Prime Minister David Cameron will be so proud! A Peterborough city councillor who pleaded NOT Guilty, then following a very expensive Public Trial was found GUILTY, SUBSTANTIALLY FINED AND HAD TO PAY COSTS plus A VICTIM SURCHARGE, CON-VICTED of Criminal damage (deliberately keying a car in a B&Q Car Park) is welcomed back into the inner Conservative Group and Council Cabinet.
The then 56-year old lag Cllr Peter Hiller was replaced in Cabinet last year, but Cllr Marco Cereste then blasted off at the justice system, with some choice language we are not willing to repeat here, no doubt the CPS might like to consider the outburst....
The Dear Leader Cllr Marco Cereste boasted on election night that he had two 'new councillors' in his camp and would remain leader and form a Cabinet... he has, and it includes Cllr Hiller.
We would also like to record the work of journalist Ken McErlain, who is the latest professional to exit the once a week Peterborough Telegraph newsroom and heading for the saner environs of Boston.... for what its worth, the PT office water cooler will take his place at the Press Table at future council meetings...
Meanwhile back to the No Overall Control council. Following the Dear Leaders Coronation Cllr. Marco Cereste, the leader of Peterborough City Council, has announced his cabinet for the coming year.
Cllr Peter Hiller (Con, Northborough) was booted off the cabinet 12 months ago after being convicted of ‘keying’ a car in a Peterborough car park.
Cllr Cereste has confirmed that PRIVATE EYE Rotten Boroughs Runner Up and convicted lag Cllr Peter Hiller now holds the Cabinet seat for Planning and Housing Services. Clearly the ability to tell lies unconvincingly on oath is a prime asset to be suitably rewarded, the Conservative Party must be really proud.
The lag Peter Hiller was previously cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and planning. But dear reader wait, it gets better. Hillers new role also includes overseeing the management of city traveller sites, and responsibility for emergency planning and flood risk management. Just don't give him the keys to the sluice gates Marco! And if you live in a flood prone area......MOVE!
Meanwhile Cllr Cereste seemingly reserves all the areas where some profit can still be usefully made outside of the council. Essentially in charge of growth, strategic planning, housing, economic development and business engagement. Not much left really...but you dear reader are again so wrong ( this really is comedy gold, if it wasn't so serious...)
Cllr John Holdich keeps edukashun, skills and university. Amazingly Councillor Sheila Scott, national spokesperson for the owners of private (and some very abusive) adult care homes astonishingly remains Cabinet Member for the failing Peterborough Childrens' Services. Hopefully she will be better briefed and groomed in future ...
Cllr Graham Casey gets the soft role as Cabinet Adviser for culture and recreation. Already farmed out to loss-making Vivacity now offering iffy 'lipo' treatments by non-medically qualified staff in its beauty salons, competing with PCC business ratepayers..
Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, currently 'larding' it overseas on holiday - clearly too busy to attend the first Council meeting - when not sending out tweets - is the Cabinet honcho for Adult Social Care, although all health responsibilities move to a new cabinet adviser Councillor Diane Lamb. Clearly curved ball time...
The Cabinet Adviser for Health 'supports the dear leader on all health matters including overseeing the public heath agenda and related functions'. The Dear Leader Marco gets the kudos and invitations to the top table? You decide!
Cllr David Seaton remains as Cabinet Member for Resources, and takes on the added responsibility of council staff and the human resources strategy. Thought SERCO had all that tied up?
Cllr Nigel North also continues to be responsible for leading the council’s seriously daft Environment Capital quest , originally spun out of a BT PR stunt, but several years later taken seriously, when other Cities have moved away from anything green or environmental, on cost grounds....
He takes on the added responsibility for neighbourhood and community support including community cohesion, community safety, drugs prevention, the youth offending service and the Troubled Families programme known locally as Connecting Families. Clearly Cllr North will now have to substantially raise his game and basic neighbourhood communications skills, rather than simply dashing off emails!
The role title is Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment Capital.
Married man, Cllr Gavin Elsey, (has anyone actually ever examined his council smart phone emails and council messaging? ) previously Cabinet Member Culture, Recreation and Waste Management takes on an impossible task, the responsibility for leading and developing the council’s internal and external communications strategy to enhance the reputation of the council both locally and nationally.
Not at all helped when Minister Eric Pickles 'Residents are lawfully allowed to film council meetings' directive is brutally stamped on by the SERCO beadle. Someone at Westminster should be reviewing all SERCOs' contracts....Oh, they are... Minister Pickles can be reached on email@example.com Gillian Beasley might also like to consider thed Pickles directive, along with some of the duff legal advice dished out at the first council meeting...
He'll rejoice in the title of Cabinet Member for 'Street Scene', Waste Management and Communications, or 'Spin, Pigeon Wash and Rubbish Maestro' to the tune of 'Brown bin in the ring...'
Cllr Lucia Serluca gets a tough role as she takes over responsibility for the management of the city centre, including events and will also be responsible for culture and recreation including overseeing the work of Vivacity, supported by Councillor Casey.
As she at one time held the Dep mayor position she will also informally advise Cllr 'Travelling' Turnip ( He's only gone and purchased a white Caravan!) the new Dep. Mayor, on how to slide the peas off his knife at Civic functions.
With a hat tip to the No Overall Control political position The Dear Leader has proclaimed: “I have agreed to set up a cross-party working group of councillors who will spend the next six months shaping our budget proposals for 2015/16.” Well that's all right then, keeps them all busy in the run up to the General Election!
Apologies if anyone has been missed out...
Kindly Note: An Updated version of this blogpost, will ALWAYS be found on the website E&OE google.com/+JulianBray All Enquiries 01733 345581 >>>> Police 101. Emergency 999. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. <<<< CLICK ON RSS PANEL BELOW TO SEE ALL LATEST POST UPDATES & LATER BREAKING NEWS ADDITIONS . .