Peterborough News 14th December 2010

A summary of the Peterborough Breakfast Show from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire broadcast from 06:00 to 09:00 on Tuesday 14th December 2010.

Peterborough faces an £8 million budget cut, from £164 million to £156 million, 5% of its Govt. allocation. The local Labour spokesman says the figure is in fact higher, and wants a slower reduction. The local LibDem suggests a number of areas to save money.
Cambridgeshire County Council announce their budget cut at 3%. The local Labour man says it’s nearer 11% and is, in fact, just the first step towards the complete privatisation of all council services. BBC insist it’s all the fault of the Labour Party.
Police are hand-delivering 40 Xmas cards to persistent offenders to remind them of their seasonal obligations towards the community. It’s also a good excuse to knock on their doors.

Peterborough Hospitals are holding a crutch amnesty as they lose most of them and some turn up at car boot sales.

That’s about it really for local news, and only three of them were local. There are various pieces of advertorial dotted around, including a pole dancing establishment in Norfolk Street, some Xmas trees still available down the Oundle Road and Santa’s Grotto in Queensgate, but news it ain’t.

One of the staff was moaning that they had to work right up until 6pm on December 24th. BBC eh?

During an item about the spirit of Christmas, the BBC Peterborough interview was apparently with a soul-therapist from Muswell Hill, taken by surprise on the day. Staggers had to do all work. How did that happen?

Note: the lady does apparently do a bit with the Beeb:
“My favourite broadcast was for the celebrated veteran BBC producer of classic comedy programmes, Ian Guardhouse, in which I featured along with Morecambe & Wise, The Goons, George Melly and Stanley Unwin on Stephen Fry’s “The Joy Of Gibberish” on BBC Radio 4.”
I won’t send you straight to the website. There’s a blog here. It’s quite interesting. It’s a bit Weekend Guardian. Something to read later on.

There was a thing about horseradish sandwiches for the common cold. And a lady from Ely who won a WI jam competition. Peterborough, Ely, Peterborough . It’s quite a nice run out. Plenty of parking in Ely.

Weather: A cloudy and misty start with some rain but becoming brighter later with some sunshine. 3C

Darren Fower LibDem Leader Peterborough City Council.
Nazim Khan Labour Leader Peterborough City Council.
Kay Ruggiero General Manager Musculoskeletal Services NHS Peterborough.
Ingrid Collins Psychologist.
DI Neil Sloan Thorpe Wood Police.
Michael van Straten Health Guru.

Presenter: Paul Stainton
Producer: Ben Stevenson (?)
Sport: Peter Swann
News: Samantha Dalton
Travel: Justin Peterson
Weather: Joe Osborne