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Anna Soubry MP

Working hard for Broxtowe

20th September 2019
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Hello again,
I hope you're enjoying the lovely weather and will take the opportunity to enjoy tomorrow's Heritage Open Day at the Canalside Centre in Beeston Rylands and on Sunday visit the Chapel on the Hill in Kimberley; details of both events are in the diary section.
I have some snippets of news and some thoughts on how we might improve local democracy.
Have a great weekend.
As ever,
Car Store threatened with closure 
I have contacted Pendragon the owners of the Car Store (formerly Evans Halshaw) on Nottingham Road in Chilwell Meadows, following the news they are closing 22 of their sites. The Car Store recently submitted plans to ensure delivery lorries use the Nottingham Road access after longstanding complaints they were using the entrance on Ranson Road causing serious inconvenience to residents. You may recall my work helping local people on this issue. 
Pendragon is Nottinghamshire's second biggest employer and blames pre tax loses of £32.2 million on Brexit. 
I make no further comment other than I very much hope the site in Chilwell Meadows remains open and the planning application is passed. I will let you know as soon as I have any news. 


Cossall Parish Council and local democracy

I was very pleased to attend Cossall Parish Council's monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. With newly elected Parish and Town Councils up and running I am in the process of meeting with them all. 
Cossall had a list of concerns (primarily for Nottinghamshire County Council) notably the longstanding request for a sign between the village and Trowell, action to stop large HGV's coming through Cossall and the maintenance of numerous footpaths. I have already raised all these matters with the relevant lead Councillor and officers at the County.
Parish and Town Councils are the  most immediate and accessible part of our democracy often dealing with the seemingly trivial but actually very important details of our everyday lives. There are few things more frustrating than an uncut verge, signs left long after road works have been completed and lorry drivers flouting clear signs. It's all too easy to blame "the Council" and not surprisingly that disaffection with politicians and government is at an all time low. This feeling that no-one cares and that individuals have little if any say over their lives and communities is at the root of many of our country's problems. 
Our Parish and Town Councils have very few powers or control over really local matters - like the cutting of a path or verge - and are in danger of becoming little more than lobbying groups to the Borough and County Councils.
I am of the view that we need radical reform of the way we do local government in our county. I have long supported giving our town and parish councils more power and more agility at raising money for their local work. I would abolish the Borough and District Councils and make sure that our County Council had the resources it needs in particular to carry out its Social Care duties and provide full services for children, young people, and families in need. Scrapping the Boroughs and Districts would free up millions of pounds for the County. Beefing up our Towns and Parishes would put power back in local hands. 
Like all our Parish and Town Councils, Cossall has a fine team of Councillors dedicated to their community. They and the people they serve deserve more control over the public places and spaces so valued by their communities. It's an argument I will keep on developing and making and if we ever get through the Brexit crisis, I will take to Parliament and to Ministers  
Business meeting 
I had a very good meeting with members of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce this morning - most have businesses or enterprises based in the Nottingham area. Needless to say there was much talk about Brexit with businesses adversely affected by the uncertainty surrounding the matter. We also discussed the skills shortage and deep rooted problems with the current apprenticeship scheme. I am aware of a number of serious flaws thanks to local businesses contacting me with their complaints and I am pleased I was able to persuade the Government to make some changes to the scheme.
We also discussed HS2 following the Government's announcement of a review of the project. I share my views below. 

HS2 future under threat 

There is considerable concern about whether the Government will abandon HS2 and in particular the planned route through Broxtowe linking Birmingham to Leeds. The Hub at Toton Sidings has considerable cross party support in Broxtowe and indeed throughout the Nottingham and Derby area.  
I make no apologies for being a strong supporter of HS2 which will not only increase capacity (a new line linking up some of our great cities like Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and London) but also provide a world class business park at the Sidings. The new businesses there will provide well paid, skilled jobs for local people. At the moment HS2 is being championed by business leaders and politicians but I think there should be a wider group of constituents making the case for HS2.
Please let me now if you are interested in being part of an HS2 support group.

What's on in Broxtowe

Saturday 28th September 2019

Kimberley W1 Autumn Fayre
10am - 1pm
Where: K
ettlebrook Lodge, Eastwood Road, Kimberley, Nottingham NG16 2HX
What's On: Entry £1, including tea/coffee and biscuits. Children free (must be accompanied by an adult). Variety of stalls - crafts, books, cakes.
Saturday 28th September

Stapleford Community Group Meeting: Stapleford Carnival 2020
2pm Start
The Equalized Club, Albert Ave, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8ET
What's On: Meeting organised by Stapleford Community Group to discuss and prepare for the Stapleford Carnival, which is set to take place on Saturday 18th July 2020. If you would like to get involved, please email [email protected]  to register your attendance at the meeting.
Saturday 5th October

Stapleford Community Group Meeting: #Stapleford Remembers
4pm Start
The Equalized Club, Albert Ave, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8ET
What's On: Meeting organised by Stapleford Community Group to discuss and prepare for the commemoration of VE Day, VJ Day and Remembrance Day 2020. If you would like to get involved, please email [email protected]  to register your attendance at the meeting.
Saturday 19th October 2019

Stapleford Community Group Day Trip to London
7:30am Departure from Stapleford
Leaving Washington Drive, Stapleford, NG9 8PY
 What's On: Leaving London at 5pm to return home. Drop off and pick up in London is near Parliament so easy access for shopping and sightseeing.  £15 per person per seat. If you need a car seat you can supply your own. Folding wheelchairs can be safely stored under the coach if you want to take one along. Contact us at [email protected] or call 07740344427 for further information.  
Term Time: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays

2nd Beeston Sea Scouts
Mondays: 6:45pm - 8:15pm Cubs (8-10.5 year olds)
Thursdays: 6:15pm - 7:30pm Beavers (6-8 year olds)
Fridays: 7:30pm - 9pm Scouts (10.5-14 year olds)
Where2nd Beeston Sea Scout Land HQ, Lilac Grove, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1PP.
What's On: Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.  It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips. To find out more, please click here.
Every Monday

Monday Munch Club
Arrive by 12:15pm for 12:30pm lunch 
Where: The Temple Centre, Nottingham Road, Nuthall, NG16 1DP
What's On: Come and enjoy a meal at the Temple Centre. As well as food, there are regular speakers and games such as quizzes and bingo for everyone to enjoy. Please call or email Sue on 0115 9519717 or [email protected].
Every Monday

Chilwell Age Concern Club
10am - 3pm
Where: The Scout Hall, Attenborough Lane, NG9 5JN
What's On: Club that cares for the elderly in a safe and friendly environment. Enjoy games and events, lunch can be provided. For further information, call Eileen on 0115 9677260.
Every Monday

Trowell Adult Activities Club (Badminton)
7pm - 10pm
Where: Trowell Parish Hall, Trowell
What's On: Badminton and table tennis in a fun, friendly social atmosphere. Open to all over 18 years old. Tickets cost £3.50. Call 07870216510 for further details.
Every Monday and Wednesday

Beeston Job Club
10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: Hope House, Boundary Road, Beeston, NG9 2RF
What's On: Drop in sessions to get guidance, help and support in any search for employment.
Every Tuesday

Beeston Job Club
10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: Beeston Library, Foster Avenue NG9 1AE
What's On: Drop in sessions to get guidance, help and support in any search for employment.
Every Tuesday and Thursday

Wander the Waterways in Beeston
11:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Meet at Canalside Heritage Centre, Beeston, BG9 1LZ
What's On: Come and enjoy a walk along the canal in Beeston. All footpaths are suitable for wheelchairs and abilities. Children are welcome to come along too. Contact [email protected] or phone 0115 9221773 for more information.
Last Tuesday and Second Wednesday of every Month

Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Support Group

Where: Tuesday - 10am - 12 noon, Toton Tesco Community Room, Swiney Way, Toton, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 6QX.
Wednesday - 7pm - 9pm, Highfields Fire Station, Hassocks Lane, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2GQ.

What's On: Meeting group where those suffering from heart conditions or those who are caring for someone can share their stories and advice in a safe environment. Cardiac nurses from Primary Integrated Community Services attend each meeting, giving advice and one-to-one talks.

Lunch Club
Where: The Spinney Day Centre, Laurel Crescent, Nuthall NG16 1EW
What's On: A great opportunity to make new friends, play games and chat with coffee and biscuits. Lunch is provided and transport is available. Call Shelia on 0115 9382862 for further information.

New Beginnings Art Group
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: The Oasis Centre, Union Street, Beeston, NG9 2LU.
What's On: New Beginnings Art Group meets weekly, bringing together people who are unable to work anymore owing to illness or injury, and are interested in art (Fees may apply). Please click here for more information, or call Greg on 07847096141.
Alternate Wednesdays

Friendship Group for retired and senior citizens
Where: St Helens Church, Stapleford
What's On: A chance to socialise and have lunch together. There are quizzes and speakers are arranged to speak to the group. Please contact St Helens Parish Office on 0115 939 9958 for more information. 
First Wednesday of every Month

Stapleford & District U3A Monthly Meetings
Where: Stapleford Methodist Church, Eaton's Road, NG9 7EA
What's On: Are you retired or work part time? Do you want to share fun, friendship and informal learning in a vibrant, enjoyable and varied way? Then why not come along to find out what the U3A is about and join in the activities which includes monthly meetings, speakers and a wide range of interest groups. For more information click here. 
Every other Wednesday (Fortnightly)

WIGWAM Cancer and Wellbeing Support
10:45am - 12:15
Where: Middle Street Resource Centre, Middle Street, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2AR.
What's On:  In association with charity, Yes To Life, which is at the forefront of a new movement to revolutionise the way cancer is viewed and treated in the UK, WIGWAM provides a place to learn and share. The meeting aims to provide a safe place for people to receive flexible, non-prescriptive support. For further information please click here.
Every other Wednesday (Fortnightly)

Where: Cliffe Hill House, 22-26 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, NG9 8AA.
What's On: Gathering for needlecrafters to share their projects and learn from each other. Please come along to discuss what you would like to see happen at future meetings. Parking as available at the back of the building via Cliffe Hill Avenue. 

The cost is £3 and hot drinks and biscuits are included.
Contact ea[email protected] or phone 07850 985349 for more information.

Haven Eagles
Where: Haven Centre, Wadsworth Road, Stapleford, NG9 8BD
What's On: The Eagles is a Seniors Group that meet for talks, singalongs and trips out. Anyone over 50 is welcome. 

Outdoor Walking Netball
1:30pm - 3pm
Where: Chilwell
Memorial Hall Grass Courts, 129 High Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4AT
What's On: Walking Netball is a slowed down version of the game of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. Current our sessions are facilitated by an England Netball coach to provide encouragement and support. Contact for further information: [email protected] or 07791878766.
Second Thursday of Every Month

Attenborough District Probus Club

10am - 12pm
Where: Bowls Club Pavilion, Attenborough, except in June and December when we meet at a local restaurant.
What's On: Attenborough District Probus Club currently has vacancies for new members. We welcome retired or semi-retired business or professional men to enjoy a friendly monthly meeting with a variety of informal talks, following which several of us take lunch together at a local pub. To find out more please contact our Chairman, Ron Glen on 0115
8750435 or the Secretary Martin Lippmann on 07504 068302.
Every third Saturday

Beeston Parkinson's Café
10am - 12pm
Where: Catholic Church Hall, Foster Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1AE.
What's On: Friendly, informal gatherings offering information and mutual support for people with Parkinson's disease. Drop in, no need to book.
For more details please call 07851 651 988 
Every First Sunday

Free Sunday Breakfast Club
Where: The Temple Centre, 44 Nottingham Road, Nuthall, Nottingham, NG16 1DP.
What's On: Run by the United Family International Church at the Temple Centre (Next to the Methodist Church) , this monthly group meets on the first Sunday at 9am to share a freshly cooked English breakfast.

Do you like playing Tennis ?

There are now places available at Chilwell Memorial Hall. There are three courts to play on, open over the summer period. All ages are welcome.

Cost including membership of Memorial Hall £80.00 + £2 each per session.
Please contact :- Christine Ball 01159225708.
Anna Soubry MP
97 High Road, Beeston, NG9 2LH
0115 943 6507
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