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Nottingham Labour investing in our streets – Station Street improvements reach completion

Nottingham City Council’s pedestrianisation of Station Street will be completed on time and on budget on Sunday 31 July.

Cllr McDonald

Labour Councillor Nick McDonald welcomes the improvements that will greet visitors to Nottingham via train

The works were carried out to help regenerate the area around the railway station, complementing the £60 million transformation; the new Nottingham Station tram stop, which is now fully integrated with the railway station; and the £1.4 million Townscape Heritage programme to restore historical shop fronts in the Carrington Street area, which will link with future improvements around the Broadmarsh area.

The £1.375 million environmental improvement scheme funded by Labour controlled Nottingham City Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Government through City Deal and D2N2’s Regional Growth Fund, now features new paving and road surfaces, new traffic management measures and enhancements to the appearance of the area. A large part of this funding came from Europe and it’s another example of why it’s so important the Government commit to making sure Cities like Nottingham have this funding replaced.

Works started in September 2015 and now Station Street from Carrington Street to Trent Street consists of an easily accessible paved area for pedestrians and cyclists. It is now also available for outdoor café seating and pop-up market stalls.

Other changes that have been brought to these areas are:

  • Pedestrianising Station Street between Trent Street and Carrington Street
  • Moving taxis to new taxi ranks on Trent Street and a new rank off Queens Road for passengers using the station lifts.
  • Prohibiting vehicles except buses and cycles from using Carrington Street outside the station
  • Prohibiting vehicles except cycles entering Station Street from London Road
  • Prohibiting vehicles except cycles entering Station Street from Trent Street and visa-versa
  • Providing vehicle access to the remaining section of Station Street through a one-way system from Canal Street via Trent Street onto Station Street and to London Road
  • Increasing parking availability on Station Street (east of Trent Street).

Some additional works will take place between August 1 and the end of September when trees will be planted and new street lights and granite benches will be installed. Paving that could not be installed due to scaffolding around the station entrance will also be laid. Traffic management will be in force, with access turning right from Trent Street on to Station Street stopped except for works vehicles and local business parking. There will be no access to Station Street from its junction with Carrington Street.

This means from the 1st August access to Station Street will be from Canal Street and Trent Street, there will be no access from London Road into Station Street (except for cycles).  On the Station side of Station Street vehicles will not be allowed to stop at any time until all the works have been completed, this will be signed on site.

We are very pleased with the environmental improvements we have delivered. We now have a refreshed, welcoming area which looks attractive, improves connectivity around the station and provides new outdoor opportunities for businesses. The station serves more than seven million passengers each year, who will benefit from the improvements to the surrounding area. That’s seven million better impressions of our City.

We thank local residents and businesses for their patience and apologise for any further inconvenience of works taking place to complete the transformation of the area. However we feel delivering these works now will be more effective and less disruptive in the long run.

Councillor Nick McDonald is the portfolio holder for business, growth and transport at Labour controlled Nottingham City Council

Nottingham Labour, Nottingham Pride and the march for equality

This Saturday 30th July sees the return Nottingham Pride to the City.

This annual event is one of the highlights of the events year and is an important date in the LGBT community.

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Councillor Neal is proud of the work the City Council does with Nottingham Pride

Pride originated in New York in the late 1960’s when on 2nd November 1969, Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy and Linda Rhodes proposed the first gay pride parade to be held in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations meeting in Philadelphia. The resolution read:

That the Annual Reminder, in order to be more relevant, reach a greater number of people, and encompass the ideas and ideals of the larger struggle in which we are engaged-that of our fundamental human rights-be moved both in time and location.

We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.

We also propose that we contact Homophile organizations throughout the country and suggest that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day. We propose a nationwide show of support.

What those original organisers possibly couldn’t have imagined is that Pride would become the world wide event that it is now. An event steeped in the fight for equality (and still very much is in places around the world) that has become a celebration of LGBT culture across large parts of the world.

As Labour Councillors we firmly believe in the fight for equality and the Labour movement played a vital role in helping progress LGBT rights in the 1980s  and in Government from 1997 to 2010 Labour:

  • achieved an equal age of consent;
  • ended the ban on LGBT people serving in our armed forces;
  • ended discrimination against Lesbian & Gay partners for immigration purposes;
  • given LGBT individuals and couples the right to adopt children;
  • scrapped the homophobic Section 28 (Clause 2a in Scotland);
  • become a signatory of the Treaty of Amsterdam, which gave the EU powers to end discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation;
  • banned discrimination in the workplace and in vocational training with the introduction of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations;
  • created the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which gives LGBT people statutory body protection;
  • included homophobia in the definition of hate crimes;
  • increased sentencing for homophobic hate crimes;
  • removed outdated offences such as gross indecency and buggery;
  • produced and implemented the Gender Recognition Act, allowing Trans people to have their true gender recognised in law;
  • created the Civil Partnerships, allowing LGB people to have their loving relationships recognised by law and have the same benefits as married couples;
  • outlawed discrimination in good and services (with no exceptions);
  • launched a campaign in the UN for the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality focusing on the nine countries where it is still punishable by death;
  • awarded statutory rights for fertility treatment for Lesbians on the NHS.
  • introduced the Equality Act

These are just some of the examples of what Labour did for LGBT equality in over a decade in government.

Whilst Pride for large parts has become a celebration of culture there iss till much to be done across the world and the fight for equality never truly ends.

You can find out more about LGBT international rights at https://www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/LGBTI-rights

In the mean time I hope you’ll be able to join me and hundreds of others at Nottingham Pride.

The  March shall be gathering at 11 am on the corner of Castle Gate & Lister Gate (NG1 7DD) and proceed to Broad Street in Hockley where celebrations will continue until 6PM.

Labour controlled Nottingham City Council is helping pride by having:

  • An information trailer promoting NCC services to include job vacancies
  • The Commissioning Team will be conducting a survey on the trailer around stop smoking services within the LGBT community
  • The LGBT Network stall – promoting the #NoBystanders Campaign and Workplace Allies
  • NCC LGBT employees will be carrying the NCC LGBT Network banner in the parade.
  • NCC employees will be promoting the upcoming NCC LGBT Health Event in October
  • Waste Management with be leading the parade in conjunction with Nottinghamshire Fire Service
  • LGBT network will be publicising activities through their social media throughout the day

You can view more details at http://www.nottinghamshirepride.co.uk

Councillor Toby Neal is responsible for equalities at Nottingham City Council.

Hefty bill to rogue car traders thanks to prioritising trading standards

Two Nottingham car dealers who clocked cars by more than one million miles have been ordered to pay over £160,000 from their criminal gains.

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Councillor Heaton knows protecting consumers is a vital role for Councils

The pair were sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in May this year and have now been ordered to pay a combined total of £161,286.14 under a Proceeds of Crime Act Confiscation Order.

The pair tampered with 17 vehicles over an 18 month period between 2013 and 2015, cutting the mileage on 13 of them by around half and reducing the total by 1,159,743 miles. All the vehicles were then sold with fake MOT certificates and service histories.

After a complaint from a customer, Nottingham City Council Trading Standards Service, working closely with Gumtree, Autotrader, British Car Auctions and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, made two test purchases and searched homes and business addresses. They found cash, false service stamps and paperwork for more than 70 vehicles that had been bought, advertised and sold on to victims across the country, using various phone numbers, email accounts and names. Seized laptops and iPads showed fake documents created for the sales.

This crime required intense investigation by Trading Standards and the result will protect people across the country from the organised criminality committed within a family unit.

Buying a car is large part of anyone’s budget and to find out that your new vehicle has a false mileage and fake documents and so is worth a lot less – and in a poorer state of repair than expected – must have been a shock and concern for many victims. Pursuing compensation for the victims involved in this investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act may mean that some of the losses are repaid from the car dealers’ profits.

Nottingham City Council’s Trading Standards warns that selling cars with false service histories could mean that the vehicles were sold in an unsafe condition and that buyers were unaware they might be at risk. They advise anyone buying a second hand car to make as many checks as possible to ensure that the vehicle is showing its true mileage. The website https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history allows buyers to check the genuine mileage of any vehicle they are considering buying.

Despite significant challenges our Trading Standards still manage to protect customers in Nottingham, and it’s an area that as Labour Councillors we know how important it is.

Councillor Nicola Heaton is the portfolio holder for Community Services.