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Cereste cycling PR stunt backfires!

A report in the Peterborough Telegraph has shown how a PR stunt does not always resolve an issue! The article reported how Tory Council leader, Marco Cereste, who introduced the cycle ban extension along Bridge Street, despite clear opposition by local people and cycling organisations, had held a discussion on Twitter with a local cyclist about cycling in the city centre and then arranged a “fact-finding” city cycle ride with council officers. But after the stunt, the resident/cyclist himself was reported as saying: “The city is poor for cycling and it takes a lot to change attitudes. I think I got across that the kind of language Cllr Cereste uses is not helpful in[…]

Peterborough City Council

Call for Top Bosses Pay Cut!

Lib Dem Group leader on the City Council, Cllr Nick Sandford, has called on council directors and senior officers at the Council to set an example and show commitment to tackling the Council’s massive budget deficit by taking a cut in their own pay. At a meeting of the latest Employment Committee, Nick asked the committee to request all officers earning over £100,000 a year to accept an immediate 15% cut in their salary. The meeting was called after a public outcry following a secret meeting of the committee back in February which pushed through increases in pay of up to to 25% for some senior officers, allegedly justified by them[…]

Experts also say “Don’t ban cycling on a Sunday in Bridge Street!”

In an article published on the Peterborough Environment City Trusts website a statement from Sustrans reads: “Peterborough is taking positive steps to encourage cycling through the Travelchoice project, but we are worried that this could be undermined by not making adequate allowance for cyclists in and around the City Centre. Bridge Street is at the centre of the cycle network developed for the city and is an important link for hundreds of people who are cycling to work and school each day, or even just popping to the shops.” They point out that when the Development Corporation designed the City Cycle Network and removed car traffic from Bridge Street they[…]

Petition LAUNCHED to oppose Tory plans to BAN cycles from Bridge Street on a Sunday! @SustransPBoro

The Conservative controlled City Council in Peterborough have recently announced they are looking to extend the cycling ban along Bridge Street, in Peterborough City Centre. In their media release the Council talks about protecting pedestrians, with the Cabinet member for City Centre Management, stated that cyclists should “…..dismount and push their bikes along Bridge Street…….” In response, Liberal Democrat, Darren Fower has launched a campaign opposing the idea! Commenting, Liberal Democrat city councillor, Darren Fower, said: “I launched the campaign after being contacted by several local people, who said they could not see any sense in it? Some of them are cyclists, but some are not! “I must admit that,[…]

£390,000 written off by Tory controlled Peterborough City Council!

According to a report in the Telegraph, Peterborough City Council, which is run by the Conservatives, and in recent months has complained that a lack of funds is their reason for closing or ceasing a range of services, has now written off more than £390,000 in uncollected debts! In the article it stated: “These include £10,000, which the council says was owed by Cambridgeshire County Council relating to children’s services, and there are two sums – £84.81 and £11,546.08 – alleged to be owed by Peterborough College of Adult Education.” Ironically, the Tories seem to be blaming “failed firms” citing example like the owners of Cafe Lemon, in Bridge Street, who[…]

Petition to Peterborough City Council: “Introduce a dedicated cycle lane along Bridge Street”

Peterborough City Council claims it wants more people to cycle, yet the Leader, Marco Cereste says people DO NOT WANT a cycle lane along Bridge Street? The petition has been led by Lib Dem city councillor, Darren Fower who said: “A cycle lane WOULD increase safety, enable continuous cycling, allow police to concentrate on more pressing matters, remove the need for silly signs and prove Peterborough can emulate other leading cities in the UK who have managed to integrate cycle lanes throughout their centres.” Add your name to the petition – CLICK HERE!”

People Power Should Prevail on Bridge Street Trees

Last year the Tory controlled City Council announced plans to remove a 1/3 of tress from Bridge Street. In response, the Liberal Democrats at the Town Hall launched a petition. Over 190 residents, local business owners and taxpayers signed the petition! Lib Dem councillors then formally presented the petition at a Full Council meeting, leading to the Councils Strong and Supportive Communities Scrutiny Committee (Wednesday 14 September 2011) being informed by then director of Communications Andrew Mackintosh, that they would re-open part of a public consultation into works on Bridge Street which specifically referred to the trees in this area. And the results are now in! Nearly 60% of consultees[…]