Action now on climate crisis, not more long term targets!

Buses in Peterborough

At the end of last month, the Conservative controlled City Council in Peterborough have proposed that 4 March 2020, as the day Full Council is asked to adopt the Carbon Management Action Plan, is designated as a ‘climate action day’ whereby the council encourages staff and residents to do their ‘extra bit’ to reduce their carbon impact on that day.

At the start of this month, Tory Council Leader, John Holdich, was reported as saying, “The action that we can take individually and as a city can make a difference and it also sends out a clear message that we must all change our ways. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to do so.”

What does Darren think?

The bottom line is that this Conservative controlled City Council has not taken the action that is really required.

  • Why are the Council saying they’ll get rid of the Mayors gas guzzling car in the future, why not get rid of it now?
  • Why are Councillors affording themselves massively discounted car parking passes, rather than discounted bus passes or cycles?
  • Why have the Tories at the Town Hall spent 20 years advocating that the car is king and neglecting and cutting funding to bus services?

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If we are to cut air pollution, tackle the climate crisis and reduce the chances of children in Peterborough getting asthma, cancer or respiratory problems, we need strong action from the City Council now, not more long term targets.

We also need the Conservative government that immediately invests to expand the UK’s charging network, so it can support the majority of vehicles by 2030.

We need a scrappage scheme for polluting cars, and we need measures to enable business and local authority fleets to go 100% electric ASAP.

What do YOU think? Please let me know below!

Will Werrington Brook money remain?

The work at Werrington Brook project, is one of the biggest improvement schemes in this area’s history.

Whilst the work is welcome, it is also important that the local community see improved standards remain.

A formal Council report, published last year, showed that tens of thousands of pounds had already been allocated towards the project and that another £40k had been planned into the Capital Programme Schemes for the 2023/24.

Given the stated of the finances of the Conservative controlled City Council, and given that I had received no recent updates, I thought it best to check and see whether this money is secure?

Therefore, I have now contacted the relevant Council Director at the Town Hall and requested clarity on what this money will be spent on and whether it is ring-fenced.

Once I have an update, I will of course share with you.

What about you?

What are your thoughts on the Werrington Brook, are you happy with what the project has so far achieved? Do you think more needs to be? What would you like to see?

Please drop me a comment below!

 

Lights in Gunthorpe and Werrington, set to be dimmed!

Gunthorpe Community Centre

The Councils scheme to save £100k a year, over the next 3 years, by dimming street lights in this area, is now underway.

The idea from the Tories at the Town Hall, will see street lights in residential areas reduced by 20% between 9.30pm and 5am.

Street lights on traffic routes will be dimmed by 20% between 9pm and midnight, and by 40% between midnight and 5am.

The Council say, “street lighting in subways would not be dimmed at all,” – Although having the lights actually working on underpasses is a bonus!

The Tories claim, that this move will save the council money and reduce the energy used.

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Do YOU trust the #ToriesAtTheTownHall?

Thing is ……..

  • In the latest Council Press Release, they state, upgrading its street lights (25,000 in total) to LED bulbs, “will save the council £10million over 20 years.” BUT, in 2016, in the official Skanska statement on the works, it claimed, the council hoped “to be able to make financial savings of £25 million over 20 years.” – So the money saved, has somehow declined by £15m over the last couple of years???
  • Also, in the Skanska LED Lighting brochure, it pointed out several benefits to the LED lights, none of which related to turning them down?
  • A few years ago, the Conservative controlled Council, turned off one in three lights on the parkways. Then when they tried to turn them back on, they were all knackered and needed replacing, resulting in thousands and thousands of pounds in repair costs.
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None of the benefits of LED lighting, previously mentioned anything about dimming the actual lights?

What does Daren think?

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Whilst, I am well up for the idea of saving energy, protecting the environment etc I’m not well up for Tories at the Town Hall, putting hard working local residents in this area at risk!

Decent street lighting is a well known crime deterrent, in this area, we have a good number of posties, care workers, dog walkers and parents/children who actually make use of cycle paths and foot-ways. So the idea that these routes will be less lit, does give me some worries.

If the local Tories are serious about the environment, I’d like to see them moving to 100% renewable energy, investing in buses, cycling and electric cars, and making all housing energy efficient to reduce fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.

What do you think? Let me know below ……

Pennine Way dog poo problems persist!


Pennine Way, in Gunthorpe, has a footpath access to the John Clare Rec. Sadly, it also seems to have an ongoing issue with certain dog owners not cleaning up after themselves.

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What Daren has to say:

I’m fully aware that 99% of local dog owners do clear up after themselves, and therefore I am hopeful that the recent problems relate to one or two people, who may be passing through the area.

I have now contacted one of the senior council officers and asked them if they can look to provide a solution or two.

  • To start with I would appreciate some of the temporary “clean up” spray messages along the footpath.
  • I also think a dog/general waste bin could be attached to the railing outside the footpath entrance.
  • Plus, the introduction of dog/waste bins at either end of Pennine Way, on the corner of the junctions of with Gunthorpe Road and Hallfields Lane.

What do YOU think?

If you’ve got a view, then please do let me know by posting below!

Give workers the tools to deal with waste, street cleaning and flytipping…

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Before 2010, aspects like waste, street cleaning, flytipping and grass cutting used to be done by the City Council.

Then in 2011, the Tories at the Town Hall, decided to sign a 23-year-contract with Enterprise – which was bought out by Amey in 2013.

Then last year, Conservative controlled Peterborough City Council announced they’d be terminating the waste contract with Amey in a bid to save £100,000 every year.

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Grass gets cut at #TudorClose

After being contacted by local residents, who were wondering why a small section of grass had seemingly been ignored, during recent cutting exercises, I’m now glad to say that the work has been done.

Q: Why was it? A: According to some, Cross Keys used to do the whole job, as most of the land belongs to them.

But, now they seem to be leaving the smaller section and central area that is owned by the local authority, to be cut by Peterborough City Council?

You’d think one of them would just do the whole job in one go and then, at worst, send a small invoice to the other?

I’ve now emailed the CEO of Cross Keys and the Corporate Director at the Council, to see what they have to say and if they can sort out a suitable setup for the future?

If someone steals your bin ….. you’ll be charged!

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Yip! The Tories at the Town Hall have once more been coming up with some super ideas in order to deal with their impending financial deficit, caused either by their own vanity projects or cuts made by their Tory colleagues in central government.

This time they’re proposing that if your bin gets stolen, then to get a replacement you’ll need to pay them £25 for a new bins and £15 for a new food caddy and set of liners.

At this point ………

A) You might be wondering where your Council Tax actually goes and what it gets spent on?

B) You might also remember that these are the same Tories who came up with the idea of charging you to have your brown bin collected a.k.a the Brown Bin Tax.

The bods at the Town Hall are justifying this proposal by talking about “….the number of lost or stolen bins in the city.”

They claim, last year the council spent £144k replacing these.

They also claim that they predict that this cost will rise to £170k in 2018/19.

But give no reason as to why? Perhaps they know of some of some expert bin thieves moving up from London in the near future?

As always, I’d love to know what you think? Please post a comment below!

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Who thinks the Peterborough Tories have lost the plot?

Council boasting that it fines cyclists! #EnvironmentalCapitalMyArse

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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“? Read more

Council boasting that it fines cyclists! #EnvironmentalCapitalMyArse

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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?

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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?