“WE FEEL TRAPPED IN OUR OWN HOMES” UPDATE

“WE FEEL TRAPPED IN OUR OWN HOMES” UPDATE  You may have seen my previous blog posts where Residents of Cleveland Court and The Pentlands Residents were seeing significant issues during school times; along with many other residents in Gunthorpe/Werrington and Peterborough. For the full blog post click here. RECAP As you all probably already know, I have been working closely with the Local Primary Schools to try and help tackle/ease the ongoing parking issues we have during Pickup and Drop Off times. After various Facebook Posts and Blog Posts (Click to Remind Yourself) I had been contacted by various residents of both of these streets and many others . The Residents[…]






SCHOOL PARKING UPDATE!

SCHOOL PARKING UPDATE.  Have you seen the work I have been doing with the local primary schools? If you have that’s FANTASTIC! If you haven’t…it’s not the end of the world…you can update yourself by having a search through my blog or my facebook page! WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? City Wide we have an ongoing issue with Parking during school times. We have limited parking available for those parents/carers who are unable to walk their children to school. I have been working with Gunthorpe Primary School, Welbourne Primary School and last but not least Norwood Primary School to try and tackle these issues since November 2016. Unfortunately some motorists deem it[…]






How much extra are you paying for Brown Bin collection ?

  The Garden Waste Service, aka Brown Bin Tax, has been offered for a while now. Some would say that it is fair that households that use the service should pay separately, but is it fair that the service is a flat fee regardless of the size of house. The effective increase to a Band A house is 5.1% in the Peterborough City Council element of the council tax bill, in comparison with a 1.7% on a Band H house. Check the table below to see how much more you are paying:  






Government spending on schools is set to drop for the first time since the 1990’s

The  Institute for Fiscal Studies say that schools funding has been well protected for the last two decades but this is set to drop by 6.5% in real terms over the course of this parliament. The National Governors’ Association said that the money being provided by Government simply isn’t enough to educate our children. “The Department for Education unfortunately doesn’t know how much it costs to educate a pupil whether it be a primary or secondary pupil,” Emma Knights, the association’s chief executive, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. This is putting further strain on hard working teachers and in some cases is prompting them to leave the profession out[…]






Gunthorpe Ward: Safer Peterborough Speed Signs (Councillor Bond)

FANTASTIC NEWS FOR GUNTHORPE RESIDENTS!  Like many wards in Peterborough and of course all over the world, Gunthorpe is faced with the many motorists which deem it appropriate to SPEED. One of my first pieces of casework when I was elected back in May 2016; was the implementation of the 30mph speed limit signs at the beginning of Manor Drive (See Below). Manor Drive is a fast growing estate in Gunthorpe, located adjacent to Paston Parkway…however despite the speeding it was yet to have any speed provisions implemented. Before Christmas, Manor Drive was lucky enough to receive Speed Bumps as an extra provision to help tackle the on going issues[…]






Who’s exempt from council tax ?

 There are a number of reasons why someone could be exempt from council tax. If someone’s severely mentally impaired,they will be exempt  if both of the following apply. You have to be medically certified as being severely mentally impaired.  If you have Dementia,Parkinson’s severe learning difficulties or had a Stroke. They’re eligible for at least one of the following benefits: ( these aren’t all means-tested, and you don’t actually need to claim any benefits to get the discount). -Attendance allowance under the Sec 64 of the Social Security Contributions & Benefits Act -Severe disablement allowance -The highest or middle rate of the care component of a disability living allowance –[…]






Fraud & Coercion

Evidence of an increase in exploitation of migrants in Peterborough, where unscrupulous, employers, exploiting vulnerable new arrivals to the area by isolating them from the local community and controlling them by providing over-crowded housing and transport to work in the fast food industry These victims then gain very little in return for their labour and the traffickers take a large      proportion of the wages and sometimes passports in return. Workers then often ended up in debt to the rouge Bosses giving them more leverage over the exploited workers and their money, and are often used to perpetrate fraud. Most recently convictions and arrests made relating to exploitation and trafficking in[…]






#RunawayHorses : Update

Do you live in Gunthorpe, Drive through Gunthorpe or Live Locally?  Have you noticed the Mischievous Horses that keep escaping on to Manor Drive and Paston Parkway? You may have seen my previous posts in regards to the #RunawayHorses. Whilst out and about in the ward last year I was stunned to find a Horse wandering around on Paston Parkway towards the centre of the Gunthorpe Roundabout ( You can read the original post on my Facebook Page or Blog by looking for #RunawayHorses). Luckily on this occasion along with other residents I managed to bring the Horse to safety and reunite the Horse with it’s owner. However unfortunately, even though[…]






St George’s Community Hydrotherapy Pool

St Georges Community Hydrotherapy Pool  Back in December I was lucky enough to be asked to visit St George’s Community Hydrotherapy Pool by the lovely Karen Oldale. I of course graciously accepted this invitation. Upon my visit, I invited a fellow Liberal Democrat to accompany me. Although I had family members that had made use of the pool through their careers; I hadn’t visited myself before. When we arrived we were very warmly welcomed by the whole team and were provided with Lovely Blue Shoe Covers (Ha Ha). We were then taken on a tour by the Lovely Robert and Karen who explained the ins and outs of the pool![…]






“We Feel Trapped In Our Own Homes” Says Peterborough Resident

Residents of Cleveland Court and The Pentlands Residents are seeing significant issues during school times; along with many other residents in Gunthorpe/Werrington and Peterborough. As you all probably already know, I have been working closely with the Local Primary Schools to try and help tackle/ease the ongoing parking issues we have during Pickup and Drop Off times. After various Facebook Posts and Blog Posts (Click to Remind Yourself) I had been contacted by various residents of both of these streets and many others . The Residents are sadly being made to feel ‘Trapped’ in their own homes and fear for their safety ( in the case of an emergency) during[…]