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New regular quiz night at Rose & Crown


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.

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

Award sponsors eviivo is a leading online booking business for independent hotels and B&Bs. Alongside traditional establishments, it covers converted castles, train carriages and yurts.

The UK Bed and Breakfast sector is a £2 billion market of owner-managed businesses. Along with the thousands of small independent hoteliers up and down the country, they make a huge contribution to the British economy and to their local communities.

Pubs with accommodation and boutique hotels are also an increasingly popular choice for international and domestic holiday-makers, seeking a truly British experience.

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

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