Will Werrington Residents have to pay more Council tax?

The Green, Werrington, Peterbrough

You may have recently seen that the Peterborough City Council have been consulting on the idea of a Werrington Area Forum?

If not you might like to read:

The DEADLINE for having your say is Friday 18 January 2019.

Comments on the application can be submitted either:

  • via email: planningpolicy@peterborough.gov.uk
  • in writing to: Sustainable Growth Strategy, Peterborough City Council, Sand Martin House, Bittern Way, Fletton Quays, Peterborough PE2 8TY

Werrington Neighbourhood Area

Just from the map alone, I am a tad confused. In so much that Corfe Avenue seems to have bee included in the Werrington area map (above), yet most people know this as part of Walton?

While, several households along Fulbridge Road seem to have been omitted, despite their neighbours literally across the road being included?

I thought this was due to the waterway, but given Hythegate, Lakeside, Gildale and Thornemead have been included, so it can’t be that?

Also, any new tier of government surely needs to be representative? Given that the Werrington “area” has nearly 10,000 residents …. Presently, 96% of planned Werrington Forum Members identify as ethnically White, there are no Members of any Ethnic Minority who live in the area, 82% of members are aged 50+, only 1 member is aged below 40 and just 4.5% do not identify as a Homeowner.

Questions I have …

I have now sent in some queries and questions to those involved, some of which included:

  1. How many people actually make up the “Werrington Area Forum” and who are they?
  2. How many responses have you received to date, in regards the application?
  3. Will there be a legal requirement for a certain number of members of the Werrington Area Forum, and what would happen if, down the line there were only a couple of people (or maybe no one) who wanted to be involved with the Werrington Forum?
  4. It mentions that the minimum number of members will be 21, just wondered why this was the number?
  5. Who decides who will be a Full Member and how are they chosen?
  6. Will members be able to claim expenses?
  7. Will there be any plans to add a Council Tax precept?
  8. Will there be a minimum number of attendees at AGMs in order to make them legitimate?

You might like to know that in areas where they have a Parish Council, they also have to pay extra Council Tax. Whilst, this proposed new tier of local government will not be a Parish Council, I do think it is important that local residents know sooner rather than later if there are plans to add a precept.

As always, please let me know your thoughts below.

Should you wish to contact Werrington Area Forum with general queries about the group, or about their neighbourhood plan, please contact Sally Weald (werringtonneighbourhoodcouncil@gmail.com).

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?

Peterborough will pilot Government integration plans!

Immigration

The Government has chosen Peterborough, along with 4 other local authorities, to develop an integration plan, as part of a national strategy for England.

According to the Peterborough 2011 Census, in “10.0% of households no one has English as a main language.”

Like others, I do have my concerns around this announcement.

As from my own experiences, integration challenges are not uniform throughout the city, with different areas and communities having varying needs.

The Government has promised some £50m will be committed to the new strategy over the next 2 years.

According to the Government the “ambitious, long-term plan of action’ would ‘tackle the root causes of poor integration and create a stronger, more united Britain” by boosting English language skills, increasing opportunities for women and promoting British values in education.

I also remain confused as to why in our city, students over the years have been forced to learn German or French rather than Urdu or Mandarin? Plus, I would be concerned if we lost our city’s image as a proud and successful diverse society.

With that in mind, I’ve now asked the Councils Director for People & Communities:

  1. How much of the £50m has been allocated to Peterborough City Council?
  2. Is there a plan for what the money will be spent on yet and if so what is it?
  3. What has the Council been doing in recent years to help people integrate into their communities and how much of a budget does this action require each year?
  4. Also, the reports say funding for English speakers of other languages has fallen by 50%, so how much do we allocate in Peterborough for supporting English speakers of other languages and what services does that include?

What’s YOUR thoughts? Please feel FREE to let me know below!

Bit of Fun….!

Take the British Citizenship Test! PS – I scored: 75%

Hallfields lane parking concerns………

Hallfields Lane

Do you live along Hallfields Lane? Do you think that there is a problem with the way some cars park?

A couple of residents have recently contacted me, and said that it’s become a real problem, with anti social parking on Hallfields Lane.

Given that Hallfields Lane has a shop, a School, a Community Centre and a Recreational Area on it, it’s no surprise that it is well used by pedestrians.

Some of the reports from residents have included concerns about cars parking on the pavement and also obstructing crossing points.

If you have a view or comment on this then please do post it below!

Have YOU had YOUR say yet?

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Where’s our Post Box gone? Ask Amberley Slope residents!

Amberley Slope Post Box
At the end of January 2018, the post box situated outside No 41 Amberley Slope, Werrington, Peterborough, disappeared?

Local residents of Amberley Slope contacted the Royal Mail, to see what the reason was for the disappearance.

Continue reading Where’s our Post Box gone? Ask Amberley Slope residents!

Manor Drive schools meeting on the horizon!

Paston Reserve Schools

Both my colleague Cllr Julia Davidson and myself are set to have a meeting in the coming weeks with the Capital Projects and Assets Officer at Peterborough City Council, to discuss the latest state of play is regards the development.

Continue reading Manor Drive schools meeting on the horizon!

Bretton Water park, now set to STAY OPEN?

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At the start of February 2018 ,the Peterborough Telegraph reported that Peterborough City Council as part of it’s budget proposals had “..declared it will no longer run the popular family attraction in Flaxland in order to save £18,000 a year.”

At a time of bumper pay for senior councillors and officers at the town hall, and another hike in council tax, many local people were not happy!

Continue reading Bretton Water park, now set to STAY OPEN?

Once they wanted to shut Westcombe Engineering ….now they want its profits!

Westcombe Engineering

Background

In 2007, it was reported in the local media, that the Conservative controlled City Council, here in Peterborough decided that Westcombe, had become a financial drain, and it announced plans to wind-down the facility.

This would have seen 21 disabled and four able-bodied workers lose their jobs.

Continue reading Once they wanted to shut Westcombe Engineering ….now they want its profits!

Good news for ….. #MountstevenAvenue

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After being contacted by local residents, who actually live along the well used route of Mountsteven Avenue, regarding the state of the road, I contacted officers at Peterborough City Council. Continue reading Good news for ….. #MountstevenAvenue

Death along #GunthorpeRoad – Details expected later this year

Gunthorpe Road

You might remember last year it was sadly reported in the local media, that a motorcyclist had died following a crash along Gunthorpe Road on Friday, July 28.

This is not the first fatality on this particular stretch of road.

Continue reading Death along #GunthorpeRoad – Details expected later this year