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[…]

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,[…]

Peterborough Labour Party in disarray …….. and it could get worse!

Ahead of the local elections this year, Peterborough’s Labour Party talked about taking control of the Council from the Tories! Since then, there’s been quite a bit happening within the trenches of the Peterborough Labour party! Such as ……….. Just one day after the elections, the Labour candidate, who just missed out on deposing at least ONE Tory councillor from the safest conservative seat in the City, wrote on his blog, that the electoral failure “..lay at the door of the local leadership and specifically at the door of Group Leader Nazim Khan is serious organisational failings.” Citing the “fiasco over Executive Pay, where the Group Leader wasn’t present at the meeting[…]

More done in last 5 than previous 40 years! Claims Cereste!

Did you get to hear the interview with Cllr Marco Cereste on BBC Radio Cambs directly after the 2014 local election results? It was certainly interesting, as he admitted to speaking with certain “other” councillors about enabling him to maintain his position as leader of the City Council – but which opposition councillors? – CERTAINLY none of the Lib Dems! He also went on to make one of his classic claims, stating “Me, as leader of the Council, have done more in the last 5 years in our city then has happened in the last 40 years in our city!” – Doesn’t say much for the 5+ years prior to his[…]

Tory Cabinet MEMBER criticizes local Newspaper for asking question! @PeterboroughTel

Seemingly NOT content with being on holiday or avoiding one of the most topical Full Council meetings in the past few years, newly elected Tory Cllr Fitzgerald, has now ATTACKED one of the LAST remaining city based local media! The Telegrapgh’s Paul Grinnell, simply trying to ascertain the Tory councillors position on the hot topic of Conservative Leader Marco Cereste, ended up consistently repeating his question, while receiving a barrage of negative tweets from the well paid representative of West Ward – God only knows what the local Conservative club will think!? In a TERRIBLE attempt to sound clever, Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald responded with the answer “with my hand” – when[…]

Tory COUNCILLOR wins WEST WARD by 16 votes, then goes on HOLIDAY!

Despite only beating the LABOUR candidate by a mere 13 votes, Tory “Leggit from North Bretton” councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, headed (just days after the close fought local election) on holiday, instead of attending what some believe to be, one of the most important Annual Council Meetings of the past few years! The Annual Council meeting this month saw an attempt by the the so-called Independent Group (which includes Cllr Fletcher, who once stood up and shouted at Cllr Marco Cereste, “I’m more of a Conservative than you!”) – to put forward a motion calling for a new administration …………. of which the leader would be the councillor who put forward the motion!! Ironically,[…]

Lib Dem councillors hand in BROWN BIN tax petition

At the latest meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall, Liberal Democrat City Councillors handed in a petition opposing the Conservative controlled council’s decision to charge local residents to have their brown bin collected. Commenting, Cllr Darren Fower said: “It’s just ridiculous! Its another Tory scheme that’s failed, and now they want you to pay for their mistakes. Their ability to deal with waste has meant that processing Garden Waste has not been properly dealt with and now this extra charge, on top of your council tax bill, could see more people simply placing their garden waste into their black bins. “This will mean that it will be disposed[…]

Walk out over stinking pay rises

Lib Dem city councillors walked out of the full council meeting tonight in protest at the massive rises in pay for some directors which have been forced through by the ruling Conservative administration. Group spokesman, Darren Fower, said: “This whole process stinks. People out there are outraged by this. We are told we can’’t influence these decisions tonight so we have no other option but show our feelings and those of local residents by leaving the council chamber.” Pay rises of up to 30% for some officers were voted through in secret at Employment Committee in February with the support of Conservative and Independent members. The Labour rep was absent[…]

Independent Group Leader attempts to separate himself from colleague Cllr Swift’s comments!

It seems that the majority of people in Peterborough are opposed to the Tory controlled City Council’s decision to award significant pay rises to a select few of senior council officers? It also seems that in relation to the issue, there’s now a divide amongst the self titled, Peterborough Independent Forum (PIF) political group on the Council, as their leader, Cllr Harrington, sent out a message to fellow councillors disassociating himself with recent comments made by fellow group member Cllr Swift, during a recent interview on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. You can listen to the interview below! listen to ‘”We ARE in it altogether!” – Cllr Charles Swift’ on Audioboo After[…]

Mayor-JA embarrassment over selecting next deputy mayor of Peterborough City Council?

Sources at the Town Hall, tell us that there’s been a bit of an embarrassing rumour circulating the corridoors of Peterborough City Council, after the latest Tory Mayor elect (Cllr David Over) for 2014/15, decided to make a decision on who should be his deputy! The alleged story goes a little something like this……. Cllr Bella Saltmarsh (Liberal, Dogsthorpe) received notification that Cllr Over was happy for her to become his Deputy Mayor for 2014/15. Momentarily delighted, Cllr Saltmarsh then discovered she’d received the informal invite, ONLY after Cllr (Mrs) Fox (PIF, North Werrington) had earlier declined the invitation to become Deputy Mayor! That said, it didn’t REALLY matter! In the end,[…]