Come back Marco, all (ok, nearly all) is for­given

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

Do you miss Marco Cer­este? I do (that should sort out my mail bag for next week!).

The much ma­ligned for­mer leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil had his crit­ics, but among the ware­houses and road­works he was also a cham­pion for as­pi­ra­tion.

Okay, a re­tractable roof for the lido, wa­ter taxis and ca­ble cars to the city centre might have been a tad am­bi­tious for a city coun­cil that couldn’t even po­lice a cy­cling ban on Bridge Street, but at least he had a vi­sion.

The cur­rent regime in Bridge Street seem ob­sessed with bud­gets and cuts (un­less it’s for coun­cil­lors and top of­fi­cers’ salaries).

If Cllr Cer­este was still in charge I think there would be a much bet­ter chance of get­ting a foot/cy­cle bridge link­ing the Flet­ton Quays de­vel­op­ment.

Laugh­ably, one Tory coun­cil­l­lor ac­cused the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph of jump­ing on the band­wagon with our Build The Bridge cam­paign.

As the Tory coun­cil­lors have re­fused to fund it, it’s not much of a band­wagon is it?

In fact it’s prob­a­bly the first band­wagon in his­tory with no wheels.

Un­help­fully, coun­cil leader John Holdich has said the new Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Com­bined Author­ity to fund it.

Yet this gravy train has coachloads of cash with mayor James Palmer plan­ning to spend £1mil­lion of the pub­lic’s money cre­at­ing jobs for 17 new of­fi­cers.

A few weeks back I said the city coun­cil was look­ing at ap­point­ing a Se­nior Salary Mon­i­tor­ing Of­fi­cer to, er, mon­i­tor the salaries of its se­nior of­fi­cers.

It was a joke and a prod­uct of my fevered imag­i­na­ton, but in all se­ri­ous­ness, if this spend­ing in lo­cal gov­ern­ment goes on at this rate we re­ally will need such an of­fi­cer.

Mr Palmer by the way is also con­duct­ing a re­view into lo­cal gov­ern­ment in this area say­ing we are over­gov­erned. As the head of an­other tier of gov­ern­ment re­cently im­posed on the peo­ple that is a breath­tak­ing state­ment - even by the stan­dard of politi­cians.

Equally breath­tak­ing, but in a dif­fer­ent way, was the pledge by Peter­bor­ough’s MP Fiona Onasanya.

She promised to spend £800 of her own money ev­ery month to help tackle fly­tip­ping in the city.It might be like putting a plas­ter on a bro­ken leg but it was very wel­come.

Per­haps she’ll start a new trend with more politic­i­nas putting their money where their mouths are.

Who knows per­haps one of them will buy us a bridge?

Or a new band­wagon at least.

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