Time to get to work on achieving our priorities

With this week’s annual council meeting behind me and my cabinet selected, it’s time to set to work on achieving our priorities for the year ahead.

Last year was particularly successful – more of our schools are now judged good or better by Ofsted, development is underway across the city including Fletton Quays and we launched our own energy tariff which has seen more than 3,200 residents saving a combined total of more than £800,000.

The Cabinet roles I’ve chosen will ensure that we can build on that success and make Peterborough an even better place to live, work and visit.

I haven’t got space here to tell you about all our priorities, but I’ve hand-picked the ones that I thought might interest you the most.

Giving our youngest residents the best start in life educationally and keeping them safe from harm remains top of our agenda.

We’re constantly banging the drum to recruit more foster carers and adoptive parents, but inevitably we have to use external agencies to meet the demand, costing us £4 million a year.


Investments are starting to pay off

More and more we are getting clear indications that our investment in the growth of the city is paying off.

This week it was the announcement by House of Fraser that it will be opening a 750,000 square foot distribution centre in the city, generating up to 1,000 new jobs for our residents.

This is great news for Peterborough’s economy and is a huge vote of confidence in our city.

It’s not a stroke of luck that one of the best known high street names is investing in our city, but thanks to our fantastic position, close to many of the major routes and cities, and the investment we have made in our infrastructure to ensure we’re attractive to companies wanting to do business here.

Artist impression of the new House of Fraser distribution centre
Artist impression of the new House of Fraser distribution centre

You may recall that one of the main reasons we expanded the Fletton parkway was to improve access into the city from the south, in particular to support growth sites such as Gateway Peterborough. The benefits of that scheme far outweigh the £4.5million we paid towards the £18million project, in terms of job creation, investment in our community and the additional money we stand to make from business rates. Less than a year after completion, this has materialised with House of Fraser investing at Gateway Peterborough.