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[…]

NHS locally could lose 331 EU staff because of Brexit

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust could lose 331 staff from the EU as a result of Theresa May’s extreme version of Brexit. 42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means in our area, an estimated 331 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 49 doctors and 148 nurses. This would create a bill of hundreds of thousands of £’s to re-hire doctors and nurses from the EU after 2019, due to Theresa May’s plans for a £2000 immigration skills charge for each doctor, nurse and health worker brought in from abroad. The[…]

Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £56m extra for Cambridgeshire

The Liberal Democrats have a sound and simple policy that would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care ………..by putting a penny on income tax! The tax would raise an additional £56,000,000 for NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, with £14,000,000 for Mental Health funding and £6,000,000 for social care in Peterborough, each year! At least 70% of Brits have said they would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October (link). Right now in Peterborough, we are told of patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly[…]

Lib Dems WOULD invest £29.5m to protect school funding in Peterborough

Under Liberal Democrat plans, £29,574,162 more would be invested in schools and colleges in Peterborough. The funding for Peterborough would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements. The funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children – which has seen schools in Peterborough receiving hundreds of thousands of £’s in additional funding already! Children in Peterborough are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers – but Theresa May doesn’t care. Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set to see[…]

New #RhubarbBridge petition launched! Q: Have you signed it?

Campaigners in Peterborough have been forced to set up a new petition on the council’s own website! Why? Well, sadly the Tory controlled City Council said they did not recognise the Change.org petition, that was launched a few weeks ago, and has received OVER 5,000 signatures! The new petition on the council’s website, needs 500 signatures to force a full council debate which would involve all elected councillors. It only takes a second or two, so add YOUR support now by visiting here! Got a Twitter account? Ask your followers to add their NAME to the petition by simply TOUCHING this link: http://ctt.ec/dl0i4 A decision to hand the contract to Skanska[…]

Action on Norwood Lane REQ #Video

Cllr Julia Davidson and myself were recently contacted by residents of the Traveller Site, on Norwood Lane, regarding the atrocious build up of fly-tipping along the road leading in via Newborough Road. We’ve now paid several site visits, spoken with local residents, the site manager, the Council and of course requested action is taken to address the matter. The sad fact is that the problem has been ongoing for some 30 years and tidy up operation are estimated to cost Peterborough City Council around £60,000 a year! To date, countless councillors and Council Officers have said they’ll do something and then taking little or no action. These people pay their Council[…]

Lib Dems will give millions EXTRA for #MentalHealth in #Peterborough

The Liberal Democrats would add another £1 billion for mental ill health care through putting a penny on income tax. This would equate to approximately £14,000,000 of additional health funding being spent in Cambridgeshire tackling the “historic injustice” faced by people with mental ill health. Health, particularly mental health is a key issue on the doorstep. People want action, not just words, neither Labour nor the Conservatives have outlined how they will fund mental health services. Lib Dems want to invest in improving waiting time standards for mental health care in Peterborough, and the scandalous use of force against people with mental ill health and prioritise national action to dramatically reduce the number[…]

Local Lib Dems will stand up for EU nationals in Peterborough!

It is important to remember that the EU was created to end centuries of war in Europe and bring prosperity to all European countries …. of course, there is still much work to do! It is becoming ever more clear that Theresa May is willing to scrap a free trade deal with the rest of Europe in order to pander to UKIP and the far-right of her own party. Nobody knows what Brexit will look like. The choices Theresa May will make will affect Peterborough and our country for decades – that’s your job, your weekly shop, your environment, your safety, where you can travel to and where you can[…]

Manor Drive Development – 1 Year behind Schedule

I recently discovered that part of the Manor Drive development is 1 year behind schedule. I discovered the news during a site visit to Manor Drive, along with Cllr Davidson. Since then, a meeting, including all three of your local Lib Dem councillors, took place at the Town Hall to discuss the renewal planning application for the site. Officers at the Town Hall talk about housing, local facilities, open space and infrastructure …. But there’s NOWT planned! The Council Officers didn’t know how much section 106 money we’d be getting from the developers when I asked, there’s no plans for a shop, community centre or decent infrastructure, and nearly 50%[…]