Move will make access simpler

Yesterday the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officially moved its Jobcentre Plus service from Broadway into the south wing of the Town Hall building in Bridge Street.

The job centre will continue to provide the same functions as before, but will be easier for residents to access, positioned just along the same street as our own council offices and the recently opened Cross Keys Customer Central.

Unfortunately a Combined Authority meeting meant I couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony myself, but my colleagues Cllr David Seaton and Gillian Beasley were there to officially open this building to the public.

By renting out parts of the Town Hall and Sand Martin House to our partner organisations, we have been able to consolidate our office stock to become the anchor tenant on the new Fletton Quays site.


Helping the local economy grow

It has taken a few months to complete, but I am delighted to say that the new junction in Bourges Boulevard is now finished.

The junction is making it easier for motorists to access the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) car park close to Peterborough railway station, which is heavily used by rail commuters.

Not only that but a new pedestrian crossing which has been installed as part of the work is improving access to and from the city centre.

I went to have a look earlier this week and must say I’m very impressed with the finished work.

Construction got under way back in February and has seen ramped access to the car park created, as well as a right turn lane and carriageway re-surfacing.


Italian Festival attracts a crowd

Yet another wonderful event took place at the weekend in the heart of the city with the Peterborough Italian Festival drawing crowds to Cathedral Square.

It was a pleasure to sample the delicious food on offer and soak up the unique Mediterranean atmosphere.

Italian Festival 2018

So a big thank you (or should that be grazie!) to organisers from the Peterborough Italian Community Association.

We are lucky to live in a city with so much going on and for a small-sized area we certainly punch well above our weight when it comes to the arts and culture.


Bowled over by a great summer

This week sees the start of the new school year and although we’re still enjoying high temperatures, autumn is fast approaching.

I think this summer has been one of the best in recent times with prolonged warm weather and lots of fun-filled activities across the city.

This weekend saw two more fantastic events take place – the classic car and vintage vehicle festival and a community fun day in Central Park.

The car show was once again a great success with hundreds of people flocking to the Embankment to admire the many shining chassis and wheeled wonders on display.