It’s been nearly two years since Peterborough Conservatives at Peterborough City Council did a DEAL with a (London) property firm to evict 74 tenants from St Michael’s Gate, in Parnwell, many of whom had young children.
Over the recent months, myself and my ward colleague Cllr Julia Davidson, have been working to highlight the issues faced by local residents living along the Norwood Lane, in Gunthorpe.
Issues like fly-tipping have blighted this community for over thirty years, while drainage and a lack of street lightening have only been around for nearly ten years!
Over the last 9 months we’ve paid site visits, spoken with local residents and at the October meeting of Full Council, I stood up and submitted a formal question to the Tory Cabinet Member for Communities.
As a result I discovered that since 1st January 2016 to-date, the Council has been forced to clear the Lane on 10 occasions, spending just under £50,000 to remove waste and £96,000 to dispose of it. Put simply, this level of spend cannot simply continue.
More recently, myself and Cllr Davidson attended a special meeting that included Council Officers, who have assured us that:
At the meeting I also put forward the point that a) we need signs clearly stating the fly-tipping is prohibited, b) new signs need to introduced declaring the lanes name, c) any work on the road must include crossing points and d) relevant road markings are introduced.
Both myself and Cllr Davidson are keen to see action occur sooner rather than later, as there are several residents who suffer will ill health, and recently an Ambulance took nearly an hour to get down the lane!
Well the area, popularly known as Manor Drive, is presently experiencing a high volume of development.
In recent times, due to shortages in school places locally, the Tories at the Town, announced they’d be scrapping previously agreed affordable housing, in order to agree to build a new primary and secondary school, at the aforementioned location.
At a recent scrutiny committee meeting, I was told that:
“A free school bid had been made by Arthur Mellows Village College for the Paston Reserve Primary School in Sept 2016. They would also submit a free school bid for the Secondary School at Paston….”
I can now confirm that the Department for Education have announced that Arthur Mellows Village College (AMVC) in partnership with Fulbridge Academy (FA), have been successful in their bid to run the planned primary and secondary schools.
Myself and my colleague, Cllr Julia Davidson, have previously held meetings with representatives from Fulbridge Academy, who have shown an interest in being involved in the running of the primary school. But aside from that, we’ve had little or no information from anyone else.
I’m surprised that given much of the land being sold/developed is owned by the Church, that the Church of England Diocese and the Catholic Diocese didn’t fancy the idea of running at least one of the schools?
That said, I have recently requested an update from the Council’s Education Service Director.