3 reasons why 16 year olds in this area, should be able to vote!

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The Labour party believe in reducing the voting age to 16.

Why should the voting age be reduced?

giphy-18The three reasons why I believe people aged 16 or 17 years old, in Werrington, Gunthorpe, Paston and Walton should be able to vote, is because:

  1. At 16, the law already allows a person to; pay income tax and National Insurance, get married or enter a civil partnership, become a director of a company, join the armed forces or become a member of a trade union.
  2. Participation in free elections is a fundamental human right (protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UK’s Human Rights Act).
  3. Citizenship education has been a compulsory part of the national curriculum in secondary schools since 2002 and 85% of secondary schools have school councils. 

What does Darren think?

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In the 2011 Census for Peterborough, 4741 residents were aged between 16 and 17, I should imagine this number is now greater. At last years General Election, the Tories won by just 2580 votes.

Young people aged 16 to 17, are some of the hardest hit, by the austerity polices of the Tories and Lib Dems and the utter failure of the Conservative controlled City Council.

They are the ones who need access to training, housing, proper paid jobs and leisure.

Last year, figures released on behalf of the Government, showed just 0.1% of the 16-17 year olds in Peterborough, were claiming unemployment support, this means the most are either studying or working, and most certainly paying taxes. Thus, they deserve a say, they deserve the opportunity to vote.

In my opinion, Peterborough City Council, the elected mayor for the County and our MPs, should be writing to the Government and demanding the age of voting be reduced and look to be part of any required trials etc

If YOU agree, what can YOU do?

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Very simply, copy the quote below and then visit www.writetothem.com and then paste it and send it to your local councillors and MP! 

“I believe it is time for the government to reduce the age of voting to 16. So that people aged 16 or over can vote in local or general elections, and any referendum that might occur. Please let me know what YOU are doing to make this happen.”

PLZ let me know YOUR thoughts below!

 

When can we expect to see more bobbies in Gunthorpe?

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Police at Brookside methodist church, in Gunthorpe

You may remember last year, that one of the promises made by the Tories during the General Election, was to introduce 20,000 extra police officers across the country – now whilst we know that they had previously cut the force by 20,000 – I for one would still like to know when we can expect to see them in Gunthorpe and parts of Werrington?

Only last month, the Harrier on Gunthorpe Road, was burgled in the early hours of a Sunday morning.

While, according to the website police.uk reports of burglary in this area, averaged around 4 a month between August 2019 and November 2019.

But as I always remind people, reported crime does not always represent the true level of crime? For example, when it comes to burglary, I’ve heard stories about some residents not even realising they’ve been burgled and thus, do not report it.

So where are the Cops?

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Police at Cissbury Ring, in Werrington

That is the question I’d like an answer to. Therefore, I have now formally contacted the Police Crime Commissioner for Peterborough and asked him to furnish me with the information.

I’ve also asked for details as to how much coverage we get and when the last roaming police surgery was, if they are still going at all?

As always, if you have thoughts or opinions on policing in this area, please let me know below.

What about Werrington Centre, how would YOU improve it?

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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!

Tories can’t be bothered RE: dropped kerbs request!

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At a recent meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall, I asked the Tory Cabinet Member for Growth, Planning, Housing, and Economic Development, Cllr Peter Hiller (the chap who signed off on the unpopular Rhubarb Bridge decision), if he could let me know “..when residents living in and around Chiltern Rise, in Gunthorpe, can look forward to the introduction of dropped kerbs at the T-Junctions with both, Pennine Way and Cheviot Avenue?

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Just 23% of pupils at The Voyager Academy scored A*-C grades in English and Maths!

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What’s this to do with?

Well basically, it relates to the recent news that the Voyager Academy has been taken over by the Thomas Deacon Academy Education Trust.

The academy had been run by the Cam Academy Trust.

You may remember that the school had previously been placed in to special measures?

It is currently rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted.

My thoughts are ……

Back in 2003, Liberal Democrat and Liberal Councillors, publicly opposed the Tory plans which included closing down local schools and amalgamating Bretton Woods with Walton Comprehensive.

I have serious doubts about the practicality of a school serving both Bretton and Walton – they may appear close on the map, but that it illusory. – Cllr Spencer (2003)

The real shame of course here, is all the pupils over recent years, living in the areas of Walton, Gunthorpe, Werrington etc who have not received the support they deserved.

A bad decision by the ruling Tory elite at the Town Hall has sadly come back to bite them on the rear, and given students a knock back as they try to develop their own career.

Don’t forget….!

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

New Schools located at Manor Drive, Gunthorpe, will open ……

 

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During our door knocking exercises this year, one of the big questions from residents living along or just off Manor Drive relates to what is happening with the plan to build schools at the location.

So at a previous Full Council meeting I stood up and asked the Leader of the City Council what they had planned.

He told me that the Paston Primary, which includes 1 Form of Entry (i.e. 210 pupils) has an estimated opening date of September 2018, while the Paston Secondary School, which will have a maximum of 8 Forms of Entry (1200 pupils + a 6th form) is targeted to open September 2019.

You might also remember reading about how the Council went back on their original agreement to provide a certain percentage of affordable housing in the Manor Drive area?

The reason they did this is because they were desperate for a new secondary school and therefore wavered the affordable housing provision in lieu of the provision of land for a new secondary school.

Don’t forget that the same Tories who closed down HoneyHill, Bretton Woods etc are the ones now desperate for school places!

Then of course …………. there’s the question of how will the City Council ensure that the area isn’t invaded by parking parents at certain times of the week?

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I’ve recently become a Governor at Gunthorpe Primary School!

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of becoming a School Governor at Gunthorpe Primary School, and following my first meeting, I have to say I am encouraged by the commitment and ideas shown by other members of the board.

I’ve been a governor before at Ken Stimpson, and earlier in the year, at a committee meeting, Council Officers were highlighting the need for more people to become governors.

So I put my name down.

Now I can assure you that I am not short of things to do, but playing a positive role in the education of local young people and helping promote the good work done by the local school, was far too much of an attraction to not take up the challenge.

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