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“Every month, Liberal Democrats in Peterborough knock on hundreds of doors, deliver Focus leaflets, attend community meetings, and speak to residents to find out what local issues people really care about and how we can help them find solutions that work for them.”


#ChurchStreet faulty light REPORTED! #Werrington #Village


The street light located outside of number 50 Church Street, Werrington Village, Peterborough, has now been reported to Peterborough City Council, by local LIB DEM ward councillor Darren Fower.

Commenting, Darren said:

“This particular light has been faulty on several occasions in recent months and therefore, I’ve also asked for an update once this particular light gets inspected and repaired.”

If you know of any lights that seem to be constantly faulty, please let us know or leave a comment below!

Werrington Lodge …….. what’s going on?


At the start of July 2014, a report appeared in the Telegraph newspaper claimed that an investigation was underway regarding the treatment of vulnerable elderly people at Werrington Lodge, care home, at Baron Court, Werrington, Peterborough.

A spot inspection by officials of the national Care Quality Commission, allegedly discovered several areas of concern:

  • Patients left lying in soiled bed linen
  • Strange marks on some residents’ limbs
  • Tone of voice in which some staff spoke to residents
  • Incorrect use of a hoist to help a resident move from a bed to a chair
  • Medication left with patients
  • Inaccuracies in some documentation
  • Food and drink left with residents without staff checking to ensure the person could feed themselves

The news came as a surprise, as the home had been found to be meeting standards by the CQC after an unannounced inspection in December 2013.

Then, another report appeared on the 19th July, again in the Telegraph Newspaper, claiming Detectives had “…stepped up their investigation…” into the standards of care provided.

Now, local Liberal Democrat ward councillors for South Werrington and North Gunthorpe, Cllr Darren Fower and Cllr Julia Davidson, have paid their own visit to the centre.

Commenting, Darren said:

“We were recently undertaking a ward walk about of Baron Court, and were discussing the reports we had recently read, and as we were passing, decided to pop our heads in a say hello!"

“The reports in the media certainly portrayed a worrying set of information, but as always, we also wanted to speak directly to those involved and not rely solely on a newspaper article.”

Both Julia and Darren, spoke directly with the Operations Managers, and are now looking to arrange for a formal tour of the home in the coming weeks.

Darren added:

“Both Julia and myself see the residents here as equally important as any other member of the electorate. We are also keen to make sure that the staff know they can also speak with us about issues or requirements.

“We are now looking to arrange for a more formal tour to be arranged, so that both Julia and I can ask further questions and raise some of the comments we have since received from other local people.”

If YOU have a comment or view on this, please do FEEL free to post it below!

For more information please visit the Care Quality Commission website.

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Faulty #FulbridgeRoad Light – REPORTED!


Local LIB DEM ward councillor, Darren Fower, has reported the faulty light located along Fulbridge Road, Werrington (PCC63).

Commenting, Darren said:

“I walked past it the other day and noticed it, as it also holds up the Vehicle Activated Sign, that I recently reported was ALSO faulty at the latest Police Panel meeting!

“I spoke with one nearby resident who told me it has been faulty for several days now and so hopefully this will now be addressed in the next week or so?”

Don’t forget that if you know of a problem with a street light or illuminated traffic sign or bollard please contact the Council via E: [email protected]

#Werrington Children’s Centre de-designated after costing Council £87,362 a year! @Welbourneschool


At the latest meeting of the City Council’s Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequalities Scrutiny Committee, Liberal Democrat, city councillor, Darren Fower, was told Werrington Children’s Centre, would now come under the control of Welbourne School.

The move, we understand must be finalised before September 2014.

Council Officers said that at present the cost of services at the centre, to the local authority, was around £87,362 a year.

In the report presented to the Scrutiny Committee, it stated:

Welbourne Primary School to have control over the building and become the anchor tenant. In doing so they will use some of the children’s centre space to extend the school, locating the reception class in the building.

The full cost of maintaining the building will be the responsibility of the school and these costs will be supported by rental income from:

• The pre-school provider that operates from the building;

• Peterborough Learning Partnership having Werrington as their administration and, potentially, their delivery base;

• Ad hoc rental income from organisations that want to use the space.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Darren Fower told us:

“The cost of running the building will now become the responsibility of the school. The hope is that the co-location of the reception class next to the pre-school will improve transition arrangements?

“I made it clear at the meeting, that I wanted assurances local residents should experience very little inconvenience, that the facility must be available to local groups and ownership of the building should remain with the City Council.

“In a later report that evening, we discovered the Council were eyeing up the North of the City, as a place for pupil overspill from elsewhere in the city. So with that in mind, I’m also keen to ensure that local children do not miss out on progressing to Welbourne Primary School when they reach the right age.

“I also asked about assurances that the plan to cover the financial cost was viable and that we would not simply see a complete use of the pupil premiums to cover the Tory Council’s cuts in services.”

Additional Information:

  • Peterborough Learning Partnership (PLP) will be based in the building which will mean that there will be a constant presence in the centre and will militate against issues with health services around ‘lone working’ arrangements.
  • PLP has also suggested that they will want to deliver some training programmes from the building.
  • According to Peterborough City Council, “Initial concerns voiced by parents during the consultation period around continuing to access early years’ services locally have been mitigated through the securing of appropriate tenancy agreements for the de-designated centres. These tenancy agreements with identified tenants will secure the delivery of the core entitlement offer as identified above from each of the dedesignated centres.”
  • The report states that the full cost of maintaining the building will be the responsibility of the school and these costs will be supported by rental income from the pre-school provider that operates from the building; Peterborough Learning Partnership having Werrington as their administration and, potentially, their delivery base; and ad hoc rental income from organisations that want to use the space.
Further Flytipping at #CampbellDrive reported!


Local Liberal Democrat City Councillor, Darren Fower, says he has now reported the second spate of fly tipping to the side of Campbell Drive, in as many weeks!

Commenting, Darren said:

“Thankfully, we have some mindful residents down this was who always report such issues to me and also notify the City Council, almost as soon as it happens.

“We all know that there are various theories for why people do fly tip, but the simple and most important aspect to remember is that is not acceptable.

“Most local residents work hard to keep their area looking nice and pleasant, and sadly some people still take the term throw away society quite literally!”

Darren has now raised the case with the City Council’s contractors AMEY, and says he hopes the latest discarded items will be removed within the next 7 working days.

Worth Noting:

  • The council is only responsible for clearing flytipped waste from the public highway, council maintained parkland and green space and public alleyways.
  • The council also has the powers to remove flytipped waste from commercial premises, subject to a court order.
  • It remains the land owner’s responsibility to remove waste flytipped on their land.
  • The council treats flytipping as a serious offence and will prosecute any person or company caught flytipping. Flytipping carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if taken through the Crown Court) or an offender can be sent to prison or have their vehicle seized.
Get YOUR Nominations in for Peterborough’s first Civic Awards @PeterboroughCC


Do you know a young person who has gone out of their way to help someone in their community? Or perhaps you know someone who volunteers their time to bring the community together?

Peterborough City Council has launched its new Civic Awards to recognise residents, groups, organisations and businesses who have made a real difference to their local community. 

The city council is asking people to nominate individuals or groups they think deserve to be recognised for their efforts and achievements.

The categories for the awards are as follows:

  • Young Person
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Community Involvement
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Contribution to Art and Culture
  • Contribution to Sport

Anyone can nominate a resident, group, organisation or business within the city for an award as long as the nominee meets the criteria for that award.

Nomination forms are available to download on the council’s website, from the Town Hall reception, or by emailing [email protected].

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 31 October 2014. Nominations should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Natalie Moult, Civic Awards, Governance Department, Peterborough City Council, Town Hall, Peterborough, PE1 1HG.

Following the closing date all nominations will be passed to the Honours Panel which will meet in November 2014 to draw up a shortlist of finalists and select the winner of each award category.

The winners of the Civic Awards will be announced at the Council meeting on 3 December 2014. Winners will be presented with awards at a Civic Award ceremony in February 2015.

Cycling journeys should be doubled by 2020 @pcctravelchoice


Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg has announced that he wants to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020.

Nick is calling for people to submit evidence of ways to help make this happen, which will be followed by a cycling summit to discuss ways in which the Government can help make it cheaper, easier and safer for people to cycle.

Commenting, Lib Dem Deputy Group Leader, Cllr Darren Fower, who regularly cycles to work and around the city,said:

Cycling currently represents a 2% share of journeys made across the UK and the Lib Dems now want people to come forward with ideas about what can be done to encourage more people to get on their bikes. 

“The creation of cycle highways, bike borrowing schemes and the teaching of cycling skills in schools are just some of the initiatives already in place, but we believe more can still be done to improve cycle safety and make cycling accessible to all.”

What do YOU think? Please leave a comment below!

Council launches My Peterborough app – “Long overdue!”


Peterborough City Council has finally got around to realising that a lot of people have mobile devices and that if they had an app then it would be easier for people i.e. the taxpayers who pay the wages of councillors and council officers, to report a range of issues!

Commenting, Cllr Darren Fower, who already has his own app, said:

“I made mention of the need for an app sometime ago, so obviously I’m glad that the people of Peterborough now have something in return for the Council Tax, but it’s long overdue.

“That said, the real pressure is now on to see what sort of turn around people get on the issues that they report and of course, it will be interesting to find out just how much the Council spent on developing this app?”

According to the City Council:

  • The My Peterborough app will allow residents to report an issue using their smartphones and then be updated on what action is being taken by the council or its partners.
  • The app is being launched with seven categories but will grow to include more and more council services in the future.
  • People can use the app to report potholes, abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping, missed bin collections, damage to play areas, litter and piles of rubbish on private property.
  • They will also be able to send pictures.
  • Plus, receive updates about the progress of a reported issue, people will need to register with the app.
  • The app also contains contact details for all Peterborough city councillors.

The My Peterborough app is available for iPhones and on Android, just visit the App Store or Google Play.