Monthly Archives: November 2018

Roads may be repaired following cash boost

Thorney Dyke

Government cash earmarked for road repairs in the Budget could be used to fix a number of massive dips in local roads.

Peterborough City Council had been warning that serious subsidence affecting a number of roads was unlikely to be sorted out before next year.

The extreme cold of the so-called Beast from the East spring storm, followed by a very dry summer has been blamed for causing subsidence on fenland roads, and Thorney Parish Council has complained about two particularly bad cases – one on the Causeway as you enter the village by the old nursery and another on North Bank heading towards Whittlesey, just before Fouracres car dealership.

The city council has put up warning signs and had said there was no cash to repair the roads this financial year.

But now, the council has secured £1.5 million for urgent repairs and has said it will announce in December which roads are to be fixed.

Fenland roads, which are built on clay or peat foundations are highly prone to subsidence due to drought and the city council has already undertaken a huge programme of repairs on local fen roads this year.

Overnight lane closures on Soke Parkway

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There are likely to be overnight lane closures on the Soke Parkway (A47) this week as work starts to clear trees and vegetation around the Rhubarb Bridge (A15) flyover.

Clearance works around Junction 18 of the A47/A15 will start on Monday 19 and last until Sunday.

The work is being carried out by Amey on behalf of Peterborough City Council and will take place between 8pm and 5am each day, with lane closures put in place.

Work is taking place as part of preparations for major repairs to Rhubarb Bridge and improvements to the junction which will start in January.

This will see structural works to the bridges which will help maintain them for the next 10 years, as well as the construction of new pedestrian crossings.

The project will increase capacity and improve traffic flow at the junction.

Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for growth and economic development, said: “As motorists will be aware, this is one of the city’s busiest road junctions and it has been in need of improvement for some time.

“We are not expecting this preparation work to cause any lengthy disruption, however we want to make drivers aware of what is happening so they can plan their journeys accordingly.”

Where will our library go?

Thorney Library

Thorney looks likely to lose its current library in January when the building is put up for auction.

Thorney Parish Council heard on Monday evening that Peterborough City Council is hoping to sell the building, along with the former community centre in Church Street, for £300,000.

Both the old community centre and the library were the village’s infants’ and girls’ schools until 1940, when the Duke of Bedford School opened.

Parish councillor Russ Bevington, responding to a question from Doris Pacey, a member of the public, said the village would not lose its library, but he couldn’t say whether there would be a break in service or what the new provision would be.

He said there had been talk of a mobile library or putting up a temporary building next to the Bedford Hall.

The future of the library seems tied up with the future of the Bedford Hall, the village community centre. There is a proposal to house the library in space at the back of the hall, but cost was estimated at £110,000.

A suggestion to accommodate it at the school was rejected by school governors.

Mr Bevington said the city council had promised the money from the sale of the Church Street premises would stay in the village and that some of it would be used to help fund a new pavilion in the park.

Anti-social behaviour problems

Residents of Park Close attended the meeting to complain about anti-social behaviour that was making their lives a misery.

It was claimed there had been fights, threats against other residents, drinking and drug taking. There had been three police raids, including one by armed police.

City councillors agreed to take up the issues with Cross Keys Housing Association to see if something could be done.

Parish Council chairman, John Bartlett, said the problems stemmed from when Peterborough City Council changed its letting policy, which resulted in families being housed in properties that were intended as old people’s bungalows.

Council vacancy

There have been two applications for the vacancy on Thorney Parish Council. Councillors will interview candidates at next month’s meeting.

Heritage street signs

The “heritage” streets signs for Church Street and Abbey Place are due to be delivered this week and should be installed soon.

LED street lights

Installation of LED street lights in the village is almost complete. A number of old lights with concrete lamp-posts remain to be converted and the heritage street lights for Church Street and Abbey Place have not been installed.

The parish council had been concerned about the cost of these rising from £10,000 to £20,000 and had still not received an explanation from Peterborough City Council.

£300 for Tommies

The Parish Council is to pay £300 towards the cost of the Tommy silhouettes that were used for the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Village signs are rotten

It might cost up to £15,000 to replace Thorney’s four village signs, which are now rotten.

The quote was for replica signs in aluminium, which would have a lifespan of up to 25 years. The Parish Council thought this was too much and are seeking quotes from other companies.

Nathan Potts said he’d had quotes from a local craftsman who could carve the signs in oak at a cost of £11,000.

It was suggested the current signs would need to be changed as the abbey was much too short and squat. New signs should get the scale right. Another suggestion was for a silhouette design, which might be substantially cheaper.

A decision was deferred until December to get more quotes.

Flower power …

If you’re out and about in the village this week, you may see small bouquets of flowers left in random places.

It’s the work of Thorney Plus Women’s Institute members who have made the bouquets and left them around the village.

President Jane Crossland says the idea is to spread a little happiness. Members hope people will pick them up and give them to someone who deserves a bunch of flowers or who might need cheering up.

New Poppy Organiser for village

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Bev Smith from Eye has taken over from John Culpin as Poppy Area Organiser for Thorney.

She has been the area organiser for Eye for the past five years.

Bev says the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War has generated a lot of additional interest in the Poppy Appeal and sales of poppies have been going well.

She said she loved the efforts the two villages had made to remember the soldiers killed in the First World War. Eye has put large poppies on lamp-posts, along with one of the names of the 41 men from the village who were killed in the Great War.

She thought the soldier silhouettes in Thorney were very evocative and loved the efforts made in the Abbey and the graveyard (see picture).

Bev said she wanted to pay tribute to John and thank him for his many years of hard work for the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

You can contact Bev on 222995 or smithbev16@gmail.com.

City lights switched on this Friday

Peterborough’s Christmas Lights are to be switched on this Friday.

The big switch-on is to be staged in Cathedral Square at 7.30pm.

Heart FM breakfast show presenters Kev and Ros will be playing music and introducing local bands from 4pm until 8pm.

The switch will be flicked by city mayor, Chris Ash and council leader John Holdich. There will also be a burst of fireworks to herald the switch-on.

Father Christmas will also be in attendance.