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Friday, November 22, 2013

Pokies for Cllr Seaton ........


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Just in case anyone missed the bold and brave email Sarah Tomkins sent to the rotund Cllr Seaton, PCC Cabinet Member for Resources ( and the PBROTRIB wishes her well, hoping for a informative honest response that actually answers her very clearly expressed questions - always a first, they say ). It is reproduced in full below.

She should however understand that democracy as repeatedly demonstrated by PCC Tory councillors, the current majority party, involves 'a good whipping' essentially agreeing matters in private session before the council meeting, and before they have listened to any debate, then robotically voting as previously agreed or whipped, normally as one ( Cllr Turnip usually a few seconds late, as he looks round to see how his majority party are voting).

Cllr Turnip who might also like to learn from the 'Crystal Methodist' Reverend Flowers - also a one time trustee for a charity - Cllr Turnip will know if he looks at the Charity Commission website  (enter number 271705) as Secretary, he is also sitting on a big financial black hole, in his registered charity balance sheet, stretching over several years). Stanground East is still BTW waiting for the Green Wheel riverside benches recycled from Bridge Street as promised by the Dear Leader..... and seasonal planting.

Sarah Tomkins suggests that council funds ie public money may have been misappropriated, so clearly an independent VERY ARMS LENGTH audit needs to be urgently put in motion by the Chief Executive Gillian Beasley (Ms Beasley isn't part of the majority party, and legally as a salaried council officer is deemed independent of the political process, and as a former Peterborough Council Solicitor is fully aware of the legal remit of her office) or the matter should be urgently referred back to Eric Pickles MP or his department.

Perhaps our two local MP's by copy of this post might like start the ball rolling?

The whole Blue Sky Peterborough Limited debacle can also be included. Clearly shedloads of public funding has somehow been allocated in a manner that keeps it off balance sheet. And it simply does not wash when councillors claim the company is dormant. The PBROTRIB has shown that it is still regarded as active.
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This is from a Key Decisions documents dated November 2013.

Legal Advisory Services for the City Council on Behalf of the Energy Services Company (ESCO) 
"Blue Sky Peterborough"
and
Related Projects and
other City Council
Major Development /
Investment Projects -
KEY/29NOV13/03

To award a cotnract {SIC] for the provision of legal advisory services. Councillor David Seaton Cabinet Member for Resources

November 2013
N/A

Sustainable Growth and Environment Capital
Relevant internal and external stakeholders.


Andrew Cox
Senior Category
Manager

andy.cox@peterborough.gov.uk
It is not anticipated that there will be any further documents
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Cllr Marco Cereste has again in his Town Hall Pravda column in the weekly newspaper, urged us all to attend to see 'democracy in action'  for some reason there is a typo, a space has been inserted between 'in' and 'action,' it will come as a shock to some that a Members Code of Conduct actually exists, and for some elected councillors they truly take scant regard of it.

One Conservative Councillor for example cannot even be bothered to turn up for meetings, and another Conservative councillor, is too frightened to meet her constituents in private. You know who you are! Stand up: Pam Kreling and Marion Todd, the PBROTRIB even marked Pams non attendance with a special award!

Beware the Demon Drink!

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Good to see Cllr Irene Walsh, clearly now on top of her mountain of Police and Crime Commissioner Scrutiny Committee (comes with a handy extra financial allowance!) paperwork, she complained that the electronically delivered mountain of documents needed to be individually printed out for her. But she has now taken up the cause of the excessive use of alcohol by youngsters.  Jolly Good Show!  Large Chardonnays all round. 

Finally the Dear Leader mentions Pizza Express founded by Peter Boizot in 1960 but sold on as a distress sale when it all went horribly wrong, and his company Mistvalley Ltd  went under. This is what the new owner says in this Telegraph Video and lays down some fiscal rules. He also told PWC  (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) to get lost... PwC have just been appointed to look at how the City Hospital can mitigate its losses...




I have emailed David Seaton, PCC Cabinet Member for Resources.

Hi David,

It was great to finally meet you in person on Monday. I've a quick query for you with regards to Council budgets if you don't mind.

Yesterday was Prime Ministers Questions. Children's Centres came up in two sections 2min30sec and 15min02sec.

In the first section, The Prime Minister stated that the Govt were increasing monies to local Councils for Children's Centres.

In the second section, the PM expanded further saying that the overall budget was 2.3billion in 2012/13 and they were increasing it to 2.5billion in 2014/15. For your information here is the link..http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03jp4vy/Prime_Ministers_Questions_20_11_2013/

We were led to believe that it was budget cuts that were affecting our services but now it 'appears' that this is not wholly accurate and I am concerned that there may be some misappropriation of funds somewhere within the Council Structure. With this in mind, I feel it would be neglectful of the Council to propose cuts/amendments to the current Children's Centre provision until they have proved to the residents of Peterborough that this funding from Westminster is being received and applied to its intended destination appropriately and that Peterborough City Council can be sure that it is providing its duty of care to residents both in the legal and moral sense.

There is clearly not enough information for members of the public to make informed decisions and form opinions on what is best for our City in regards to Children Centre provision and I am calling for this Consultation period to be annulled on this point alone.

Can I just refer you to some parts of the Constitution if I may:
Part 5, Section 1 - Members Code of Conduct.
Underpinning Principles.
i. Selflessness
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
iii. Objectivity
Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit,
using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
iv. Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions
and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
v. Openness
Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent
manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear
and lawful reasons for so doing.
vii. Leadership
Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They
should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to
challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

In respect of the above written expectations of the Council Members as written in the Constitution, I am therefore requesting that you, as Cabinet Member for Resources, in which your responsibilities involve annual
budgets and allocations, call on behalf of the public for the Consultation to be temporarily suspended or annulled on the grounds of insufficient information for the public to be able to participate fully (as is their legal right) and to also look into the budget increases as stated by the Prime Minister to enable a more accurate and informed Consultation to take place which in turn fulfils the Councils legal and moral duty of care to its residents.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Sarah Tomkins
Peterborough Against Poverty.

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