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Friday, December 09, 2016

Fox News in renewed bid for Sky News. Media Groups line up for epic five country media reshaping tussle, as UK regulator waits in the wings

Megyn Kelly Fox News Anchor

Fox News (21st Century Fox) and UK Broadcaster SkyTV (Sky PLC) have confirmed thy are in takeover negotiations after receiving an approach from the US media giant.  

Sky plc said the two companies had reached an outline agreement on an offer price of £10.75 per share, but other terms still remain to be agreed and are under discussion. Any agreement will be subject to Government review, as it could be held that too large a percentage of the UK media  would post-takeover be concentrated under one owner.

In addition the UK OFCOM regulator may require additional Fox disposals or renegotiation of various holdings, although after the last failed bid Fox has substantially re-organised its holdings and completed a slate of disposals.   The Sky Electronic Programme Guide is effectively the gatekeeper for a multiplicity of independent commercial and community television channels.   

The company issued a statement after shares in Sky PLC rose 32% to 1040 amid rumours of Fox's interest.

""The Independent Directors of Sky PLC note today's share price increase, and announce that Sky has received an approach from 21st Century Fox, Inc.

"After a period of negotiation, the Independent Directors of Sky and 21st Century Fox have reached agreement on an offer price of £10.75 per share in cash, less the value of any dividends subsequently paid by Sky.

"However, certain material offer terms remain under discussion and there can be no certainty that an offer will be made by 21st Century Fox, nor as to the terms of any such offer."
– Sky plc

*** There is apparently no truth in the rumour that long term former Sky Breakfast anchor Eamon Holmes being approached to co-host a Fox News style revamp of the stations entire news international output with co-host Megyn Kelly. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Nearly Legal nails it for those being evicted from rented premises...

Author: Giles Peaker
In which the court of appeal almost but not quite consider the notice requirements for licencees excluded from the Protection from Eviction Act 1977
Mr G had been living at Mrs D’s property, which she also occupied since 2008 or 2009. He claimed housing benefit for ‘rent’ for what appears to have been a lodger arrangement. It appears (and it has to be said evidence on much of this is not entirely clear) that something of a relationship grew up between Mr G and Mrs D. In 2012, Mrs D was hospitalised and it became clear she had vascular dementia or Alzheimers.
Mrs D’s son was called to the hospital as next of kin, because Mrs D
was beginning to make disclosures, alleged disclosures I hasten to add, about the way that Mr Gibson had been behaving towards her, including allegations of violence, and she did not want to go back to the property whilst Mr Gibson continued to live there, or at least that is what she is saying at the time.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Oh what a year, the Peterborough Tribune canters through the year of Brexit and other irritations


Clearly 2016 will go down in history as the year of BREXIT, but no one really saw it coming.  It will also go down as the year the Peterborough City Council looked into the purse and all they could find were a few magic beans (do keep up, this is the panto season...) but still found time to lavish public funding on a clutch of self serving pet projects.

It will also be remembered for the year when the PCC let the slowly decaying Art Deco Broadway Theatre & Cinema slip out of its grasp. It is notable that this time, last year, Peterborough City Centre was rammed packed full with happy visitors and shoppers. Its not so busy now...


The non-stop all media (Bus, radio, tv and billboard) campaigns funded by Producer Bill Kenwright to attract thousands of extra people to Peterborough, to pack the 1,000 seat Broadway Theatre twice a day over his back-to-back three month season of West End musicals and plays.

The advertising campaign also reminded many thousands more - who would never dream of going to the theatre - that Peterborough exists, also as a shopping and entertainment destination. The additional revenue created for Peterborough retailers, was truly mind bogglingly substantial. No so this year....

Just wait until the end of the current financial year (April 2017)when revenues for the past winter season are compared with the previous years. These new businesses and older mature businesses, are in for a rude financial shock, many will liquidate during the coming months. There are only so many pop-up shops one City can sustain...  

But in his wisdom, the current owner of the Broadway, although picking up the newly refurbished theatre as a liquidation distress sale, a good few years back, wants to maximise his profit, and to heck with the loss to this City of a viable and dynamic arts space. It will never return. Hopefully he will have a change of heart and be remembered for his public spirit, patron of the arts even? 

Clearly if the PCC acquired the Broadway and offered the operating contract to Bill Kenwright this would be a superb cash generator for many decades to come. But that requires vision, and guts.

The upshot is that a major Cathedral city is seen by the world as only able to support a small provincial 400 seat theatre and a converted sports hall. Big business in considering a wholesale move to a provincial City will look carefully at all the amenities available to its management and workforce. That includes the Arts, Schools and shopping.  

Cambridge is going to have a blast, once the Combined Authority, and new Mayor is in place, said to be a Joint Mayor but the Cambridge lobby is all powerful when put up against our fragmented party centric councillors!

Politician in the pink.... Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing on Cambridge City Council is considering running for Joint Mayor. Nice shirt Kev!

The fact that reduced majority Conservative Stewart Jackson MP is batting so hard for a Conservative Joint Mayor is totally strange and alien, in effect the Joint Mayor will assume many of the tasks the local Member of Parliament was supposed to perform.

However, if the Joint Mayor elected knows little or nothing about Peterborough, and possibly resides in Cambridge; our Stewie had better look out the 'magic' beans, and hope for the best, as his Park Ward residence might just be up for rental sooner than he would like... still there is always the 'rubber chicken' after dinner speaking circuit as a career change for a possibly former MP... 

The year will also be remembered for the absolute Horlicks the council made over its outsourcing and information technology requirements.

Before BREXIT the bright sparks at PCC IT Dept ( the main architect of this, has now resigned and moved on to a plumb IT job elsewhere) decided that 'cloud' based computing is the way forward foer the council but also decided it put it ,and all our personal data on Amazon Web Services (AWS) located just outside Las Vegas.  The CIA is also a client of AWS.

Post Brexit and Pre-Trump is the perfect storm the PCC is locked into a US multi-million dollar commitment for decades to come!

Finally, we see PCC panto villain, the recently convicted Cllr Hiller is chair of the PCC Honours committee (how can this be !!) and about to confer the freedom of the City on none other that former care home owner and Tory Agent Sheila Scott, one time holder of the poorly rated PCC Childrens Services portfolio and in keeping with dire, performing one of the worlds all time car crash radio interviews - now used as a training aid for aspiring broadcasters...  

Sheila has a problem because several people are now on her case, over Election Expenses, for the upcoming May 2017 local elections. In past years, its alleged by some, the strictly set and capped election budgets have been how should we say 'fudged'.

But hopefully not this year, as a team of forensic accountants are apparently 'pro-bono' on the case, and using South Stanground as a one of the financial investigation points.... so fun times ahead.

But if all this is way too depressing, book some panto tickets, as some of your local councillors are featured in the scripts. Both the Key and the Cresset have productions running. The odd one off amateur concert is offered by the Broadway.

Our thanks to many supporters - who really write the majority of this blog - we'll be here, with another corker of a year to come.

Merry Christmas to you all and our very best wishes for any other festive celebrations you may be enjoying.

Julian Bray
Editor Peterborough Tribune

PS We could not sign off without a BIG shout out to our award winning crime, fraud and investigation legal team at Bindman & Company headed by Partner Mike Schwartz. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

PSNI - the Police Service of Northern Ireland charge a former Celtic Football Club youth coach with sexual activity with a child.

PSNI - the Police Service of Northern Ireland have now charged a former Celtic Football Club youth coach with sexual activity with a child.

Jim McCafferty, who at one time lived in Glasgow, and joined Celtic FC in 1990, now lives in Belfast.

Mr McCafferty is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He was arrested on Tuesday having presented himself at a police station in Belfast. He was arrested over offences allegedly committed in Northern Ireland.

Mr McCafferty initially worked for Celtic  FC as a scout, later becoming one of the club's kit men and working with the youth team.

For several years Mr McCafferty worked for other Scottish clubs including Falkirk and Hibs, before moving to Northern Ireland about seven years ago.

Source: CNS, BBC, E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581


Tuesday, December 06, 2016


Out on the streets for Christmas, courtesy of .... Peterborough City Councillors....  

This has just been released by the PCC, we note that only 507 signatures are recorded. Only 500 needed...

Mysteriously when we tried to put a signature on the petition, the website was down however, an email was sent asking that a signature be added.

So if the website was working properly perhaps several hundred more signatures, might have been displayed? 

Let us see how quickly the Conservative majority councillors, many of them being 'landlords' attempt to rubbish this petition.....if it is defeated, the  evictions at St Michaels Gate will continue right through until May 2017,  when the current clutch of heartless councillors who came up with this wretched scheme, will offer themselves up for re-election during the Local government Elections.

Neatly giving residents a heaven sent opportunity to repay the compliment and evict these  councillors    

Out on the streets for Christmas, courtesy of Peterborough City Councillors....  Tis the Seaton (SIC) to be jolly. Tra la la la la...




It is recommended that Council notes the petition and debates the request to take action.
1.1 A petition has been received by the Council with contains more than 500 signatures from people who live, work or study in the city. As such, the right to a debate of the petition by a meeting of the full Council has been triggered, according to the Petitions Scheme.
2.1 As set out in the Council’s Petitions Scheme, if a petition contains more than 500 signatures from people who live, work or study in the city, it will trigger the right to be debated by a meeting of the
full Council.
2.2 On 1 November 2016 a petition was received with the Council from Miss Jelana Stevic. Following the undertaking of a verification process, the petition was confirmed to include 507 eligible signatures.
2.3 Miss Stevic requested that the petition was debated by a meeting of the full Council, as per the Petitions Scheme.

2.4 The petition is titled ‘Please Help to Stop St Michael’s Gate Residents Being Evicted’. The summary and background to the petition reads, “By adding your signature the Lease with Steph and Philips Limited for the use of St Michael’s Gate Parnwell, prevent them using St Michael’s as interim accommodation for homeless families.”

2.5 The petition calls on Peterborough City Council to take action and not support the deal and requests a debate at this Council meeting in December 2016.

2.6 A copy of the petition is available to Members to view upon request.
3.1 Finance Implications – There are no financial, legal, or equalities implications arising from this report.

3.2 Governance Implications – This report will be debated following the presentation of the petition.

The Leader Petitioner has five minutes to present this petition. Members will then be invited to debate the request contain therein. The usual rules of procedure will apply to this debate. Each

Member may speak once for no longer than 3 minutes. A Member may not speak again, except on a point of order, by way of a personal explanation, or by way of a statement of accuracy. The Mayor will invite a vote on the recommendation at the close of the debate.
4.1 Peterborough City Council Petitions Scheme.
5.1 None.

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Given the serious information that continues to come to light regarding child abuse in football, The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry.

The launch of the free, independent helpline follows former footballers Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Paul Stewart bravely speaking out about the abuse they suffered as young footballers.

Staffed by independent, experienced NSPCC professionals, the helpline will offer support and guidance for adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse within the game at all levels from grassroots to Premier League and is a safe space for any further whistleblowing.

The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

Trained staff will offer support, advice and guidance, and will refer cases on to the police or other agencies as appropriate, such as if a child is in immediate danger.

Sue Ravenlaw, Head of Equality and Safeguarding from the FA said:

“The courage and dignity being shown by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, Paul Stewart and David White is immense.”

“We join Andy, the police and others in the continued efforts to encourage more victims and survivors to come forward.”

“Anyone who has experienced or is experiencing abuse n football or who has concerns about children’s welfare should contact the Police or The FA directly, or utilise this specific NSPCC helpline to gain support and advice.” 

Referrals of concerns about recent and non-recent abuse should continue to be made directly via the designated persons’ network in football, or directly to The FA’s safeguarding team via  and a safeguarding professional from the team will make contact.

The following bullet points are a reminder of the work that is currently undertaken across the game.

· The Football Association works collaboratively on prevention and investigations with the lead officers from the Premier League, the EFL and County FAs, along with other football stakeholders.

· The FA has a team of safeguarding professionals who put in place preventative measures via policy, education, best practice and support for the network of people acting as Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs).

In grass roots football these are Club, Youth League and County Welfare Officers. Alongside this is a team of safeguarding professionals who manage referrals and concerns, work with the statutory agencies in relation to investigations and put in place safeguards, including suspensions from football activity where necessary, to manage people who pose, or may pose a risk of harm.

· There is a network of 8,500 people as DSOs in the professional game and grassroots football, who have been criminal records checked and trained. Their role includes making referrals to the appropriate authorities. 

· 55,000 criminal records checks are carried out across the game out each season. These screen out anyone who seeks to work in football who may pose a risk of harm

· 35,000 coaches and referees attend The FA’s safeguarding children awareness course each season. Additional welfare officer training is provided to DSOs in the grassroots and bespoke training is delivered by the Premier League and English Football league EFL with their respective clubs.


Mayoral contender multi-millionaire Peter Dawe, who admits to knowing little about Peterborough, wants to use social media to deliver a ‘Cambridgeshire which people want.' reports the Cambridge Independent Newspaper.

The entrepreneur revealed his idea to revolutionise local politics after confirming he has sold on Cambridge TV resulting in local job losses, in order to stand for election as mayor of a devolved Cambridgeshire.

Multi-millionaire Mr Dawe,  had to sell the station in order to stand. The sale lead to the loss of eight jobs.  The TV station has been bought by Oxford company That’s TV, which runs local stations in various parts of the country.

But speaking about his bid to become mayor of a devolved county, Mr Dawe said social media could revolutionise the way people vote.

He said: “Over the years I have tried innovations privately, some successful, some frustrated by councils deciding that’s not how we do it. The biggest innovation though would be rather than doing consultations in order to decide policies, it will be more of a case of asking first what people want.

“With modern internet and mobiles the ability to have cheap, rapid conversations with the whole electorate is much more feasible.

“If we can create an atmosphere where people do start voting on questions on a regular basis we can actually deliver a Cambridgeshire which people want.

“I would argue that the council system has pretty much failed as a system. It does not seem to be able to deliver. If anyone wants me to come and speak to their community I am quite happy to. They can send an email to

“Yes, I want to revolutionise the way things are done and if this digital democracy idea works in Cambridgeshire, it could completely change politics.”

Saturday, December 03, 2016


Winter on the Green, 16-18th December, 2016


Winter on the Green

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

• Live music, and DJs
• Pop-Up Ice Rink & Outdoor Cinema
• Christmas Markets, Snowboard Simulator
• Supporting Cancer Research, Fulham Good Neighbours, Help for Heroes

It’s the 1st December, so we can now officially start talking about Christmas! Hooray!  So if you are off to London for a bit of shopping, take the Underground to Kensington and Parsons Green and see apart from a £40,000 plastic Christmas tree, just what we are missing in Peterborough. And not a pizza or mince pie in sight! 

The team behind ‘Big Screen on the Green’, have launched their inaugural winter event, Winter on the Green in London, from Friday 16th - Sunday 18th December.

Set up on Parsons Green, South West London, Winter on the Green has ensured that every one of your 5 senses is taken care of.
Have a skate on our pop-up ice-rink, or snuggle under a blanket to watch one of our festive films, with a Baileys Hot Chocolate.

You can take a stroll along one of our many market stalls, with some fantastic brands on offer and gourmet food to fill your tums.

The main stage will host some of the very best local talent, with live musicians, and Djs on each night.

Our bar hosts will be Moët & Chandon , Leffe, Red Bull, Jägermeister and Sipsmiths, who will be providing the mulled wine, beers and winter-warmer inspired cocktails from London’s best mixologists.

Winter on the Green is taking place on Parsons Green, South West London, from Friday December 16th until Sunday December 18th December, from 5.30 – 10.30pm.

Winter on The Green will also be raising funds for Cancer Research UK, Fulham Good Neighbours and Help For Heroes.

Location: Parson’s Green, SW6

Dates: Friday, December 16 until Sunday, December 18, 2016

Times: 17:30 – 22:30

Tickets: Day Tickets from £6 / Santa’s Grotto £5
Social: t. @WOTG2016 i. @WOTG2016 f. winteronthegreen #WOTG2016

For more information, contact Kate Matheou, / +44 7931 423646 E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


BBC Rogue Traders part of the new Watchdog series on BBC1 

Don't buy goods and services at your front door! Rogue Trading offences are on the increase (as highlighted by the new series of the BBC Watchdog programme) and now  Cambridge Police Adviser Helen O'Driscoll is urging all Peterborough residents to be on a festive fraud alert. 

Crooks need to get money in for their Christmas treats, only it will be your money they use.... 


An outraged driver slapped with a £70 parking fine has claimed it – and every other one issued by the car park – is illegal.

Tony Harris, 48, is calling for all issued tickets to be refunded after claiming signs in the Asda car park in Peterborough do not have planning permission.

The Sun Newspaper reported, Mr Harris received a letter on September 28 saying he had to pay a £70 fine after overstaying the two hours he had paid for.

Terry claims he can’t remember if he overstayed the time.

Simon Ball, 42, former boarding school teacher who sexually abused four pupils, jailed at Peterborough Crown Court for 12 years

Simon Ball, 42, a former boarding school teacher who sexually abused four pupils, has been jailed at Peterborough Crown Court for 12 years (Picture: Cambridgeshire Police)

Judge Sean Enright, sentencing at Peterborough Crown Court, jailed Ball for five years for the Kimbolton offences and seven years for the Giggleswick offences, with the jail terms to run consecutively.

He told Ball: "These offences were all about satisfying your fantasies. There was never anything in it for the girls."

He added that Ball, whom he described as a "talented musician", would never work in a school again as a result of the "great harm" he caused to his victims.


We see that one local group (which has now morphed into a charity!)  is amazingly still seeking fiscal sponsorship for what must be a futile attempt to set up a 'community television station' although it has been made crystal clear by Ofcom, there are no current plans for this to happen.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


It’s that time of year again - the countdown to Christmas has begun; meaning plans for your annual office party will undoubtedly be set in motion. Whether you’ll be dining at a fine restaurant or going out for drinks, Christmas parties allow colleagues to bond and relax away from their desks, creating memories (and some regrets) that’ll be the talk of next year.

However, amongst all the festivities, did you know you could actually be burning quite a few calories?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Peterborough City Councillors like a Turkey have just voted for Christmas...

Here’s 2 reasons why I think the Council is far from open or accountable … by Cllr Darren Fower

But back in the land of make believe, join us for our festive tale of the magic beans ......  and if you wish to debate the issue with a Councillor, a couple of them may be lurking around at the Heritage Park Primary School Park Farm Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 27th November from 1pm....

"Jack sold the faithful cow for a handful of magic beans..." Oh yes, he did!

This is an important week for those who can be bothered to follow what happens inside our Pizzaborough Town Hall, effectively the panto season has started.

Monday, November 14, 2016

M & S pulling out of Peterborough claim retail analysts

A list of Marks & Spencer clothing and home stores that could be closed has been released, and it currently includes Peterborough.

The Brand prominent on the high street for decades, grew from a humble market stall, founded in 1884 , is considering shutting some 30 outlets around UK, and converting 45 others to Simply Food stores,  due to plunging half-year profits.

The full list of closures has not yet been revealed by M&S but retail analysts say they have now identified those stores at risk of shutting.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ofcom imposes £65k fine on Club TV Limited.

Ofcom has imposed a £65,000 fine on Club TV Limited for failing to provide adequate protection for viewers, after it aired potentially offensive and harmful content on its Peace TV Urdu channel.

Under Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code, all licensees must apply generally accepted standards to the content on their TV and radio services so audiences are adequately protected from the inclusion of offensive and harmful material.

Monday, November 07, 2016


Cambridgeshire Police
Published on 7 Nov 2016

Police have released this CCTV footage of two people they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Hilton Road, Fenstanton. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Wednesday, November 02, 2016


IF ONE SHOWS UP  Conservative Stewart Jackson MP  See what we did?
OMG! Our spies suggest Stewie didn't actually make it onto BBC The One Show, if he did, someone please send us a clip...or just point us to it. Meanwhile reviewing the BBC Parliament footage it does have Stewie handing in the petition, shame about the camera angle the light was cruelly bouncing off his polished dome! Needs to be matted down! TV is so unkind....


Peterboroughs own mystic answer to the sorting hat, all smoke and bendy mirrors, Stewart Jackson MP of #MPsexpenses fame; may be accused by some of jumping on the news agenda bandwagon, whilst blocking Peterborough residents and the #PBROTRIB from his social media feeds and possibly laughing all the way to Lloyds Bank,( he used to be a local bank manager for Lloyds) having used oodles of public funding over the years to beef up his parliamentary home and lavish swimming pool in Peterborough. His wife being a noted Property expert and keen to spot a good deal.

Our Stewie for example: Consistently voted against restrictions on fees charged to tenants by letting agents Show votes

But joking aside, get a grip of this Scrooge like tale:  Stewie has now latched onto the plight of St Michaels tenants, ideal for raising his own battered profile on the telly, the One Show no less, long after the horse has bolted, raising the St Michaels evictions in the House of Commons, knowing full well it means very little in practical terms as the Conservative dominated council has already signed off the multi-million pound deal, when a last ditch call in failed, due to disc jockey and Tory Peterborough councillor Steve Allen refusing to use his 'entertaining' casting vote to stop the process.

The deal which will cause untold misery this Christmas for the families kicked out and made homeless, they in turn will have to be housed BY THE PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL!  The tenants are about to be kicked out of their homes just before Christmas so that some North London property lads can turn a million or two million pounds renting out divided up family units into one/two bedroom 'battery hen style' units to warehouse Peterborough City Councils homeless people for a couple of years.  

But to find out what MP Stewie really thinks we need to turn to the excellent   website and hopefully the One Show presenters now have enough material to make the MPs visit to the Peel Wing of new BH really entertaining, well for us anyway!

How Stewart Jackson voted on Social Issues #
  • Consistently voted against equal gay rights Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against smoking bans Show votes
  • Consistently voted against allowing marriage between two people of same sex Show votes
  • Almost always voted against laws to promote equality and human rights Show votes
  • Consistently voted against allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life Show votes 


Despite Cllr Harper (aka Cllr Turnip) suggesting on social media that the Rail Freight Interchange & Warehouse Terminal may be taken off next version of the local plan, the fact remains that it is still as of today firmly an item on the local plan, designed to concrete over Drysides, Middle Level essentially the land, currently farmed, the other side of the river along the green wheel footpath and with an option to take it all the way to the Kings Dyke signal box!!!

With the threat of the 24-hour , 7-days-a-week industrial plant a legal possibility. . Property prices in Park Farm and Stanground have remained depressed for several years. Many residents moving out, and putting their houses up for short term rentals. The local councillor seemingly pays lip service says he is against it, but we cannot find any recent speeches by him on the record, setting out the reasons for taking this off the local plan.

The councillor, a sort of jobbing maintenance janitor (he has posted several different and conflicting job profiles over the years), and closed down his roofing/loft conversion company(not on his profiles), is a bit of a recluse and routinely blocks many of his residents from his social media feeds, and does not hold regular timetabled public councillor surgeries, claiming it costs too much.....

If he cares to show us on the council record, during the current term, where he has actually stood up in the council chamber and demanded the removal of this dire prospect ( voted in favour of the Terminal, by the previous Conservative councillor for Stanground East, none other than Janet Wilkinson) we will happily record it on here.

But to the 600+ readers who daily read this blog, we say "Don't hold your breath."

Meanwhile the much vaunted campaign to halt the anaerobic digester plant just a few hundred yards away from the councillors own house seems to be going through, and to help the process there is already another nearby, at the McCains chip factory. Still our direct representations to McCains owners in Canada seemed to have reduced (for the time being) the smells emitting from the site, we just now have to tackle the burn off at the brickworks... we could ask the councillor, but there again....

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SUN NEWSPAPER looking for three full time apprentices PEOPLE WITHOUT DEGREES! Closing date December 5th

The Sun Newspaper is looking for three full-time apprentices to work on the paper with a view to becoming staff on the newspaper. Peterborough school levers are invited to apply.

The publication said it is looking for people without degreesApplicants must have at least five good GCSEs, including English, and be aged between 18 and 25.

Graduates may also apply.

The 12-month apprenticeship will include a full-time, fast track multimedia journalism NCTJ diploma with News Associates.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Julian Bray writes: Well that's it over for another year, Halloween that is, and a big shout out to the Park Farm 'trick or treaters' who lured by the multi-coloured tractor beam we set up as a spooky welcome, warily knocked on the door of Trib Towers.

Unknown to them we were keeping a tally on the numbers, and an astonishing 58 appeared in really good fancy dress, make up and some with flashing electronics... Three 'chancers' in regular dress, the excuses for not making an effort were priceless  " I ain't got no money to dress up" A cut up bin liner and some paper shapes taped on costs nothing, but clearly requires a bit of effort. Oh well.   

Perhaps the best one when challenged with an outstretched hand  "Why haven't you dressed up to trick or treat? The answer, was a shocker, and would have graced a Tony Hancock script  " I have come (pause) an ordinary person" An extra swizzle pack into his outstretched hand.  Clearly a future politician in the making...

Three very large 'children,' I guess the ages were 19 to 23, also appeared, hopefully they appreciated the single swizzle pack. Not a good look gentlemen, and a fancy dress means more than donning a shop purchased mask over your turned up hoodie..... 

The late Danny la Rue hated handing out sweets during the panto, genuinely worried about childrens teeth..

The unseasonal warm weather clearly helped with the turnout and some of the really young children, all expertly monitored by parents discreetly in the background gently coaxed to say 'Thank You, which they all did and it was appreciated... and apologies as they each endured a cut down version of the Danny La Rue Panto Widow Twanky monologue reminding children that although the panto was sponsored by Cadburys and obliged by the sponsorship contract to distribute sweets from the stage to some children, they should always brush their teeth, and then delivered his monologue on the evils of sweets and sugar. I spared the kiddies the full evils script, but might be including toothbrushes in the goody pot next year ....   

Finally I hear the Lidl had knocked down the remaining humble Pumkins to just 18p. In addition to carving, it makes a delicious Pumpkin Soup, try this recipe:

So until the next Night of all Hallows.......... bats away.... E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Peterborough City Council: Projects and successes to date are too numerous to mention - Deloitte report..

Before you think we are living in a parallel universe,  in another cash strapped Peterborough where Peterborough City council cannot even plant a few mega expensive rootballed trees in Bourges Boulevard without killing them off  (To kill trees: You just dump them on a concrete surface, a coach park is best,  for a few weeks in the blazing hot sun, no water, then fail to water them in when finally planted after first lifting tree and rootball by the fragile tree trunk on the end of a rope attached to a digger (back hoe loader), rather than scooping up the rootball, as a professional treeplanter would do).  Councillors incurring a massive £5 million over run on a simple road mending contract. PCC still has a massive slum estate in the centre of town - now to be given the Fletton Quays treatment (will this include public funding 'bungs' to offshore companies and an introducer with a dodgy personal financial background?)   Just get a load of this.......

You might enjoy another example of a PCC vanity project, and cost "Lord knows what," Deloitte consultants don't get out of bed for less than a few 'grand' a day. PCC has been funding their operation for ages.  So who signed off the invoices to pay for this somewhat deluded rose tinted view of the loopy 'environment capital' aspirations now largely dumped by national government? It has the mark of Cllr Fitz or could it be our old friend Cllr Spanker? Its certainly not Cllr Turnip ( too many long words).  

Our worry is that Deloitte are boasting that:

Deloitte has been with them (err PCC) every step of the way, providing financial and commercial advice on the Council’s overall strategy to use energy as the driver for both commercial and environmental return (and possibly best of all:)
Projects and successes to date are too numerous to mention
This is a unique commission that has established a new way of helping resource-constrained public sector bodies create revenue streams, reduce carbon emissions and embrace the regeneration and growth agenda.

One of the main challenges facing local authorities today - that of maintaining frontline services in the face of increasing budget cuts - is well documented. So too is the challenge of reducing carbon emissions to minimise environmental damage. But tackling both at the same time isn’t something many local authorities have tried to take on. Until now.

Peterborough City Council has pioneered a new and unique approach to deal with both challenges. It has been one of a few UK local authorities to develop renewable energy generation projects and energy efficiency initiatives to provide income to protect frontline services, as well as contributing to the city’s ambition of becoming the UK’s ‘environment capital’.

Deloitte has been with them every step of the way, providing financial and commercial advice on the Council’s overall strategy to use energy as the driver for both commercial and environmental return.

This is a unique commission that has established a new way of helping resource-constrained public sector bodies create revenue streams, reduce carbon emissions and embrace the regeneration and growth agenda.

Projects and successes to date are too numerous to mention (ain't that the truth) but include: a roof-top solar panel schools project that has delivered cost savings for the schools and revenue for the Council;

a second roof-top solar project for the private rented market to provide local financial and green benefits;

creation of a local energy tariff to deliver affordable energy to residents;

and the first UK wide non-domestic energy efficiency project in the UK delivering multi-million-pound savings across the council’s asset base.

The success of Peterborough’s multi award-winning programme has contributed to the Council being recognised as the clear leader in the public sector energy space, combining innovation and commerciality in tackling the austerity period head on.

We’re proud to continue to support Peterborough, working with them to identify and deliver effective commercial returns for the Council, and a positive social, economic and environmental impact for its communities in the future.

Read and weep: E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .





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