,000 per annum? It’s not too late to join the scheme if you are minded – details can be found below. And if we do happen to reach this magic figure, I’ll commit to stop badgering you (so much!).
  7. And finally….
    • Housing designs coming your way soon. Our Housing strand and Barracks subgroup have been collating various designs/styles of dwellings that we might like to see built in our area. We aim to produce a file we can share with you to get your views – so watch this space.
    • Future Notts: local government re-organisation in Nottinghamshire. The Forum is explicitly non-partisan when it comes to politics, but I wanted to share this link to the Notts County Council consultation regarding the future of local government. Specifically, whether we should abolish Borough/District councils and centralise all local government to County Hall and parish/town councils.
      Wherever you ‘sit’ on the political spectrum, I think it’s important we all take part in this consultation. The consultation closes at the end of this month

A ridiculously long missive this week so hope you’ve managed to stay with me. I’ve held over some important of stuff for next time to avoid overload. If there is one thing we’d like you to focus on this week it is the Chetwynd Barracks consultation sessions.  Please do all you can to take part.

Kind regards
Graham
Broxtowe Lotto: tickets available from our CTTC Forum page where you’ll also find details of the scheme.

 

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Weekly digest: Sept 22

Hello again

This week’s edition is a little shorter than usual and the next one will be 3 weeks’ time. Reason being…. I’ve reported over the last few weeks about the hard work going on behind the scenes by a number of our Steering Group members in putting down on paper the policies we need to include in our Neighbourhood Plan. As you know, producing the Plan is the prime purpose of our Group and I need to start pulling my weight in the drafting process. To that end, I’ve spent time last week (and need to spend more over the next few weeks) in writing up my part of the Plan – the background story of the Forum and our Area.

So, I hope you’ll understand why I need scale back my time in producing these digests. For the next couple of months, I aim to send one out every 2 or 3 weeks. I reckon it will take 8 weeks or so to write my bits after which I’ll let you have a sneak preview of the content, so you can see how it is all taking shape.

In the meantime, a couple of quick updates

  1. Broxtowe Lotto starts this weekend!
    • Many thanks to all those who have signed up to the Broxtowe Lotto scheme.
    • As of today, a total of 22 tickets have been purchased by Forum supporters. Which means we will receive almost £600 a year!
    • This total means we’ll cover sundry office expenses such as paper, printer toner, stationery items etc. It will also help cover printing costs for posters and leaflets when we need to advertise future consultations and events
    • So, again, many thanks for your support! And GOOD LUCK in the weekly draws!
    • I’ve tagged details of our Broxtowe Lotto page below for those who would like to join in. Dare we hope to raise £1,000 a year from this scheme?
  2. HS2 Toton Hub Station Strategic Planning Group
    • It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this Group meets for the 1st time next week. I’ve mentioned before the Toton Station Delivery Board has been set up as a subsidiary board underneath the overarching HS2 Strategic Board. Our hope was to be a member but, as explained, it looks like the Toton Board is elected councillors only
    • However, this Planning Group comprises council officers, civil servants (from Dept Transport etc) and other stakeholders and will produce the detailed papers and recommendations sent to the Toton Board to review and approve.
    • We are a member of the Group, so will attend next week to contribute our ideas to the proposals for the Station and the wider Strategic Growth Zone.
    • I’ll provide an update next time
  3. And finally…… a couple of closing snippets this week
    • Those who attended the Wild About Toton event at the beginning of the month will remember there was a chain-saw sculptor who started work to produce a couple of wildlife sculptures. He has now finished – it took a number of days spread over a couple of weeks. Here is a picture of the finished works. They are terrific, aren’t they? They are located close to the Greenwood Community Centre if you want a 1st hand look.
    • The Beeston & District Local History Society are holding a talk on Weds October 17th. The topic is ‘Inham Nook – farmland to estate’. Here’s a link to a poster so, if you’d like to learn more about the background to Inham Nook, then this is the event for you. Hope to see you there!

That’s all I have this week. Expect the next digest in 3 weeks.  Besides working on the Plan, I’m on holiday in the first week of October – a cottage in Dorset. Here’s hoping it stays dry.

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Sept 15th

Hello everyone

Yesss!  I’ve managed to get back on track and post this week’s edition on Saturday. Which means you’ll receive it in your inbox 1st thing on Sunday morning. Sometimes it’s the little ‘wins’ that gives me as much pleasure as the bigger wins that come our way. And this week, we have another huge win to report….

  1. Application to Locality has been approved!
    • I reported a month ago (Aug 18th) that we applied to Locality for a grant of £7,000 to fund some master planning work
    • I’m pleased to report that it has been approved. We are currently going through standard due diligence process, but we expect to receive the funds in our bank account in the next 10 days
    • Next step is to produce a brief detailing the specific work packages to be undertaken. The aim, as you’ll recall, is to produce a series of visuals to illustrate some key ideas we need to build into our Plan. These will include possible street layouts, housing designs, the ‘plaza’ concept we’d like to see to generate a village-centre feel on the Barracks
    • We’re also keen to explore road layout options at Toton Lane / Bardills island to see how our idea for a major road up through the Barracks could be merged within an overall scheme to provide access to HS2 station
    • We’d like to have illustrations ready for our next AGM early in the New Year. However, until we formally commission the work, we can’t be certain when we’ll have something to share with you.
  2. HS2 Hub Station: community consultation coming your way
    • HS2 Ltd have been in touch to explain they are planning to undertake in-depth community consultation relating to the Hub Station in our area in a few weeks.
    • They have asked us to be involved in the activity and we are currently working on suitable dates to meet up to discuss how we can help in more detail
    • At this stage we’re not sure when consultation will take place. It is likely to be late Oct/early Nov but expect more news about this in the coming weeks.
  3. Is there an accountant in the house?
    • We need some help, please. At our last AGM we appointed one of our members to undertake an audit of our financial accounts. However, I’ve received a letter this week informing me that, unfortunately, he is now unable to undertake this task.
    • So, is anyone willing to stick their hand up and help the Forum in this matter? The workload is minimal. Our turnover will be under £15k and comprise income of grants/donations to fund some pretty predictable expense items – the sort needed to consult, research, and promote/publicise our Plan.
    • Ideally, we would like another Forum member/friend to step forward and be willing to audit the accounts on a pro-bono basis. Am I being overly optimistic?
    • Here is a link to last year’s accounts to give an idea of the scale of the task. As can be seen, it is all pretty simple and straight forward.
  4. And finally……
    • …. Nope, sorry, no time for closing snippets this week. Not if I’m going to post this edition today (Saturday)!

More next week

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Sept 9th

Hello again

Another week flashes by.  And, for us, it’s been another week of positive action with good outcomes. So let me quickly get down to business

  1. Broxtowe Borough Council meeting
    • As trailed last week, we met with Ruth Hyde (Chief Executive, Broxtowe Council) on Monday to brief her on our organisation, the steps we have taken so far, and our emerging vision for the future. Steffan Saunders (Head of Planning at the Council) also came along to hear our views
    • It was a very positive meeting with both Ruth and Steffan responding favourable to our thoughts for the shape of development. They provided useful input to help refine our ideas. Version 2 is now taking shape and we will shortly have something to share with you via a future digest and further consultation sessions
    • We intend to meet with our County & Borough councillors (and, hopefully, our MP) in the next few weeks to brief them. We want to ensure all ‘stakeholders’ have a chance to review and comment on our vision prior to putting it into our draft Plan.
    • Watch this space for more details on the consultations. I’d like to see some sessions take place in late Oct/early Nov
  2. Council grant
    • We are very pleased to report that Broxtowe Council have made a generous grant to the Forum to help fund our core costs – office rent and supplies.
    • You will know from past editions that we spend considerable time scratching around for funds to cover basic office costs and that funders are loath to provide grants for this sort of expenditure.
    • It is good news that Ruth was able to confirm a small council grant sufficient to cover our office costs for the next 12 months. For our part, we helped reduce these costs by agreeing to share our office – to the benefit of both parties. A win-win for all of us
    • So, I’d like, on behalf of the Steering Group, to thank the council for this grant. It demonstrates the value of building a close partnership to develop a future that works for all of us.
  3. Chetwynd Garden Village – part 2
    • Again as trailed in previous digests, the Steering Group discussed the detail of this opportunity at its meeting last week. Here’s another link to the garden communities programme
    • The Steering Group believes we should take this forward with the council. We briefly discussed it with Ruth and Steffan earlier in the week and they were supportive but wanted the chance to explore in more detail before providing any sort of commitment. It will have to be the council who submits the application – if it is decided to proceed.
    • Richard and Ian W agreed to sketch out a proposal for the council to build on before possibly being submitted as a formal application. We plan to meet with Ruth and other members of her team (Econ Development) by early Oct to see if the idea is worth taking forward.
    • Still early days, and I don’t want to set hares running, but I for one am excited by the possibilities presented. We’d like to hear your thoughts about this idea so please get in touch.
  4. Anyone for Lotto?
    • Many thanks to those of you who have already subscribed to our Lotto page on the Broxtowe Lotto website.
    • The game goes ‘live’ in a couple of weeks on Sept 22nd so there is still time for you to buy some tickets and support us. As the old saying goes, you have to be ‘innit to winnit’
    • A quick reminder of the scheme; each ticket costs £1 and comprises 6 numbers. If all your numbers come up (in the right order) then you win the jackpot of £25,000. Lesser amounts are won for fewer numbers. Here’s a pdf file summary of the scheme
    • For every £1 ticket bought via our page, we receive 50p! So, if you are minded to have a flutter and would like some of your cash to be donated to us then please…..buy your tickets from our CTTC Forum page: here’s the link
    • In the spirit of impartiality, I will add: “other good causes are available” to support on the website. Have a browse and see if there is something else you’d like to support (along us, of course!).
    • I won’t harp on about this scheme too often – I’ll probably add a link to it in the footer area of the digest. However, as I’m sure you can appreciate, the more cash we generate for ourselves, the more we will spend on: a) research for our Plan and, b) consultations to obtain your views and endorsements.
  5. And finally…
    • Affordable housing. As you know Mark is currently drafting up policies for our housing strand following your feedback on the consultation we did a couple of weeks ago. We came across this link to a Sunday Times sponsored housing competition for terrace house design. All designs on the short list are interesting, including one called ‘The Hundred House’ which (supposedly) costs £100k to build and can be erected in less than 100 hours. Perhaps some (all?) designs such as this could be used in our area? What do you think?
    • Wild About Toton event a couple of weeks ago received positive press coverage. In case you missed it here’s a link on the Broxtowe Council website. Thanks again to all who came along to our stall to have a chat – it’s always good to meet residents and friends and gather views.

Enough for this week. Published -again! –  a day later than normal due to being busy yesterday (Saturday) but I intend to get back on track next week. More next time.

Kind regards
Graham

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