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“? Read more

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?

 

 

 

 

Cash strapped Conservative Council announce plans to spend £150,000 on educational consultants!

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What’s this to do with?

As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph recently, Tories at the Town Hall, have decided to pay education specialists £150,000 “..to help improve primary school results.”

These “experts” are from an organisation called Success for All, which is based in Cathedral Square, and apparently they’ll be helping the five most under performing schools in the city.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Peterborough came second last in the recent SATS results.

My thoughts are ……

Do we not already have hundreds of educational experts in the city?

I mean, teachers, ex-teachers, educational officers at the Town Hall and ……. not forgetting Tory boy, Cllr John Holdich, who’s job title is Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills, and University, and Communications – a role that entitles him to collect an additional allowance (on top of his basic salary) of £20,761.04 a year!

Also, why do we not have a FREE, easy to use central communications portal for local teachers, governors, councillors, council officers etc to be part of?

Why not simply create a secure Facebook group?

Don’t forget….!

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so please do feel free to post a comment below!