Have the residents of 'CARDA' noticed that the carved concrete and brick plinth sign proclaiming CARDA has suddenly vanished and that now they are just plain old South Stanground? Councillors will say CARDEA was just the developers name in order to offload the housing units in all too narrow streets still awaiting adoption by the local authority.
Well you may consider the current coterie of local councillors on Peterborough City council have made a right old mess of things, and seemingly spent all the cash, slashed services, but could you do any better?
You don't need to be sponsored by any political party or find a cash deposit. There is NO deposit to lose! Just have a stout pair of shoes, a programme of ideas in mind, a few thousand leaflets (Vistaprint are dead cheap!) and be prepared to tackle a lot of doorsteps and in the process bang on a few door knockers and talk to your voters... It really is open to all.
Certainly, the main political parties will be putting up candidates, or as we know them 'the usual suspects' and some existing councillors will 'promise the earth' to hang onto their seats, and secure your vote. You may not then hear from them for a few years but amazingly as it gets close to the elections, they suddenly get very busy, potholes get mended and verges/ hedges cut and even call up local radio stations and appear on regional television.... expect the pre-election comics to come cascading through your letter box anytime soon...
But that is it, it is YOUR vote. Please guard it well and use it wisely. Don't let anyone however well meaning fill in your postal vote form for you! Peterborough has experienced a number of election fraudsters in the past
Question both candidates and councillors on their track records, sadly some have just trousered the (very generous) , substantial cash allowances and left it to others to do the work. Others have worked exceptionally hard, and its not too difficult to figure it out.
This is your chance to unseat them or join them.... Best of Luck, and as usual the PBROTRIB is right with you, but back to business...
Prospective Local Authority election candidates looking to stand in this year's local and parish elections are invited to attend a briefing session in the Council Chamber at the Peterborough Town Hall on Monday 12 March 2018 at 6.30pm.
Peterborough City Council's Chief Executive Gillian Beasley, who is also the council's Returning Officer, will be holding a briefing session for all prospective candidates and their agents to discuss election processes.
An overview will also be given on the nomination process and election timetable, postal voting procedures, the counting process and electoral integrity issues.
For more information about the election briefing session please call Mark Emson, Electoral Manager on (01733) 452282, or email email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 9 March 2018.
A total of 18 seats on Peterborough City Council will be contested on Thursday 3 May 2018 in the following wards:
Thorney and Newborough,
Fletton and Stanground,
Fletton and Woodston,
Hargate and Hempsted,
Paston and Walton,
Stanground South (aka 'Cardea' and Park Farm)
Parish council elections will also be held in Ailsworth, Castor, Glinton, Marholm, Newborough and Borough Fen, Peakirk, Sutton, Thorney, Thornhaugh, Wansford and Wittering.
https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.com E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .