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[…]

#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![…]

Curbing Graffiti Issues

Graffiti is an issue City Wide but it is becoming a BIG ISSUE in our ward (Gunthorpe). Most of the electric boxes now have Graffiti.. Most of the Graffiti is untasteful and includes the use of Crude language. Not only does this look unappealing; it’s terrible that everyone (especially Children) are having to be exposed to that kind of language. This is Vandalism…not ART. Although I have reported every case I have come across to Peterborough City Council  and they are removing what they can… it is SADLY never too long before the Graffiti reappears. I have since been approached by individuals in our Local Community who have suggested that[…]

Liberal Democrat barn dance

Peterborough Lib Dems going to a dance

Peterborough Liberal Democrats are holding a fund-raising barn dance on Friday 22 January in St Marks Church Hall, Lincoln Road, Peterborough. The event starts at 7:30 pm and the ticket price of £12 (£10 each for two or more) includes a fish and chip supper. Music will be provided by local band Kelly’s Eye. It is the second time the party locally has organised such a dance. Campaigns chairman Mike Holland said: “We had a barn dance a couple of years ago and although some of us – like me – with ‘two left feet’ were a bit dubious it turned out to be a great evening. So now we’ve[…]

What do YOU think of the LATEST announcement Re: North Westgate?

As far back as 2012, there have been reports of delays regarding the development of North Westgate and the long-standing plans to redevelop this area of Peterborough. Now, an announcement by Peter Breach, Chairman of Hawksworth Securities plc, has informed city councillors that they will be submitting a planning application for the development later this spring. According to the update, the company’s vision is to: “….. create a new regional leisure quarter in the centre of Peterborough, featuring an attractive piazza and multiplex cinema. These will be surrounded by restaurants, shops, bars and a food hall with a community of apartments and offices above.” To find out more about the plans please visit: www.north-westgate.com One early[…]

Cross ward concern for planned housing development on #GunthorpeRoad

Lib Dem ward councillor for both Walton and Werrington South, have been contacted about a planning application for several new houses to be built on a small piece of overgrown land at the bottom end of Gunthorpe Road, near the Brookside Methodist Church. It is early days and apparently the site has not yet been assessed by planning officers but Cllr Nick Sandford, has asked for it to be referred to the Planning Committee. This means that the application will be debated in public and determined by councillors, and not planning officers. Nick commented after looking at the plans: “Residents tell me this site is very boggy at certain times[…]

Council completes senior management restructure saving £500,000

The Council has now announced that  a restructure of Peterborough City Council’s senior management team has now been completed. The council’s Employment Committee met last Thursday (12 February 2015) and interviewed for the four new posts which form part of the new structure. As a result, the city council has announced that the following people will take up the new posts from Monday 2 March 2015: Wendi Ogle-Welbourn has been appointed Corporate Director: People and Communities with a salary of £135,000. The role is the result of a merger of the three existing director roles of Executive Director of Children’s Services, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health and Director for Communities, resulting in[…]

Fane Road tree cuts

Last year, the council put new street lights in Fane Road. The Walton FOCUS Team received complaints about the positioning of a few of the lights and it was pointed out that some were being put very close to trees. The guys in Walton predicted at the time that this would cause problems and now it has. Council contractor Enterprise wants to cut back some of the trees ….. to improve the lighting. Local Lib Dem councillor Nick Sandford said: “We are long overdue a proper survey of the trees in Fane Road and some pruning work is probably needed. “But to put lights so close to trees shows a[…]