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Monday, July 24, 2017


On one of the hottest days of the year local Peterborough residents in Cardea, Stanground, Fletton, Yaxley, and Park Farm are having to close doors and shut windows as Hanson Brickworks (now Forterra PLC) belches carcinogenic dioxins into the atmosphere at lunchtime today when your infants are outside in the playground..... Are Forterra PLC stakeholders aware of this? They should be told.

Dear Mr Bray
Thank you for your email. I have reviewed the arrangements we have in place at our Kings Dyke facility and am satisfied that we have continued to comply with the relevant requirements:
•          We operate within the limits outlined in our EPR permit.
•          Levels of SO2 in the Whittlesey area comply with the UK Air Quality Strategy – which are the most challenging in Europe.
•          We have ambient air quality stations located in the area to ensure we comply with the UK standards
•          As part of our permit application we were required to submit a health impact study to the Environment Agency.
•          Our plant is operated on a 24/7 basis and there are no differences between weekends and weekdays in terms of emissions.
•          We do not burn waste in our Kilns.
Shatish Dasani
Chief Financial Officer
Forterra plc
5 Grange Park Court
Roman Way
DDI: +44 (0) 1604 707368
Mob: +44 (0) 7710 377766

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MPs call for assurances that Greater Anglia will not close tickets offices



MPs call for assurances that Greater Anglia will not close tickets offices

RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed a motion tabled in parliament by Clive Lewis MP and other MPs calling on Greater Anglia to give assurances that it will not close ticket offices for the duration of its franchise.

The motion says: “That this House is concerned at warnings from the rail unions that Greater Anglia trains wishes to close all but seven of its 64 ticket offices by the end of its franchise; is further concerned that ticket office closures will result in a worse, less accessible service, higher ticket prices, more dangerous stations and non-availability of tickets when ticket machines break down; is dismayed cuts are being considered when fares are going up and the profits from these cuts will go to Dutch State Railway who owns the franchise; and calls for assurances from Greater Anglia that it will not close ticket offices for the duration of its franchise.”

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “We welcome this support from MPs for the campaign to keep ticket offices open on Greater Anglia. If the company have nothing to hide they should now give a categorical assurance that they will not be closing ticket offices while they are in charge of the franchise.”


The motion can be found at: E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .


Luke Pagliaro

Good to see that local lad Luke Pagliaro, is taking a much needed fresh look at Stanground South, with a local Labour team and additionally some residents (who have not signed up for Labour) but are concerned about the skant regard the current bunch of Tory councillors seem to have for the neighbourhood, whilst  'trousering' their greatly inflated allowances and extra cash for some committee work!  

His first newsletter is already out and highlights several issues he's canvassed local residents on. Luke initially intends to cover Cardea, Old Fletton, Park Farm and Stanground.

If  you have yet to get hold of a copy of the newsletter, call him on 07495166769.

The feed back from his canvassing has highlighted Parking on Allen Avenue, its a narrow street and impossible to drive along if vehicles are parked on both sides. Speeding in several locations is also an issue flagged up by Luke. He cites The east end of Oakdale Avenue, Ellwood Avenue and Coneygree Road. 

Pavement parking is also an issue particularly in the lower left hand section of Kedleston Road where a resident habitually parks his/her car totally blocking the pavement. 

The perennial litter menace along the Green Wheel, Park farm also in  Central Square, and Desborough Avenue, Peterborough Road,  and Fletton High Street are all topics of concern and Luke wants to hear of some more.

Working with his team, he aims to assist local residents and to put pride back into our neighbourhoods. Luke is immediately organising a series of litter picks.

His contact numbers are 07495 166767 and the email is  

We wish him and his team the best of luck. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


On one of the hottest days of the year local Peterborough residents in Cardea, Stanground, Fletton, Yaxley, and Park Farm are having to close doors and shut windows as Hanson Brickworks (now Forterra PLC) belches carcinogenic dioxins into the atmosphere at lunchtime today when your infants are outside in the playground..... Are Forterra PLC stakeholders aware of this? They should be told.
Not so sweet smell of success as the Forterra PLC brickworks turns the clock back in environmental terms
"Forterra represents exactly what we do and have always done. Our purpose is to manufacture products that are the essential to the nation’s construction sector, helping our customers build with ease and confidence. Moreover, we continue to lead our industry in terms of standards and safety.   Forterra PLC website
We set targets for the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions   Forterra PLC website
We respect and protect our national heritage and we optimise our distribution operations to minimise social and environmental impacts.   Forterra PLC website
We incorporate high standards of safety, health, environment, quality, energy management and responsible sourcing   Forterra PLC website

If you live in Cardea, Stanground, Park Farm, Fletton and Yaxley You'll have experienced yet another spell of carcinogenic and dioxin laden rubbish burning by the old Hanson (now called Forterra PLC ) brickworks. It seems their chimney stack  'scrubbers' are not working.

The current smell started at around 10 am this morning Tuesday 18th July 2017 and it is really bad still going strong at 12:30pm!  Windows and doors had to be closed, even though it is sunny and 28 degrees outside! Bear in mind we now have several more infant and primary schools in the area not to mention an Academy. The residential population has dramatically grown over the last few years.  

The effects today were so acrid that it caught the back of your throat, a bit like the muck generated and released into the atmosphere by the Swedt Chemical Works in Leipzig during the rough old days of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic) before the Berlin Wall came down!  

You dear reader, will recall it was just a few days ago, we experienced the acrid smell from the brickworks. Normally it is just once, possibly twice a month, and then over weekends and bank holidays. We have raised it directly with the brickworks and local Councillors in the past, but clearly nothing has been done, to reduce the menace.  

So as a public service to investors we note Forterra PLC has produced an extensive document for their shareholders including such gems as suggesting they "[Forterra PLC] continue to lead the industry in terms of standards and safety we beg to differ."   

We provide below the details of the financial director, who of course would be mightily upset if the share price dived when shareholders (particularly ethical shareholders) realise that the Forterra PLC brickworks at Kings Dyke is not living up to the statements made to the Stock Exchange and churning out emissions and acrid smells from the brickworks stacks, a smell once associated by the writer, with the likes of 1960's East German Industry as experienced during the Leipzig Trade Fair. 

Shareholders might like to question the Board and in particular Shatish Dasani
Chief Financial Officer (Tel: 01604 707600) as he is probably the officer starving the Peterborough brickworks of funding to reduce these toxic and throat wrenching emissions.

Investor enquiries
Investor contact:

Shatish Dasani

Chief Financial Officer

Tel: 01604 707600 E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

BBC Worldwide is launching a brand new initiative for primary school children in Great Britain, based on characters and geography themes from the popular CBeebies series, Go Jetters.

new schools’ initiative with Go Jetters

BBC Worldwide is launching a brand new initiative for primary school children in Great Britain, based on characters and geography themes from the popular CBeebies series, Go Jetters.

The animated adventure comedy series aimed at 4-6 year olds, sees plucky hero adventurers Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz travel the world with their teacher, Ubercorn – a disco-loving unicorn.

Each episode focuses on a famous landmark that gets ‘glitched’ by the mischievous Grandmaster Glitch and the Go Jetters have to work together to return the landmark to normal.

Targeting 200 Year One classes initially, the aim is to bring the values and educational entertainment of Go Jetters to the classroom along with a take-home colouring competition and magazine, which will carry the Go Jetters excitement through to the home environment.

BBC Worldwide will provide each class with specially-created packs to help teachers plan lessons around a selection of geography-based activities from Go Jetters.

The packs will also contain materials to use in the class and for the children to take home from Go Jetters licensees including Immediate Media, Fisher Price, Penguin and Ravensburger

Each pack also contains a brand new mascot for every participating class – a cuddly 10-inch Ubercorn.

Each weekend, a different child in the class will have the opportunity to take Ubercorn and his Travel Journal home with them – a great twist on the traditional ‘class bear’ theme so popular with many schools.

There is also a competition for each class to design their own new local landmark – a great way to help children learn about the history and geography of where they live.

The winning school will receive a visit from the Ubercorn costume character who will make an appearance at their school summer fete or sports day in 2018!

Plus every child has the chance to win one of ten bundles of Go Jetters goodies and family trips to Alton Towers by entering a take-home colouring competition.

“We are really excited to be launching this campaign to Year One classes in the UK,” says Nancy Twynam, Head of Marketing at BBC Worldwide, “We wanted to find an interesting way of bringing the geographic themes of the show to life in the classroom and at home, and feel the initiative we’ve put together will really help us nurture a the next wave of Go Jetters fans.

We've conducted qualitative research directly with teachers of this age group and the materials have been tailored to fit the needs identified in those sessions. We’ll be actively engaging with every teacher and teaching assistant who signs up, evaluating the popularity and effectiveness of the packs and gauging how the children are reacting to the themes from the show.”

The campaign kicks off with a recruitment drive in July 2017 to roll out to schools in early September for the new school year. Teachers wishing to apply can find full details at E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .


Published: 17/07/2017 18:37:00
Information from Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire:  7-Day Residential Dwelling Burglary Report.
TOTAL = 9       Northern =4, Eastern = 3, Southern = 2
Brookfurlong, Ravensthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 7LQ
10/07/2017 08:00 - 10/07/2017 18:00
An unknown offender has entered the offence location, stole a game console together with a Wallet from inside the room.
Beckingham, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5TL
11/07/2017 10:30 - 11/07/2017 11:30
An unknown male forced his way into the offence location and has taken cash 'for kitchen items he was selling door to door'.
Holdich Street, West Town, Peterborough, PE3 6DH
11/07/2017 09:00 - 11/07/2017 19:30
Untidy search of the property, iPads, a laptop and other small jewellery items have been stolen.
Park Lane, Eastfield, Peterborough, PE1 5HZ
10/07/2017 23:30 - 11/07/2017 10:00
Attempt as 'jemmy' [crowbar] marks found on the frame of the door near to the lock
Goffsmill, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 9YW
05/07/2017 00:00 - 12/07/2017 15:00
TV and remote control pad removed from bedroom by unknown persons.
Sages Lane, Walton, Peterborough, PE4 6AT
12/07/2017 22:00 - 13/07/2017 08:00
Entry believed via downstairs toilet window, untidy search of the property.
Cardinals Gate, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 5AS
14/07/2017 15:00 - 14/07/2017 17:00 data to follow...
Wootton Avenue, Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 9EF
15/07/2017 19:31 - 15/07/2017 19:31 **attempt** ???
Eye Road, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, PE1 4SG

15/07/2017 22:30 - 16/07/2017 07:30
Entry to house via conservatory window that has been forced, wallet, cash and a push bike stolen.

 If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes, please contact the Police via 101.
Amanda Large (Police Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough) E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Monday, July 17, 2017


RMT HAVE ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT                                                                

RMT to ballot for action on Greater Anglia over threat to guards

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it is to ballot guards and drivers affected by the potential extension of DOO for both strike action and action short of a strike after the company failed to give a guarantee on the role of the guard throughout the length of the franchise.

A meeting was held between Greater Anglia staff representatives, RMT’s Regional Organiser and National Executive Committee members at which this issue was discussed. At that meeting  management  failed to provide union reps with the assurances they had been seeking with respect to the role and responsibilities of the guards now and for the length of the franchise.

RMT’s NEC noted the views of the meeting and stated subsequently that the union remains open to proposals of drivers opening doors but that this should be solely within scenarios where Guards/Conductors still undertake and have full operational responsibility for the closure of the doors and dispatch of the train, with the facility to manually perform this procedure from each cab and saloon. To date, the company has not provided such a commitment or assurance.

RMT’s NEC has made it clear that it  expects that where guards are currently working trains, for this to continue, with them retaining full safety-critical responsibilities, along with closing doors, dispatch and platform/train safety. Again, no commitment or assurance has yet been forthcoming from the company.

Taking the above into account, the NEC has therefore agreed to ballot all Conductors, Senior Conductors and affected train driver members (those Drivers whose duties presently entail non-DOO working) at Greater Anglia for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services. They have failed to do so.

“RMT will not sit back and wait for the company any longer and we have no option but to begin preparations for a ballot in order to protect safety and access on Greater Anglia services.

“The union remains available for further talks around the crucial issue of the guard guarantee.” E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Having just read that some very senior local council officers and even former Members of Parliament who lost their seats in the recent General Election, are still being hired on lucrative personal service contracts, and locally councillors continue to ramp up their 'allowances' at an alarming rate,  you really wonder if the council lawyers have properly considered changes in the law,  that are about to be imposed by HMRC, and how local councillors can justify the substantial increases in their own allowances, but more importantly their active participation in both agreeing and voting for these personal service contracts for senior officers and council directors? 

The new laws are basically aimed at some high end recruitment firms - but in reality the net is cast much wider - which are exposing themselves and others to potentially dangerous tax evasion and avoidance schemes which, after September 2017, could result in criminal sanctions for directors, according to Michelle Reilly a CEO of a compliant contractor management firm.

She was  commenting in the wake of a case featuring Anderson Group, which The Guardian has accused of promoting dangerous tax avoidance schemes to its clients and has led to questions in Parliament.

Ms Reilly has warned recruitment agencies that being connected to these types of schemes could result in individual directors facing criminal charges once the Criminal Finances Act comes into effect in September. The Act ‘creates corporate offences for cases where a person associated with a body, corporate or partnership facilitates the commission by another person of a tax evasion offence’, meaning that directors of recruitment firms could be handed prison sentences as a result of promoting evasion-related schemes.

Michelle Reilly, CEO of 6CATS International, said:. “This case once again highlights that far too many hiring firms – and their individual directors - are dangerously exposed to potential criminal charges and have no idea of the risks they’re taking.

"There is still a huge lack of education around what breaking the tax law could actually mean for agencies and nowhere near enough recruitment company directors are actually aware that they could face prison charges for promoting non-compliant solutions to contractors. If they were, it’s likely that the number of illicit schemes would decrease drastically.

"From September new laws will be put in place and any firms found to be promoting or selling schemes that help their clients to avoid paying the right amount of tax are going to be in serious trouble, so it’s critical that they reassess what they’re offering now - before it’s too late.

“We urge agencies to ensure they up their standards before the Criminal Finances Act becomes law. If they don’t it’s highly likely they’ll be caught out as HMRC is now so much more effective at identifying and shutting down evasion facilitating schemes than it ever has been.

"In the past, firms may have been able to get away with hiding their tax affairs in offshore accounts, but even this is becoming near-on impossible as states that were previously seen as ‘tax havens’, like Panama, for example, have committed to much higher international standards on tax affairs.

"Too many recruitment agencies still have their head in the sand when it comes to the potential severity of the punishments on offer, however come September we hope that more and more firms will begin to take compliance seriously.”

Hopefully the message might get through, or we could be facing a whole raft of sudden by-elections and one former MP considering an uncertain future, and that would be interesting! E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Background Image

Stewart Jackson
Oh dear, we seem to have dug up an early picture, possibly taken in happier times say 12 years ago?  
     PBROTRIBsketch E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Are these Brickworks factory chimneys damaging the health of Cardea Stanground south infants?

The time is 20:00 hours Wednesday 12th July 2017 and for the last few hours, and as our picture shows dark satanic muck has been emitting from these two chimneys, and wafting over the high density Persimmon and Charles Church new housing developments in what is currently known as Cardea, but once the marketing suites have long gone and all the new properties sold, it'll be known as Stanground South.

But the new householders won't realise the brickworks chimneys will still be chucking out toxic carcinogenic emissions, such as carbon monoxide, and a whole host of dioxins, but you won't find this on the estate agents details and it won't turn up in the solicitors searches.

The muck is also carried over to Park Farm and parts of old Stanground. You'll not find the emissions on any works reports, and the Environment Agency these days is more worried about newts, Natterjack Toads, and harm to wildlife rather than humans it seems. 

Most of the twice monthly rubbish burn takes place after the brickworks premises have shut, overnight and at weekends, just leaving local residents to suffer the smell in silence.  

The developers in Cardea know this is happening, so do the local Stanground South Councillors (including Cllr Chris Harper) but still nothing has been done. The muck from this rubbish burn happens on a regular basis, and its been going on for years!  

We say muck, possibly because muck means money... and your local councillor (CON, Stanground South) Christopher Harper former loft converter, roofer and electrician - depending which version of his several official biographical details you read, he also gets extra cash for chairing the planning committee - is currently basking in reflected glory relating to a planning refusal for a gas-producing energy plant close to his house in Park Farm, a school and a nursery in Peterborough. 

The anaerobic digestion plant was to be located adjacent to Horsey Toll Farm, in Whittlesey Road, Stanground, the council’s planning department also put forward a paper rejecting the proposal.

Cllr Harper was however given a bit of stick in a letter sent by the applicant’s agent, to the committee which accused him of influencing “the approach taken through the planning process.” Its not the first time the councillor has employed this tactic, sometimes closer to an election and it ends up as part of his election literature, but is it included in his election expenses return?

But still Cllr Harper turns a Nelsonian blind eye when it comes to the unremitting stench and toxins emitting from the brickworks...and if anyone tries to raise concerns with him, they get blocked from his tiny twitter and facebook feeds! 

Perhaps the Cllrs should get their priorities right and start earning their stack of allowances? Perhaps Cllr Harper might turn his energies on the Brickworks emissions or is there no political capital to be made out of it? We should be told. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


No doubt Charlie Hamilton, the MD of Whippet Coaches will be demanding repayment of media interview training fees (if any) his guided busway firm may have paid out on his behalf. It obviously didn't work.
You can still catch the 'buscrash' interview on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire IPlayer as Breakfast show presenter Dotty Mcloud, repeatedly, clinically and calmly stripped the hapless Charlie bare as she went through a veritable catalogue of disasters. He had nothing left in the locker.

A listener to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire purchased a speed gun and clocked several guided bus drivers breaking the strict 15 mph limit with clocked of over 24 mph.....

You could virtually hear the well prepared drilled in answers being lined up, but Dottie was having none of it, and drove the interview. Charlie claimed the speed gun wasn't calibrated, but it was, countered Dottie.

The bus company in a tweet blamed cyclists, no that was untrue. So Mr Hamilton offered an apology,  but rejected any idea that 'totalling' a speeding 'misguided' bus is a matter for a police investigation.   

The casual listener might have been unaware that the entire length of the guided section of the 'misguided' busway isn't regarded as being part of the public highway and the impression gained is that police have to be physically invited to investigate by the bus company rather than automatically starting an investigation into the recent bus crash and hauling the driver concerned over the coals as it were.

In any case rather than keep the driver on the payroll but suspended ( so a disciplinary can be progressed)  they sacked the driver.

So it would seem that if you use the guided busway you really do so at your own risk, as it's not policed and regulated like a normal public highway, but more at the behest of the guided bus companies who operate the buses.....and they can always put the blame on cyclists...

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

Friday, July 07, 2017


Peterborough pensioners enjoying a game of bowls, had their competition game disrupted over several days as 'yobs on bikes' have been tearing up the neatly tended bowling greens, and ripping the guttering off the Park Rangers hut in Central Park Peterborough claims Bob Hillier of Park Crescent Bowlers, speaking on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Breakfast programme.

Mr Hillier says elderly bowls players, some in their 70's were intimidated and sworn at by a group of Yobs during a competition match in Central Park. 

Unfortunately the PBROTRIB has bad news for Mr Hillier as the outlook isn't good for the club.  Peterborough City Council has an abysmally poor track record when it comes to facilitating bowling clubs. For many years, community funds from the old Stanground wards Central and East were year-on-year allocated by Cllrs Christopher Harper and Brian Rush maintaining a fenced off and permanently locked former bowling green, simply as the nearby Stanground Community Centre, where the two councillors are on the committee, apparently refused to let the bowlers, use the adjacent building as a changing room!      E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Friday, June 30, 2017

SHOCK HORROR! Peterborough City Council is on the verge of opening all the books - beacuse its now the law...


Major restriction on the rights of journalists to hold Town Halls to account for the way taxpayers’ money is being scrapped from this week.

Freelances, staff writers and citizen journalists now enjoy a beefed-up, statutory legal right to examine contracts, invoices and councillors’ expenses claims held by any local authority in England and Wales.
The statutory extension of rights for media representatives to visit council offices, in person, to inspect and request copies of documents, is a significant reform and a boost to investigative journalists across the two countries.
By law, councils must advertise a 20-working day period in which the accounts of the previous financial year are open to public view, including inspection by representatives of the news media. The majority of councils run the process in either June or July.
Until now, it was impossible for journalists to access contracts and spending data held by councils in other areas without relying on the Freedom of Information Act – which does not allow inspection in person.
Reporters had to show that they paid Council Tax in the borough, or were listed on the electoral register for the district, before they were counted as “interested persons” with a legal right to pore over documents.
The new rights are enshrined in a statutory revision of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, which says that during the audit period, councils must make “all books, deeds, contracts, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to the records” available for inspection and copying, but only to “local government electors” in the area.
The new Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017 extends this right to “any journalist and citizen journalist”, defined as “any person who produces for publication any journalistic material whether paid to do so or otherwise”.
The separate right to question the auditor and to raise formal objections to the accounts remains restricted to local government electors.
The revised law, which was passed by Parliament at the end of April, included a two-month ‘lead-in’ period to give councils time to prepare for the new inspection regime and to re-draft the public notices which inform voters and journalists of their rights to examine the documents and to question the auditor.
But there are indications that local authorities are not keeping up to speed with the change in the law, as statutory notices which must appear in a local newspapers and also on council websites often reflect the old position restricting access to local electors.
Kensington and Chelsea Council, which yesterday abandoned a cabinet meeting after media organisations won a court victory overturning a ban on media attendance, is one of several authorities which have not worded statutory notices to reflect the revised law.
The London borough’s accounts for 2016-2017 are currently open for public inspection (and will be until 21 July) but the notice on the website omits to state that the right to make an appointment to inspect and copy the accounts are also available to “any journalist or citizen journalist”. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A605 accident blackspot carnage continues as air ambulance called out to latest incident

Two adults, sustained serious injuries and have been airlifted to hospital following a RTC on the A605 earlier this morning. 

In  attendance in addition to police were fire crews, Magpas air ambulance and the East of England Ambulance Service.
Paramedics were alerted at 8.15am, the incident closed the A605 between Coates and the A141.

Meanwhile Shailesh Vara MP has taken up the shocking road safety record of the A605 with a couple of hard hitting letters requesting investigation and some positive action.

Vara Calls For Action on A605 Accident Blackspot

Following the recent tragic accident between Elton and Peterborough in which a man died, Shailesh Vara MP has written to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, and Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council, asking them to take action to prevent further accidents.
The A605 has a long history of serious accidents and in the last two months alone some four people have died in vehicle collisions. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Report crime ONLINE urge Cambridgeshire Police

Message from Superintendent Martin Brunning
Cambridgeshire Police are currently receiving exceptionally high numbers of calls to both 999 and 101.

Please only dial 999 in a genuine emergency. If the situation you are calling about is not an emergency, please consider reporting information online:
rather than dialling 101.

Non-emergency incidents where the suspects are not at the scene, such as theft, criminal damage and burglary can be reported via -
Anti-social or careless driving can also be reported on our website - 
Thank you for your co-operation at this busy time.
Superintendent Martin Brunning E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Monday, June 19, 2017


From the Hornets Nest

Readers of the Peterborough Tribune will know that from time to time we include posts from THE HORNETS NEST a blog like ours that fearlessly looks at what is going on inside the Town Hall of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

This started after The Hornets Nest exclusively tipped us off that Cllr Marco Cereste was allegedly hatching a financial plot with the then Leader of RBK&C Sir Merrick 'Pooter' Cockell, to transport en masse several hundred (possibly a few thousand) social housing tenants from North Kensington to Peterborough.

Our current information from Kensington sources ( in June 2017 ) is that certain councillors on the Peterborough City Council allegedly closely connected with the planning committee are STILL in favour of this City accepting the money and 'a train load' of social tenants from North Kensington. Anyone who can add the detail, please contact us!  

The dumping of their North Kensington residents on Peterborough would have freed up several rows of carriage houses for converting into multi-million pound prime investment properties.

Cllr Cereste (and his Conservative cohorts which included the current Planning Committee chief Cllr Chris Harper) had also negotiated from the amazingly wealthy Royal Borough, we understand, a sizeable cash bounty for the PCC coffers, in return for our City taking the North Kensington residents.  

The PBROTrib has also from time to time carried blogs from the new Labour MP for Kensington Emma Dent-Coed.

Her letter relating to the Grenfell Tower block tragedy is reproduced below and we know the multi-cultural residents of Peterborough would wish to send their heartfelt collective condolences to all concerned, and also to those who are now tasked and working to recover those persons who perished in this, and other all too frequent incidents.  

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 10:57 AM PDT
In 2013 the leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was none other than that awful
political poseur, Sir Merrick 'Pooter' Cockell.

Pooter had a phenomenal record for expense claiming on international 'fact finding' sprees...until the Dame put a stop to his little games killing off his hopes of a peerage.

Pooter Playing Elder Statesman!

Money mad Pooter was at one time triple jobbing on the taxpayer to such an extent that he was earning more than the PM!

Nothing gave Pooter greater pleasure than being driven around in the mayor's new Bentley and hobnobbing with rich property magnates.

Not bad for an ex-fag salesman with not a qualification to his name. 
Pompous Pooter has now re-invented himself as a lobbyist and an adviser to PA Consulting (thanks to his mate, Jon Moynihan).

Obviously, the last thing Pooter wants is to be dragged into the Grenfell Tower tragedy so we need to make clear this threatening letter, to Eddie Daffern of Grenfell Action Group, was sent out in July 2013 and Pooter resigned in May, 2013 so that's ok then....


Posted: 18 Jun 2017 03:39 AM PDT

The Rt Hon. Amber Rudd 17th June 2017
The Home Secretary
2 Marsham St,

Dear Home Secretary
I welcome the recent announcement that the very necessary step has been taken to appoint a government Task Force to coordinate all relief and support in this disaster. This is not a moment too soon: we have been hearing this morning of experienced and organised volunteer groups’ despair at being asked to stand back when there was little or no help to replace them.
I have been in discussion over the past few days with local charities, voluntary organisations, and groups of volunteers working for affected residents. They have made representations to me, on the basis of which I I have collated a list of the following key issues they are facing and insist that the following actions are taken:
Immediate support for those affected
  1. No household or individual should have to contact many different parties to get the help they need. Every affected household or individual should have a named officer/social worker, and any handovers done with named replacements. Support should be available 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week.

  1. There must be officials from all relevant government departments and agencies on site to deal with benefit claims, identity documents, any issues related to immigration status and all other key administrative and bureaucratic issues.

  1. Those who need to bury their loved ones must be linked up with the free funeral services being so generously offered.

  1. I have been told that some people who have lost their homes have been sent out of borough and are being given only £10 per day subsistence. If this is accurate it must be addressed without delay.

  1. Those affected and in employment must receive help to inform employers so that they do not lose work because of this disaster.

  1. A very firm commitment that in the short, mid and long-term, residents affected are located within the borough or in close neighbouring boroughs - so they are close to their local networks, schools, work and communities - must be formally announced and communicated to all residents without delay.

  1. As soon as possible I would like to see a full and detailed breakdown of every category and approximate of person, what is being done for them, and where they are being relocated. This to include any temporary or AirB&B guests who may have been staying in the building.

  1. Information, reassurance and advice must be given to neighbouring residents living in towers, along with a timetable of safety checks, especially those in the Silchester estate.

Co-ordination of relief response
  1. There must be a single point of contact and a coordinated response to offers of support by volunteers whose skills and experience are needed, such as counsellors and psychotherapists and solicitors.
  1. There must be regular briefings throughout the day to all those involved in the relief effort, with a single point of contact in each group and a single point of contact for requests for information.

  1. Links must be established between donated funds and those who so desperately need them. Kensington and Chelsea Foundation are a well-established group and we need to see a robust method of getting funds out where needed and without delay.

I appreciate that fulfilling the above will require significant resources and do not want to minimise the scale of the task ahead. No doubt your team has collated a similar task list and I would be grateful for sight of this, and to have your firm commitment that all the above issues have been taken on board.
Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary response of both the emergency services and the local community. Their input has been exceptional and unprecedented and offers an example to us all of what can be achieved when communities work together.
I look forward to your early response.
A copy of this letter is being sent to Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, Leader of Council of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Emma Dent Coad

MP for Kensington

In addition, The Independent quotes lawyers Bindmans:

John Halford, a public law specialist for Bindmans solicitors, who have acted for the Hillsborough families, among other high-profile cases against public bodies, said there were various ways in which criminal proceedings could be brought against public authorities, if they were found culpable in the catastrophe.

He said the Crown Prosecution Service could use health and safety law to prosecute public bodies, as in the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent man who was shot dead by anti-terrorist officers at a London tube station.

“There may be some pressure on the health and safety executive over the future taking of criminal proceedings against public authorities if it turns out that the building was not as it should have been legally.

“If it turns out that there is state responsibility, people could also seek compensation under the Human Rights Act – although this is usually not the first thing on people’s minds in these cases.”






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THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

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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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