We have now updated our guided walks for 2014. New Tram route, Boots Enterprise Zone and three walks with Professor John Beckett around Beeston and the University. Always popular and well worth attending, be sure to put them in your diaries.
Stop Press, we’ve received the following list from John Delaney from the Town Centre Planning Committee. This is the council’s own list. We are hoping to publish further ideas from New Deal public meeting, and what the Continuum group have received from Beeston residents in due course.
In the meantime, we invite everyone (and we mean everyone) to review and comment on this post about the council’s list below. The more feedback, the better to get the best for Beeston post tram.
- Replace mock-Victorian benches /bins/ pedestrian signing /bike stands etc, especially in Square area, with stainless steel to match rest of Beeston
- Replace lighting in Square and High Road with stainless steel theme to match Broadgate
- Re-launch leaflets etc
- Social media advertising/press releases
- Stainless steel planters
- Town centre car park signing (highway)
- Town centre wifi (inc 5 years maintenance)
- Shop front improvement grants – esp Chilwell Road
- Enhanced Christmas decorations
- Special events, markets, competitions etc
- Heavy duty gum removal
- External appraisal of Beeston
- Uplighters (flood lights) to Beeston parish church
- Interpretation trail with info panels
- Multi-language focal point “welcome to ..” in main Beeston languages (eg, Chinese)
- Living (green) walls on the pedestrian links to Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s (on their land)
- Uplighters, flood lights, for public trees
- Feature sculptures of well known “Beestonians”
- Remove “Stump” from Square and reinstate hole left behind
- Install big screen at The Square
- Upgrade bandstand electrical supply and install roof
- Replace some grass at Broadgate with artificial grass to facilitate year-round events
- Clean (or repair) the Beeston man statue
Keep an eye on our website, the Beeston Express and Beestonia blog for future updates!
Our next Meeting will take place in the Junior School Hall at John Clifford School Nether Street Beeston on Friday 14th March at 7.30.p.m. when Matt Orchard and the team from NET will give us an Update on THE TRAM.
Three of our committee members went along to the steering group meeting of Continuum Beeston (nee New Deal) on Saturday evening February 15th.
We can’t bring you any news at the moment, not because of ‘closed doors’ but the need to get further information before putting it out for public discussion.
Further discussion about time scales, feasibility of some ideas suggested, costs, need to happen before they can be shared with the general public. John Delaney, Head of Built Environment at the Council, also has a preliminary list put together by the councils own Town Centre group, for possible improvements for which he already has a budget. These are currently being costed then will be circulated to the Community via the Beeston Express, Beestonia website and the Civic Society website. It is also the Civic Society’s intention to find a way of consulting with the wider public who do not have access to the internet.
We will keep you informed.
Chair, Beeston Civic Society
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s meeting. John Hess’s Talk was very well received and he was a very interesting speaker.
Our next Meeting is on Friday 14th March when we will be given an update by the TRAM TEAM
Fascinating new early Beeston & District Civic Society photographs now online in a special dedicated gallery page, from founder members Mr & Mrs Wallwork (thank you).
Cllr Iris White, Mayor of Broxtowe, at the tree planting at Bramcote Hills Park celebrating 40 years of the inauguration of the Society.
I would like to correct several reports that have appeared in various emails, blogs and the press..
John Hess is going to talk about his experiences as a Political Editor for BBC East Midlands and not about Beeston in particular.
His talk will however be very interesting and everyone is invited to join us at our usual venue of:-
The Community Room, John Clifford School Nether Street Beeston at 7.30.p.m.
Great post from our fellow member Matt over at Beestonia’s Blog!
Originally posted on Beestonia's Blog:
A week on, and I’m still getting sent great ideas from Beestonians. So many have arrived, either in comments here, email, or people saying hello on the street, Facebook mesages and texts…hugely encouraging. I’m slowly working my way through them all, but had a couple of days stuck in bed with a ninja-style flu, which crept up on me silently, and rendered me useless for far too long. If you have written in, then I will eventually reply. I will also collate more ideas online somewhere, some truly fascinating stuff has been recieved and many offers of help, advice and support. It’s rather overwhelming: and that’s not a complaint.
Sketchy ideas so far seem to lean towards a steering group, possibly in league with the Civic Society, and open to all suggestions, acting proactively to get our wish-list worked out and implemented. The other is setting up a ‘creative quarter’: an idea supported virtually unanimously and with a fair degree of excitement. This is not strictly a new idea, and has been bandied round for a while, but it seems this could be a key time to implement it. How, where, when etc are things I will be working on.
I would encourage you to go back to my previous post and read through the comments, and get involved there: some of the ideas are fascinating and would benefit being reviewed and argued for and against. Quick point though: I mention a petition for a clock ran by Sheila from The Beeston Express (the petition is ran by Sheila, not the clock. Well, I assume so). Sheila has pointed out that the petition has now been closed and passed to Councillor Carr for consideration, so no emails that way please.
Reply from Steve Dance following our letter thanking him for standing in at the last minute.
Many thanks for the letter.
Glad you appreciated the talk – although I may have strayed from the subject with HS2!
I certainly enjoyed the evening and the quality of questions raised by those who attended.