“The long-awaited regeneration of the city’s south river bank is set to finally happen – and I’m absolutely delighted,” writes Peterborough city council leader John Holdich.
“The council’s planning committee has this week unanimously approved plans for the Fletton Quays development, which will create attractive and modern apartments, bars and restaurants to bring this part of Peterborough back to life.
“Having been derelict for years, this brownfield site has become a real carbuncle. The council has played an important role in bringing the plans to fruition and these have already attracted interest from a number of developers and investors. It’s too early to confirm any names, but we hope to have more details in the coming months.
“The new development could provide an opportunity for the council to move our back office to this key site. However we would only make the move if it’s financially beneficial to the council and the city.
“If that was the case, the Town Hall wouldn’t be sold and would remain as the democratic heart of the city. This would mean retaining rooms such as the Mayor’s Parlour and the Council Chamber for instance, but other back office areas would be reused.
“Speaking of the Town Hall, you may have noticed a new shop just a few doors down, dedicated to you saving money on your energy bills.
“As you know, city residents have saved on average £237 a year by switching to our exclusive Peterborough Energy fixed rate tariff. So I encourage you to pop in to find out more about this tariff, which is only available to Peterborough residents, and see how much you could save on gas and electricity.
“One such person is Mandy of Francis Gardens, who switched after receiving a letter about the new energy tariff. Not only is she saving £55 per month on her energy bills, but she was also Peterborough Energy’s 1,000th customer, which earned her £237 in vouchers to spend at Queensgate.
“You could make the same kind of savings, so do drop in to meet the shop’s friendly team.
You can also find out more about the Empower Peterborough free solar panel scheme – there’s still time to take advantage of this great offer.
“More good news for Peterborough is that the city-wide enforcement team I talked about in last week’s column was approved by Cabinet. It means that from April next year, a uniformed team of multi-skilled officers will be tackling anti-social behaviour across Peterborough.
“The team will be directed by a new control room, to ensure we can respond quickly and efficiently to low-level crime and parking violations. Working alongside our neighbourhood police force as well as the fire service, I believe this will make a real difference in improving the surroundings for Peterborough residents and those visiting our city.
“The public has asked for me to take action on anti-social behaviour and I have done just that.
“Looking ahead, one week from today (Thursday), Council will meet to debate the first phase of our budget proposals.
“We are seeking your views on our plans, and also your thoughts on other ways we could deliver cost savings or generate income. Please do give us your ideas, either via the council website or the forms available at libraries, the Town Hall and Bayard Place.
“The public consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday, December 15.”