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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’s this to do with? It’s to do with the the St Michael’s Gate issue, whereby the Tory controlled Council has done a deal, which will see local families and individuals forced out their homes, in order to provide temporary accommodation for the homeless. If you are one of the few unfamiliar with this ongoing […]

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What’s this to do with? Last year, the housing charity Shelter claimed that there were 600 homeless people living in Peterborough. You might also remember reading the reports in the Peterborough Telegraph, about the increase in homelessness cases being dealt with by the City Council, which had seen families moved into the Travelodge? The knee […]

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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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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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What we’ve found out about Manor Drive……

by Cllr Darren Fower on 9 November, 2016

So what’s up? Basically, since myself and my colleagues in the FOCUS Team have started delivering to residents living along and just off Manor Drive, we’ve been told of a range of concerns and issues that simply do not seem to have been addressed by previous representatives of the area, the City Council and the […]

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According to a recent report presented to city councillors, 2,000 new homes have been built in the last 2 years locally, which equates to an average of just over two a day. The question of course is, is it enough? Whilst the population of Peterborough is only expected to increase by 2.8% a year between 2013 and […]

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No doubt you have heard …… The Tory-controlled Peterborough City Council now plan to sign a deal to pay Stef and Philips nearly £1 million a year to use 98 properties in St Michael’s Gate, Parnwell, as temporary accommodation for homeless people, but many local residents feel let down and say they have not been […]

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It’s now been reported widely, that Luton Borough Council has denied it ever wanted to move its homeless into St Michael’s Gate where tenants from 74 properties face eviction…..! A bit of background! At a recent meeting, Tory councillors voted to accept a deal to replace tenants at St Michael’s Gate with people from the […]

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The Tory administration at the Town Hall in Peterborough have now sent out a response to the St Michael’s Gate saga, following pressure from Liberal Democrats on the issue. The Cabinet Member for Communities and Environmental Capital, sent the following message out to all elected members: Conservative Councils ‘official’ response: Because of the situation faced […]

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