Give workers the tools to deal with waste, street cleaning and flytipping…

Amey Van

Before 2010, aspects like waste, street cleaning, flytipping and grass cutting used to be done by the City Council.

Then in 2011, the Tories at the Town Hall, decided to sign a 23-year-contract with Enterprise – which was bought out by Amey in 2013.

Then last year, Conservative controlled Peterborough City Council announced they’d be terminating the waste contract with Amey in a bid to save £100,000 every year.

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Grass gets cut at #TudorClose

After being contacted by local residents, who were wondering why a small section of grass had seemingly been ignored, during recent cutting exercises, I’m now glad to say that the work has been done.

Q: Why was it? A: According to some, Cross Keys used to do the whole job, as most of the land belongs to them.

But, now they seem to be leaving the smaller section and central area that is owned by the local authority, to be cut by Peterborough City Council?

You’d think one of them would just do the whole job in one go and then, at worst, send a small invoice to the other?

I’ve now emailed the CEO of Cross Keys and the Corporate Director at the Council, to see what they have to say and if they can sort out a suitable setup for the future?

If someone steals your bin ….. you’ll be charged!

Wheelie Bins

Yip! The Tories at the Town Hall have once more been coming up with some super ideas in order to deal with their impending financial deficit, caused either by their own vanity projects or cuts made by their Tory colleagues in central government.

This time they’re proposing that if your bin gets stolen, then to get a replacement you’ll need to pay them £25 for a new bins and £15 for a new food caddy and set of liners.

At this point ………

A) You might be wondering where your Council Tax actually goes and what it gets spent on?

B) You might also remember that these are the same Tories who came up with the idea of charging you to have your brown bin collected a.k.a the Brown Bin Tax.

The bods at the Town Hall are justifying this proposal by talking about “….the number of lost or stolen bins in the city.”

They claim, last year the council spent £144k replacing these.

They also claim that they predict that this cost will rise to £170k in 2018/19.

But give no reason as to why? Perhaps they know of some of some expert bin thieves moving up from London in the near future?

As always, I’d love to know what you think? Please post a comment below!

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Council boasting that it fines cyclists! #EnvironmentalCapitalMyArse

Bridge Street - Peterborough

The Peterborough Telegraph recently reported that “Cyclists caught riding their bikes on Bridge Street have been hit in the pocket at court.

Is it me, or does that seem a tad contradictory for a local authority that claims, it wishes to be “regarded as the UK’s Environment Capital“? Read more

You don’t mind paying MORE for your Brown Bin collection, do you?

Brown Bin - Peterborough

Yip! That’s right, the Tories at the Town Hall have decided that to help them balance their budget, they’re gonna charge YOU more for collecting the brown bin!

As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph, the “£39 annual charge to have garden waste collected will rise to £45”, but no doubt you’re cool with that, right? Read more

Council’s waste contract ENDED 16 years early! #WhatNow?

Amey - Peterborough

This time last year, the Peterborough Telegraph were reporting that the Conservative controlled City Council were “..to terminate their waste contract with Amey in a bid to save £100,000 every year.”

Don’t forget, that was the same contract, previously signed by the same Conservatives, and basically meant that they were ending it 16 years early!

Then at the end of last year, it was reported that the cancellation was set to cost local taxpayers £500,000!

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Tories can’t be bothered RE: dropped kerbs request!

ChilternRise

At a recent meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall, I asked the Tory Cabinet Member for Growth, Planning, Housing, and Economic Development, Cllr Peter Hiller (the chap who signed off on the unpopular Rhubarb Bridge decision), if he could let me know “..when residents living in and around Chiltern Rise, in Gunthorpe, can look forward to the introduction of dropped kerbs at the T-Junctions with both, Pennine Way and Cheviot Avenue?

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Time to tackle car litter louts?

Car littering

Would you like to see car drivers issued with penalty notices, if it can be proved litter was thrown from their car – even if it was not the driver who discarded it?

The City Council are always keen to tell people that they are fining pedestrians, especially within the city centre, as detailed in the local media, but what about dealing with irresponsible motorists throughout the city?

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Why 12 years for Green Backyard?

Green Backyard

You may have read earlier in the year that the Green Backyard’s future had been secured (to a degree), after signing a 12 year lease with Peterborough City Council?

Now, let me be clear, I’m a fan of the Green Backyard and even made a donation to their Save the Green Backyard campaign!

However, I was intrigued why the Tories at the Town Hall, with their history and apparent policy of short-term capital gain, had decided not to sell the land, after they themselves previously claimed the land was valued at £750,000?

So, I decided to ask the Tories about their Executive Decision JAN17/CMDN/08 at a meeting of Full Council.

Tory Councillor Irene Walsh advised that she was not aware of the particular reason behind the 12 year lease period, but would provide a further response to me following clarification. This of course never transpired.

Since the meeting, I’ve discovered that one of the main reasons for not selling the land, according to the City Council was “due to the significant social return of £490,000 that the Green Backyard have been able to demonstrate from their activities with the local community during 2015/2016“, strange that Cllr Walsh did not know this, as it clearly states this in the decision notice signed by her ….. and why was such information ignored or not looked into in previous years?

And why 12 years, and not a 13 or 10 year lease??

I’d love to know your thoughts! Please feel free to post them below!

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Is £22,000 enough to deal with verge parking?

Verge Parking

As detailed in the Council’s latest budget proposals, in March 2017 the Growth, Environment and Resources scrutiny committee endorsed the Verge and Pavement Parking Policy Document and agreed that any associated funding requirements be given priority.

Parking on grass verges is a persistent problem, and something I’ve certainly been contacted about a lot over the years.

It can reduce the verge to an unsightly state, and can also obstruct the highway preventing pedestrians and wheel chair users from accessing roads and foot-ways if there is no other pathway.

In order to implement this scheme, the Council plans to make additional funding of £22,000 per year from 2018/19.

Apparently, this will pay for:

  • the establishment of a city-wide Traffic Regulation Order (TRO),
  • associated signage
  • and an additional Prevention and Enforcement Service officer to
    enforce the TRO once individual areas of the city are activated.

The questions I myself have of course, are:

  1. Will we see more Enforcement Officers if the number of TRO’s increases?
  2. How much will the fines be?
  3. What efforts will be made to ensure fines are paid?
  4. What ever happened to the little white car with the camera on its roof?

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