So much to look forward to

Flytipping is a crime which affects everyone in our city.

It not only ruins the look and feel of an area, it dents the pride residents have in their local communities and is also a very real fire risk.

In May I wrote in this blog that one of my top priorities is eradicating flytipping and I wanted to give you an update on how we are getting on.

We are going to set up a cross party task and finish group of members to look at best practice elsewhere and produce a robust and detailed action plan to tackle this scourge for approval by cabinet by the autumn.


Funding will help rough sleepers

We received good news this week that our bid for additional funding to help rough sleepers in our city had been successful.

The government grant from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government will be for just shy of £285,000.

You may remember in my previous columns this month I have spoken about a visit to the Emmaus homeless charity, in Landbeach, near Cambridge. This provides best practice outreach work which helps get people off the streets and into a stable home and meaningful employment.

These much-needed additional funds will help us to recreate something similar – along with our partners – here in Peterborough.


Royal awards are so well deserved

Well, what a week it has been for Peterborough talent!

This blog is more jam packed than usual, as I want to take the time to congratulate the many, many achievements announced this week.

I’ve always maintained that when it comes to talent, Peterborough more than punches above its weight. For a relatively small city, we have so many talented and dedicated people living here.

Dedicated volunteer wins MBE

First of all, it’s been a great week for Brian Pearce, who will receive an MBE for work at Railworld Wildlife Haven, just days after the organisation won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, along with Peterborough Sailability.

Brian Pearce wins MBE


Efficient, effective and innovative

Budget management is never far from our minds in local government.

Our approach is working. We continue to deliver a balanced budget without cutting vital public services, such as libraries, refuse collection and gritting.

However each year we face rising pressures, such as adult social care and homelessness, which mean we must do more with less government funding.

This year we have decided to implement a rolling budget to allow more time to identify and implement savings throughout the year.