Cambs Police and Crime Commissioner, wants more Council Tax off you!

Police and Crime Commissioner
Conservative Jason Ablewhite (left) takes home an annual salary of nearly £70,000, and in 2017, gave his fellow Tory, Ray Bisby (right), the job of deputy police and crime commissioner, working 2-3 days a week, and earning £28,000.

As reported in the local mediaConservative Jason Ablewhite, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, reckons he hasn’t got enough money to run the police force.

He say’s local tax payers have three options:

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#FlyTipping persists at #StorringtonWay shops!

Amberley Slope

The problems associated with the land to the rear of the shops situated at the bottom of Storrington Way and Amberley Slope, are pretty much constant throughout the year.

Residents have once again contacted me to raise concerns about the present amount of fly-tipping there and that green bins are overflowing, having seemingly been left by Council Waste contractors, because they contain the wrong type of rubbish!?

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Closure of Co-op Bank, Westgate announced!

Co-Op Bank Peterborough
The bank have themselves actively promoted on-line banking to their customers for some time now.

It seems one business at least, cannot wait for the “exciting” Council redevelopment plans for Westgate, as Peterborough City Council have now been notified of plans to close the Co-operative Bank at 33 Westgate, Peterborough, PE1 1PU.

The decision seems to be due to customers increasingly undertaking “more of their transactions online or via contact-less payments.”

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It’s been 6 years since #NorwoodSchool fence issue was settled …

Elter Walk

Did you know it’s been 6 years since the Norwood School fence issue was finally settled? Initially, things were running smoothly, but that now seems to have changed?

Since the initial voluntary key holders were no longer able to continue locking and unlocking the gates at the weekends, the school has done nothing to ensure that the gates, as per the agreement and signage that hangs on the fence, are open to members of public, outside of school hours.

I’ve since been contacted by local residents, and in response I stood up and raised the issue at a meeting of Full Council.

I asked Cllr John Holdich, Tory leader of Peterborough City Council, if he could provide me, and residents, with a response as to what they can do to make sure that the school does unlock the gates outside of school hours, to benefit local children, enabling them to play safely, make the land accessible to wheelchair users, and encourage the use of this green open space for a range of leisure activities?

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Norwood School

Councillor Holdich responded:

“Initially and for the first few years of the use of the field, the school caretaker was opening the school field at around 4.15 after school clubs finished, and then the 21 members of the community were locking the gates at dusk to prevent access during dark and prevent unwanted use. This was the agreement for community use. There have been several different community key holders over this period.

“Unfortunately the community failed in locking the gates in the evening and so the gates remained open all night. As a matter of safeguarding and preventing night time use the school decided to leave the gates locked. This has appeared to have been no problem whatsoever as far as the school is aware no complaints to the school made in the last two of years and therefore the gates have remained locked.”

Do you agree with Tory Cllr Holdich that the “community failed” on this?

Or

Do you think its strange that land owned by local people and tax payers, is inaccessible despite an agreement to make it so, that wheelchair users specifically are affected, and why a school that employs a caretaker to open up and lock the other gates at the front of the school, can’t afford the time to do the same for the ones on the field?

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Why is it so hard sometimes in Peterborough to find a solution??

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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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Comprehending Conservative forward planning, is like …………..

Guess how much the new Schools at the Paston Reserve are going to cost?

Paston Reserve

Whilst reading through the latest budget proposals from the the City Council, I noticed that money had been allocated for the primary and secondary schools, planned to be built in the area, commonly known, as Manor Drive.

For the Primary School, the Council has allocated just under £7,000,000 between now and 2021, and for the Secondary School, they’ve allocated over £25,000,000.

You might remember that originally, the plan was for just one school on the site, but once the secondary school places shortage kicked in, the Tories at the Town Hall decided to include a secondary school at the location, which also mean nearly 280 affordable homes would no longer be built.

It also meant that the planned opening of the Primary School was delayed by a year.

I’ve now sent of a request for more information on this planned development, relating to aspects like who will be constructing the schools, designing them, naming them and of course pushing for road safety assurances.

As ever, I’d love to read your thoughts and comments on this matter, so please do post below!

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An “increase in self-harming in young people” in Peterborough

Self Harm

At a meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee, councillors were told:

“It was noted that there had been an increase in self-harming in young people but there had been no hard evidence to understand why the increase had happened.

“National research was being conducted and locally all aspects of emotional health and well-being was being looked at.”

Across England, only 8% of mental health funding goes to services for children and young people.

In recent years, referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have increased by two-thirds, and the number of young people presenting to A&E units with psychiatric conditions has doubled.

I believe we need to see real investment in early intervention by increasing the proportion of mental health budgets spent on support for children and young people.

Young people in Peterborough MUST have access to a counselling service and messages/information must be made available in places young people operate ….. Rather than simply printing thousands of leaflets!