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Thorney fire crew help rescue crash victim

Thorney firefighters helped rescue a man from a crashed car on the A47 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The crew were called out at 2.22am and arrived to find a vehicle in bushes having left the eastbound carriageway. Crews released one male casualty from the vehicle.

Two crews from Dogsthorpe, including a rescue vehicle, also attended.

Crews returned to their station by 4.45am.

Quiz and curry night

Fenland Family Church logo

Fenlands Family Church is organising a quiz and curry night on Saturday, October 14.

The event will be held at the Old Methodist Chapel, The Causeway, and starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets must be bought in advance and it costs £36 for a team of six. Bring your own drinks and glasses.

All money raised goes to Park House School. Tickets available from Jeff or Jaki Bellamy on 271377 or via e-mail: fenlandsfamilychurch@gmail.com.

Brexiteers to give progress report

Suzanne+Evans

Former deputy chair of UKIP, Suzanne Evans, will be in Thorney on Monday night as part of a pro-Brexit panel speaking at the Bedford Hall.

Ms Evans has been one of the leading figures in the Brexit campaign, having been deputy chair of UKIP from 2014 to 2016. She has often been at loggerheads with its colourful leader, Nigel Farage, and was suspended from the party for a period last year, which prevented her from contesting the leadership.

Also speaking will be Patrick O’Flynn, UKIP MEP for the East of England, and Brendan Chilton of Labour Leave.

The meeting is free and starts at 7pm.

Plans for four executive homes off The Causeway

Causeway Lodge

Rose Homes of Whittlesey has applied for planning permission to demolish Causeway Lodge Farm and associated buildings and build three executive homes.

The company also wants to convert a barn on the site into a fourth home.

The site, on the left-hand side as you enter the village from Peterborough direction, has been derelict for a number of years.

The development would also involve the construction of an access road off The Causeway.

Thorney Parish Council has not objected to the proposals and Dorothy Halfhide said they had to recognise that both the main farmhouse and the cottage are beyond repair.

“I think the proposed buildings look good, and I am very pleased to see that the orchard is largely retained,” she said.

Johnny prompts Thorney clean-up

Clean 2 crop

Thorney has got out its scrubbing brushes and mops this week.

On Saturday a team of people, including three ward councillors – Steve Allen, Richard Brown and Nigel Simons – spent the morning washing down dirty road signs in the village.

The clean-up was prompted by Church Street resident Johnny Richardson, who complained about the dirty signs during the election campaign for a replacement city councillor.

Today (Monday), he used Facebook to complain about the state of a bench on Wisbech Road (covered in green algae) prompting Chris Vaughan from Thorney Youth project to nip out and give it a scrub.

New regular quiz night at Rose & Crown

quiznight

A new quiz night is starting at the Rose & Crown in Thorney on Tuesday, October 3 and will run every fortnight.

There are cash prizes and entry is £1 per person and £1 per team.

Sign up on the night, starting at 8pm.

Richard Hounsell is quizmaster and is organising the evenings with wife, Val.

She said: “We used to run a very popular one where we lived before and thought we’d give it a go here. It’s just a fun quiz and we do all the questions ourselves so try not to make it too hard and have something to suit everyone.”

More detail needed on holiday homes development

Thorney Lakes Lodges

Thorney Parish Council has objected to the development of 17 holiday lodges at Thorney Lakes Golf Course on the grounds that the planning application lacks essential detail.

Work had started on the development prior to planning permission being sought and was the subject of a stop order by Peterborough City Council.

A planning application for 17 lodges was then submitted and came before the Parish Council this week for consideration.

This is their response to the city council:

“On the face of it, the idea of 17 holiday lodges/caravans, the possibility of a viable golf club and associated facilities and the benefits it may bring to the village seem, in principle, like a welcome proposal. However, we are aware of the concerns and objections raised by local residents, a number of whom attended our meeting.

“The main issue with this application, in our opinion, is that the submitted documents do not provide sufficient information for a proper and fair assessment to be made about the proposals and, therefore, the Parish Council objects to the application.

“Without listing all of what we consider to be the shortcomings of the application we mention a few:

• Absence of a Flood Risk Assessment (in previous instances applications that are located in a Flood Risk Zone have been rejected by the City Council if the appropriate Flood Risk documentation is not submitted).

• Greater consideration of the archaeological potential of the site is needed as this was the reason for a previous application on the site being rejected.

• Absence of a Biodiversity + Geological Conservation Report

• Proper information on car parking allocation which is not currently shown on the drawings

• An assessment of noise that may be generated by the leisure activities related to the use of 17 holiday lodges/caravans and associated development as a holiday venue.

• Evidence to substantiate statement that the holiday lodges/caravans will not be visible from the public road (ideally a section drawing showing height relationships between holiday lodges/caravans, the fence and hedge at the boundary and the public road)

• Details of entrance and site lighting together with information about signage

• A Business Plan in accordance with the Planning Policies for The Rural Economy

• Although the website for Thorney Lakes does not form part of the application, there nevertheless seem to be ambiguities between it and the Application. The Application states the holiday lodges/caravans are not residential but the website says, ‘looking for a home you can use 365 days of the year’ which perhaps implies a residence. We believe there needs to be a clear statement as to the use/function of these lodges/caravans.

“Thorney Parish Council request a deferment in respect of this application on the grounds of lack of concise, accurate and comprehensive information. Until such time as the applicant provides the City Council and, thereby, Thorney Parish Council, local and all other residents of Thorney Parish with this information we do not consider it possible to make a properly informed appraisal of the application.

“In the meantime, and in the absence of what is considered to be essential information, Thorney Parish Council confirms that it objects to any approvals being granted to this application.”

Nigel Simons wins by-election

Nigel Simons

Nigel Simons has been elected to Peterborough City Council to represent Eye, Thorney and Newborough ward.

He won Thursday’s by-election comfortably with 1,018 votes from Christian Defeo (Labour) on 555 and Mary Herdman (UKIP) 279.

Mr Simons lives in French Drove, Thorney, and has served on Thorney Parish Council for a number of years.

The full results were:

Nigel Simons (Conservative) 1,018

Christian Defeo (Labour) 555

Mary Herdman (UKIP) 279

Michael Alexander (Green) 61

Callum Robertson (Liberal Democrats) 35

Turn-out was 27.3 per cent and the result means that no party has overall control of Peterborough City Council.

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.

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