Park is flying the flag for the city

At Monday’s council cabinet meeting members took the innovative decision to set up a new
Local Authority Trading Company.

As mentioned in last week’s blog, our plan is for this new company to take control of
important services like waste and recycling, street cleaning, and our parks and open spaces
from February next year.

By bringing these services in house it will give the council far greater control over the
performance and quality of waste services. It will save us money and deliver better services.

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Taking control of vital services

At Monday’s council cabinet meeting I will ask members to take an innovative step and set up a new Local Authority Trading Company. Our plan is for this new company to take control of important services like waste and recycling, street cleaning, and our parks and open spaces.

These services – currently provided by Amey – are so key to the quality of our streets and communities that we believe now is the time to try a new approach to drive up quality. We will be able to quickly deliver changes on the ground, and drive forward improvements.

The company is free to operate as a commercial company but will remain wholly owned by the local authority, giving us control over the way it delivers services that matter most to you while avoiding paying profits to contractors.

A successful growing company will also be able to compete for more business, and generate much needed income for the council that can be spent locally, improving services here in Peterborough.

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New business arrivals land in city

I was delighted to hear that the organisation responsible for improving skills in the construction industry is to move its head office to Peterborough.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is working with Opportunity Peterborough to secure a premises in the city for its new HQ in an effort to bring colleagues and customers closer together.

The agency hopes it will be able to sign a lease later this year with the move completed by January 2020.

It was heartening to hear the CITB’s chief executive state that Peterborough was its preferred location because it is a diverse city with a strong talent pool, a generous supply of modern, sustainable office facilities, supported by excellent road and rail links.

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Much to be proud of in the city

As an expanding city, we have our fair share of new homes, extensions and developments.

So it is only right that the city was recognised at the Local Authority Building Control regional awards ceremony last week with one winning entry and five finalist places.

Scott’s Farm, a private cul-de-sac in Glinton, built by Rutland based firm, Hereward Homes scooped a gold award in the Best Small New Housing Development category. Peterborough also scored highly in many other categories too.

It was also a finalist in several categories including Best Inclusive Building for the Cross Keys Homes Lapwing Court building used as social housing for over 55s, Best Education Building for Hampton Gardens Secondary School and Best Extension for 20 High Street, Glinton.

While attending the ceremony with our head of planning, I met with many developers across the region which were impressed with our city’s growth and regeneration over the last 10 years.

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