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Campaigners want play equipment for older children

A campaign to install play equipment for older children in Thorney park has been launched.

The idea was sparked by a post on the Thorney Community Forum Facebook page complaining about lack of facilities for older children in the park.

Parent Chris Vaughan, who made the post, received lots of support from other people and went to Thorney Parish Council’s November meeting to press its backing.

The park is owned by Peterborough City Council and they are responsible for maintenance, repairs and provision of play equipment, so the Parish Council have no direct powers. They were, however, supportive of Chris’ views and city councillors at the meeting said they’d be interested to see what people wanted.

Chris, along with parish councillor Nathan Potts are going to try to progress the project and want to hear from anyone that would be interested in helping. They are also interested to hear what the children of Thorney would like to see in their park, and any ideas from grown-ups to help raise money.
The play equipment for younger children in the park was bought by fund-raising by local people and ownership transferred to the City Council once installed.

If you can help or have any suggestions please contact: Chris on 07979 043349, e-mail: c.vaughan738@btinternet.com or Nathan on 271074, e-mail: nathan@nathanpotts.co.uk.

Plans for Bedford Hall

A number of meetings have taken place between Thorney Parish Council, the Management Committee of the Bedford Hall and Peterborough City Council.

At the October meeting of the Parish Council senior officers of Peterborough City Council laid out their plans for passing the running of the whole of the Bedford Hall complex over to the Parish Council and the Management Committee.

All monies raised by the sale of the library and the old social centre in Church Street would be spent in Thorney, paying for converting the empty part of the Bedford Hall into a library and possibly moving the Post Office into better accommodation (subject to Post Office Counters consent).

Both the Parish Council and the Management Committee have been pressing for a full survey to be undertaken of the whole of the Bedford Hall complex, including the Museum, and especially the basement. The City Council has now agreed to fund this survey.  If a decision to take over the whole of the complex by Thorney is made then all the maintenance cost would be the responsibility of the new trustees.

After a great deal of lobbying by our three City Councillors, and the Parish Council, Peterborough City Council has now agreed to carry out emergency repairs to make the Tower watertight.

Parish Council Chairman, John Bartlett said: “Discussions are currently ongoing with the City Council, so I will keep you updated as to how matters are progressing.”

Thorney has two new firefighters

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Thorney Fire Station has two new on-call firefighters, bringing the team up to eight people, but they are still looking for more.

The new recruits are Dez Larty (27) who lives on English Drove and Thomas Bingley (26) of Topham Crescent.

The two men have just completed their training and are now ready to take their place on the engine.

It’s great news for the village Fire Station, as the last new recruit joined way back in 2009, and means that more much-needed cover can be provided.

“Ideally, we’d like to get the number up to 12 people,” said Station Commander Gavin Hammond. “If we could find people able to respond during the day, it would be great news.”

Thorney Fire Station is crewed by on-call firefighters. These are people with regular jobs, who make themselves available to answer emergencies for a set number of hours a week. They are paid a retainer for being available and also a call-out fee.

“Anyone aged over 18 is eligible,” said Gavin, “and you can apply at 17. There’s no upper age limit provided you are fit enough and women are just as capable of doing the job as men.”

Dez, who works as a tree surgeon, is used to heights and ladders, but he says the training covers everything you need to stay safe and do the job. He’s lived in Thorney for four years and was persuaded to come forward by his brother-in-law who is also a fireman.

Thomas also has a family connection to the fire service – his uncle was an on-call fireman in Whittlesey for over 30 years.

The Thorney team responds to emergencies across the Fens and into Peterborough and may be called upon to fight fires, rescue animals or cut people free after traffic accidents.

If you are interested in finding out more about being an on-call firefighter, you can call Gavin on 01480 444500 or come along to Thorney’s drill night which is Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm. There’s also a website http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk (go to careers and select on-call firefighter) and an e-mail address recruitment@cambsfire.gov.uk where you can get more information.

The Thorney team (below) left to right: Steven Lloyd, Colin Bartlett, Ben Purdy, Chris Hudson, Dez Lartey, Gavin Hammond, Tom Bingley, Garreth Horrocks.

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Four new building sites proposed in Thorney

Four new sites for major housing developments in Thorney have been proposed for inclusion in Peterborough City Council’s Local Plan.

They include land around Causeway Lodge at the entry to the village, land to the north of Wisbech Road between Sandpit Road and pumping station, and two tranches of land south of the village – one in the field adjoining the park and another to the west of Park Farm.

The four plots cover 20 hectares of agricultural land and could contain up to 390 additional houses.

The Peterborough Local Plan aims to build 27,500 new homes and create 22,000 new jobs in the city between 2011 and 2036.

The sites in Thorney will be considered for inclusion, but not necessarily given the green light. A round of public consultation across the city will be held, with the aim of having plans approved in spring 2018.

Already the plans have caused controversy. Peterborough mayor David Sanders, who represents Eye, Thorney and Newborough, has accused the city council of destroying Eye and insists no further homes should be built there. Eye has been earmarked for up to 250 houses and a block on further development there may increase pressure to build in Thorney.

The four sites in the village are:

THO-001: 4.26 hectares of agricultural land to the north of Wisbech Road in the field between the mini-roundabout at the corner of the school to the pumping station. The plans says this would be suitable for 20 houses, but may not get approval by the City Council as it is in a designated flood plain and previous development nearby has been rejected.

THO-002: 5.19 hectares of agricultural land in the triangle around the bypass, the first roundabout and The Causeway as you enter the village from Peterborough. The development extends around the old Causeway Lodge farmhouse. The plans suggest 120 houses, which is a high density. The land would also be within a designated flood plain and therefore may not get approval by the City Council.

THO-003: 7.21 hectares of agricultural land to the south of Thorney Park and running up to the current Larkfleet housing development at the end of Woburn Drive. The site is marked for 170 homes. This land has been offered for housing previously and was supported by the Parish Council but opposed by English Heritage which complained that it would damage the aspect of the village from the south and street lighting for an access road onto Whittlesey Road would be too bright.

THO-005: 2.6 hectacres of agricultural land to accommodate 80 houses in a triangle of land to the east side of the Larkfleet estate and to the south of the Park Farm housing development which was given the go-ahead by Peterborough City Council this autumn.

Plans of the new sites are:

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Part-time Post Office at Bedford Hall

Thorney will have a Post Office service, but it may be three months before it can be set up.

The current Post Office at the Rose & Crown pub will close on April 2 and a new, part-time service is being set up in the Parish Meeting Room at the Bedford Hall.

At the beginning of February, a senior officer of Post Office Counters met with representatives of Thorney Parish Council and the Bedford Hall Management Committee to discuss a way of keeping a Post Office facility in Thorney.

The meeting was told that staff from Parson Drove would operate this Post Office, if they were agreeable, and it would be open for two to three sessions a week, each lasting two to three hours.

At a Parish Council meeting on Monday, the decision was taken to set up the Post Office in the Parish meeting room – a ramp is available for disabled customers.  Currently, it is thought that it would open on Monday possibly for four hours, then two more sessions of three hours on days still to be confirmed.

Once the Post Office closes at the Rose & Crown, it could be up to three months until the new Post Office will be up and running.


Nativity comes to life at Moor Farm


The Christmas Nativity scene will come to life at Moor Farm on December 13 when live sheep, donkeys and cattle will take part.

The event, which is being staged with the help of Thorney, Eye and Newborough churches, will see a full complement of shepherds, angels, wise men; plus Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus.

Everyone is invited to attend; there will be mulled wine for the adults and sausage sandwiches. Father Christmas is also paying an early visit.

Entry is £2 and the event starts at 4pm.

Fabulous Firework Frenzy


Fabulous Firework Frenzy at the Rose and Crown. This is the 21st firework display put on by landlord Steve Shreeve and all profits will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It will also be the last firework display at the Rose & Crown as work will start on building new houses behind the pub before next year. The displays have been spectacular over the years and this should be the best yet.

Tickets cost is £9 for adults and £4.50 for children.

Developers pull the plug on Gores Farm wind turbines

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Developers have pulled the plug on controversial plans to build wind turbines at Gores Farm to the west of the village.

Following government rejection of plans for addition turbines at French Farm to the north of Thorney, it seemed highly unlikely that a larger and more visible wind-farm would stand any chance of approval.

The developers, West Coast Energy, first submitted revised plans reducing the number of turbines to lessen the visible impact and, in particular, on the view of Thorney Abbey. It claimed no wind turbines would be able to be seen from The Green. However, West Coast Energy has clearly seen the writing on the wall and plans have been withdrawn. The wind-farm would have had the capacity to power up to 11,000 homes.

There are still plans on the table for five turbines at Willowhall.

News of the withdrawal will please Thorney Parish council which has urged planners to reject proposals for other wind farms near the village.

Following the rejection of the French Drove wind farm extension, the parish council issued this statement:

“Thorney Parish Council is very pleased that the immense efforts made by local opposition groups, parishioners, City Councillors and Stewart Jackson, have resulted in the Secretary of State refusing permission for the installation of 4x100metre high wind turbines at French Farm, French Drove.

“As they are opposed for many of the same reasons and with equal determination by the local community and their representatives, we trust that the wind farm applications at Gores Farm and the adjacent Willow Hall Farm sites will be similarly rejected, when the City Council determines the outcome of these two applications.”


Community Centre committee resigns

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The management committee of the Community Centre in Church Street have resigned.

Their resignation, effective from the end of October, means there is no management committee in place and no-one to take bookings.

The committee was down to three people – John Bartlett, Jean Bartlett and Russ Bevington. In a statement, they explained they were quitting for a number of reasons:

  • the uncertainty of the future of the building within the City Council’s review of assets in Thorney
  • the prolonged negotiations of Thorney Pre-School’s move to the Children’s Centre at the Duke of Bedford School and the present financial situation of Pre-School.

“These are all items over which the committee members have no control and were, therefore, uncomfortable about. Before a final decision was made the matter of withdrawing their services was discussed with our local City Councillor and a representative from the City Council.

“Meetings were subsequently held with the two main users of the building – Pre-School and Rainbows/Brownies and Guides and neither party raised any objections to any of the decisions that had been made.

“Both groups were given the name of the person at the City Council to contact regarding their future use of the building. All other users have also been appraised of the situation. It was made clear that any outstanding monies from Pre-School would not be pursued.”

Over the years, the management committee has accumulated a sum of money and this has been deposited in a dedicated account for the benefit of the community, held for the time being by Thorney Parish Council.

This money is now available to be spent on community projects and people are free to apply to the Parish Council.

“This transfer of funds is acceptable to both our City Councillor and Peterborough City Council,” the management committee statement said.

The city council plans to sell the Community Centre and Library buildings in Church Street and Thorney Parish Council is anxious to see the money from the sal retained in the village, not go into the council’s general coffers.

Not car-jacking says witness

The incident in the village yesterday evening was not an attempted car-jacking, a witness has told Thorney Post.

This is what was reported by a driver last night: “We were approaching the school (almost at the mini roundabout) and one of two men stood in the middle of the road waving his arms, so we stopped the car. He began ranting and raving, accusing us of almost knocking a child over on the zebra crossing (there was nobody on or near the crossing when we went by).

“He was beckoning for the driver to get out of the car. Luckily we managed to drive around him as the road was clear on the other side, but it is a worry that they could try this with somebody else.

“Please be vigilant everyone, and keep your car doors locked. I have footage from a dash cam that will be handed to the police.”

However, a woman driving a car immediately behind the incident told a different story. Here’s her version of events:

“Please can I reply to the possible car jacking story anonymously?

“I was directly behind this car at the crossing. There was a young boy waiting to cross on his push bike. Maybe the driver didn’t see him waiting, but he was certainly there and the car drove straight over the zebra crossing. I stopped to allow the boy to cross.

“The man, who I guess was the father, saw what had happened and was obviously worried and angry. He did step in front of the car to vent his anger then stepped back onto the pavement and allowed the car to carry on.

“Hopefully the footage from the dash cam will serve as a warning to the driver to slow down and look out for pedestrians, especially children at zebra crossings.

“As I live near the crossing I see this happening almost daily, drivers not taking care.”

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