When did you last spot a police officer?

Police in Peterborough

The Conservative police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire, recently announced that he intended to increase the Council Tax bills for people in this area.

He also claimed that the increase would see an additional 62 officers being recruited by March 2021 for the county.

But, so far has not detailed how many Peterborough will get, and more specifically how many for the north area of Peterborough?

Worth Noting

Under the Tories and Lib Dems, we have seen a decade of cuts to police and vital public services that have shown you simply can’t keep people safe on the cheap.

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What people told me:

From doing my on-line resident survey last year, I discovered that 60% of respondents could not remember the last time they saw a police officer, 19% had seen an officer in the last few months, 12% in the last 7 days and 9% in the last couple of years.

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What does Darren think?

Every time I read about recorded crime in Peterborough declining, the same thought pops into my head: Is the real story that less people are bothering to report crime?

In Peterborough we need to rebuild the police workforce, we need to recruit more police officers, police community support officers and police staff.

I also believe we need to re-establish neighbourhood policing and recruit more front-line officers than have been planned for by the Conservatives.

Effective police work requires the police to serve their communities and work collaboratively with youth workers, mental health services, schools, drug rehabilitation programmes and other public agencies.

We also need to eliminate institutional biases against BAME communities.

We also need to make use of social media and make it easier for residents to report crime and share useful information.

Please Note:

  • The 2019 survey was completed by over 230 local residents.
  • Any submissions from people outside of the unitary authority were removed.
  • To view the FINAL stats please VISIT HERE!

 

3 things in the Tory budget, that WILL affect people like YOU in this area!

Peterborough City Council Officer Pay Rises
The other year, senior Council Staff received bumper pay rises. One of them got a £30,000 pay rise!

The latest budget proposals have now been passed by the Tory controlled City Council, despite opposition from the Labour Group, and will see millions of pounds worth of cuts to services for this area.

  • If you’ve not read the Budget Document yet, then you can do so NOW by visiting here!
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The Tories have been running the Council for 20 years ……….!

What Darren Thinks:

There are a large number of cuts and hikes proposed, but here’s the 3 that I think most people in this area will notice:

  1. YOUR COUNCIL TAX WILL INCREASE: The Tories intend to increase YOUR council tax bill by 4% over the next 3 years i.e. 12% between now and 2023. Don’t forget, on top of that you have the Police and Fire Service charges.
  2. DIMMING STREET LIGHTS: Conservatives have agreed to dim street lights in residential areas by 20% between 9.30pm and 5am, on traffic routes by 20% between 9pm and midnight, and by 40% between midnight and 5am.
  3. STREET CLEANING BUDGET CUT: Cons have agreed to cut the street cleaning budget, which will also see a “reduction in city-wide stain washing” and in the response time to a majority of Fly-tipping – People could have to wait a week for its removal.

Is that all?

No! There’s also the cuts to; Disability Peterborough, youth services, heating grants to most vulnerable, budget for road safety, school transport service, anti-social behaviour team etc

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Don’t forget …

That the same Tories at the Town Hall moaning about not having enough money, are:

  • The same Tories who have increased your Council Tax to the max, over each of the last few years.
  • The same Tories, as the ones in Government, who have made the cuts to local authority grants.
  • The same Tories, who, over the last ten years, have been urging and campaigning for people to vote Conservative, despite knowing full well of the party’s policies of austerity.
  • The same Tories, who now get paid more in allowances than ever before in Peterborough’s history. For example; Council Leader, Cllr John Holdich received £22,739.54 in 2010/11 and in 2018/19 pocketed £42,756.85 (an 85% increase during the period of austerity), Tory Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Cllr Peter Hiller got paid £22,293.98 in 2010/11 and received £25,755.00 in 2018/19 (a 16% increase, PLUS his wife got a job at the Council the other year, which I’m sure is above board, but its extra £’s into the household, plus pension etc) and then there’s Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, who in 2010/11 got £7,962.08 in allowances and then in 2018/19 got £30,907.08 in his bank account (that’s a 288% increase in his Council pay).

Tories in turmoil at the Town Hall……

Cllr David Sanders
Senior Tory councillors joked about Cllr David Sanders’, just before he announced his departure from politics…. they soon stopped laughing!

The Conservatives have been “running” the City Council since the year 2000, and as someone who has been a councillor since 2004, I can assure you I’ve never seen them in such a mess!

It seems quite clear to me, given that there is no more silverware in the cupboard for them to sell, that they’ve agreed annual rises in Council Tax over the next 5 years, the back tracking on bulky waste collections, senior officers moving to jobs outside the authority etc!

And let’s not forget the recent events, like:

  1. Tory Mayor drops resignation bombshell – After a year in the role as mayor, Tory councillor, David Sanders, announced at a meeting of Full Council (without informing his leader or other senior Tory councillors) that he’d be resigning his position as a elected member after 20 years in the role. Some suggest this was solely down to his view of how things are being run by his party colleagues at the Town Hall?
  2. Chief Finance Officer jumps shipJohn Harrison, who received £184,572 last year including pension contributions, suddenly left the authority, without even a good-bye email? I myself was very surprised, as I thought he was pretty much entrenched at the Council and especially after I was told at a meeting (which he also attended) that he’d be the one leading the renegotiation of the Council’s contract with Amey?
  3. Nearly half a billion in debt – This year I discovered from holding the Tories at the Town Hall to account during a formal meeting, that they are presently in debt to the tune of £395,400,000 and repayment of individual loans ranges from 2 months to 49 years. The total interest payment over the life of the outstanding debt is presently £405,000,000……. nearly half a billion! To put it into perspective, if you get paid £16,000 a year, then its like you owing £38,400 …… on top of YOUR mortgage or rent etc Not very fiscally sound, eh?
  4. Rhubarb Bridge fiasco – Hundreds of local residents were left dismayed after the Tories launched a “consultation” exercise regarding the future of the Rhubarb Bridge, however, on attending they discovered that there was only one option on the table, and that a multi million pound deal had already been signed!

Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts or opinions below!