Chris Chandler for Greasley

There is a local election on Thursday 18th February to elect a new councillor to Broxtowe Borough Council.

Chris Chandler is our candidate for Greasley

”I’ve lived locally for many years so I know what is important to the residents of Greasley.  I will stand up for you on housing, transport,  the fracking threat and local jobs. Like you, I know what matters locally. The Tories have ignored the North of Broxtowe for too long and they have done major damage since they got in last year. They don’t want to invest in local roads and transport, and they cancelled a large project that would have brought in hundreds of jobs. I promise to always put the residents of Greasley first.”

Read Chris Chandler’s Election Leaflet (PDF)

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Chris Chandler

Vote for Chris who will

  • Help residents campaign to save the New White Bull
  • Fight for transport improvements around Ikea
  • Stand up for you against fracking in the area
  • Hold the Tories to account
  • Keep you informed at all times

We want to hear from you!

 

Universal Credit Concerns Prior to November Launch

Universal credit is coming into force in November and Labour councillors are concerned that the Council are not ready to deal with the implications for the most vulnerable of claimants.

Labour councillors raised these concerns in the Full Council meeting in October and were told by the Tory portfolio holder that he did not believe there would be many cases where there may be issues. However, Labour councillors are not convinced as there have been many documented teething problems in other areas of the country leaving people short of cash for basic essentials.

The main concern is that universal credit is a 100% online system, and many of the most vulnerable people don’t or can’t use computers.  Coupled with the closure of the cash offices – where those people could have potentially gone and asked for help – this could be disastrous for those people if the Council do not have a strategy in place for what to do in these situations.

Asking at the full council meeting if the Tories did indeed have a strategy, their answer was not reassuring at all.

Labour will be watching for further developments on this and will not let it rest.  

Beeston BID Closure

Beeston townThe Beeston BID – which stands for ‘Business Improvement District’ – has also been voted to be closed, sadly, in a referendum to local businesses and the council. The closure will happen at the end of the year.

The Beeston BID team often work quietly behind the scenes to bring about things in Beeston that we take for granted – the Christmas lights switch on, the ‘Beeston Bay’ in the summer at Broadgate, and the flowers popping up in hanging baskets throughout the Summer to name but a few.

Businesses pay into it a levy, based on their size – so the smallest independent shops can pay from around £150 per year and that secures larger contributions from Tesco and Sainsbury’s as some of the bigger businesses in our town that are in the region of £30,000+ per year.

It is therefore a lot of money that will be lost to Beeston without the BID, and we are very sad to see it go. The council voted to abstain on their votes and our fellow Labour Councillor Lynda Lally spoke passionately against their decision to do that at the last full council. We feel that the cabinet should have voted for keeping the BID, given the high levels of investment it brings to our town.

Image CC BY-SA 2.0 © Copyright Garth Newton

Closure of the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre

DH Lawrence (Attribution WikiCommons)In September, the Labour councillors enjoyed an away day at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre where we looked at our policy positions on key local issues. The next week, the council cabinet voted to close it.

These seems to be a pattern emerging here. Broxtowe Conservatives are clearly cutting for short term gain regardless of the long term value of services and potential for regeneration or income generation. 

Our cultural services such as the DH Lawrence Centre bring vital benefits to the local area, bringing inward investment, tourism, and important learning for local school children too. As a Labour Group, we are angry to hear of the planned closure, particularly at a time when Nottingham is going through a bid to become a UNESCO ‘City of Literature’. It feels very short-sighted when through the UNESCO bid there was a clear likelihood of significant inward investment in the very near future.