November 6th, 2015
Over the last decade town centres have had to struggle to attract visitors. Sadly the leadership at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has failed to accept there is a problem and has ignored the decline in Nuneaton and Bedworth Town Centres.
As a borough councillor I have been trying to get action to help the centre since I was elected in 2012. I had a major dispute with the council over its refusal to clear snow from market area in 2013. I have repeatedly proposed measures in the council’s budget to support the town centre all of which have been opposed by the council leader. The November meeting of the Economic and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny was due to discuss empty shops but the chair cancelled the meeting due to an alleged lack of business.
I called my own meeting to break the councils refusal to even talk about Nuneaton town centre. We had around 40 people attend on a dark wet Thursday Night at 5PM. This included 6 councillors, business people, and users of the town centre. This compares to 7-9 committee members who show up for a normal Scrutiny meeting. As I invited the public to this replacement meeting the Managing Director of our council insisted I paid £15/hour for the room!
It was a stunning success with a livery debate/brainstorming about the issues faced by the town centre.
The public was keen on having a 2nd meeting in around a month.
My powerpoint presentation was used to structure the meeting is here.
Rough survey of Closed & open businesses here
Town Centre Footfall NBBC Stats
NBBC car park ticket sales. NBBC stats
Nuneaton Market Stalls NBBC stats
Please email empty @ greennuneaton.org.uk if you want details of the next meeting (take out spaces)
November 24th, 2008
My connection with incinerators
In 2005 I found out that Warwickshire County Council wanted to build a large waste incinerator and its likely location was in Nuneaton. Over the next year I learned a lot about incinerators and killed off WCC’s plans. In the process I have become a bit of a waste expert and now help groups around England and Wales fight plans for waste incinerators.
The much of this campaigning involves either local Friends of the earth groups or single-issue groups. We now have a newly formed “UK without incineration” (www.ukwin.org.uk) to network between such campaigns. In 2008 I was awarded an “Earth mover” award by Friends of the Earth in recognition of the help that I provide to uk-win and groups around the country.
I them helped fighting plans for waste burners in
Staffordshire (Four Ashes)
Leicestershire (maybe at Barton)
Hull (salt end)
November 24th, 2008
Recent campaigning has been on
- Preventing loss of 2nd Fire Engine in Nuneaton
- Waste & recycling
- protecting out train services
- keeping our NHS public
- better public transport & cycle lanes
I am trying to do more when I have time on
- shopping local
- cheaper bus fares
- stop litter
- energy audits
And I have already been part of
- stopping a waste incinerator in Nuneaton
- stopping toxic waste plant at Judkins
- fighting loss of services at the George Eliot Hospital
- getting more recycling in Nuneaton
- getting Nuneaton & Bedworth Borougth council to reduce energy waste
- fighting cuts to Virgin Trains
November 21st, 2008
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