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?
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.
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It was recently announced that 15 housing associations will be working the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to deliver up to 40,000 affordable homes over the next 20 years.
They claim they’ll be building at least 2,000 additional affordable homes by 2021.
“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.
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“?
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.”
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?
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!
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PPS – If you know someone who votes Tory locally, maybe remind them not to in May this year?
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.”
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!
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!