We’re try­ing to save you money

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Townhall View - John Holdich

With the nights draw­ing in, Christ­mas cards ap­pear­ing in the shops and Strictly Come Danc­ing re­turn­ing to our screens it can only mean one thing - the weather is turn­ing cooler and it’ll soon be time to think about putting the heat­ing on (if you haven’t al­ready!).

Cold weather adds pounds to en­ergy bills and as a re­sult many res­i­dents often de­lay putting their heat­ing on for as long as pos­si­ble.

If you’ve not done so al­ready, then now might be a good time to think about whether you’re get­ting the best deal from your en­ergy sup­plier.

We’ve re­cently hit the 5,000 mile­stone for the num­ber of house­holds that have switched to the coun­cil’s en­ergy tar­iff - Peter­bor- ough En­ergy.

Formed by the city coun­cil and award win­ning na­tional sup­plier OVO En­ergy, Peter­bor­ough En­ergy aims to save res­i­dents money by of­fer­ing com­pet­i­tively priced and fair tar­iffs.

Col­lec­tively our 5,000 switch­ers have saved £1.3 mil­lion on their en­ergy bills. I’m one of them - I switched last year and made an an­nual sav­ing of £285.

The av­er­age sav­ing for dual fuel cus­tomers who pay monthly is £248, so it’s def­i­nitely worth find­ing out whether you’re get­ting the best deal. There’s also a gas and elec­tric­ity tar­iff avail­able to city res­i­dents with pre-pay­ment me­ters.

If you de­cide to switch, it’s a re­ally quick process. All you need to do is en­ter a few de­tails for a quote and then you can com­plete the switch on­line or on the phone. Peter­bor­ough En­ergy will also li­aise with your ex­ist­ing en­ergy sup­plier so you don’t need to.

If you want to find out more visit www.pe­ter­bor­ough­en­ergy.co.uk or call 0800 408 6706 for pay monthly cus­tomers or 0800 408 6710 for Pay As You Go (PAYG).

You may have no­ticed that works to re­fresh the look and feel of the city cen­tre have moved on to Lower Bridge Street, the area out­side the mag­is­trates’ court and the en­trance to River­gate.

The works, which be­gan this week, will in­clude new paving in keep­ing with the al­ready re­de­vel­oped Bridge Street and Long Cause­way, new seat­ing, up­graded LED light­ing in­clud­ing coloured up­light­ing to trees, more cy­cle park­ing and a new cov­ered cy­cle park­ing shel­ter.

We’ve al­ready seen the ben­e­fits of im­prov­ing the pub­lic realm in other parts of the city cen­tre with many new shops and res­tau­rants choos­ing to in­vest in the city, which is in­creas­ing our vis­i­tor num­bers. Only this week Waga­mama’s opened just off Cathe­dral Square, new dessert restau­rant Kaspa’s is due to open in the com­ing weeks and other new ad­di­tions will be an­nounced shortly, in­clud­ing a new restau­rant in the for­mer Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on Bridge Street.

With sur­round­ing de­vel­op­ments in­clud­ing at Flet­ton Quays, we are en­sur­ing that Peter­bor­ough re­mains a place that peo­ple want to live and visit.

Iwas de­lighted to learn this week that El­ton John will be per­form­ing in the city next year. We proved what a great venue the city can be host­ing the likes of Bryan Adams this sum­mer and ob­vi­ously word is start­ing to get out. At­tract­ing some­one the cal­i­bre of El­ton John is a ma­jor coup and will hope­fully lead to more big name acts per­form­ing in Peter­bor­ough.

If you’re look­ing for a good evening in the next cou­ple of months then tick­ets are on sale for the mayor’s an­nual sausage sup­per. Fol­low­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Bridge Fair on the Em­bank­ment the mayor will host a sausage sup­per in the Town Hall on 4 Oc­to­ber. Just a few weeks later there will be a Hal­loween ball at the Town Hall on 29 Oc­to­ber.

Tick­ets for both events, which raise money for the mayor’s char­i­ties, are avail­able by email­ing may­orschar­i­ties@civicpeter­bor­ough.co.uk or by call­ing 07506 388718.

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