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9th January 2012
I have a number of important dates and announcements plus a summary
of my work in the last week and some very good news about the
Foresters Arms, Newthorpe.
The death of John McGrath
Thursday will be a very important day for the family of Stapleford
man John McGrath who was killed by his grandson, William Barnard.
Will, as his family know him, was extremely ill at the time with
a mental illness and you may remember I secured a debate in Parliament
on this terrible case. The report commissioned by the Strategic
Health Authority makes for disturbing reading revealing, in my
view, a systemic failure in the care and supervision of a mentally
ill and vulnerable young man. The report will be published on
Thursday and my hope is that its conclusions and recommendations
will ensure no other family has to suffer as the McGrath family
Field Farm Public Meeting
I do hope as many people as possible will attend the public meeting
at the Jaguar Pub at the top of Hickings Lane this Saturday January
14th at 2pm in opposition to the planning application to build
450 houses on Field Farm. The Stapleford and Trowell Action Group
(STRAG) have done an outstanding job publicising the event and
my thanks to them. Field Farm is green belt land and has been
designated a "prefered site" for development by Broxtowe
Borough Council - in the face of considerable opposition which
I hope will be demonstarted on Saturday.
Councillor Tom Pettengell
Following on from my last email newsletter, Tom's funeral will
take place on Monday January 16th at the Bramcote crematorium
at 11am. there was a lovely obituary in the Nottingham Post which
you can read by clicking on This is Nottingham
"Meet the Minister" Thursday
I have invited the Minister for Business and Enterprise, Mark
Prisk MP to a meeting with local small and medium sized businesses
on Thursday February 9th at 1.30. I’ve arranged the meeting
with my colleague Jessica Lee MP who represents Erewash –
we tossed a coin and she won so the event is being held “over
the border” in Long Eaton at Mayfield House. Please email
me back for more details. This is a genuine opportunity for people
running and working in small and medium business to ask any question
of the Minister charged with helping them succeed.
Success for the Save Our Foresters
I am very pleased to announce that Greene King have had a change
of heart and instead of seeking to demolish The Foresters Arms
in Newthorpe have offered the land lord, Adrian Naylor a three
year lease. My grateful thanks to everyone who supported the campaign
and signed the petition which I received. In turn I handed it
to the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Milan Radulovic and
my thanks to Milan for all his efforts. Now we must all “use
it or lose it”.
Armed Forces Community Covenant signing
Today I attended the signing of a local "covenant" bewteen
Broxtowe Borough Council and representatives of the armed forces
based, in the main, at Chetwynd Barracks.
Details can be viewed on the Councils web site www.broxtowe.gov.uk
Attenborough Cricket Club
I’ve been contacted by Attenborough Cricket Club who are
seeking to improve their facilities notably for the disabled and
for female cricketers and I have gladly agreed to support their
various bids for funding. The ground will remain closed whilst
the new flood wall is built providing the club with a great opportunity
to create a first class Club House.
Bramcote Hills Sixth Form College
I received a suitably tough grilling from Politics students at
Bramcote Hills last week. My thanks to all concerned!
The Giltbrook company celebrated one hundred years in business
and another Queen’s Award last year. I paid them another
visit last week to get a better understanding of their products
and the challenges they face.
Gideon Bible presentation
My thanks to the Gideon Society who presented me with an inscribed
copy of the Bible at the constituency office on Friday.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
The Lakeside Arts Centre has already started the celebrations
with an exhibition and talks. This weekend sees a taster of the
full event with a workshop here at Barton House. Broxtowe Borough
Council's web site www.broxtowe.gov.uk has all the details including
the programme for the main events on Saturday 28th January in
Please call or email me for an appointment at my next surgery
on Saturday 21st January at the Temple Centre in Nuthall.
Contact Anna at Barton House, 61 High Road, Chilwell NG9 4AJ
0115 9436507 email@example.com
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19th September 2011
I have an immediate apology, as I had hoped to send this email
newsletter some time ago.
Unfortunately, I have been unwell requiring a stay in the QMC.
It was certainly a novel way to meet a number of constituents
who were good enough to stop and ask how I was (they received
a muffled response as I was wearing an oxygen mask at the time!).
So forgive me, but I have not been as active as normal in the
last few weeks. I continue to post more detailed information on
a number of topics on my web site www.annasoubry.org.uk
Scroll down for updates on:
Saving our green belt/ The Foresters Arms/Bramwell residential
home/Police meeting - Kimberley Police Station and Contact Points
/Doing Business in Broxtowe/ Stapleford Walk In Centre/ Toton
Trees/ Toton Connect Bus/ Bendigo Blue Plaque/Boundary changes/Surgery
Save our green belt
There has been considerable controversy both locally and nationally
about how the Government's policy on planning and development
will impact on green field land and green belt land. There is
a difference and there has been much confusion. In Broxtowe we
only have brownfield sites and green belt land available for development
and the Government has pledged to retain the special protection
given to green belt land.
As the Prime Minister said last week: "we are not changing
the rules on national parks, on the green belt and areas of outstanding
Whilst politicians slug it out I would urge everyone please to
take part in the consultation being conducted by Broxtowe Borough
Council on their plans for the future of housing development in
The deadline for submissions is October 3rd and my view is that
the plans pose a very real and profound threat to the green belt
I've explained my views in a series of letters and emails to
all Borough Councillors and you can read more by clicking the
Save our Green Belt tab on the tool bar of my web site www.annasoubry.org.uk.
Please read the proposals by clicking on the Councils web site
www.broxtowe.gov.uk and then on the "Core Stategy" item
on the home page. This will lead you to various documents including
the form for you to have your say.
The Borough is conducting a number of public meetings; please
click here for details from the Council’s web site.
I attended the meeting in Nuthall but Parliamentary business
prevented me from attending a number of others, perhaps most notably
the meeting in Bramcote, so please read the report on Bramcote
At the Nuthall meeting I was not alone in concluding that Broxtowe
has agreed a housing target that effectively gives the go ahead
to thousands of houses on the Borough's green belt. I believe
Broxtowe is wrong to accept this target and should wait for the
Localism Bill to come into force and most importantly consult
with residents before agreeing to any target - a course Rushcliffe
Council has adopted. I am however heartened that at least one
of the ruling Labour/Lib Dem group on Broxtowe has said the figures
could be reduced down after the public consultation.
With local Councillors, I have organised a public meeting in Toton
on Saturday September 24th at the Greenwood Centre from 2pm until
I have applied for a debate in Parliament on the future of the
I have also spoken to the Secretary of State Eric Pickles who
made it clear Broxtowe does not have to accept the housing target
set down by the last Government. Eric told Parliament last week
that, "the green belt will be protected under this coalition
Government, unlike under the previous Labour Government, who promised
to build on it."
In defence of our green belt I have done interviews on Radio
Nottingham and reports for the Nottingham Post.
I have been somewhat surprised and disappointed at the reaction
from the controlling group who refused a debate on the issue at
the recent council meeting. This led at least one brave Lib Dem
to resign the whip (Beeston Councillor Steve Carr).
The response to my letter and emails from one Labour Councillor
was an email to me to the effect I should get my priorities right
and read his views on the riots rather than "spurious green
belt concerns"! I am sorry to disappoint him, but I take
the view that this is precisely the sort of local issue that an
MP should be concerned with and I will not be bullied out of protecting
our green belt or in taking that fight to Parliament.
I believe in development, which includes building houses - especially
more affordable ones for first time buyers. We have brown field
sites in Broxtowe where we can build two thousand new homes and
create jobs. The rest of our available land is green belt and
we have precious little left. It needs our protection, not for
Broxtowe Borough Council to be handing it over to developers,
as I fear they already have on Field Farm and with the fields
north of Toton opposite Bardills.
There is a real danger of Broxtowe becoming one huge urban sprawl
from Nottingham to the Derbyshire border. Broxtowe should be waiting
for the Localism Bill which will hand power back to the communities
and I hope you will ask them why they are rushing into the hands
SOFA so good!
On a more positive note, Greene King have withdrawn their planning
application to demolish the Foresters Arms in Newthorpe in favour
of housing. However, there is a need to remain vigilant, as a
spokesperson from the Brewery has stated in the Nottingham Post
that Greene King “anticipate (they) will re-submit another
planning application for potential residential use in the near
It has been a pleasure to support this campaign; I wrote to Greene
King representing the 700 people who had signed a petition in
support of the Foresters Arms. In turn I presented the petition
to the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council (full details of which
can be found on my web site).
Bramwell Care and Residential Home
Notts County Council have found a buyer for six residential and
care homes including Bramwell. This is obviously very disappointing
to those of us who have been opposed to the sale of Bramwell.
I took the view that the excellent services provided at Bramwell
should continue as they were in the public sector. The counter
view (and I publicly fell out with the Conservative ruling group
on the County Council on this matter) is that money raised by
the sale and the savings that would flow would be re-invested
in improving services for our elderly throughout the County.
However, only half the homes have found a buyer which presumably
reduces the amount of savings to be made and the purchase price
is £2.5 million, far lower than expected. So there is real
concern that this sale may not deliver the funds to improve services
as was planned. I have written to the leader of the County Council
asking a series of questions all of which I hope will be explored
during Thursday’s council meeting. I am also working with
Lib Dem Councillor Stan Heptinstall who has worked tirelessly
on behalf of the Friends of Bramwell.
Police Meeting/Kimberley Police Station/ Contact Points in Nuthall,
Stapleford and Toton
I attended an MPs' briefing at the Police Force Headquarters where,
as you might imagine, there was considerable discussion about
how our police dealt with a number of incidents during last months
"riots". The agreed view was the police did a very good
We discussed the review of police stations. I made representations
on behalf of many people in Kimberley who do not want the police
station to close and I also expressed my opposition to the closure
of the front counter at Eastwood. I said there was considerable
support for a police contact point in Stapleford, Nuthall and
Doing business in Broxtowe
I have met with a number of local businesses since my election
last year and I am keen to meet with many more. Recently, I visited
Bridgeway Consulting Ltd on Beeston Business Park and was impressed
by their training and apprenticeship programmes. It was also a
real honour to go to Payne Security in Giltbrook for the presentation
of the Queen's Award for Enterprise. This is their second Queen's
Award and they are an outstanding company with a world class reputation.
I appreciate that, for small businesses in particular, these
are tough times and as the local MP I very much want to do all
I can to help - whether it's raising over regulation with Ministers
or getting the banks to honour overdraft and loan agreements -
I am keen to do all I can do to assist.
Stapleford Walk-in Centre
The centre is set to close at the end of the month and I had another
meeting with the PCT to discuss how they plan to replicate this
popular service. I had asked for a better appointment policy and
system at GP surgeries covering Stapleford which they assure me
is happening. I would be grateful for any experiences to the contrary!
I know there has been an increase in the number of surgeries but
there are a number of matters which I believe still need to be
addressed, namely the restoration of a service to change dressings
and an improvement in the parking situation at the QMC. Generally
I am in favour of more services currently being provided only
at the City or the QMC being moved out to GP surgeries.
Notts County Council is also not satisfied the PCT has done enough
to make up for the closure of the Stapleford Walk-In Centre so
I anticipate there will be more improvements before the end of
Toton Trees updates
I have had a reply from Lord Henley to my letter on behalf of
residents who were angry that the land owner had not been punished
in some ways for the destruction of the trees. You can read the
letter by clicking here for the link to the web site. I was also
copied in to a letter from Peter Acton
of the Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Record Centre
which supported the amendments to the re-stocking notice.
Anthony Nolan recruitment campaign
I have been written to by John Woodcock MP, and contacted by a
number of constituents regarding the campaign by the Anthony Nolan
Trust to recruit 10 constituents to their stem cell donor list.
I am more than happy to promote this on behalf of the 1600 people
currently in need of a Stem Cell transplant.
To read more about the campaign, and to sign up for yourself,
please click here
I have had a good meeting with Premiere, who have extended the
17 service to make up for the loss of the Toton Connect bus. I
am meeting Trent Barton next week as we all want the Connect service
Bendigo Blue Plaque
Our latest Blue Plaque will read: "All-England champion bare-knuckle
prize-fighter, a reformed drunkard turned evangelist who retired
to a cottage on the site". That is how Bendigo (William Thompson)
will be remembered at the unveiling on Tuesday 11 October at 10.30
am in the Pearson Centre, Nuart Road, Beeston- the 200th Anniversary
of Bendigo's birth. Congratulations as ever to Beeston & District
Local History Society, Stapleford & District Local History
Society, the Beeston and District Civic Society and now also the
Bramcote Conservation Society on marking the achievement of another
great Broxtowe resident.
As you may already know the Boundary Commission proposed adding
Gotham to Broxtowe as part of the plans to make constituencies
of equal size and to reduce the number of MP's which will save
us about £12 million. I would be honoured to represent Gotham;
I know the village and it has a lot in common with much of Broxtowe,
even though it is about 15 miles away, south of the river! You
might have seen me on the BBC Politics Show welcoming the change
which now undergoes a two year consultation process.
OUT AND ABOUT IN BROXTOWE
Moor Green Show
I enjoy the Moor Green Show though it is fair to say we were all
disappointed in the weather and smaller crowds this year. I understand
BBC Radio Nottingham's John Holmes is taking up the Presidency
next year and I wish him great success. I think he could be the
boost that is needed to keep Moor Green a great show.
Was it just me, or maybe it was the warm sunny weather, but this
year's Stapleford Carnival seemed to be the best in a few years?
Congratulations to Hemlock stone Lions who organise it and to
everyone who made it a lovely day.
Awsworth and Cossall Best in Bunch
I attended the Awsworth and Cossall Village Produce Association's
Annual Show. Each year I am impressed by the dedication of all
those who display in the show, and long may it continue.
Saturday 24th September 11am - 1pm
Friday 14th October, 3pm - 5:00pm
Please contact the Constituency Office to book an appointment.
If it's an emergency an appointment is not necessary.
Anna Soubry MP