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Issue number 6


News from Lib Dem parish councillor Malcolm Pollack

Slower traffic means fewer hurt Peterborough City Council has agreed to look at introducing 20mph speed limits across the city in residential areas. The full council agreed a motion put by Liberal Democrat council leader Nick Sandford. The motion pointed out that injuries and deaths involving children have been cut dramatically in towns which have brought in 20mph limits ….. currently in 38 places across the country. In most areas, the 20mph limits apply to smaller roads in housing areas but not to main roads. There is usually no need for speed humps as drivers know that the limits apply across the town or city. The city council has set up a working group to look at how the new limits could be introduced and exactly which streets they should apply to. Local Liberal Democrat parish councillor Malcolm Pollack said: “There are many places in Bretton which could benefit from a reduction in the speed limit. Streets were not designed for the number of cars we have nowadays and there are many places where children – however much one tries to teach them road safety – emerge onto the road from between houses or parked cars with little warning.”

Left: Parish councillor Malcolm Pollack says speed limit cuts in some places may be a good idea. Let him know what you think – contact details on back page.

Play centres

Localism Act

Peterborough City Council is closing all of the city’s play centres.

Under the recent Localism Act communities can now have greater say in planning decisions that affect their area.

Crofts Corner is being taken over by Bretton Parish Council which will run the centre as a service to the community. This facility will become more important over the next few years as it is projected that the number of youngsters in Peterborough will increase by 8,000. Copeland Community Association is currently in talks with Peterborough City Council and hopes to reopen the Children’s Centre at Copeland soon.

Lib Dem parish councillor Malcolm Pollack at Crofts Corner play centre.

Bretton Parish Council has applied to designate Bretton as a Neighbourhood Area. This is a necessary step in producing a Neighbourhood Plan which would have to be taken into account by the City Council’s planning department when considering all planning applications within the parish. You, the residents, must be involved in this new Neighbourhood Plan. Malcolm Pollack, your local Lib Dem parish councillor, will be happy to inform you when you may have your say. News will be posted on his Facebook page – search Facebook for Bretton Focus Team.

Bretton Festival The Bretton Festival is the biggest community gathering in Bretton and is organised by the parish council and local volunteers. Summer rain last year forced the organisers to reschedule the event to September. This year the warm July weather encouraged thousands of people to visit the festival in Bretton Park. There were exciting events for people to watch or take part in as well as many interesting stalls. We look forward to next year’s festival – and hope that the weather is as kind to us as it was this year!

Water meters Have you noticed lots of Anglian Water vans around Bretton over the past few months? They are busy installing water meters for every home that does not already have one. Local Liberal Democrat parish councillor Malcolm Pollack learned that when a home changes hands the new occupier will have to pay for the amount of water used, as recorded by the meter, rather than a fixed charge as at present. The government has asked water companies to consider measures to reduce the huge amount of water wasted. Meters could result in lower costs for small households who tend to use less water but greater costs for larger households. Malcolm said: “This could hit some people hard who are already suffering in the current recession. It is a pity that this action is being taken against the consumer when billions of litres of water are lost though leakage rather than wastage.

Bretton Water Park After last summer’s incident when 64 children contracted Norovirus, city council contractor Enterprise which maintains the park is taking no chances. Bretton Water Park was closed for a few days again this summer so that it could be deep-cleaned. A dog was found in the enclosure and the children’s safety took priority.

Speedwatch Do you have problems with speeding vehicles in your part of Bretton? Local police are planning to re-introduce the SpeedWatch campaign in this area to tackle speeding. They are currently looking for volunteers to commit to an hour or two each month to carry out speed watch checks. The idea is that members of the community receive appropriate training, which takes about one hour, with a speed recording device. The device is then taken out into the community and used. Any speeding motorists have their registration number logged and receive a letter advising them accordingly. If you would like to take part in this Scheme and offer your support to our community then please get in touch with the police or see your local PCSO. Malcolm Pollack will be happy to hear your views on this and will pass on your details if you want to volunteer.

CONTACT US By phone Call local Liberal Democrat parish councillor Malcolm Pollack on 01733 269 108

By post Malcolm Pollack,13 Eyrescroft Peterborough PE3 8ES

By e-mail

Facebook Check out our Facebook page – search for ‘Bretton Focus Team’

WEBSITE For the latest news from Peterborough Liberal Democrats visit our website at

Age UK Have you visited the Age UK shop in Bretton Centre? There are bargains galore on clothes, books, and bric-a-brac for you to rummage through. The charity supports the elderly in many ways including gardening and house cleaning and needs your support.

Can you help? We need more volunteers to help produce and deliver FOCUS. If you can help, please tick one or more boxes below and send this to Bretton Lib Dems, FREEPOST ANG30067, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4BR.

I will help to deliver FOCUS. I would like to get involved. Please contact me. I am interested in joining the Lib Dems. Please contact me. Sorry, I can’t help but you have my vote in local elections. Name: _______________________________ House No: ______ Street: ____________________________ Post code: _________ Phone: ______________ Email: __________________________

Local Liberal Democrat parish councillor Malcolm Pollack at the Age UK shop in Bretton Centre. Local Liberal Democrat parish councillor Malcolm Pollack said: “The Age UK shop is a clearing house. “If you are having a clear-out, please think about donating your unwanted items to the shop. They will be of benefit to somebody and the money raised will allow Age UK to continue its good work.”

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