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This year, my colleagues and I were elected the first ever city councillors for the newly created electoral ward of Gunthorpe, as a result of the Electoral Commission who decided to merge parts of the previous wards of Werrington South and Paston. In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Gunthorpe like […]

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Peterborough City Council is making national headlines (once again!) – but it’s nothing to do with forcing people out of their homes, this time it’s about trading standards and dangerous tumble dryers! What’s happened then? It’s been reported by the Guardian newspaper and other media outlets,  the the consumer group Which? is seeking a judicial review […]

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Best ever year for Lib Dems in local authority by-elections!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 22 December, 2016

What are you talking about? This month has seen Liberal Democrats win another three council by-election victories with huge swings from the Conservatives – securing the party’s best ever year for by-election gains. On top of the Richmond Park by-election, the Liberal Democrats have gained 31 seats in local authorities across the country this year. How is […]

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Tory actions will see thousands of job losses in green economy!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 21 December, 2016

What’s the problem? The Conservatives are trashing the coalition government’s green legacy, slashing subsidies for renewable energy while spending billions subsidising Hinkley Point. The Government’s own impact assessment has predicted up to 19,000 job losses in the wind and solar sector. And what about in regards to Peterborough? Last year the Mark Group, one of […]

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What’s this about then? As a result of a decision taken by the #ToriesAtTheTownHall tenants at St Michael’s Gate, Parnwell are being evicted by Stef & Philips, with the council then paying the private firm nearly £1 million a year (thousands of pounds a day) to use the properties as temporary accommodation for the city’s large and […]

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What’s the problem then? According to Rightmove, terraced properties in Peterborough sell on average for £136,416. Detached properties sell on average for £260,357, while semi-detached properties fetch £167,997. Reports in 2014, stated that the average salary in our city was £411 a week (before tax), so put simply a local person needs to get a […]

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What’s this about then? The other month, a group of MPs claimed the Tory government was being dishonest about their claim it was allocating an extra £10bn to the NHS in England over the next five years. Who said that then? Well it was members of the Health Select Committee and our very own health […]

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Success for Lib Dem campaign to help Peterborough renters!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 15 December, 2016

What’s happened then? The Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement, following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs via the Renters’ Rights Bill. The Bill calls for: A ban on letting fees for tenants Public access to a database of rogue landlords Compulsory […]

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City Council says its applying for homelessness funding!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 13 December, 2016

What’s the issue? Homelessness has become a real problem in Peterborough, and has been gradually getting worse each year ever since the Tories took control at the Town Hall in the year 2000. It was recently reported that 600 people were homeless in Peterborough. So what is the latest? The Government announced millions of pounds […]

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What do you mean by air pollution? Air pollution is the introduction of particulates, biological molecules, and many harmful substances into our atmosphere, causing diseases, allergies, death to humans, damage to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, or the natural or built environment. You can read the government definition of air quality […]

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