Comet Neowise, also known as Comet C/2020 F3 is viewable in the northern skies. The comet will be closest to Earth on July 23, passing some 64 million miles (103 million km) from our planet.
As the nearby McDonald’s reopened after being closed due to the lockdown so did the increase of rubbish close to the restaurant. Continue reading “Rubbish build up at Eye Green Nature Reserve”
Here’s your list of 2019 Christmas events around the area:
Eye post office has now permanently closed. In recent years the village has also lost both its independent bakery and butchers. It will probably be the elderly and residents without transport that are affected the most. There has been a post office on this location for over 40 years and this is the first time I’ve known the village to be without one*. The current owners have been running the post office for around 25 years and although they have tried to sell the property as an ongoing business this hasn’t been successful. As reported in the Evening Telegraph “store turnover has fallen from £204,750 a year in 2016 to £187,781 a year since the arrival of a Co-op across the road, while Post Office income has dropped from £38,873 to £20,533 over the same period”. Many services are now online such as car tax and it has taken its toll on the rural post office. Plans have now been submitted to convert the building into a fully residential property. Continue reading “Eye post office closure”
Eye resident Dale McKean has asked me to share his objections to this development with residents. I’ve covered this story previously on numerous occasions and as I’ve previously said, this isn’t just another building application, its probably the largest single housing development that has ever been put through the planning process for the village. Please remember, once Larkfleet have finished building the last house it won’t be them that have to deal with the consequences of such a large site, it will be everyone who lives here.
The area in question was approved with the Peterborough Local Plan in July 2019. The previous local plan was supposed to cover the time period to 2025 but lasted just a few years until the government ‘changed the goal posts’ so to speak. (more…)
So we arrive at the planning permission stage of this process. Despite concerns by residents that the size of the estate will cause major traffic issues along Eyebury Road at rush hour this ‘project’ has gone ahead anyway and not just for the indicative 250 homes in the local plan but planning permission is being sort for 300, 20 per cent more. The village will have been really let down by Peterborough City Council if this goes through in its current state. Continue reading “Eyebury Road – Tanholt Farm development update”
At a full council meeting on Wednesday 13 March, 2019 Peterborough City Council approved an increase to council tax by 2.99 per cent. Police and Crime Commissioner is rising by 12 per cent and the fire authority by three per cent.
Band D residences will be paying an extra £64.98 this year. 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 £35.49 for a band D property which will raise £54,750 for the Parish Council. Eye still remains pretty much in the middle of the table with regards the cost of the precept, with villages such as Souththorpe (£8.36) and Orton Loungueville (£10.93) towards the lower end of the scale and Wittering (£65.36) and Castor (£88) the most expensive. The largest increases in the precept by per cent are Bretton with 73.8% and Thorney by 24.8%
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)”
Over the past few years, crime has been on the increase, although realistically it’s still pretty low in comparison to the city environment. Due to cuts in policing many rural locations can feel forgotten or ignored. With widespread CCTV across the city, villages are easy targets. Eye is now a large village of over 4,500 residents and growing. Continue reading “Is it about time the village got some proper CCTV?”
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 difficult to park in the centre so residents will have to use public transport or an alternative method 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 council owned car parks also raises funds for the council.
The 2011 census for the village said that only 80 (3.7%) travel to work by bus, but 1,607 (73.4%) travel by car or van. While there is a good cycle path between Parnwell and the city centre 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.