St Michaels Gate, Peterborough – The tenants view…

stmichealsgate1St Michael’s Gate is just south of parish border. Tenants at 74 homes are being evicted by a private firm which did a deal with the council to move its homeless people into the properties. The story hit national news and Peterborough MP has asked for a debate around the subject in The House of Commons. Below is a transcript of the Radio interview taken on Friday 21 October 2016.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – Paul Stainton

Paul: Not good news for the tenants in Peterborough. Remember we broke the story a couple of weeks ago now brought it to you that they were being evicted from their houses just before Christmas for no reason really other than profit. Buts there’s been another weeks of twists and turns in the saga. You remember around 70 families in Parnell faced eviction from their homes after this deal had been struck by Peterborough City Council with a property provider. Well the deal we see residents thrown out and replaced with homeless people who are currently being put up in travel lodges across the city. Then the property developer will slice up the houses and make more accommodation and make more money.
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Guilsborough Road estate – Planning decision appealed

Plans for 55 homes on the former Northam Brickyard
Plans for 55 homes on the former Northam Brickyard

Decision appealed..

O&H Properties Ltd have appealed Peterborough City Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to build 55 homes on a site adjacent to Eye’s Nature Reserve. The number of homes applied for was 60 percent higher than the 35 recommended in the Peterborough City Council’s Site Allocation Plan (if the plans had been for 35 homes it would have most likely have been passed without incident).

The design of the new estate is of a much higher density than the nearby Pershore Way and concerns over a buffer zone to the A47, a shortage of primary school places due to new residents coming to the area, and cutting into the adjacent Wildlife Site, were all listed as reasons why the application should be rejected.

The planning application is currently with the Secretary of State, you can view the appeal and make comments here.

If wish to make a representation you can fill out the online form here (click on Make representation), you can email the Planning Inspectorate Customer Services Team at or write to them: Planning Inspectorate, Registry/Scanning, Room 3/05 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. Please ensure that you quote reference number APP/J0540/W/15/3014912 in your correspondence and if you are sending your comments by post the Planning Inspectorate require you send them three copies of your correspondence.

The closing date for comments is Friday 12 June 2015.
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The Croft is demolished

What was the entrance to the croft
What was the entrance to the croft

The Croft has all but been demolished to make way for new housing…

The Croft which accommodated 39 residents was opened on the 2nd April 1969. It was closed by Peterborough City Council in 2012 after the Council’s cabinet approved its Older Person’s Accommodation Implementation Strategy, which condemned five of the city council run older people’s homes to close.

At the time Peterborough Pensioners’ Association Mary Cooke backed the relatives’ fight. She said: “Its supposed to be all about choice these days, but where is their choice.”

The city council’s strategy, together with NHS Peterborough, saw residents move from older care homes into privately run independent living flat complexes, known as extra care homes. Continue reading “The Croft is demolished”

Design of the new Garden Park supermarket has been revealed


Design of the new Garden Park supermarket has been revealed. The design is in keeping with the rest of the park with the front of the building cladded in timber. The sides and back will be covered in olive green steel cladding. Planning permission for a new multi-million pound supermarket at Peterborough Garden Park was granted in March 2014. An amendment to the original application is also with Peterborough City Council planning department for the addition of an ‘automated’ petrol station. Continue reading “Design of the new Garden Park supermarket has been revealed”

Eye Runners successfully complete the 2014 London Marathon


Congratulations to the members of Eye Runners who successfully completed the 26 mile London Marathon on Sunday.

londonmarathon2Pictured above is Mark Wells who completed in 4:10:19, Jake Ellard 4:10:20 and Andy Short who completed in 3:47:59. To the right is Alan Thomas who completed in 4:10:20 and Mark Wells, 4:10:19.

Eye Community Runners were formed in 1986. The club organises three events during the year and during the year the club takes part in various leagues, Frostbite Friendly & Ryston Runners Cross Country Series during the winter and the Cambs Road Race league during the summer months.

You can still enter the 2014 Eye 10k Road Race on May 11th here. The Perkins Great Eastern Run on October 12th 2014 can be entered here.

Eye Childrens Centre will now close

eastruralAs part of cost saving measures six children’s centres, including East Rural Children’s Centre on Eyebury Road will sadly be closed.

After a bid to call-in the decision, the cuts were agreed at an extraordinary council meeting at Peterborough Town Hall on the 25 February 2014. Councillors voted in favour of the cuts by 26 votes to 23, with one abstaining.

The center was officially opened in September 2011 by Mayor of Peterborough at the time, Cllr Paula Thacker. Cllr Sheila Scott, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said at the time: “The children’s centre has been open just more than a year now and in that time it has had a positive impact on many families in the area”, “It has a busy timetable and is able to provide support to parents and parents-to-be to improve children’s life chances through better access to family support, advice on nurturing, health and early learning.” Continue reading “Eye Childrens Centre will now close”


rspb-logoDo you ever groan because you get stuck in a queue behind a tractor when you are in a rush? Are you worried that wildlife is disappearing from farmland, such as the skylarks you heard as a child?

We can all be affected by the above and it’s easy to blame farmers, especially with harvest approaching, when many farm vehicles will be out on the road, but do you ever stop and think what they are doing? Do you know some of your local farmers are producing the potatoes for your chips, sugar for your tea and coffee and mustard for your family roasts, to name just a few items?

Do you know that these same farmers are also hard at work with the RSPB helping to give nature a home on their land? It is due to this network of farmers, working across the Thorney Farmland Bird Friendly Zone (between Peterborough and Wisbech), that not only are there more habitats for declining farmland birds like lapwings and corn buntings but also for many other farmland species including hares, hoverflies and water voles.

Thanks to these farmers’ work and support, the RSPB is now able to offer opportunities for all ages and abilities to come and discover how farmers are helping wildlife on their farms. We’ll be arranging a number of visits to both local villages and the farms themselves for you to find out more between September 2013 and January 2014, including opportunities to come on a nature walk or have a go at creating a home for wildlife yourself.

So, go on spread the word and look out for posters appearing in and around the Thorney district with news of events. To express an interest and to find out more call the Fens Area Office on 01954 233260, or email

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Illegal traveller sites: ‘Decisive action’ demanded

Travellers on the A16
Travellers on the A16

As travellers set up camp to the west of Eye on the entrance to the new A16, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has issued new guidelines reminding local authorities in England of their legal powers to deal promptly with illegal traveller sites.

As reported on the BBC the guidance also deals with the problem of the clear-up operation on such sites. Mr Pickles said: “I want all councils to be ready to take action straightaway to stop illegal camps and unauthorised sites starting in the first place. Decisive action early on saves money and unnecessary upset for local residents. “We’ve strengthened councils’ powers so they have the confidence to take decisive action. Too often council officers wash their hands and say nothing can be done. This is not the case.

In the financial year 2011/12, Peterborough City Council paid out £25,000 cleaning up after travellers’ makeshift camps. In 2009/10 they spent £18,870, in 2008/09 the figure was £30,340 and during 2007/08 £21,830 was spent. PT Waste typically includes tyres, household matter and fecal matter.

To the north and east of the city there are a number of fixed traveller sites; Norwood, Oxney Road, with smaller sites already at Eye, Werrington and Glinton, to the south and west there are no sites.

As a local resident said “its not what their culture I am against it the mess they leave when they move on”. There are plans to build a 10 pitch transit site off Norwood Lane in Peterborough.

New guidance for councils