Monthly Archives: March 2016

Village library gets free wi-fi

Thorney Library

Free wi-fi is now available at Thorney library during opening times.

Peterborough City Council has rolled our free internet across all 11 city libraries.

Visitors will be able to connect to the internet via their own tablets, laptops and mobiles, making the libraries an ideal place for quiet work or study.

The technology was funded via an Arts Council grant of £25,000. It builds on the success of Open+, the library access scheme which enables people to enter the buildings during unstaffed hours, saving public money and protecting an important service for local people.

With Open+, which launched in May 2015, library card holders can sign up to use their cards to enter the building during specified hours. The number of people now signed up is 8,500, which equates to around half of the libraries’ members.

Lisa Roberts, Strategic Client Manager, Culture & Leisure at Peterborough City Council said: “The new Open+ technology has been really well received by our library users, and we’re looking to build on that with the wi-fi provision.

“While funding cuts have caused many other councils in the UK to close their libraries, we are finding ways to keep them open for longer and to attract more people to use them. Most people these days prefer to use their own laptops and tablets for their work, study and leisure, so by providing wi-fi, people will be even more keen to spend time at the library. It gives them the option to combine online research and learning with the in-depth insights from our books and other resources.”

Thorney library is staffed on Wednesdays 9am to noon, Fridays 1.30-5pm and Saturdays 2pm to 5.30pm. Open+ operates on Wednesdays noon to 6pm, Friday 9am to 1.30pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm.

No more local parcels pick-up

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People in Thorney will have to re-arrange delivery or pick up undelivered parcels from Peterborough after this weekend.

The move follows closure of Thorney’s sub post office in the Rose & Crown pub.

Royal Mail says first priority will be to leave the parcel with a neighbour if you’re not at home. If that can’t be done, you have the option of collecting the parcel from the Peterborough Delivery Office at Papyrus Road or re-arranging delivery for a time when you will be at home.

Items marked Special Delivery or international items requiring a signature can’t be left with neighbours.

Thorney war games business given planning permission

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A Thorney war games business that was forced to close when it lost a planning appeal is now back in business and will be opening soon.

Battlefield Live, based at Old Hall Farm, French Drove, had a revised planning application approved by Peterborough City Council yesterday.

The original application was turned down by councillors following objections by residents concerned about noise.

The revised application was for a games arena about half the size of the original and surrounded by 2m high acoustic fencing. The application also included car parking and conversion of barns to a reception areas and refreshments room.

Battlefield Live allows groups to play war games against each other, but unlike paintball, it uses guns firing bolts of infra-red light to score hits on the opposition. It was rated number one in Peterborough in the Fun and Games category on Trip Advisor.

Quarry junction lighting to be fixed

Highways England is to replace bollards and improve lighting at the quarry entrance on the A47.

Following complaints that the bollards were unlit and presented a danger to traffic, a spokesman for Amey, the company that looks after the road on behalf of the government, said that the bollards had been damaged, allowing water to enter the underground electrics.

“We are trying to arrange for them to be replaced during April and this will also include other lighting defects,” he said.

Part-time Post Office at Bedford Hall

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Thorney will have a Post Office service, but it may be three months before it can be set up.

The current Post Office at the Rose & Crown pub will close on April 2 and a new, part-time service is being set up in the Parish Meeting Room at the Bedford Hall.

At the beginning of February, a senior officer of Post Office Counters met with representatives of Thorney Parish Council and the Bedford Hall Management Committee to discuss a way of keeping a Post Office facility in Thorney.

The meeting was told that staff from Parson Drove would operate this Post Office, if they were agreeable, and it would be open for two to three sessions a week, each lasting two to three hours.

At a Parish Council meeting on Monday, the decision was taken to set up the Post Office in the Parish meeting room – a ramp is available for disabled customers.  Currently, it is thought that it would open on Monday possibly for four hours, then two more sessions of three hours on days still to be confirmed.

Once the Post Office closes at the Rose & Crown, it could be up to three months until the new Post Office will be up and running.

 

Improvement work to Paston Parkway Junction 20

Work starts this month to improve the junction of the A47 with Paston Parkway.The £5 million contract, which will take nine months to complete, is aimed at easing traffic congestion, particularly during peak traffic periods.With further housing planned at the nearby Norwood and Paston Reserve development sites, this was projected to get worse unless improvements are made.

The number of lanes approaching (and on) the roundabout will be increased and traffic lights installed.

Councillor Peter Hiller, the city council’s cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “Peterborough is going to experience significant growth over the next 10 years, with numerous developments planned – including Paston Reserve, which will consist of approximately 1,500 homes.

Traffic restrictions will be kept to a minimum, but there will be temporary lane closures, also weekend and night-time closures.

Thorney misses wind-farm electricity discounts

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Of the 340 homes eligible for discounted electricity bills from the Wrydecroft wind-farm, none are in the main village of Thorney.

To qualify for the £200 a year discount, homes have to be within 3km of the nearest turbine. The nearest homes to the wind-farm (in Park Crescent) are just over 4km distant. The 3km radius reaches only as far as the junction of Wisbech Road and Old Knarr Fen Road.

Alison Jones of wind-farm operators RES, said because the lay-out of the turbines was in a long line, the area eligible for discounts was a long oval shape. It included Thorney Toll and parts of Gedney Hill.

Alison said more than 70 per cent of eligible homes had taken up the offer and all homes that fall within 3km had been written to.

“It is possible some letters have gone astray or there’s an error on the postcode. If people think they qualify and haven’t heard from us, they can call 0800 011 3341 to check.

Turbines on the Wrydecroft wind-farm began turning in January and testing has been ongoing. The turbines are expected to be connected to the national grid this month.

Work started on French Farm wind turbines

Work on two wind turbines at French Farm, to the north of Thorney, is under way.

The controversial development has been the subject of several planning appeals and a public inquiry.

The government rejected plans to extend the site from two to six turbines last year, but Peterborough City Council had previously agreed to two turbines and green energy company REG is now building these.

A spokesman said work would continue during spring and summer and they expected towers and blades to be delivered in August. The turbines should be generating power this autumn.