NPT – Neighbourhood Police Team

The Police today have to put their resources where and when required – it is a fact whether I/or you like it or not. Postings on other ‘Social Media’ sites – state that crime in Whittlesey has rocketed – NOT true, there have been spikes, but since the Police Station closed – and I was a big campaigner to keep it open – Crime has NOT significantly increased.
I and many accept that NOT all crime is reported and therefor no record is made.
See the latest from one of our NHW team –
WHITTLESEY PATROLS 18/09/18
Officers from the Fenland neighbourhood policing team were out in Whittlesey on pedal cycles again tonight.
Proactively patrolling to prevent burglary offences.

There have been no burglaries reported to the police in the last 10 days.

Whilst on our cycles we heard a commotion at Station Road Industrial Estate. Upon arrival we found 3 drivers mistakenly thinking they were on a race track. S59 warnings issued and requested to leave the town.

Tomorrow myself and Robin Sutton (Secretary of Whittlesey NHW Team) will be attending the AGM of Cambs NHW – we are both elected on the Executive Committee, and will be seeking re-election – this gives our Whittlesey members a strong presence and voice, both on the Executive and at meetings with senior officers/crime commissioner at Cambs Police.

If you would like to join us at Whittlesey NHW (No costs and not a lot of committment), then why not become a better neighbour than you are already.
Contact:
Robin Sutton   robin55@btopenworld.com

Visit Whittlesey NHW Website for a vast array of information and updates
https://www.whittleseynhw.org.uk/

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Fake TV Licensing Scam

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It’s OK for Some !!!! – Nice Long Sleep..

It is that time of the year again…. my (2) friends ‘Suntan & Timmy’ have not had a very good year – maybe it was too hot even for them, as during the heatwave, they didn’t venture very far and didn’t eat a great deal.
This year Suntan only put on 22 grams (normally 40/60 grams) & Timmy 7 grams (normally 20/30 grams) – so I/we hope they will survive another winter.
Wait until March and we shall see….

 

 

 

(l) Timmy (male) (r) Suntan (female)

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More Railway News – Hereward CRP

Hereward Community Rail Partnership

Dear Colleagues,
I am just making you aware that next week the Hereward CRP will be holding its first social media campaign on the theme of travel along the Hereward Line. 

From Monday 24th September and for the next 6 days there will be a range of posts from FDC Facebook and Twitter pages about the Hereward Line.  Organisations such as ACoRP and the train companies will be mentioned in these posts but it would be great if you could forward on to others using your organisations social media accounts.
You can follow the posts from:
Twitter – @FenlandCouncil
Facebook – Fenland District Council 

This first social media week is a trial for the Hereward CRP and I will report back to you on its impact during the next CRP Steering Group meeting in October.

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Big Meeting tomorrow Friday by All Heads….that count

Tomorrow Friday will see a big meeting of heads of various councils from Fenland (including Whittlesey) and some other authorities in/around Cambridgeshire.
The meeting is with MP Steve Barclay and Metro Mayor – James Palmer.
I am not privy to the agenda – but I dare say to discuss ‘what the state of affairs’ are and what improvements our council is looking for….my guess only….
Maybe a report from our Town Council mayor at next months TC meeting….

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Option 1 – Plans for Whittlesea Railway Station

 

Click on picture to enlarge – click a 2nd time to further enlarge…..

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Some Good News – But don’t hold your breath…(again)

Considering the amount of ‘debate’ about Whittlesea Railway Station/Trains etc is going on elsewhere!!!
– only myself and Cllr Alan Bristow were present from Whittlesey at last nights meeting of the Community Rail Partnership.
I have attended most of these meetings for well over 5 years and unfortunately not a lot of progress has been made
(until now that is)
The ready good news is – that after a sustained campaign by many, new LED lighting is to be installed in the near future.

The second piece of good news, being that the funding for ‘Option 1’ – Station Platform and Footbridge has been secured via the Combined Authority for £9:2 Million (Includes both Manea and Whittlesey)

Third piece of good news – the Birmingham to Norwich route is to remain for the time being, this is good news for those who use this train for Stanstead Airport.

Both Cllr Bristow and myself were vocal in regards to the forever poor state of the Railway Station and the surrounding area’s – not a pretty site and not very welcoming to would be tourists.
The none engagement of Network Rail is always a challenge and has been since the beginings….

Oh – why do we have to change a corporate identity from Hereward Community Rail Partership – to a new – what-ever-the name maybe…..new logo, new letterheads, new i.d.
and it all costs someone (you and I) money.

Next planned public meeting 06th March 2019

Hopefully by that time someone at the meeting will be able to explain what things like ‘Grip 4’ not only means but can explain its context in simple terms – we simple people can understand.

Will we have the LED lighting in place by them – we shall wait and see.

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Whittlesea Railway Station Update

Coming tomorrow (Wednesday) – tonights meeting at Fenland Hall March where a total of…6 – that’s read 6 members of the public attended the meeting.
Some good new and some not so good news…..

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Grass – Never Too Late…..

Nice to talk with Fenlands contractors (The real workers) ISS who are now at long last on top of most grass cutting in/around our area, explained all the issues and difficulties they had at the beginning of the year (a long time ago).
Many know the ongoing issues of playing football and cricket at the Manor Field and it is certainly a rough terrain to say the least – challenging…still the grass looks OK now….

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Cambs & Peterboro CCG AGM

Annual General Meeting of The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group @ The Fleet Centre Fletton Peterborough last night (18th)
Only 20 attendees, of which maybe only 2 or 3 was members of the public.
The CCG covers 960,000 people so I would say very sparsely attended.
Maybe no one is interested in how this £1.2 Billion monolith is run or governed.
Most people are only interested in being able to access a doctor with a timely appointment.
I did attend, and you are welcome to read all 115 pages of Annual report and accounts! – I can supply the document.
So lets get to the main points:-
Dr Gary Howsen is the Chairman of the group (Whittlesey/New Queen Street Surgery Doctor), remains in position, there have been 6 predecessors!
Jan Thomas is the new Chief Officer
New Financial Officers
It would appear the time span of senior personnel is pretty short.
A good delivery by Dr Howsen kept it short to the point and understandable.
There are still serious concerns/issues about ‘overspend’ the ‘target’ being £35 – £45 Million (Budget being £1:2 Billion).
The CCG employs 300 personnel to manage this vast budget.
The CCG is rated as #14 out of 200 CCG’s in ‘Cancer Care’ – one very good result.

There are very big challenges for the CCG to deliver and getting to grips with the for-ever overspend (as many other do as well).
As patients, Dr Howsan said this was his first priority, but at the same time trying to help patients – help themselves if possible.
Many other topics were covered and I have done articles in the past – about how the NHS can save money, example being ‘pain-killers’ Paracetamol’ – 99p over the counter, but for a GP to issue a prescription, the chemist to dispense it cost well over £40 (Dr Howsan).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any further information please contact me….

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