A week on, and I’m still getting sent great ideas from Beestonians. So many have arrived, either in comments here, email, or people saying hello on the street, Facebook mesages and texts…hugely encouraging. I’m slowly working my way through them all, but had a couple of days stuck in bed with a ninja-style flu, which crept up on me silently, and rendered me useless for far too long. If you have written in, then I will eventually reply. I will also collate more ideas online somewhere, some truly fascinating stuff has been recieved and many offers of help, advice and support. It’s rather overwhelming: and that’s not a complaint.
Sketchy ideas so far seem to lean towards a steering group, possibly in league with the Civic Society, and open to all suggestions, acting proactively to get our wish-list worked out and implemented. The other is setting up a ‘creative quarter’: an idea supported virtually unanimously and with a fair degree of excitement. This is not strictly a new idea, and has been bandied round for a while, but it seems this could be a key time to implement it. How, where, when etc are things I will be working on.
I would encourage you to go back to my previous post and read through the comments, and get involved there: some of the ideas are fascinating and would benefit being reviewed and argued for and against. Quick point though: I mention a petition for a clock ran by Sheila from The Beeston Express (the petition is ran by Sheila, not the clock. Well, I assume so). Sheila has pointed out that the petition has now been closed and passed to Councillor Carr for consideration, so no emails that way please.
For those on Facebook, I am considering setting up a ‘page’ on there as a repositary and discussion forum for ideas. I co-run one already for The Beestonian, but am keen not to swamp that site with ideas, or dilute it in stuff not strictly to do with development and Beeston New Deal. If you’d like to help me run the page (moderate comments, etc) get in touch. It’s a fairly easy job but benefits from having a few people oversee it just in case one moderator is too busy to keeep an eye on it.
I’ll hopefully have something more concrete in the next post, so please stay tuned while I work through my messages. In the meantime, please have a look at the fantastic Beeston Civic Society, who have been incredibly supportive and full of great ideas. They’ve been looking after Beeston for as long as I’ve been on this planet -40 years- and, despite being in excellent shape, could always do with new members. Membership? It’s a snip at £7 for an individual, £10 for a couple, for a year. This gives you free entry to their many events, and a quarterly newsletter which is a cracking read (I contribute an occasional column, and feel very honoured to do so). As an interim measure, it’s a great way to get involved in the civic life -and we’re rich with it-of this town).