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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Less Trading Standards = More RISK to older people!

Trading Standards in Peterborough

According Age UK, trading standards budgets have been cut by some 50% over the last 7 years.

The result? Millions of older people are at a greater risk of becoming victims of fraud.

Did YOU see?

In April 2018, local media reported that Directors of a Peterborough firm which pressure sold beds and chairs to elderly and vulnerable residents were jailed.

Judge Cooper said of Geoffrey and Jaqueline Turner, of Hall Lane (Werrington), “You chose to impoverish customers mentally, intellectually, emotionally and financially.”

What else…?

Age UK also said it believed 2/5’s of older people (nearly 5 million over 65’s), believe they’ve been targeted by scammers.

What do I think?

I think the Tory government must ensure trading standards services are properly resourced, and that they stop giving them additional duties on top of their core role of protecting residents and stopping rogue traders.

What have I done?

I have now requested an update on the present state of play, from Directors at Peterborough City Council, in respect of staff numbers and budget levels, and whether these have changed over the last few years.

Once I have details on this I will of course share it with you.

For more information relating to Peterborough City Council‘s Trading Services, please VISIT HERE!

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership was “not up to standard”

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership
It was previously claimed funding for a University in Peterborough had been secured, thanks to the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP…..

You may have recently read in the Peterborough Telegraph, that “MPs have criticised an organisation [Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP)] which funded infrastructure projects in Peterborough before being liquidated.”

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Not enough City Councillors know about this website!

Mental Health

  • Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
  • In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
  • Approximately 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently receiving treatment.

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Time to close the Northminster Car Park toilets ……….?

Northminster Car Park Toilets

The Tories at Peterborough City Council are presently “consulting” on their latest budget proposals.

There’s a range of planned cuts, that they say have to be introduced, in order to alleviate the cuts in their Government grant, made by their Tory masters at Whitehall.

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Will we see teenage pregnancies rise?

Pregnancy Peterborough
With all these “cuts” to central government funding for Peterborough City Council, one area that I am worried about is teenage pregnancy.

As far back as 2007, I raised my concerns and called for stronger action.

In recent years we have read about reductions in the number of teenage pregnancies in the city.

Teenage pregnancy

Sadly, I fear, public health funding, under this present Tory regime will be effected by the cuts and all the good work might be undone,

I have now requested an update from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Peterborough, and for assurances that support levels can be maintained.

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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

Are YOU happy for Council staff to have Body Worn Cameras? #Consultation

Body Camera

Peterborough City Council are presently consulting on whether or not to use body worn cameras for their officers working in the Prevention and Enforcement Service.

  • Only takes a second or two to have your say! Simply VISIT HERE!

According to the City Council, the scheme would enable officers, “..if they observe an offence occurring, to activate their camera during this offence and their interaction with the offender.”

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