Do UNI plans mean the END for the #PBoroBeerFestival?

Peterborough Beer Festival

This year’s event will be the 41st annual Peterborough Beer Festival.

But, I’m starting to wonder if plans in the pipeline, announced in the City Council’s Local Plan consultation, seem to indicate that it maybe under threat?

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Lack of housing has cost PCC millions of £’s!

Housing Development in Peterborough

A chronic shortage of affordable housing in Peterborough, has seen Peterborough City Council spend millions of pounds over the last few years, on temporary accommodation for homeless families.

The predicament has not been helped either by the Council’s mismanagement of school places i.e. closing schools like Bretton Woods etc, which has meant the need to build two new schools, such as the ones at the Manor Drive/Paston Reserve area, which resulted in a reduction in affordable homes, that was previously agreed.

The number of affordable homes built in 2015/16 fell by 52% and was the lowest number in 24 years.

A steady decline in affordable housing and squeezes on household incomes has seen the number of households local authorities have been forced to place in temporary accommodation rise by 50% since 2010.

This is bad for families and communities and expensive for the council.

A renaissance in house-building by the City Council and a Government plan to reduce the squeeze on household incomes are both needed if we are to stand any chance of solving our housing crisis, reducing homelessness and the use of temporary accommodation, and sustainably reducing the housing benefit bill.

Don’t forget, if you have a view or comment on this, please do let me know by posting below!

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Council plans to buy homes long overdue! #Homelessness

St Michael's Gate
I certainly learned a lot, when I was campaigning for local residents who were being turfed out of St Michael’s Gate, in order to house homeless individuals.

At the end of last year, it was reported that the Conservative controlled City Council, intends to buy up homes in Peterborough to house the growing numbers of homeless residents.

  • You may remember just over a year or so ago, we discovered that the Council had moved families into a local Travelodge at a seven-figure cost!
  • While at the same time, people in Peterborough also discovered homelessness under the Tories at the Town Hall had risen by 200%!

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Could you spot slavery in Peterborough?

Modern day slavery

“Modern day slavery is a rising threat to our communities, and because of its hidden nature, is a major concern.”

In my opinion, there is no doubt that more people locally, need to be more aware of modern slavery to help tackle criminal gangs exploiting vulnerable workers living in squalor and on scandalous wages.

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Council boasting that it fines cyclists! #EnvironmentalCapitalMyArse

Bridge Street - Peterborough

The Peterborough Telegraph recently reported that “Cyclists caught riding their bikes on Bridge Street have been hit in the pocket at court.

Is it me, or does that seem a tad contradictory for a local authority that claims, it wishes to be “regarded as the UK’s Environment Capital“?

  • It seems even more hypocritical when you note that in Peterborough City Council‘s own Environment Action Plan, states an aim to become a “pedestrian, public transport and cycle first city and 90% of all journeys will be zero emission.
  • The position becomes even more demented, when you note read that the Council’s Environment Action Plan – City-Wide document, says they want to “encourage more people to reduce their reliance on cars and instead walk, cycle…”
  • You may remember that in 2012, I put forward the suggestions for a cycle lane along Bridge Street?
  • I even ran a petition that received hundreds of supporters for the idea.
  • I went to the effort of putting a formal motion at a meeting of Full Council calling for the Council to introduce a cycle lane along Bridge Street, but sadly the Tories all voted against the idea.

Rohan Wilson, area manager for Cambridgeshire Sustrans, a group which campaigns for improved cycle networks, pointed out that at Cathedral Square and Long Causeway, pedestrians and cyclists co-exist, adding “We believe that could be repeated in Bridge Street.”

What do YOU think?

 

 

 

 

You don’t mind paying MORE for your Brown Bin collection, do you?

Brown Bin - Peterborough

Yip! That’s right, the Tories at the Town Hall have decided that to help them balance their budget, they’re gonna charge YOU more for collecting the brown bin!

As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph, the “£39 annual charge to have garden waste collected will rise to £45”, but no doubt you’re cool with that, right?

What do I think?

Put simply, it’s another schadenfreude policy from the Cons who run the City Council!

Why? Well, by recycling you are helping them reduce their fines for putting rubbish in landfill, so in a logical world you should be rewarded for your efforts, BUT not in Pottyboro, the city that aspires to be Environmental Capital, instead they charge you MORE for helping!

  • Oh, and they also want to charge YOU £25 if YOU lose any of YOUR bins or have them stolen.

PS – Don’t forget to let me know what YOU think, by posting a comment below!

PPS – If you know someone who votes Tory locally, maybe remind them not to in May this year?

Are YOU happy for Council staff to have Body Worn Cameras? #Consultation

Body Camera

Peterborough City Council are presently consulting on whether or not to use body worn cameras for their officers working in the Prevention and Enforcement Service.

  • Only takes a second or two to have your say! Simply VISIT HERE!

According to the City Council, the scheme would enable officers, “..if they observe an offence occurring, to activate their camera during this offence and their interaction with the offender.”

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Barnet Council won’t buy anymore houses in our city!

Barnet Council
Last year we discovered that Barnet Council had bought 28 city properties, in order to move their own homeless families in to, despite our own city facing a housing crisis forcing local people to wait more than a year for a home.

At the time, we also discovered that the Conservative controlled City Council, had no idea that this had happened!

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Council’s waste contract ENDED 16 years early! #WhatNow?

Amey - Peterborough

This time last year, the Peterborough Telegraph were reporting that the Conservative controlled City Council were “..to terminate their waste contract with Amey in a bid to save £100,000 every year.”

Don’t forget, that was the same contract, previously signed by the same Conservatives, and basically meant that they were ending it 16 years early!

Then at the end of last year, it was reported that the cancellation was set to cost local taxpayers £500,000!

This latest news (see above video), shows how bizarre the whole thing is, with Tories who run East Cambs Council stating they’ll bring their waste collection services in-house, while Tories in neighbouring Peterborough, seem determined to continue down the private sector route?

Me? I think this services and others should of course be run by the local authority!

At the end of the day, you pay your council tax in return for services, sadly in our city we’ve reached a point where we get told by bods at the Town Hall, “Sorry, that service is now run by a Trust, Private Company or ALMO.”

So basically, we now pay more Council Tax than ever before in our history and receive less services and have less control over them??

As always, I’d love to know your thoughts or hear your experiences! Please take a moment to post them below!