Peterborough News 15th December 2010

A summary of the Peterborough Breakfast Show from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire broadcast from 06:00 to 09:00 on Wednesday 15th December 2010.

A lot of discussion today about KS2 SATs results, which cast Peterborough in a bad light. The conclusions were that SATs are an extremely divisive measure of performance, that schools can turn out well-rounded human beings without topping the league tables, and that academic success depends to a very large part on parental involvement.
EEDA have put together some funding to install electric car charging posts in this region. These are early days for electric vehicle take-up, so it remains to be seen how far this will be welcomed by the public, when electric car purchase costs are so very high, and the technology itself has yet to be a proven solution to modern day needs.
The Government will cut more from Peterborough’s budget than was forecast when the Council put together its budget plans, but the Leader thinks that those extra savings can be made without losing more staff.

Peterborough Museum will close for a year on Christmas Eve while the building is refurbished. The facility will continue to run on a touring basis.
As part of the Government’s cost cutting programme, Ely Wisbech and Huntingdon courts will all close down, leaving the other courts, including Peterborough, to take up the strain.
A tremendous fire consumed an empty building at the Potter & Moore factory in Werrington yesterday.
The local government pension deficit stands at £100 billion, double what it was 3 years ago.
It was announced that NHS hospitals would be fined for running mixed-sex wards. It is not clear how this will help them, or indeed where that money will go, but in any case the doctors take over the budgets from 2013 when PCTs are scrapped, so they will be able to decide their priorities.
Apparently Cambridgeshire Police should not lose their PCSO funding as part of the budget cuts.
Winger George Boyd who signed a 3 year deal with Peterborough United in the summer says he has no intention of leaving the club.

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

John Holdich Cabinet Member Education Skills and Universities Peterborough City Council.
Rick Hilton Fire Service.
Roger Terrell Solicitor.
Deborah Cadman Chief Executive EEDA.
Mary Foreman Head Dogsthorpe Junior.
Karen Hepworth Head Heritage Park School.
Marco Cereste Leader Peterborough City Council.
Jeremy Bennett Editor AM Automotive Magazine.

Presenter: Paul Stainton
Producer: Ben Stevenson (?)
Sport: Kate Riley
News: Samantha Dalton
Travel: Justin Peterson
Weather: Chris Bell