The sky dribbled again today, so with the forecast of lots of wet stuff falling out
of the sky over the next few days, the beans might end up large enough to pick and
eat, the grass might sprout and turn from dark brown to dark green or not, of course.
Now, don’t forget in a couple of weeks the A6 will be closed while they put into
place the new footbridge that goes from nowhere in particular to somewhere else just
as useful - but you will be able to cycle or walk to the Birstall Park’n’Ride from
a footpath on the new estate and back again!
Anyway, all the traffic passing along the A6 will be either directed from the Red
Hill circle on the A583 (ring road) after being diverted round the Belgrave bridge
on the A6 along to Sainsbury’s on the Melton Road (A607) so you can zoom up to the
A46 and back to the A6. Light traffic and buses are a better challenge:
From the Red Hill Circle up the A6 until you get to the Sibson Road/Greengate Lane
traffic lights where you will turn sharp right, through Birstall Shopping area to
the roundabout where you swing left up Wanlip Lane, weave around the parked cars
to speed through Wanlip over the humps and bumps and up the slip road to the A46/A6
Naturally coming from the north, reverse the above.
Friday 24th August evening to Monday 27th morning plus two or three overnights straight
after. We are really looking forward to scraping the remains of our cat off the tarmac
as he is a bit old to avoid speeding vehicles when he is only used to quiet country
roads. Of course, you could take the HGV diversion (may well be quicker), drive with
more care than usual or take a more suitable route around the bridge works by using
the A6 and use the ‘loop’ between two sets of traffic lights (from the south left
after Greengate Lane and from the north, right 100 yards down from the A6/A46 roundabout)
between which the bridge is being erected.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
It’s been an exciting few days since I bored you to death last week. Not only will
there be a by-election on 13th September to replace Cllr Jones (she who kept us all
up to date with her involvement with Borough) having been rejected by the conservatives
as a candidate for the main Borough Council elections in May 2019 for some reason,
she decided to resign just 9 months early. Naturally there is someone in line to
stand as a conservative replacement and I suspect the other parties will be circling
ready for the nomination closing date of the 16th August so a real bun fight can
begin. You know already that will have a golden opportunity to vote for me rather
than real politicians as I’m a normal real person, new to the area without any baggage
apart from been there and done that and do like to make waves if required (aka stick
head above parapet) as I’m not a party man for the sake of advancement. For goodness
sake, I’m old, infirm and independent!
Those of you brave enough to attend Birstall Parish Council meeting on Monday would
have seen a sight I haven’t witnessed since I was part of a group of residents who
‘took over’ an established cosy council down south via the ballot box. We learnt
quickly the limitations of local government quickly followed by exploiting the rules
to achieve what fellow residents wanted and the incumbents were generally out of
touch with. Most were fellow business owners intending to improve the towns’ lot
in spite of very little funds or reserves (unlike Birstall).
Strangely one of our first challenges was a CCTV project promoted by the Borough
Council who twigged that the new council was not passive but very reactive. We had
just one full time clerk and a part-time secretary so it was down to councillors
to get stuck in and make sure the Borough didn’t simply impose what it thought we
wanted and naturally we engaged with residents and compromise was the order of the
day to keep Borough and Town in dialogue rather than the confrontation the Borough
was expecting. Once the initial skirmish was over we all got on rather well (slightly
help by me also getting elected as a Borough Councillor).
Thursday, August 16, 2018
It rained! The grass (aka lawn) is slowly changing from light brown to dark brown
with a slight tinge of green,so there’s hope yet.
You’ll all be pleased to know that my nomination has been accepted so I can work
really hard to get just enough votes to avoid being elected to the Borough Council
until next May. Of course, if you live in Wanlip, on the Greengate or Hallam Fields
Estates in Birstall and would like a change for a while, you can always get in touch
and help me.
Yesterday was the day the man from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) came to
gather information to be a piece of the data used by both government and businesses
to either plan for the future or the excuse as to why something didn’t happen that
everyone expected to happen. So when you next see data presented on the news from
ONS, you will think of me and go ‘It’s all Normans fault’.
You all wondered what I get up, didn’t you? You can add that little gem to your list
The bridge that fell apart in Italy a few days ago, killing 20+ people looks like
similar construction to the Hammersmith bridge in London that had to be closed whilst
repairs were carried out a few years ago. Apparently this was the last in a number
of similar bridge failures in the country and the government is either blaming the
road operators, the corruption within the construction industry or the failure of
the United States of Europe (USE) to provide enough money for Italian infrastructure
projects (remember how much USE gave to the new members such as Greece to improve
their infrastructure?), so I wonder what the outcome will be will be?