|There's a hole in my PCC bucket ...|
Park Ward resident Vince Parker, spotted newly elected Labour Cllr Richard Ferris in the street, and stuffed this helpful note into his top pocket....
It reads more like a bucket list, but there again Pauli ' Cereste ' Walnuts ( until last week the fabled Dear Leader ) is probably already drilling holes in the bottom of it.
The contents would however seem to apply to all our councillors, old and new, apart from the two that Pauli Cereste Walnuts says he already has lined up to vote with the Conservatives.... Vince has agreed to add to the list, from time to time.
Your concern with local affairs in Park Ward, well supported by councillor Shearman, has resulted in genuine improvement to the quality of life for those of us who live here.
As the balance of power in the council has changed, it is my hope that you and your colleagues will now at last be able to bring about change to the way in which the civic affairs of the city of Peterborough are managed and organised.
Many local issues are the direct result of an inefficient, incompetent organisation, together with a cavalier attitude to the spending of public funds.
As no effective check is or has been in place recently, the situation has worsened as time has passed.
However, now "The times they are a-changin", I hope that it will finally be possible to make real and lasting changes to the way in which Peterborough City Council is run.
It is apparent that the present 'cabinet' set-up is of no benefit to anyone, except to those very few individuals that are able to personally profit from it.
With the success of the German economy as an example, and, fresh in our minds, the most recent European Parliament elections, which are presented to us as being the very epitome of democratic process, it is apparent that our archaic 'first past the post' system is no longer an acceptable way to choose who will run today's society:
Peterborough City Councillors should also be appointed in proportion to the votes that have been cast, just as Euro MPs are.
This at least would serve to curb the ability of a few individuals to impose their personal opinions on the city, with the resultant wastage of public funds which is now so blatantly apparent. The expenditure of almost three million pounds on a non-viable solar energy park scheme is but one example of this present mal-administration.
Here are a few other items which clearly indicate that remedial action is now long overdue.
(Without doubt, there are many, many more instances of money being squandered).
-- The Bretton water-park public health drama
-- The Icelandic banking disaster (£3.0 million)
-- The Cathedral Square York-stone paving.
-- Cathedral Square : First fountains
-- Cathedral Square : Demolition of First Fountains
-- Cathedral Square : Installation of Second Fountains
-- Cathedral Square : 'Repairs' to Second Fountains filtration equipment
-- The 'charmless' plastic planters purchase.
-- Outsourcing of basic services to the short-lived 'Enterprise Peterborough'.
-- Payments made for the non-cleaning of the city's pavements and un-paved areas.
-- Payments made for the non-emptying of the city's litter-bins.
-- Payments made to contractors without effective control of work-standards.
-- Failure to carry out cost/benefit analyses before initiating major works.
-- The multi-million pound 'tree-survey'
-- The unnecessary annual 'tree-butchery'.
-- The payment of inappropriately high salaries.
-- The creation of sinecure posts with 'valueless' job descriptions.
-- The inability to reform an overly-generous pension scheme.
-- The inability to limit corporate borrowing to reasonable and sensible levels.
-- The inability to exercise suitable budgetary control in the light of declining revenue forecasts.
Please see what you can do ........
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