No, this isn't one of the London Plane trees, paid for by public subscription, ripped out of Bridge Street (and more to go in Long Causeway) but Peterborough City Council Leader Marco Cereste 'planting one'.
When it is justified, the PBROTRIB is normally highly constructively critical of the Dear Leaders antics, which seems to have resulted in a multi million pound debt for the City (with a little additional help from Westminster) but as he has now taken to social media, Marco seems to be doing the job for us, as some other plucky citizens have now publicly put their own concerns forward....
The story goes that in a series of shabby backroom deals the Peterborough "No Overall Control" Conservatives, are now allegedly in bed with and being supported by ....... LABOUR! But gentle reader, this isn't post Election posituioning its alleged that its been going on for several years.... Currently Cllr Nick Thurlbourn (LAB) is on a committee and the allegations flying around this week centre on that council buisness voting, is all sectioned off, and agreed between Marco & Naz before the council meeting! Now we say these are all allegations, but having heard slight variations of the same accusation from several good sources, perhaps the Dear Leader might like to comment? Our columns as they say are open.... but unlike the once a week newspaper not likely to roll over to have our editorial tummy tickled anytime soon ...
But back to our picture Marco standing near a spade and plane tree...this is what yet another Lincolnshire company says:
This is L&H Homes are celebrating the successful progress of their £20 million investment in Peterborough City Centre. The housing provider’s sizable investment has already resulted in almost 100 new homes in the heart of the city.
Key partners and representatives from Peterborough City Council, Westleigh Developments Ltd, L&H Homes and Longhurst Group met on 15th July to officially mark the completion of the Hatton Grange in Windsor Avenue. The development boasts 85 new homes provided by L&H Homes, and an additional 32 Westleigh properties. The partners also visited a second development, Lydney Grange in Midland Road, where seven homes have been completed to date with plans for a further 82 by spring 2015. [.... just in time for the General Election! ED.]
The rapidly expanding Peterborough population has created an overwhelming demand for affordable housing in the city. L&H Homes is responding to the growing local need by regenerating these two former brownfield sites. Their homes are designed to meet the broad needs of today’s society and both developments include properties for intermediate rent, built for people in housing need, as well as shared ownership and Help to Buy properties designed to help people to get onto the housing ladder.
After assessing local demand, L&H Homes also decided to provide their first market rent homes to help address the shortfall of quality private rent homes in the city.
To mark the completion of the homes at Hatton Grange, Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, planted a tree and officially declared the site complete saying “I am delighted these homes are now complete and people can move in.
“Having a place to call home is incredibly important and we are happy to work with our partners to help create affordable, good quality homes for people in Peterborough.”
Mike Hardy, Managing Director of L&H Homes said: “We’re enjoying a very successful working relationship with Peterborough City Council and Westleigh Developments. The regeneration and development of these sites is vital to the city and to L&H Homes, and by providing mixed tenure schemes we are going some way to satisfy a local need for new homes.”
With a high demand for housing in Peterborough there has been an increase in the number of developments. The partnership between L&H Homes, Westleigh and the city council is extending to the Walton area with the development on Windsor Avenue which is set to deliver further 85 homes.
“We’re investing £20 million over the next few years to provide over 170 homes in Peterborough,” added Mike Hardy. “We’re very pleased to be working with Peterborough City Council who has been proactive in securing much needed affordable homes for the city’s future alongside Westleigh Developments, with whom we have a very strong and successful working partnership.”
Councillor Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “This is another fantastic housing development for Peterborough and the developers have done a great job in giving this site a second lease of life. This will create more affordable homes for residents, on top of a record number built in the city last year, and will become an important part of the wider area’s development.
“As Peterborough continues to grow, it’s vital that we regenerate old sites as well as creating new ones. This site is next to a key gateway into the city and it’s certainly going to impress visitors. [!!!!!]”
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