Keep on Lobbying – Success is on its way…..

As many of you know, I am very passionate about keeping our town & villages clean and safe. I have been campaigning for the best part of 20 years to have a better policy on Plastic, Glass, Paper and Polystyrene – the re-introduction of a deposit scheme similar to those used in many other countries.
I have lobbied our MP Stephen Barclay on a number of occasions, and although sympathetic has never himself driven my/our argument with any great voice.
He did tell me that the government were ‘consulting’ and they have been doing that for some considerable time (several years)
We have now reached a pivotal point where ‘the government have to make a choice (that’s after more consultations).

It was also good news to hear that ‘Waste Strategy’ is also being updated, this will include the government giving subsidies to councils for ‘Green Waste’ – we currently have a choice in Fenland whether to pay for our Green Waste to be collected.
I am pleased that many of these very important environmental issues are being give some priority – it has been a long time coming.

Today also announced that there ‘maybe’ a 1p tax on clothing, as some 300,000 tons of clothing goes into landfill ever year – a staggering amount for the UK’s insatiable desire for
new clothing….lets see where this goes.
See the excellent BBC News Website
BBC News Website

 

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WTC Planning Meeting Tonight 18th

Further feedback from the full council meeting last week, my correspondent informs me that the Chair of the meeting is requesting that councillors should keep to the agenda and stop debating after a vote has been taken. The correspondent said that council meetings go on far too long and this is the responsibility of the chairman.
Planning-Agenda-18th-February-2019

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Cllr Rita Jolley to retire

As per my posts on the 26th & 30th January + 09th February on the Whittlesey Town Councillors who will NOT be standing for re-election in this coming May’s local elections.

Another very long serving Town Councillor, Mrs Rita Jolly has decided not to run or contest in the forthcoming May elections.

Rita has decided to retire from being a local councillor.
Yes I do know the reasons why all the councillors have decided to ‘retire’ – but as far as I am concerned that is their personal choice and between them and their political group.
No point in ‘Dirty Washing’ enough of that with National Politics.

Photo WTC/RWT Photo

Yes there will be more announcements of Whittlesey Town Councillors who will NOT be standing in this May elections….another next week…..You will only read it here…

So the invitation is out there for all the ‘Keyboard Warriors’ on Social Media – who have had the best part of 4 years having a go on FB© – Put up if you think you can make a difference…..We are all waiting…!!!!

As a reminder so far we have:-

 

 

 

 

Cllr Martin Curtis             Cllr Ralph Butcher          Cllr  Steve Garratt

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Report on the WTC Meeting Wednesday 13th February 2019

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.
Our thanks to LD for attending and sharing the information from the Council meeting.
Agenda for the meeting was published on this website 09th February or Click Here
E&OE

No apologies Cllrs Garrett & Curtis absent.
Presentation by Joe Moore-Papworth. Didn’t turn up.

Police matters questioned why report said Police doing community engagement 06/02/19 2pm yet library closes 12 noon on Wednesdays. Did it actually take place.

Speaker for public forum requested agenda items list changed so that council business is done at end of meeting and other items general public are interested in is done at beginning. Might encourage more public to attend. Council took on board.

F30/19 WTC were not going to respond, Cllr Butcher said he was disappointed with the last consultation as £50,000 spend only resulted in buses being taken of Market Place.
Cllr Dee Laws pressed firmly that WTC should respond, Cllr Boden said if only on infrastructure between Peterborough and Whittlesey.
In the end it was agreed all council will look at consultation document and Cllr Laws will put together a consultation response deadline 20/02/19

Discussion took place around works to new council offices – 3 bids were received lowest bid accepted. N B Construction have been awarded the work. More money is required so there was a vote to apply for a further public works loan 3% interest rate £85,000 over 20 years. Cllr Bristow abstained from vote. Vote carried. Work to take 12 weeks.

Annual meeting – Date set for 08/05/19
Neighbourhood Plan – Draft policies moving forward.

Syrian Refugees – Timetable now being discussed for 2 Syrian refugee families to move in so children can settle into schools. Esol training will be delivered by Christian Church
(Language training)
Pondersbridge Bus Shelter – FDC are examining and considering policy change Pondersbridge LHI (Local Highways Improvement). No decision made yet CCC highways are still to produce a plan!

Tommy’s – The one for Whittlesey requires listed consent. The one at Coates is in a member of publics house for time being for safe keeping until in situ.
Windmill Street Parking Issues – about emergency vehicles getting access, Cllr Boden can we notify emergency services on preferred route
Friendship Club – This is for lonely people any age held last Thursday each month free meal provided and transport can be arranged contact Cllr D. Mason –  St. Andrews Church.
Barclays Bank – closure is a business decision by them no input or consultation by WTC was given. In fact WTC and CCC only told the day before closure WTC will write to Barclays setting out that a bank is still needed here.
Suggested we could have a mobile bank or banks could share 1 building.

F32/19 Persimmon Homes to attend next meeting in March.

F33/9 Allotment gate lock broken. Will be replaced by the cheaper quote zollit lock.

Discussion about various meetings attended ie Food Bank, Middle Level, Fonterra visit and young persons centre Whittlesey.

Bid still being prepared for Must Farm Centre in Whittlesey  – Peterborough are re – submitting a bid British Museum like Whittlesey’s bid Cllr Boden encouraged WTC to engage Must Farm bid with combined authority as already part of the industrial strategy.

Cllr Dorling advised car parking issues discussed by the Whittlesey Business Forum.

Ward matters.

Cllr Mason – Bower attended site meeting re repair to footpath Middle Level agreed to shore up the bank where failing and approach FDC to get bushes cut back.
Love Lane – Boyce close. Attended site meeting CCC & Ms Day a footpath is a necessity as children may be injured being put forward for next years budget.

Sweet Pea Nursery are they taking up the opportunity to use Manor Leisure Centre facilities.
Cllr Boden Saxon Pit EMW (East Midlands waste) have had their appeal put back to 28/8/19. EA were puzzled by this move but have been given another 4 weeks to provide more detail.

7/3/19 Agenda (LHI – Local Highways Improvements) will be formally announced should be good news for Whittlesey.
Lamppost at 12 East Delph must be replaced quickly.
Cllr Dee Laws more Fly-Tipping 1 proceeding towards successful prosecution 2nd waste again from cannabis factory. Some got into watercourse
Cllr Wicks dog fouling Eastrea requested extra posters and patrols.
Looking into walkers crisps recycling scheme Parish notice he has applied for Tesco plastic bag fund to buy 3 benches if successful put your blue token into this bid.
Cllr Dorling vacant commercial properties in Whittlesey have HMO’s multiple occupancy which brings up difficulties if applying for a mortgage.
Cllr Jolley her front gate kicked in – Car Parking issues
Cllr Mayor Town Walk public footpath fence fell onto it obstructing right of way Community Payback Team have repaired best as possible as privately owned fence.
Cllr Bristow rubbish being removed near Railway Station Warehouse East of station changed hands thinks to become a distribution centre possibly employing 30/50 people.

RG Note: I notice that no Councillors appeared in the recently re-launched (and cost £££)
Hereward Community Rail Partnership.
I have attended many of these meetings – when the public are invited over many years to see (some) slow progress in promises that may become reality to Whittlesea Railway Station. (I wasn’t invited).
Picture Cambs Times©

 

 

 

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I Know You Have Seen or Heard This Before…

So why was (2) people caught out in our area in the past month that we know about caught out with this scam !!!!

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Report on WTC Full Council Meeting coming tomorrow Friday.

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Be Very Careful of this Scam/Spam

Some have already fallen victim to this below…..

If you were to select either of the buttons which are very tempting, it will take you a website which has no connection with Google or any other ISP.
Google can send similar messages if you move from one country to another.
Just delete the message….

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18 million breathe toxic air: Pollution kills 40,000 Britons every year

Disclaimer: Views expressed in the article are solely those of the author, Mr Peter Baxter, whilst I accept and agree with most of his article, it is his opinion and not necessarily mine.
I am passionate about a Bridge being build as well as ultimately a ‘proper’ by-pass for our town.

If you have something that you wish to publish, which is ‘local’ and ‘relevant’ I am more than happy to publish and promote it.
Must not be defamatory and/or libellous to any individual or group.

Mr Peter Baxter a local resident for more than 50 years is very passionate about traffic issues/problems that the A605 has and is causing and what the future maybe.
Below is his article which I am more than happy and willing to promote, along with a very good article in yesterdays (11th Feb) in the Daily Express to back-up and substantiate some of his arguments.
To read the Daily Express article click on the link below…

Daily Express article – Air Polluntion

 

 

 

 

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Will they or Won’t they – Build on The Showfields Site

It would appear that Permission Homes™ have shown an interest in the ‘Showfields’ site off East Delph, this controversial site has previously generated a great deal of public comment. Remember the bitter fight which took place between the owner/developer Philip Rose and the Public/WTC & FDC, the £20,000 raised to fight the appeal, and then the subsequent approval of the amended plans for some 220 houses.

There is now interest being shown by Persimmon Homes™ – whether they have bought the whole ‘field’ I don’t know or whether they plan to develop the whole site I don’t know.
I tried checking on the FDC planning portal, but it is not working correctly at present.
Persimmons are the builders/developers at ‘Cardea’  besides the A605/Morrisons Supermarket. More to come as it unfolds…..

If you ‘Google’™ Roy Gerstner Showfields – several posts as the planning application moved forward – I used the word ‘Travesty’ to highlight this controversial application,
that still applies today – I still believe as many others do – that the site will be expensive
to prepare to mitigate flood risks – that will put a substantial % on the price of the houses.
Still the Government want more houses – we wait and see.

Here is my posting from 22nd July 2015 – (Lots of archive material on this web-blog)

F/YR15/0134/0 Land North of Whittlesey East of East Delph, has been passed by FDC’s Planning committee today 22nd July 2015.
Considering what happened 2 years ago, when there was a phenomenal opposition from virtually ALL the town, an action group and £20K raised to fight the appeal that followed the original application.
Today saw empty seats at Fenland Hall (Not the expected standing room only), on my reading the application and taking the FDC’s Officers recommendation (To approve), it was always going to be an uphill battle to ‘reject’ the application, as the applicant Mr Rose had complied with everything that the planning inspector had highlighted.
Remember at appeal, the main objection was to do with ‘Flood Risk’ – it appears that the criteria for this has been met as far as the Officers at FDC are concerned.
The application went for some 3 hours and Whittlesey Town Council were represented.
There was a ‘sprinkling’ of other Whittlesey councillors, but noticeably a number were missing.

So this was for ‘outline planning – for 220 dwellings’

 

I am Roy Gerstner – I am NOT a councillor.
I am responsible and accountable for what I say and publish.

If you think any of my comments are factually incorrect – please let me know and I am more than happy to correct them.

If you have issues and concerns contact your councillor.

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Round-Up Of Convictions

Please find below a round-up of last week’s convictions relating to Whittlesey. If you wish to see all news please visit the news section on our website https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/news-and-appeals.

A burglar who was caught red handed by a startled homeowner has been jailed for a year. Michael Hutchinson, 45, entered the property in Station Road, Whittlesey, at about 2pm on 31 August. The victim was working from home in his dining room when he noticed Hutchinson peering around the corner of a door in the hallway looking at him. Full story here: https://bit.ly/2WVxJgN

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