Issue number 5
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Middleton Primary School The recent Ofsted inspection report for Middleton Primary School shows a pleasing improvement from Satisfactory in 2010 to Good in March 2013. This grade was awarded in all four categories: pupils' achievement, quality of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and the school’s leadership and management. Local Lib Dem parish councillor Malcolm Pollack said: “I offer my congratulations to the staff and pupils for this achievement.” In April 2013 Peterborough City Council published its School Organisation Plan 2013 -18. This document forecasts a large increase in admissions to reception and primary classes across Peterborough. Around 8,000 new school places will be needed over the next eight years. Several schools in Bretton will need to increase their intake. Malcolm Pollack spoke to a member of Peterborough City Council who stated that, in line with this document, Middleton Primary School has recently remodelled its existing accommodation to provide additional classrooms.
Bretton Health Centre Cuts axed Parish councillor – get involved! Malcolm Pollack and The Patients Forum at Bretton Health Centre works closely with the doctors and practice manager to enable patients to provide feedback on a range of health related issues.
Local Lib Dem parish councillor Malcolm Pollack at the Bretton Health Centre.
The practice is keen to get more patients involved. If you are registered with the practice you are invited to come along. If you have an issue to raise or want to find out more about the practice, why not join the Forum? Minutes of previous meetings and the date of the next one can be found on the notice board and on the web site at www.bretton medicalpractice.co.uk.
city councillor Nick Sandford – leader of the Liberal Democrats on Peterborough City Council – recently helped local residents to save hundreds of trees in the Bretton Park area. Council contractor Enterprise planned to cut down swathes of healthy trees without replanting any. Obviously, chainsawing is much more profitable than preserving our green heritage! Following Lib Dem complaints the number of trees to be felled was significantly reduced and some new trees were planted.
News from Lib Dem parish councillor Malcolm Pollack
Lib Dem Malcolm wins Bretton parish election Malcolm Pollack, the Liberal Democrat candidate and local resident, defeated the Labour candidate to win a seat on Bretton Parish Council in the recent byelection. Only the Liberal Democrats and Labour put up candidates. Ironically, the byelection had been called for by the Labour Party, at a cost to local taxpayers, rather than wait until a more appropriate time. It was notable that the Tories did not put forward a candidate and fuels the belief that the area is slipping from their grasp. In North Bretton the Tories had all three council seats only a couple of years ago. Now they are down to just one. That one remaining Tory seat is occupied by the council’s cabinet member for adult social care – who many people expect will lose his seat come the next set of local elections!
Council budget cuts At the recent full council meeting to discuss the city council’s annual budget, Liberal Democrat city councillors stood up to defend the views of Peterborough people. Lib Dem councillor Darren Fower said: “Some of the most basic services this council has are being cut. It’s these service which are there to help those people in our communities who can least afford to help themselves. At the same time the council is spending lots of money on grandiose projects.” Nick Sandford - leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the city council - has slammed the council’s budget cuts as “damaging and insensitive”. “The council is faced with some difficult choices and has to cut its budget,” Nick said. “But the Liberal Democrats think it has made the wrong choices.” The Tory proposals, which were bulldozed through a recent council meeting, see funding for local bus services cut by half, meaning we could lose most evening bus services. Services for older people will see huge increases in charges for meals on wheels and day care. The local Bretton library will close on Mondays and have shorter opening hours on other days. All the council’s play centres are to close – despite that fact that with an expected increase of 8,000 youngsters in Peterborough the demand for play centres will be even greater. Crofts Corner Playcentre will lose council funding and is likely to close unless it is taken over by Local Lib Dem parish councillor Bretton Parish Council. Malcolm Pollack at Bretton Library Local Liberal Democrat parish which will have its opening hours cut. councillor Malcolm Pollack said: “Despite the cuts, our council continues to waste money. The Tories will spend £2 million replacing paving stones and ‘street furniture’ in Long Causeway, £700,000 extra on chopping down trees and a whopping £87 million on building a new waste incinerator. “And they are doubling spending on the council newspaper, Your Peterborough, despite government warnings that councils should not waste money on politically biased publications.”
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Bretton Parish Council As a result of the recent Localism Act, community organisations will in future have a lot more power and funding to manage local facilities. Local Lib Dem parish councillor Malcolm Pollack said: “Bretton is in the fortunate position of already having a well-established parish council to take advantage of the Localism Act. “This means that Bretton Parish Council can consider taking over premises such as Crofts Corner Playcentre for the benefit of the Bretton community.”
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Local Lib Dem parish councillor Malcolm Pollack pictured at Crofts Corner Playcentre – because it is facing cuts in funds from the city council it may close unless the parish council takes it over.
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