Peterborough Town Hall

28% of councillors @PeterboroughCC are female and 22.81% have a beard or a moustache!

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

Liberal Democrat Council Motion 16

WATCH: Local Lib Dem motion SUCCESS for Council to join @VotesAt16 campaign! @PeteYouth

The Liberal Democrat City Council group recently enjoyed a piece of progressive success. At the latest Full Council meeting, they submitted a motion calling for Peterborough City Council to; join the Votes at 16 Coalition; ask the Chief Executive to write to our local MPs to inform them of this decision and ask them to support the campaign in the House of Commons, promote this policy through its communications and work with local schools, our Youth MP and the Peterborough Youth Council to raise awareness among young people of the UK system of Government and the role of active citizens in our democracy. WATCH the video below and MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND! Despite[…]

Resident Survey 2014 Results

On-line Resident Survey Infograph Results for you!

Over the last 365 days, the Resident Survey 2014, has been available for people in Peterborough to fill in and have their say! The initiative, led by Cllr Darren Fower, is a first, and has proven successful with hundreds of city people taking the time to complete it and help us represent the views of local people, with accurate and affirmed data. Cllr Fower has now collated an infograph of the findings for you to peruse at your leisure, comment and share! RESULTS: Resident Survey 2014 | Create infographics

Peterborough UKIP

UKIP add Peterborough as target seat for May 2015 General Election

Should Peterborough Tories be worried? Following the UK Independence party securing their second MP in Rochester and Strood, reports suggest that they now have their sights on our city? Over the last few decades, Peterborough has swung, between Labour and the Conservatives, when it comes to electing their Member for Parliament, so could there really be a change? After the latest by-election, Peterborough’s present Tory MP, “Smiley” Jackson tweeted that Mark Reckless would be “gone in May” and earlier tweeted: “Any Tory MP who defects to Ukip on the basis of the result in Rochester and Strood (whatever it is) would frankly be completely insane.” Asked about Jackson’s tweet, Farage[…]

Peterborough railway station

Peterborough needs an integrated transport policy

“We need a city council that has higher ambitions for our city than just a ‘dormitory with warehouses’ and part of that must be to improve all our transport links” says Peterborough Liberal Democrat vice chairman Peter Chivall in a recent article in the Peterborough Telegraph. Local Liberal Democrats support many aspects of the strategic economic plan published earlier this year by the  Local Enterprise Partnership. The transport section of that plan included promotion of roads improvements but it gave equal weight to the need to improve our rail links, both on the East Coast Main line and cross country to Ely, Ipswich and Cambridge. In the context of ‘expansion beyond Cambridge of[…]

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[…]

Peterborough City Centre

Tory policy vacuum stops powers being passed back to people

A radical decentralisation of power to local communities is one possible answer to Peterborough City Council’s mounting budget crisis, says Lib Dem group leader Cllr Nick Sandford. The Council has to make savings of £22 million on its budget next year. The Government is encouraging Councils to give power back to local communities and give them responsibility for local spending decisions. Parish and community councils are not subject to Government budget capping and can raise money for local services through precepts on the Council tax. After attending a meeting (in private) at the Town Hall to discuss budget savings, Nick said: “The Tory administration says they are going to consult[…]

Planned incinerator being built in Fengate "Out of date”

That’s the view of Peterborough Friends of the Earth.  Speaking on BBC Radio Cambs, Richard Olive said: “It’s a very inefficient process to start with. Nearby to the new incinerator is the existing power station. That produces electricity at 48% efficiency, but the Energy from Waste facility (aka incinerator) will only have an efficiency 27% and of course, the green aspects, it is still burning fossil fuels!” NOW listen to the Tory Cabinet member for Street scene, Waste management and Communications, respond to the claim by pressing the play button below! listen to ‘”I’m not a scientist” says Tory Cabinet member for Waste Management!’ on Audioboo

Report a faulty light, get a year FREE of Council Tax?

After reporting further faulty lights in and around the city, local Lib Dem councillor, Darren Fower, says he thinks it’s time the Council looked at incentivising local citizens to report such matters, by using more contemporary forms than providing a telephone number to call? Commenting, Darren said: “We’ve got apps and smart phones almost everywhere we look these days, so why not make use of them? “Reporting a faulty street light, not only helps the contractors save time and therefore money, it also prevents the wasting of electricity, which is always a good thing. “I cannot see any reason why each and every street light should not have a QR[…]

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[…]