Green Belt Under Threat As Government Throws out Rushcliffe Housing Plans
Two years ago the incoming coalition government scrapped the East Midlands Regional Development Agency and the Regional Assembly.
With that, one would think, went the crazy over-inflated housing plans for the borough. But apparently not.
The agency and assembly were abolished, but the housing targets stayed. So this year, when Rushcliffe put forward its own much reduced housing plans, the government threw it out.
This puts us all back at square one, with the threat of thousands of houses at Gamston, beyond Clifton and East of Gamston; all to be built on the edge of the existing built-up area, on the green belt, creating the kind of urban sprawl that the green belt was created to prevent.
Controversial GP Surgery Approved
Controversial plans for a new GP surgery on Wilford Lane have been passed by Rushcliffe Borough Council's Development Control committee.
The merged Ludlow Hill, Southview, Trent Bridge and Compton Acres practices will operate from the new building. Musters Medical Practice will also be based there but continue to operate as a separate practice.
While the new centre promises improved facilities it suffers from one major problem: It is simply in the wrong place. A more central location, accessible to local people, would be preferable.
Located on Wilford Lane the proposed new surgery is well away from the centre of West Bridgford and impossible to reach by a single trip on public transport. It is much further for most people to walk. The assumption is that most patients will drive, or get a lift; those who cannot drive or who do not have access to a car presumably do not matter.
So concerned was the board of the Nottinghamshire City & County Primary Care Trust that they withheld permission to proceed with the plan when it came before them in March 2012. Only two months later did the board give approval, though little of substance had changed in the new report they were given.
It is worth noting that this application was only narrowly passed by the Development Control committee. Green, Labour, LibDem and Tory councillors representing West Bridgford all voted against the application. It was passed by Labour and Tory councillors all of whom represent areas outside the town.
Rushcliffe in Brief
ROAD REPAIRS & GRASS CUTTING
We are often asked who to contact about these topics. You can find out more about both on the Road Maintenance page of Nottinghamshire County Council's website.
Some grass cutting is also carried out by Rushcliffe Borough Council and by Parish Councils outside West Bridgford.
RUSHCLIFFE YouNG MARKET
Part of the Olympic Legacy, The YouNG Market will take place on Central Avenue, West Bridgford on Saturday 6 July from 12 noon to 5pm. The idea is for the market to encourage and support entrepreneurial young people aged 13-21 who live or study in Rushcliffe. The young people have designed, arranged and promoted the market and entertainment will be a large feature of the event.
PROTEST AGAINST THE BEDROOM TAX
The Green Party opposes the government's Bedroom Tax.
Across the Nottingham area thousands of families will be affected by this tax that increases the cost of living for many disabled people, single parents, families of those recently deceased, foster parents and the parents of children in the army or at university.
Tories' £800k cricket handout
In 2007 Rushcliffe council gave the Notts County Cricket Club a £1.2 million loan to help build a new stand and floodlighting; in return, the club launched a community project in Cotgrave for young people.
Fair enough you might say, sounds like a good deal.
Well the catch is, we aren't going to get our money back after all. The Tory administration has instead decided to convert £810,000 of the loan into grants. Why? Cricket is a multi-million pound sport and the club were well able to repay the loan. The community project, excellent though it is, does not take that kind of money.
In a time of austerity when we are all being told to expect years more cuts to council services, and the Tories have just voted to raise Rushcliffe's Council Tax, why the generous handout?