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Issue number 78



News from Lib Dem councillors

Julia Davidson & Darren Fower

LINCOLN ROAD PLANNING APPLICATION REJECTED Local Liberal Democrat city councillor Darren Fower has welcomed the decision by council officers to reject an application for planning permission to build two semi-detached houses on Lincoln Road, opposite the Cock Inn pub.

Darren joins school group Local Lib Dem city councillor Darren Fower (above) is to join a special new council committee set up to look at educational outcomes for local young people. Of 57 councillors at the Town Hall, only four have been chosen for this new group. Darren said: "The aim is to have a high standard of scrutiny of the education service during a period of significant change in the role of the local authority. "Under this Tory council, we have seen schools closed, class sizes increase and schools leaving the local authority to become academies. There are a lot more changes to come, some of which will be bad news for local parents and their children."

The plans also included a new ‘vehicular access’ onto the road close to the junction with Carron Drive. Darren attended meetings with local residents and worked alongside them to ensure that letters of opposition were sent to the council. He also made sure that the application could be considered by the council’s full planning committee - but this will no longer be required after officers The location of the planned new homes. rejected the plans. Darren, who sent in his objections along with local residents, said: “There would be adverse impacts of granting permission and these would have significantly outweighed the benefits. “It would have had a detrimental effect on adjoining properties and on the surrounding area.”

Welcome for free meals Local Lib Dem councillor Darren Fower has welcomed the news from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that all pupils at infant schools are to get free school lunches from September 2014. In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges will also be eligible for free school meals. Darren said: "Free school meals were one recommendation in The School Food Plan, which found that in experiments where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers. "Teaching healthy habits young, and boosting attainment early, will bring the biggest benefits. "Universal free school meals will help give every child the chance in life that they deserve, building a stronger economy and fairer society." For more on the Lib Dems in government see:

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Surgery change Your local Liberal Democrat councillors Darren Fower and Julia Davidson have always held regular ‘ward surgeries’ at which you can come along for a chat about any local issues. No appointment is needed – just turn up!


Darren said: “The cycle markings have been in a bad way for some time but have deteriorated even more in recent months. Quite simply, if there is a need to put them there in the first instance then, in my opinion, there is a need to have them maintained.”

Local Lib Dem councillors Julia Davidson and Darren Fower are tackling a range of local issues raised by residents – including these ….  Graffiti in Birkdale Avenue and Ainsdale Drive. Julia is trying to get the ‘community pay back’ team of offenders doing community service to help deal with the clear-up. Meantime, Julia has also had assurances from the police that patrols will be stepped up in this area.  Vehicles being parked on the pavement in many places throughout the area – making it impossible for wheelchair users or people pushing prams to pass. Meanwhile, there are problems reported in Church Street and Fulbridge Road of careless driving resulting in car owners waking to find broken wing mirrors on their vehicles.  The speed monitor has been removed from Fulbridge Road without prior notice. Julia is trying to find out why – and when it will be replaced.  Residents in Dukesmead are still waiting for news of a replacement litter bin – 20 months after the issue was first raised with the council. To try to keep the area tidy some residents are ‘litter picking’, to remove discarded fast-food wrappings and similar rubbish. Darren and Julia are continuing to press the council for action. Meanwhile, Julia plans to ask the owners of the Werrington chip shop if they would ‘sponsor’ a bin.  Overgrown hedges in areas such as Carron Drive and Aster Drive. Some are blocking footpaths and others are obscuring street lights or reducing visibility at junctions and driveway exits. The council can force people to cut back offending vegetation. Darren and Julia are waiting for response from the council to complaints that have been made. Concerned residents want work done to clear the lights before dark winter evenings set in.



In the past, surgeries have always been held on Friday evenings. Now the ’mid month’ surgery has been moved to Saturday mornings in a bid to make it even more convenient for residents. For full details of locations and timings see the box at the bottom of this page.  You can always contact Darren via Facebook or Twitter @CllrDarrenFower  For the latest news of what your local councillors are doing, you can read the South Werrington and North Gunthorpe (SWNG) FOCUS Team blog at

Road markings request Lib Dem councillor Darren Fower has asked the city council to replace worn road markings on the cycle path in Helmsdale Gardens. He has been told that his request has been passed to the relevant department and that he will receive a reply shortly.

Left: The almost invisible road markings in Helmsdale Gardens.

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Darren Fower – 0796 184 91 10 Julia Davidson – 0750 653 66 27


By post: Town Hall, Bridge St, Peterborough PE1 1HG By e-mail: Via Facebook: Search for ‘SWNGFOCUSTeam’

Or visit the councillors’ ward ‘surgery':

Fish ‘n’ Pizza Bar

Lincoln Road, Walton, PE4 6AH Opposite Morrisons, next to Paul Pry pub Open Mon-Sat 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm

6:00 to 7:00 pm, first Friday every month Community Centre, Church Street

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9:00 to 10:00 am , third Saturday every month Brookside Methodist Church, Gunthorpe Road

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(10:30 pm Friday and Saturday)

Phone 01733 578 500 * Management reserves the right to refuse

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Edition 78 - South Werrington and North Gunthorpe FOCUS newsletter  

The South Werrington and North Gunthorpe FOCUS newsletter is designed and distributed by residents and volunteers to over 2,800 households i...

Edition 78 - South Werrington and North Gunthorpe FOCUS newsletter  

The South Werrington and North Gunthorpe FOCUS newsletter is designed and distributed by residents and volunteers to over 2,800 households i...