Faulty #FulbridgeRoad Light – REPORTED!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!”

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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.

LATEST North East Urban Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods meeting @PboroCops

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The latest North East Urban Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods meeting took place on the 8th July, and was held at Paston Ridings Primary School.

The meeting was poorly attended, with just 7 local residents in attendance, from an area population in excess of 24,000, which equates to just 0.02% of local residents!

It was also noted that out of a possible 11 City Councillors covering Gunthorpe, Paston, Werrington and Walton, just 3 city councillors attended.

  • Several issues were discussed, including:
  • Anti-social behaviour at the Werrington skate park
  • Anti-social behaviour at Werrington Centre
  • Problems with motor cycles driving on footpaths
  • Graffiti increase in and around Werrington Meadow

Liberal Democrat city councillor for South Werrington and North Gunthorpe, Darren Fower, who attended the meeting queried what action the police could and would be taking to address the issue of motor cycles using footpaths, and was informed a special meeting was taking place in the next few days between relevant agencies.

Darren also, asked about highlighting the issue of cars congregating near to Dukesmead, Werrington, late at night, causing noise, undertaking hand brake skids etc, driving with loud exhausts and playing music. But, Police Officers said that following a survey of local residents, the issues was no longer seen as a problem, and merely represented a seasonal activity?

Darren also continued his calls for the police to make better use of social media, specifically twitter.

Commenting, Cllr Fower said:

“Over the last few months I read on Twitter about how the police have undertaken patrols regarding motor cycles using pathwaysseizing bikes and some bikes even being scrapped! So quite simply, all I want to see is a similar standard of policing adopted in the Werrington and Gunthorpe areas?

“I was very surprised to hear direct from the police about the matter of congregating cars near to Dukesmead, and how they did not consider it a problem? Even if residents did feel that the noise that residents have told me about were untrue, surely trespass is still a crime?”

After the meeting, Darren also spoke with city council officers, about issues of graffiti and speeding traffic along Gunthorpe Road.

Commenting Darren said:

“The issue speeding along Gunthorpe Road has been one that has gone on for many years. I’ve always been of the opinion that we need to have a proper zebra crossing outside of Norwood School near to the pub.

“Having spoken with officers this evening, it seems that everybody is an agreement. If only because it is very difficult to maintain a crossing patrol officer at the said location.

“It is my opinion that we need a meeting that involves local councillors, the police, road safety officers from the City Council and also the local schools to be involved.

“That way we can discuss the possible solutions to what will only become a greater problem in the coming years as more people travel along this stretch of road.

“Funding is key, however the more groups we get involved and agreeing for the need to have a zebra crossing installed, the greater chance we have of having one put in place and hopefully we can see happen sooner rather than later.”

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£13.5million to improve local roads, thank YOU EU! :)

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Peterborough City Council has received major funding for two transport schemes in the city, thanks to funds from a EU backed scheme.

The Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has received millions of pounds from the government to invest in various projects in the area.

A total of £13.5million has been allocated to the Peterborough to improve Bourges Boulevard and junction 20 of the A47 in Peterborough, over three years from 2015/16.

  • The council will carry out improvements to junction 20 of the A47 to help ease congestion and create better access to Paston.
  • The council will also improve the Bourges Boulevard road corridor between Thorpe Road and Rivergate, improving traffic flow, making the road safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists, and helping to unlock city centre redevelopment sites.
  • Detailed designs are not yet in place, however now the funding has been secured they will be drawn up and the public will be consulted.
  • The council hopes to start work on both schemes in mid 2015.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat City Councillor, Darren Fower said:

“The LEP is the result of the combination of two previous structural funds, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

“I myself am glad that this work will make the roads safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists alike, and I wonder now if the new UKIP councillors at the Town Hall will oppose this latest scheme and object to the millions of pounds that will benefit our city and transport infrastructure?”

Q: What do YOU think? Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Breaking the taboo on Female Genital Mutilation!

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Liberal Democrats welcome a report published by the Home Affairs Select Committee calling for a national action plan to end this abhorrent form of abuse. 

The report calls for greater anonymity for victims and protection orders to safeguard girls from being taken abroad. 

Liberal Democrat Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:

“Female Genital Mutilation is a criminal offence, and it is child abuse. The coalition government is already driving a step change to end this extremely harmful and misguided practice, which has a lifelong impact on survivors’ physical and mental health.

“Earlier this year, Ministers from across government signed a declaration to demonstrate their commitment to end this terrible form of abuse. We are working with religious and community leaders to forge a commitment to condemn FGM, and reaching out to communities to encourage them to seek help and advice and ultimately abandon the practice.

“We are also taking steps to improve professionals’ understanding of FGM and to protect foreign nationals who are habitually resident in the UK and are taken overseas to be cut. This summer, the Prime Minister will host the UK’s first Girl Summit, aimed at ending FGM within a generation.

“We will carefully consider the Home Affairs Select Committee’s recommendations and will publish a full response in due course.”

Liberal Democrats are breaking the taboo on FGM. Our goal is to end FGM within a generation.

Carron Drive COVER UP reported to the City Council :)

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Local residents attended the latest ward surgery, held at the Community Centre on Church Street, in Werrington Village, to query why a street lamp, that is located adjacent to number 33 Carron Drive, remains covered up and why the City Council have not cut back the foliage that now covers it.

The residents, say that the lamp (PCC10) has been covered now for several months and that they’ve and some of their neighbours, no longer feel safe when returning from work, as a result of the darkness caused.

The residents raised their concern with local LIB DEM ward councillor Darren Fower, who said:

"We all know the buss words at the Town Hall at present is ‘savings’ and ‘austerity’ but we’re talking about a light, not being able to actually provide light, which is pretty much its sole purpose.

"The Council presumably installed this light in the first place? Thus, working on the basis that when they install street lights they do so strategically, rather than sporadically, there must be a role and purpose for a light in this location.

“Therefore, the light is covered, then a) Its not serving the purpose and b) hundreds of pounds are being wasted paying for the electricity to power it."

Councillor Darren Fower has now sent a straight forward message to the Council, requesting action be taken ASAP.

For a map of the location in question please CLICK HERE!

As always, we’d LOVE your thoughts or comments! please leave them below!

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