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

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Oh what a year, the Peterborough Tribune canters through the year of Brexit and other irritations



THE ANNUAL PETERBOROUGH TRIBUNE BREXMAS SKETCH

Clearly 2016 will go down in history as the year of BREXIT, but no one really saw it coming.  It will also go down as the year the Peterborough City Council looked into the purse and all they could find were a few magic beans (do keep up, this is the panto season...) but still found time to lavish public funding on a clutch of self serving pet projects.


It will also be remembered for the year when the PCC let the slowly decaying Art Deco Broadway Theatre & Cinema slip out of its grasp. It is notable that this time, last year, Peterborough City Centre was rammed packed full with happy visitors and shoppers. Its not so busy now...


Why?

The non-stop all media (Bus, radio, tv and billboard) campaigns funded by Producer Bill Kenwright to attract thousands of extra people to Peterborough, to pack the 1,000 seat Broadway Theatre twice a day over his back-to-back three month season of West End musicals and plays.


The advertising campaign also reminded many thousands more - who would never dream of going to the theatre - that Peterborough exists, also as a shopping and entertainment destination.


The additional revenue created for Peterborough retailers, was truly mind bogglingly substantial. No so this year....


Just wait until the end of the current financial year (April 2017) when revenues for the past winter season are compared with the previous years. These new businesses and older mature businesses, are in for a rude financial shock, many will liquidate during the coming months. There are only so many pop-up shops one City can sustain...  

But in his wisdom, the current owner of the Broadway, although picking up the newly refurbished theatre as a liquidation distress sale, a good few years back, wants to maximise his profit, and to heck with the loss to this City of a viable and dynamic arts space. It will never return. Hopefully he will have a change of heart and be remembered for his public spirit, patron of the arts even? 

Clearly if the PCC acquired the Broadway and offered the operating contract to Bill Kenwright this would be a superb cash generator for many decades to come. But that requires vision, and guts.


The upshot is that a major Cathedral city is seen by the world as only able to support a small provincial 400 seat theatre and a converted sports hall. Big business in considering a wholesale move to a provincial City will look carefully at all the amenities available to its management and workforce. That includes the Arts, Schools and shopping.  

Cambridge is going to have a blast, once the Combined Authority, and new Mayor is in place, said to be a Joint Mayor but the Cambridge lobby is all powerful when put up against our fragmented party centric councillors and plucky Independents !


Politician in the pink.... Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing on Cambridge City Council is considering running for Joint Mayor. Nice shirt Kev!

The fact that reduced majority Conservative Stewart Jackson MP is batting so hard for a Conservative Joint Mayor is totally strange and alien, in effect the Joint Mayor will assume many of the tasks the local Member of Parliament was supposed to perform.

However, if the Joint Mayor elected knows little or nothing about Peterborough, and possibly resides in Cambridge; our Stewie had better look out the 'magic' beans, and hope for the best, as his Park Ward residence might just be up for rental sooner than he would like... still there is always the 'rubber chicken' after dinner speaking circuit as a career change for a possibly former MP... 



The year will also be remembered for the absolute Horlicks the council made over its outsourcing and information technology requirements.

Before BREXIT the bright sparks at PCC IT Dept ( the main architect of this, has now resigned and moved on to a plumb IT job elsewhere) decided that 'cloud' based computing is the way forward foer the council but also decided it put it ,and all our personal data on Amazon Web Services (AWS) located just outside Las Vegas.  The CIA is also a client of AWS.

Post Brexit and Pre-Trump is the perfect storm the PCC is locked into a US multi-million dollar commitment for decades to come!


Finally, we see PCC panto villain, the recently convicted Cllr Hiller is (ha ha) chair of the PCC Honours Committee (how can this be !!) and about to confer the Freedom of the City on none other that former care home owner and Tory Agent Sheila Scott, one time holder of the poorly rated PCC Childrens Services portfolio and in keeping with dire, performing one of the worlds all time car crash radio interviews - now used as a training aid for aspiring broadcasters...  

Sheila has a problem because several people are now on her case, over Election Expenses, for the upcoming May 2017 local elections. In past years, its alleged by some, the strictly set and capped election budgets have been how should we say 'fudged'.

But hopefully not this year, as a team of forensic accountants are apparently 'pro-bono' on the case, and using South Stanground as a one of the financial investigation points.... so fun times ahead.




But if all this is way too depressing, book some panto tickets, as some of your local councillors are featured in the scripts. Both the Key and the Cresset have productions running. The odd one off amateur concert is offered by the Broadway.

Our thanks to many supporters - who really write the majority of this blog - we'll be here, with another corker of a year to come.


Merry Christmas to you all and our very best wishes for any other festive celebrations you may be enjoying.

Julian Bray
Editor Peterborough Tribune

PS: We could not sign off without a BIG shout out to our award winning crime, fraud and investigation legal team at Bindman & Company headed by Partner Mike Schwartz. 






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)