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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Radio Ga Ga heading for Peterborough as 'Communities' vie for an OFCOM licence
Pic Courtesy Radio Mumbles

Community (low power) Radio Station Applications for Peterborough have been published by Ofcom. They make fairly depressing reading as the 'true' state of the City is reflected in the data. It is worth reading through the full PDF document from each applicant as we can only give you a taste of it here. If you wish to comment on the applications then OFCOM the regulator would like to hear from you.

We note that Cllr. Wayne Fitzgerald who is up for election in May 2015 is involved with one application, the only application that has withheld financial information and also has a high degree of Peterborough City Council input (PCC Chief Executive Gillian Beasley identified as a proposed Director) in view of the recent savage City Council Budget Cuts, we should be told if the Cllr Fitzgerald sponsored application has had its council funding ringfenced or slashed, as the application to Ofcom was delivered in December 2014? So Ofcom should be made aware if there is a financial shortfall, where it will be sourced from to fill the financial black hole (if any)?  Simply the public purse would seem to be empty...

Salaam Radio (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Contact:                 Ansar Ali
Public Address:      61a Gladstone Street, Peterborough, PE1 2BN
Phone Number:     07825 955 875
Email Address:

We are aiming to serve the Muslim community of Peterborough from various ethnic backgrounds, including White British, Pakistani, Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and Eastern European. Peterborough has a very diverse population even amongst the Muslim community.

Approximately 83 different languages are spoken in Peterborough of which approximately 7 are spoken amongst the Muslim Community. According to the 2011 Census data:  29.1 % of Peterborough’s population is from ethnic minorities.  Increase of 14.8% since 2001. 

The biggest increases have been in the White Other White and Asian or Asian British Pakistani proportions - up to 10.6% and 6.6% respectively in 2011. 

Muslim population has increased to 9.4% from 5.7% in 2001. 

Peterborough has a population of 183,631 of which 17,251 (9.4%) stated they were Muslim.  Source:

“Central ward’s largest group by religion are Muslims. East, Park, Ravensthorpe and West wards also have higher percentages of Muslims.”  “The super output area E01015609 is in the Dogsthorpe electoral ward and has the highest IMD score.

It is in the top 3% of the most deprived of all super output areas in England. Deprivation is seen predominantly in the city centre but there are pockets of deprivation to both the south and the north of city (Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Stanground and Werrington North).”

 “The most deprived LSOA in Peterborough is E01015604 in the Central ward with a score of 0.89. This means that 89% of pensioners living in this LSOA claim benefits.

The areas that are darker in shade show areas of greater deprivation and again these are similar to the areas for overall deprivation.” Source:

Radio Peterborough (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Contact:                 Cllr. Wayne Fitzgerald
Public Address:      9 Commerce Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 6LR
Phone Number:     07860 955 669
Email Address:

Source Peterborough City Council & Centre for Cities Peterborough has been classified as one of the fastest growing cities in the country with a total population of 183,631 of which 80% (147,000) are aged 15 and above. Of the total population, 49% are female and 51% male.

The total number of households in the city is around 74,023 with an average of 2.46 persons per household. Peterborough has a notably diverse mixed population and whilst 71% of residents class themselves as White British, around 18% of population class themselves as Other White or Asian Pakistani.

These figures are highlighted in the fact that Peterborough has a proportionately higher rate of migrants than regional (East of England) and national (England) figures. The city saw an overall increase in population of 27,570 people between 2001 and 2011 which was predominantly driven by migration.

When comparing Peterborough to national and regional statistics, Peterborough has a younger population than both of these comparators. For example, the mean age in Peterborough stayed at 36.9 between the 2001 and 2011 census but both comparators saw an increase.

The proportionate level of people in each of the age brackets from ages 60-64 to 90+ are lower than both of the other two comparative areas. Around 40% of the city’s population falls between the ages of 30-60 with 22% falling specifically in the 30-44 category which is the most numerous of all age groups. Whilst seeing an increase in the ethnic diversity, the city suffers significant economic diversity and deprivation.

Peterborough is ranked the 71st most deprived local authority district out of 326 nationally despite possessing areas of genuine affluence. This is highlighted in the fact that nearly 36% of Peterborough’s Areas are in the most deprived 20% nationally, with one featuring in the bottom 4% nationally.

Peterborough FM (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

On the road, well freezing in Cathedral Square...

Contact:                 Dan Cissokho
Public Address:      Unit C, C1, E The Courtyard Business Centre, 27 Norfolk Street, Peterborough, PE1 2NP
Phone Number:     07908 003 110
Email Address:

The target community is based on geographical location and will be those who live, work or study in the locality of the city of Peterborough.

The geographical area targeted has a resident population of 186500 as suggested by the last 2011 Census with 137910 living in the urban areas of Peterborough (

Peterborough has been identified as one of the 71st most deprived local authority areas in the country (IMD, 2010), with high levels of deprivation concentrated in certain geographical areas (Central ward) and amongst certain sections of the population. 38% of the city’s population, compared to 15% nationally, live in areas that fall within the 20% most deprived nationally. 

Central Ward is in worst 10% for combined IMD score   East Ward is in worst 10% for combined IMD score   Paston Ward is in worst 10% for combined IMD score  Dogsthorpe Ward is in worst 20% for combined IMD score  Bretton North Ward is in worst 20% for combined IMD score  13% of the population are from Black Asian, and Minority Ethnic or Refugees groups (BAMER), 31% of the 16+ population have no qualifications and 13.9% are over the age of 65. 

A focus of Peterborough FM will be to engage primarily with people who are facing deprivation in one form or another, e.g. through claiming out of work benefits, sickness or disability benefits, state pension, from a BME, migrant or refugee community or living in a deprived area.

However, whilst our focus will be on engaging people from the above communities, we are completely inclusive and therefore welcome anyone living, working or studying in the city to get involved in the community radio station. 

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