What about Werrington Centre, how would YOU improve it?

Werrington Centre

At a previous meeting of Full Council, it was noted that within the local authority’s Local Plan, it was identified that there were “regeneration opportunities” at the Werrington Centre.

Sadly, there was not a great deal of detail, and so I have now contacted the CEO at Peterborough City Council to see about securing an update.

I’m especially keen to find out what the Council’s role is, as I was under the impression that the Werrington Centre was privately owned, and therefore, I would have thought responsibility for any improvement would lay at the company’s feet rather than then Councils’?

That said, I would be interested in finding out what you’d LIKE to see done to the centre in order to improve it. Especially, as a good number of people from Walton, Paston and Gunthorpe use it, not just residents of Werrington.

Plz let me know your thoughts 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!

Manor Drive school already 4 years behind schedule!

Manor Drive/Paston Reserve

There are now hundreds and hundreds of houses at the commonly known area of Manor Drive, and with even more planned, it was disappointing to read the latest Executive Decision from the Tory controlled City Council, which showed the planned primary school will now be open in 2022, NOT, 2018 as I was originally promised.

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Whats the latest?

According to the recently published Manor Drive Schools Decision:

  • Manor Drive Primary will be located adjacent to Norwood Lane and will be built to
    accommodate 420 children at capacity and will open to one form of entry for reception children in September 2022.
  • A 26 place nursery provision will also be built as part of the new school site.
  • Manor Drive Secondary Academy will be built to accommodate 900 children (six forms of entry) and will open to four forms year 7 children in September 2022.
  • 4C’s Multi Academies Trust (4C’s) will run the schools, they currently run Arthur Mellows Village College located in Glinton, Fulbridge Academy located in the city centre and Hampton Vale Primary in Hampton West.
  • The Council will design and construct an access road from Newborough Road into the secondary school site and it will be completed in readiness for the school contractor to start on site in January 2021.
  • A public consultation event will be held (venue to be determined) for the new school designs to be on display.
  • Upon expiry of the 12 month defects liability period, the Council will enter into a 125 year lease with 4C’s Multi Academies Trust.

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What does Darren think?

I think the City Council have failed local residents of this area of Peterborough for years, no bus service, terrible crossing over the Paston Parkway, a generally piss-poor footpath leading to the bridge, a back track on a convenience store, roads remaining un-adopted, speeding vehicles, I could go on!

As you will see form the properties presently for sale at this location, the fact that the prices range from £200,000 and £300,000 a house, shows in my opinion, that the priorities for the Conservative controlled City Council are, money making FIRST and residential issues second!

The harsh reality is, that things simply will not change for local taxpayers in this area, until we get a change of administration at the Town Hall.

People who vote Conservative in this area, really should take a second to think about changing this habit, come the local elections in May.

Please let me know YOUR thoughts below!

Will Werrington Residents have to pay more Council tax?

The Green, Werrington, Peterbrough

You may have recently seen that the Peterborough City Council have been consulting on the idea of a Werrington Area Forum?

If not you might like to read:

The DEADLINE for having your say is Friday 18 January 2019.

Comments on the application can be submitted either:

  • via email: planningpolicy@peterborough.gov.uk
  • in writing to: Sustainable Growth Strategy, Peterborough City Council, Sand Martin House, Bittern Way, Fletton Quays, Peterborough PE2 8TY

Werrington Neighbourhood Area

Just from the map alone, I am a tad confused. In so much that Corfe Avenue seems to have bee included in the Werrington area map (above), yet most people know this as part of Walton?

While, several households along Fulbridge Road seem to have been omitted, despite their neighbours literally across the road being included?

I thought this was due to the waterway, but given Hythegate, Lakeside, Gildale and Thornemead have been included, so it can’t be that?

Also, any new tier of government surely needs to be representative? Given that the Werrington “area” has nearly 10,000 residents …. Presently, 96% of planned Werrington Forum Members identify as ethnically White, there are no Members of any Ethnic Minority who live in the area, 82% of members are aged 50+, only 1 member is aged below 40 and just 4.5% do not identify as a Homeowner.

Questions I have …

I have now sent in some queries and questions to those involved, some of which included:

  1. How many people actually make up the “Werrington Area Forum” and who are they?
  2. How many responses have you received to date, in regards the application?
  3. Will there be a legal requirement for a certain number of members of the Werrington Area Forum, and what would happen if, down the line there were only a couple of people (or maybe no one) who wanted to be involved with the Werrington Forum?
  4. It mentions that the minimum number of members will be 21, just wondered why this was the number?
  5. Who decides who will be a Full Member and how are they chosen?
  6. Will members be able to claim expenses?
  7. Will there be any plans to add a Council Tax precept?
  8. Will there be a minimum number of attendees at AGMs in order to make them legitimate?

You might like to know that in areas where they have a Parish Council, they also have to pay extra Council Tax. Whilst, this proposed new tier of local government will not be a Parish Council, I do think it is important that local residents know sooner rather than later if there are plans to add a precept.

As always, please let me know your thoughts below.

Should you wish to contact Werrington Area Forum with general queries about the group, or about their neighbourhood plan, please contact Sally Weald (werringtonneighbourhoodcouncil@gmail.com).

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?

Peterborough will pilot Government integration plans!

Immigration

The Government has chosen Peterborough, along with 4 other local authorities, to develop an integration plan, as part of a national strategy for England.

According to the Peterborough 2011 Census, in “10.0% of households no one has English as a main language.”

Like others, I do have my concerns around this announcement.

As from my own experiences, integration challenges are not uniform throughout the city, with different areas and communities having varying needs.

The Government has promised some £50m will be committed to the new strategy over the next 2 years.

According to the Government the “ambitious, long-term plan of action’ would ‘tackle the root causes of poor integration and create a stronger, more united Britain” by boosting English language skills, increasing opportunities for women and promoting British values in education.

I also remain confused as to why in our city, students over the years have been forced to learn German or French rather than Urdu or Mandarin? Plus, I would be concerned if we lost our city’s image as a proud and successful diverse society.

With that in mind, I’ve now asked the Councils Director for People & Communities:

  1. How much of the £50m has been allocated to Peterborough City Council?
  2. Is there a plan for what the money will be spent on yet and if so what is it?
  3. What has the Council been doing in recent years to help people integrate into their communities and how much of a budget does this action require each year?
  4. Also, the reports say funding for English speakers of other languages has fallen by 50%, so how much do we allocate in Peterborough for supporting English speakers of other languages and what services does that include?

What’s YOUR thoughts? Please feel FREE to let me know below!

Bit of Fun….!

Take the British Citizenship Test! PS – I scored: 75%

Hallfields lane parking concerns………

Hallfields Lane

Do you live along Hallfields Lane? Do you think that there is a problem with the way some cars park?

A couple of residents have recently contacted me, and said that it’s become a real problem, with anti social parking on Hallfields Lane.

Given that Hallfields Lane has a shop, a School, a Community Centre and a Recreational Area on it, it’s no surprise that it is well used by pedestrians.

Some of the reports from residents have included concerns about cars parking on the pavement and also obstructing crossing points.

If you have a view or comment on this then please do post it below!

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Manor Drive schools meeting on the horizon!

Paston Reserve Schools

Both my colleague Cllr Julia Davidson and myself are set to have a meeting in the coming weeks with the Capital Projects and Assets Officer at Peterborough City Council, to discuss the latest state of play is regards the development.

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Bretton Water park, now set to STAY OPEN?

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At the start of February 2018 ,the Peterborough Telegraph reported that Peterborough City Council as part of it’s budget proposals had “..declared it will no longer run the popular family attraction in Flaxland in order to save £18,000 a year.”

At a time of bumper pay for senior councillors and officers at the town hall, and another hike in council tax, many local people were not happy!

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