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“Working All Year Round”

SOUTH WERRINGTON and NORTH GUNTHORPE RESIDENTS’ NEWSLETTER TEAM CONTACT DETAILS: Councillors: Darren Fower and

Julia Davidson Text or call Darren’s mobile: 0796 184 91 10 Text or call Julia’s mobile: 0750 653 66 27 Email: SWNG_FOCUS @peterboroughlibdems.org.uk Ward website: www.campaigns. libdems.org.uk/SWNG Darren’s website: www.darrenfower. mycouncillor.org.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/SWNG. FOCUS.Team Post: Cllr Darren Fower or Cllr Julia Davidson, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HG

GROWING WILD Local lib Dem councillor Darren Fower has been contacted by a resident in Helmsdale Gardens about grass areas being left overgrown by the city council which has resulted in increased litter.

COUNCILLORS TACKLING LOCAL ISSUES Local Liberal Democrat councillors Julia Davidson and Darren Fower have been tackling a number of issues related to anti-social behaviour, traffic and parking over the summer months. At a recent ‘police panel’ meeting Julia persuaded the police to treat as a priority concerns that have been raised by residents in and around Ainsdale Drive relating to the use of ‘mini motos’ and other anti-social behaviour. Darren also highlighted the issue with the police who told him "The local team is aware of the issues and is regularly visiting to monitor the situation.” If you do see any anti-social behaviour taking place – here or anywhere else – please report it to the local police by calling 101. Meanwhile police are also looking into a spate of antisocial behaviour around Cuckoos Hollow, including damage to trees and signage. Julia says that the police have two suspects and are monitoring the situation. Gunthorpe Road The problem of drivers parking inconsiderately in Gunthorpe Road has been raised by residents with both Julia and Darren recently. It seems that the parking space for the shop, near the pub, is being used by some parents dropping off or collecting children from the school. In addition, a handful of drivers are ignoring the road markings and parking where they should not. Darren and Julia have now paid the site a visit and spoken with local businesses as well as residents. Darren said: "I hope that one day we can have a zebra crossing outside Norwood School but the reality is that this costs money.” What would you like to see done? Email swng.focus.team@gmail.com, telephone us or post comments/photos at www.facebook.com/SWNG.FOCUS.Team.

Darren said: "The Tory-controlled city council decided last year to flog off such maintenance services to a private company. Which, in my opinion, pretends it can do the same job 25 per cent cheaper than the council but in Lincoln Road reality it can't!" Meanwhile, Darren has been contacted by residents in Lincoln Road, north of the Cock Inn, about their concerns regarding a handful of cars parking on the verges, causing a reduction in visibility when people exit their own driveways. Darren said: “The residents tell me the problem is only due to a couple of properties. They think that as each home has a driveway for parking then it should be used and cars should not be left for days at a time on the road. “The old Lincoln Road can sometimes be busy and, although there are speed activated signs there, some drivers still speed along this stretch and hence visibility when exiting your property is important.” Darren has now contacted the city council to see what the present rules and Both Darren and Cllr Julia Davidson have now visited the area and reported regulations are for this stretch of road and is also keen to hear thoughts and opinions from other residents. the issues to the Town Hall.


KEEP IN TOUCH Local Liberal Democrat councillors Darren Fower and Julia Davidson use a number of methods to keep in touch with residents.

MONEY TO SPEND Local Liberal Democrat councillors Darren Fower and Julia Davidson have money available from the council’s Community Leadership Fund to support local good causes.

As well reading the regular FOCUS newsletters you can follow their activities via the Liberal Democrat ward website at www.campaigns.libdems.org.uk/SWN, on YouTube, on Facebook and on Twitter (see pictures for links). If you need to contact them you can do so through the website or Facebook, you can email them directly, write to them, test them or telephone (see front page for contact details). Or you can come along to their ‘surgeries’ which are held on the first Friday of the month between 6-7 pm at the Werrington Village Centre, Church Street, Werrington and on the third Friday of the month between 6-7 pm at the Brookside Methodist Church, Gunthorpe Road.

Darren said: “Do you have an idea for improving your area or street at a cost of say a few hundred pounds? Perhaps you are part of a club that needs a little funding for a project or scheme? If so, then contact either Julia or me and see whether you can get a few quid from the fund. It is YOUR money and all we need are YOUR ideas!"

JULIA SAYS ‘THANKS’ The council elections in May in South Werrington and North Gunthorpe saw Liberal Democrat candidate Julia Davidson elected as councillor for this area to serve alongside Darren Fower. Julia defeated the incumbent Tory councillor by 50 votes, pushing the Lib Dem share of the vote up by 3.4 per cent compared to last year. She now joins Darren Fower as a Lib Dem councillor for this ward. Both of them will be working and campaigning to be sure that Werrington and Gunthorpe get the council facilities and services they deserve. Julia said: “I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all the people who helped with my campaign – especially our volunteer band of FOCUS deliverers. “I am delighted to be working alongside Darren in representing the area where I live.” The South Werrington ward election results in full were:  Julia Davidson, Liberal Democrat FOCUS Team – 812 votes  Colin Burton, Conservative – 762 votes  Scott Johnson, Labour – 347 votes Liberal Democrats had a successful election night in Peterborough as a whole. There are now four Liberal Democrat councillors but the Tories still run the council – although with a reduced majority. Printed by Keyprint, Peterborough PE3 7PR. Published and promoted for and on behalf of the Liberal Democrats by Peter Chivall, 88 Elmfield Rd, Peterborough PE1 4HB


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