Cllr Steve Garratt to retire

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

I could say ‘another’ long time serving Whittlesey/Fenland District Councillor has decided to retire, however there are ‘some’ reports he may not…..He is NOT been selected to run for the conservative group either in Whittlesey or FDC, and rumour/reports are he may run as an Independent candidate and I don’t like rumours…..
When I asked him some months ago of his plans – his answer was ‘He wanted his life back, and had done enough years as a councillor’
So for the time being I’ll say he is retiring.
Cllr Steve Garratt’s attendances at Council meetings has been somewhat dismal to say the least, hardly ever turning up at Full Council meetings over the past 18 months.

Photo WTC/RWT Photo

I’ve heard his fellow councillors are none too pleased about it – but what did they do about it….!!!!! Farewell Steve – enjoy your retirement?

More to come…..



Martin Curtis                     Ralph Butcher

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WTC Full Council Meeting – Agenda – Wednesday 13th Feb

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NQS v Jenner v Peterborough League Tables – Appointments




Every year GP surgeries carry out a Patient Satisfaction Survey(s), one question being ‘Experience in making an appointment’ The Peterborough Telegraph has published the league table – but the two Whittlesey Surgeries did not do well at all.
In the case of New Queen Street Surgery – they came 32nd out of 40
Jenner Health Centre – they came 24th out of 40
There are many factors, a few which I’ll mention, some surgeries are much bigger than others and from the results it can be seen that the smaller ‘village’ surgeries come out much better in the rankings.

I have been a member of the New Queen Street Surgery – PPG – Patients Participation Group since its inception. I believe the PPG is a very good group at being able to engage with the surgery and its management. That said it can only do so much and has no remit to be able to officially change the surgery policy – it can apply pressure and lobby in certain instances.

Feedback from the Surgery Management (NQS) is that ‘They are happy with the new arrangement’ which was originally trialled and then put into full time placement.
The doctors like the new system and they say they actually ‘get to see’ more patients.

This doesn’t come out well in the above league ‘satisfaction’ table.
New Queen Street Surgery 57.1% satisfaction rating
Jenner Health Centre 62% satisfaction rating

What do the ratings mean?

A total of 40 practices in the Peterborough area have been rated after patients were asked about their experience on behalf of the NHS in March 2018, including how they rated the surgery where they are registered.

According to the NHS, a practice that scores below a 70 per cent average rating is considered to be ‘among the worst’, while a practice which scores 90 per cent or above is ‘among the best’. Those rated between 70 per cent to 80 per cent are classed as ‘OK’.

Read more at: PT-Patients Satisfaction Survey

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NHW [ Burglary Day Of Action]

For much more information visit Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch Website…..
Whittlesey NHW


The information given could be the last piece in the puzzle that brings a burglary series to an end.
We’re urging you to report any concerns or suspicions to us, even if you think it might be nothing, as part of a county-wide day of action against burglary today.

The day of action is part of Operation Raptor, the force’s drive to tackle crime and protect the public.
There will be a whole range of prevention work, including door-to-door visits by PCSOs and Special constables, giving out advice/materials, crime prevention stands and high visibility patrols, as well as stop and searches in ‘hot spot’ areas. 
Last year there were 411 burglaries in the county in February but we want to reduce that number by making it harder for criminals. 
Day of action activity:
South Cambs

Identified ‘hot spots’ will be visited by officers carrying out patrols, and where possible arrests and stop and searches will be conducted.
Home security leaflets and window alarms will be handed out and officers, Specials and PCSOs will speak to residents.

In addition, a crime prevention stand will pop up at Northstowe Primary school, with the aim of highlighting security improvements residents can put in place. Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, and there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.


Burglary hardening packs will be delivered to houses in ‘hot spot’ areas most impacted by burglary: nine roads will be visited, including Blinco Road, Marshall Road and roads off Mill Road (Hobart Road and Suez Road).

Peterborough and Fenland

PCSOs will visit ‘hot spots’ in Peterborough city centre, with a focus on rogue trader prevention work in elderly communities.  In addition, crime prevention advice will be given out at Cross Keys Homes in Bridge Street.
In March/Wisbech ‘hot spots’ will be patrolled and those suspected of burglary visited by officers.

RG – If you know of any concern area’s within Whittlesey/Villages that may help the Police, then please report it by calling 101 or report on Cambs Police Website.

Report a Crime Online
In Emergency 999

Rachel Whittingham (Corporate Communications)


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Good engagement for Whittlesey Mud Walls

As per my story last week,  RG Article Mud Walls Going to March

A good article in The Cambs Times© Click Here – CT Mud Walls
A special exhibition has launched in March on how unusual structures in Whittlesey have been preserved.
The Mud Walls Group show how their walls have been surveyed and restored at the exhibition at March Museum.

Organiser Robert Boddington explained how some people felt the walls were a “liability”, but others recognised that the individual nature of the structures enhanced the value of the properties they were built on.
Picture Cambs Times©

David Hancock, who initially identified the remaining mud walls in the town, said that he was not aware of any such constructions in March.

Les Heaton, a March resident and museum member, believed that there had been a couple of mud walls but these had been levelled in the 1940s.

If anyone has further information, David Edwards, the museum archivist would be interested to hear on 01354655300.

The Mud Walls exhibition is free to view and open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.30 to 3.30pm throughout February.

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A Clean and Safe Place to Live, Work and Play….

In general with the help of ‘volunteers’ our town can be regarded as a ‘fairly’ clean and safe place to live, work and play. Yes we are not without incidents, and the amount of rubbish left by some is a disgrace…’we’ clear most of it up, with our two excellent street cleaners.
Graffiti and Fly-Tipping is similarly dealt with by Fenland District Council.

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom calls on fellow MPs to back The Mail’s Great British Spring Clean campaign.

Andrea Leadsom said litter is a ‘huge concern’ following launch of campaign In Commons she urged politicians to don high-vis jackets and take part

  • Nearly 25,000 people have signed up to clear-up waste in just six days 
  • Visit to sign up to the Daily Mail’s Great British Spring Clean campaign today.

    So why not have a one off/time go and surprise yourself …….get a bit of fresh air and meet/network with other passionate people who care about out town and villages…..or contact :
    Rebecca Robinett
    Street Pride Co-ordinator
    Fenland District Council
    01354 602134

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Chinese New Year – Gong Xi Fa Cai 2019

15 days of celebrations, eating and family gatherings – The year of the Pig.

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Lost And Found – Police Role Changes

Since our Police Station closed, a number of residents have found it somewhat of an inconvenience to say the least in reporting or having to take items they have found to March Police Station.
Here is the latest from The Police –

We’ve joined police forces nationwide by ceasing to take reports of lost property and accepting only certain types of found item.
The changes took effect nationally from 1 February after the Chief Constables’ Council agreed it as a way of reducing non-essential demand and the associated costs and bureaucracy generated for call centres and front counters.
The police service has traditionally accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, despite there being no statutory duty to maintain a system of recording non-evidential property. Found items dealt with by police have reduced and a consistent approach adopted across the country. This will help reduce call volumes and remove an unnecessary burden on policing.  
If you have lost or found an item, visit the force website for guidance on what to do. Further detail on our lost and found policy is below. 

Kind regards
Inspector Keren Pope

Lost items
Any loss can be reported online at sites including: (for an insurance report)
For bicycles, register and report at
Report lost passports
Details of losses reported via these methods are made available to police forces across the UK.  
If you have lost property in a public place/premises or on public transport, contact the location or service provider directly.

Found items

The following categories have been created for found items:
·         Items capable of containing data e.g mobile phones and computers.
·         Cash and wallets that are identifiable
·         Unidentifiable cash
·         Identity and personal documents

We do not accept 
·         Bicycles
·         Personal but unidentifiable items
·         Clothing
·         Keys
·         Jewellery

For non-accepted items, with some exceptions, the finder can retain the property. They are under no legal obligation to hand in the property providing they have made a reasonable attempt to return it to the owner.  

Message Sent By
Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)


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Cambs Police – Public needs confidence…

Some of us during our career’s or community work have had to have CRB checks – Criminal Records Bureau, as they were known, I have had several enhanced CRB checks done.
It is now called DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service.

What is the Difference Between a CRB and a DBS Check?
There is no difference between a CRB and DBS check. … One of which was the coming together and merge of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), under the new title of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

I have no issues with this being done to ‘safeguard’ the public/children or vulnerable people I engage with – but it is only as good as the day the checks are done.
I have no issues with the frequency these checks are done – there is a cost of course.

So we learn this week that Cambs Police come pretty low on the league table of checking up on their own officers.

BBC 5 Live Investigates found that there were thousands of officers and staff who had not undergone the stricter checks.

Freedom of Information replies from 36 of 43 police forces in England and Wales revealed that 16 of them had not performed retrospective background checks on those people.

West Midlands Police had the largest number of officers and staff who had not been checked or vetted within the last 10 years, with 3,283.

Hertfordshire Constabulary had 831 and Cambridgeshire Constabulary had 637.

West Midlands Police said it had “backlogs in our routine reviews of vetting” but it was confident only “a minority” were not covered by other government or security checks.

So Cambs Police it is time to get your own house in order – otherwise the ‘public’ may well loose confidence in the service.
If I a member of the public need vetting regularly – surely the Police should come under the same rules.

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WTC Planning Agenda 6th Feb 2019

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