“Working All Year Round”
SOUTH WERRINGTON and NORTH GUNTHORPE RESIDENTS’ NEWSLETTER
TEAM CONTACT DETAILS: Councillor: Darren Fower FOCUS Editor: Richard Olive Tel: 570238 or 573813 Mobile: 07932 021 349 Email: SWNG_FOCUS @peterboroughlibdems.org.uk Ward website: www.campaigns. libdems.org.uk/SWNG Post: Cllr Darren Fower, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HG
FACEBOOK ‘BNP not welcome in Peterborough’, the Facebook group launched by local Lib Dem councillor Darren Fower, now has hundreds of members. With the general election just round the corner, Darren says he is hoping to break the thousand mark. Darren said: “This group offers local people the chance to show their opposition to this atrocious racist organisation.” Darren is also behind another Facebook group – the South Werrington and Gunthorpe FOCUS Team group. Just type ‘South Werrington’ into the ‘search’ box on Facebook and you can link to the group which carries news of our activities in the local area.
ALLOTMENT CONCERNS Residents living near the Gunthorpe recreation field, by the John Clare public house, recently attended councillor Darren Fower’s ward ‘surgery’ to discuss their concerns about council plans for new allotments on this green open space near the Paston and Gunthorpe Community Centre. Liberal Democrat councillor Nick Sandford, who represents the next-door Walton ward, also attended the meeting. Residents were asking why the space has to be converted to allotments when many people enjoy using it for dog walking and generally getting healthy exercise. The council’s own property department has revealed that Government Office for East of England (GOEAST) has insisted on the creation of new allotments to replace the allotment land in Itter Park which is to be sold off to developers to build a care home and houses. The government’s permission is required before councils can sell off allotment land, as councils are obliged to provide sufficient allotments for residents to grow food for themselves if they wish to do so. Nick Sandford said: “GOEAST is right to tell the council to create more allotments to meet demand. But we should create them on current sites like the one in Itter Park, rather than taking away open space. “The council will not do this because the Tories need to sell off as much land as they can to fund their pet projects.” Meanwhile, following concerns raised by local residents, Darren Fower has discovered that extra allotment space behind Fulbridge Road should be in use sometime this year: There are already a number of allotments on the site and, with a recognised waiting list, some residents were asking why the piece of land near to the school playing field had seemingly been left vacant. Darren said: “Trying to get a precise date out of the city council is like getting blood from a stone! That said, the local authority has now informed me that the former allotment land off Fulbridge Road is to be reopened sometime during 2010. “This should create 20 starter plots and 50 further traditional additional plots.”
NICK WILL PUBLISH ANNUAL TAX RETURN Local Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Nick Sandford has promised, if elected, to publish his annual tax return as well as details of any expenses claimed. Following the embarrassing expenses claims last year by the sitting Tory MP for Peterborough, locally based Nick says he will be campaigning in the general election on a policy of honesty and fairness. He said: "If I'm elected as your MP, I will publish my annual tax return as well as publishing any and all expenses claims, online, as they are submitted. “Like many local residents I would commute to London by train - local commuters don't have second homes in London, so why should I?"
CROSSING PATROL Due to staff sickness there were no school crossing patrol officers operating outside Norwood School as FOCUS went to press.
TORIES ADOPT LIB DEM IDEA Peterborough's Tory-controlled council is set to implement a proposal, put forward by the Liberal Democrats months ago, to cut the frequency of Your Peterborough magazine. Lib Dems have previously called for the council’s magazine to be scrapped, describing it as a propaganda sheet and highlighting the unfair policy of not allowing opposition views to be printed. Last year the Liberal Democrat group said there should be, at the very least, a reduction in the number of editions. Now it seems the Tories have seen sense. The council’s medium term financial strategy says it will reduce the current ten editions per year to six. This will save local tax payers £70,000 per year. Commenting on the news, local councillor and Liberal Democrat group leader Darren Fower said: "It is good that the Tories are cutting this unessential service, although I would still like to see it scrapped. This is further evidence that Liberal Democrats are a party of sensible and well thought out policies." This is not the first time that the Tories have tried to pass of Liberal Democrat policy or proposals as their own. For example, in recent years they adopted the three bin scheme, continued the Park and Ride scheme and even started to introduce Area Committees although they call them Neighbourhood Committees!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
It is hoped that normal service for the morning shift will be resumed on Monday 22 February but there is no date for the afternoon service. Anyone wishing to help should contact the council on 747474 but in the meantime we urge parents, motorists and children to take additional care. Traffic in Gunthorpe Road continues to be a matter of concern to FOCUS and local residents. If you would like to see action taken to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety for all road users you can sign up to our online petition at www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/GunthorpeRoad. Local Liberal Democrat councillor Darren Fower said: “Obviously it is worrying that the city council is unable to supply cover when people are taken ill. I suspect that this is due to the hours of work and possibly the amount that crossing patrol officers get paid. “This does, however, reinforce our calls for a zebra crossing outside Norwood School and I would urge residents to add their weight to our Gunthorpe Road safety campaign by signing our petition.”
WARD ‘SURGERY’ DATES Speak to Cllr Darren Fower at one of his regular ‘surgeries’. Brookside Methodist Church, Gunthorpe Road
Time: 6pm – 7pm Date: 3rd Friday each month
Werrington Village Centre, Church St
Time: 6pm – 7pm Date: 1st Friday each month
The South Werrington and North Gunthorpe Liberal POLICE NEWS Democrat FOCUS Team has begun the 2010 residents’ Police have had a number of recent successes in survey, which will see it call at all 3,000+ homes in the area tackling local crime. and ask residents to give their views on community issues. • A would-be burglar was arrested on the borders The team, led by local Lib Dem councillor Daren Fower, started early in January in Elter Walk, Borrowdale Close and Hickling Walk and has since then covered much of the rest of Gunthorpe. Darren said: “Representing people means you need to speak to them, make yourself available and be active in the local area. “On top of holding two ward surgeries a month, delivering FOCUS and being involved with community groups, the residents’ survey is important to help me represent people in this area. “By the end of March, weather permitting, we hope to have knocked on every door in the area and given people a form to fill in which we then call back to collect later the same day. “This year, for the first time, if people are out when we leave the form residents can make use of a freepost address to ensure that their views are recorded.”
of Paston and Gunthorpe after plain clothes officers on patrol saw him acting suspiciously. • A man who left a shop-keeper at a store in Church Street with a one inch hole in her head by attacking her with a spanner has been jailed. • A man was arrested after being seen by a member of the public burgling a property in Gunthorpe. Police were directed to a location in Uldale Way where the man was located. He was subsequently charged. You can keep up to date with emailed news from the Werrington police station by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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