I was heartened this weekend to find out about a Peterborough community which came together to help an elderly man clear his garden.
A Groundforce style army of volunteers descended on a front garden in Glinton, after spotting that the elderly owner was struggling to keep on top of the fast growing vegetation and weeds..
One of the volunteers, who was helped by friends, neighbours and members of the Kingsgate Church in Peterborough said: “He finds it difficult to walk and last week we saw him in his garden attempting to dig up a few weeds. We told him to go back indoors and we would get some help for him.”
The budding gardeners arrived on Saturday armed with rakes, shovels, hoes and plenty of community spirit and spent the afternoon clearing, trimming back and tidying.
They contacted me, as they had filled 25+ black bin bags with garden waste and wanted to know if the council could remove it. We were pleased to help and arranged for Amey to collect the waste this week.
I was delighted to hear that this year’s A-Level results are above the national average for pupils achieving passes for the fourth year in a row.
With results received from all of the city’s 11 secondary schools who had students sitting A-Levels this year, the overall pass rate has remained above the national average at 98.2 per cent, with the national average standing at 97.6 per cent.
The proportion of students achieving higher grades has remained high, with 44.7 per cent of pupils in city schools achieving A* to B grades, sustaining last year’s improvement compared to 42.4 % in 2016.
So I would like to say a big well done to all pupils who collected their results and the their teachers. It’s an exciting time as A-levels open many doors, whether you are remaining in education, taking a training course or entering the world of work.
Regular readers of this blog will know that fly-tipping is a big bugbear of mine, it really gets my goat.
Fly-tipping blights our communities, impacts on the environment and is completely unnecessary. Waste can be easily collected or disposed of in our city at our household recycling centre. There is no need for it.
One aspect of the law which is causing problems when it comes to fly-tipping is the fact that if someone fly-tips on private land, it is currently the land owner’s responsibility to clear up the mess left behind.
This has always seemed unfair – obviously it’s not their fault and they may not have the means or the time to remove it themselves.
The news that our Children’s Services department has been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors comes as music to my ears.
The latest rating, following a three week inspection last month, represents significant progress on its previous ranking in 2015 when it was deemed to be ‘requiring improvement’.
The inspectors said services for children who need help and protection, children in care and those leaving care was good, that leadership was good and they gave an overall rating of good for the effectiveness of children’s services.
They also praised the ‘stable and effective senior leadership team which has driven improvement at pace,’ with a ‘strong learning culture’.
As you may be aware, the council is in the process of moving to brand new offices at Fletton Quays and the first teams have already moved in.
We are becoming the site’s anchor tenant, kick-starting an innovative re-development of this prime area alongside the river Nene which had been derelict for over 40 years.
All our teams will be moved in by the end of August and everyone is excited by the prospect of working in a state-of-the-art building.
The Fletton Quays development is the first regeneration project delivered on time and within budget by the Peterborough Investment Partnership (PIP), an innovative partnership between Peterborough City Council and GB Strategic Land Fund.