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!
At the latest meeting of Full Council, I discovered that the cash-strapped Conservative controlled City Council have wasted well over £260,000, in less than 2 years, on hiring external bods to undertake communication and marketing work, that many people would think their own staff should be able to manage?
- You may have spotted that the Peterborough Telegraph themselves recently reported that between Jan 1, 2016 and Nov 22, 2017, they also spent £12,520 with The Creative Marketing Studio run by a former PECT employee and £12,520 with PS Media, on their funding campaign through the production of video and audio clips.
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.
- Lest we forget, it’s the same Tories locally who stopped supporting the work of St Theresa’s (a charity who supported homeless people locally), over 10 years ago!
Now when austerity measures started over seven years ago, Tories at the Town Hall used to fulminate against opposition councillors who talked about “cuts in services” and instead declared such measures were about “efficiency” and reducing waste etc
Now as far as I can see, for all the bluster, this #StandUpForPeterborough essentially involves senior Tories having a day out in London, presumably at the expense of local tax payers, and then handing in a strongly worded letter to downing street?
“Like the senior bods in Whitehall, give a monkeys about the Boro Cons or what they think!!”
It’s my opinion that, the Conservatives (who’ve been in power at the Town Hall for 17 years), have run out of ideas and things/services to sell, hence they’ve decided to launch this campaign.
Why did they not launch this campaign several years ago when front-line staff were losing their jobs?
Perhaps, now that roles of senior and better paid peeps at the Town Hall are under threat, that’s the reason?
“It’s a bit like someone who mugs you, then offering to help you find the person who mugged you?”
Also, let’s not forget that these are the same Tories who have been making financial contributions to, supporting and encouraging others to vote for, the Conservative Party in Government?
So they are the ones who have enabled us to reach this financially impractical position?
The reality is, there is ONLY one way to ensure an end to Government austerity measures, and that’s to STOP voting Conservative at local and general elections!
What are YOUR thoughts? Please do POST a comment below!
By the way, it’s NOT just me!
During a recent interview on BBC Radio Cambs, ex-Tory Leader of the Council and Mayor, Cllr John Peach was asked his views on the campaign …. listen as he fails to support the concept below!
Tory Lottery Timeline:
JAN 2017 – Tories announce Peterborough local lottery, boasting it’ll see local good causes win £23,000 in 2017/18 and then £62,000 in the following years.
JULY 2017 – Scheme given “green light” by Tory Cabinet, Cllr Holdich claimed it would mean they could spend more £’s on on “the services that we have a duty to provide for our residents, in particular protecting and caring for the elderly, young and vulnerable.”
NOV 2017 – Peterborough lottery is essentially cancelled! With the Council claiming it had decided to pause the project because “the council needs to focus its effort on strategic items“.
I wonder how much money and officer time has been spent so far “looking into this” idea?
Reminds me of when the Tories spent £70k looking into the unpopular idea of a casino for our city!
Please let me know YOUR thoughts and opinions below!