Peterborough

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Conservative Seats 28 Seats +/- -4
Labour Seats 12 Seats +/- +1
Independent Seats 7 Seats +/- 0
Liberal Democrat Seats 4 Seats +/- 0
United Kingdom Independence Party Seats 3 Seats +/- +3
Liberal Seats 3 Seats +/- 0

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Unitary Authority
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21 seats up for election - Third
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Latest updates Peterborough City Council

13.10.2017

10:52

Don't let fireworks off 'willy-nilly' says councillor

Calls are being made in Peterborough for fireworks to mainly be used at specially organised events.

Ed Murphy, the Labour Group Leader at Peterborough City Council raised the issue at a full council meeting, which received council backing.

He believes that "fireworks should be used primarily at controlled events and that the further restriction of sale and use benefit public safety, community cohesion, reduce casualties and such a policy receives support from the Fire Service, animal welfare charities and the NHS".

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He says he brought the action as he just wants people to "stay safe".

He added it's "not about banning people but about encouraging people to go to organised events and not let them off willy-nilly".

25.09.2017

17:09

Peterborough playing 'important part' in helping London's homeless

Stuart Bailey
BBC News

Barnet Council's housing provider has been explaining why it bought 28 properties in Peterborough to house some of its homeless residents.

The Labour leader on Peterborough City Council, Ed Murphy, called it "ridiculous" that families should be housed so far away from their friends and family in Greater London, while Adrian Chapman, the council's service director for community and safety services, said it would put "additional strain" on the city's resources.

A spokeswoman for Barnet Homes said: "In May, the council and Barnet Homes took the decision to purchase a number of properties outside of London, including Peterborough, to provide temporary accommodation for people at risk of homelessness.

"The issue of homelessness is one that we are determined to tackle in Barnet. While we cannot always prevent this from happening, schemes such as this do play an important part in helping provide homes for those who cannot afford to live in London.

"Purchasing properties also represents better value for money, and allows us to offer better quality homes, rather than placing people in rented temporary accommodation which is the alternative.

"No tenants were living in the properties when we acquired them with vacant possession.

"We check to ensure that notice has already been served before we register any interest in properties where properties were previously tenanted.

"We inform Peterborough Council as part of our completion process and through council tax registration."

14:11

Homeless London families to be homed in Peterborough

Katy Lewis
BBC Local Live

Barnet Council has bought 28 properties in Peterborough to house some of their homeless residents.

At the start of September, there were just over 300 households in temporary accommodation in Peterborough, with more than 100 staying in hotels or bed and breakfasts.

The Labour leader on Peterborough City Council, Ed Murphy, said: "The Conservative council in Barnet are buying up properties in Peterborough to place homeless families, the whole spirit of the Homeless Persons Act was that families should be housed near their friends and work not moved out... it's ridiculous."

Adrian Chapman, Peterborough City Council's service director for community and safety services, said Barnet Council bought the homes through its housing provider Barnet Homes so "sadly it has no legal obligation to tell us about the purchase of these homes or its plans to move homeless households into our city".

However, he said that officers recognised this would "potentially be an unpopular decision" and set out the need to engage with us.

"We are therefore extremely disappointed not to have been contacted," he said.

"We are now unable to properly plan for the additional strain this will place on the city's resources, including schools, health and social care."

Mr Chapman said that in the meantime, the authority would "continue to support our own families in housing need" and was currently negotiating on a number of sites in the city to provide additional housing.

18.09.2017

17:40

City trials no charge for bulky rubbish removal

Not charging residents for the disposal of bulky waste items in order to prevent fly-tipping is being trialled in Peterborough.

Peterborough City Council clears around 800 fly-tips every month costing more than £200,000 annually - money which it says could otherwise be spent on vital public services.

On three days in September and October residents will be able to get rid of large household items, like mattresses and fridges, for free in six locations around the city.

The council will also be trialing free bulky waste collections at a date to be set.

Evidence will be collected to assess the impact the free scheme has on the number of fly-tipping incidents.

Councillor Irene Walsh said: "We are doing our bit with the [#LovePeterborough] campaign and free bulky waste collections, but we also need residents and businesses to play their part and keep the streets clean."

14.09.2017

17:49

More money for schools in Cambridgeshire

Andrew Sinclair
BBC Look East political correspondent

The government has announced extra funding for schools in Cambridgeshire.

The figures have only just been released, but it looks as if ministers will be giving an extra £15m to schools in the Cambridgeshire County Council area and a further £6m to schools in Peterborough over the next two years - an increase of 3.7% and 3% respectively..

The announcement came as part of a new funding formula which sees an increase in the amount paid per pupil and an additional grant for rural schools.

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The extra money follows an intensive campaign by teaching unions which saw many schools taking the unprecedented step of writing to parents to ask them to raise the issue with their MP. The issue also featured heavily in the general election.

MPs from Cambridgeshire have, over the years, often raised the issue in the Commons arguing that, as a rural county, it's lost out to urban areas under the old funding formula.

Schools have cut bus services, reduced courses and shed teaching support staff because of the growing pressure on their finances.

This extra money will help, but critics say that it barely covers the cost of inflation and they will fear that schools will continue to struggle.

12.09.2017

12:18

Number of homeless in Peterborough rises by 43% in one year

The number of people who are homeless or about to become homeless has risen by 43% in Peterborough in the last year.

Figures provided by the city council show that more than 1,500 households approached them for help last year, compared with just over 1,100 the year before.

The council says the majority have to be given bed and breakfast accommodation, which is only supposed to be a short-term solution.

Later today, the city council's adults and communities scrutiny committee will meet to discuss the situation.

The council says the rise in homeless households has been caused by rent rises in the private rental sector, and a dwindling supply of permanent housing options.

08.09.2017

10:24

By-election results: Wins for Conservatives and Lib Dems

Hannah Olsson
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

There were by-election wins for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in the county overnight.

The Conservatives held on to their Peterborough City Council seat in Eye, Thorney and Newborough, with a win for Nigel Simons. It means the Tories have 30 out of the 60 seats on the council, just short of a majority.

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Christine Whelan, won the Ely South seat on East Cambridgeshire District Council, taking the seat from the Conservatives, although the Tories still have a big majority on the authority.

04.09.2017

14:36

Festival organiser's sympathy over girl's river death

Patrick Byrne
BBC News

The organisers of a festival, being held near the Key Theatre in Peterborough where a two-year-old girl died after falling in to the river yesterday, have released a statement.

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"On Sunday afternoon, on the Peterborough Embankment during Key Feste, a young girl fell into the River Nene," said the statement by Richard Hunt, director of cultural services for Vivacity, which runs arts venues in Peterborough on behalf of the city council.

"Despite the prompt and professional response from event and lido staff, and emergency services, we are extremely saddened to learn that this morning she passed away.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family during this incredibly difficult time."

29.08.2017

10:29

Plans to demolish Rhubarb Bridge put on hold

Plans to demolish Rhubarb Bridge in Peterborough could be postponed after a public campaign to save it.

The city council said the bridge had come to end of its life, and planned to replace it with a series of paths and crossings at the roundabout where Bourges Boulevard meets the Soke Parkway.

The council is now exploring the option to allocate the money it was going to spend on demolition, to repair the bridge.

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Simon Machin, corporate director of growth and regeneration at Peterborough City Council, said: "Following public feedback we have listened to people's concerns.

"Ultimately the bridge will have to be demolished, but what we're going to try and do is put it on life support for another five or so years by spending some of the budget on more extensive patching of the structure."

25.08.2017

16:08

Business rate refund on cards for Cambridgeshire

Hannah Olsson
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Some Cambridgeshire businesses, affected by the change in business rates, could qualify for a relief fund.

The government changed the way rates were calculated back in April, with some companies paying thousands more a month.

The most amount of money has gone to South Cambridgeshire District Council - awarded about £900,000.

Peterborough City Council has been awarded about £500,000 and Fenland District Council £250,000.

The government has now stepped in to try to speed up business rate relief to thousands of small firms.

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