A great ef­fort to keep roads open

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - TOWNHALL VIEW - John Holdich

Last week saw tem­per­a­tures take a plunge and our city was blan­keted in a thick layer of snow for the first time in a long while.

Whilst snowy scenery al­ways looks pic­turesque and gives young­sters a chance to get cre­ative, the con­di­tions of­ten end up caus­ing peo­ple prob­lems es­pe­cially when it comes to trav­el­ling.

Our high­ways and grit­ting teams stepped up to the chal­lenge, with the grit­ters cov­er­ing a to­tal of 4,818 kilo­me­tres, equat­ing to 46 per cent of our road net­work and us­ing over 400 tonnes of rock salt.

The teams were keen to re­mind mo­torists that salt is not a ‘magic dust’ and that it be­comes less ef­fec­tive when tem­per­a­tures drop lower than mi­nus seven de­grees. That’s why we and our part­ner agen­cies were keen to stress the im­por­tance of keep­ing ve­hi­cles in good work­ing or­der and driv­ing to the con­di­tions of the road.

I would like to take this op- por­tu­nity to thank ev­ery­one from our High­ways Team for the ster­ling work they have done over the past few days, it is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

On a sim­i­lar sub­ject, to­day (Thurs­day) marks Na­tional Pot­hole Day - a sub­ject which al­ways gets peo­ple talk­ing!

Can I re­mind ev­ery­one to re­port any pot­holes they see on their trav­els to the coun­cil by call­ing 01733 747474 or vis­it­ing www.peter­bor­ough.gov.uk

Peter­bor­ough has been named as the sec­ond most in­no­va­tive place in the coun­try fol­low­ing a study by City AM.

This is based on the num­ber of re­search and devel­op­ment tax re­lief claims per per­son.

These cred­its al­low small and medium sized com­pa­nies to re­duce their tax bills, or claim cash cred­its, as a pro­por­tion of their re­search and devel­op­ment ex­pen­di­ture.

This is very wel­come news in­deed and comes off the back of en­cour­ag­ing news that the rate of busi­ness cre­ation in the city was recently 50 per cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

It’s great to see that lo­cal busi­nesses are flour­ish­ing once again and the city is ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions.

Lo­cal busi­nesses are the lifeblood of our city’s econ­omy and we will con­tinue to sup­port them and en­cour­age growth.

You may be aware that to­day (Thurs­day) is also In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

I’ll be mark­ing the oc­ca­sion by at­tend­ing a spe­cial event at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral or­gan­ised by the Cam­bridgeshire Cham­bers of Com­merce Busi­ness Women’s Sec­tor along with Gil­lian Beasley, the coun­cil’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

As a coun­cil we wholly sup­port any ini­tia­tive aimed at help­ing pro­fes­sional women to be suc­cess­ful and flour­ish in so­cial, devel­op­ment and in­spi­ra­tional en­vi­ron­ments.

I was once con­tacted by a jour­nal­ist who told me that our coun­cil was one of the most bal­anced that he had seen in terms of men and women in se­nior po­si­tions.

I told him that was be­cause when it comes to se­lect­ing peo­ple for jobs, we al­ways choose the best can­di­date avail­able - their gen­der and back­ground are com­pletely ir­rel­e­vant to us.

Those who love their French cui­sine are in for a real treat this week.

That’s be­cause the pop­u­lar French mar­ket is re­turn­ing to the city cen­tre from to­day (Thurs­day) un­til Sun­day, of­fer­ing a host of culi­nary de­lights from across the chan­nel.

The mar­ket, which will be based in Cathe­dral Square, is co­or­di­nated by the com­pany French at Home, whose traders have been de­liv­er­ing their del­i­ca­cies to the UK since 1994.

Mostly from the Nor­mandy area, the stalls of­fer lo­cal and re­gional cheeses, freshly baked bread, patis­serie, olives and dried fruits along­side hand­bags, jew­ellery, Proven­cal soaps and much more.

The mar­ket is a wel­come tem­po­rary ad­di­tion to the city, bring­ing in ex­tra vis­i­tors and giv­ing the lo­cal econ­omy a boost. I’ll cer­tainly be pop­ping along to see what’s on of­fer and no doubt a de­li­cious dish awaits!

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