Peterborough Firework Display Banned

17:15 Thursday 29th September 2011
Drive BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

ANDY BURROWS: One big event that’s not going to happen is the annual Fireworks Fiesta in Peterborough. It was announced a couple of weeks ago that the Nene Park Trust which manages Ferry Meadows where the event traditionally takes place was no longer going to play host to the display, because of traffic problems connected with dealing with the expected 15,000 visitors. It had been hoped an alternative venue could be found, but today it was announced the event had been called off altogether. The Mayor of Peterborough, Paula Thacker, spoke to Paul Stainton on our Peterborough Breakfast Show this morning. (TAPE)
PAULA THACKER: I’m very very disappointed, deeply upset, shocked, angry with James McCullogh and his Trustees, and I suggest that people do look at his Trustees, because unfortunately, I’m going to say this, a lot of people won’t know that we have two councillors on that Trustee board, which I’m really really disappointed as well. (LIVE)
ANDY BURROWS: That was the Mayor of Peterborough, Paula Thacker, wading into that row over the future of the Firework Fiesta. Well one of those Trustees that she named there is Councillor Samantha Dalton, who’s the Cabinet Member for the Environment in Peterborough, and earlier on I asked her if she was as disappointed as the Mayor. Continue reading “Peterborough Firework Display Banned”

PREL Greenhouse – Pilot Scheme Planned

08:08 Monday 26th September 2011
Peterborough Brealfast Show
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

PAUL STAINTON: Plans to build one of the country’s largest greenhouses in Peterborough creating 1500 jobs – the proposals come from Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited. Chris Williams is the Managing Director. (TAPE)
CHRIS WILLIAMS: First of all there’s a pilot, and what we’re looking to do is we’ve been approached by the growers, who themselves have been approached by supermarkets and customers, who want sustainable organic food. To help that they need carbon dioxide, and what better way to do carbon dioxide than to take it from a source that would be putting it into the atmosphere. So they’re looking at power stations. They also like the idea that we produce organic fertiliser from our food waste process. And combining the two. So we’re starting with a pilot in Peterborough, about 3 hectares of tomatoes and other crops that can grow sustainably and have the market in the UK, so they’re cutting out food miles, they’re cutting out use of heating from external sources. (LIVE)
PAUL STAINTON: That’s Chris Williams the Managing Director of Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited announcing the plans. Sam Dalton is the councillor and Cabinet Member for Environment Capital. Morning Sam.
SAMANTHA DALTON: Good morning.
PAUL STAINTON: These are very very exciting plans aren’t they? Continue reading “PREL Greenhouse – Pilot Scheme Planned”

Nick Sandford and Samantha Dalton on the new Environment Capital Slogan

Nick Sandford (LibDem Cllr.) and Samantha Dalton (Conservative Cabinet Member) talk to Paul Stainton about Council’s plans to rebrand Peterborough with a new slogan, Home of Environmental Capital. Continue reading “Nick Sandford and Samantha Dalton on the new Environment Capital Slogan”

Peterborough News 8th September 2010

A summary of the Peterborough Breakfast Show from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire broadcast from 07:00 to 09:00 on Wednesday 8th September 2010.

NHS Peterborough’s new Chief Executive is struggling to find the cuts necessary to balance the books and pay off the deficit left to them from the previous management. Waiting lists could rise as a result of targets being scrapped.
Peterborough City Council wants to install a new slogan “Home of Environment Capital” as part of its ongoing branding exercise for the city. They deny paying a consultancy for this slogan. Their previous offering “The Future is You” came in at £70,000.
Stewart Jackson MP is one of the people chosen to meet the Pope when he visits House of Commons on September 17th 2010.
Continue reading “Peterborough News 8th September 2010”

No Green Energy Payback for Peterborough

Government has changed the rules to allow councils to sell electricty back to the National Grid, if it has been generated from simple renewable resources, such as wind, water and solar. Peterborough has well publicised green aspirations, but unlike Woking, Bristol and Teeside, they currently have nothing in the way of green energy to offer, and no firm plans on the table. Continue reading “No Green Energy Payback for Peterborough”

Peterborough News 18th August 2010

A summary of the Peterborough Breakfast Show from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire broadcast from 07:00 to 09:00 on Wednesday 18th August 2010.

The Liberal Democrats on Peterborough City Council have raised questions over whether an eleven year IT contract with Serco at a cost of £44 million pounds represents good value for money.
The local Pakistani community is redoubling its fundraising efforts for victims of the floods there.
From today local authorities will be able to sell any surplus energy they have from simple renewable sources back to the National Grid. Peterborough City Council look forward to doing that but have none available at present and no concrete proposals in the pipeline.
Continue reading “Peterborough News 18th August 2010”

Peterborough’s Carbon Footprint

A league table of local authorities published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change puts Peterborough near to the bottom of the table for carbon emissions, threatening to scupper the Conservative Council’s Environmental Capital aspirations. LibDem spokesman Richard Olive puts the case for the prosecution, and Sam Dalton Conservative Cabinet Member for Environment Capital brings Peterborough Council Climate Change Team Manager Charlotte Palmer along with her into the studio to give an account to the BBC’s Paul Stainton of where we are and what we’re doing about it.
Continue reading “Peterborough’s Carbon Footprint”

Peterborough News 2nd August 2010

A summary of the Peterborough Breakfast Show from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire broadcast from 07:00 to 09:00 on Monday 2nd August 2010.

Figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change indicate that Peterborough’s carbon footprint is down near the bottom of the league tables and that Peterborough is falling behind other authorities in its energy efficiency performance.
The Government has invested another £1.5 million in Phase Two of the Future Jobs Fund for Peterborough, delivering a further 238 6-month contracts for employees.
Peterborough’s Back to Business Club run by the Greater Peterborough Partnership has helped its 50th client back into work after redundancy.
Continue reading “Peterborough News 2nd August 2010”