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All comments welcome, especially from those we lampoon.

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Whilst accepting that many in Public Office perform a valuable service and make a worthwhile contribution, there are many others who are frankly not pulling their weight. We maintain a special watching brief for seriously useless, backsliding officialdom, politicians and councillors, especially those who cannot be bothered to attend important core meetings but still 'trouser' the allowances.

Everyone is urged to use their vote in May. In Peterborough just a 200 vote change in some seats, in the council election, could bring about a change.

We fully consider all representations (USE THE COMMENT FACILITY UNDER EACH POST ) and correct any facts that are clearly deficient.

Strangely we only get 'representations' from a small coterie of local councillors and the odd 'vegetable' - and one 'usually tired and emotional' Member of Parliament...


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Saturday, January 31, 2015

WHO REALLY OWNS THE PETERBOROUGH INCINERATOR? The Americans tell all..well nearly all

We've been handed links to a whole sheaf of company filings in the USA relating to Peterboroughs' Bio Mass Plant ie the Incinerator.  It seems the ownership split has changed several times as a result of a legal action in the USA. Its briefly referred to in UK company reporting, but as the UK documents appear to be a statement by directors (reduced accounts) and not a full audit, it is of marginal help. 

However the USA demand significantly more finite detail. In fact ACRES and ACRES OF IT. Our concern is that some of the filings related to debt layered upon debt and significantly higher costs in case of default, clearly the higher the operating costs and ongoing costs the less long value the plant is to this City.

Simply any assurances given do not seem to be fully supported by the senior debt filings in the USA. We've highlighted a brief passage from the Notes to the Accounts, but if any forensic accountants out there would like to do the digging the direct link is below. As Conservative Cllr Marco Cereste is involved in the UK end, and is standing for election in Stanground Central it would be good to have the UK books fully opened before the election, and not simply a series of verbal reassurances. Failing that it can all be fitted together from the USA filings.

(4) Instruments Defining the Rights of Security Holders, Including Indentures

4.1 Share Certificate relating to shares held by our company in the Ordinary Share Capital of Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited (incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 12, 2013)(10)

Material Contracts

10.1 Consulting Agreement dated May 1, 2010 between our company and Sichel Limited (incorporated by reference to our Registration Statement on Form 10, filed on July 3, 2012)

10.2 Representation Agreement dated June 7, 2010 between Pacific Green Group Limited and EnviroTechnologies, Inc. (incorporated by reference to our Registration Statement on Form 10, filed on July 3, 2012)

10.3 Peterborough Agreement dated October 5, 2011 between EnviroResolutions, Inc., Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited and Green Energy Parks Limited (incorporated by reference to our Registration Statement on Form 10, filed on July 3, 2012)

10.4 Promissory Note dated June 2012 between our company and Pacific Green Group Limited (incorporated by reference to our Registration Statement on Form 10, filed on July 3, 2012)

10.5 Assignment and Share Transfer Agreement dated June 14, 2012 between our company, Pacific Green Technologies Limited and Pacific Green Group Limited (incorporated by reference to our Registration Statement on Form 10, filed on July 3, 2012)

10.6 Non-Executive Director Agreement dated December 18, 2012 between our company and Neil Carmichael (incorporated by reference to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 19, 2012)

10.7 Supplemental Agreement dated March 5, 2013 between EnviroResolutions, Inc., Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited and Green Energy Parks Limited (incorporated by reference to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on July 1, 2013)

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Friday, January 30, 2015

A special constable has been charged with making child porn images while off-duty.

A special constable has been charged with making child porn images while off-duty.

David Baddiel, 32, a volunteer police officer in Barnet, was this week charged with three counts of making indecent images of children.

He has been bailed to appear at Hendon Magistrates' Court on February 12th, where he will also face five counts of possessing extreme pornography.

He is currently suspended from duty, Scotland Yard said today.

The Met's special constables support borough police officers across London.

They work about 16 hours a month and have various duties including taking part in street patrols, road safety initiatives and conducting house-to-house enquiries.

Source :CNS/ PA


William Shawcross reappointed as Chair of the Charity Commission

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has reappointed William Shawcross CVO as Chair of the Charity Commission, who will now work 3 not 2 days a week.  The reappointment will ensure the continuity of the Commission’s 3 year programme designed to ensure that the Commission can address its many longstanding weaknesses, serving as an effective and proportionate regulator of the sector.

The Commission has recently been awarded new government funding which will allow it to upgrade systems, combat Islamist and extremist abuse of charities, and tackle fraud.

Previously closed cases may now be re-examined.  Since his appointment Mr Shawcross has led the Charity Commission in recruiting an experienced board and new Chief Executive and developing a transformation programme to make the Commission a more robust and proactive regulator.

 One year into its transformation, the expanded role for the Chair reflects the government’s support for these reforms, which were recently commented on by the National Audit Office. Its report acknowledged that the Commission had acted on recommendations for improvement, developing a credible business model and a  change programme, improving its use of data, and making more frequent and effective use of its powers
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Man Missing From Hospital ~ Aron Melsom

Have you seen missing Aron?

POLICE are appealing for the public's help to find Aron Melsom who is currently missing from a hospital in south Cambridgeshire.
Aron, 35, was reported missing from the hospital on January 19 and police are appealing for information about his whereabouts.
He is described as six foot and stocky with shoulder length straight brown hair. He wears darkened glasses and sometimes a gold hoop earring in his left ear.
He was last seen wearing a black coat, green jumper, blue jeans, a dark blue hat, two scarfs; one blue and white, the other black and a black rucksack.
Detective Inspector Garry Webb, from the Cambridgeshire Missing Persons Investigation Unit, said: "We are concerned about how Aron will be coping on his own without medical help and support.
"We believe he may have travelled to Staffordshire or West Midlands as he is known to have links to these areas."
Anyone who sees Aron or knows of his whereabouts are asked not to approach him and to call police on 999
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Mr Machin gets the PBROTRIB PRIZE Porkies Award

Simon Machin Peterborough City Council Director of Growth & Regeneration (????) said: "There was no reason for us (ie Simon Machin) to have expected to find this contamination there or anywhere else"

Did Mr Machin say .....or anywhere else? Try this :

Aerial photograph of part of the route of Fletton Parkway taken last century... double click on picture to enlarge,   Basically most of the City would appear to be built on contaminated land ... no more long lunches for you! 

PIC: Courtesy Peter Slinger

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Scandal-riddled Opera Holland Park Kensington can apparently burn through public money faster than Peterboroughs Vivacity!

Social housing RBK&C style

From time to time we dip into the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelseas' excellent From the Hornets Nest Blog. It seems the toffs have a VIVACITY type problem - 


The blog is written by 'The Dame' in between and during trips to her vintage yacht moored somewhere on the south coast of France. From the email source it seems her Dameship is already on board, knocking back the G&T's.  


Apart from the comedic value, there is a real lesson for our own Peterborough Vivacity outfit and as we don't have a proper financial director in the shape of the Peterborough Council Chief Executive - she is a solicitor - some of the financial moves outlined below can be applied to our own financial black hole aka Vivacity.


WE say comedic value as our own pizza loving, Council 'Dear Leader' Marco Cereste was at one time negotiating not only to import trainloads of  Kensingtons social housing tenants (frees up the RBK&C social housing property stock -see above- for gentrification) but also to have the Opera Holland Park set up their tents on our own cherished embankment. (Ideally during the Beer festival - next to the music tent).


From the Hornets Nest

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 02:19 PM PST
If it's not the corrupt and incompetent TMO, it's dodgy dealings at the "Flop Opera' at Holland Park. 
According to the Dame's Operatic Correspondent Mr 'Foxy' Volpe is really putting the squeeze on a council who just cannot get him off their backs.
Now scandal-riddled Opera Holland Park is being ‘let off’ from making essential improvements whilst it is in the process of ‘potential externalisation’.  The loss-making opera - the only civic opera in the country - has managed to lose us residents a staggering £6.6m since 2001, against revenue expenditure of nearly £30m in the same period, plus capital investment of over £2m. In 2009-10 alone the opera lost the Council nearly £1m. 
Only the current modest annual sponsorship deal brings it just below that figure every year.

The latest outrage has seen Foxy Volpe refusing to implement some improvements that were proposed after an Internal Audit in 2013.  Auditors gave the organisation a ‘Limited Assurance Report’, demanding that various improvements be made, including: drafting clear procedures and guidance notes; delivering transparent financial accounting; having a transparent tendering process for the residential orchestra and costume suppliers; maintaining an inventory; maintaining a hospitality register stating outcomes and registering resultant donations, plus controlling the use and number of complimentary ticketsagreeing guidance for appropriate use of purchase cards, and retaining full VAT receipts 
It seems that some staff are ineligible to work in the UK and employee contracts need regularising. 
The Audit was conducted soon after the Council failed in its first attempt in 2012 to off-load responsibility for the opera by handing it over to a controlling group to run it as a mutual. The current attempt goes a step further, by offering £5m to take it away!

Someone who knows says, "It beggars belief that a non-viable organisation funded and run by the Council has such poor accounting and control systems.It is indefensible and frankly shocking that staff are refusing to implement proper standards demanded by Auditors because they are waiting for a further bail-out. 
No voluntary organisation in receipt of Council funds would get away with such conduct. 
The Council must discard their plan to give a dowry of £5m to off-load this financial black hole. Instead OPH should have a dignified demise use the funds saved to protect frontline services that people so need. 
        This would also save the  ‘backroom costs’ that have reached £412,000/year, which is more than the sum the Council says it cannot find to continue to provide Play Services that enable low-income working families to work full-time.’  

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Commissioner Bright is he keeping the Public in the Dark? What does he do?

We've left the Police Commissioner alone for some while, because we really didn't see the purpose of his office as it relates to Peterborough [ or for the County...] only a few voted for him - circa 15% - but he was duly elected and has set up a fairly complicated office, more suited we think to his own set way of life.  However times change, and having read Richard Taylors latest series of blogs, it really is time for a reality check. 

Hopefully Commissioner Bright will also read this and metaphorically 'pulls his socks up'  and deliver what we would suggest is a professional service befitting his elected role.

Clearly as it was a new office, much of the policy and reporting mechanisms had to be made on the hoof as it were. There are well established proven project management systems such as PRINCE 2 which if applied by the Commissioner to his work would very quickly ensure that whatever he is aiming for, is properly recorded, all decisions processed, and any lingering doubts over the public money he is spending, cast aside as everything will be properly accounted for. ....       

Public Participation at Cambs Police and Crime Panel – 5 February 2014

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014. 12:04am

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright
I have submitted the following in advance of the “public participation” slot at the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel meeting scheduled for 14.00 on Wednesday the 5th of February 2014.

Reporting of Decisions

The Police and Crime Commissioner repeatedly assures the panel he is reporting all decisions he makes to the panel. I am concerned that panel is allowing the commissioner to select those decisions which the panel are formally notified of.

When deciding which decisions to report to the panel for scrutiny the commissioner appears to be reflecting the criteria he uses for publishing decisions on his own website, selecting only those he considers “of significant public interest” to report[1].

Examples of decisions which have not been reported to the panel, which I would have liked to have seen scrutinised include:

Read the full blog here:


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Police Joint HMRC Operation ~ 6 Taken into Protective Custody

We carried out a joint operation on Monday night along with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Health and Safety Executive and South Cambs District Council, to check on the welfare of people believed to be working and living at the hand car wash site on the A14 at Swavesey.
We spoke with five men and one woman to establish what their current employment and living conditions were. They were all taken into voluntary protective custody in the form of the National Referral Mechanism for human trafficking.
Four men, aged 73, 29, 26 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. They were taken to Huntingdon Police Station for questioning and have since been granted bail.
For information on human trafficking see our website here

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Police Warning re Scams and crime reports.

Message from
Helen O'Driscoll (Police, Community Safety Officer, Peterborough - Southern)

You will have already seen a message from my colleague Beverley Makin re the latest telephone scam.  Please do share this with friends and family as we need everyone to be aware.

Female asking for money
We have had several reports of a female knocking at doors with excuses ranging from being a victim of burglary to being new to the area.  The ultimate aim is to gain money from the householder.  The latest which occurred in Hampton yesterday involved a female aged 30-40, medium build and wearing a cream coat and leggings and claiming her grandmother was in hospital and she needed some money to be able to go and see her.
If you experience any similar incidents then please call us immediately on 101.

Attempt Burglary Fletton Avenue
Householder woke at around 5am yesterday morning and noticed a male trying to gain entry to his patio doors.  Male was described as white, approx 20-30yrs and wearing a dark coloured fleece and a beanie type hat which was striped in maroon and green.  He was around 5ft 6 tall with a pale complexion.
Do you remember seeing anyone fitting that description?  If you live in that area then please remain vigilant.

Many thanks
Helen O'Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer - Southern

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Yet another offshore venture 'partnership' has been set up to try and offload a series of eight development sites the Peterborough City Council has so far been unable to move, the landmarks and pictorial proof feature on a regular basis on the Peterborough Dirty Old City website. It follows the election flagwaving by Marco Cereste last year when he proclaimed he'd engineered a solution for Fletton Quays, and apparently of the disposal of various difficult parcels of land in Peterborough, the first being Fletton Quays.

View of the route of Fletton Parkway taken last century... double click to enlarge

It now turns out the deal with failed wine maker and failed wine shop chain owner Nitin Parekh (left) who took on 14 former Threshers and Wine Rack stores to create the Wine Shak chain, NOW FAILED. seen with Marco Cereste (Right) was little more than the council retaining the offshore finance company to source some introductions - and before the Dear Leader jumps up and down - we've dug a little deeper and printed up the investment criteria directly from the offshore Lucent Strategic Land Fund website.

This seems to differ from the story put out by his PR people.

So it appears that when the various levels of commissions are paid off, and the several offshore outfits exit, handing over to a round of developers, there will be little left in terms of job generation for the city but a lot of very happy offshore property firms contributing to the economics of Luxembourg and the Isle of Man . In  effect offshore Nitan Parekh will now hand over to an offshore Pram Nayak.

New offshore face Pram Nayak takes over from offshored Nitan Parekh

This link takes you to the original Fletton Keys announcement:

So what do we now have? Peterborough Investment Partnership, (PIP) a partnership between Peterborough City Council and Lucent Strategic Land Fund. So not a company as some media outlets suggest but a looser partnership, with the finances hidden - being offshore-  with the aim  to set up  the development of surplus land owned by the council. It will be given office space in Peterborough Town Hall and may employ a few. Its managing partner is Pram Nayak.

They hope to eventually secure some £130 million of City funding. Best of luck with that...

A spokesman for the partnership said: “We will help to support and sustain the growth and development of Peterborough by bringing new jobs, retail, housing and leisure facilities to the city, as well as generating funds that the council can reinvest in the community and support the services it offers.”

Fine prose but not quite true, as they will have long gone, and have very little say in the final project, and in any case these due diligence studies are then augmented by way of a valuation carried out by BNP Paribas Real Estate or other suitable firm of Chartered Surveyors on their panel

Only then will it proceed to final Board sign off by Lucent Advisers as required before any recommendation is made to the GIM of the Lucent Strategic Land Fund, or any binding offers are submitted on their behalf. Truly a long and winding road but no doubt will be hailed as a great leap forward. Perhaps its just the first brick in the wall?

 Lucent Strategic Land Fund is the offshore funding partner of the Lucent Group, a specialist in land acquisition, finance, and town planning.

The first project for the partnership to deliver will be Fletton Quays - 20 acres of  river front land.

Council leader Councillor Marco Cereste said: “This is one of the first investment and development models of its kind in the UK. " Again not strictly true as Lucent say its the second the first being the Allerdale Investment Partnership.

“It demonstrates the optimism our private sector partners share for the future of Peterborough.”

This is what the offshore Lucent firm says:

Peterborough Investment Partnership

A significant and innovative model of joint venture cooperation in order to benefit the community.

Project Description

8 sitesMixed-use leisure scheme
Gross site area: 40 acresMulti-story car park
Gross Development Value: £150mHotel and civic accommodations
Residential – up to 750 new homesHigh quality office accommodation

How we sourced the project

PCC was attracted to the relative simplicity and clear transparency of the investment partnership model as well as to Lucent’s expertise and experience gained from its Allerdale Investment Partnership.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Doctor accused of carrying out FGM on patient 'did not act out of medical necessity', expert tells court

A female genital mutilation [FGM] expert told the trial of a London doctor accused of the procedure she has never known a case where it was medically necessary to sew a woman the way he did.

Janice Rymer said she had carried out operations on more than 1,000 women who have suffered FGM, but had never stitched a woman back the way Dhanuson Dharmasena did.

The 32-year-old doctor is accused of carrying out the illegal procedure at the Whittington Hospital in north London, in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.

The woman had previously had FGM carried out on her as a six year-old in Somalia.
In the UK, the law states the procedure is only allowed if it is necessary for the woman's physical or mental health, or if she is in labour, for purposes connected to the birth.

Professor Rymer, professor of gynaecology at King's College London, told London's Southwark Crown Court she had never sewn a labia together the way Dharmasena did.

Trial continues

Sources: Evening Standard, CNS-City News Service,

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Profitable Flagship Thos. Deacon Academy rewards turnaround staff by sacking THIRTY staff ....

Shocking but expected news has been released by the Thomas Deacon Academy (TDA). The flagship senior school in Peterborough, which came in for heavy criticism as the architects  omitted to include any form of playground or even outside seating areas... 

The Observer, Education Correspondent Geraldine Bedell  commented in 2008 :
"I visited one academy, designed by Foster and Partners, on a sunny day when all the walkways (the place is way too modern for corridors) were lit by electric light. The Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough has cost £50m to date: the principal, Alan McMurdo, [ Now moved on: Alan McMurdo is currently Chief Executive Officer of the University of Chichester Academy Trust, academy sponsor of Mill Chase Academy   ] says the final bill still isn't in. Following protests from the children about the lack of play space, there are now benches outside, but the dining room is still too small. There are no bells, which McMurdo presents as a positive, educational choice, but he couldn't possibly have all 2,200 children moving around the school together."

TDA are to consult on compulsory redundancies, then axe some 30 staff who have contributed to the partial; turnaround of a frightful academic mess.  The newish Chief Executive Julie Taylor  ( in old money the Head Mistress ) a frighteningly no nonsense hire and as we reported at the time has an interesting career history.

The PBROTRIB, much to the displeasure of some councillors and the local Tory MP. They of course  should have been on top of the situation, but were frankly sleeping at the wheel,  and still need a regular poke if only to check for vital signs.

But as some local politicians and possibly the MP might not be around after May we need to drill down and find out just what is happening at the TDA. Buried away on the TDA website is a master class in public relations and corporate speak: TDA Proposed Reorganisation FAQs
It seeks to pre-empt any questions parents and others may have so the PBROTRIB has balanced the purpled prose with an Ofsted Report. Bearing in mind an Academy is a hard nosed business, reporting to a Board of Directors, it is little wonder the clear out of underperforming staff is now underway.        

Inspection report:  Thomas Deacon Academy, 10–11 July 2013

This is a school that requires improvement.

It is not good because: 

Students do not make as much progress as they should, particularly in English.

Standards and progress have improved in mathematics, but there is further to go before achievement is good. 

The sixth form requires improvement.

Not enough students attain higher grades in Year 11, 12 and 13 national examinations.

Teachers do not always set students work that sustains their interest and challenges them.

The work for more-able students is not always demanding enough. 

Marking is not always regular or helpful in giving students sufficient guidance on what they need to do to improve their work. 

The use of skilled and expert questions by teachers to extend students’ learning and check their understanding is not yet a routine feature across the academy. 

The academy leaders’ work in developing teaching and learning has not had sufficient impact in making sure that students make good progress, and that students’ work is properly and regularly marked and assessed. 

There are weaknesses in the oversight and monitoring of the English department. 

Not all teachers give students the opportunity to use and apply their literacy and numeracy skills across different subjects.

TDA Proposed Reorganisation FAQs

Why is the Academy reorganising now?

Our priority is to provide the highest quality education possible for all of our students within a safe and stimulating environment and we will strive to not only maintain this but to constantly improve it.
There has not been any comprehensive restructure since TDA was opened in September 2007 when three schools were amalgamated to form one larger academy, nor was there any ‘cost cutting’ as a result of the ‘Credit Crunch’ in 2008.

Having a reorganisation of the staffing structure after seven years without change is now essential.  TDA has the potential to be an outstanding Academy and to do that we need to consolidate and progress the improvements already implemented over the 2013/14 academic year when we achieved our best ever results.
In addition, as with other public bodies, government funding for education will be reduced further for the 2015/16 academic year and beyond and it is therefore necessary to concentrate our resources in order to not only maintain our existing high standards but to further improve upon them. During the last three years our funding, direct from government has reduced by an average of 3%.  We anticipate further reductions of at least this level for the next three years.  All main political parties have indicated continuing funding cuts.

How many posts will be lost?

We currently employ 364 (288 FTE) staff.  Of these 167 (151 FTE) are teachers and 197 (136 FTE) are associate staff.

 Our 46 day consultation period with staff starts on the 12th January 2015 and no more than 33 posts, 9% of our workforce is at risk. It is hoped that natural wastage and voluntary redundancies will account for as many at risk posts as possible. Normal staff turnover within the Academy runs between 12% and 17% per annum.

If you had your best ever results in the academic year 2013/14 why are you changing the structure?

We have taken the opportunity to review the Academy’s structure over the last academic year in order to fully assess what works well and where improvement is required to help us to move the Academy to an outstanding category. This has involved a combination of internal review and external reports.

We now need to focus on greater accountability within the system to help us push towards outstanding and the reorganisation is intended to provide clearer, more defined accounting lines for both teachers and associate staff. In addition, we need to provide greater motivation within the system and our new pay for performance scheme and a clearer progression path based on rewards for performance will complement the planned reorganisation.

So, exactly what form will the reorganisation take?

Obviously this cannot be fully defined until the consultation process is complete on the 27 February 2014 but it is intended that the senior posts will be appointed first followed by the next layers of leadership and management posts and then people will be job matched where possible into the new organisational structure.

Is TDA in financial difficulties? 

Absolutely not! Regardless of the government funding cuts TDA would have gone ahead with the reorganisation anyway in order to help achieve an outstanding category, help motivate our staff and not just maintain but improve our quality.

 The Academy has a strong balance sheet. It continues to invest heavily in capital for our students as evidenced by the Junior Phase, Exams Hall, Construction training Centre, Sixth Form Centre and a rolling IT replacement strategy. By improving our pay to income ratio we will be able to direct better our resources to where the children need them the most.

It has been reported nationally in the media about the financial challenges facing all schools. These include pay rises, raised national insurance and pension contributions, mounting heating and lighting bills, as well as increased examination costs.

We do have to take the funding cuts into account as does every school in the country and feel that it is better to act prudently now rather than drastically later in this respect.

How will you know if the reorganisation has worked?

We will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure that our quality standards are maintained and improved and that the greater accountability within the management structure is achieving our objectives. Research will be conducted at a suitable time after the implementation in September 2015 and the biggest indicator of success will be that more children than ever make better progress.  This has already begun to happen with the small changes we have already been able to make.

When will the restructure be implemented?

The consultation with the staff opened on the 12th January 2015 and this process will take 46 days; we will then submit any refinements to the original plan to the Board on 4 March 2015

 We hope to have an approved final reorganisation by the 6th March 2015. After this we will need to follow an agreed process of selecting staff for new and ring-fenced posts as well as slotting in those staff who are a direct match.

The reorganisation will be in place for the start of the new academic year in September 2015.
How will the students benefit from the reorganisation?

We want every child and young person at TDA to receive the best quality education.

The reorganisation is designed to ensure a consistent application of our policies across the whole academy and this together with increased accountability for our staff will help to improve academic performance and behaviour both within and outside of the Academy premises. Increased progression opportunities for staff and performance related pay will also provide a highly motivated workforce that is fully committed to working towards the academy gaining an Outstanding OFSTED rating as soon as possible.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Police Concern For Missing Elm Man

Have you seen Neil? This is Neil Halliday, 43 years old. He is missing from Elm, Cambridgeshire and police and his family are concerned for his well-being. If you have any information that could help, please phone 101 and quote the following incident number : CC-25012015-0143

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A Bashed Neeps & Tatties Special

Cllr Turnips finest hour: Builds circa £1k black topping pathway to postbox
adjacent to sloping road speed hump, ideal for twisting your ankle as you set down from pavement,  then also imposes expensive 20 mph zone although Park farm has numerous speed tables/ramps 

Julian Bray writes: UK house prices increased by 0.4% in December to 8.3% year-on-year (4.5% in 2013) but the rate of growth has plateaued and is set to slow in 2015, according to Hometrack’s latest UK Cities House Price Index.

Oxford, London, Cambridge and Bristol have all registered a slowdown in the rate of growth over 2014 second half, from a high, double digit base. Other cities registering a slowdown in the rate of growth include Bournemouth, Belfast, Peterborough (Cambs) and Leeds showing that slower house price growth is more than a solely London phenomenon. 

Many developers are hastily reviewing their current landbanking situation, and with the market now on a downward slide, there is no guarantee that the controversial Great Haddon 6,000 dwelling scheme destined for Yaxley, and originally approved in March 2013 will ever see the light of day. But a final planning decision this close to the May elections is not to be sniffed at..

Gentle readers should be warned Cllr Turnip is already pitching his patched up political tent (and possibly his white Caravan) on Stanground South, the new post boundary change mega ward. Good Grief!

More Bogus Police Incidents in Peterborough ~ Police Warning

Police have issued a warning over fraudsters posing as police officers following reports in Peterborough.
Three people from the city are the latest victims after they were targeted yesterday (January 22).
One woman was told by someone claiming to be DCI Robert Lawrence that someone was using her bank details in Argos, while another was told by someone claiming to be DI Alan Finn saying her card had been cloned and they had a man in custody.
She was told she needed to contact her bank immediately and cancel the card. She later received a call to say a courier would come to collect the card from her.
After becoming suspicious about these calls, both women contacted police to report the incidents. In both cases no money was taken from the victims' accounts.
The third victim, an elderly man, was contacted by someone claiming to be DC Robert Loveridge from the Metropolitan Police saying his card has been cloned and they will send a courier round to collect it.
A courier arrived and took the victim to his bank where he withdrew and handed over approximately £2,500 as requested by the courier.

Detective Inspector Tim Nasta said: "If anyone is contacted by someone claiming to a police officer who tells them their bank account has been fraudulently used, I would urge them to contact police immediately.
"The fraudsters can be very persuasive and often victims don't realise they have been scammed. Thankfully two of the latest victims did not fall foul of this scam and notified us straight away.
"We are working hard to find out who is committing these crimes but we are also keen to prevent any further people becoming victims.
"I would urge everyone to speak to anyone who is vulnerable, relatives or neighbours and remind them not to trust anyone over the phone, without checking their legitimacy first.
"They should also never give any bank cards, cash or valuables to anyone at the door, even if they say they are from your bank or the police."
To report an incident in action or if you are in immediate danger always call 999, if it is after the event you should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

50+ Cats Found in Barnack ~ Urgent Appeal

Petrborough Cat Rescue have recently rescued a colony of over 50 cats living in Barnack. Homes have been found for some of the cats, but they are urgently appealing for homes for those who will remain feral. If anyone has stables or small holdings please contact Peterborough Cat Rescue.

Peterborough Cat Rescue commented on the rescue 'It's not their fault, it's all for the sake of not neutering, shows how important it is to stop breeding'.

The contact details are:- 

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PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH: "Care for vulnerable children will not be compromised due to senior management job losses, according to the chief executive of Peterborough City Council".

Gillian Beasley assured councillors that the loss of two posts and a restructuring of others will not leave officers unable to care for at-risk children.

Ms Beasley’s restructure of senior managers is set to save the council over £500,000.
This is the second occasion where she has reviewed senior management.

The biggest change sees the position of executive director for children’s services removed with responsibilities incorporated into the new post of:

Corporate Director: People and Communities.

Click on the links to see what the PBROTRIB previously published on Sue Wescott and Wendi Olge-Welbourn, no truth in the rumour that all executive offices in City Hall are to being fitted with revolving doors, to make the exit process that much faster.

It would be good to know the size of the pay off packages.  It is also hoped that any new appointments will be from  longish shortlists prepared by several different headhunters, and not a two-person take or leave it deal.

Sue Wescott      GONE

 Executive director of children's services

Wendi Olge-Welbourn       GONE

Director for Communities

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bogus Police Officers ~ Scam Warning

We've issued a warning to members of the public following an incident where two men have posed as police officers.
The incident happened on Tuesday (January 20) at about 6pm when the victim, a man in his early 20s, was cycling along Northfield Avenue in Cambridge when he was stopped near to The Ship pub by two men who claimed to be police officers.

Photo credit:The Guardian

The victim was searched by the two men who found and confiscated £30 in cash. They accused him of being a drug dealer on a stolen bike before saying they needed to make a call to carry out some checks on him.
The two men then got into their vehicle, a dark coloured car, and shouted back to the victim "you have just been mugged mate”.
Following this incident we're asking members of the public to be cautious. If you are approached by police the officer should always show their ID, if they don’t, ask for it.
If they do not have proof of ID you should call police to make a report on 101 or 999 if you are in immediate danger.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 1
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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, which should save Cllr. Turnip (who we honestly and truly believe to be a serially useless local politician), a bob or two.

Cllr Turnip (so dubbed this as he spent an astonishing £1,800:00 of Community Leaders Funding - designed for the good of the whole ward - on "raised vegetable beds for infants" at a very well funded local authority school, together with some other additional funding from the CLF to the same school, Cllr Harper is one of just 3 Governors - they should have 7 )

We also note that www. park reappears as a website for Cllr Christopher Harper from time to time directing people to his Tory party webpage. When it was originally paid for by the Neighbourhood Watch, and he gave a clear undertaking to the PCC Solicitor and Marco Cereste Leader of Council, that he would take it down. Do not be taken in by Cllr Christopher Harper, or the certificates he displays. Simply there is no Park Farm Organisation.

lampoon (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).


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