Campaign takes the next step

Cllr Richard Robinson with petitions of support for a cinema at Giltbrook retail park.
Cllr Richard Robinson with petitions of support for a cinema at Giltbrook retail park.

A campaign group wanting to get the tram through Eastwood and Kimberley met with the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council to discuss their proposals last week.

One of the councillors leading the campaign, Richard Robinson, said the meeting was ‘very productive’.

He said Alan Rhodes offered the group his full support, but said there was no money in the pot at this stage to help out financially.

“He gave us his blessing to go away and find the money we need. They would love to help out but they haven’t got money to throw around,” said Cllr Robinson.

The Kimberley councillor said the next stage of the process was to look at raising the money for the feasibility study, hopefully with the help of Broxtowe Borough Council.

Thecampaigners – named KENTAG – will now meet with the leader of the borough council, Milan Radulovic, at the end of the month to discuss the possibility of securing funding.

“The majority of the route will run through Broxtowe so we are hoping Broxtowe Borough Council can help out with the costs.

“If they can’t we will find the money through other sources,” said Cllr Robinson.

Back in July leading Nottingham city councillor Nick McDonald said securing a tram network through Eastwood and Kimberley was ‘key for economic growth’ in the area and planning needed to start now.

Phase two of the tram project was first spoken about in the mid 90s and is due to open in 2014.

KENTAG – Kimberley, Eastwood and Nuthall Tram Action Group – was set up several years ago by Andy Cooper.