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Thursday, January 08, 2015


The last four Peterborough Public Realm venues close down...
6 January at 15:48 ·     Luminar Group Press Statement:
"Nightclubs should be seen as an important element to any town or city’s night time economy as not only do they create vital jobs, particularly for young people, but also help to stimulate footfall and revenue in the area.

"However, due to challenging trading conditions in Peterborough, we have taken the difficult decision to close Liquid. We would like to thank both our customers and employees for their much appreciated and loyal support over the years, and we will be working closely with our teams during this unfortunate transition period."

If proof was ever needed that the Dear Leader Marco Cerestes bordering on an obsessive dream of turning Peterborough into a replica downtown Rome (sans sunshine), is bad for City business, close on the heels of the Christmas closure of Citylink, the Luminar Group have now dramatically pulled the plug on all its Peterborough high capacity night clubs. This includes Liquid, Envy, Myu and New York, New York - all have all put up the shutters. 

It seems that only the lap dancing club is grinding out any footfall...  Its not only the loss of 28 Luminar jobs, but as the fabled tumbleweed continues to roll down the deserted nightime streets of the City Centre, Mr Cereste continues to claim its all working, he points to the opening of the Argo Lounge Café built on the ashes of the Barrista and the Council supported womens business network - both expensive flops.

Argo had 400 on opening night, shrills the Dear Leader,  but Dear Marco, it needs to sustain that number of covers every night.... month in, month out.

The dear leader will remember that Carluccios opened with a bang, look at it now, following the pasting the Peterborough unit received on the TV 'Secret Boss' programme?

We also hear that the curse of Bridge Street has struck again, the Cornish Pasty Café is closing down and flogging off its shop fittings.  The Works - good for remaindered hard cover books  i.e. selling at a fraction of original cover price -  has cut back the hours of its staff.  The curse of zero hours contracts perhaps? 

The simple truth is that cutting evening buses and other feeder transport services into the City, at the end of Summer was probably the last straw for the younger mobile population, and devastating for older house bound folk. 

A few messages exchanged on social media, and your young and mobile free-spending population instantly decamps to other more attractive and welcoming City Centres (such as Cambridge, Milton Keynes) or board trains to London.

 Simply 'footfall' as the retail analysts call it is weakening in the City Centre  and now that work has started up again on the Bourges Boulevard euro-funded folly with its ridiculously wide pavements to nowhere and narrow lane 30 mph speed limited highway (30 mph will be the new permanent speed restriction after the works finish and the overhead covered walkway removed, all just before the May General Election....) will add to the demise of the City Centre.

Word is that the bosses of the new Waitrose are less than happy with financial results so far, especially as the nearby Lidl (doing huge business...) has just expanded it store offer, and put in a whole new in-store bakery.  

The failure of the Amey contractors on a 30year plus contract to properly keep our City clean, the evidence is all here on this link, and the inability of the council officers to 'police' their activities, contributes to the general decline. 

Relentless unwanted city centre changes and the gentrification of whole neighbourhoods, putting affordable house beyond the reach of young families.

Its the perfect storm, sadly none of the councillors, except for a handful (seven to be precise) who do put in the hours - you know who you are, and we thank you - seem to care as long as they can trouser the generous tax free allowances, stick to the pre - arranged voting plan ...and keep their collective heads down. Cushty! 

An examination of Cllr Turnips voting record and non party councillor activity is a prime example.

 Cllr Turnip meets the Ambassador for Asias' poorest country East Timor (twinned with East Stanground?); no doubt getting a few practical tips on 'penny pinching' following the latest slash and burn council budget 

Meanwhile the PBROTRIB phones have been ringing...Stanground  Councillors Cllr Harper (aka Cllr Turnip)  and the Dear Leader Marco Cereste are up for election in May clinging onto their increasingly toxic Conservative tickets. Callers tell us Cllr Turnip who heads the Planning committee having launched an all out campaign to stop a Stanground Burgerking opening but ended up with a Subway... is seemingly sitting on his hands as a cherished local Stanground Village pub possibly soon to be renamed  'The Golden Lion of Afghanistan'  is to be turned into an Afghanistan community centre run exclusively for their community. 

- soon to be a Pub with no beer...

The pub sits alongside Church Street, a notorious Peterborough traffic rat run, couple that with the 200 plus cars expected to attend the new centre every Friday Saturday and Sunday. They will in effectively park all around Stanground Village. It will in effect gridlock old Stanground Village. And make it impossible for the retired folks living further up Church Street to cross the road, an accident black spot, as there is still no proper protected pedestrian crossing point. The pub will be acquired by the Peterborough Anglia Sikh Association (PASA). The  Facebook page is worth a visit. Try this helpful link.

At a recent Faiths Council Assembly this fascinating insight into the Sikh community was given: 

 Dr Jagjit Singh Srai (JSS) an active member and founder trustee of the Cambridge Sikh Society which is focused on providing Cambridge with its Sikh Gurdwara.  He has been the primary interface between the local Sikh community and the University and is also active in supporting the Sikh international agenda linking with others on the topics of Sikh human and political rights.
JSS began by talking about what Sikhs are: founded by Guru Nanak Dev towards the end of the 1400s, the Sikh nation was created at the end of the 1600s; Sikhs have a strong military tradition and much of India was under Sikh rule in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Sikhs have lived under Mogul, British and India rule, which has sometimes resulted in tension and persecution.
They form less than 2% of the Indian population;  there are now more than  25m Sikhs worldwide and the Sikh diaspora is fast growing, has spread to Italy and S America in the last decade and now includes indigenous adherents.

Sikh scriptures and traditions incorporate elements from Hinduism and Islam, and while Sikhism is monotheistic Sikhs believe that all faiths can be legitimate routes to God. It is an egalitarian faith, recognising the human race as one.

JSS also referred to Amritsar, the ‘spiritual home’ of Sikhism, to the Khalsa, the Sikh baptism ceremony, and the concept of welcome and the Langar (shared meal), which are hugely important to Sikhs.

For Sikhs in the UK the effect of the World Wars was significant, with many Sikhs joining the armed forces, and Sikh immigrants have moved from poverty to prosperity quite quickly. Today there are concerns about maintaining a Sikh identity but they are keen to promote and work for community integration.

 Why they cannot be offered the purpose built loss making council owned Stanground Community Centre (PROP: Cllr.Turnip) and the unused but expensively maintained fenced, gated and locked bowling green behind it, is something only the serially useless Cllr Turnip and his conscious can answer. The high proportion of commercial lettings the building currently hosts would seem to negate its Registered Charity status.

Finally, we see the travellers are back, white caravans all tightly packed into the car park attached to Aqua House, the 'spray paint' tag blighted building on the river owned by Peterborough City Council. Happy New Year!

For a bit of comedic balance Cllr Turnip still thinks the planning application for the Stanground Village pub is a political rumour, even though the electrician and loft installer is Chair of the Planning Committee

This is what he has written (in spidery green ink?) on his Conservative Party financed web page: Seems he's trawling through the PBROTRIB to pad out his lacklustre 5 years of inaction! 


As usual read and weep:   Cllr Turnip ( aka Cllr Christopher Harper) writes on his Tory Party web page..

Time to clarify the facts about a couple of political rumours in Stanground

Time to clarify the facts about a couple of political rumours in Stanground. It must be election time!
No truth in Magna Park rumours, just political mischief
No truth in Magna Park rumours
1. I  [Cllr Turnip] am not aware of any new application for a Magna Park type development on Drysides. This is likely to be just political spin because its election time. I [Cllr Turnip] can assure residents that should I [Cllr Turnip] become aware of any planning application, I [Cllr Turnip] will let you know and seek your opinion.
The Golden Lion Public House
The Golden Lion Public House
2. A planning application for the old Golden Lion Public House in South Street, Stanground for a change of use to an Afghan Community Centre has been received by the city council. As the Chair of the Planning & Environmental Protection Committee it would be unwise for me to comment on this particular application as this would suggest I [Cllr Turnip] have already made my mind up and disqualify me from hearing the case and from voting should the application be called in by the local ward councillors or be referred to the committee by officers. Although the application is not in our ward Stanground East, the number is 14/02161/FUL and it can be viewed on the council website planning webpage below.

So not a rumour at all then? Really you just could not make this up!

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