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Friday, May 30, 2014

POPTASTIC PARK ELUDES FUNNY MAN STEVE ALLEN BUT GETS THE FERRIS WHEEL TURNING ON BOURGES BOULEVARD


There is a story going round Westminister that Ed Milibands Labour Party are considering hiring Peterborough Conservative MP Stewart Jackson of  '#MPsexpenses'  fame, to carry on full time electioneering for any Conservative Candidates during the General Election!  Wacco Jacco as we've dubbed him was seen 'on the stump' for comedian DJ Steve Allen
Parked: Funny man Tory Candidate Steve Allen
who ran for the Park ward seat ( and possibly still running... last seen north of Rutland) it was won despite Waccos electioneering efforts for Mr Allen,  by local campaigner Richrd Ferris for Labour, who already works closely with Labour Cllr John Shearman  - also of Park Ward. 




We also hear that the back bench Peterborough Central MP hasn't met up with the Dear Leader, also a Tory,  for a good 18 months!  
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I apologise for comparing @MarcoCereste to Kim Jong Un, the well known North Korean dictator. Kim is a better media performer.
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Meanwhile Vince Parker has been dashing off e-mails to Richard Ferris. Naturally the PBROTRIB sits on the fence.... 
Hi,
Can you use any of this email to my old acquaintance, Richard Ferris ?

I see that Jacko is having a pop at Cereste, as per the front page of today's Peterborough Telegraph, and who can blame him ! Is the enemy of the enemy a 'kind-of' friend, or should I still consider him to be just an arrant pratt who is going to disappear with the next election ?

Kind regards,
Vince

-------Original Message-------
From: Vincibabe
Date: 29/05/2014 19:43:21
Subject: Bourges Boulevard 'transformation'
Hi Richard,
Here we go again, yet another multi-million pound city-centre re-modelling project !
Neither of us, as far as I am aware, have the necessary expertise to comment on the Cost/Benefit to the city of this project.
Maybe nobody ever bothered to do a Cost/Benefit analysis?  
As a City Councillor, would you, or one of your colleagues, care to enquire about this ?
How will this project generate budgetary savings, at a time when basic civil services are being cut back in the name of austerity ?!
Similarly, neither of us, as far as I know,are in any position to judge the effect on traffic flow in this area.
The present city-centre traffic flow, for various obvious reasons, tends to suffer from congestion and delays whenever things get busy.
Has a detailed traffic-flow projection/study been made to indicate what the likely result of this re-development ?
Once again, could enquiry be made please ?
Now Richard, I know that you have both solid qualifications and experience when it comes to 'matters arboreal' --- If anyone knows about trees, it's you !
I read that the widened centre of Bourges Boulevard will have thirty Lime Trees planted along it. These are anticipated to be some ten metres, or in 'old money', over thirty feet, tall.
In Peterborough, most people are all too familiar Lime Trees along the city streets and what has happened to them.
Only very recently, it has finally been admitted that the complete removal of all branches, twigs and leaves on an annual basis is unnecessary. It encourages the growth of twigs and leaves all the way down the tree-trunk to the floor ('epicormic' growth), which then restricts the space available for pedestrians on the pavement.
More critically, at T-junctions motorists' vision is also partially blocked by this epicormic growth. The denuding of the trees produces a self-perpetuating requirement for on-going maintenance.
This in turn generates steady profit for the contractors to whom this activity has been 'out-sourced'.
If the Lime Trees are not regularly pruned, then their normal growth will create the spread of branches which will go over the roadway at a height at which they will strike high vehicles, like double-decker buses, for example.
 
This requirement will generate a steady profit for the contractors to whom this activity has been 'out-sourced'.
Lime Trees (and Sycamores) are recognised as being attractive to aphids. These produce a sticky fluid, sometimes called 'honey due', which makes the surface underneath sticky and assists the build up of wind-blown dust and dirt. Lime Trees also grow plenty of good-sized leaves. They shed these every year, frequently accompanied by small, brittle twigs, giving plenty of 'natural' litter.
I was told, rightly or wrongly, that the existing 'street cleaning' contract, presently with Messrs Amey, does not include the removal of leaves, or the cleaning of non-paved areas. (It seems that the wind has to blow the leaves on to the road, from where a lorry with rotating brushes can then pick them up, without any manual effort).
The requirement to keep this enlarged central area of Bourges Boulevard clean will thus generate steady profit for the contractors to whom 'street-cleaning' has been out-sourced.
It must be anticipated that from time to time a vehicle will mount the central reservation and crash into one of the new Lime Trees.
This is a reasonable supposition, as accidents presently happen here at regular intervals. These accidents are on-going and evidenced by the recurring damage to the metal divider currently running down the middle of the road. It would appear that local records would be able to quantify the frequency. As ever, safety provisions dictate that barriers will be required to prevent vehicles from mounting or crossing the enlarged central reservation. Thus, no pedestrians will use this area in which litter will accumulate.
However, there was no sign of any barriers in the 'artist's impression' that was publicised. This showed pedestrians blythely strolling across the road and crossing the central reservation with no traffic or anything else to stop them !
A bit misleading, don't you think ?
Never-the-less, since barriers are unlikely to prevent all vehicles, all the time, from hitting the new Lime Trees, it would be prudent to budget for both repairs and tree replacement costs.
More money to be spent !
All-in-all, the whole project looks like a poorly thought-out scheme which will put large amounts of public funds into the pockets of contractors.
Or, have I missed something ?
Despite all of the above observations, if there are going to be plants, shrubs, bushes or trees along the length of an enlarged central reservation of Bourges Boulevard, what would you suggest, Richard ?
Looking forward to your comments,
Kind Regards,
Vince Parker


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