Author: annasoubry

HS2 in Stapleford

“I would like to repeat my request for work to be done to assess the possibility of a bored tunnel beneath Broxtowe, with an underground station at Toton Sidings” Anna Soubry MP Following a meeting with Stapleford’s Borough Councillors and the Leader of Stapleford Town Council, Anna has written to

Chetwynd, Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum launch plan

Anna has given her support to the the new plan put forward by Chetwynd: Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum for the future development of their area. Anna said: “This is a first class Neighbourhood Plan for Toton and Chilwell which has been created by the people and for the people. Congratulations to

Universal Credit

Anna has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after a review of Universal Credit after the benefits roll out in Broxtowe in November 2018. Anna has consulted the Citizens Advice Bureau and Broxtowe Borough Council who identified a number of problems which Anna is taking up

Beeston Canalside Heritage Trust

Anna had a catch up with the mighty Stewart Craven of Beeston Canalside Heritage Trust. The Canalside Cottage centre is going from strength to strength with 60,000 visitors in the last twelve months and 493 school students engaged in local history projects (read more about the Trust here). Stuart’s latest project

Midlands Connect Meeting

Anna and Nottingham East MP, Chris Leslie met Midlands Connect this morning – it’s the group responsible for putting together a transport strategy for the East and West Midlands. Midlands Connect have ambitious plans to ensure the HS2 hub in Toton is directly connected to East Midlands airport and neighbouring cities (notably Nottingham and Derby) using the existing rail

Great War Memorial Opening

Anna was honoured to attend the opening of Nottinghamshire’s Great War Memorial at Victoria Embankment. The memorial, which is a first of its kind in the country, not only carries the names of all those members of our armed forces who died in World War 1 but also civilians who

#TheTimeIsNow Lobby

Anna met with many campaigners who had made the trip down to London from Broxtowe as part of The Time Is Now Lobby on Climate Change. Among the campaigners were local members of Oxfam and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Anna welcomes the Government’s ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2050. However, she

Armed Forces Week

On Monday Anna joined veterans, soldiers from Chetwynd Barracks and Broxtowe’s Mayor Mick Brown to raise the flag of our Armed Forces in Beeston Square to commemorate all those who have served and continued to serve our country. This event marked the beginning of Armed Forces Week which culminates in tomorrow’s Freedom Parade through Beeston by the

Meetings On Crime

This morning, Anna had a meeting with Broxtowe’s most senior police officer before he takes up new duties in North Nottinghamshire. Inspector Simon Riley reports that recent stats show crime is down in the majority of categories. By way of example, Dwelling House burglaries in Broxtowe are down 63% in the

Meeting On HS2

HS2 Minister Nus Ghani has agreed to meet Anna to discuss her campaign for a tunnel to deliver the railway in Broxtowe. Yesterday Anna also raised the new plans in Parliament making it clear that whilst she welcomes the abandonment of the planned 60 foot viaduct through Trowell, the best

Changes at Change UK

As you may have heard there have been a number of changes at Change UK (The Independent Group), the political party Anna co-founded a few months ago.  6 of the 11 MPs have left believing the party should not be standing candidates in elections and preferring to sit as Independents.

Friends of Beeston Station

This morning Anna had a meeting with Councillor Trish Roberts-Thomson and Sarah Hampton from the Friends of Beeston Station.  FOBS has already achieved a great deal and this summer will bring more success, including better signage. A display of historic and modern photographs celebrating the station’s history is planned for the early autumn. Better access

HS2 Viaduct Campaign Success

Anna is very pleased that HS2 have abandoned plans for a 60 foot viaduct through Trowell as part of the line’s route through Broxtowe, as a result of her campaign against the viaduct! She has been campaigning for a tunnel to deliver the route through Broxtowe with the East Midlands

European Election Results

The results of the European Parliament elections were declared on Sunday and the Broxtowe result is for the Borough of Broxtowe which is larger than the Parliamentary constituency as it includes Eastwood and Brinsley. The turnout was 39% of which the Brexit Party took 35% of the vote, the Lib

Development Corporation

Setting a dynamic vision for everyone’s future in the East Midlands is a priority for the Development Corporation. Anna hosted a meeting with the Chair Sir John Peace and members of his team this afternoon. Chair of the Chetwynd, Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum, Richard Hutchinson, was also there to

Broxtowe Borough Council Elections

The results of yesterday’s Broxtowe Borough Council elections are in and as it stands, the Conservatives have lost overall control of the Council. No single party has a majority so much will depend on a by-election in Stapleford following the death of one of the candidates.  The ruling group lost 7 seats

Illegal Horse Fair In Nuthall

An illegal Horse Fair is being held on land off Woodhouse Way in Nuthall this weekend.  Anna has spoken to the land owner (a Birmingham based property company) which had no knowledge of the event until contacted by a local resident. The organisers are staging the Fair for the travelling community; they do

Stagecoach Lose East Midlands Train Franchise

In a surprise announcement by the Department for Transport, Stagecoach have lost the franchise to run rail services in the area. The contract has instead been awarded to Abellio. They will run train services across the East Midlands and notably the service to London, for the next 8 years. Abellio have promised a new fleet

Fracking Meeting

Anna was delighted to meet two local campaigners who oppose fracking for shale gas. Jenny Langran and Maggie Roberts have persuaded her to write to the Energy Minister about the latest evidence from the USA and Canada about the adverse long-term effects of fracking on the health of local communities. Anna

Beeston Station News

Anna is deeply disappointed that a bid to improve access for everyone at Beeston Station has been unsuccessful, despite being led to believe the scheme was set for approval. Friends of Beeston Station and Anna have led the campaign to get “access for all” at Beeston Station. Anna held a

Heritage Lottery Fund Meeting

Broxtowe has benefited from £2.4 million of Heritage Lottery Funding since 2010 including £912,000 for the Beeston Canal Side Heritage Centre, £57,300 for the archaeological project run by Friends of Toton Fields and £414,200 for the Bramcote Sunken Tower Community Project. Anna met with Jonathan Platt who leads the Heritage

Further Delays To Rail Improvements

Stagecoach, the company that operates the rail franchise as East Midlands Trains, has taken a large amount of money (£35 million) out of the service to London. Anna raised this in the House of Commons as she fears they are running down the franchise. They asked to meet with her and

Boots’ Job Losses

Over 300 jobs are to go at Boots’ HQ in Beeston and many more workers could be moved to other roles. One of Nottingham’s biggest employers is making the changes as part of an overhaul of its retail business. As is becoming more apparent, people are now shopping differently with many

Delay In Sale Of Chetwynd Barracks

The Ministry of Defence has announced a three year delay to the sale of Chetwynd Barracks. The original scheme would have seen the land being sold in 2021 to provide up to 1200 new homes. The Neighbourhood Forum has come up with a set of exciting plans for the area which

Why I have resigned from the Conservative Party

As you may have heard I have resigned from the Conservative Party and will now sit as an Independent. My decision to leave the Conservative Party, which I first joined over 40 years ago, has not been easy but I believe it is the right decision. I have explained my reasons

Neighbourhood Forum

Anna was delighted to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Chetwynd, Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum. There were around 150 people there to hear more about the Forum’s work this year and to see their plans for the future of the area. Anna described them as “bold, realistic and exciting”

Minister Visits Beeston Station

Transport Minister Nus Ghani fulfilled her promise to visit Beeston Station and see why it needs step free access. Anna asked Nus to visit during last year’s debate on the station which she held in Parliament. Wheelchair users have to use the steep and lengthy road bridge to change platforms

Anna supports funding to make Beeston Station accessible

Anna Soubry MP has written in support of a bid by Network Rail for money to make improvements at Beeston Station, including making it fully accessible. The bid is part of the Government’s ‘Access For All’ scheme which has set aside £300 million to improve access at stations across the

Anna Soubry MP supports garden community bid at Chetwynd Barracks

Anna Soubry MP has written to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire MP in support of a bid by Broxtowe Borough Council and Chetwynd, Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum to have a new garden community at Chetwynd Barracks once the army leaves in 2020. Please

Important HS2 Consultations

If you live in an area nearby the proposed HS2 route, there are two new consultations asking for your views on the next phase of HS2’s development. I would encourage you to respond. The first consultation asks for your views on HS2’s effect on your environment, including anything needed to

NEWS: Beeston Station Debate in Parliament

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has secured a debate in the House of Commons this evening on access to Beeston Station. Friends of Beeston Station have long campaigned for better access through the installation of lifts on both platforms. National Rail’s current advice for changing between the two platforms is to

NEWS: Beeston Station Update

Friends of Beeston Station continue to do excellent work to improve the station. They’ve made progress in tidying up the platforms and remain committed to their campaign to provide full access for all, which I fully support. The Government has announced £300 million to improve access on our rail network

NEWS: Crime Continues to Fall Across the Borough

Crime has continued to fall across the borough in July, read more in Inspector Riley’s blog. There has been a particularly significant fall in shop thefts, following on from a staggering reduction in  burglary in June. Thanks go to Inspector Riley and his team for their hard work.

NEWS: Chilwell Memorial – Restoration Works Set to Start

Having raised in Parliament the poor state of the memorial to those killed in the 1918 Chilwell Munitions factory explosion, I am pleased to report work will start soon on its restoration. In a letter from the Minister Tobias Ellwood, he tells me that a contract has been awarded to

NEWS: Transport Secretary on funding for Beeston Railway Station

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has written to Anna Soubry in response to a report by the Friends of Beeston Station (FOBS) which puts together a business case for improving disabled access. Anna has been working on the campaign with FOBS and forwarded their business case onto the Secretary of State

NEWS: Improving Access at Beeston Station

Friends of Beeston Station have released a Business Case, detailing changes needed to Beeston Station including better signage, barriers and toilets (copy attached). Anna Soubry will be forwarding a copy to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as part of her campaign to improve the station which is lacking of any proper

NEWS: Labour Targets Schools 

Hard left Momentum activists are targeting our schools putting out leaflets which make false claims about school funding. Every school in Broxtowe will receive more money – the average is an increase of 1.6%. Albany Infants and Junior Schools in Beeston will get the biggest boost with an extra 9%. and

NEWS: BCM Manufacturing’s Jobs Announcement

Today’s announcement is very concerning and disappointing. I have asked BCM for an assurance that any redundancy programme is handled properly, with full support for any worker who loses their job to enable them to get a new job as quickly as possible. BCM assure me that their owners Fareva

NEWS: Appalling letters sent to Round Hill Primary School

I was appalled to hear that families of Round Hill Primary School have received the so-called “Punish a Muslim” letters. I have written to the school’s headmaster to offer my support and I also raised this matter in the House of Commons. Broxtowe has long been a diverse and tolerant

NEWS: Anna urges Broxtowe to reduce plastic use

Anna Soubry has written to Broxtowe Borough Council to ask them to join her in reviewing their plastic use. Plastic use is rising globally and is continuing to pollute our environment and harm our wildlife. Anna is reviewing her own plastic use and has asked the Borough Council to join

NEWS: Anna writes to Home Secretary about crime in Broxtowe

Anna has written to the Home Secretary with her concerns following a public meeting in Stapleford to discuss a rise in crime. A copy of Anna’s letter is attached. If you are a victim or if you witness a crime, it is important that you dial 101 and report it to

NEWS: Christmas Card Competition Winner

Bramcote resident Mike Johnson has won Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry’s annual Christmas Card competition. Mike’s photograph of sledging in St George’s Park, Bramcote features on the front of 13,000 Christmas cards sent by post and email to constituents and Prime Minister, Theresa May. Anna Soubry pays all the costs of

NEWS: HS2 Petitions Presented to Parliament

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has presented two petitions in the House of Commons on behalf of the residents of Trowell who are affected by HS2’s plans to build the high speed network through the village. HS2’s proposals include a 60 foot viaduct to pass over the M1 as well as

NEWS: Debate on Olympic Sports and GCSE PE

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry held a debate in Parliament on behalf of 16 year-old speed skater Kyle Ross-Waddell. Kyle, who attends Bramcote School, has been told he cannot study Speed Skating for his GCSE PE despite being identified as a potential Olympian. He is one of only fifteen 15-18 year

NEWS: Friends of Bramcote Old Church Tower secure Heritage Lottery Funding

The Friends of Bramcote Old Church Tower have secured Heritage Lottery Funding of over £350,000 to restore and enhance the Old Church Tower in Bramcote Village. Broxtowe’s MP Anna Soubry supported an application for Heritage Lottery Funding to save the 13th Century, Grade II Listed building which was in a

NEWS: Data Breach

Parliament’s computer network suffered a serious and sustained cyber-attack which has resulted in a small number of email accounts being compromised. Anna’s account was compromised during this attack. Unfortunately, we do not know if your correspondence has been directly accessed or have any information about the motive of the attack.

NEWS – Anna Soubry has won her campaign for fair HS2 compensation in Trowell

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has won her campaign for fair HS2 compensation in Trowell. The Government and HS2 have agreed to extend the planned rural communities compensation scheme to include the village. Anna organised Trowell residents to have their say and led the campaign. In a late night announcement in

NEWS – Anna Soubry supports the Send My Friend to School Campaign

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry today met with two year 9 pupils from George Spencer Academy in Parliament. Sophia Buxton and Eva Drummond are ‘champions’ of the Send My Friend to School Campaign which calls on the Government to increase the proportion of international aid going into education. Anna said “this is

NEWS – Anna Soubry calls for an immediate review of safety at Beeston Weir

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has called for an immediate review of safety at Beeston Weir following the tragic death of 12 year old Owen Jenkins. The Beeston Rylands youngster drowned yesterday evening. It is believed he went to the aid of another young person in the River Trent by Beeston Marina. Anna

Residents win campaign on Redwood Crescent

Residents of Redwood Crescent in Beeston have won their campaign to stop developers building on the communal green space in the middle of their road.  MP Anna Soubry met with residents in April and gave them her full support in trying to convince Broxtowe Borough Council to stop developers taking

Anna Soubry retains Broxtowe seat in General Election

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Stapleford Post Office success

Stapleford will finally get a new Post Office in Sean’s Shop after it was announced that the town Post Office would be closed last year.  This comes after a successful campaign by Anna Soubry and local councillors to prevent the Post Office from moving to Bargain Booze against residents’ wishes.

NEWS – A52 Campaign

The Department for Transport have responded to Bramcote campaigner Tony Smith’s petition calling for traffic enforcement measures along the A52 in Bramcote and Beeston.  Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry presented Tony’s petition of over 1600 signatures to Parliament in February. In the response, Minister John Hayes confirmed that Highways England are

National Funding Formula for Schools

Anna Soubry MP has written to Education Secretary, Justine Greening, in response to a Department for Transport consultation on proposed changes to school funding.  Anna wrote to all Head Teachers in Broxtowe to ask for their views on the proposals and their responses were also forwarded. Please find a copy

Anna Soubry adds her comments to HS2 Consultation

Anna Soubry MP has submitted her response to two HS2 consultations which asked for comments on the route and property consultation schemes relating to HS2. Anna’s response focused on the impact the route will have on residents in Stapleford, Trowell, Strelley Village and Nuthall and also the lack of compensation

A52 fatal crash sparks campaign for permanent speed cameras – UPDATE

03.12.16 – A petition calling for permanent speed cameras on the A52 has been launched by Bramcote resident Tony Smith following the death of two young men in a horrific collision.  It appears that speed was a major factor and a number of residents have contacted me to say that

Stop speeding in Moorgreen

Anna Soubry MP has raised residents concerns about speeding in Moorgreen with Nottinghamshire County Council Leader Alan Rhodes.  Anna wrote to Cllr Rhodes asking for action on the problem which has been going on for far too long. The roads with particular problems are Moorgreen which travels from the Horse

HS2 Transport Minister visits Broxtowe

Anna Soubry MP welcomed Transport Minister Andrew Jones to Broxtowe on 9th February to see the impact of HS2 in the constituency. In a brief visit, Anna drove the Minister through Stapleford to Trowell to see the effect that the latest HS2 proposals will have on the village. The plans

Field Farm appeal

Anna Soubry MP has written to the Secretary of State for Communites and Local Government, Rt Hon Sajid Javis MP, to ask for more support to protect Broxtowe’s Green Belt after the Local Authority lose an appeal to prevent poor quality development on Field Farm. Residents and councillors universally criticized

Consultation – Chetwynd: The Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Plan

Broxtowe Borough Council is running a consultation on the above until Friday 3rd February on The Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum’s application & area plan. The consultation is for both the Neighbourhood Area in Toton and Chilwell, and for the designation of Chetwynd: The Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum as the

Attenborough Railway Crossings

Network Rail have agreed to extend a public consultation after angry residents contacted Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry. On Friday, some residents in Attenborough received a letter from Network Rail telling them of plans to close three crossings for pedestrians and cyclists in the village.  But the public consultation gave residents

Stapleford Post Office

Anna Soubry MP has praised campaigners in Stapleford after Bargain Booze pulled out of plans to move the towns Post Office in to its shop in the town. Borough Councillor Adam Stockwell launched a petition to stop the move and hundreds of residents signed it. Anna wrote to the Post

Times Article – It’s time to end the lies about immigration

People say it’s impossible to talk about immigration yet during our recent EU referendum there was talk of little else. It’s a reasonable conversation about immigration that’s impossible, one based on fact not myth, typified by our treatment of international students. Such students generate £18 billion a year for the


Anna Soubry MP, has welcomed the announcement from the Secretary of State for Transport that the HS2 East Midlands Hub will be situated at Toton Sidings, Stapleford. Toton has been the preferred site of the East Midlands Hub since 2014 but until now HS2 had also been considering other potential

Record-breaking exam results in our schools!

Schools throughout Broxtowe have done well in this years GCSE and A levels. For some it was their best set of results. Here are the overall stats. Well done to everyone – pupils, staff, parents and carers. My thanks to our schools for providing my team with their results. Chilwell

Cycling Safety Chilwell High Road

I have asked that Cllr Jon Collins reviews the cycling route along Chilwell and High Road as a matter of urgency and have asked him to specifically consider rubber inserts for this part of the tram route. I have also asked Jon Collins and Steve Lowe, Chief Executive of Tramlink,

Fracking exploration licence granted

Anna Soubry MP has given a cautious welcome to the plan to explore for shale gas in a small part of Broxtowe. Anna said “any future for fracking must involve a full consultation with all local residents and I would urge people to get the facts before rejecting the potential

Autumn Statement

Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 The Autumn Statement delivers on the commitment we made to the British people that we would put their security first. It protects our economic security, by taking the difficult decisions to live within our means and bring down our debt. And our national security,

Yet more incompetence as trams “won’t run until Easter”

Anna Soubry has criticised Nottingham City Council after their Deputy leader confirmed Trams won’t be carrying passenger until Easter. The news comes just days after Chancellor George Osborne visited the area and said there had been “a lot of Council incompetence” over management of the tram scheme. Nottingham City Council’s

Toton Green Belt

Broxtowe Borough Council is writing to everyone in the area and Anna very much hopes if you live in Toton you will join in the consultation. The previous Lib Dem/Labour Council agreed to a minimum of 500 houses on the land by Toton Sidings and there are plans for 800

New White Bull

The the new owners of the New White Bull have submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after the original planning application for ‘change of use’ was unanimously rejected by the Borough Council’s planning committee. Submissions were accepted up until the 16th October, and we are now awaiting the Inspectorate’s

Toton only location being considered for HS2 Hub

Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, has welcomed the news that Toton is now the sole location being considered for the East Midlands HS2 Hub. The Chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir David Higgins, attended the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board in Nottingham today, and has confirmed that after much deliberation, the

Electrification of Midland Main Line paused

Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, has responded to the Secretary of State for Transport’s announcement that the electrification of Midland Main Line will be paused.  Patrick McLoughlin MP has announced the pausing of the project as part of a major shake-up of Network Rail following recent poor performance and delays

Shortwood Farm Update

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry is continuing her campaign to minimise potential disruption faced by local residents, despite Nottinghamshire County Council’s announcement that they have given final planning consent to UK Coal’s new opencast mine at Shortwood Farm, Trowell. The opencast mine, which received conditional consent from the County Council in

Boots Job Losses

Broxtowe MP, Anna Soubry, has met Boots executives following the announcement that the company would be cutting 700 non-store based jobs, including 400 at their Beeston headquarters. Anna said: “This announcement is incredibly disappointing, particularly when the economy is moving in the right direction.” “When I met Boots, they did