500th birth­day for news­let­ter

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

LIB­ERAL Party coun­cil­lors in Dogsthorpe have cel­e­brated the pub­li­ca­tion of the 500th is­sue of their monthly news­let­ter.

For more than 30 years the party’s Fo­cus news­let­ter has been keep­ing lo­cal coun­cil­lors in touch with their con­stituents.

Cham­pi­oned in the be­gin­ning by the highly-re­puted Peter­bor­ough Young Lib­eral Party in 1973, it be­came a monthly pub­li­ca­tion in 1978, two years be­fore the Dogsthorpe ward had its first Lib­eral councillor, Adrian Min­ers, who re­mains in his po­si­tion to­day.

Af­ter an in­aus­pi­cious start that saw the news­let­ter printed on a hand-op­er­ated ma­chine in Cllr Min­ers’ par­ents’ house, they are now pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced book­lets pro­vid­ing use­ful in­for­ma­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents.

With all three of Dogsthorpe’s coun­cil­lors Adrian Min­ers, Chris Ash and Bella Salt­marsh be­ing Lib­eral Party mem­bers, they have praised the im­por­tance of the news­let­ter in spread­ing the word about their hopes for the neigh­bour­hood.

Cllr Min­ers said: “While other coun­cil­lors may get into lo­cal pol­i­tics to fur­ther the cause of their cho­sen par­ties, our party has al­ways been about serv­ing our com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple call me quite sad for be­ing around long enough to over­see 500 is­sues of Fo­cus, but I en­joy the grass-roots of lo­cal pol­i­tics as much as I ever did.”

The party re­cently con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance in Dogsthorpe af­ter Cllr Ash can­tered home in the city coun­cil elec­tions with 1,776 votes, which was over 1,000 more votes than the next near­est can­di­date.

Around £40,000 has been spent over the years to pro­duce the news­let­ter, which has re­quired the help of vol­un­teers to put in 25,000 man­hours to de­liver them.

But if the news­let­ter is to make it to its 600th edi­tion, more vol­un­teers are needed to de­liver them.

Ar­eas in need of helpers in­clude Ne­wark Av­enue, Elm­field Road, Wel­land Road, Dove­cote Close, Cen­tral Av­enue, Furze Ride, Lilac Road, Myr­tle Court and Sher­borne Road.

To vol­un­teer, con­tact ei­ther Cllr Min­ers on 01733 346728; Cllr Ash on 01733 756573; or Cllr Salt­marsh on 01733 266466.

Pic­ture: alan storer.

PROUD: Councillor Adrian Min­ers with copies of the 500th edi­tion of the Fo­cus news­let­ter. (METP-29-05-10AS006)

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