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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

Ofcom has today announced the award of eight new community radio licences (PDF, 346.5 KB) in England and Scotland.   The new stations will serve communities in Coventry, Leeds, Reading and Waterlooville in England; and Glasgow and Peterhead in Scotland.  No application was lodged by any Peterborough based group or organisation.

Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest.

More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air.
The eight new community radio licences have been awarded to:

2tr (Two Towns Radio) (Basingstoke Broadcasting Company Limited)

Contact name: Matthew Perry-Vaughan
2tr will be a community radio service for Reading with a particular focus on listeners under-40.

Buchan Radio (Buchan Community Radio CIC)

Contact name: John Cropley
Buchan Radio will broadcast to communities in Peterhead and the surrounding areas.

East Leeds FM (Heads Together Productions Limited)

Contact name: Adrian Sinclair
East Leeds FM will be an arts-based community radio service targeting disadvantaged communities in East Leeds.

Groove City Radio (Groove City Radio Limited)

Contact name: Paul Mulholland
Groove City Radio will be a specialist music service for 20-50 year-old listeners in Glasgow, featuring dance, soul, electronic and house music.

Leeds Dance Community Radio (Leeds Dance Community Radio Limited)

Contact name: Lyall Cardis
Leeds Dance Community Radio will be a specialist urban and dance music service for listeners in Leeds.

Revival FM (Revival FM (Glasgow) Limited)

Contact name: Anne Kelly
Revival FM will be a community radio service offering a Christian perspective for listeners in Glasgow.

The Flash (The Flash On Air Limited)

Contact name: Martin Kirby
The Flash will serve musicians and the wider community of Waterlooville with a focus on original music from local artists and rock, blues and folk.

Vanny Radio (Vanny Radio-Community Broadcasters)

Contact name: Cherry Spencer
Vanny Radio will serve the BME community and young people under the age of 25 in Coventry.

The licences are awarded for a five-year period. A statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above (PDF, 346.5 KB) can be found on the Ofcom website.

In addition to the licence awards, Ofcom considered two further applications, but decided not to award a licence to the following:
  • Abusua Radio (Abusua Radio UK), Leeds
  • Akash Radio Leeds (Akash Radio Leeds Limited)
2. Seven further applications were rejected due to there being no suitable FM frequency available:
  • Asian Air Radio (Asian Air Limited), Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Small Heath, Bordesley Green, Moseley and Kings Heath in Birmingham;
  • Chak De FM (Chak De FM Limited), Birmingham and Sandwell;
  • Indus Radio (Indus Community Radio Limited), Birmingham and Sandwell;
  • Radio Central (Radio Central Limited), Birmingham;
  • Sahara Radio (Sahara Radio), Birmingham
  • Radio India (Radio India Limited), Metropolitan Borough of Dudley;
  • Regen FM (Regen Media Group Limited), Tottenham and Haringey, London.
3. In addition, one application has been rejected due to the proposed transmission proposals not being suitable to achieve the applicant’s required coverage area:
  • Gorgeous FM (Gorgeous FM Limited), Wolverhampton and Dudley. E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

RMT 24-hour strike action on Northern Rail and Greater Anglia in disputes over guards and safety on Wednesday 9th May

Quote: RMT remains available for genuine and meaningful talks in each of these disputes...

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed further industrial action in separate disputes over rail safety and the axing of guards on both Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia, the strike goes ahead as planned.

RMT members on both franchises are on strike for 24 hours on Wednesday 9th May.

RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “Yet again the intransigence of private rail companies operating in England over the key issue of the guard guarantee means that we have no option but to go ahead with further strike action in the separate disputes on Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia. We are drawing attention to the ludicrous situation that means we are able to reach agreements in Wales and Scotland on the guard guarantee but not on a raft of key franchises in England. If it’s good enough for Wales and Scotland to put rail safety first then it should be good enough for the rest of Britain.

“We have long detected the dead hand of the Government interfering to stop us reaching negotiated settlements in the current disputes and it’s about time Chris Grayling stopped playing politics with passenger safety and started taking the issue seriously.

“RMT remains available for genuine and meaningful talks in each of these disputes.” E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Monday, May 07, 2018

Peterborough elections wash up ...Just fancy that

Just fancy that ....

Sadly the traditional Stanground community is now geographically split between three very different wards,  following the ridiculous Boundary Commission carve up.

Still the voters have spoken, well a small minority who were able to vote. Many voted by staying at home, and not using a postal vote either. Sad when you consider all the effort our ancestors went to give us each the right to vote. But equally it is their right to abstain.   

By the time the next full election comes around another 6,000 plus households will be added on the Cardea high density estate. 

There is still some hope for a late correction as a by-election could be called sometime soon - perhaps even sooner  - judging by the physical state of some of the councillors who ventured out... 

You would be forgiven for thinking the Conservatives did quite well at the Peterborough local government elections but you'd be totally wrong. No less than TEN conservative party candidates lost including councillor Gavin Elsey seeking re-election, all were therefore not elected.

Something that one jingoistic 'janitor' and former failed loft installer, with a variety of CV's; - depending on the audience, might like to properly consider before his chubby knuckles, next hit the vapid keyboard. Turnips all round...

The Conservatives who lost their way are: 

Catherine Coles (Central),

Christopher Moon (Dogsthorpe),

Muhammad Ikram (East),

Bryan Tayler 'Community Chumpion' (Fletton & Stanground),

Nigel North (Fletton & Woodston),

Kate Fisher (Gunthorpe),

Gavin Elsey (Orton Waterville),

Haq Nawaz (Park),

Paul Bristow (Ravnsthorpe),

Ruth Dalton (Werrington). E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Friday, May 04, 2018

RMT strike action goes ahead on Greater Anglia tomorrow in fight over rail safety and the role of the guard

Rolling back the years...



RMT rail union strike action goes ahead on Greater Anglia tomorrow in fight over rail safety and the role of the guard

RMT has confirmed some twenty four hours of industrial strike action on Greater Anglia Railway [GAR] tomorrow, Saturday 5th May. Its part of a long running dispute over rail safety and the role of the guard.  

 RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "Despite strenuous efforts by RMT Representatives to reach a negotiated settlement to this dispute, the vital safety role of the guard is still under threat.   The extension of Driver Only Operations [DOO] remains a serious risk.‎ Nothing that the company [GAR] has put forward in recent talks resolves this fundamental issue.

"RMT Represntatives across GAR have made it clear that the fight for a safe and accessible railway for all continues, and that the RMT members remain 'rock solid and united' in securing that objective.

" As a result the union’s National Executive Committee has had no option but to instruct our Greater Anglia Conductor and Senior Conductor members to take a further 24 hours of industrial action this Saturday.

"Once again, I would like to congratulate our members for their continuous show of strength and solidarity throughout this long dispute which is solely about putting rail safety before private profit.

"‎The union also thanks the travelling public for their support and understanding throughout our campaign to put safety and access to services for everyone using our railways right at the top of the agenda.

"RMT remains available for genuine and meaningful talks with the company." E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

PETERBOROUGH ELECTIONS, JOHN PEACH, GAVIN ELSEY lose their seats, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Ray Bisby gains Stanground South......


On a shockingly low turnout of 27.8% Stanground South the geographically strange creation following the outcome of the Boundary Commission has returned the newly appointed deputy police and crime commissioner and former long-term Northern Ireland RUC officer Conservative Ray Bisby as its councillor for the next five years.

Clearly Mr Bisby will now have to physically venture out of the old Cardea footprint and immediately set up regular councillor surgeries for casework right across the new greatly expanded and culturally and religiously diverse Stanground South ward. 

However questions remain to be answered over an earlier  police panel result directly involving Mr Bisby which is the subject of an official complaint. The official response so far is unsatisfactory and with the document offered, only added to the suspicion, that the result is qustionable. More as we get it.

Monday, April 30, 2018




Sunday, April 29, 2018



Consultation: Local TV licensing – provisional decision not to advertise or re-advertise certain local TV licences

The document sets out Ofcom’s provisional decision not to advertise or re-advertise licences in 13 specific areas, or their substitutes, identified for the roll-out of local TV services but where no licence has been awarded to date.

If following consultation, the decision is upheld, there will be no possibility of a local television station for Peterborough. Which in any case was not included in the original list.

China CK Group owned UK Power Networks puts major squeeze on Peterboroughs Charters Barge restaurant and iconic pub.

STOP PRESS: UK Power Networks, the UK subsidiary of the Chinese CK Group (owned by the 81-year-old billionaire Chairman Li Ka-shing who is due to retire this month, and we all wish him a long and happy retirement. Hopefully as a final retirement gesture, Li will personally intercede to resolve the matter, and might even have an Oakhams Ale named after him. Who knows?)  

The firm has  asked the PBROTRIB to publish the following statement, which we are more than happy to do, and have also discreetly offered the landowner a possible solution:

"As the landowner [UK Power Networks], we were happy to allow public parking for many years. Unfortunately the parking grew to a level which meant that access to our electricity substation was blocked at times, and damage was also caused to a fence. As a result we introduced the security barrier though we still allow public parking on part of the site, as well as access for local businesses, who we have consulted."

Why are the people shown below, currently employed by a distant Chinese power multinational CK GROUP subsidiary UK Power Networks trying to put an upmarket Peterborough Thai restaurant and the iconic Oakhams pub 'Charters' out of business?

Neat touch not one but two padlocks...

( CK Asset Holdings Limited reported a rise of 55 percent in 2017 net profit, beating estimates, after announcing that its billionaire Chairman Li Ka-shing is to retire.
The 89-year-old Li also announced his retirement as executive chairman of his ports-to-telecoms conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd, with effect from the conclusion of the annual general meeting which will be held in May ).
Dozens of empty parking places used by Charters for over 20 years suddenly put behind a locked barrier at the behest of Chinese owned CK Holdings subsidiary UK Power Networks.

The CK Group subsidiary UK Power Networks is seemingly trying to put a much loved and valued upmarket Peterborough Thai restaurant and an iconic Oakhams pub 'Charters' out of business? Why? 

Meet Ian Smyth, Director of UK Power Networks Services .....  Ian joined UK Power Networks in August 2016, to lead the Chinese firms commercial division called UK Power Networks Services.

Prior to joining UK Power Networks Services he was  Managing Director at Navigant, a Partner with LCP and a consultant with Ernst & Young.

Ian has a BA(Hons) and an MSc in philosophy, psychology, statistics and artificial intelligence.....

Charters Pub plus the East Thai Restaurant opened in 1991 and all housed onboard an original iconic 1907 Dutch coal  barge, the largest in the UK.

The barge is 616 tonnes, built just a few years after RMS Titanic was launched and employing a like single row hot rivet process.

The Leendert - R  built in 1907 and has worked ever since, ironically the cargo included coal for power stations, it sailed all over European canals and rivers, then heroically sailed over from the Netherlands, by Oakhams Brewery, then sunk to negotiate under Town Bridge, re-floated and rebuilt.   

Its moored on the River Nene, but why is the Chinese CK Group trying to put Charters out of business? 

...but they don't use the it just a device to close down Charters??

UK Power Networks  are slapping 'cease and desist' notices on any Charters customers car that dares park on the empty spaces alongside CHARTERS, indeed its so bad that staff working late shifts, and on modest wages, cannot even park their own cars without the heavy hand of the CK Group Chinese owned power company subsidiary choking the very commercial life out of one of Peterboroughs essential public realm attractions, threatening a number of local jobs and effectively putting Charters off limits to anyone even with a mild disability and reliant on motor transport.

Charters Bar and East Thai Restaurant now effectively denied access - by a Chinese firm CK Group - to many disabled customers or those of limited mobility who rely on motorised transport and cannot negotiate a steep metal stairway from the bridge above

Not a WORD from Peterborough councillors or any practical help for an iconic successful home grown business.

Friday, March 30, 2018


Polling Day: Thursday May 3rd 2018


Julian Bray Your Candidate for Stanground South Peterborough City Council Election May 3rd 2018.

ON THE STUMP Update: 29th April 2018 

On the Stump! Bringing back the good times. In the 60's it would be part of the electioneering process, to send out teams of loudspeaker vans, barking out the policies being followed by that particular candidate.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


CF0151570318 - Old North Rd, Wansford.  Wed 21st March 1.30-5pm
Patio door forced at the property and jewellery stolen.  A white 4 x 4 vehicle was seen in the area and investigation continuing.

CF0154190318 - Severn Close, Gunthorpe.  Thur 22nd March 5.30-7.30pm
Rear window smashed and multiple items taken including a TV, cash and jewellery.

CF0155570318 - Ferndale Way, Dogsthorpe.  Thur 22nd March 8.30am - 4pm
This was an attempt burglary, and no entry was gained.

CF0153190318 - Beckingham, Orton Goldhay.  Wed 21st March 11.30am - 1.30pm
 A distraction burglary reported, where a male entered the garden offering to do some work; when the householder agreed, he then followed her into the house and took her purse.  Male described as white, approx. 5ft 10 with brown hair and wearing jeans and long sleeved top.

If you have information which could assist with the investigation of these incidents then please let police know on the 101 (premium line) (quote crime number) or free though the police website  Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or   E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Ofcom announces the award of eight new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Ofcom has today announced the award of eight new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The new stations will serve communities in Bristol, Maldon, and Newcastle and Gateshead, in England; Belfast in Northern Ireland; as well as Cumbernauld, and Musselburgh, Tranent and Wallyford in Scotland.

There was no application in this round from any Peterborough based group.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Ofcom has published a Call for Evidence as part of its review of the guidance provided to public service broadcasters to help ensure they meet their regional production quotas


Ofcom has published a Call for Evidence as part of its review of the guidance provided to public service broadcasters to help ensure they meet their regional production and programming obligations consistently.  To help support and strengthen the creative economies in the nations and regions, Ofcom requires the BBC, Channel 3 services, Channel 4 and Channel 5 to  meet expenditure and programme hours quotas for productions made outside of the M25, for UK-wide broadcast.

BBC One and Two, and Channel 3 services must also meet quotas to provide regional programmes that are of particular interest to people living in the area where the service is broadcast.  Ofcom guidance explicitly defines the criteria that a production or programme must meet for it to be categorised as ‘regional’ and for it to count towards the quotas.

This call for evidence represents the first stage of an Ofcom review. Building on the stakeholder engagement sessions held last autumn, Ofcom is seeking data and further information from broadcasters, production companies and other interested parties on the health of the production sector in the nations and regions, and how effectively the current guidance supports the delivery of regional productions and programming in practice. Responses must be submitted by 10 May 2018. 

These views will help inform a formal consultation, planned for later this year, on any changes Ofcom may propose to regional production and programming guidance.

Saturday, March 24, 2018


The Peterborough organisation charged with bringing in new business to the City, following the sudden and so far unexplained departure of Mr Harrison, is under the exceptionally well remunerated PCC Corporate Director Simon Machem - it is he of the Bourges Boulevard dead trees (replacements not doing too well either)  and never ending roadworks saga - but he appears to have lost out again, in fact he never even fully responded to an earlier request to bring parts of London-based Channel4TV headquarters staff to Peterborough. Still we lead Dagenham in the number of Pizza outlets and formulaic near identical High Street 'restaurant' chains!
This latest lapse by the Conservative controlled council, many Conservatives - a few hardworking but the rest seemingly along for the generous allowances, they know who they are -  will be offering themselves up for re-election as Councillors this May.
On the basis that Mr Machem as a council director acts on policy from the ruling political party, this must act as a wake up call. Clearly there are substantial new inward bound multi-million pound investment packages to be had, investment in terms of hard cash that creates substantial new jobs and positively raises the profile making this City an attractive proposition rather than the current conservative  negative campaign posted on lampposts bemoaning the fact that a Conservative Westminster Government has cut funding to this City.
We don't for example see Barking & Dagenham Council sitting on their hands. They actively went out and searched for investment and clearly if run down Dagenham can do it, Why cannot Peterborough on the East Coast Main Line do the same? If anyone has attempted to get to Dagenham by road or rail, it is a nightmare, but they still have pulled this one off!

We are obliged to : Peterborians read and weep:
Major film and TV studios and entertainment complex confirmed for East London

Pacifica Ventures-MCC won the contract after Barking and Dagenham Council invited expressions of interest to build a bespoke complex near the Londoneast-UK business park towards the end of last year. The council’s urban regeneration company, Be First, was charged with finding suitable partners. Pinewood was thought to be one of the early front runners after it put forward a bid.
Pat Hayes, managing director of Be First, said: “I would like to thank all the bidders for the excellent quality of their submissions. Our team rigorously assessed each, but a clear winner emerged. Subject to detailed negotiations and exchange of contracts with Pacifica Ventures-MCC, we expect construction of the media and TV complex to get underway in 2019.”

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The proposed Dagenham film and TV studios have been given the green light, with £100m set aside to create a studios and entertainment complex covering 22-acres, including 12 sound stages, a major events centre, VR and 3D attractions and retail and dining outlets.
It will be built and operated by US-based Pacifica Ventures in partnership with Media Content Capital (MCC). Pacifica Ventures has previously designed, developed and built large-scale film studios including the Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico and the Sun Center Studios outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has consulted on studio projects around the world.
Media Content Capital (MCC) is a private equity investment fund focussed on investments into media, internet and entertainment companies.
“The complex will be an exciting new visitor destination that will create thousands of quality jobs and educational opportunities in a huge range of disciplines.”
Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell
The 12 state-of-the-art sound stages will cover 264,000 sq ft, and there will be workshops and warehouses for lighting and grip operations, and a minimum of 95,000 sq ft of production office space.
On top of this, Pacifica Ventures-MCC’s plans feature an extensive post-production, visual effects and media technology complex, specially rigged stages for job training programmes with local educational institutions, a multi-format large-screen theatre auditorium, a major event centre and large screen auditorium including VR and immersive 3D attractions with studio tours, and retail and dining outlets.
Darren Rodwell, the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “The complex will be an exciting new visitor destination that will create thousands of quality jobs and educational opportunities in a huge range of disciplines. I’m confident it will make Barking and Dagenham more famous for films than Fords.”
“This development will bring big Hollywood blockbusters to Barking and Dagenham.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This development will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area – from carpenters to camera crew - and will bring big Hollywood blockbusters to Barking and Dagenham.”
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Pacifica Ventures-MCC won the contract after Barking and Dagenham Council invited expressions of interest to build a bespoke complex near the Londoneast-UK business park towards the end of last year.

The council’s urban regeneration company, Be First, was charged with finding suitable partners. Pinewood was thought to be one of the early front runners after it put forward a bid.
Pat Hayes, managing director of Be First, said: “I would like to thank all the bidders for the excellent quality of their submissions. Our team rigorously assessed each, but a clear winner emerged. Subject to detailed negotiations and exchange of contracts with Pacifica Ventures-MCC, we expect construction of the media and TV complex to get underway in 2019.”
Rodwell added: “Pacifica Ventures-MCC emerged as the clear winner based on their track record and commitment to making the film and television studios a cultural and community asset for the borough, for London and for Britain’s film industry.”
Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “We’re looking forward to working with both Pacifica Ventures-MCC and Be First to promote the new facilities, bring major titles to east London and, ultimately, champion the capital as the best city in the world to make big-budget film and TV.”
The £100m Dagenham Film Studio Complex
• 12 state-of-the-art sound stages covering 264,000 sq ft
• Workshops and warehouses for lighting and grip operations
• A minimum of 95,000 sq ft of production office space.
• Extensive post-production and visual effects facilities
• Specially rigged stages for job training programmes with local educational institutions
• A multi-format large-screen theatre auditorium
• A major event centre
• VR and immersive 3D attractions
• Studio tours
• Retail and dining outlets E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Wednesday, March 21, 2018




Since writing the original story, some disturbing but important developments have been uncovered. Julian Bray for the PBROTRIB, armed with a clutch of letters sent out by the Partnership, knocked on the closed and locked door of the Stanground Dental Clinic on Wednesday afternoon.

We have agreed to protect the identity of the person who reluctantly agreed to talk to us, as clearly the individual afraid of repercussions and was visually shaking during our interview. The stark fact is The My Dentist Stanground clinic cannot find dentists willing to work in Stanground. Simply few dentists want to work at Stanground, as the unnamed employee  explained:

"The majority of the patients we see here are so rude to the staff, only a few are polite and reasonable. I feel very sorry for those patients, as they, through no fault of their own are left without a professional NHS dental service.

"We have covered the glass door panel with paper, as we have had a few people banging on the door and shouting. They are clearly very angry, and for this reason we cannot get dentists to work here on a regular basis.

"I don't know why these people are angry but that is the situation. It will quickly get much worse, as several new very high density housing developments in South Stanground and Park Farm are opening, but these new residents, sadly won't find NHS dentists willing to work in this area.

"I'm not certain if we will remain here, or if I will continue to have a job in a few weeks. So if you know any dentists willing to work in Stanground, then please ask them to get in touch and quickly.

"We didn't send out the letters, it was the partnership in Manchester who own this and several other dental clinics in Peterborough. They simply cannot get dentists to work here and for that reason we cannot honour the appointments made.

"I cannot comment on the continuing fees paid to the partnership by the NHS on behalf of NHS patients registered at this clinic, but clearly as the letter suggests, patients are being steered towards registering at our other clinics, or face being put on a waiting list for an appointment at some distant future date, I am dreadfully sorry but as you can see there is nothing I can do. The community has to deal with this cultural issue, clearly this has not been a happy place for dentists and staff alike. All very sad as a great deal of investment was made by the owners when they took on this clinic."

Our original story:

Before you cast your vote for the local authority elections in May and return the existing moribund coterie of Stanground conservative councillors 'jobs and allowances for life' brigade, you might like to seriously look more carefully at the Conservatives somewhat shabby self-serving record for South Stanground, Cardea, Park Farm and Fletton. 

New high density housing estates springing up and the long established NHS Dental patients at the Stanground Dental Clinic, Peterborough Road, Stanground, having their appointments repeatedly cancelled,  some patients being shown the door and told register elsewhere; helpfully included in the cancellation letter is a list of practices 'of those who are taking on patients' 

The letter just states 'due to the current circumstances,' but fails to expand on this. However the NHS revenues continue to be banked by the Manchester partnership we can assume? 

The noise from the existing South Stanground councillors has been deafening! Not a whimper, although one of the bunch a former loft installer ( but for some reason, this is  missing from his official CV) and electrician is amazingly the current chair of planning!

Consider the sorry state of this Stanground Dental Clinic, now owned by the Manchester based partnership of two partners namely Stephen Williams and Clifford Davies trading as 1A Group Dental Practice Partnership, they also control dental practices in St Ives- two in fact, Huntingdon, Millfield, Peterborough, two in Lincoln Road, JK Dental in Werrington (children only)  

They are currently sending out 1,000's of undated letters REF:CO1A  and a second version Ref: CO3A telling long established dental patients that their mainly NHS dental appointments are again deferred or cancelled.

Regular readers of this blog will cast their minds back to a time (November 2011) a few years ago when we fought tooth and nail to keep the dental clinic as the next door co-op funeral parlour, and the Stanground Surgery both had eyes on the building and car park to facilitate their expansion plans. It was a long, loud and sometimes bloody fight, we suddenly had conservative councillors actually stung in to doing something. Clearly it didn't last that long and the Stanground Dentist was sold on.

Bear in mind that although dental appointments are being cancelled the Manchester based partnership still reaps considerable revenues from your NHS. Clearly if they can offload their NHS patients, then more private dental work can be taken on with the enhanced profits being remitted back to the Manchester based partnership.  Cushty! E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

RMT secures renewed mandates for action in ballots on Greater Anglia and South Western Railway enforced by the Conservatives anti-union laws.

RMT secures renewed mandates for action
20 March 2018
RMT reports:
RMT secures renewed mandates for action in ballots on Greater Anglia and South Western Railway enforced by the Conservatives anti-union laws.
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed today that it has secured overwhelming votes to continue with action in the rail safety disputes on Greater Anglia and South Western Railway after being forced to renew the mandates with both employers under the terms of the new wave of Tory anti-union laws.

On Greater Anglia the strike vote was over 80% yes on a turn-out of over 80% and on South Western Railway the turn-out was 63% with a yes vote of 73%.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT has been forced under the latest wave of Tory anti-union laws to re-ballot in the rail safety disputes on both Greater Anglia and South Western Railway under the six month rule and once again our members at both companies have stood united and solid and have renewed the mandate to carry on the fight to put public safety before private profit.

“Both Greater Anglia and South Western Railway have opted to play for time over the past six months rather than acting responsibly and getting round the table with the union to work out a solution to these separate disputes that puts safety and the guard guarantee centre stage. That is the package we have successfully negotiated in both Wales and Scotland and it defies belief that we are being denied the same positive outcome on these English franchises.

“Now that the staff have spoken the ball is in the court of both Greater Anglia and South Western Railway and we expect a swift and positive response to the union’s call for genuine and meaningful talks to commence immediately.” E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Saturday, March 17, 2018





NFIB Alert - False Telephone Preference Service Calls

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers.
They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service.
Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised.
The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure.
The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.
Protect yourself:
  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register.
  • TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct.
  • Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.   E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Cambridge professors call on Vice Chancellor to follow Oxford’s about-turn in pensions row

A call by 100 senior academics at Cambridge on the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Steven Toope, to reverse the institution’s position in the pensions strike - which has hit over 60 campuses across the country - will be made public today.
Professors from both the sciences and humanities will join forces to demand that Cambridge follows Oxford’s lead and breaks with the hard-line position of Universities UK in the dispute.
The academics will gather with striking colleagues and students outside Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge, opposite the University’s Senate House at 12.30 today (Wednsday March 7).

The collective letter calls on Toope to back the call made this week by the President and Provost of Imperial College for an independent expert review of UUK’s analysis of USS’s position and to commit Cambridge to supporting the retention of a Defined Benefit element in the USS pension scheme, reversing the position taken by the University in September 2017.

Professor John Arnold, one of the co-organisers of the letter said:

“I’m delighted by the news this morning that Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor has called for a reversal of her institution’s position regarding the pension. As her letter to her staff makes clear, this change was recognition of the strength of feeling voiced by colleagues in Oxford. A number of professors and others have collectively been calling privately upon our Vice Chancellor to do the same. Today we make that call very public, and have every hope that he will recognise the similar strength of feeling – and substantive critique of UUK’s position - here in Cambridge.”

“The threat to the pension scheme is hugely important not only for those working now in academia, but for the future of higher education in this country. Cambridge, like Oxford, has a role to play nationally in this debate, and a large number of professorial staff feel very strongly that UUK is not representing the sector or its interests. Today a number of us speak out, from the humanities and sciences.”

Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge University UCU industrial action committee added:

“Steven Toope has to recognise that the tide is turning against the University’s disastrous support for UUK’s plans to cut staff pensions. Our union branch membership has doubled since January, we have had hundreds of staff out picketing daily and hundreds of students joining us at rallies and marches. We welcome this call by senior academics and urge others to follow their lead in demanding a reversal of a divisive and destructive policy.”

Speakers at today’s event include:

John H. Arnold, Professor of Medieval History
Austin Smith, Professor of Biochemistry
Nicolette Zeeman, Professor of Medieval English Literature
Simon Szreter, Professor of History and Public Policy
Nick Gay, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Jennifer Nichols, Professor of embryonic pluripotency
Mary Laven, Professor of Early Modern History
Bill Burgwinkle, Professor of Medieval French and Occitan Literature
Gareth Austin, Professor of Economic History
Steve Russell, Professor of Genome Biology
Gábor Csányi, Professor of Molecular Modelling
Peter de Bolla, Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics   E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

150 small-scale DAB multiplexes radio services given extended trial period until 31st March 2020.

The way we were ...

Ofcom has written to 10 small-scale DAB triallists to propose further extending their Ofcom granted trial licences until 31 March 2020.

By extending the trial period, around 150 radio services will continue to be available to listeners in the test areas. (Peterborough is not included although invited to participate)  The trial extension will also allow Ofcom to continue gathering useful information to help inform a new, formal framework for licensing small-scale DAB multiplexes across the UK, which is currently in development.
Ofcom expects that interested parties, including the current trial licensees as well as those not taking part, will have the opportunity to apply for such licences under the new framework in 2019. E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

NEW JOBS ON OFFER AT PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL - plus a few of our helpful suggestions

Just so we all understand what is going on inside the Town Hall, we were amused to see the job specification for a mid level manager (salary 30k) in a new role that does not in our view exactly help the good citizens of this fine City, but adds yet another layer of needless jobsworth activity to the PCC 'back office.' 

The job specification clearly written by a computer system somewhere a million miles away from the City of Peterborough and its unique and diverse population.

We've reproduced it below together with a few helpful suggestions to aid any intending candidate. Here goes:

The City Services and Communications team have an exciting opportunity for an Internal
Communications & Employee Engagement Manager. This role will help support organisational
and cultural change and includes taking a lead role in a project which will see the council move
to its new offices this summer

Main duties

? Develop, implement and manage delivery of the employee engagement strategy, ensuring that employees feel informed, involved and able to shape the future of the council, and aligning with the council’s vision, priorities and objectives, and any related

Sit down with impressionable new recruits and hand over a contract of employment, nail a suggestion box to the office wall and to fathom out councils vision objectives and strategy. Arrange a twitter feed from Conservative Central office and the Local Government Association

? Day-to-day proactive planning, production and management of messages and key announcements through a range of content and channels, including their composition, editing and authorisation. Ensure that messages are engaging, effective, timely and
consistent, fit for purpose and adhere to all relevant standards/branding guidelines.
Engage and collaborate with partner organisations where appropriate and required.

Have neat handwriting and write between the lines. No rubbings out.

? Help ensure staff awareness and alignment with organisational goals, values and external messaging, using fresh thinking and creative ideas to turn complex information into relevant, timely, engaging and impactful content for internal audiences.

Take a pack of 52 playing cards and throw the lot up in the air. See if you can catch an Ace. Failing that listen to any number of BBC local radio interviews given either by Sheila Scott and Cllr. Wayne Fitzgerald

? Support organisational and cultural change by leading on the effective planning, delivery and evaluation of discrete internal communications projects, including the move to the council’s new office at Fletton Quays in the summer.

Do not tell anyone what a right old Horlicks the whole move to so called Fletton Quays is turning out to be and don't let on how much it is all really costing.

? Champion employee engagement and communications, promoting its value and
benefits, ensuring that best practices are both known and followed.

Keep staff noticeboard up to date

? Contribute to the ongoing development and enhancement of our internal
communications channels using feedback and exploring new innovation tools (including
digital, video, social media technologies and free online design tools).

Waste as much time as you like on these as very few will click onn their tablets to see them but it'll look good on your CV for your next job.

? Advise senior management, line managers and make strategic recommendations on
employee engagement/internal communications to help build leadership expertise and
VNF Nov2015 positive organisation culture. Provide regular updates on internal communications
activity to managers.

Snitching is to be encouraged...if done discreetly

? Identify the training that will enable managers to engage effectively with employees by specifying the skills and behaviours required, devising ways for managers to assess their training needs, producing training specifications and plans, commissioning and
managing providers, managing and delivering training where required. Work with L&D to implement this.

Group away days, in top hotels .. and lots of courses on diverse but worthy subjects

? Gather insight and evaluate all activity to ensure impactful communications that support behaviour change and continuous improvement, including benchmarking, employee feedback surveys and focus groups; publish reports on its impact, benefits and
recommendations for improvements.

Try and stop blunders and misspeaks before the local paper gets them

? Manage the employee recognition scheme to ensure employees are appropriately recognised for their achievements.

Ensure a supply of Gold Stars for wall chart and enough parchment type paper for employee of the month certificates ( employee to buy own frame)

? Advise staff and councillors on excellent internal communications and how best to engage staff to further organisational and departmental priorities, based on audience insight.

Unlikely to be 'excellent' as CIT system won't allow it, but will allow time for longer lunches as it will take a good 30 minutes to walk from the new office block at the far back end of Fletton Quays to anywhere that resembles a cafe or restaurant. Not enough car park spaces so better learn to ride a push-bike.

? Manage the internal communications business support and direct project groups, such as the staff panel.

A kinda moan of the week, pat on the back, endless minutes taken that no one will have time to read. 

? Seek opportunities to become more commercially focused and support the team and organisation in achievement of this.

Work out who is going to pay an enhanced commercial rent for the surplus office space the council has committed to.

? Support the wider Communications teams by offering, as required, internal communications and staff engagement advice.

Tell them how to communicate by not using email and how to use a telephone, rather than snapchat.
Key Skills

? Excellent verbal and written communication, including presentation skills.

Don't start every other sentence with 'Whatevvaar..' or  'Talk to the hand?' Point out your own excellent written skills by correcting 'presentation' to 'presentational'

? Ability to interpret and communicate complex information clearly, simply and succinctly.

Try and work out what has clearly been written in tongues by short tern mega expensive interim consultants who have long cashed in the cheques and moved on.

? Write, implement and manage internal communications plans.

A spirograph and lots of coloured biros come in useful here..

? Excellent relationship building skills - ability to engage and collaborate effectively at all

Buy a round from time to time at Charters (no other pubs nearby)

? ICT skills at intermediate level in Word, PowerPoint and in web based design and other media applications, including social media.

Control, Alt, Delete. Unplug, Restart and put some pictures in it!

? Creativity and innovation.

Frowned upon, but has to be included

? Ability to establish and maintain personal integrity and credibility, building trust when dealing with customers, stakeholders and colleagues.

Define Customer? Stakeholder is easy see any hammer horror film for ideas,  as for colleagues you'll hardly see them as they will be constantly fighting over the available 'hot desks' a kinda corporate 'musical chairs'...

? Politically aware and astute; able to operate and communicate information in a politically sensitive way.

Know which way the wind is blowing and keep your head down. Keep bunches of keys away from a particular councillor ...
? Ability to anticipate staff reaction and sentiment and plan responses effectively.

Keep fit and have a good pair of running shoes handy for when the balloon GOES UP...

? Planning, organising and problem solving skills.


? Training design and delivery skills.

Able to pack parcels, address envelopes and drive the office electric van.

? Resilient and able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

You set the deadlines..

? Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.

Just forget where you saved and filed  the completed work..

To apply, please visit the PCC website at

Best of luck say we sent you! E&OE Julian Bray Editor Tel:+44 (0)1733 345581 .




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We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

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