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Edition: 51

“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, 92 Swale Avenue, Gunthorpe, Peterborough PE4 7GT

DARREN ONLINE Local Liberal Democrat councillor Darren Fower is one of Peterborough City Council’s most active ‘online’ elected members. If you use Facebook Darren would welcome meeting you there, where he not only has his own page but also runs one for the South Werrington and North Gunthorpe FOCUS Team. You can also follow Darren on Twitter and LinkedIn and can keep up to date with Darren’s campaigns in South Werrington and North Gunthorpe at www.campaigns. libdems.org.uk/SWNG. You can get news of Liberal Democrat activity right across the city at www.Peterborough LibDems. org.uk.

USEFUL NUMBERS * Police – 0345 456 456 4; * Street Lights - 453523; * Abandoned Cars – 425338; * Noise Complaints – 747474; * Council Tax – 452258; * Drains – 863766; * Elections – 452249; * Road Maintenance – 453585;

GUNTHORPE ROAD REVIEW Local Liberal Democrat councillor Darren Fower has welcomed the news that the city council intends to review the issue of road safety along Gunthorpe Road – although he remains cautious as to whether the council will take the required steps to ensure safety is ensured for all. Following years of complaints about the road and many actions by local residents, FOCUS and Liberal Democrat councillors, little has been done to make the road safer. Now Darren and the FOCUS Team have launched a new online petition (campaigns.libdems.org.uk/gunthorperoad) to secure support from residents. IF YOU HAVE INTERNET ACCESS, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION NOW AT

campaigns.libdems.org.uk/gunthorperoad Continuing the campaign, at the recent full council meeting Darren said: “The vehicle activated signs along Gunthorpe Road have been described by one resident as a complete waste of time. Having been there years, and despite monitoring of speeding vehicles by the local FOCUS Team, myself and the police - whose findings included speeds of 70 mph in the 30 mph zone - speeding and dangerous driving remains a problem. “Can the relevant cabinet member of the council please tell me what the present plans are for the vehicle activated signs along Gunthorpe Road, do the signs actually record and data and if so what is done with this, and are there any plans for a crossing outside the Norwood School or introduction of some road safety measures along Gunthorpe Road?” Responding, the relevant cabinet member of the Tory-controlled city council stated: “The vehicle activated signs on Gunthorpe Road do not record any information, they simply activate at a pre-set threshold on the approach of a speeding vehicle. Such signs provide a reminder to the conscientious motorist to moderate their speed should they have inadvertently exceeded the threshold. They will never address the reckless behaviour of any motorist wilfully travelling at speeds substantially in excess of the speed limit. “There are no current plans to replace the school crossing patroller outside Norwood School with a crossing outside, or road safety measures along Gunthorpe Road, but I have asked officers to investigate and review the situation.” Commenting after the meeting, Darren said: “We are talking about a road that has been reviewed by the local police, has seen at least two fatalities along it, endured an increase in the volume of traffic, has two primary schools on it, shops, a pub, hairdressers, two large housing populations either side and plans to develop hundreds of more homes north of the roundabout, just off the Paston Parkway! “How long does this council intend to wait before it takes action to ensure that pedestrians, cyclist and motorists are safe?”


TOWN HALL TOUR Local Liberal Democrat city councillor Darren Fower recently invited a group of young people from Ken Stimpson school to have a tour of the main rooms at the Town Hall and to take part in a question and answer session afterwards: The tour started in the Mayors Parlour where an officer from the mayors office outlined the history of the building to the young people and gave a thorough explanation of the portraits, gifts and decorations in the parlour. The group was then led into the Council Chamber where they received an explanation from Darren about how things work during meetings. Commenting afterwards Darren said: “Getting young people to show an interest in the system that governs their lives, whether good or bad, is important for their future development. The Conservative Party has apparently announced that the “I am happy to organise a similar event for any government will sign up to the ’10:10’ campaign if it wins group or school in the ward I represent.”

NOT CUTTING CARBON the next general election.

Organisations which join the campaign aim to cut their carbon emissions by 10 per cent in 2010. Despite national Conservative backing for the campaign, Conservative-controlled Peterborough City Council has rejected a Liberal Democrat motion for the council to join the campaign. Local Liberal Democrat councillor Darren Fower said: “Unfortunately, in Peterborough common sense has a habit of 'going on holiday'. The council’s decision not to back the campaign despite national Conservative backing is evidence that the local Tories are a different kettle of fish.” "Once again, it seems to be an issue for local Tories of do what we say and not do as we do. "It is worth noting that even Stoke-on-Trent council, which sadly has several BNP councillors has joined up! “This is further evidence that the council is not serious about climate change and helping future generations of Peterborians.”

OPEN COMMITTEE The latest meeting of Peterborough City Council’s Standards Committee agreed to look at introducing a unique web page, within the council’s website, providing news, details and information regarding complaints made against local councillors. The aim is to make the whole process of complaints investigation more open. The proposal came from local Liberal Democrat councillor Darren Fower who explained: "The Standards Committee has an important role to play in order to establish a fair system and one of the most important actions to take is to ensure that people know that the committee exists. "The committee has said that it hopes to secure more coverage about the work it does, and the results it secures, both in the local media and within council publications. "Equally, it is important that the people in Peterborough can access such information directly. One simple way is to ensure that the information that is provided to members of the committee is also accessible to the public, which is why I proposed this idea."

POLICE SUCCESSES Werrington police station officers have been working hard to drive down the crime rate in the local area and prosecute offenders. They have had a number of recent successes in identifying and arresting offenders – you can get more details by emailing ecops.walton@cambs.pnn.police.uk. Police have also been working to keep youngsters out of trouble through two Safer Schools Officers - PC Scott Houghton and PCSO Natalie Marshall - based at the Voyager School in Walton which has many students from Werrington and Gunthorpe. PCSO Marshall has recently been providing lessons on how to use the internet safely. Key elements include opposing ‘cyber bullying’, being aware of who you are ‘talking’ to and not giving out personal details on the internet. If you are interested and would like more information to do with issues around cyber bullying and young people please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

WARD ‘SURGERY’ DATES Speak to Cllr Darren Fower at one of his regular ‘surgeries’. Come along to either: Brookside Methodist Church, Gunthorpe Road

Time: 6pm – 7pm Date: 3rd Friday each month

or Werrington Village Centre, Church St

Time: 6pm – 7pm Date: 1st Friday each month

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FOCUS 51  

The 50th Edition of the Focus Newsletter for the South Werrington and North Gunthorpe area.

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