Rhubarb Bridge

Good news on lighting and MUGA in #Walton

At the recent meeting of Full Council in the town Hall, Cllr Nick Sandford asked a question on the state of street lighting in Walton. He spoke about the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Mountsteven Avenue where the lighting has only just been repaired after a year out of action! Nick also asked the cabinet member responsible what can be done about the lights on and near the Rhubarb Bridge,  many of which had been not working for over three months! Nick said: “Its amazing what asking a question at a public meeting can do. Within days I had several council officers contacting me about the problems.  The MUGA is[…]

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[…]

Why are local Lib Dems not backing move to remove Marco?

Newly–Elected Leader of Peterborough Liberal Democrats, Cllr Nick Sandford explains: “A lot has been made of the fact that the Conservatives are no longer in majority control of Peterborough City Council. That needs to be reflected in the governance structures which the Council adopts. As Lib Dems have long argued we need a more consensual approach and one in which decisions are made in public and can be challenged at the time they are made and not weeks later. That necessitates in our view the scrapping of the current Leader and Cabinet model and replacement of it with a system of decision making committees. “The Localism Act passed by the Coalition Government gives us that choice and it is one which[…]

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[…]

Pay rise development “…will prove to be entirely cosmetic.”

The latest reports in the local media that claim that the Tory controlled City Council have indicated that the issue of the controversial decision of theirs, to award MASSIVE pay rises to a select few of senior council officers, could be subjected to a review in the near future, has been described by Liberal Democrat group leader Cllr Nick Sandford as “entirely cosmetic.” Nick went on to say, “It will not result in a reduction in anyone’s salary. These salary increases are absolutely appalling in the current economic times.” Listen to Nick’s interview on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire by simply pressing the play button below! listen to ‘Lib Dems WALK-OUT in PAY RISE[…]

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[…]