Peterborough City Council leader John Holdich: Hurry to take up this powerful offer

Cllr John Holdich

Cllr John Holdich

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It caught a lot of people by surprise, and the recent Government decision to slice solar panel subsidy pay-outs now means a rapid acceleration in our scheme to install free solar panels on homes in Peterborough.

Originally this initiative was focussed on central areas of the city but we are now offering this to all homeowners wherever you live in Peterborough.

If you are interested in the scheme then the first thing to do is visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/freesolar and sign up via the register now button.

There is no cost to residents for installing and maintaining these panels.

Moreover, you can make use of as much of the electricity generated by the panels as you can (up to around £200 a year saving) and you will receive £100 every five years, for 20 years, for having the panels on your roof.

But hurry, the Government’s announcement means we now only have until the end of the year to get residents’ homes up and running. We do have to check your roof is suitable before confirming installation.

New companies mean new job opportunities for residents. And promoting Peterborough to businesses has never been more important.

Earlier this week, Chancellor George Osbourne announced that he wants councils in England to keep the proceeds from all the business rates raised in their area – although we do need to wait to hear further details.

The city council is one of a small number of local authorities already benefitting from keeping a bigger share of business rates. Over the next few years we are part of a Treasury pilot scheme where we get to keep nearly all of the city’s business rates over a set growth target. This helps us to protect important services.

So, in my role as the Leader of Peterborough City Council it gives me great pleasure to see new businesses realising the potential the city has to offer.

Already this year we’ve seen a number of companies moving to the city including Handmade Burger Company, Coverbox and JBA Consulting and of course Thomas Cook reaffirming their commitment to Peterborough by relocating to new offices in Lynch Wood Business Park.

And if you’re in the early days of starting your own company you can get support and guidance from various organisations in the city including our economic development company Opportunity Peterborough.

The name Edith Cavell has very strong links to Peterborough.

On Monday, a civic ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of this courageous First World War nurse will take place.

Edith Cavell went to school here and was taught the French language that helped her nurse injured soldiers in Brussels during the conflict.

In August 1915, Edith Cavell was part of a resistance group arrested by German officials. She was tried for treason before being executed at dawn on October 12 1915.

A two minute silence will be observed at Peterborough Cathedral at 7am, followed by a service at the War Memorial.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run returns to the city’s streets on Sunday.

Please come out and support the thousands of runners as they make their way around Peterborough from 10am.

If you take any photos on the day please do share 
them on social media 
using the hashtag 
#PERKINSRUN