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“Working All Year Round”

SOUTH WERRINGTON & NORTH GUNTHORPE RESIDENTS’ NEWSLETTER

www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/SWNG * www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/SWNG * www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/SWNG TEAM CONTACT DETAILS: Focus Editor: Richard Olive Ward Councillor: Darren Fower Email: Richard.olive@peterboroughlibd ems.org.uk Darren.fower@peterboroughlibd ems.org.uk Tel: Richard - 573 813 Darren – 570 238 Address: SWNG FOCUS Team, Liberal Democrats, Town Hall, Bridge Street, PE1 1QT www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/SWNG

WARD SURGERY COME 0N DOWN !! Speak to Cllr Darren Fower Come along for five minutes to either: Brookside Methodist Church, Gunthorpe Road Time: 6pm – 7pm Date: 3rd Friday of each month OR Werrington Village Centre, Church St Time: 6pm – 7pm Date: 1st Friday of Each Month

CONTACT NUMBERS * Police – 0845 456 456 4; * Street Lights - 453523; * Abandoned Cars – 425338; * Noise Complaints – 747474; * Council Tax – 452258; * Drains – 863766; * Elections – 452249; * Road Maintenance – 453585;

COUNCIL COMMITS

TO FULL CONSULTATION Your local Ward Lib Dem Councillor Darren Fower welcomed the news the city council has now agreed to undertake full consultation on plans to introduce a play area, situated behind homes in Gildale, in the area known as Cuckoos Hollow, before further action is taken. Members of the South Werrington and North Gunthorpe FOCUS Team have, over the past few weeks been working hard on behalf of local residents at meetings to discuss the proposals. Cllr Darren Fower raised the issues, put to him by local people and also sent a letter, to each and every home in Lakeside and Gildale to guarantee that they were aware of the council’s intentions. A few weeks ago, Darren – along with other interested parties – were invited to get involved in looking at the possibility of a play area in Cuckoos Hollow, after learning that Werrington had been allocated funding for two potential play areas. The understanding is that a value of the total fund is £100,000 with £50,000 being earmarked for each project. The funding is coming from central government, via the Playbuilder Programme. Organised nationally through the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Commenting, Cllr Darren Fower said, “From the start, my brief has always been to ensure that local people are aware of the continually changing plans. The latest proposed drawing for this area has already changed”. “The concept is now much more about a landscaped area, rather than having play equipment, located within the woodland between Cuckoos Hollow and the residential areas. Residents had feared the scheme would be rushed through and whilst this may not have been the intention of the city council, the fact remains that no decision about Cuckoos Hollow will now be pursued, until the full consultation process has been undertaken, alongside other anticipated proposals.” * Depending upon the response the local community gives, we could see work on this area start late 2009. Consultation exercise is hoped to be completed by March*. * FOCUS believes it is fundamental that the people actually living within this area should have their say on whatever is planned!

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Following calls for action to the FOCUS team we can now report:- REPAIRS have finally taken place to the deteriorated channels in the road along The Steynings, hleading from Amberley Slope. Other Roads that have recently received treatment include Corfe Avenue & Storrington Way footpaths and the council have assured us Staverton Road will be resurfaced by the end of this year ELSEWHERE:- Proposed plans for a takeaway serving Indian food in Canterbury Road, has finally been thrown out…. Your local Lib Dem councillor for this area, Darren Fower, who formally objected, told us he is now “....glad that common sense prevailed!”

SPEEDING! Police have been monitoring problems in recent months, along the Old Lincoln Road & Church Street. They have promised to discuss at the Police Panel meeting, due to be held on 18th December 2008. Should you wish to have your say please contact Cllr Darren Fower who will be attending. There is a petition in Goodman Stores (Newsagents), Lincoln Road, if you wish to lend your support. Plus, the FOCUS team is ‘door-knocking’ in and around the area, gaining support for their campaign. www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/lincolnroad. Residents in Ainsdale Drive & Birkdale Avenue contacted Cllr Darren Fower about the problem of rubbish falling out of waste and dog dirt bins. These bins, were apparently installed at the request of one of the Tory councillors for this area, who completely failed to consult local residents! Darren subsequently arranged a meeting with those residents and the council and a new improved waste bin will now be installed opposite the footpath leading to Ken Stimpson School. The dog dirt bin will be relocated onto the field. FINALLY:- A new fence is to be installed by the council at the rear of Campbell Drive to protect the field. Now, the handful of unknown people who drove their cars onto it, will now have to use the CAR PARK!

TORY TALES IN POTTYBORO With Lib Dem national deputy leader Vince Cable leading financial voice of reason nationally and Peterborough Lib Dems: are echoing his achievements. At the recent full council meeting the Lib Dems held the ruling Tory regime to account demanding they present their financial status. The leader of the council stated that they were “financially prudent.”. Guess what? 2 days later the city council looked set to lose £3m in the Icelandic banks chaos! The council already has millions of £’s in a contingency fund. i.e. An amount of money reserved for emergencies. So what, or why was the reason they put such a huge amount of your money in Icelandic? Be not surprised! This same city Tory administration that spent £40k on simply looking, into the idea of a casino for our city and on personal websites for city councillors.(This amount has still not been publicly published) £3 million on transporting pupils to and from schools (for the school year 2007/08).£30k of taxpayers money to a PR company, from outside the city, to sell the idea of an incinerator to the public and last but not least £175k of local tax payers money, on installing bus lanes on the Town Bridge. Only then for the same Tory administration to eventually decide to make the lanes just temporary. That’s just in the last year! Full Story: www.peterboroughlibdems.org.uk/article.php?sid=3831

TACKLING YOUTH CRIME National Liberal Democrats have published their plans to tackle Youth Crime. The plan aims to deter crime and get young people involved in positive activities that will benefit local communities. 1. Create a Youth Volunteer Force, engage with young people, involve them in community projects and give them skills to benefit them in later life. 2. Establish Community Justice Panels, where offenders admit their guilt to the community and agree on a Positive Behaviour Order as a course of action. 3. Create a dedicated Police Community Support youth officer within every Safer Neighbourhood Team, to identify and work with those teenagers most at risk of offending; 4. Put 10,000 more police on the streets using money saved by scrapping the ID cards scheme; 5. Intelligence-led stop ,search and 'hot spot policing' targeted at gun and knife crime; 6. Restorative justice programs to be run in every community specifically targeted at early intervention, with widespread use in schools and care homes.

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BUS STATION CHANGES……….. Following pressure from local Liberal Democrats and some environmental groups, the developers of the massive new North Westgate shopping centre alongside Queensgate have decided to redesign the proposed new bus station. The Lib Dem group on the city council has been holding regular meetings with representatives of the city’s urban regeneration company Opportunity Peterborough in an attempt to ensure that, unlike some elected members, they are not ‘left out of the loop’. The group had raised concerns about earlier designs for an ‘open plan’ new bus station which would mean that bus passengers would have to stand in the cold. However, following pressure, the developers have now changed the plans to show that the new structure will be enclosed and therefore more comfortable for passengers. ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS – Get your message to OVER 3000 properties in this area. Simply contact Richard Olive! Published and promoted by SWNG Focus Team, 8 Beauvale Gdns, Gunthorpe, Peterborough, PE4 7UG. Printed by D Powell, Liberal Democrat, Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ


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