Food Glorious Food

The weather is getting colder and the nights are drawing in, Christmas is coming….. Is Christmas-time something everyone looks forward to?  The people who visit the food bank every Thursday at the Hampton CSK Church have mixed views.  The costs of purchasing presents and the additional expensive food stuffs for the festive season are enough to push many families finances over the limit.  Its a time the food bank experiences higher than normal visits, which means we are an essential form of temporary support for those families that are already living week to week. The food bank operates from 19:00 to 21:00 every Thursday where they offer free grocery support[…]

“We Feel Trapped In Our Own Homes” Says Peterborough Resident

Residents of Cleveland Court and The Pentlands Residents are seeing significant issues during school times; along with many other residents in Gunthorpe/Werrington and Peterborough. As you all probably already know, I have been working closely with the Local Primary Schools to try and help tackle/ease the ongoing parking issues we have during Pickup and Drop Off times. After various Facebook Posts and Blog Posts (Click to Remind Yourself) I had been contacted by various residents of both of these streets and many others . The Residents are sadly being made to feel ‘Trapped’ in their own homes and fear for their safety ( in the case of an emergency) during[…]

Parking Safety in Gunthorpe- Update

Norwood and Gunthorpe Primary School Recap: You may have seen my many recent Facebook posts and blog posts regarding Gunthorpe Primary School, Norwood Primary School and Welbourne Primary School. I started working with all three of these primary schools before Christmas; after I was contacted by many concerned parents/carers and residents. Concerns were raised over many factors but primarily and most importantly the SAFETY of the CHILDREN.  (To update yourself click here) In one of my previous Blog Posts you may have seen that PCC had agreed to undertake assessments to assess whether further parking restrictions were needed and would be beneficial in the streets surrounding all three of the Primary[…]

Liberal Democrats would boost support for small businesses

Cllr Julia Davidson has backed a call from Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron who has proposed a series of policies that will help small businesses in Peterborough. In a speech called ‘Investing in the future’ Tim Farron  proposed a series of policies, that will benefit small businesses, enterprise and young people in the Peterborough area. In a direct appeal to small businesses in Peterborough, Tim said Liberal Democrats were now the party of small business, and would help them in three key ways: 1. We would give real teeth to the Small Business Commissioner, such as the power to fine large companies who regularly fail to pay their bills on[…]

The Green Book: New Directions for Liberals in Government

Leading Lib Dems call for policies to attract green minded voters

This document, talks about how to increase living standards, improve quality of life and future-proof the economy, lays out a comprehensive set of proposals for the policies the Liberal Democrats should look to adopt and campaign on to retain and increase support among green-minded voters. Containing over 150 detailed proposals, the authors identify three big outcomes from the ‘green growth’ approach: a better economy, for all – low carbon, resource efficient and high skill, with a better balance between industry sectors and regions of the country and with government planning for the long term; a ‘war on waste’ – to lower costs for householders, businesses and consumers and generate greater business efficiency; better places to live – with[…]

Have YOU read @BoroLibDems Leader @ClrNickSandford’s LATEST comments?

Leader of the Peterborough Liberal Democrat City Council Group, Cllr Nick Sandford writes: It’s not trendy or fashionable at present to be a Liberal Democrat. Our poll ratings are not good. So should be approaching next year’s general and local elections with fear and trepidation? My answer is a clear No in both cases. One advantage in the weeks running up to a General Election is that Lib Dems get something approaching fair coverage and the broadcast media are regulated by strict rules to ensure this. For the rest of the time, the BBC in particular likes to portray everything as a “Two horse race”. For the past four years[…]

Lib Dems WILL abolish NI contributions for anyone earning below £12,500 a year!

As reported in the national media, the Liberal Democrats plan to cut national insurance contributions even further, for anyone earning below £12,500 a year. The Lib Dems will promise in their general election manifesto to raise the level at which workers start to pay national insurance contributions. Employees currently start paying national insurance on earnings above £153 a week, or £7,956 a year, at a rate of 12%. The Lib Dems, who will beat the goal set out in their 2010 manifesto to raise the personal income tax allowance to £10,000 in this parliament, have already indicated that they will pledge to raise it to £12,500 by 2020. Danny Alexander[…]

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[…]

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[…]