Recent News

  • Why I don’t support HS2

    Many of you will have heard that I recently voted against a motion put down by the Liberal Democrats (subsequently amended by my own party at Broxtowe Borough Council) in support of HS2. As a Toton councillor, I could not support the motion as I do not believe HS2 will benefit the people or area I…

  • Broxtowe’s HS2 Consultation Feedback

    A few weeks ago I reported on HS2’s Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES) The report sets out the possible environmental impacts HS2 will have on the areas it goes through. As ward councillor for Toton and Chilwell Meadows, I am particularly concerned about what this could mean for residents in Toton.  At the Jobs and…

  • HS2 Update

    In July 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport published the West Midlands to Leeds section of the HS2 Phase 2b route. What followed is known as the Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES). This working document identifies the environmental impacts HS2 will have on the surrounding area. As ward councillor for Toton and Chilwell Meadows…

  • Community Action Team meeting recap

    On 29th November, we hosted another CAT meeting at Toton Methodist Church. Unfortunately, turnout wasn’t as good as we’d hoped but it was a very productive and informative hour and a half. Below is a brief summary of what was discussed: Update from the local police team: PCSO Paula Hipkiss gave an overview of crime…

  • Community Green Initiative

    This morning I attended the community green event organised by Friends of Toton Fields at Toton nature reserve. The initiative comes from our commitment to improving and enhancing Broxtowe’s green open spaces. The event saw residents, councillors and the Mayor planting bulbs and seeds and picking up litter, making the reserve cleaner, so more people…

  • Memorial Service

    This Sunday we honour all those who fought in WWI and sacrificed their lives in order to guarantee our freedom. It is a time to show our respect and gratitude to all the brave people who fought in WWI. For me, it is also a time to respect all the great work our Armed Forces do…

  • THE FUTURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    Last month Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) published their public engagement paper regarding the future of local government and sought feedback from residents. The public engagement is now closed, and the full report will be delivered to the council next month. Presently, we have a two-tiered system of local government across Nottinghamshire: borough and county. Each…

  • Universal Credit Update

    On Wednesday, I attended a Universal Credit (UC) members briefing. Presentations were given by Erewash Borough Council who have already started roll out for new claimants and the Broxtowe Welfare Reform Group who are tasked with ensuring Broxtowe is ready for roll out in November. Whilst supporting UC, I do have some concerns regarding certain…

  • Beeston Town Hall Update

    On Wednesday at Full Council I voted in favour of the sale of Beeston Town Hall to Cornerstone Church. The decision was not taken lightly and took place over 12 months of deliberation, consultation, and research.  I made my decision based on two principles: 1. Toton and Chilwell residents pay for the Town Hall but…

  • Public Exhibition for Chetwynd Barracks

    Over the next week, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will be holding a series of public exhibitions detailing their view on how the barracks could be developed over the next decade or so. I met with the DIO last week and they took me through their master plan and what that could look like for…