Funding available for projects in Beeston

Each year the County Council give a grant of £10,000 for councillors to distribute to worthy local causes and projects as they see fit. While most councillors easily find ways of distributing the money, Eric Kerry, Conservative County Councillor for Beeston South and Attenborough has spent less than half of his, with the remainder being given back to County Hall.

There are many worthy projects which would benefit from this money, so please let us know any suggestions you have, and we will pass them on.

Go ahead for the tram

The Government has given the go ahead to the extension of the tram to Chilwell, with the new route running through Beeston. Companies wishing to run the new route have already submitted tenders, and a decision is expected early in the New Year.

It is hoped that, pending final approavel from the Government, work will start in late 2011 with the first trams running in late 2014.

Eyewitness stories from Israel-Palestine

`Eyewitness stories from Israel-Palestine’ with Jan Sutch Pickard, an observer attached to the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

Themes: “What is daily life under occupation really like? What is the Israeli peace movement doing? What can we do to promote a just peace in Israel-Palestine?”

Sunday 21 November, 4:30 – 6:00 pm at Round Hill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1AE

Middle Street mental health resource centre

The County have completed a review of mental health daycare centres, but have so far refused to publish the findings despite earlier saying they would do so. They are now conducting a wider review of all daycare services and will include these apparently secret findings in that. People were originally accused of scaremongering when we said that the Middle Street centre was under threat: it appears that this is now part of a wider threat to daycare of all kinds across the county. See for lots of updates and a petition to sign

Wind turbines in Beeston Rylands?

The university is proposing to erect very tall wind turbines in the Rylands and councillors are currently consulting on it. The upside of this is that it will help them meet their carbon emission reduction target, reduce energy use and showcase their expertise in wind power technology. The downside is that at 125 meters tall they will be, well, very prominent.

Beeston Rylands Labour Party, as part of councillors’ consultation with residents on the issue, have invited the University, who are promoting the wind turbines, to a public meeting at Leyton Crescent Community Centre on Monday 22 November at 7.30pm: both the university and the council will be represented and anyone from any party or none is welcome. If you’d like to know more about the proposal, Cllr Steve Barber is on