Oh Peachy! Bang, Flash, Wallop, Wot a Picture. Wot a photograph! (Apologies to National Treasure Tommy Steele who is currently at the Peterborough Broadway in Bill Kenwrights touring production of Scrooge) .....
....trouble is the snap happy councillor didn't get a signed 'model release' and clear it with the boys parents for commercial print and publication. Now the Daily Mail is on the case..... 286 comments racked up so far says the newspaper!
Tory local bigwig and property company boss Cllr John Peach, 54, can however breath a sigh of relief as contrary to commonly held opinion, there is no law that actually prohibits taking pictures of children in public places .... but we suggest the doughty councillor quickly gets a free Specsavers eye test - the road sign reads 30 mph, and not 20 mph, as suggested in his photocaption... Still with a £15 million black hole in the council accounts looming... you could say the local Tories have difficulty with numbers... Peachy!
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We spent loads of money on consultants and fountains, so times are tight. I’ve let you all get on with it, but equally happy to distribute the slender Community Leaders funding far and wide, leaving little for spending – no Spring/Summer Planting and the Green Wheel is a mess - inside our tiny run down ward, except within the fabled golden triangle (bounded by the Park Farm Pillar Box (square yard of black topping and two concrete posts CLF £900) The Primary School, of which I’m proud to say I’m a governor i/c gardens and soil, loads of my allocated CLF wonga has gone in there. Cushty! (£1,800 for raised veg. beds for the infants) –wonder if the ‘sprouts’ can do me some sprouts in time for Christmas? Geddit? The third point of the triangle is my own bijou residence. Gonna have a special parking space, electric car even...well might do.
I’ve also done great work on the planning committee. I get extra allowances for that too, betcha didn’t know that? Oh you did. Oh and another committee, err 3 in all? I’m even mentioned in the current Key Theatre pantomime! Oh, no I isn’t! See what I did there?
Once again its proved to be a great year for voluntary work both in our community and further afield. So people keep at it the more work you put in the less hassle for Team Turnip!
The Park Farm Pumas continue to go from strength to strength, a bit like japanese knotweed and have joined forces with some Cardea volunteers , not all the residents included, so they a bit hacked off. to set up a sports association working with the city council and Persimmon Homes on the new pavilion and sports fields project.
And guess what I’m happy to say some of my CLF funding has gone into that too. I’m certain they will produce the accounts one day but whilst we are having so much fun who cares? They continue to offer a superb and inspirational youth football experience to many children from all over Peterborough. They are not too good at the paperwork but there again, thanks to all the parents and guardians, paying out for all the gear and repeat subscriptions. I’m just overjoyed to help in my little way… In off me 'ead....
Stanground Community Association, I’m the Secretary you know! Pillar of the Community…stuffed the building full of commercial, rent paying outfits, even a dodgy Sunday outfit at one point. Funny how things turn out, but again several years accounts involving many, many thousands of pounds in public funding, are still not accounted for – its on the Charities Commission website just enter the number 271705, it continues to support many local groups and clubs, same faces, different names, the chat club for example gets public funding, for chatting! Marvellous! Just so happy to help, the ever popular summer family fun day was attended this year by the Mayor and our MP Shailesh Vara, but none of this could happen if people didn't volunteer so much time to this valued community centre. So keep volunteering, make ME look good! I think we even paid off the band twice over, it's that good!
The Friends of
And not forgetting all our individual volunteers who give their time freely to help out in so many others ways across the city. Not forgetting those who volunteer as a team, hate to think you would be left out…
Proof indeed that such a selfless attitude to our community (can’t use the word neighbourhoods as we cut that - some councillors had to hand back their allowances, bad day that.
It has however come to my attention that some of you, who have given so much of your time for the good of others, have suffered the slings and arrows of unwarranted criticism by what I can only describe as an ‘internet troll’. I have however now seen the error of my ways and promised to stop being a complete turnip and might even turn the comments back on, so we can communicate on my Conservative Party website. But we won’t be having that signer from
I like to be modest. I for example stopped BURGERKING in its tracks. Cllr Walsh used to teach English as a foreign language, told me it is posh to talk in the third person, so here goes: This spineless individual ( see I am being ever so humble) brings nothing of value to our community, it would get nicked anyway. To question the most valiant efforts of others whilst himself doing nothing apart from post poisonous diatribe ( must look that up – nicked it from our ‘key man’ and very recently criminally convicted Conservative Cllr Peter Hiller – a full Crown Court trial at great public expense, paid for by you taxpayers), displays his level of hypocrisy and the reason why you should treat his actions with contempt and ignore him, indeed let such envy of your success drive you to even greater heights in 2014. But that is enough about serially useless me and my convicted Conservative councillor.
Big finish. As your ward councillor, democratically elected with a good 300 or so majority, I am very thankful, proud and honoured to work with you and I know our ward and many others in Peterborough are too. Keep up the great work. Me? I’m a bit busy at the moment, endless round of drinks parties, meeting MP’s, might pop over to B&Q for a do. Buy a second black suit even.
May I wish you (won’t include the wife or my family) and your families and friends a truly Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014. Because I know that I’ll be having one! Pass the port… .
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