Report II of the WTC Meeting Wednesday 09th January 2019

Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.

Further to the initial report on the 10th, my correspondent(s) inform me of the following discussions @ WTC Full council meeting last Wednesday.

There was NO Police report for December as Sgt Lugg’s team were busy enough dealing with ‘issues’ leading up too and during the Christmas period, indeed even on Wednesday evening there was the usual ‘full scale’ Police Team looking for a missing teenager.

Fenland CCTV :- Fenland and Pboro’ City Council keen to make service sustainable as costs constantly under review. Will operate on shared partnership basis Cllr’s Dorling & Curtis raised concerns about number of screens operator would be looking at and the fact that as Pboro’ City centre more busy would this take priority. Were told no it would be up to manager to ensure the shared service culture was managed on an equal basis.

Cllr Curtis raised concerns over Street Scene as only enforcements that took place were in Wisbech asked why were there none in Whittlesey, March and Chatteris.

Rural Cambs CAB asked for their quarterly grant which was approved. (RG) Remember I was the only Whittlesey member of CAB to attend their AGM recently.

Travellers encamped at the Railway Station Cllr

Bristow informed have been issued with eviction notices. (RG They and many others will be arriving for the funeral of Chris Fitzjohn which takes place this coming Thursday… Advice is to report anything suspicious to the relevant authorities)

Saxon Pit Cllr Boden said nothing could be done about this extension and very frustrated by this fact Boden thinks Environment Agency are acting robustly.
Based on report provided to MP Barclay by the EA Now content is more or less in public domain Cllr Boden said … site is vast and EA have sectioned deposited material into 6 sections and to his knowledge are STILL working on section ONE as EA are working with owners and operator and manage to agree on some matters disagree on others – So 5 more to go !!!
Miscandlon requested up to date information, Cllr Butcher asked for 1/4tly reports.
They have no valid planning objections to this application.

Ward matters:- Cllr Miscandlon Gravel House corner will be more signage and speed limit will be reduced to 50mph signs are currently advisory at 40mph.
Dorling Business forum to discuss parking issues in Whittlesey with feedback to WTC
Cllr L
aws Neighbourhood Plan draft policies submitted Cllr Curtis raised serious concerns that the plan should have a robust case against the windfall site.

Syrian refugees Peterborough CC have examined the flats and are satisfied and like the accommodation. Clerk asked that no more furniture donations are accepted otherwise council may end up having to dispose of them as too many.

Pondersbridge bus shelter FDC provide shelters for service buses only this bus shelter is no longer used by service buses FDC happy to repair then WTC take it over. Cllr Boden thinks this policy is silly and will try to change FDC policy on this matter before accepting the bus shelter into WTC portfolio CCC Cllr Connor discussed LHI (Local Highways Initiative) for Pondersbridge 3 speed reductions Herne Road, Ramsey Road & Oil Mills Road.

Council precept (Whittlesey Town Council – Rates)  Matter the Precept of about £159,000 was increased to £171,000 on the basis that it matched last year’s precept, 7v4.

There will be an extra ordinary meeting to be held to discuss amended requirements and tenders relating to the new premises (New Council Offices/Old Police Station) – scheduled for Tuesday 15th at 20:00, public excluded.

RG Comment :- The very emotive issues surrounding Parking Issues (Not quite Parking Wars as seen on TV) has provoked a great deal of feedback to me – mostly positive but some no so. The subject needs addressing and the longer it is left to fester the more difficult it will be to find solution(s) – you can read my article of the 30th November which will be discussed at The Whittlesey Business Forum Meeting.
Parking Concerns & Issue

Saxon Pit :- I am very aware that Cllr Boden is our lead Councillor on this issue – however I and many others believe that the EA are moving far far too slowly in their investigations – and that Cambs CC being the Planning Authority should be asking if not demanding more answers than questions, all parties are entitled to fair investigation and are innocent until proven guilty, I have never said otherwise on my web-blog. As I have quoted many times I do not do rumour or hearsay – however there are people sending me information and allegations which I can not use because it being such to me and as such should be reported to the EA – they have a confidential reporting system.

The terminology that the Cambs Times™ used was:-
‘Multiple Breaches, Unlawful Waste, Illegal Waste

This is ‘our’ town and many like myself only wish for a clean and safe place for we and our children to live in. The Saxon Pit issue ‘could’ have monumental environmental long term problems and costs involved – if you feel strongly about this why not contact you Councillor.

And finally – well nothing heard about Kings Dyke Bridge – my concern(s) now we have got this far is the extremely worrying news of the state of ‘Kier’ the contractors.

November 30th

Kier launches £264m emergency rescue rights issue … – FT™

This was clearly an emergency rescue rights issue, required by some of their lenders at breakneck speed.
Alastair Stewart, Stockdale Securities

Well CCC – What maybe ‘Plan B or even C’ I wonder…

Next meeting 23rd February 2019


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