December 2019

Happy New Year!

December was dominated by the General Election and pre-Christmas activities.

Christmas Celebrations

All of our Christmas events were well attended and we think well received. The fireworks at Lenton Abbey were spectacular, the first ever lights at Kennington Road were welcomed and at Canning Circus there was a great atmosphere. We really enjoyed meeting so many residents and thank everyone who volunteered and helped make them so enjoyable. We are very pleased that we can continue to fund these events from our ward budget.

Student Purpose Built Accommodation

Dave spoke against the new “Greystacks” development on Radmarsh Road at Planning Committee citing the problems of very high densities of students already living within the community. Sally and Pavlos both voted against the development but it was passed.

A re-application of a previously rejected scheme for 280 beds has been submitted for Triumph Road. You can comment here


We now expect an application from Unite for a much larger development on the site of the current Toyota dealership to come forward.

If you wish to discuss any of the new proposals it is best to contact Dave, as he is not on Planning Committee and can therefore openly express his view. Sally and Pavlos have to remain neutral prior to Planning Committee or they will not be able to participate in the meeting. This is not because they do not care, or wish to distance themselves from residents’ concerns, it is the rules!

Middleton Boulevard Road Safety

Residents and cyclists have repeatedly expressed their concerns about the safety of the cycle path ever since it was installed. Over the years various improvements were made to the plans to enhance safety, for example with segregation between cyclists and pedestrians and with “Slow” signs near junctions.

The December ward walk including Council Officers from the Road Safety and Cycling teams and community representatives looked again at the issues, and at a subsequent meeting, it was agreed that additional signage would be tried at junctions to alert drivers to the hazard. Also, it is planned to slightly divert cyclists at Oundle Drive to give more visibility.

Forever Stars Serenity Garden, Highfields Park

For some years the local baby loss charity, Forever Stars, has been fundraising for a serenity garden on the site of the former paddling pool (west end) of Highfields Park. In December the Council was successful in securing £68,000 of funding from FCC landfill communities fund (formerly WREN who have supported lots of Parks developments around the City).

Farndon Green

Wollaton Park Residents Association work hard to keep Farndon Green looking lovely, planting and maintaining it for residents to enjoy. An application has now been submitted for a Green Flag Community Award, which would recognise the commitment of the community. They have our full support.

Judging will take place of our various Green Flag locations in the summer.

Pavlos Kotsonis: pavlos.kotsonis@nottinghamcity.gov.uk; tel: 07874 792633

Sally Longford: sally.longford@nottinghamcity.gov.uk; tel: 07732 972465

Dave Trimble: dave.trimble@nottinghamcity.gov.uk: tel: (0115) 8763785