Talks held to combine Peterborough and Cambridgeshire councils?

by Cllr Darren Fower on February 27, 2015

According to the Local Government Chronicle, “Cambridgeshire leader Steve Count (Con) said talks had taken place with Peterborough City Council about potentially forming a combined authority.” Now as a Liberal Democrat, I am of course a huge fan of decentralisation, removing power and decision making from the bureaucrats in Whitehall and putting it in the […]

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Pavement parking in the City Centre is becoming “atrocious”

by Cllr Darren Fower on February 25, 2015

I realise that the issue is throughout the city centre, but the corner of Fitzwilliam Street and Broadway, has been an ongoing issues for months now” Then I remembered that last year, Tory leader of the City Council took a walk through the city centre, blindfolded, in order to understand how it is for people […]

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So, Peterborough City Council‘s Tory cabinet have said they will “investigate a potential solar farm project at America Farm and recommend two other schemes at Newborough Farm and Morris Fen are cancelled.” Get the feeling it’s here we go again? Let’s hope not! The latest press release from the Town Hall, states that on Monday 23 February, […]

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Young people’s relationship with politics, whether national or local, is often considered problematic. Only 44% of 18 to 24 year olds voted in the 2010 general election and while I do not have any figures, I suspect that the percentage is even lower when it comes to local elections in our city! A survey of […]

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According to my recent piece of analysis, over 85% of Peterborough City councillors are white, nearly 72% are male and those aged 40 years old or more, equate to over 85%! To put this in perspective around 60% of people in our city are below the age of 40 and females make up OVER 50% of […]

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Are local elderly and disabled care systems unsustainable?

by Cllr Darren Fower on February 4, 2015

Council run care systems for the elderly and disabled adults is becoming ‘unsustainable‘, social services chiefs have warned. A survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services of 144 social care departments in England found savings of more than quarter have had to be made since 2010. This simply highlights why we must have a […]

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When the Lib Dems were elected to government in 2010, one of their highest priorities was to tackle the school funding problem here in Cambridgeshire. It is simply unforgivable that local schools were receiving £600 per pupil per year less than the national average – the least of anywhere in the Country. It is a […]

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Are you 16-19? Have you recently left School/College and not sure what to do next? Pop along to the City College Peterborough Options Event. Monday 9th February 2015 3pm-6pm at the John Mansfield Centre, Western Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough PE1 4HX Come along and discuss your options including: Apprenticeships Childcare Office Skills Business Admin Customer Service IT Motor […]

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As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph , a catalogue of “unforeseen problems” resulting from work on Fletton Parkway, has resulted in Peterborough City Council facing an additional cost of £4.5 million, including diversion costs for Virgin media services? Obviously, mistakes do happen…… though the rate at which they happen for the present Tory controlled City Council seems […]

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Councils can apply to the War memorial Trust for grants towards the conservation and repair of local memorials. The trust administers grants across the UK, and information on eligibility on its website. In additional, money is available to help conserve, repair and protect First World Ward memorials and burial sites across the UK and overseas. […]

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