PUBLISHED: 15:18 23 February 2018 Ellena Cruse Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of Redbridge Council and CllrHelen Coomb, cabinet member for property, planning and regeneration launch the Ilford Manifesto (Credit: Andrew Baker) Andrew Baker A new cultural quarter with artist studios, food markets and flexible workspace is being planned for Ilford. Part of Redbridge Town Hall will be used for the project. Picture: Paul Bennett. In Redbridge Council proposals, buildings next to Kenneth More Theatre and the council car park could be used to create a vibrant hub. Part of the grade II listed town hall would also be re-purposed in a venture named The Spark. “The council’s regeneration strategy 2017-2027 places a priority on Ilford as the borough’s single biggest regenerations opportunity,” the plans state. “A new cultural quarter is envisaged in the heart of Ilford town centre which will cluster civic, leisure, education and community uses and boost … [Read more...] about Plans unveiled for a £2million cultural quarter in Ilford
Warwick and Leamington’s MP has called for more government support for mental health services in Warwickshire after new figures showed a five-year decline in funding. Labour MP Matt Western raised his concerns after news broke that Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is one of only nine mental health trusts in England to have suffered a year-on-year decline in its income in real terms, according to new research from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The trust has seen its income fall from £225,042,000 in 2011/12, to £207,857,000 in 2016/17. Mr Western said: “I want the people of Warwick and Leamington to be able to get the best possible mental health treatment when they need it, and where they need it. “For our local mental health trust to have had their funding cut every year for five years goes completely against government’s plans to properly fund mental health services. “This news comes as demand for services soars, with some … [Read more...] about MP calls for more funding for Warwickshire’s mental health services after five-year decline
Staff at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre have made it through to the national finals of Care UK’s Healthcare Awards. The awards are open to thousands of healthcare professionals and administrators in services across the country, ranging from GP surgeries and walk-in centres to treatment centres and the 111 urgent care services. Finalists from the centre are: - Marco La Malfa, medical director: a team nomination in the Innovation and Improvement category for their work in developing shoulder replacement day surgery, enabling patients having total shoulder replacement to return home the same day. Previously they would not have been able to return home for several days and patients reported they would feel more comfortable recuperating at home. The work has been praised as innovative, leading-edge and patient-focussed. - The centre’s anaesthetic team, who specialise in pain treatment and regional blocks, are finalists in the Medical Professional of the Year category. They … [Read more...] about Health centre staff shortlisted for prestigious awards
PUBLISHED: 14:49 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 23 February 2018 Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami, pictured at a meeting with Country Land and Business Association members in Gosmore. Picture: Danny Loo Danny Loo Photography 2018 Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has signed an early day motion aimed at tackling fly-tipping. Mr Afolami is backing Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning on the motion, which calls on Justice Secretary David Gauke to simplify the court process for fly-tipping prosecutions and introduce a form of ‘community payback’ sentencing for fly-tippers. Mr Afolami said: “In recent meetings with constituents, the issue of rural crime and fly-tipping has been at the forefront of many people’s minds. In particular I have heard this from farmers in Gosmore who are dealing with the aftermath of this hugely inconsiderate behaviour.” He added that he was “thrilled” to be challenging “this disgusting crime”. … [Read more...] about Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami signs motion challenging fly-tippers
A Wigan brewery has welcomed its first customers through the door of its new microbar after a long saga to gain its own watering hole. The Twisted Vine Ale House in Ashton, owned by Hophurst Brewery, opened to the public on Saturday evening following a couple of soft launch nights late last week. Other news: Riddle over sudden demise of Wigan pubThe bar is an intriguing blend of old and new, with a modern industrial theme and keg beers alongside no fewer than seven handpumps for real ale including a selection of Hophurst’s own brews. The ale producer settled on the Wigan Road site after a long search for premises which included falling foul of the council’s rules on new places with alcohol licenses in Wigan town centre. Brewery founder Stuart Hurst said: “We had been looking for a venue for a couple of years. We tried to get one in Wigan town centre but we were knocked back for various reasons regarding council policies. “Since then we were trying to get a … [Read more...] about Wigan brewery opens long-awaited micropub
Gritting teams will be out in force over the weekend, with temperatures around Nottinghamshire set to plummet. Latest forecasts are predicting freezing night time temperatures on Saturday and Sunday, with a possibility of snow and ice day and night in the early part of next week. Gritting teams are currently due to be out tackling main routes every evening, with daytime crews on standby for additional runs, depending on weather conditions. Since the first gritting run of the winter back in November, gritting teams in Nottinghamshire have carried out around 150 round-trips and clocked up approximately 200,000 kilometers Via East Midlands delivers highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, including winter maintenance. Road temperatures are constantly monitored and gritting teams when required from four depots situated across the county at Markham Moor, Bilsthorpe, Newark and Gamston. In addition to salting roads, the county council and Via maintain and fill around … [Read more...] about WEATHER: Gritters out in force in Notts as weekend temperature plummets.
A Mansfield dad drove home erratically after spending the afternoon boozing in the pub with an old mate, a court heard. A witness saw Michael Bowers’ Nissan Almera veer across the white line and then clip the curb at a junction on Abbott Road, on November 19. She followed him along Debdale Lane, where he also crossed the white line, to his home on Oak Tree Crescent, in Mansfield Woodhouse. Bowers told police he had drunk a can of lager after got in. A test revealed he had 93 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes. Bowers, 31, who previously held a clean driving licence, admitted drink driving when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Friday. Chris Perry, mitigating, said Bowers bumped into an old friend and drank four or five pints over the course of the afternoon. “It wasn’t his finest hour,” he said. “He works as a warehouse operative and this will make life more difficult, and … [Read more...] about Mansfield dad drove home after daytime booze session with old pal
The Beast from the East is on its way towards Britain and forecasters are warning of potentially life-threatening temperatures after issuing a weather alert for Notts. Public Health England’s Extreme Events team are urging people to take extra special care with the elderly and the young as bitterly cold weather bites... … [Read more...] about A danger to life: How cold will it get as the Beast from the East arrives in Notts?
The company that manufactured the ejection seat in which Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham was thrown to his death has been fined £1.1 million after admitting a breach of health and safety regulations. Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd, which is a world leader in the production of ejection seats, apologised for the incident in which the parachute failed to open after the ejection seat was inadvertently activated while Flt Lt Cunningham, 36, was preparing for take-off from the aerobatics team's base at RAF Scampton on November 8, 2011. He was thrown 200 feet into the air and fell to the ground still strapped into his seat suffering fatal injuries. The court heard that Flt Lt Cunningham's two biggest fears in life were being ejected from an aircraft and the injuries that would be sustained, and dying at a young age. His sister Nicolette, in a victim impact statement, told how the family has suffered "six years of hell" since Sean's death. She said her brother's interest … [Read more...] about Ejection seat firm fined £1.1m over Red Arrows pilot death
PICTURE GALLERY: Cheap eats in Wellingborough In a new series of features today we’re highlighting the top 10 ‘cheap eats’ in Wellingborough. These are the best places to eat on a budget in Wellingborough according to reviews by diners posted and compiled on Trip Advisor.Just hit the gallery icon in the image above to get started.Is your favourite in the top 10 photo gallery, or do you know of another eatery that deserves to be featured? Have your say on our Facebook page.The Trip Advisor rankings were correct at the time of publication. … [Read more...] about The top 10 cheap eats in Wellingborough