UPDATE 4th April 2018
Local resident and broadcaster Julian Bray is today confirmed by the Returning Officer as a valid candidate for the vacant Stanground South (Park Farm/Cardea) Peterborough City Council seat. The Local Government Election is to be held on Thursday May 3rd 2018.
Julian Brays PBROTRIBs' Just Fancy That:
We were staggered to find that Cllr Christoper Harper (Con, South Stanground) is astonishingly now claiming virtually sole credit for the denied planning consent decision for the Cardea chicken industrial slaughterhouse Click on this link for the detail. NOT SO! Nothing new Cllr Harper has a grossly inflated idea of his influence. It was we suggest, the three thousand plus signatures signing objections by the PETA membership that really swung it, plus the Peterborough Tribune media campaign and our direct application to the planning committee that materially assisted. Cllr Harper however managed to put a USELESS dead link on his publicity. Click on our link for the detail. Hopefully Cllr Harper will be urgently correcting the May Local Government Election publicity currently being distributed to on behalf of a tory candidate touting the same old same old agenda...
Peterborough City Cllr Irene Walsh, affectionately dubbed 'Cllr Walshywhip' has in effect handed in her notice to the Conservatives, and is sadly we hear not to be a candidate in the May Local Authority Elections in a few weeks time, and cut down on our lampooning opportunities...
STOP PRESS Glory be! We hear Cllr Walsh has popped up in an obscure ward with a high ratio of toffs, so all is not lost lampooning opportunities may be given a whole new lease of life but might be a good time to ditch the white handbag and re-photoshop the already photoshopped picture!
It is a pity as the #PboroTrib had prepared - as you would expect - admittedly a somewhat withering retrospective of her work, and how much in real terms she has cost the long suffering residents of South Peterborough, if only we could have found a financial silo deep enough ...
But not one to dwell on matters, she will move on, probably to collect a gong for her public service and hopefully someone with dynamic vision will run in her place.
However I do hear that feisty well respected architect Peter Slinger is running as an Independent in May, and is in our view worthy of your vote.
Unlike some of the current South Stanground coterie of 'councillors' up for election, Mr Slinger next door in Fletton, has a glowing professional background, a lifetime of commercial experience, a contacts book to die for... and to cap it all actually knows what he is talking about.
Sadly we cannot say that about Cllr Harper the current chair of Planning and his ex RUC Unionist chum who seemingly have between them lost control of Public Order on the Cardea estate (now brutally renamed South Stanground) we've had several conversations with worried residents, and seen the increasing number of earthworks and sandbags to keep travellers caravans off the grassed areas. But failing to stop hotrodding wheelies around the main roundabout and minimotos too..
Ideally we would hope that Stanground South Cllr Chris Harper affectionately dubbed Cllr Turnip - after he (rashly in our view) spent an eye-watering amount of public funds a few years back on raised flower beds for the school, literally a street away from his own house, and seems from his social media scribbles has a continuing issue with dogs and we presume dog owners, as a cautionary notice has gone up on ***HMP Park Farm... warning them and their owners off...
Oh yes Cllr Harper is a School Governor too, its a wish to far, that he would follow the Irene Walsh example and honourably withdraw, but highly unlikely.
An undisclosed amount of public money has been poured into ***HMP Park Farm at the behest of Cllr Harper.
Expensive Industrial scale custom metal vandal resistant equipment replacing earlier kit following an arson attack, drug finds and bouts of late night summer drinking not to mention the spate of minimotos and motorbikes up and down the Green Wheel cycle path.
***HMP? Our affectionate tag for the Harper Memorial Playground again just a street away from the councillors residence.
We were staggered to find that Cllr Christoper Harper (Con, South Stanground) is astonishingly now claiming virtually sole credit for the denied planning consent decision for the Cardea chicken industrial slaughterhouse. NOT SO! Nothing new Cllr Harper has a grossly inflated idea of his influence. It was the three thousand signatures signing objections by the PETA membership that really swung it, plus the Peterborough Tribune media campaign and our direct application to the planning committee that materially assisted. Cllr Harper however managed to put a dead link on his publicity. Click on this link for the detail.
Simply the Tories are in a mess.
How can it be that the Conservatives controlled Peterborough City Council is spending a huge amount of public money on a Citywide lamppost mounted poster campaign never to be seen by Mrs May and the Parliamentary Party in Westminster?
A campaign bemoaning the fact that the Westminster Tories have cut funding to this and other Cities? Obviously
did not slash the funds enough as unlike the rest of the population and the public sector. Peterborough councillors awarded themselves a massive pay rise err sorry we should say allowances...
But for the Conservatives banking on the **Fletton Towers monstrosity to get them though a shedload of bad news is trundling through the courts. Anyone minded in buying or leasing an apartment in the new high density blockhouse might like to take on board the excellent post from Barely Legal
All tenants of the new development will be liable for service charges and as the blog points out it might not just be 'an arm and a leg' but possibly swallow up your entire family in debt as well.
Simply before you part with a penny ensure your solicitor reads this blog and that you are fully aware of the possibly upwards only service charges the managing agents will be extracting from you for the duration of your lease and then consider the resale value while the current Grenfell Inquiry continues to alarm the property developing community, any residual sales value you may be banking on will be deeply discounted. In other words any fast build system built structure such as **Fletton Towers, may generate quite eye-watering service charges for unsuspecting tenants and leaseholders
**Fletton Towers? Last time we looked at the site, no Quays in evidence but Towers all around...
***Usual Prize?: Price of a pint at The Brewery Tap or a glass of chilled Prosecco
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