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!

Spike in vehicle crime in this area and a sophisticated electronic kit …

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Not the ACTUAL Nissan Juke stolen!

I was pleased to read the other week about the crook who stole eight cars from driveways using sophisticated electronic kit and that he has now been jailed.

One of the vehicles taken was a Nissan Juke, from Sunnymead in Werrington. The car was never found.

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I was reminded ….

That we had seen a spike in vehicle crime in this area, in November last year.

For example, the number of recorded vehicle crime for July 2019 was 5, in August 2019 it was 2, in September 2019 it was 2, in October it was 7, but in November it was 12 …..!

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One other thing …

If you have any concerns or information that you think Cambs Police might be interested in, then please contact them!

Will Werrington Residents have to pay more Council tax?

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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).

Less Trading Standards = More RISK to older people!

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According Age UK, trading standards budgets have been cut by some 50% over the last 7 years.

The result? Millions of older people are at a greater risk of becoming victims of fraud.

Did YOU see?

In April 2018, local media reported that Directors of a Peterborough firm which pressure sold beds and chairs to elderly and vulnerable residents were jailed.

Judge Cooper said of Geoffrey and Jaqueline Turner, of Hall Lane (Werrington), “You chose to impoverish customers mentally, intellectually, emotionally and financially.”

What else…?

Age UK also said it believed 2/5’s of older people (nearly 5 million over 65’s), believe they’ve been targeted by scammers.

What do I think?

I think the Tory government must ensure trading standards services are properly resourced, and that they stop giving them additional duties on top of their core role of protecting residents and stopping rogue traders.

What have I done?

I have now requested an update on the present state of play, from Directors at Peterborough City Council, in respect of staff numbers and budget levels, and whether these have changed over the last few years.

Once I have details on this I will of course share it with you.

For more information relating to Peterborough City Council’s Trading Services, please VISIT HERE!

#FlyTipping persists at #StorringtonWay shops!

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The problems associated with the land to the rear of the shops situated at the bottom of Storrington Way and Amberley Slope, are pretty much constant throughout the year.

Residents have once again contacted me to raise concerns about the present amount of fly-tipping there and that green bins are overflowing, having seemingly been left by Council Waste contractors, because they contain the wrong type of rubbish!?

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What are the chances of a new train station for Werrington?

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Simply answer is “Very slim!”

But that didn’t stop the issue being raised at a meeting of Full Council earlier this year.
It was Liberal Councillor for Dogsthorpe, Cllr Chris Ash, who raised the issue, asking that given the proposals for a new junction at Werrington, whether a new station on the northern side of the city could also be included in development plans.

“… Network Rail and the Government have no plans whatsoever to build a new station in this area.” – PCC

It’s a shame, as I for one, suspect using train lines, will become a viable option over the next 25 years, as a way to reduce the reliance on car usage, as we already face restrictions such as road width, air quality targets etc.

Maybe we could even see the introduction of cable cars along the existing train lines that run throughout the city?

They did that in Mexico City to help address the issues of congestion and pollution.
What we do know about the rail junction at Werrington:

  • Government’s current plans are to speed up travel times on the East Coast Mainline and an example of this is the planned Werrington project.
  • This will take freight trains under the East Coast Mainline, and will improve reliability, journey times and also increase the number of trains.
  • Work at Werrington is set to start in the Summer of 2018 and completion is planned for Autumn 2020.
  • For full details on the Werrington Scheme please VISIT HERE!

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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!