Andy Bell of Lenton Avenue is collecting Lockdown audio stories from The Park. He will be publishing them as a podcast at https://www.ablettbell.co.uk/lockdown-stories if you would like to listen or contribute.
The latest list of planning applications, registered with the City Council, are available for comment.
Back after a year’s break to renovate the Tennis Club pavilion, this one’s not going to disappoint! It’s “War of the Worlds” – that’s Martians for those too young to remember being invaded by anything worth worrying about.
Tickets on the gate, but there is a 400 limit, so if you have a group please buy in advance by emailing email@example.com
The new schedule of Autumn Talks is now available. Please note them in your diaries and book your place early as they are always well attended!
All talks will now be held in the Tennis Pavilion, beginning from 7pm.
A monthly crime update for The Park is published by the Police, available at this link
To receive a monthly email, please sign up to the Alerts system at the Park Estate website (“Register” button at foot of page).
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has announced the final recommendations for ward boundary changes in Nottingham. The new ward will come into force in the May 2019 City Council elections.
The full report and map are available at https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/nottinghamshire/nottingham, however, a summary is below.
The Commission changed its initial recommendation for separate City and The Park wards. Feedback during consultation suggested that many people living in the proposed The Park ward used facilities and amenities in the city centre and that the two areas should be combined into a single ward. The Commission found the local evidence to join the two areas together persuasive and now proposes a two-councillor ward to cover the central part of Nottingham. The ward will be called Castle.
These are the pertinent sections (paraphrased) from the detailed full report:
58. The Conservatives and five other submissions supported a City ward, arguing that the city centre is very different to its surrounding communities and therefore has very different needs and interests. Most residents in City live in apartments surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars and offices. This is unique in Nottingham and the proposals reflected that.
59. The Conservatives and 31 other submissions supported The Park ward, arguing that it reflected the community and did not dilute the voice of the Park Estate by merging it with any of its neighbouring communities.
60. The Council and 30 other submissions objected to either a City or The Park wards, with most of the residents writing in support of the Council’s alternative proposal, which was to combine the two wards. The submissions pointed out that the Park Estate itself is purely residential and that the people who live there primarily use shops and social facilities in the city centre. In addition, by the Council’s estimate, only 55% of The Park’s electorate live in the Park Estate itself. People living in flats on The Ropewalk or Castle Boulevard in ‘The Park’ ward saw themselves as city centre residents and did not identify with the Park Estate in any way.
64. Regarding City and The Park, the Commission received some evidence to support retaining City as a single-councillor ward. However, they considered that the evidence for combining City with The Park was stronger: “While it is very clear that the Park Estate is a separate residential area, it is not a self-contained unit, as residents need to leave the Estate to access any services. In addition, the Estate itself is too small for a ward on its own and the areas we included with it, such as The Ropewalk and Castle Boulevard, appear to be an extension of the city centre. Using Maid Marian Way as a boundary would split them from their natural community. Therefore, as part of our final recommendations we are proposing to combine our City and The Park wards into a two-councillor ward called ‘Castle’, as proposed by the Council.”
A note from James Walker, who presented the recent Sillitoe Spring Talk (March 2018):
Many thanks for inviting me to The Park. It’s taken me 40 years to visit, proving that patience really is a virtue. Here’s the reading list I promised.
- Alan Sillitoe, A Man of His Time (2009) – the story of Arthur Seaton’s great grandfather Ernest Burton. This is my favourite Sillitoe book of all time.
- The Sillitoe short about the young boy who witnesses a man trying to hang himself is called On Saturday Afternoon. This appears in the short story collection Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1960). Please click the link to read, as the story is a free download.
- The novel set on the Broxtowe Council Estate was The Killing Jar (2007) by Nicola Monaghan.
- The story of the lace factory owner that I said was a kind of precursor to Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was Penny Lace (1946) by Hilda Lewis.
One member of the audience asked me about Pat McGrath. I’ve done some research… Pat was born in Nottingham in 1954 but moved to London in 1970. He is best known for The Green Leaves of Nottingham (1970) which he wrote when he was 14! Like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, it’s set in Radford. It tells the tale of a boy returning home from Borstal who gets involved with organised crime. The Green Leaves of the title refers to a local pub. Sillitoe wrote the introduction to the book and it was later turned into a play, produced at the Playhouse between 1971-2. Pat McGrath has also written a short story collection, People in the Crowd (1978), mainly set in Notts. There’s not much out there on him. Don’t confuse him with the author Patrick McGrath who was born in 1950.
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School of Arts and Humanities
Nottingham Trent University
Three new events are confirmed for our annual Spring Talks. Covering a range of topics, these talks are always interesting and very well attended. Please see the events listing on this website for further information and to book.
Sadly, the Tennis Club will not be able to hold its annual Bonfire Night fireworks party this year. However, this is due to the refurbishment of the Pavilion which is now well underway – see our other news post for more details!