JULIAN BRAY VOTE YES X
IS IMMEDIATLY RE-INTRODUCING REGULAR COUNCILLOR SURGERIES STARTING MAY 4TH SOMETHING NOT EXPERIENCED AROUND HERE FOR THE LAST 8 PLUS YEARS... Believe in Better!
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UPDATE 4th April 2018
Julian is DELIBERATELY not affiliated to any political party, or pseudo faction, therefore not in any way bound by Westminster party dogma or policy set in London (Moscow for that matter !)
Julian Bray writes: I am now officially confirmed and the printers have worked around the clock to produce and deliver the first part of my detailed and evolving manifesto, now published on here.
With the meltdown in both Tory and Labour ranks, and the libDems 'out-to-lunch' policy, it became increasingly clear to me, and those I love and support, that residents of Stanground South and Park Farm are now really suffering and have little or no meaningful representation, and seemingly hard pressed this time around. Simply the time for sleeping at the wheel is over. There are major concerns that need to be rapidly addressed, The question you have to ask will the new councillor actively represent me or are they just slavish tyre kickers for political masters elsewhere? (Clue look at the older facebook feeds...)
Not one of the sorry self-serving trio of 'councillors' will vote against their Party (they simply abstain, which frankly helps no one).
Let me run a few concerns by you and if you EVER meet an elusive candidate in the flesh (probably unlikely) as they tend to poke a leaflet through your door and run away before you can interrogate them.... Read this through, come back often as this post is regularly updated, then you already have some pithy questions to ask all the candidates on your very doorstep...ME TOO.
National political party sponsored candidates are increasingly 'under the thumb' of both extreme left and right wing political factions. Westminster based political dogma and internal squabbles, take precedence over tackling important hyper-local issues in their own back yard.
Seriously pressing local issues, such as greatly increasing homelessness - this is due to explode as the failed Universal Credit [UC] System is relentlessly rolled out nationally later this month (April 2018), and we will see vulnerable people increasingly lose their rented homes, as the UC payments are not being made quickly enough by the DWP [DSS].
Or marked down vulnerable claimants, unfairly sanctioned, as cynically crooked and made up falsified personal assessments, by discredited ASOS and Capita freelance assessors are seeing motability rented transports abruptly removed, and awards slashed. So much for the so called 'community chumpion' already trousering public funds with the DIAL forum, in a neighbouring ward, an empty hollow title, with no real meaning or merit, just misleading 'froth and spin'. All very sad.
Stressed parents are now we learn being targeted by schools demanding parents now contribute cash and resources. WHY?
Other Academy schools being accused of channelling public funding away from education in order to pay out £150,000 salary packages for some teachers.
Stanground Tories remain totally silent on this. Why?
Social disorder erupting, crime prevention lacking, violent knife and gang crime on the increase, illegal minimotos, a lack of local policing, as front line budgets cut, murderers and rapists left free to roam on unconditional police bail even! Why? The Stanground South Tories remain silent. Why?
Councillors unwilling to hold regular consultations or surgeries (as they are mandated to do) all these factors relentlessly pushing other pressing local issues, now conveniently relegated to the bottom of the pile.
But seemingly, all the current crop of local Stanground South councillors worry about, is counting out their vastly increased self-awarded allowances, plus extra publicly funded 'dosh' for committee work and some now accessing political public sector salaries. Why?
Now seriously, the good people of Stanground South Ward. Why would a retired seemingly pensioned off Northern Ireland RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) officer - who we now hear from sources (but not from the Tory party) or his 'post and run' election handout - accept during his current short tenure as a councillor, a public service appointment, on an astonishingly generous publicly financed financial package - in what strongly looks like a major political appointment - as deputy to the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, based in Huntingdon at Police HQ?! We urgently need some answers, and this is why...
A look at the Representation of the People Act would I respectfully suggest rule Mr Bisby out as a politically affiliated Tory prospective candidate? What do you think, as Mr Bisby would have to sign and agree the following legal declaration?
Whist looking after the County, how on earth will PCC deputy Raymond Bisby ever find time for Stanground South Ward casework and additionally find time to concern himself constantly complaining about Stanground South dog owners and dogs?
Even aerosol spraying graffiti warning slogans on pavements, or waving Speedwatch legally non-enforceable speed guns at Stanground South motorists, at the same time being politically appointed, 'work in co-operation' with the Police and SIA 'doormen' oh sorry 'the enforcement officers' hired through a Wales based commission earning security firm...Really!
Some councillors have even taken to adding to the accumulated graffiti and general mess, by randomly spray painting graffiti notices ( On the spot littering fines are from April 1st 2018, raised to £150...) on pavements or endless banal warning notices targeted at Stanground South dog owners on vandalised playgrounds. Pet owners by now must be furious at this totally negative Tory campaign - its been going on for years, just look at Cllr Chris Harpers back posts over the years on social media, but do it quickly, some have been known to drop off the twig...
Few children ever use the play park in Park Farm, as its unpoliced, seldom cleaned, no supervision or CCTV, and a regular home to winos, drug pushers, and discarded used needles.. When did you last see regular PSCO and home beat officer patrols?
Still it will now be easier for any passing patrol car, as the trees and vegetation has finally been cut right back - using chain saws no less! No gentle prune back here, and points up the sad fact, the playpark isn't properly maintained on a continuing basis. If it was, you'd not need to use heavy equipment such as chainsaws!
When will they ever learn?
Such dog owner caution notices, clearly targeted at dog owners, and set in permanent form, are in fact advertisements, and as such need formal planning permission, as the local councillor who chairs the planning committee, should by now understand!
Public funding increasingly channelled away from Stanground South (now including Park Farm) into garish ill thought out and poorly planned personal vanity and failing public realm projects. Expensively tarted up 'public realm' Bridge Street is now a rash of chain takeaways bars and formulaic restaurants. Won't be too long before the remaining classic London Plane Trees vanish to accommodate a few more expensive fairground rides.
*Cyclists being fined at premium rates, by so called 'enforcement officers' - working 'on commission' hired through a Wales based security outfit! How daft and brainless is that?
Meanwhile Sure Start centres axed, old folks homes vacated, but you may say we have a rapidly ageing population. So why? Libraries reduced hours, fewer new books - budgets cut and some just closed. Stanground library being a shadow of its former self, and even the one functioning civic Key Theatre reduced by the money pit Vivacity outfit to running cinema films, or if any funding left funnelled into local councillors pet legacy projects. Ask yourself just where is this all going?
Even the BBC is to give up on Peterborough, set to vacate their Peterborough building later this year... The Queensgate Cinema now seems to have been put on hold. Millions poured into the 40 year old pipedream of a lower tier University. But why here, when all the continuing academic investment is already earmarked for nearby Cambridge?
Julian Bray already has a very clear and simple mandate to call out those councillors, who are putting themselves and their party business interests first. Even Comedian Jason Manford avoided Peterborough City Centre and performed at an out of town arena, it gave him an easy extra five minutes of stand-up material at our expense ...
We seemingly elect party controlled councillors, who even lack basic keyboard skills, and have little or no business experience and unable to control and manage the wilder excesses of past and present council officers, some who have arguably wasted millions of public funding on hair-brained schemes, the dead trees and rusting iron plates along Bourges Boulevard are typical of poor planning and decision making. Why?
Long-term lucrative contracts - with media fanfares trumpeted by the generous publicly funded council public relations 'team' - handed out like 'sweeties' then rapidly cancelled. These excesses all cost money and you end up paying much more in council tax. Ask yourself why?
Deadbeat committee members (admittedly not all, but a few years back called one out for what was a particularly shoddy piece of work) quick to trouser the self-awarded greatly enhanced allowances but slow to act. Many have been asleep at the wheel. Others who have become too self important - puffed up if you like - to carry out even basic public duties, they know who they are... Why?
All these are factors I will now try and distil into an election leaflet, but don't expect me to knock on your door. You and I already know what is wrong in our wards, we actually live here. I have been talking to you for the last ten years. You all have my direct telephone number and my regular email address.
It will not be resolved by the major political parties parachuting in candidates or rapidly replacing some who have clearly half a brain, the sad individuals allegedly behind the gross and vulgar anti-Semitic and Sectarial rants that are becoming all to strident. You might also enquire of the former RUC officer, the Tory candidate, why the RUC name was officially dropped in Northern Ireland, only to be revived in Stanground South locally by a Tory councillor?
Julian Bray seeking the truth...and then popping (on Monday) down to Charters Easter Weekend Beer Festival, before a notice gets slapped or spray painted on that as well!
Believe in Better! Let the election 'stump' commence...
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The city council chose to be part of the scheme, which has been launched by the Cabinet Office and will see the city bring in tougher measures to strengthen its postal and proxy voter process even further in the run up to the forthcoming elections on 3 May.
These include officers hand delivering postal voting packs and completing face to face surveys with postal voters to stress the importance of completing the vote themselves. A second round of face to face surveys will be completed after the postal vote returns, to check residents put an X in the box themselves. All face to face surveys will be completed at random computer generated addresses throughout the city over the coming weeks.
The proxy vote is also being strengthened, with all proxy voters required to produce photographic identification at polling stations, before being issued with a ballot paper to vote on another's behalf. Individuals without photographic ID will be able to source this from Peterborough Town Hall prior to the elections taking place.
The city chose to be part of the Voter Pilot scheme as it has a national reputation for its work in deterring electoral fraud at elections, which has been recognised by the Electoral Commission and other national bodies. Similar trials will be taking place in Tower Hamlets and Slough and ID verification of voters will take place in Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking.
Peterborough City Council will be working closely with Cambridgeshire Constabulary throughout the scheme, which aims to reduce the risk of election fraud and ensure voters have confidence in the electoral system.
Gillian Beasley, chief executive for Peterborough City Council said: " We chose to be part of the Voter Pilot Scheme due to our previous work, together with the police, in combating electoral fraud.
"As well as being shown to be taking a tough stance on electoral fraud, our involvement in the scheme is a great opportunity to further strengthen both our postal and proxy voting processes to deter those who want to abuse them. we really wanted to be part of this scheme to strengthen practices
"Everyone in our city who is registered to vote has the right to make their vote count. Filling in a vote on another's behalf is a criminal offence and we will be taking a tough stance to ensure this does not occur in the city. Any corrupt practices that we discover will be treated extremely seriously by both ourselves and the police and action taken if offences come to light in the run up to the elections in May."
Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith MP, said: "I'm pleased Peterborough has volunteered to take part in a postal vote pilot at the local elections in May. By taking part in this trial, local residents are helping us test ways to safeguard against electoral fraud."
The voter pilot scheme is being run alongside a new campaign 'Your Vote is Yours Alone' to help prevent electoral fraud ahead of May’s local elections. It raises awareness of what constitutes unacceptable pressure to influence whether or how someone casts their vote. The campaign is being run by local authorities with the support of the Electoral Commission and Crimestoppers, the anonymous crime reporting charity.
The city council has set up an election fraud hotline and anyone who has any concerns can report them by calling (01733) 452277. If you believe an act of malpractice is ongoing call police on 101 or 999. For general enquiries about the elections call (01733) 452249.