Trends of the Week .-.-.- Updated

I suppose the long awaited decision on the next phase of the Kings Dyke Crossing – The possible funding by Mayor James Palmer of the considerable short-fall in financing the project. I am ‘told’ that Mayor Palmer may well fulfil he pre-election pledge – that The Bridge will happen, however 2 years ago the costing estimates were no where near what they are today – or next year.
So on the 31st October 10:30 – 12:30 at the Town Hall Bridge Street Peterborough the ‘Board’ of the combined authority have their meeting.

I may well go along – if the public are allowed to attend.
There are No Whittlesey Councillors on the ‘Board’ – however FDC’s Leader Cllr Chris Seaton and CCC Leader Cllr Steve Count do sit on this ‘Board’ and I would hope are supportive of our Bridge project moving forward.

Update: – Naturally maybe we the public are not always aware – But like it or not, our Councillors (Boden & Connor) have been driving this project forward, be it at Council level or with direct contact with people like Mayor Palmer.
Remembering that Cllr Nick Clarke lite the fuse to get this off the ground in 2013.

Behind the scenes of course are people like myself who have been lobbying for many years, on this and many other projects/issues.
It is just unfortunate that everything seem to take a very long time to get a result.




Next – I hear ‘Success’ for the launch of The Green Dog Walkers Scheme, promoted by FDC and Whittlesey NHW – lead member of the scheme Robin Sutton informs me that over 40 members of the public & 63 Dogs have so far signed up for the scheme.
Leaflets are available from WTC Council Office @ Grosvenor Road, Best Friends Vets, Phil’s Mart, Parkers Newsagents and the Not Just Café.
More information + Forms, Joining etc can be found on the Whittlesey NHW Website

I see that development ground works have begun on Church Street @ what was the vehicle recovery centre (Hemmerways) – then to build houses – if not major issues of access and parking along this piece of road historically for more than 20 years is not enough to contend with, there are several junctions within yards of the entry/exit – why I wonder is No one listening or that the Highways Authorities see no issue with developments like this – and if the Government gets it’s way – Planning will be even easier, irrespective of what ever Local Plans may be in effect.

Further to my post a couple of weeks ago – somewhat delayed I see that there is some slow progress in the opening up of our ‘Green/Healthy’ Shop come Café –
‘Antidote’ The gent doing the fixing, informed me it could be a couple of weeks before opening – that’s what I was told last time several weeks ago!


Then there was the much ‘lauded’ publicity about the ‘New LED’ lighting which is coming to Whittlesey Railway Station along with the ‘usual’ photo opportunity for some of those involved.
I am sorry to have to inform those, that I have attended the Hereward Community Rail Partnership meetings for well over 6 years (I was not invited and didn’t expect to be).
However it was ‘my’ suggestion that LED be a cost effective temporary lighting until a more permanent answer was found.
Fine – however this is the WRONG type of LED system that was suggested – no one wanted ‘Cats Eyes’ – we wanted ‘proper LED overhead lighting. }
Was communication an issue – I doubt it….still this maybe better than nothing for those in the dank darkness of our not so nice Railway Station.
By the way I and a few others clear up and litter-pick around the Station area quite regularly. The Station ‘adopter’ who lives in Manea – comes over and keeps the platforms clean and tidy – well done to him.

Next week,  Monday – I’ll be attending the New Queen Street Surgery Patients Participation Group meeting where there will be some breaking news for us patients being announced.
Wednesday The Whittlesey Business Forum have their meeting at the Falcon Hotel – want to network with fellow businesses in our area – this is the place to be @ 18:30

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