Mayor’s column: flying the flag

Mayor Tony Egginton
Mayor Tony Egginton
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Mansfield’s Mayor on the commonwealth, kidney research and the importance of the Lindhurst project...

Monday saw Mansfield hosting a flag raising event that was part of a national and indeed international acknowledgement of the Commonwealth of Nations and our part in it. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Alison Parente DL joined us to bring a message from the Queen.

During the brief ceremony I read out the Commonwealth Nations Affirmation – “Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish. We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world . ”

Many of you know that the Kidney Research charity is one that is close to my heart and I support the efforts of all the fund raisers where ever I am able.

This year I want to promote the “Go Purple” banner which highlights World Kidney day tomorrow. Look out for the many “Purple” events that will be happening and if you can why not hold a Go Purple fund raising occasion?

Ideas include wear purple clothing or accessories to work or school , holding coffee mornings, collections or a quiz.

All the money raised from Go Purple will help to fund even more life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.

For more information, visit www.kidneyresearch.org/gopurple , call 0845 070 7601 or email

gopurple@kidneyresearchuk.org

I feel sure that many of you will have heard the announcement of the Lindhurst project last Friday.

Quite naturally I am delighted with the outcome of the appeal.

This is the largest planning application the Authority has had to deal with during my three terms of office and confirms the Council’s determination to bring much needed housing and 4,000 plus jobs for local people.

It gives us the opportunity to prove we can punch above our weight as Nottinghamshire’s second city and attract investment into our District which is vital for our future growth and prosperity.

I believe the process that this application has gone through proves beyond

doubt the openness and transparency that the Council operates.

The developer and the Council had many consultants during the Planning process.

I would like to think that we can now move forward in a positive manner, making this an extremely attractive gateway to Mansfield via what I hope will become known as a “Technical Corridor” sitting alongside Vision West Notts College; to add to the commercial offering and “motor city” being the gateway via Southwell Road.

However the most pleasant closure to this campaign was to receive the following endorsement from Shlomo Dowen who has championed the campaign against the project and I quote his response after our debate last Friday: “Thank you for your kind words and friendly mutual respect, as shown on BBC Radio Nottingham interview. As said – no animosity, just a need to work together to bring about the outcomes for Mansfield. Always happy to work positively with you for the benefit of Mansfield”.