Originally posted on Beestonia's Blog:
So hello, 2014. Sprawled before us, a mass of blank canvas, virgin snow, blue sky. It’s the job of the commentator to make predictions of the future 12 months, but I’m going to give that a miss. Politically, 2014 is the Euro Elections, but I don’t think I’ll be covering that in the same detail I’ve covered the General, Borough and County elections. Not for any Europhobic reasons, but because it’s a bit too devolved from what I suppose is my ‘patch’. It’s tough enough trying to find context in the County elections: simultaneously trying to work out Beeston’s position in terms of Broxtowe’s, and then in Nottinghamshire’s, then in the country….nope, I’ll spare my brain that trauma and hold off to next years double-bubble of General and Borough elections. Unless the lesser coalition partners do the decent thing and save any chance of getting anything more than single figures of MPs on the benches post-vote. Go on, Vince. Go on, Tim Farron….
Anyhow, back to 2014. It’s around a year since I organised a meeting to discuss the future of the Square after developers Henry Boot submittted plans for it’s revamp, that were generally considered a bit, well, crap.
It turned out to be a packed meeting, and one that was generally useful, with some progress made. It became apparent though that the real problem facing Beeston was one of coherence and communication. Developers, NET, Broxtowe Borough Council and us, Beestonians, simply weren’t working together to see how to steer Beeston into a post-tram future. This was leading to frustration amongst the public, who felt that big decisions made to their home were being foisted upon them. They felt this undemocratic, unfair and against their interests. The town was – is- being razed, and for only the vaguest, far-off outcomes.