Peterborough City Council approves a six percent increase to council tax

At a full council meeting on Wednesday 7 March, 2018  Peterborough City Council approved a six per cent increase to council tax. The government has allowed councils to increase council tax by 5.99% in 2018-19 which includes 3% rise for social care and a 2.99% increase in standard council tax.

Because of the way council tax is calculated this isn’t the full story. In reality the adult social care precept has increased by whopping 61 per cent from the £57.75 it was last year to £94.70 it is this year on a band D property.

What does this mean for Eye residents?

Band D residences will be paying an extra £87.38 this year. The police have received an inflation busting 6.4 per cent increase and the fire authority a three per cent rise. Eye also has the Parish precept. This is charged on each property in the parish to fund the running costs of the parish council and the activities it takes on behalf of the village. This year that is £35.45 for a band D property which will raise £54,475 for the Parish Council. The number of houses being built in the village has actually meant this has been slightly reduced from last year. In 2016/17 it was £35.12 and in 2017/18  it was £35.80.

Eye still remains pretty much in the middle of the table with regards the cost of the precept, with villages such as Southhorpe (£8.74) and Orton Loungueville (£10.93) towards the lower end of the scale and Wittering (£66.89) and Castor (£88.27) the most expensive. The average in England in 2017-18 was £61.03 with a 6.3 per cent increase.

  Valuation Bands
  A B C D E F G H
  £  .  p £  . p   £  .  p £  . p   £ .  p £  . p   £  .  p £  . p  
Peterborough City Council £807.10 £941.61 £1,076.13 £1,210.64 £1,479.68 £1,748.71 £2,017.74 £2,421.29
PCC Adult Social Care £63.13 £73.65 £84.18 £94.70 £115.74 £136.78 £157.83 £189.39
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire
£132.48 £154.56 £1176.64 £198.72
£242.88 £287.04 £331.20 £397.44
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority £45.84 £53.48 £61.12 £68.76 £84.04 £99.32 £114.61 £137.53
Total for Non-Parished Areas £1,048.55 £1,223.31 £1,398.07 £1,572.83 £1,922.34 £2,271.86 £2,621.38 £3,145.65
Parish Precept £23.63 £27.57 £31.51 £35.45 £43.33 £51.21 £59.08 £71.90
Total for Eye £1,072.18 £1250.88 £1,429.58 £1,608.28 £1,965.67 £2,323.06 £2,680.46 £3,216.55
Increase for year
 £58.25 £67.96 £77.67 £87.38 £106.79 £126.21 £145.63 £174.75

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Winter in the village – February 2018

The cold weather has been caused by weather sweeping in from Russia. Winds from Siberia have pushed in from the east, causing the the temperatures to drop to minus five,  with a wind chill as low as minus 12.  This has been caused by the northern polar jet stream which has twisted its direction unexpectedly, drawing in cold air as it crosses the country. The last time happened was 2013, but the UK has not experienced such low temperatures since 1991.

The south-east has gotten of fairly lightly with the north and south-west affected the most.

White Post Road with the sun trying to break through the clouds.

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Recorded crime rises by a third in two years

The full crime statistics for 2017 have been released on For the fourth year in succession the figures show an overall increase in recorded crime across the parish.

In 2012 the figure was 351 recorded crimes for the whole year. Last year the figure had risen to 578, a 65 per cent increase.

2015 2016 2017
Crime type Total % Total % Change Total % Change
Anti-social behaviour 178 42.1% 156 29.7%  -12.4% 139 24% -10.9%
Bicycle theft 4 0.9% 5 0.9%  25% 2 0.3%  -60%
Burglary 26 6.1% 48 9.1%  84.6% 54 9.3%  12.5%
Criminal damage and arson 48 11.3% 46 8.8%  -4.2% 43 7.4%  -6.5%
Drugs 7 1.6% 6 1.1%  -14.3% 3 0.5%  -50%
Other crime 10 2.4% 7 1.3%  -30% 7 1.2%  0%
Other theft 24 5.0% 74 14.1%  208.3% 69 11.9%  -6.8%
Possession of weapons 0 0% 2 0.4%  200% 1 0.2%  -50%
Public order 3 0.7% 13 2.5%  333.3% 22 3.8%  69.2%
Robbery 9 2.1% 4 0.8%  -55.6% 3 0.5%  -25%
Shoplifting 11 2.6% 28 5.3%  154.5% 70 12.1%  150%
Theft from the person 3 0.7% 2 0.4%  -33.3% 2 0.3%  0%
Vehicle crime 33 7.8% 46 8.8%  39.4% 42 7.3%  -8.7%
Violence and sexual offences 67 15.8% 88 16.8%  31.3% 121 20.9%  37.5%
Total 423 525  24.1% 578  10.1%

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The Local Plan – Proposed Submission

You’ve ruined Eye and you should be ashamed of yourselves” said Mayor of Peterborough and village Councillor at the time David Sanders to city planners in October 2016. Even as late as 2005 you could look across grass meadows from the north side of the High Street. This has now been lost for ever. Over the past 10 years approximately 365 homes have  been built across the village:

  • Bath Road: 91
  • Merevale Drive: 21
  • Millport Drive: 59
  • Sandleford Drive estate: 50
  • The Croft: 14
  • Verde Close: 57
  • Whitby Avenue: 73

The ‘ proposed submission’ version of the Local Plan is available for comment until the 20 February 2018. This is the final version that is put to public consultation and independent examination.  The plan sets out the council’s planning policies for growth and regeneration of Peterborough and the surrounding villages up to 2036 (although the previous Peterborough Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) which was adopted in February 2011 was supposed to last until 2026). The next stage the council will submit the local plan to the Secretary of State together with feedback received during the proposed submission stage. Continue reading “The Local Plan – Proposed Submission”

Guilsborough Road estate – Planning application mk2

Plans for 67 homes on the former Northam Brickyard site…

Westleigh Homes, a building company based in Leicester has applied to build 67 homes on the former Northam Brickyard site adjacent to Eye Nature Reserve. In the new Local Plan this has been increased to 55 but is nearly double what was recommended in the original  2011 Site Allocation Development Plan Document. The plan includes 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms homes including a number of social rented (shared ownership or other) homes. From their website “Westleigh Homes build modern contemporary new homes across the UK from our base in Leicestershire. We design homes & specifications with the modern lifestyle in mind.” Continue reading “Guilsborough Road estate – Planning application mk2”

Peterborough City Council agrees to increase council tax by five per cent

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 councillors approved a five per cent increase to council tax, the maximum allowed without a local referendum. Read the full story in the Peterborough Telegraph here. Prime Minister Theresa May gave councils permission to increase council tax by three per cent in 2017/18 on top of the 1.99 per cent general rise that was already approved.

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Economical Christmas Dishes from 1916

Christmas 1916 was beset with food shortages, bad news from the front and the worst weather for over 30 years.Rationing wasn’t brought until December 2017 but there were growing shortages on the domestic front, as bread and meal prices increased sharply on the previous year – the consequence of German naval action. Many families couldn’t afford what they had previous years and had to make the best of what was available.

The recipes below are from the Peterborough Standard, 16 December 1916. There are links to more detailed alternatives where available. Continue reading “Economical Christmas Dishes from 1916”

New site ‘officially’ launched

Old site

Welcome to the new and improved Eye Village website. With a fresher look and feel the new website is designed with you in mind. Its taken over month of work and a quite a number of late nights to get to this stage.

Time has moved on since the original site was conceived and it had become time consuming to manage. The new site should work should work a lot better on mobile devices with easier navigation and have more interactive sections. There’s a whole host of smaller changes, all designed to give you a  better experience. If you have any problems please contact me here.

The home page has been updated and the news pages are now a lot easier to comment on. The heritage section has always been my favourite section and that stays much the same as its was, the directory has been revamped, companies based in the parish of Eye can add their business for free to this section.

The site costs £60 a year in hosting so if any Eye businesses would like to sponsor the site or advertise please click here. You will get a banner on the front page and a link to your website at the bottom of each page (currently I pay all the running costs myself).

Thank you for visiting.




Further housing planned for the village…

The Local Plan

The newest estate in the village – Parsons Prospect Phase 5

A new Local Plan is being developed by Peterborough City Council. The local plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where.

The original local plan was supposed to identify land required for building between 2012 until 2026 but because it was based on the Regional Spatial Strategy which was revoked in 2013 the council are having to create a new plan based on the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).

The village has seen continuous building over the past six years. Of the 283 homes that where allocated in the 2012 to 2026 plan over 85 per cent have already been built. Mayor of Peterborough and Eye Councillor David Sanders is reported to have said at a scrutiny committee this week “You’ve ruined Eye and you should be ashamed of yourselves.” at plans to build 250 more properties in the village. Over the past 20 years Eye has has the largest growth of any village within the Peterborough area. With a larger village comes increased traffic, pressures on services and rising crime as shown here.

In the new plan a large area to the east of the village has been proposed for further housing.  The new estate will completely encompass the school and residential home Field House. Part of this area was in the original plan but due to a campaign by local residents it was removed from the final 2012 Peterborough Site Allocations DPD. The area taken out by the council (south of Thorney Road (SA.5.7)) was added back in when the plan went before the Secretary of State. Now just four years later the entire area has been added back in within a larger area. The new site actually larger than all the existing sites from the 2012 document in Eye (excluding Eye Green) added together.

“Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030 according to new research.” BBC

For further information on the villages response to the 2012 document click is here. Population charts for the parish are here.

The consultation is now live. The eight-week public consultation on the ‘Further’ Draft Local Plan runs from Friday 16 December 2016 until Thursday 9 February 2017.  The new proposals are for an additional 3,500 homes across the city council area as part of the process to develop a new Local Plan. Read more here: Consultation on Peterborough’s Local Plan.

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St Michaels Gate, Peterborough – The political view…

img_1538Radio interviews transcript

Subject: St Micheals Gate Evictions
Date: 21 October 2016
Station: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
DJ: Paul Stainton

Interviews with Peterborough City Councillor Ed Murphy and David Seaton and MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson.

Cllr Ed Murphy

Paul: Before we get onto the families there have been accusation that Peterborough City Council only got involved when the media got involved, that they’ve messed up here, that they could have brought these houses, that the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. Some have said its solar panels mk2.

Ed: I think it is solar panels mk2. That cost £3.5 million that we wasted on that before the council saw sense and didwhat people were telling them and did the sensible thing. On this one now we’ve got people saying it doesn’t make sense. At the call in on Wednesday night one of the officers admitted that they knew about St Michael’s Gate in May.

Paul: But we had someone on this show saying they didn’t. Continue reading “St Michaels Gate, Peterborough – The political view…”