Cakey Heaven / Tram Hell

First: a huge thank to all who came to the Beeston Bake-Off as competitiors, volunteers or just fans of cake. We had a great day, witnessed some fantastic bake skillz and raised just shy of £500. Thanks also to the Red Arrows who flew over our opening ceremony precisely at the moment Deputy Mayor Stan Heptinstall cut the ribbon and pronounced the Bake-Off open. I can’t remember booking them, but thanks anyway.


News in from TramLand, formally Chilwell Road, that the works are several weeks behind, and that fumes kicked up by machinery has forced businesses to close. Not good news at all: and as such Simon Barton of Barton’s has lost faith the tram liaision group and penned us this statement:

If we have so far seen the best that can be done by all influential parties to enable the High Road Chilwell/Chilwell Road area to function satisfactorily until the reopening of the road to through traffic, then the best is simply not good enough. Fair play to those currently involved and giving up their time and energy, but to me things seem bad and getting worse, rather than adequate and getting better.

Local people and businesses have so far shown enormous tolerance. But the tolerance so far was achieved by the claims that genuine and meaningful support would be shown to existing residents and businesses by the tram promotors and constructors in return.

We have seen among other things, genuinely pretty branding of our existing Chilwell ‘village’ type community, satisfactory levels of parking to replace the lost ‘on street’ spaces, and a little white empty bus too (a bit like an ambulance I think when I see it, which may be appropriate). But in truth we are not seeing nearly enough people.

Having attended the Tram Liaison group meetings at Broxtowe Borough Council so far, I know of no radical plan that is being discussed beyond persisting with current measures to stop the dramatic decline in visitors (and therefore revenue for businesses) that I detect now coming to the area.

In the absence of a radical plan, if one simply extrapolates from how things were before road closure until now, and multiply the period by 4 (we are a quarter of the way through the claimed construction period) I say the area could well already be in crisis. It is just that people may not want to admit it for making matters even worse, even quicker.

I understand that it is the case that if businesses close they will not be eligible for compensation, saving rather than costing Nottingham City Council money. I cannot believe that this is unnoticed by those with access to the purse strings for compensation.

But my point would be that 20,000 plus people in the town area, and say 500 businesses, should not be tolerating the devastation being brought down on us by what is, when all said and done, just another business, without putting our case in return. We like them have a right to be treated fairly.

I believe there is a always a radical plan available that would much improve any situation, but the chance of finding one and it becoming reality are doubled if two significant parties work toward the same aim separately , in this case I mean the tram liaison group on one hand and my Company on the other.

I’m sure that they, like me, would appreciate support for anything sensible that can be come up with in the future from this hopefully low point on our trajectory back to the sort of community we want to live and work in.

In my mind everyone needs to be looking and demanding that from say October, when the construction work moves to the Chilwell end of the road, that things are ready to propel us forward positively and differently from that date.

6 thoughts on “Cakey Heaven / Tram Hell

  1. Mike says:

    In the absence of compensation, will Bartons reopen?

  2. Joan says:

    I visited Beeston yesterday. The market in Beeston Square looked lovely in the morning sunshine and the hanging baskets around the town are creating a very visual impact. Having visited the market I took what turned out to be a pleasant walk down Chilwell High Road. I would urge anyone who has not been to Beeston recently to pay the town a visit. Yes, there are the ongoing tram works but as anyone who has had the builders in their home will know you sometimes have to put up with short term inconvenience for longer term improvement. Many of the independent retailers on the High Road are rising to the challenge and they deserve our support and not this exaggerated talk of “devastation”

    • Nurse says:

      I work in Beeston, with the public, and I can tell you that it is indeed a devastated place. Pretty hanging baskets cannot compensate for the loss in revenue to businesses and the intolerable inconvenience of navigating around Beeston, in every direction. The poor state of the side roads, sleeping policemen are all having an impact on our cars. I have to visit people in their homes, and it can take me an hour to get from Chilwell to Rylands, and some days I’m doing a 15 mile round trip via the diversions – to visit 2 people in what would normally be a 3 mile trip. Coupled with watching men staring in holes, and no visible progress in over 3 months…this is a lot more inconvenient than having a new kitchen fitted…

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  4. Dave says:

    Here’s some tram-related travel information for you. The bus stop on Chilwell High Road next to College House School field “has not been closed but buses have been temporarily diverted for the time being but could be reinstated at any moment”. At any moment! Really? This statement is the response I got when I challenged a parking ticket I received for parking on the ‘bus stop’. Apparently the fact that the ‘Road Closed’ sign is positioned inside the bus stop area and no bus has stopped there for months does not mean the stop is officially closed. A victory for the council ‘jobsworths’ over common sense.

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