A spending spree at what cost?

Unlike certain Prime Ministers, I remember 2010. I recall that we were told that we couldn’t live beyond our means, and that a programme of austerity was absolutely necessary, writes cllr Shaz Nawaz, leader of the Labour Party on Peterborough City Council.

Coun John Holdich at Sand Piper House, Fletton Quays

Peterborough partnership work was a success

I was really encouraged to see a Public Health England report this week which praised our efforts in reducing alcohol related hospital admissions, writes leader of Peterborough City Council, cllr John Holdich.

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Busy preparing for the new Peterborough term

The month of August is, of course, entirely taken up with the school summer holidays, so I don’t have as much news from schools to update you on as usual. writes Jonathan Lewis, Peterborough City Council director of education.

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Where does Peterborough’s green bin waste go?

Every day most of us will put time and effort into sorting our waste so we can put what can be recycled into our green bins and what can’t into our black bins, writes Simon Kail, Chairman of Peterborough and Fenland Liberal Democrats.

Parveen's salmon dish

An Ideal solution was right on my doorstep in Peterborough

Sometimes what you seek is right on your doorstep. Allow me to elaborate...Just over ten years ago I had a vision of becoming a TV chef and spent a lot of time, money and energy travelling all around the UK for television work opportunities, writes Parveen Ashraf.

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Peterborough MP Lisa Forbes: Time to be bold on child poverty

I was saddened to read in this year’s report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) that school pupils in Peterborough from lower-income households are, on average, around two years behind their peers in educational attainment by the time they leave secondary school, writes Peterborough MP Lisa Forbes.

Chris Porsz column

Who remembers Peterborough’s Christian commando?

I have photographed some interesting characters over the years– including Victor Holroyd who was quite eccentric and called himself a Christian commando and sported messages of peace and love on his hat and coat, writes Chris Porsz, the Paramedic Paparazzo.


Why we live in taxing times

The 17 th century French statesman, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, once described the art of taxation as “plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing”.

Cllr Chris Ash

Politics - we get what we pay for

I can’t start off this column without sharing sympathy with the victims of the two mass murders in the USA. Our hearts go out to those families affected, writes Chris Ash, Liberal Party member of Peterborough City Council.

 Gaia at Liverpool Cathedral for Liverpool City Council's River Festival, 2019. Photo by Gareth Jones

I am a proud citizen of the planet Earth

W hen I was a little girl in the 1970s there was none of this business of living our lives online. We had to get our entertainment and live out our fantasies in simpler ways, writes Peterborough Cathedral Canon Missioner Sarah Brown.

Roger Thompson, combined authority housing director, Howard Bright from Medesham Homes, Cllr John Holdich, Mayor James Palmer, Michael Heekin, Cross Keys Homes executive director of finance, and city councillor Steve Allen at the Crowland Road site

Helping families back into homes

O ver the past year we have seen a 56 per cent rise in the number of families who present themselves to the council as homeless, writes cllr John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council.

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