Monthly Archives: August 2017

By-election – candidates face the public

Candidates for the Eye, Thorney and Newborough by-election on September 7 are to attend a meeting at Leeds Hall, Eye on Thursday, August 31, at 7pm.

It’s a chance to hear all candidates and to give your views.

The five candidates (in alphabetical order) are:

Michael Alexander (Green Party) of Wisbech Road, Thorney.

Christian Defeo (Labour and Co-operative Party) of Pasture House Farm, The Causeway, Thorney.

Mary Herdman (UK Independence Party) of Wisbech Road, Thorney.

Callum Robertson (Liberal Democrats) of Lincoln Road, Deeping Gate.

Nigel Simons (Conservative Party) of French Drove, Thorney.


Bus arrangements during roadworks

The arrangements for buses during the next week’s roadworks have been confirmed.

While Wisbech Road is closed during the day for resurfacing, the Stagecoach bus will call at stops east of the closure (Wisbech side) and then turn around to leave the village towards Wisbech; then travel on to Peterborough via the bypass.

The X1 will stop at the lay-by on the eastern section of the bypass and a shuttle bus will carry people to and from that temporary stop to the regular stops in the village. This will operate throughout the closure times.

People should not go directly to the bypass lay-by, but wait at the regular stops.

Steve Allen, councillor representing Thorney on Peterborough City Council, said contractors would do all they could to ensure the work was completed quickly (possibly less than the five days scheduled) and during closures a banksman would be on hand to direct traffic.

Five people stand for vacant council seat

Five people will contest the by-election for the vacant seat on Peterborough City Council, representing Eye, Thorney and Newborough ward.

The election will be held on Thursday, September 7.

The five candidates (in alphabetical order) are:

Michael Alexander (Green Party) of Wisbech Road, Thorney.

Christian Defeo (Labour and Co-operative Party) of Pasture House Farm, The Causeway, Thorney.

Mary Herdman (UK Independence Party) of Wisbech Road, Thorney.

Callum Robertson (Liberal Democrats) of Lincoln Road, Deeping Gate.

Nigel Simons (Conservative Party) of French Drove, Thorney.

Buses may pick up from bypass lay-bys

Buses may pick-up and drop passengers from the lay-bys on the A47 Thorney bypass while resurfacing work is done at the village crossroads.

Steve Allen, one of the village’s representatives on Peterborough City Council, has been pressuring the council to make some arrangements for buses while road closures are in force.

The city council’s traffic section has suggested using the lay-bys and bus operators have agreed, but shuttle buses will be needed to get people from the village to the bypass.

The council is hoping arrangements will be confirmed tomorrow (Thursday).

People have also been concerned that the work was scheduled to run into Friday and may disrupt people working to get the Abbey’s Flower Festival set up.

This is being held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but all the work decorating the church and setting up displays is done during the week, with the busiest day being Friday. There’s also a concert planned in the Abbey on Friday night.

The council says Church Street will remain open during the work, but will remain one way. This means people living east of the crossroads will be able to access the Abbey via Church Street, but will have to return via Whittlesey Road, Thorney Dyke and Knarr Fen Road (around eight miles).

Yesterday, contractors said the work might be completed much more quickly than the five days allocated. The official programme of work allows for resurfacing Monday to Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday set aside for white lining, installing studs and the traffic loops for the traffic signals.


Roadworks may last only two days

It is hoped that roadworks in Thorney next week, which will close Wisbech Road for part of the day, should be completed in two days rather than the five days originally projected.

Work will start on Monday (August 21) and was due to last until Friday, with the road closed between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Peterborough City Council contractors are to resurface the crossroads where Wisbech Road meets Abbey Place and Station Road.

The contractors have said the road will be closed completely for periods, but diversions will be put in place and gatemen will be on duty to direct traffic. City councillors representing the village have now been told work will be completed much more quickly, probably within two days.

It is not clear how the work will affect bus services to the village during the day and conflicting advice has been given by operators.

We hope to be able to give an update tomorrow.

Sycamore tree is felled at Abbey


The sycamore tree at the south-east corner of Thorney Abbey churchyard was felled in July.

Half of the tree was brought down during storm Doris in the spring and damaged some grave stones. The rest of the tree was inspected and found to be diseased and with a clear structural weakness.

Permission was obtained from all the relevant authorities to get this removed. Jeff Rowlett and his team had the task of removing the remainder of the tree. This was no mean feat due to its close proximity to both the Abbey and to Whittlesey Road.

Adrian Tasker, a member of the PCC, said: “The tree was removed in sections and the stump levelled off. This now opens up the south-east corner and lets in considerably more light. It also removes a real risk to public safety for the village. I would especially like to thank the Parish Council for their assistance in this matter.”

The only problem the tree surgeons had was a Victorian nail which was embedded in the tree, which their chainsaw struck.

Pub name is up for an award

A Thorney pub with an unusual name has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Dog in a Doublet is among the finalists for the Most Creative Name award at the eviivo Awards, which celebrate the best of Britain’s B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small, independent hotels.

The finals are at the Café de Paris, London on October 17.

John McGinn owner of the Dog in a Doublet said: “We work so hard to give our guests a fantastic and unique experience. We are absolutely delighted to have that recognised through this shortlisting for the Most Creative Name and hope we are successful on the night.”

Originally built for Dutch workers when they were draining the fens, an early landlady of the inn had a small terrier dog, which lost all of its coat, so she knitted it a doublet.

The locals would then say they had been to the pub with the ‘dog in the doublet’ and the name has stuck ever since, with the local lock and bridge now also bearing the same name.

The Dog in a Doublet is situated at North Side, Thorney with eight rooms available. For further information please see

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Bookings for this summer were up 19.2 per cent compared with the same period in 2016.