Rhubarb Bridge Roadworks (A15/A47 Junction)

Looking east toward the slip road off the A47

Work is continuing on the Rhubarb Bridge roundabout. Lanes closures have meant long delays on both the A15 and along the A47 towards Eye, especially during rush hour. The £5.5 million pound project includes adding extra lanes as well as pedestrian crossings and improved lighting. Continue reading “Rhubarb Bridge Roadworks (A15/A47 Junction)”

The big car park sell off?

Station car park, south – at risk of development

Do you commute by car into Peterborough?

If you do it’s going to become a lot more difficult to park over the coming years. With a growing city, the council is concerned that increasing numbers road vehicles will lead to longer travel times and higher air pollution. One of the ways the council is hoping to control this is by making it more difficult to park in the centre. City residents will then have to use public transport to access the centre. For some areas of the city, especially those on the Citi bus routes this may be less of a problem but not everywhere has such easy access to public transport. Selling car parks the council owns will also raise funds for the council.

In the 2011 census for the village the responses said that only 80 (3.7%) travel to work by bus, but 1,607 (73.4%) travel by car or van. While there is pretty much a good cycle path between Eye and Peterborough the section between Eye and Parnwell is a narrow footpath along a busy road, and not really fit for purpose. We can only hope that one day there will be a proper cycleway and footpath along this section.

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A47 litter build-up

UK’s Environment Capital…

In 2015 a Commons Select Committee concluded that that “England is a litter-ridden country compared to most of Europe, North America and Japan”. There’s been a lot of news around the pollution caused by plastic waste in the environment. You don’t have to go far to see this. The A47 to the west of Eye along the southern edge Star Pit Nature Reserve is one of the cities grot spots. The nature reserve is a site of special scientific interest with many species of water beetle found in the shallow pools.

Cans, coffee cups and plastic bottles seem to make up a lot of the litter but there is also a wide range of packing, plastic bags, drinks cartons and miscellaneous pieces of cardboard. Some of it is quite old so it obviously hasn’t been cleaned for a while. If this was along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough there would be an outcry because this is in the ‘countryside’ it almost seems fine to ignore it.

Research on roadside litter by the RSPB and Keep Britain Tidy has found more than 8% of bottles and almost 5% of the cans contained remains of some of our rarest native mammals, including shrews, bank voles and wood mice.

Looking east along A47

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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 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 a 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. Continue reading “Peterborough City Council approves a six percent increase to council tax”

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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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 did what 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.

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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 week 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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Protecting 1000 years of village life

In 2010 Peterborough City Council released its Site Allocations Development Plan Document, which outlined how the city and its surrounding area could be developed up until 2021. The plans for Eye included plans to build 305 homes, 10 travellers’ pitches and a plot for travelling show people to be built in the village. Added to this will be the Norwood development (2,300 homes plus industry – (UE002 on consultation now SA1.5)) just outside the parish boundary but within easy walking distance of the village.

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