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Julian Bray is delighted to have his biographical entry included in the latest annual edition of Debretts People of Today .... ... PETERBOROUGH TRIBUNE Holding officialdom to account. THE DIGITAL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BLOG. Over 3/4 of a million page hits, and 3,400 blogposts. We have over 1,680 supporters in the Stanground, Park Farm, Fletton, Cardea, South Stanground area alone. Our reach covers the whole of the former Unitary Authority. Our resourceful supporters send through reports and pictures, over 50 minimotos / motorcycles have been taken off footpaths and the Green Wheel thanks to their unstinting efforts. We aim to expose or detect crime; expose significantly anti-social behaviour; expose corruption or injustice; disclosing significant incompetence or negligence; protect people's health and safety; prevent people from being misled by some statement or action of an individual or organisation, and disclosing information that assists people to better comprehend or make decisions on matters of public importance. In short, these elements (and other factors) help to make up what is known as the public interest Join our conversation https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.com Park Farm Neighbourhood Watch is independent and not connected with Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch which at January 2018 can only show since Feb 2011 45,000 hits whereas our hit rate (or pageview counter ) records a current (Jan 2018) total of 750,329 YOU MAY NOW VIEW PETERBOROUGH TRIBUNE OVER A SECURE WEB LINK: https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.com PASS IT ON!

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

FANCY BEING A PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCILLOR? 18 SEATS UP FOR GRABS



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 mark.emson@peterborough.gov.uk 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: 

Bretton,
Central,
Dogsthorpe,
East,
Eye,
Thorney and Newborough,
Fletton and Stanground,
Fletton and Woodston,
Gunthorpe,
Hampton Vale,
Hargate and Hempsted,
North,
Orton Longueville,
Orton Waterville,
Park,
Paston and Walton,
Ravensthorpe,
Stanground South (aka 'Cardea' and Park Farm)
Werrington.

Parish council elections will also be held in Ailsworth, Castor, Glinton, Marholm, Newborough and Borough Fen, Peakirk, Sutton, Thorney, Thornhaugh, Wansford and Wittering.





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PETERBOROUGH BOGUS POLICE OFFICER (IPO) BEING HUNTED IN BANK CARD CASH SCAM

Anyone who has seen this car or who has information, call police on 101 quoting CF0087850218
or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report.

Police Officers investigating a series of fraud incidents have released images of a car they believe to be involved.  In the past few weeks there have been three incidents in Peterborough of bogus police officers asking people for money. 

The suspect who collected the money
 is described as Asian, around 6’ to 6’6”,
 with brown hair. 


In one incident, a man pretending to be a police officer called the victim and told them they were investigating criminal activity on the victim’s bank card, which was linked to an inside job at NatWest Bank.  The victim was asked to withdraw £5,000 and hand it over to a police officer, who would collect it from him with a code word. 

The victim asked to see identification from the police officer, but was told it was an undercover operation and the officer would not be able to identify himself. 


The victim felt this was suspicious so refused to hand over the money, but he was told he would be ‘arrested under section 84 for refusing to cooperate with a police enquiry.’ 

The bogus officer arrived in a hatchback car, believed to be on fake plates, and the victim handed over the £5,000 in cash. 


Detective Constable Louise Mann said: “Your bank and the police will never ask you to withdraw cash, reveal your PIN number or passwords or purchase high value goods that they will then collect from your home. 

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud you should contact Action Fraud any time of the day or night using their online fraud reporting app. or by calling 0300 123 2040.” 

Anyone who has seen the car or who has information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CF0087850218 or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
          
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FEBRUARY 2018 Peterborough Burglary Update

Cambridgeshire Constabulary





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Thursday, February 08, 2018

East Coast rail shambles deepens as RMT reveals that Tory government have smashed apart public sector fall-back option

The public face of Directly Operated Railways [DOR] now broken up by the current government ands not available to rescue the failing Virgin/Stagecoach East Coast contract.
 

RAIL UNION RMT today accused the Government of an “act of mindless industrial vandalism” as it was confirmed that the public sector rail franchise failsafe option, Directly Operated Railways, [DOR] was broken up and outsourced to a consortium of consultants and private sector firms in 2015 after [DOR] successfully rescued the East Coast Mainline from its last private collapse in 2009.

RMT claims those actions have compounded the shambles 'that Chris Grayling has blundered into on the ECML – leaving him without the fall-back of a publicly-owned provider of last resort.'

Up until 2015, DOR, a public operation, had shadowed private rail franchises and was on standby to pick up the pieces and keep the trains running in the event of a train operating company failing.

That is exactly what they did, with huge success and to public acclaim, returning substantial revenues to HM Treasury, when they stepped up to the plate after National Express threw back the keys on the East Coast routes in 2009.

When the East Coast Mainline was re-privatised in 2015, ushering in the Virgin/Stagecoach operation which now stands on the brink of collapse, RMT says 'out of pure ideological spite' the Tory Government killed off DOR and outsourced its functions to a partnership of private accountants and management consultants Arup Group, Ernst & Young and SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit.

A clearly angry RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Out of sheer political spite the Tory Government smashed up and outsourced the publicly-owned provider of last resort, Directly Operated Railways, and that act of mindless industrial vandalism has now come back to haunt them.

“DOR was shut down, broken up and outsourced in 2015 simply because it had proved in the six years it controlled the East Coast routes that it could run a railway better than the spivs and speculators from the private sector.

“It is now imperative to avoid total chaos that the Government re-establish a publicly owned and controlled operation to take back control of the East Coast Main Line on a permanent basis.”


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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

EAST COAST RAIL SHAMBLES ONLY MATCHED BY CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS AT PETERBOROUGH FLETTON QUAYS SITE



 
 
Sadly there has been a deafening silence from the Conservative controlled (and virtually financially potless) Peterborough City Council in the run up to the local government elections (in May) over the state of the East Coast railway, following the news that 90percent majority shareholder Stagecoach 'got its sums wrong' and needs to rapidly exit the franchise due to mounting losses.

There has also been little comment from the 10 percent partner Virgin. Simply our railway faces another round of shambolic operation and possibly yet another operator. The rail union RMT has issued what can only be termed a somewhat terse comment on the many issues, and raises important questions that Peterborough City Council might also like to take up with Westminster.

Many rail workers actually live in our part of the country as a legacy from the days when the City of Peterborough was a proud and major player in the manufacture of steam engines.  

This is what the RMT are saying:
 
RAIL UNION RMT today accused Chris Grayling and the Tory Government of leaving thousands of rail workers “dangling by a string” as key operational questions about what happens next with the collapsing East Coast rail franchise remain unanswered.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “On Monday Chris Grayling told the commons that Virgin/Stagecoach would be allowed to lurch on for a few more months on the East Coast, he also said that staff would notice no difference and that all options for the future, including the public sector option, were under consideration.

“Since then he has not come forward with a shred of detail as to what happens next and what his operational plans actually are.  That leaves thousands of rail workers caught in the crossfire of the privatised chaos on this crucial Inter-City route in the dark as to what the future holds and RMT will not allow those responsible to drop this bombshell and then run for cover.

“No one from the DfT has had the common decency to pick up the phone to the union and we will not allow our members to be treated as collateral damage in this third, privatised failure on the East Coast routes.

“There are RMT members on the job today who have gone from British Rail, to GNER, to National Express, to Directly Operated Railways, to Virgin/Stagecoach and who are now left wondering who their sixth employer will be in little more than two decades on this vital section of Britain’s rail network.  That is a shameful way to treat the workforce and shines the spotlight on the continuing chaos of rail privatisation.

“The solution is simple. End the fixation with the spivs and speculators from the private sector and bring the whole lot back in house, on a permanent basis, with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile back in Peterborough, there are reportedly more problems with the Fletton Quays development fiasco, it is being suggested by more than one source,  that 'corners were cut' in the number of deep piles actually sunk to support the main structure from those appearing on the original plans submitted to, and considered by the PCC planning committee.

The allegations broadly are that  'variations to contract' have been discreetly signed off and pushed through. So in years to come when the developers have exited and long gone, we might well see the Fletton Quays office block majestically slipping into the river...the only plus point is that the PCC are intending to move in, so could well witness any subsidence, slip or heave at first hand.

Not so lucky will be occupiers of the proposed new retail units underneath, few will be facing south ( overlooking the railway is south facing) so apart from no continuing sunlight, retailers could well be offering as an extra shopping experience unintended watery riverside access to customers on an epic scale.     

It is also suggested that the overall percentage of affordable units (social housing) has been cut and that a financial payment will be made to the council to effectively 'rubber stamp' and facilitate the reduction in affordable units.  Clearly all this needs looking into and a remedy sought before it is too late.


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Friday, February 02, 2018

Ofcom awards six new community radio licences, however Peterborough is not one of them.

       



Ofcom has today announced the award of six new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. No application from Peterborough!
 
The new stations will serve communities in Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland; Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland; Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, Wales; Burgess Hill in West Sussex; and South Dartmoor and Torbay in Devon.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest.
More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air today.

The six new community radio licences have been awarded to:
Radio Aber (Radio Aber Limited)
Contact name: Al Frean
Website:
www.rbfmlive.co.uk
Radio Aber will broadcast to people in Aberystwyth and surrounding areas.

Bounce FM (Bounce FM)
Contact name: Robin Murray
Website:
www.bouncefm.co.uk
Bounce FM will be a radio station for the people of Banbridge in Northern Ireland.

Burgess Hill Radio (Burgess Hill Community Radio CIC)
Contact name: Jerry Bradford
Website:
www.burgesshillradio.co.uk
Burgess Hill Radio will be a community radio service for Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

Paisley FM (Paisley FM (2017) Limited)
Contact name: Robert McWilliam
Website:
www.paisleyfm.co.uk
Paisley FM will be a radio station for the people of Paisley and the surrounding areas in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Riviera FM (Riviera FM Limited)
Contact name: Martin Foster
Website:
www.riviera.fm
Riviera FM will serve Torbay and the surrounding area including Torquay, Paignton and Brixham (Devon).

Skylark (Skylark Sounds)
Contact name: Lucinda Guy

Skylark will serve the people of South Dartmoor, Devon.


The licences are awarded for a five-year period. See our statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of these licences (PDF, 166.6 KB).



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Monday, January 22, 2018

RMT Press Release: As Chris Grayling is called before Transport Committee to explain rail electrification fiasco today RMT sets out full charge sheet against "specialist in failure" Transport Secretary.

Just Fancy That: The publicly owned East Coast actually created revenues for HM Government

PBROTRIBNOTE: Rather than re-write the very telling press release (see below) from the RMT Union, as the content directly affects all of us in the City of Peterborough, and families thinking of locating here or moving into the Fletton Quays disaster (Overall design and density would not look out of place in the old East German Democratic Republic, and no cast iron guarantee the council will ever get its £15 million punt back either!
 
Its clearly no use renting or buying property in Peterborough, if the remainder of your disposable income is swallowed up by ever increasing annual rail season tickets and ever fewer reliable bus routes.
 
It is currently cheaper to purchase an easyJet flight seat to Spain than a 2nd Class ordinary return rail ticket from Peterborough to London. Simply the East Coast Mainline, is of vital importance to all who commute from here, and equally those who are thinking of commuting into this City.
 
The PBROTRIB is running the RMT message in full; aimed at local political hopefuls (and the few who just sit on their hands, and just just there for the allowances) urging them to sit up and take note!
 
The Peterborough Tribune (as it approaches 750,000 page hits) suggests that candidates (of all political parties) standing for election this May in the local government elections might like to think how a fragmented dysfunctional rail operating system is likely to affect the future prosperity of this City.
 
Candidates could possibly put this at the top of their respective agendas rather than the usual self congratulatory, back slapping trite waffle dressed up as a newspaper, due to clog up our letterboxes over the next few weeks. The Cardea bulk chicken slaughterhouse campaign for example was won by the campaigning PETA organisation with nearly 5,000 objections...
 
It is also noted that the Conservative defeated MP Stewart Jackson has declared the he will NOT be standing for election at the next General Election as prospective MP for Peterborough. So perhaps there is  a light at the end of the tunnel and its not just the headlights of the  last Virgin train coming the other way before they hand back their East Coast franchise a few years early and bank the fiscal bail out monies...
 
The candidates might also like to consider how they can effectively lobby their Westminster counterparts as clearly just about every other major conurbation seems to have an effective voice, the ear of ministers as evidenced by additional funding pouring into their coffers.
 
The City of Cambridge must be having a really good laugh at our expense! We still do not know what happened that the PCC Director of Operations suddenly quitting his well paid job here in Peterborough.
 
Hopefully in between 'ligging' at all the latest eateries, and running acres of centrally produced generic data tower lifestyle articles, the weekly newspaper might like to take up some political campaigning issues, as we have highlighted over the last eight years?  
 
 
 
22 January 2018
RMT Press Office:
 
As Chris Grayling is called before Transport Committee to explain rail electrification fiasco today RMT sets out full charge sheet against "specialist in failure" Transport Secretary.
 

 As Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is hauled before the Transport Select Committee today, Monday 22nd January, to explain the fiasco over the cancellation of crucial rail electrification projects, transport union RMT has demanded that the full charge sheet against the “specialist in failure” transport secretary is taken into account: Failure to spot and take action in advance of the collapse of Carillion despite repeated warnings that the company were in dire trouble.

 · Failure to engage in serious talks with the trade unions in the on-going guards’ disputes in England despite politicians in Wales and Scotland taking a leading role in brokering solutions on the same issue of rail safety and the guard guarantee.

 · Failure to take action to tackle the basket-case Southern Rail franchise and instead giving them a free pass to dump staff and wreck services with the public purse carrying all the financial risks.

 · Failure to be in the country when the latest fare increases were announced earlier this month – choosing instead to fly off to the warmer climate of Qatar.

 · Failure to follow up the PR spin about the “Northern Power House” – choosing instead to axe electrification projects and allow the Region’s train operators to throw the guards off their trains in the name of profit.

 · Failure to deal with the on-going East Coast Main Line fiasco and choosing instead to line up a £2 billion bail-out from the public purse for Virgin/Stagecoach.

 · Failure to take action to stop the decimation of bus services which has consigned whole communities to a future of transport poverty. ‎

General Secretary Mick Cash said:“Many, including plenty from Chris Grayling’s own side, are asking just how long this can go on? RMT welcomes the fact that Mr Grayling is being called in to account for his actions over cancelled rail electrification projects but that is only one issue where he should be under forensic investigation.

“RMT has tried repeatedly to engage with the Transport Secretary. He has failed repeatedly to listen to the genuine concerns of front-line transport workers. That is a major reason why he continues to blunder on from one crisis to the next.

“The continuing failures on Britain’s transport services shame the nation and the buck stops with the Transport Secretary.”

As ever if Mr Grayling would like to reply our PBROTRIB columns are always open>>


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fancy being an on-call firefighter? Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue needs you!

 

ON-call firefighters are a vital part of today’s fire and rescue service, providing an efficient, effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK. In Cambridgeshire they make up 56 per cent of the workforce.
 
An on-call firefighter is not based at a fire station but carries a pager and responds to emergency incidents as and when they happen.
 
They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available, plus additional payments for attending incidents and drill nights (one evening a week for two hours).
 
On-call firefighters are men and women who may have other jobs and able to provide evening, daytime, or weekend cover.
 
When they are on-call they may be at home, working for themselves or for a nearby company, or out in their local community, within our 5 minute radius of the station itself.
 
Our on-call Firefighters are mainly located in rural communities, small towns and villages, and we will be able to tell you if you are within range to apply to be an on-call firefighter.
 
If you are interested in becoming an on-call firefighter please go to our website at www.cambsfire.gov.uk and search for on-call firefighter under the careers section or contact the recruitment team at: recruitment@cambsfire.gov.uk.  
 




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Monday, January 08, 2018

Union seeks 'rail summit' over driver only long running rail dispute

                                                                   

 
The RMT rail union is seeking to convene what they call a summit in an attempt to break the deadlock of the driver only train disputes.  RMTs' Mick Cash has written to  Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling proposing a summit with the Department for Transport, the train companies and RMT.

The move suggested by the union is on the day when rail company employees involved in several disputes on Southern, Northern, Merseyrail, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway and Island Line herald the latest misery for commuters of industrial action  over rail safety and the role of the guard.

RMT says the terms of reference for the summit - which could also be chaired by an independent chair - could consider how the principles of the agreements RMT have recently reached in Scotland and Wales, (keeping the guard on new modern trains) can be applied to the current disputes. At the same time meeting any concerns the Department for Transport and train operating companies may have about future train services.

RMT says it has welcomed support for the initiative from the TUC and Labour Party.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash comments:

“I last met Chris Grayling on 12th December 2017, where we were told the train companies were free to negotiate deals like we have  reached in Scotland and Wales where the guard has been retained but I then subsequently received a letter from the Chris Grayling asking the union to accept the principle of driver  only trains.

"In light of this lack of clarity, and the contradictory messages emanating from the government, I have been seeking further talks with the Secretary State but unfortunately have not had a positive response to that request.

"I have therefore written today to Chris Grayling proposing a summit which could also be presided over by an agreed independent chair and which would consider how the principles of the agreements RMT have recently reached in Scotland and Wales, which will keep the guard on new modern trains, can be applied to the current disputes whilst at the same time meeting any concerns the Department for Transport and train companies have about future train services."

"I have told the Secretary of State that agreements have been reached in Scotland and Wales for safe, secure and accessible modern services and that with good will on all sides we can reach an agreement in England as well.”


The full text of the letter to Chris Grayling:



8th January 2018



The Rt Hon. Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR


Dear Chris

Driver Only Operation Disputes

With reference to our meeting on 12th December 2017 and my subsequent letter to you on the same date, I am disappointed that you have still not responded positively to my request for further talks with you.

My union has bent over backwards this week to resolve these disputes with the train companies. We have held negotiations with Northern and South Western who have been completely inflexible while Southern have refused to even meet this week. Greater Anglia have also showed no flexibility in their position since we last met them.

When we previously met you said that the companies were free to negotiate with the RMT but it is clear from our discussions with the companies this week that they are negotiating within a framework set by the government.

Therefore, in a fresh attempt to break the deadlock I am proposing an urgent summit with yourself, the RMT and the four train operators we are in dispute with which come under the auspices of your department.

I also propose that the terms of reference for the summit are to discuss how we can apply the principles of the agreements the RMT have recently reached in Scotland and Wales which will keep the guard on new modern trains whilst at the same time meeting any concerns the Department for Transport and train companies have about future train services.

I would of course be happy to consider any terms of reference you may wish to put forward along these lines and also consider an agreed independent chair for the summit.

Agreements have been reached in Scotland and Wales for safe, secure and accessible modern services and I believe with good will on all sides we can reach an agreement in England as well.

Yours sincerely


Mick Cash
General Secretary




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Peterborough City Conservative Councillor to 'donate' her publicly funded £2,100 'civic allowance' hike to her favourite charity...

New home for Job Centre Plus. Yes seriously1

Morag Bray writes: Truly astonishing... I read today that one of our Peterborough City Conservative councillors has decided to give away or 'donate' her latest annual rise err sorry 'civic allowances' of £2,100 (paid from public funds) to a local charity of her choice.... 

All well and good, but it did raise a few thoughts for me about this.....especially as the City Council is facing an ever increasing debt mountain and curtailing services, some of them basic and essential, as a result.

And while we are at it, no one has told any of us, why the Peterborough City Council Operations Director (and Managing Director of the mysterious Blue Sky council owned software firm) suddenly upped sticks and vacated his exceptionally well paid role, why not? What else is being held back?

Anyone else in this City receive a rise of £2k last year?

Why is the local paper blocking discussion on this? I stopped buying it some time ago, and at a time when other local papers (equally strapped for cash) in this county, do in my humble opinion, make a huge effort to report all aspects of local news and politics, and still they fight to survive...

Does this mean all Peterborough councillors will in future - possibly on a whim - 'donate' part of their civic allowances to their favourite charities? Lord and Lady bountiful indeed, but civic allowances are designed for councillors to carry out their core civic duties, and therefore paid out of PUBLIC FUNDS!

So morally, it really isn't in their gift to give away our public funds, and if not required for performing their civic duty should be returned to reduce the cash strapped City Councils' ever increasing debt mountain.

Simply for clarity, I repeat, shouldn't this unwanted money be returned to the public purse, after all it is public money?  


Logically if this pattern continues, we could see fifty councillors all donating £2k each, to their own pet charities, at the same time as council tax on property is being hiked by 4 per cent...

If this seemingly unwanted £2,100 is multiplied by fifty, that is returned to the council by each and every councillor, that is budget reduction of £100k plus. In just five short years, that's over a cool half a million pounds knocked off the council debt mountain!

If reports of this 'charitable largesse' ever gets back to Westminster, the extra funds, the council leader - forever pleading fiscal poverty - extra funds he is seeking from Westminster, will never ever materialise...

Remember the council ponied up £15 million to top slice Fletton Quays, seemingly as the developers couldn't fund the investment risk, but now its reflected in the 4% council tax hike. 
Saddest of all in my humble opinion is the woeful lack of debate if one councillor finds they don't need a extra £2k, what of the others?

Being a councillor was never intended to be a full time job, which is why they receive allowances/expenses instead of a wage......or do they?

What do you think?

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THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.


Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

NUJ CODE OF CONDUCT

NUJ Code of Conduct

The NUJ's Code of Conduct has set out the main principles of British and Irish journalism since 1936.

The code is part of the rules and all journalists joining the union must sign that they will strive to adhere to the it.


Members of the National Union of Journalists are expected to abide by the following professional principles:

A journalist:

1 At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed

2 Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair

3 Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies

4 Differentiates between fact and opinion

5 Obtains material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means

6 Does nothing to intrude into anybody's private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest

7 Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work

8 Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge

9 Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation

10 Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed

11 A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare

12 Avoids plagiarism The NUJ believes a journalist has the right to refuse an assignment or be identified as the author of editorial that would break the letter or spirit of the code.

The NUJ will fully support any journalist disciplined for asserting her/his right to act according to the code

The NUJ logo is always a link to the home page.

(As modified at Delegate Meeting 2011)

PBROTRIB CHARTER


Rights Holder Charter
Version: January 2009 v.3
Introduction
This Rights Holder Charter (“Charter”) sets out the terms and conditions governing the relationship between Julian Bray, Park Farm Neighbourhood Watch blog entitled Peterborough Tribune (PBROTRIB) on the Blogger and other platforms, and an individual or company making a Contribution to PBROTRIB (“Rights Holder”). The purpose of this document is to ensure that the Charter terms are
incorporated into to all Contracts with each Rights Holder, so both parties areclear as to how PBROTRIB may use content. This Charter does not apply to content submitted:
· using a feature or interactive service that allows
the individual to upload to and display content on any of PBROTRIB websites
(including social sites), apps, WAP sites or any web address owned or operated
by PBROTRIB as may link to the terms accessible at
(User-Generated Content (“UGC”)); or
·
This Charter applies to all Rights Holder Contributions, except where the Rights Holder is already subject to a separate
written agreement with PBROTRIB in relation to Contributions, or where PBROTRIB
has agreed in writing to vary or amend the Charter due to exceptional circumstances. Formation of the Contract

By sending PBROTRIB a Contribution you are making
an offer to PBROTRIB to use the Contribution.’ PBROTRIB’s use of the
Contribution is acceptance of your offer and creates a Contract on the terms of this Charter. Submission of a Contribution by you is an acknowledgement that
you agree to the terms of this Charter. If you do not agree to the Charter you must email us as soon as possible to raise your objection and withdraw your
submitted Contribution, otherwise you will be deemed to have accepted the Charter terms.
Definitions
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Contribution: material (written, audio, visual, video or audiovisual) created by the Rights Holder and will be
classified as either Material You Send Us or Material We Request From You;
Credit: for Material You Send Us “© [insert name of Rights Holder and Year]”;
Publication: means one or more publications owned or operated by PBROTRIB. Licence: the licence granted by the Rights Holder to PBROTRIB
as set out in the Licence sections of this Charter;
Personal Data: has the same meaning as provided in section 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998;
Material You Send Us: a Contribution as set out under the Material You Send Us paragraph;
Material We Request From You: A Contribution as set out under the Material We Request From You paragraph; Rights Holder: name of the of the individual or company which has created the relevant Contribution; Special Terms: written terms between PBROTRIB and the Rights Holder relating to the Contribution that are not set out in this Charter and/or vary this Charter; and User-Generated Content: content submitted by an individual through a feature that allows the individual to upload material to any of PBROTRIB websites or social sites.
Conflict with other Agreements: If there is any inconsistency between any of the provisions of this Charter and the Special Terms, the Special Terms shall prevail. To be clear, where no Special Terms are agreed in writing, the Charter will apply without variation. Sending us a Contribution –
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We will not be able to provide Credits where a
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Material You Send Us

Material You Send Us is a Contribution that is
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-- the physical printed Publication;
-- in a replica layout in any electronic format of
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-- on the website version of the Publication;
-- in any PBROTRIB apps delivering the Publication
to a reader; and
-- on any PBROTRIB social media pages.
-- The right to publish extracts or the whole of
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The right to store the Contribution electronically.
In return for the licence granted in relation to the Material You Send Us, PBROTRIB will endeavour to provide the Credit with the Contribution. The licence granted to PBROTRIB shall survive any termination of the agreement between PBROTRIB and the
Rights Holder. Material We Request From You
Material We Request From You is a Contribution that
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commission them to provide a Contribution in relation to a brief. An example of Material We Request From You is: PBROTRIB needs a photograph of a country building. PBROTRIB instructs the Rights Holder to attend the venue and take picture of the building. Material We Request From You does not include UGC, Material You Send Us or material that is governed under any other relationship between the Rights Holder and PBROTRIB . The Rights Holder will provide its own equipment and materials to fulfil its obligation for Material We Request From You. PBROTRIB is under no obligation to use the Contribution. Material We Request From You –
Assignment and Licence
PBROTRIB believes that Material We Request From You should be PBROTRIB ’s property as PBROTRIB has requested the Rights Holder’s services and instructed them to create the Contribution on its behalf. However, PBROTRIB acknowledges that the Right Holder may need a licence from PBROTRIB to
use the Contribution for limited purposes. Therefore, in submitting Material We Request From You to PBROTRIB , the Rights Holder assigns to PBROTRIB with full title, right and interest all existing and future intellectual property rights in the Contribution. In return, PBROTRIB will endeavour to give a Credit to the Rights Holder and PBROTRIB grants the Rights Holder a non-exclusive, non-transferable licence to use the Contribution in its own online and offline portfolio, provided that the following copyright notice is applied to the Contribution “©Peterborough
Tribune, used under limited licence”.
General notes about Rights: Any rights granted to PBROTRIB or the Rights Holder under this Charter shall survive termination of the Contract for any reason. Rights Holder Promises The Rights Holder promises: that it owns the Contribution and / or is (and will continue to be) authorised to grant the rights to PBROTRIB; nothing in the Contribution is blasphemous, discriminatory, defamatory, untrue, misleading or unlawful; that the Contribution complies with the NUJ Code of Professional Conduct and the Independent
Press Standards Organisations Editors’ regulations and Code of Practice; the Contribution does not contain any virus, Trojan horse, hidden computer software or similar; the Contribution does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party; where the Contribution contains Personal Data, all
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agent or partner of PBROTRIB. The Rights Holder is responsible for any taxes/national insurance payable in relation to any services provided under the Charter.
Indemnity The Rights Holder shall keep PBROTRIB indemnified in full against all loss incurred or paid by PBROTRIB as a result of or in connection with any claim made against PBROTRIB by a third party:
arising out of, or in connection with the Contribution, to the extent that such claim arises out of the breach of this or any terms of this Charter (including any Special Terms); and for actual or alleged infringement of a third party's intellectual property rights arising out of, or in connection with the use of the Contribution except in so far as the claim arises as a result of changes made by PBROTRIB or a breach of the Licence by PBROTRIB.
Variation of the Charter No variation of any term of this Charter will be effective, unless it is set out in writing (letter, fax or email) and signed by
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