13th March 2015 Meeting – The design, delivery and use of Zero Carbon Homes

The design, delivery and use of Zero Carbon Homes

The design, delivery and use of Zero Carbon Homes

The next Open Meeting of the Society will take place at John Clifford School Nether Street Beeston on Friday 13th March 2015 at 7.30.p.m.

The Speaker is

                                         PROFESSOR MARK GILLOTT 

                                            and the title of is talk is:-

                        ‘The design, delivery and use of Zero Carbon Homes’

                      Members free                                                      Guests £2.

MEETING REPORT: An Update on the Tram – 13th February 2015

Tram Meeting - 13th Feb 2015An overflowing audience listened with interest to seven representatives from ‘the Tramlink Team’, who gave a presentation of all aspects of the tram through design, construction, testing and forthcoming operations.

Joining us were Graham Bethel, Project coordinator from Tramlink; Richard Horsley, Tramlink; Jamie Swift, Tramlink; Trevor Stocker, Nottingham Trams Ltd; Daniel Patterson, Nottingham Trams Ltd; Steve Tough, Notts City Council; Ashley Jackson, Taylor Woodrow Alstrom and designer Ignacio Sequeros Hernandez.

Ignacio started by outlining the testing now taking place on the 22 new trams in the city, which are being run on existing lines. Most of the tram track will be completed very soon despite ongoing problems in a few locations eg. Gregory Street and Devonshire Avenue.

Tram Meeting - 13th Feb 2015The new communication system is being installed and the final overhead wires are being placed and tightened. Overnight testing on new lines will start soon and the tram will start to run as soon as these tests have been carried out. The latest estimate is ‘mid year’ as the tests on the trams, track, traffic control and communication system is complex.

Trevor advised that 120 drivers have now been appointed and undergoing extensive training and scenario planning. Customer Service manager Daniel was introduced and we were told of plans for maximum support when the tram is up and running, with help points at every stop.

Tram Meeting - 13th Feb 2015Steve outlined that 85 small business have received support for troubles during construction and land compensation claims are being dealt with. The public hotline has taken 9000 calls and 6500 emails during the construction period.

Jamie said trams will run 6am to midnight, 7 days per week, every 8-10 minutes. The tram from Beeston will not terminate in Nottingham, it is a full cross city service. Lots of information will roll out from Jamie’s team over the next few months.

There followed a lively question and answer session, lasting about an hour, which dealt with both broad issues and more detailed queries. Various topics were covered, including individual junctions and barriers, compensation for residents, tree planting, grey pole ownership and traffic flow, some discussions leading to differences of opinion between some audience members.

However I think there was a general feeling that we had been given a very helpful and comprehensive update.

Karen Attwood
Member, Civic Society Executive Committee

Beeston Civic Society Meeting – Update on the progress of NET Phase II

Beeston Civic Society:

Thanks to Steve Austin over at Bramcote Today for this report. The Society’s will follow soon.

Originally posted on Bramcote Today:

I went to Beeston Civic Society’s Meeting on Friday evening ‘Update on the progress of NET Phase II’. There was a presentation from the Tramlink Team followed by a question and answer session. Here are my notes from the meeting:

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Beestonia: The Movie unleashed…and 2015: time to get creative.

Originally posted on Beestonia:

Here’s a little treat for you. Grab some popcorn, and click the link:


We’ve decided to release Beestonia: The Movie today to coincide with the launch of the official website for The Beestonian AND the launch of the magazine’s partnership project with Creative Beeston, more of which later.

Picture by Lewis Stainer must be credited before use The film has been shown in public several times now, as well as leaking    on the internet (we suspect those pesky North Koreans) for a few hours a    couple of weeks ago. It opened the Beeston Film Festival, has had  mentions in the Nottingham Post, BBC Radio Nottingham, trailed on  NottsTV and tons more. I even took it to show MA Built Environment  students last week, as part of their project to design ideas for Beeston’s  regeneration, which I’ll explain in a later post. We even have a fan in the  form of BAFTA winning genius filmmaker Shane Meadows, who…

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MEETING REPORT: New Deal for Beeston Update – 9th January 2015

An update on the New Deal for Beeston – 9th January 2015

Packed society meeting for the ‘An update on the New Deal for Beeston’ – 9th January 2015

One definition of optimism is ‘A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation’. There was much optimism on display at the talk given by John Delaney (Head of Built Environment) and Phillip Horsfield (Head of Legal Services), both from Broxtowe Borough Council. The audience at John Clifford School enjoyed a frank, respectful and pretty positive interchange.

It soon emerged that everything on the drawing board and beyond was being considered under a cloud of financial constraints, many schemes under consideration being rendered impossible by the situation. However, that did not hinder a list of positive outcomes, some revealed exclusively at the meeting, the main one being that the newly restored exterior of St John’s church will be uplit, a very pleasing sight for people arriving by tram (and any other transport for that matter).

John followed the introduction with an estimated timetable for works over the next few months, which included:

  • Tram work complete March
  • Bus/tram interchange work start March, and therefore bus station will close
  • Bus terminus relocating to Humber Road/Regent Street while the bus station is closed
  • Taxi rank will move to Church Street
  • Secure cycle hub and extra car parking will be provided at Beeston train station, followed up later with replacement of station steps and possibility of lift access to the platforms
  • Old Beeston Market will be cleared
  • Final tenant will move in to new square development in April
  • Temporary car parking facilities to be built on Fire station site in April
  • The Built Environment students at University of Nottingham have been designing their vision for Phase 2 (the plot where the old fire station stood and current bus station stands and adjoining vacant areas) and there will be an exhibition of their work in June
  • Key decisions on Phase 2 after May 2015
  • Trams should be running by August

All along, the Council representatives encouraged for input from the community. They want to mould outcomes in line with people’s views. The poll conducted last year has informed spending last year (eg improvements to shop fronts and special events). It was clear that Beeston town centre is attracting a lot of interest from developers, partly because of the proximity of the park-and-ride car park (at Bardill’s) only a few minutes away by tram. Some items were discussed during an extensive question and answer period, but deemed impossible due to funding constraints:

  • A living wall or mural on the ugly works access wall to the Square on Station Road
  • Upgrade to the Square podium
  • Leaving Phase 2 as open space
  • Underground parking
  • Underground tram

Phillip outlined eloquently the impossibility of attracting retailers here if they do not see for themselves the correct profile of potential customers. We were left with the clear impression at the end of the meeting that despite lack of funds and the difficulties of the last few years, our area is changing for the better and attracting interesting prospects for further development.

The audience, Civic Society members and Beeston residents were encouraged to communicate via the Council Offices address or by email at pabc@broxtowe.gov.uk

Karen Attwood, Executive Committee
Beeston and District Civic Society