John Hess, BBC News East Midlands Political Editor, joined the Beeston & District Civic Society
at John Clifford School for their open meeting, 14th February 2014.
Despite having a dreadful cold he entertained us with a talk following the loose theme of ‘words’, which gave attendees insights into his history at BBC Look East, Pebble Mill and BBC Westminster before settling at BBC East Midlands in 1997.
He spoke with enthusiasm about his fascination with politics and read from Damian McBride’s memories which included a less than savoury description of politicians.
There followed some observations about the weight of words in small soundbites which describe complex situations.
The talk continued to cover the rise of social media in under 35s and the increasing appetite for regional and city level news. Both interesting points for the Society to muse on as they develop their website and new methods of communication with existing and potential members.
Look out for our other informative and fascinating talks – open to the public for a small fee, and members for free.
Sarah Alton from Nottingham City Council, Matt Orchard from Taylor Woodrow Alston and Trevor Stoker from Nottingham Trams Limited gave an update on the tram scheme at the Beeston & District Civic Society open meeting at John Clifford School on 14th March 2014.
View the Evenings Presentation Here [PDF, 4.2mb]
Sarah first outlined progress to date and explained the project structure. There followed an overview of why the tram went ahead – to create investment and regeneration and cut congestion. It was claimed that one tram is equivalent to 3 buses or 177 cars. NET Line 1 in the north of the city is reporting excellent feedback from customers.
Progress to date was outlined. 90% of utilities have been moved, nearly 14,000 metres of track has been installed (at Jan 2014), and all bridges are in position. It is expected that the first trams will be tested over Nottingham Station in late Spring and progressive tram testing will follow on the new lines. There was also some detailed information shared about ticket purchasing, fares, park and ride arrangements and travel times.
There have been some interesting archaeological finds during construction – a Bronze Age burial mound at the Clifton Park and Ride site and the first evidence of a Roman settlement at Lenton.
The meeting was open to public questions and topics included tree planting (100+ trees will be planted over the next few months), pavements, frequency and interchange of tram lines.
Members were reminded of two walks being arranged by the Civic Society, led by Sarah Alton and Matt Orchard – see our walks page for details. We encourage all members to come along!
See the presentation from the talk - NET BeestonCivicSociety Presentation 14 March 2014 [PDF, 4.2mb]
For more information on the Tram, see the NET website.
Check out our poll for Broxtowe Borough Council’s Town Centre Improvements list on our dedicated page – this is your chance to have a say in how our town is improved!
VOTE ON OUR DEDICATED PAGE HERE
The Beeston Continuum team will be publishing the public’s list sent in by email and the New Deal meeting soon on a similar poll. These are for campaigning for improvements after Broxtowe’s Council’s improvements noted above.
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.
Find out walks on our Guided Walks page here.
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).
See the gallery here.
Cllr Iris White, Mayor of Broxtowe, at the tree planting at Bramcote Hills Park celebrating 40 years of the inauguration of the Society.