In the @BoroLibDems we do things a little differently… @LibDems

At this time of year, you can get a lot of knocks on your door from party election canvassers. In the Peterborough Liberal Democrats we do things a little differently… we have this radical idea that councillors should keep in touch with people all the year round and not just at election time. We deliver Focus newsletters about once every six weeks and also seek people’s views through residents’ surveys. In recent weeks, there seem to have been two things on the minds of many residents: FIRSTLY: The Tory Brown Bin Tax, which is being introduced in around 30 days’ time and will involve people being forced to pay nearly[…]

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[…]

Manning attacks wage division between management and lowest paid @Cambscc

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[…]

Lib Dem councillors oppose Tory controlled Council’s budget plans!

At the latest budget meeting at the Town Hall, Lib Dem council group leader, Nick Sandford,  said his party have consistently opposed the Tory plans to close (or “redesignate”) children’s centres. Lib Dems have  consistently supported moves to review the policy and look at alternatives. “We think this Tory policy shows they have the wrong priorities and are making the wrong choices,” Nick said.  “They would rather handover £2.2 million to their contractor Amey for grass and tree cutting, rather than spend half of that on keeping children’s centres open.  We are paying over £100,000 a year to some senior officers and big special responsibility payments to cabinet members but they[…]

Councillor emails being blocked by ‘by unseen hands’ ?????

A recent posting on, arguably Peterborough’s most popular blog the Peterborough Tribune reports that the ex-Tory  and now “independent” councillor for Bretton South has stated on his Facebook account that: “Be aware that attempts are being made to block ‘The Tribune’ from being circulated to all councillors. Strikes me that in a lot of cases the truth hurts.” Commenting on the claim, local Lib Dem councillor Darren Fower said: “There’s definitely been calls from certain Conservative councillors to have the emails from the Park Farm Blog halted, something I myself am completely opposed to – bottom line is, that I for one would prefer to decided what I receive and what[…]