Press Release: Close to 100 Beestonians attended the Our Beeston - Our Future event

Providing for Sustainability and green spaces, closely followed by an attractive town centre and providing for young people were the top three of ten priorities voted for by the Beeston audience at a recent meeting to discuss the future of the town centre.

The event, as a part of #Beeston2020Vision aims to make Beeston a better place in which to live, work, play and visit – by encouraging a conversation about the future of Beeston. Close to 100 Beestonians attended the Our Beeston - Our Future event on the evening of Wednesday 27 April, taking place in the community friendly Royal British Legion Social Club. This was the long-promised conversation about the future of Beeston that we had expected to go ahead in May 2020, but postponed due to Covid.

Attendees were a mix of responders to the #Beeston2020Vision consultation sharing their views with a wider audience, including the Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillors and officials. 

The focus of the evening was hearing what the audience - sitting in table groups - had to say about the future of the town. Chaired by long standing Beeston resident Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, the event was in two halves. The first, by way of background, included three speakers – Peter Robinson, Cllr. Helen Skinner and Professor Lucelia Rodrigues - covering the consultation, a Broxtowe view of zero carbon targets and the scale of action necessary to insulate existing Beeston housing - followed by questions. 

The second half was an interactive session seeking individual and table responses to possible actions over the next decade, ‘Priorities aimed to make Beeston a better place to live and work and visit’. Dr Miriam O’Duill from Nottingham University summarised the points digitally and conducted voting in real time using audience smart phones.

A follow up meeting with senior officials of Broxtowe Borough Council will take place shortly.  

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