School place planning paying off

This week saw youngsters starting primary school in September receive confirmation of their place, which is always an important and exciting time for children.

The good news is that the vast majority of pupils will be attending their first preference school – out of the 2,821 applications 91 per cent have been offered their first choice.

In total, 98 per cent of pupils were offered one of their three preference primary schools, which is tremendous.

This achievement has been made possible thanks to continued good planning by our Education team, who have worked to create thousands of new school places to keep up with the city’s rapid population increase over the past decade.


So much to look forward to

Spring is one of my favourite times of year, what with the evenings getting lighter and the weather getting brighter – it seems to put everyone in an upbeat mood.

Indeed, the weather forecast for next week is looking highly promising with temperatures set to reach 20 degrees would you believe, so it could be finally time to dust off your t-shirts and shorts!

In Peterborough, Springtime usually gives us a chance to look forward to a whole host of events that are taking place over the coming weeks and months and this year is certainly no different.

Italian Festival Playing Band

You may well be aware of the Peterborough Celebrates campaign which is running throughout 2018, to mark the 900th anniversary of our magnificent Cathedral.


University facilities to be built on the Embankment

The news that teaching and student facilities will be built on the Embankment as part of the new University of Peterborough is another welcome boost for the city.

The £9.5 million project has been agreed by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and is set to be ready for the first cohort of students in 2022.

This area of the city centre is being transformed right before our very eyes with Fletton Quays progressing at pace and it’s a tremendously exciting time.

Fletton Quays Development

The Combined Authority have also agreed that a study looking into the viability of a rapid transport system in Peterborough gets under way shortly.

At this stage, all we will be doing is taking into account a number of factors, such as improving connections from one area of the city to another, and considering whether this system could potentially work here.