Monthly Archives: November 2017

Free waste collections to reduce fly-tipping


In a bid to reduce fly-tipping, Peterborough City Council will collect bulky waste free of charge for a three-month trail period.

The trial will run from December 11 to March 9 and incidents of fly-tipping will be monitored to see how effective it is.

Currently, the city council will collect bulky items, such as mattresses or sofas, but households have to pay a charge.

The council will make more than 1,000 free collections during the first month of the trial with a daily limit of up to 52 households.  Across the second and third months a daily limit of 26 collections will be in place, although uptake will be monitored and this limit could be increased based on demand.

This trial is limited to one free collection per household on a first-come, first-served basis.  The collection will be for up to 10 items, including mattresses, fridge freezers, white goods and furniture.

Residents will be able to phone Peterborough Direct on 01733 747474 to book a free bulky waste collection from Monday 4 December until 5 March.  If the daily limit has not already been filled then the collection will take place on the householder’s next scheduled bin day as long as the items are by their bins by 6.45am.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “Fly-tipping is unacceptable. As well as costing the council and city money, it also represents a very real fire and public health risk and has a negative impact on the pride that residents have in their neighbourhoods.”

Fly-tipping is a particular problem for rural areas like Thorney where rubbish is often dumped on farm tracks or at the side of country roads.

Parish Council wants more information on holiday homes plan

Thorney Lakes Lodges

Thorney Parish Council says it has not been given enough information to make a recommendation with regards to planning permission for 17 holiday lodges/caravans at the golf club on English Drove.

This is its response to the city council:

There is no Consultee Representation in respect of Archaeology. This seems to be an important omission as a previous planning application on this site for the installation of ground mounted solar PV panels was refused on the grounds of the impact the installation may have on undiscovered buried heritage assets.

We recognise that this application differs from the solar panel application but would anticipate, nevertheless, that an archaeological report would be a requirement. This would permit us to take a view on the impact, if any, on this application. Can we please be provided with such a report?

We note that other Consultee representations raise queries and suggest conditions, for example, the Tree Officer’s Representation. Can we please be provided with a copy of the responses you receive to these queries?

As these are holiday homes we would be grateful if we can be informed of what holiday related activities may take place, together with an assessment of the possible noise levels that could be generated by these activities. This information is requested in order that an assessment can be made on the possible disturbance/invasion of privacy these activities may have on local residents.

We are aware that the site is to be well screened by vegetation and fencing which may (or may not) fully screen the lodges from view as claimed by the applicant. Although lack of screening may not be a valid objection on planning grounds we query the suggestion that a holiday lodge may have a roof terrace/balcony.  Overlooking from such a terrace may constitute an invasion of the privacy of the residents of a  neighbouring property.

Can we also be informed as to how the site and its entrance will be illuminated. The Landscape Representation makes a comment about lighting that would not be considered suitable. We would be pleased to see a lighting scheme that meets with the approval of the planning department. Again, this is requested in order that we can be satisfied that any lighting will not have a detrimental or disturbing impact on local residents.

In the documents there is a certain amount of content which we assume represents a Business Plan. We are not in anyway experts on this form of plan but would be grateful for the City Council’s advice as to whether or not the information submitted constitutes a robust and viable plan on a long-term basis.

Is the City Council satisfied that the Holiday Lodges/Caravans will not be sold as full-time residential accommodation? What would be the procedure taken by the City Council should it become apparent that any of the Holiday Lodges are being used as permanent residences.

Several local residents were present at the 13th November meeting of the Parish Council. They appraised the Council of their views on the additional information which are contained in a document prepared by Ian Glading. We confirm that we fully endorse the contents of this document which will be submitted by Mr Glading

Until the above items are responded to we still do not feel we are able to make an overall and thorough assessment of this application. We have not, therefore, been able to determine whether or not we are in favour of or against the application. In the meantime, Thorney Parish Council confirms that it objects to any approvals being granted to this application.

Drought-damaged roads closed for repairs


Peterborough City Council is embarking on a lengthy schedule to repair drought-damaged roads around Thorney in the next couple of months. Due to deep excavations required, roads will be closed for the duration of the work.

Roads affected are:

B1167 French Drove, Thorney – December 4 for three weeks

B1040 Crowland Road, Thorney – December 4 for one week

B1443 Thorney Road, Newborough – February 5 for one week

B1443 Bukehorn, Thorney – January 10 for one week four days

B1040 Whittlesey Road (North of Thorney Dyke), Thorney – January 16 for two weeks

B1167 Wisbech Road, Thorney – January 8 for two weeks

B1167 New Cut (East Wryde to Wallace Drove) – January 22 for one week

B1167 New Cut (English Drove to French Drove) – January 29 for one week

B1040 Station Road, Thorney – February 12 for one week

A council spokesman said they would be issuing letters to residents within the area of the works as well as advance warning signs.


Fire Service recruiting on-call firefighters

Fire helmets

The village fire station is short of on-call firefighters to man the engine and respond to emergencies.

These part-time roles are open to men and women of any age, who can pass the fitness test, and undertake a training course.

On-call firefighters are paid a retainer and also receive additional pay for call-outs. To qualify you have to live or work within five minutes drive of the fire station at the Bedford Hall.

If you want to find out more, Cambs Fire & Rescue Service is hosting a Taster Session at 7pm on November 23.

During this hands-on session, you’ll participate in drills relating to Road Traffic Collisions and Casualty Evacuation, and you’ll also have the chance to ask the crews any questions you might have about life on-call.

They can only accommodate 12 people for the session, so if you’re interested you’ll need to book your place by e-maiing before November 20.