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 ===== News ===== ===== News =====
-==== Rushcliffe Borough Council is reported as trying to sell off Lutterell Hall for development. ==== +===== June 2019 - Rushcliffe Borough Council is reported as trying to sell off Lutterell Hall for development. ​===== 
-West Bridgford Community Hall recently was re-badged by Rushcliffe Borough Council as "​Lutterell Hall". The hall has been a prominent part of West Bridgford life since 1929. Used for a daily preschool ​venue, wedding receptions, political hustings, childrens parties, community ​meeting ​and as a venue for numerous miscellaneous activities and classes the Rushcliffe web site says this:+{{ :​pasted:​20190609-134148.png}} 
 +West Bridgford Community Hall, in recent years re-badged by Rushcliffe Borough Council as "​Lutterell Hall". The hall has been a prominent part of West Bridgford life since 1929. Used as  ​a daily preschool, ​a venue for wedding receptions, political hustings, childrens parties, community ​meetings ​and for for numerous miscellaneous activities and classes the** Rushcliffe web site** says this:
  
-"​Lutterell Hall is an extremely attractive period building situated in a prime central West Bridgford location.+"**Lutterell Hall is an extremely attractive period building situated in a prime central West Bridgford location.
  
 The Hall is ideal for wedding receptions and celebrations of all kinds. It is adjacent to St Giles' Church and Central Avenue and within walking distance of West Bridgford Methodist Church and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Hall is ideal for wedding receptions and celebrations of all kinds. It is adjacent to St Giles' Church and Central Avenue and within walking distance of West Bridgford Methodist Church and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
  
 Lutterell Hall is very popular for children'​s parties, meetings and one-off events. In addition, the venue hosts regular weekday dance and exercise classes and children'​s activities. Lutterell Hall is very popular for children'​s parties, meetings and one-off events. In addition, the venue hosts regular weekday dance and exercise classes and children'​s activities.
-"+**"
  
 Sounds good? Sounds like a valuable part of community life in Bridgford, a local asset? I guess that's what  makes it a prime candidate to be considered for selling off for redevelopment. ​ Sounds good? Sounds like a valuable part of community life in Bridgford, a local asset? I guess that's what  makes it a prime candidate to be considered for selling off for redevelopment. ​
  
 Those who want to stop this latest move to create private profit at the expense of the communtiy should scoot over to https://​www.change.org/​p/​rushcliffe-borough-council-save-lutterell-hall Those who want to stop this latest move to create private profit at the expense of the communtiy should scoot over to https://​www.change.org/​p/​rushcliffe-borough-council-save-lutterell-hall
-[[ More News | News & Belated News ]]+ 
 +==== July 2018 - The end of planning constraints in West Bridgford ===== 
 +[[https://​gallery.fulford.net/​picture.php?/​8941/​category/​296|{{https://​gallery.fulford.net/​_data/​i/​upload/​2019/​04/​24/​20190424234508-412325a1-la.jpg}}]] 
 +This monstrous great concrete and glass box that dominates the skyline and provides a picture window to all the neighboring gardens was not required to go through planning consent by Rushcliffe Borough Council. Because it contains concrete and glass the planners deemed that the construction was broadly similar to that of the beams and stucco of the Edwardian frontage. Nor was creation of a 2nd floor deemed to be a significant change in the shape of the roof. The local residents were not given the opportunity to comment, still less object and the build went ahead under permitted development. 
 + 
 +Interestingly the wooden framed windows and juliet balcony next door went through a 2 year planning process. Consent was denied and only after a Department of Environment review was consent granted. One can only speculate on what kinds of influence might have been brought to bear. 
 + 
 +Surprisingly it appears our Green Councillors support the officers'​ decision. 
 + 
 +I think from this point forward we can assume that no one in Bridgford will have to concern themselves with planning consent for any development. 
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 +[[ News | More & Belated News ]]
  
 ===== Bridgford Park ===== ===== Bridgford Park =====
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 The cast iron drinking fountain which was hugely popular when I were a lad is still in place but is now surrounded by shrubbery and it is no longer functioning. Given contemporary concerns regarding the use of bottled water I wonder if anyone on the Council will have the good sense to return it to full functionality. Harumph! I somehow doubt it. The cast iron drinking fountain which was hugely popular when I were a lad is still in place but is now surrounded by shrubbery and it is no longer functioning. Given contemporary concerns regarding the use of bottled water I wonder if anyone on the Council will have the good sense to return it to full functionality. Harumph! I somehow doubt it.
  
-Most of the old park benches have been replaced over  the years with the latest incarnation being all metal, presumably some light weight alloy, structures but there is is still at least one old West Bridgford UDC cast iron affair left. Some of the slats have been broken out and I do wonder whether it will be survive to be restored to its former glory or if it will be replace ​with one of utilitarian all metal affairs.+Most of the old park benches have been replaced over  the years with the latest incarnation being all metal, presumably some light weight alloy, structures but there is is still at least one old West Bridgford UDC cast iron affair left. Some of the slats have been broken out and I do wonder whether it will be survive to be restored to its former glory or if it will be replaced ​with one of utilitarian all metal affairs.
 ==== Opening Times ==== ==== Opening Times ====
 The gates are supposed to be open between dawn and dusk but the process is very unreliable. ​ The gates are supposed to be open between dawn and dusk but the process is very unreliable. ​
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 ==== Wilford Hill ==== ==== Wilford Hill ====
 ===== Economy of West Bridgford ===== ===== Economy of West Bridgford =====
-As a dormitory town to Nottingham City across the River Trent, West Bridgford has never been dependant on it's own resources. The local town shopping centre continues to do well but in recent years high rents and business rates have largely driven out independent ​retails. The shopping centre is now dominated by chain coffee houses and charity shops. The town centre has three small supermarkets in Marks and Spencer, Iceland and the Co-op. M & S occupies the site of the old Manor House, once a club, more latterly a public house. Part of Bridgford Park was given over to the creation of additional public car park when M&S was built. There are two larger supermarkets,​ ASDA on Loughborough Road and Morrisons on the Gamston Estate.+As a dormitory town to Nottingham City across the River Trent, West Bridgford has never been dependant on it's own resources. The local town shopping centre continues to do well but in recent years high rents and business rates have largely driven out independent ​retailers. The shopping centre is now dominated by chain coffee houses and charity shops. The town centre has three small supermarkets in Marks and Spencer, Iceland and the Co-op. M & S occupies the site of the old Manor House, once a club, more latterly a public house. Part of Bridgford Park was given over to the creation of additional public car park when M&S was built. There are two larger supermarkets,​ ASDA on Loughborough Road and Morrisons on the Gamston Estate.
  
 Although gone from Central Avenue there are still 3 butchers in West Bridgford, one on [[business:​butchers:​rutherfords|Abbey Road]] another on Melton Road and a third in Edwalton. There is also a fishmonger on Melton Road. Although gone from Central Avenue there are still 3 butchers in West Bridgford, one on [[business:​butchers:​rutherfords|Abbey Road]] another on Melton Road and a third in Edwalton. There is also a fishmonger on Melton Road.
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 Parking is a major issue in many parts of West Bridgford. In the streets between Musters Road and Loughborough Road the parking situation is so bad it is sometimes difficult to even drive down the road as there is insufficient room for two cars to pass between the parked vehicles. Parking is a major issue in many parts of West Bridgford. In the streets between Musters Road and Loughborough Road the parking situation is so bad it is sometimes difficult to even drive down the road as there is insufficient room for two cars to pass between the parked vehicles.
  
-In the streets between Bridgford Park and Radcliffe Road the conflict is not just between residents competing for space. There are also would-be shoppers seeking to avoid the charges on the official car parks who cruise the streets behind the park looking for spaces. The problem is compounded on match days when there are also football supporters looking for free parking within walking distance of Nottingham Forest'​s City Ground. The football fans are at least, only likely to block access for residents for an afternoon whereas the cricket fans will leave their cars outside your home for anything up to 5 days during a test match while they stay with friends or use the local guest houses and hotels. ​+In the streets between Bridgford Park and Radcliffe Road the conflict is not just between residents competing for space. There are also would-be shoppers seeking to avoid the charges on the official car parkswho cruise the streets behind the park looking for spaces. The problem is compounded on match days when there are also football supporters looking for free parking within walking distance of Nottingham Forest'​s City Ground. The football fans are at least, only likely to block access for residents for an afternoon whereas the cricket fans will leave their cars outside your home for anything up to 5 days during a test match while they stay with friends or use the local guest houses and hotels. ​
  
 When Rushcliffe Borough Council introduced night time parking charges in the Library, Nursery and Gordan Rd car parks, they ensured that the workers in the night time economy, which has boomed in the last ten years, would stop using them for the duration of their shifts and take to parking in the local streets as well. Who  When Rushcliffe Borough Council introduced night time parking charges in the Library, Nursery and Gordan Rd car parks, they ensured that the workers in the night time economy, which has boomed in the last ten years, would stop using them for the duration of their shifts and take to parking in the local streets as well. Who 
-can blame them, when your working a shift on little more than minimum wages who would want their earning+can blame them, when your working a shift on little more than minimum wages who would want their earnings
 instantly reduced by parking charges. instantly reduced by parking charges.
  
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 half on the pavement and blocking wheelchair user access. Campaigns to create parking bays and to clamp down half on the pavement and blocking wheelchair user access. Campaigns to create parking bays and to clamp down
 on selfish parking were spreading across the London Boroughs. Then when I visited home I thought one of the  on selfish parking were spreading across the London Boroughs. Then when I visited home I thought one of the 
-benefits of provincial life was that at least in middle class areas this wouldn'​t happen. How wrong I was.+benefits of provincial life was thatat least in middle class areasthis wouldn'​t happen. How wrong I was.
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 ==== Local Links in West Bridgford ==== ==== Local Links in West Bridgford ====
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