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Google hangout could save PCC and local schools £’s

by Cllr Darren Fower on 24 May, 2017

What’s this to do with? There’s been a lot of talk about schools facing financial pressures and, of course, Peterborough City Council, in recent months. Sadly, the City Council and many local schools, still spend far too much time sending PDFs, “trying” to arrange meetings, acknowledging apologies and trying to get awareness for events. So, […]

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What’s this to do with? The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme is a national scheme by the Department for Transport in conjunction with Local Authorities. It came into affect on 1st April 2008. Those residents who are able to apply include residents who have attained the state pension age, as well as eligible disabled people, […]

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What’s this to do with? The Tory Government is considering bringing back grammar schools. They’ve confirmed that such reforms could include allowing Free Schools to introduce academic selection. I ran a poll…. I ran a Twitter poll and 73% of respondents said that they thought the idea was not a good one. What does Darren […]

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What’s the about then? A couple of years ago, Peterborough City Council announced publicly it was introducing grey waste bins to help save the local authority money, by recycling food waste. At the time the Tories at the Town Hall claimed: It should enable the council to make savings of £300,000 a year. It would […]

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What’s this about then? The City Council has put together an Environment Action Plan, which includes a section entitled Sustainable Transport, declaring they want: “A pedestrian, public transport and cycle first city and 90% of all journeys will be zero emission.” Problem is, their own research shows: 68% of council employees do NOT travel to work […]

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A university in Peterborough by ………. 2022?

by Cllr Darren Fower on 19 May, 2017

So what’s this about? Well you know that issue, that many people think is an urban myth, about Peterborough getting what most describe as a “proper” university? Well, according to the Principle of Peterborough Regional College, the earliest we can expect to see one is 2022. Have a listen to the interview below and then […]

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What’s this to do with? Basically, the council has a legal duty to publish certain announcements and decisions in local newspapers. In this year’s Budget proposal document, the Tory controlled City Council announced that they intended to reduce the size of these adverts, for example by removing the council logo, which they claim will reduce […]

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What’s this to do with? At a meeting of the Council’s Children and Education Scrutiny Committee, on which I sit on as the Lib Dem rep, we were told that, the new secondary schools at Hampton Gardens and Paston Reserve “…would provide a buffer to the additional capacity required in the City.” The report also […]

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What’s this about? Earlier this year Westminster City Council announced a trial of emissions-based charging for diesel cars parking. They chose diesel cars, as they were considered to be some of the heaviest of polluting vehicles. A “polluter pays” principle will have the aim of reducing harmful vehicle emissions…..  and any money raised will be spent […]

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What’s this about? Over the last few years, there’s a been a number of leading people at the Town Hall who have complained about cyclists who ride on footpaths in the city. One stretch that has received a lot of attention of course is Bridge Street, outside the Town Hall, in the City Centre. The […]

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