Moving forward fast.

We are hoping to hold workshops in the area soon, as some of you may already know. After talking to various people at both MDC (Mansfield District Council) and NCC (Nottinghamshire County Council) it would seem that things are about to take off fast. I sent an (strong-ish) email to Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton, questioning the lack of support I had found. Trying to arrange both the workshops and the formation of a potential group. Now suddenly I have had a flurry of emails from Council employees offering assistance. It is looking very promising that we will soon be able to use Hillmoor Street Community Centre for both workshops and meetings. I hope to know more in the coming couple of weeks.

If all goes well we will announce our first workshops, and hold a public meeting to further discuss the issues already raised. As always, all will be welcome.

I also received another unrelated email from another employee of the Council. This person emailed me because she has read a copy of the newsletter (which was only put out on Hillmoor Street, Clarence Street, and Chesterfield Road North). She is interested in helping to form groups who address the council with regard to housing. This is an important issue that we as a community need to discuss together. Although I will of course reply to this email, and move towards discussion with the council over the housing issue, I can’t represent all of you! Your feelings regarding the housing in the area run deep. Only if we first talk together, can we hope to find mutual ground with the powers that be, and find a housing solution that suits us.

TH1_306200928Pleasley Hill 2007-123Although I have some understanding of how people in the area feel about the housing, it is not right for me to presume to represent your views. So please, talk to me about these issues. I know people are reading this Blog, so post here, email me, stop me in the street.  Talk to me about this area and what matters to you.


7 Responses to “Moving forward fast.”

  1. 1 annon
    July 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    if you are able to obtain funding then how about a workshop run for teenagers etc over the summer holiday period where you get a cheap old scrapper car or motorcycle and each week have a day with everyone working on doing it up then at the end mot it untill it is road worthy and when finished raffle it off to the community, this will help bring basic mechanic skills to the community enabaling us as a group to save money over expensive garages and bring the transport needed to the comunity to enable us to get better jobs as we will be able to get to them and as such bringing more money into the area and slowly bringing the whole area up.

  2. July 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Totally agree!

    The workshops we have planned so far are of exactly that nature. And although we have thought of doing a workshop around cars,motor bikes or engines, we currently have no one with the mechanical knowledge to help facilitate this kind of workshop. If you can help with something like this, or know someone that can, let me know.

    You also raised some other important points. First that ways to save money for members of the community. Secondly transport. And thirdly, jobs. As you may already know, one of the workshops we have planned is to do with bicycles. While this can also count towards helping the community with transport, it is only one form, and if we can help with other forms too that would be great! Bikes can also help to save money. It is worth remembering that we also have plans that can save money on food and cloths too!

    The jobs issues is a little more complicated. Something we have been thinking hard about is ways to develop skills in the workshops that can be used to start businesses. This might sound a tall order at first, but there are ways that businesses can be set up with next to no cost, where all the people involved have an equal stake. Once again as a community these things need to be discussed further, but none are impossible.

    • 3 annon
      July 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      A guy i used to know had a motorcycle fixed by someone in the area named rob and was really happy with the work, went on about it for months. he might be willing to help but unfortunatly i dont know any of his contact details and am no longer in touch with the guy who had the bike done. if you or anyone who reads this site knows this person (and if i got the name wrong i appolagise) maybe you could contact him, also remember mention of a guy named nat or nath or something like that who might help but equally no contact details and unfortunatly i can not give any reports if he is any good or not.

      • July 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm

        I know both the people you mentioned. Nath is already involved with Pleasley Hill People’s Network, and it is with him that I initially discussed a workshop around mechanics.

        Rob I am not so sure about. Some time ago Rob and I did not see eye to eye. However I hope that this group can transcend any personal differences people have. Like it or not, when people in a community have disagreements, both people remain in the community. It is in their interests to put aside personal differences, and not let them get in the way of being involved with the community, and reaping the benefits that come from it. I believe it is important that anything we do under the banner of this group is inclusive, and open to everyone. No one will be turned away, except perhaps in the most extreme circumstances.

        I do not feel comfortable approaching rob at this time. But if he wants to get involved I welcome it. I know he is also very skilled with push bikes, and I am sure he has much knowledge he could share if he wanted too.

  3. 5 annon
    July 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    that sounds an unfortunate situation, maybe he feels the same about approching you? is he aware of this developing group? perhaps invite him to a workshop so that you can talk? is this nath fellow able to help with any of these plans or ideas? how about talking to west notts to see if they will help such as getting some of the mechanics students to do it as part of a form of voluntry work the college may be willing to give them some form of extra credit as an incentive? some may even be from this area? a lot of questions i know just tossing ideas in the old fruit basket here to be looked at.

  4. July 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    It is an unfortunate situation yes. I posted the newsletter through his door, just the same as I did everyone else, and I know he has family close by too. I hope he is aware. I will continue to post anything else to him, such as the leaflets for workshops we plan to hold soon. I would also not be surprised if he has at least looked at this blog.

    You have allot of good ideas, and we should talk properly. Ideas in the fruit basket are most welcome. It’s the whole reason the blog exists. Please email me at mark.jones180@ntlworld.com. Or perhaps we could meet. I’m sure we don’t live far apart!

  5. July 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I think that the bike/car/engine workshop is a fantastic idea. Having ridden bikes for almost my entire life & also a trained motorbike mechanic so I could offer my services in that field too Mark, my only concern however is that all vehicles need to be SORNed (Statutory Off Road Notification) & therefore can’t legally be parked on any highways. I’m sure that between all of us we can come up with some ideas for storage etc

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