There’ll no doubt be one or two questions amongst councillors after the Local Government Chronicle reported talks had taken place between the leaders of Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, regarding the possibility of amalgamating the two authorities. As some may remember, in 1998 Peterborough became autonomous of Cambridgeshire county council as a unitary authority, 17 years on, its seems there planning of reverting back? Q: A sensible idea or a complete and costly backwards step? In the article, it stated: “Cambridgeshire leader Steve Count (Con) said talks had taken place with Peterborough City Council about potentially forming a combined authority.” What do YOU think? Please post a comment below!
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[…]
In 1998 Peterborough became autonomous of Cambridgeshire county council as a unitary authority; since that times control has changed from Labour to the Conservatives, and there’s been 16 Mayors, of which 81% of which have been Tory councillors! Now we all enjoy a stat or two and so below is an infograph for you to peruse and enjoy! Make up of Peterborough City Council | Create infographics
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[…]
Leading Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Ian Manning has accused councillors of dividing the council’s upper management and the lowest paid. His attack came after some councillors failed to support his bid to protect the authority’s lowest paid members of staff by making sure their wage scales kept pace with the highest. Cllr Manning, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Resources on Cambridgeshire County Council said the move created a clear division between upper management and those who are the backbone of front line services for residents. “Often those on the lowest wages provide vital council services, so they should not be made to feel undervalued compared to the most senior management,” he[…]
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[…]
Cambridgeshire County Council is in danger of sending a contradictory message to the public by not flying the rainbow flag warns Liberal Democrat Ed Cearns. He says the council has a good record of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people but its failure to fly the flag during LGBT history month in February could be misinterpreted. Cllr Cearns, who represents Cambridge’s Market Ward on the county council said that not flying the flag sends a negative message to young people who are LGBT with the implication that the council does not support them. He is raising a motion at full council on at the end of March 2014[…]