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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Now the binmen get the elbow from Peterborough ....

We are finding it increasingly difficult to understand the current actions of Peterborough City Council, and the logic behind some of its recent actions. We refer of course to the decision to abruptly end the contract with Amey.

The people who collect our bins and a whole host of other activities designed to stop the city looking like a perpetual tip. Admittedly its not been a roaring success.... 

Simply there is a parting of the ways, but the portfolio is strangely held by Cllr Elsey (cabinet member for .street scene (ie 'bread & circuses')  communications and a ragbag of other portfolios, at £7grand a pop ...well you try and work it out) Is Cllr Elsey the right person to handle this?  This is his view on the Peterborough Incinerator (energy from waste) interviewed by BBC Cambridgeshires' Paul this link.

Is he, in effect, throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Its claimed that its being done on cost-saving grounds, but the numbers are small; especially if you read the local newspaper you see they are now hiring a new batch of highly paid council pen-pushers to monitor the new arrangement as they seek to bring it all in house. So a bit of empire building, much higher salary and pension bill BUT its not just the extra staff. Cllr Elsey might not be aware that the new Fletton Quays council offices will not have sufficient permanent desk space for council officers.

The daft idea promoted by the PCCs then Information technology department (some have since left) was to 'hot desk' (its akin to musical chairs, only half the chairs are removed before the game even starts!) most of the permanent staff, and let them work off computer tablets via free Wi-Fi  (we presume from nearby coffee shops and benches in Bridge Street) and mobile phones.

As the second half of the PCC budget goes out for consultation, we would simply ask councillors to think again, you do not have the in-house expertise or resources to make a rapid transition to in-house working. This will be even more complicated as the new joint authority arrangements kick in and a vast chunk of new money devolved from central government destined for Peterborough somehow gets diverted to projects around Cambridge.

The lure is a promise of a Peterborough University, at best it will only be a campus. Make no mistake Cambridge is unlikely to stand by and let Peterborough have its way.  And if you don't believe Cambridge will cream off the devolved funding just count the number of tower cranes current on major building sites in that City  ( its around 27) and the number working in Peterborough ( its around 3).
As they say YOU do the math... E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .
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