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Will we regret losing #RhubardBridge?

by Cllr Darren Fower on 29 March, 2017

What’s this about then? The Tory controlled Peterborough City Council, have announced that they intend to alter junction 18 (A47/A15), by demolishing the Rhubarb bridge. According to a Council report, it will “increase capacity and make it more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.” Currently £2.5 million has been allocated in 2017/18 for this scheme and a […]

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What’s the issue? Despite millions being spent to “improve” the city centre of Peterborough over the last ten years, and several generic branded outlets opening up, many people in the city, still feel that the night time economy is rather failing? Now it seems the City Council agree! What’s been said? The local authority recently […]

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Time to legalise drugs to tackle overcrowding in prisons?

by Cllr Darren Fower on 27 March, 2017

What is this about then? The last three decades have seen the prison population in England and Wales almost double, from 44,975 in 1990 to 84,874 today. In December 2016, eighty out of 124 prisons in total were past 100% capacity and eighteen more were past 95% capacity. The Lib Dems have now put forward […]

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What’s this to do with? Formerly the site of the Northam Brickworks and declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1996, Eye Green Local Nature Reserve has been managed and maintained on behalf of Peterborough City Council by The Wildlife Trust. However, the formal lease with the Wildlife Trust, expired in September 2016 and the wildlife trust […]

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What’s this to do with then? Peterborough City Council has now published it’s updated Local Plan for 2016 to 2036. In the report the Council talks about 1,600 dwellings at the Norwood/Paston Reserve site, adding that: They want to development it into a “comprehensive development area.” There is a need to provide “convenience goods shopping” and […]

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What’s this about? The Liberal Democrats have called for an “NHS Passport” to secure the rights of the 59,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, in response to figures revealing a sharp rise in nurses from the EU quitting the health service. Got any stats for me? Over 2,700 EU nurses left the NHS in […]

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What’s this about? In a recent City Council scrutiny report, it stated that there “has been an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders requiring special education” in Peterborough. The report also added: In 2009 there were 374 pupils attending Peterborough special schools 1.29% of the total school population. In October […]

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 What’s happened? Sustrans, who are the leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport, have put together a report ahead of the mayoral election in Cambridge and Peterborough. What have they said? “…the Mayor must commit to continuing to lead the way nationally, by investing £20 per head on cycling […]

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Peterborough’s housing ambitions knocked down by Brexit!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 15 February, 2017

What’s up? Well, the Liberal Democrats have produced figures to show that plans to boost house-building in Peterborough cannot be delivered because of a Brexit-driven labour crisis. How come then? Our work has shown that the construction industry would need a 35% increase in workers to deliver the houses the government claims it will build […]

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What’ this about then? You may remember reading the reports, just before Christmas last year, when the Tory controlled city council announced plans to spend £8,024 of taxpayers money, to hire two security guards to work for 19 days over Christmas and the new year, to address (in their words) “anti-social behaviour” at St Peter’s Arcade. […]

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