Peter Slinger writes: They originally said £750,000 with a deadline of March to raise it but now it is the highest bidder with a deadline of 16 January.
As there is so much wrong with this site from difficult access, east coast main line noise, major electricity mains requiring way-leaves, potential archaeology and as they have engineered the two month tender period to include the Christmas holiday and therefore making fund-raising extremely difficult, I think this is a scam and they have no intention of letting the Green Backyard stay nor do they want the best price.
They have clearly got other plans - perhaps they have a stooge lined up to buy it at a snip and then lease it back to them with vacant possession - perhaps to build the "Civic Suite" that they have been planning since 2004 and which was not feasible until they had removed the statutory allotment status (which letting it to GBY has very effectively achieved).
PBROTRIBnote: The villain in the piece is an overpaid council executive Simon Machin. Cllr Turnip is on the Planning Committee. Your comments would no doubt be welcomed...
Just Fancy That: A reader writes:
I've just been reading the social care survey. It is also a good example of how sloppy people being paid £117,000 a year salaries are in Peterborough! Check out the end of the sections on Helping people feel safer & Supporting people with dementia and their carers on page 5. http://www.peterborough.gov.uk/health_and_social_care/service_user_survey.aspx
Helping people to feel safer
In the 2012/13 survey people told us that they did not always feel safe. The council is working on ways to help people feel safer and protect adults at risk at abuse. One example of this is the ‘Safe Place Scheme’. The project helps adults with learning disabilities cope with any incident that takes place whilst they are out and about in the community. You can read more about it in the Local Account (include hyperlink here).
Supporting people with dementia and their carers
In the Carers Survey that was undertaken in late 2012 people told us that they did not feel supported in caring for family members with dementia. Peterborough is now leading the way with a range of innovative approaches to support people with dementia and their carers. You can read about some of these in the Local Account (include hyperlink here).
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