https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.com

Making it happen. Holding officialdom to account. Frank, fearless and free. THE DIGITAL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BLOG. Join our conversation https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.com YOU MAY NOW VIEW PETERBOROUGH TRIBUNE OVER A SECURE WEB LINK: https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.com PASS IT ON!

PBROtrib PAGEview COUNTER excludes casual browsers scrolling through a selection of posts

Sunday, July 31, 2016

PORKIES AWARD: SIMON MACHIN ATTEMPTS 'ROOTBALL COVER UP' FOR BOURGES BOULEVARD DEAD TREE PLANTING SAGA...

This months prime  'porkies' award for tree hugging goes to.....

We see Peterborough City Council CEO Gillian Beasley has been shedding a few crocodile tears in the ever helpful PT, over the loss of Government funding for Peterborough City Council and suggesting that Peterborough City employees might 'widen their horizons' and work with her new chums in financially (compared to this City) well-heeled Cambridge!

At the top of the list for horizon widening (if only he could locate the plush office exit) could be Simon Machin, a kind of astronomically remunerated Clark of Works for the PCC, he has a long posh title... something that Gillians well over inflated Corporate Department might dream up ...but just read this load of totally misleading hyperbolic twaddle attributed to said Mr Machin from the PCC website, carefully shifting the blame from his office, and likely to be repeated unchallenged by the local newspaper (unless perhaps there is a restaurant review attached. That's enough ED):



"A number of trees planted as part of the newly designed Bourges Boulevard are due to be replaced in the autumn.

Twenty-three trees in total were planted by Eurovia Contracting (North) which carried out the Bourges Boulevard regeneration project on behalf of the city council.

A majority of the trees are becoming established and are growing well. However, eight of the trees have failed to come into leaf after dormancy and are unlikely to survive.

As part of the contract Eurovia will replace the trees at no cost to the council.

Are you with us so far?



The truth of the matter is that Mr Machen is well aware that eight or so of the rootballed mature trees were left where they were unloaded in the Car/Coach Park at the Back of the Brewery Tap pub and lay on the ground in the open for several weeks, in bright sunshine,  no watering, and all lumped together at a 45degree angle. the 'cowboys' employed by the contractors, then simply put a single sling tied around the now dried out fragile tree trunk, rather than a specialist net sling taking the weight of the now solid impacted dried out very heavy clay/soil rootball.

The PBROTRIB commented at the time (see below)  but in reality a simple walk around his patch by the saintly Mr Machen would have given him the clue that all was not well with his chosen favourite contractor.


If he had hired a local firm, the job would not have only generated local employment but would have been completed much faster. The sub contractors vehicles were also commuting all from way up north ( possibly why the works were only operational during weekday office hours and knocked off early on Fridays)  


Perhaps Mr Machen might like to reconsider his remarks because the trees we saw delivered were all very healthy but needed immediate planting, rootball protection and regular watering.

No doubt the contractor, will under the original contract put pressure on the specialist Nursery to replace them at their cost, thus impacting on that firms profitability and possibly causing a few redundancies but hey who cares?




Bourges Boulevard

 
Simon Machen, corporate director for growth and regeneration, said: "It's a great shame some of the trees have failed to flourish. They were bought from a reliable and well regarded nursery and planted by a specialist landscape [**** ha! ha!] contractor. The Bourges Boulevard scheme also includes a full irrigation system for the trees .


[Yes but irrigation systems ( its just a surface water catching scheme) actually need water, lots of water, Simon!....].


Mature trees of this size can sometimes suffer stress or die, having been transplanted from a nursery and then having [BEING LEFT TO DRY OUT ON CONCRETE IN A CAR/COACH  PARK FOR SEVERAL WEEKS WITHOUT WATERING THE ROOTBALL AND THEN UNABLE] to adapt to their new surroundings.



"Eurovia will be replacing the trees as part of the original contract however this will not take place until tree planting season in the autumn."



Works to transform Bourges Boulevard into a pedestrian and cyclist friendly boulevard were completed in July 2015.



The scheme saw the central reserve widened and lined with lime trees. In addition, two 10 metre-wide pedestrian signalled crossings were installed between Crescent Bridge roundabout and Bright Street roundabout to improve access to the city centre for pedestrians and cyclists.



The project also allowed traffic from the railway station to turn right out of Station Road for the first time with traffic lights introduced at the junction.



**** Eurovia UK, through its subsidiary Ringway, is a major player in long-term road maintenance contracts. Its main competitors are Amey (Ferrovial Group), Kier and Balfour Beatty. Eurovia UK also operates in conventional roadworks in competition with Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Tarmac (CRH Group).


This is how the Pbrotrib reported it, the rootballed trees were to remain in situ for several more weeks

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Peterborough Council ? Who ordered the dead trees?




If you would like to see a really sorry sight in Greener Peterborough, have a look at the car park behind The Brewery Tap pub;  you'll find three fully grown rootballed unprotected trees lying on their sides.

They have been in the same position for over a week now. We have the pictures  to prove it. The whole idea of a rootball, is that the rootball is kept moist prior to final planting, and the tree  must be planted without undue delay.

Meanwhile back to the expensively purchased dead trees...

The tree is carefully lifted by the rootball, and not by the trunk as the numpties working for a northern contractor ( no one round here is good enough it seems)  have been doing, but then all the trees in the very odd Bourges Boulevard redevelopment don't look too healthy either. 

The trees clearly haven't been watered in, to their final resting place, concrete lined tubs, so as the temperature rises, the rootball hardens like concrete around the roots and the tree dies. It happening already, the trees outside Waitrose, first to be planted, the leaves are already shrivelled and damaged branches where the slings on the tree trunk were incorrectly attached (rather than lifting by the rootball) haven't been cleanly lopped back. 

Clearly it would help if the council officer in charge, left his plush office,  and walked along to the disaster known as Bourges Boulevard. The whole deal has been a shambles running way over its scheduled completion but then we all know that, just how do we get it through to the councillors? Knock on wood??? 


Perhaps qualified solicitor Mrs Beasley might suggest Mr Machen urgently reviews his remarks on the PCC website, as clearly his quoted remarks relate to the workings of a legal contract involving public money and do not reflect the actuality of the situation, and many local residents have photographic evidence to prove it?


As to the assertion it is at no cost to the council, Mr Machin might like top add in his overhead to the administration of this contract, there is a cost to the council and Mr Machin is clearly at the centre of it


Additional source: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/journalists-beware-of-government-press-officers-who-think-they-are-court-reporters/


https://parkfarmneighbourhoodwatch.blogspot.com E&OE google.com/+JulianBray Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581

> PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .
Post a Comment

P'BORO TRIB. SEARCH ENGINE

LONDON EVENING STANDARD NEWSREEL

google83466ac7cb7103b1.html]

JULIAN BRAY AVIATION SECURITY NEWS 01733 345581 UK ISDN 01733 345020


UPDATES: Post are transmitted from a variety of remote sources, immediately published on servers in the USA, additions, updates and any corrections added later on the blog version only.


Editorial policy: WE DON'T CENSOR NEWS, we will however come down hard on lawbreakers, all forms of ASB - Anti Social Behaviour, and anyone or group who seek to disturb or disrupt our neighbourhoods and communities, or in anyway abuse, take unfair advantage or financially disadvantage our citizens. We support the Park Farm Neighbourhood Watch and digitally carry the messages from this independent Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.


We are openly but constructively critical of all political parties (actual and sham), pressure groups, overbearing 'jobsworths' and those who seek to waste public funds, abuse public office, ramp up expenses, BUY VOTES and/or engage in any form of directed or robotic voting.

Whilst accepting that many in Public Office perform a valuable service and make a worthwhile contribution, there are others who are frankly rubbish. Although Julian Bray is the editor, there are several Blog administrators / correspondents who actively contribute by remote transmission to this blog.

So it could be some days before the copy (content) is seen by the Editor and properly formatted. We consider all representations and correct any facts that are clearly deficient.




OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO LAMPOON AND CRITICISE POLITICIANS

THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

NUJ CODE OF CONDUCT

NUJ Code of Conduct

The NUJ's Code of Conduct has set out the main principles of British and Irish journalism since 1936.

The code is part of the rules and all journalists joining the union must sign that they will strive to adhere to the it.


Members of the National Union of Journalists are expected to abide by the following professional principles:

A journalist:

1 At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed

2 Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair

3 Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies

4 Differentiates between fact and opinion

5 Obtains material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means

6 Does nothing to intrude into anybody's private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest

7 Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work

8 Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge

9 Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation

10 Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed

11 A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare

12 Avoids plagiarism The NUJ believes a journalist has the right to refuse an assignment or be identified as the author of editorial that would break the letter or spirit of the code.

The NUJ will fully support any journalist disciplined for asserting her/his right to act according to the code

The NUJ logo is always a link to the home page.

(As modified at Delegate Meeting 2011)