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 …………..

Tories use Terrorism as reason for taking belongings of homeless people!

Homelessness

Earlier this year I stood up at a meeting of Full Council and raised concerns, asking whether, under the Tory controlled City Council’s proposed Public Space Protection Orders, blankets, bags, and belongings of homeless individuals would be removed from the street due to health and safety risks.

Tory Councillor Irene Walsh responded by saying, “…if a situation arose that presented a public safety risk, then that must be dealt with. It was not considered, however, that the private belongings would be removed without need.”

It was then reported in the Peterborough Telegraph, that:

“Unattended items may also pose a security risk which cannot be overlooked, particularly in light of the recent terrorist events….”

In my opinion, homeless people already have very few items, and don’t exactly have access to lockers to leave their bits and bobs in, when they need to? Perhaps this is something the Council could offer?

Imagine returning after day of being alienated, to find that everything you have has gone!

This growing homelessness shames the Conservatives.

The spiralling rise in street homelessness results directly from decisions made nationally and locally by the Conservatives on pay, housing, mental health and social security.

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Tory councillors want you to think they actually care about the homeless situation in Peterborough! 🙁

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