LENTON & WOLLATON EAST NEWS
Garden Waste Collection
Our waste collection teams have been working hard to cope with staff sickness and self-isolation throughout the pandemic. Now, just as the restrictions have eased, the Council have been hit by the national shortage of large goods vehicle drivers, as some of our drivers have gone to companies offering large “golden hellos” and higher pay. Many other local authorities have abandoned garden waste collection, which is not a statutory service, because of these problems, but we are continuing to try to maintain the service. Please bear with us, and if your garden waste isn’t collected as usual, remove your bin and put it out again in two weeks time.
We had issues early in August when a group of travellers gained access by breaking a bollard, and set up camp on Lenton Abbey Park and then, when evicted, moved to land on University Park, next to the Forever Stars Serenity Garden in Highfields. Significant damage was done at both sites and anti-social behaviour caused difficulties in the neighbourhood. This caused anxiety and distress to many people and we will do all we can to ensure there are no repeat invasions, we are already in the process of looking at further obstacles which might deter access.
Lilian Greenwood Ward Day
Our local MP, Lilian Greenwood, joined us for a day of activity in the Ward. She started with a well attended open air surgery in Farndon Green, then met our local Street Scene team and we did a litter pick in Lenton, had lunch in our community Crocus Café and helped with a survey of accredited HMO properties in Dunkirk. The Council encourages landlords of houses in multiple occupation to become accredited by reducing the License fee, and on the basis of this survey it is clearly a good strategy as the UNIPOL accredited properties were in much better condition than the surrounding HMOs.
Here is the link to our interesting Council Neighbourhood Newsletter:
Road Safety Improvements
After the installation of speed cameras and green patches to alert drivers to cyclists at junctions, plans are coming together for more road safety improvements on Derby Road, including upgrades to crossings and reducing problems around the Sainsbury’s car park entrance. Public consultation will be taking place in September.
We know that many local children enjoyed free activities supported by the Council's Area Based Grants this summer, including with AJ Sports. Sally went along to see 75 excited young people off on their free multi-activity trip to Walesby at the end of the month.
New “Coffee Shop” Wollaton Park Community Centre, Harrow Road
We are glad to pass on information about this new community café, every Thursday 9-12, starting on the 16th September, come and enjoy free hot drink, cake/biscuit and chat!
We now have more than 3,000 volunteer Clean Champions in the city, and some of them came to do a litter pick in Lenton in the middle of the month. Sally was able to join them clearing a great deal of mess around the streets. She also reported several blocked gullies and contaminated bins. If you spot a problem when you are out and about you can easily report here:
Councillor Surgeries restart in September
You can find out where and when here:
Our next ward walk will take place on 8th September, meeting at 10am at Lenton Recreation Ground. Local residents are welcome to join us.