A CALL TO ACTION!
As you are no doubt aware, Broxtowe Borough Council is in the process of selling the Town Hall to Cornerstone Evangelical Church.
The decision is flawed on many levels, and possibly unlawful and by selling to this particular Church it is almost certain the Town Hall will not be as freely accessible to the local public as it would with the Community Bid.
In the bid process a coalition of local community stakeholders, acting as a community interest organisation, proposed taking a lease on the building and submitted a detailed bid that was rejected. When asked to resubmit, there was requirement for a “gagging” undertaking which the Community Group refused to sign wanting the process to be transparent, open, and community led. A mandatory Equality Impact Assessment has not been published, and no reason given as to why not. This omission is potentially unlawful.
On this basis we believe that the process was designed for the community bid to fail.
The Civic Society is taking legal advice to see whether there are grounds for a judicial review of this sale. To apply for this review, we need to raise money to cover the application costs.
We are therefore asking for YOUR help. We need £5,000 to launch legal action. If everyone on these pages donated we’d have more than enough. So please spare what you can and if the target is not reached the pledges will not be collected.
But if we do reach the target and the Judicial Review goes ahead, and is successful, the decision taken on 17th October to sell the Town Hall will be quashed. We will then have a second opportunity and a chance of a new process, which might lead to, but does not guarantee, the Council deciding to lease to the Community Bid Group. In that case you will be part of something wonderful, and will have helped to ensure the Town Hall remains in the community for many years to come. If we do nothing all is lost so we have to try.
Broxtowe’s first commissioned mural in Beeston, Nottingham was completed by street artist Zabou on the 18th October 2018; it has been very well received with much local, national and even international press.
They now have a sum of £2000 remaining from the art fund they inherited from Henry Boot Plc and would like to invite artists to submit costed designs for the wall/s to the left of the precinct delivery entrance on Station Rd (to the left of Zabou’s work). There is a possibility that Broxtowe may be able to add to this fund for the right proposal.
The dimensions of this section are numbered 4, 5, 8 and 9:
This/these walls are opposite Tesco in Beeston Centre on Station Rd. Please do submit your costed design proposals to email@example.com if you would like to be considered for this next commission – the council will make a decision in the new year.
We were delighted to help organise this commission by international street artist Zabou for Broxtowe Borough Council as a continuation of the street art festival Jeanie Barton organised in June with much appreciated assistance from members of the Beeston Street Art group on Facebook! Jeanie meets with the Council again next Tuesday the 13th November to plan what we are going to do with the remaining fund – they are even considering investing more! These vibrant art attractions and the resulting local, national and even international press should help secure the creative investors the council requires for the phase 2 development.
Here is a guide of the artworks around town updated as of 06/11/18
Jeanie Barton led this project for us and much was achieved over the festival weekend 16-17 June; the action has continued with artists returning to complete their pieces plus more artists starting subsequently. We raised around £3000 through sponsorship and a crowdfund in order to make it all happen and the flurry of activity garnered much publicity with the BBC, Nottingham Post, Breeze Magazine plus many online publications and social media posts praising the art works (which are very varied – hopefully providing something for everyone).
Our festival prompted Broxtowe Council’s leader and deputy to look at the costed design commissions we presented last year and their Finance and Resources Committee voted on 12th July to spend their ring fenced £8k art fund on Street Art! Their first commission will be portraits of Sir Paul Smith, Edwin Starr and Richard Beckinsale by Zabou on the Station Road precinct walls leading down from Birds to the delivery entrance. This will happen after the summer.
We also have some funds remaining from our festival and look forward to Elliott Caine painting the side of Fred Hallam’s in a design featuring fruit and plants, plus Carrot Boy is going to do the store building in between Barnsdale’s and The Sewing Box and The Hive on Union Street will have bees and flowers by Qubek (we also hope to get him another wall later this year) not forgetting RJ77 Urban Stencils will return to paint a portrait of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet on the front of The Star Inn (another series filmed there). We have our eye on other prominent dull walls, some of which are currently going through probate and others for which we are awaiting freeholders’ permission. We are going to try and make the council’s £8k stretch as far as possible (it can be spent within 85 meters of the phase 1 buildings). If your business would like to become a sponsor and feature in the guide booklet that will be produced for tourists later this year, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks so far to; Affinity Photo (Serif), Beeston Round Table, Beeston Nursery, The Star Inn, Tesco Beeston, Fred Hallam Ltd, Nottingham County Council and Northgate Vehicle Hire.
This gallery contains 24 photos.