The opportunity to for Community Representatives to raise issues of concern to their groups and provide feedback on events.
University of Nottingham Student’s Union
Jacob Collier thanked Council Services which had recently hosted a housing event for students.
There are serious concerns regarding the safety of Derby Road since the deaths of 2 students in separate incidents and a further two serious incidents in the past few years.
Councillor Longford agreed and stated that section between the railway line and Priory Island had been highlighted as an issue for speeding vehicles where pedestrians were crossing and also for the lack of a cycle lane. As an arterial route, this road is the responsibility of Highways England and not the City Council but Councillor Longford assured the Committee that the MP Lillian Greenwood has been active in trying to get the safety issues resolved. Highways England has responded that they are reviewing the situation.
Wollaton Churches Together
Reverend Stuart Bell thanked Neighbourhood Development Officer Parbinder Singh for the huge amount of work he has done to support the Wollaton Christmas Lights event. The City Council and local traders contribute to the event but funding is reducing so in future years, changes may have to be made unless traders can and are willing to increase their contribution. Sponsoring decorations has been suggested.
Friends of Wollaton Park (FoWP)
Rob Kirkwood informed the Committee that the group had just held its AGM. Peter Forster has been re-elected as Chair and committee member numbers have increased. The group is always looking for new places to meet and welcomes working together in partnership with other groups which are willing to share information. As such if any other local or like-minded groups would like to know more about FoWP, Rob would be pleased to deliver a brief presentation on the group’s work and activity. Peter Forster informed the Committee that the group had been working hard with the Wollaton Park grounds staff and were looking forward to the 2019 Wollaton Festival.
Wollaton Historical and Conservation Group (WHCG)
Earlier in the meeting, when taking the Chair, Councillor Steve Battlemuch had referred to an email which responded to a request by Alan Hall at a previous meeting regarding a ‘Local List’ of historically significant buildings.
‘The principle of NCC holding a Local List was approved at the Executive Board on the 18th September 2018. Information regarding the Criteria and Selection Process is available here https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/building-a-better-nottingham/heritage-regeneration/nottingham-local-list/ ….The headline implications are that if a building is recognised as being of historic value to Nottingham and therefore assessed as being worthy to go on the Local List then owners would be required to apply for planning permission if they propose to demolish the building to enable due consideration to be given before something that is valued is lost. The decision of whether to add something to the Local List and impose an Article 4 Direction regarding demolition is delegated to the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage.
In the New Year there will be promotion of how people can get involved by either making applications or enhancing the draft list.’
Alan Hall welcomed the update on the Local List of building of interest and the opportunity to engage in the New Year.
Lenton Abbey Residents Association (LARA)
Adam McGregor reported that the Christmas light switch on went well on 5 December and thanked everyone who had been involved attended and contributed to the event.
Sue Twyford reported that plans for the 2019 festival were progressing well. A new Chairperson had been appointed. The group would welcome the involvement of the local churches and expanding the area of the Festival’s Activity. All councillors are welcome to attend the group’s meetings.
Wollaton Park Resident’s Association
Sylvia Taylor informed the Committee that the group’s Christmas Fair had been held on Saturday and was a great success, possibly the best to date, and everyone had a good time.