Wave of Vehicle Crime hits the city

There has been a recent upsurge in opportunist vehicle crime across the city, specifically south of the river. This time of year is the perfect storm of dark nights, cold weather and cars left with valuables in (some even with receipts conveniently in the bags). Police are stepping up patrols in housing estates and are asking residents to report any suspicious activity and any thefts either via the 101 call line or via the www.cambs.police.uk website. In conjunction with the police we have produced a few tips for reducing your risk, please circulate this information to your friends and neighbours. >>DOWNLOAD HERE<<

Peterborough faces relegation!

But we’re not talking football and not just Peterborough: Theresa May struggles with fellow Conservatives to agree how to demote ourselves from the Premier league to the Championship. Jeremy Corbyn is no different, Labour says what it thinks people want to hear, but doesn’t plan to deliver. Labour is split like the Conservatives: Tony Blair said last weekend “stopping Brexit is the key national priority”, “more important than Labour winning the next election”. Peter Mandelson admitted last Sunday that Brexit is not “some natural phenomenon we are consigned to live with” “we must insist on the democratic right to change our minds”. But their problem is that despite support from[…]

Food Glorious Food

The weather is getting colder and the nights are drawing in, Christmas is coming….. Is Christmas-time something everyone looks forward to?  The people who visit the food bank every Thursday at the Hampton CSK Church have mixed views.  The costs of purchasing presents and the additional expensive food stuffs for the festive season are enough to push many families finances over the limit.  Its a time the food bank experiences higher than normal visits, which means we are an essential form of temporary support for those families that are already living week to week. The food bank operates from 19:00 to 21:00 every Thursday where they offer free grocery support[…]

Peterborough set to go vegan….

Is plant-based food the way of the future? A change in dietary habits could prove to be beneficial for you and your neighbour in light of what the BBC uncovered this year.  When Dutch chicken eggs were found to have insecticides within some egg products, like sandwich fillings for example.  These contaminated eggs could cause adverse effects on your kidneys; liver and thyroid glands. Scrambled egg any one?….   This is yet another food scandal not so long after the horse meat affair.  Millions of consumers were misled and inadvertently ate horses rather than the desired beef.  This involved a number of UK Supermarket chains being forced to initiate a[…]

Lib Dem membership in #Pboro up 50% since end of last year!

I’m very proud to say that Liberal Democrats in Peterborough have seen a surge in new members over the past 8 months, with over 200+ signed up members now in the city! This news comes as the Liberal Democrats have reached their highest ever membership nationally, with over 101,768 members! You can join the Boro Lib Dems for as little as £1 a month! Simply visit: www.libdems.org.uk/Join Did you know …… Over 50,000 members have joined since last year’s EU referendum! Since I joined the Liberal Democrats 17+ years ago, I’ve seen membership grow by 80% in Peterborough. Liberal Democrats are the main challengers in Peterborough, providing a strong and united opposition to the Conservative controlled City[…]

800 fly-tips every month costing more than £200,000

According to information released by Peterborough City Council, “The council clears around 800 fly-tips every month costing more than £200,000 annually; money which could otherwise be spent on vital public services. In June this year the fire service was called to almost 40 deliberate fires involving fly-tipped waste in Peterborough, spending 720 hours in total tackling the fires.” To address this ongoing and ever increasing problem, the same Tories at the Town Hall, who introduced two weekly bin collections, charges at the tip, scrapped community skips and have failed to reduce the amount of waste our city generates ………… have decided to: Run a series of events taking place within[…]

Give £527 pay rise to nurses in Peterborough to address staffing shortages

  Liberal Democrats would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Cambridgeshire by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation. Under our plans, around 2,225 teachers working in Peterborough would receive an average pay rise of £894 over the next few years, while the 1,339 police working for Cambridgeshire would see their pay boosted by £471. The plans would also lead to an estimated pay rise of £527 for 1,012 nurses working for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, helping to tackle the shortage of nurses and potential strikes in the coming years. In contrast, the Conservative’s[…]

Policing Matters … and here’s what I’d like to see!

The police I’ve spoken with in Peterborough in recent weeks, tell me that morale is down, they are overstretched and feel under appreciated. After years of reduction in traditional crime, we have seen an increase, particularly in violent crime, since 2015. At the same time, Cambs police are under pressure from reduced funding, with less money available for the community policing we all value. With that in mind, here’s a couple of things I’d like to see ….. Increase community policing. End the 1% cap on police pay rises. Require all frontline officers to wear body cameras on duty. Resource BAME staff associations such as the National Black Police Association[…]

Lib Dems plan to address housing shortage in Peterborough

Unlike some, the Liberal Democrats have a plan to address the housing shortage in Peterborough and build more affordable homes. In 2015, there were 2,790 applicants in Peterborough, on the local housing waiting list, in 2016, this has risen to 3,359 in 2016. A rise of OVER 17% … And I expect this figure to have grown for 2017! In addition, official figures last year showed 588 homes in Peterborough were empty for over six months. So what would Liberal Democrats do? Introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a[…]

1000 local residents have their say!

Cllr Julia Davidson and I recently handed in a petition of around 1000 signatures (the largest petition EVER handed in for this area in 14 years) from concerned parents, who were campaigning for action following news that Funbase on Gunthorpe Road, was due to close. Local parents in Gunthorpe, who used the after school and holidays club, discovered that it was set to close after it was given ‘inadequate’ ratings in an Ofsted inspection. Instead of simply accepting this news, several leading lights took up the campaign, held meetings, door knocked and collected 1000 signatures, calling for action from the City Council, to ensure that the service was maintained. Within[…]