Time to make your views heard

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - TOWNHALL VIEW - John Holdich

We are at an im­por­tant mo­ment in Peter­bor­ough’s fu­ture devel­op­ment as a city. Ear­lier this year, the first stage of the Flet­ton Quays devel­op­ment was de­liv­ered. It will be com­plete by 2020.

And just last week, a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for North West­gate, which will in­clude of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion, homes, cafes, restau­rants, a ho­tel and a pub­lic square was signed off by plan­ners.

These two im­por­tant mile­stones, rep­re­sent a new age for Peter­bor­ough, as it looks to trans­form into a larger city and a des­ti­na­tion in its own right. Over the next 15 years, our pop­u­la­tion will grow from around 200,000 to 235,000. That’s a mas­sive in­crease of over 17 per cent.

We are lit­er­ally build­ing the fu­ture. The in­fra­struc­ture and land­marks our chil­dren and our chil­dren’s chil­dren will come to see as iconic to our city’s look and feel. That’s why it’s im­por­tant we get it right.

LDA De­sign is a Peter- bor­ough based land­scape ar­chi­tect com­pany, which spe­cialises in re­de­vel­op­ing ur­ban ar­eas so they work best for the peo­ple that use them.

To give you an idea of their cre­den­tials, LDA were the brain­child be­hind the Olym- pic Park in Lon­don and its post-games trans­for­ma­tion, the Univer­sity Col­lege of Lon­don’s pi­o­neer­ing new cam­pus and have won hun­dreds of awards for what they do. Now they have kindly agreed to lend their ser­vices to the coun­cil free of charge, to cre­ate a 20 page devel­op­ment frame­work - or blue­print - of what our city should look like in 2035.

As a Peter­bor­ough based firm, with city born and bred own­ers they have a vested in­ter­est in mak­ing this their most ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive cre­ation yet.

The blue­print wel­comes vis­i­tors to our city with a large plaza out­side the train sta­tion, guides them through North West­gate, through the city cen­tre and out to an arena/ con­cert hall by the river. After watch­ing 2035’s equiv­a­lent of Ed Sheeran, you could then ei­ther catch a wa­ter taxi to Nene Park, pop up to the new univer­sity cam­pus fur­ther up the Em­bank­ment, or grab a gin a tonic at the dis­tillery at the Flet­ton Quays devel­op­ment and POSH sta­dium.

It’s a bold de­sign, packed full of re­tail, leisure and en­ter­tain­ment fea­tures. But it’s one which will help se­cure our fu­ture as a larger city des­ti­na­tion, boost­ing tourism and op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal res­i­dents.

The de­sign will be on our web­site from next week for you to com­ment on.

Our Trad­ing Stan­dard team have asked me to pass on a warn­ing about rogue traders on our city cen­tre streets who are ap­proach­ing shop­pers with seem­ingly gen­uine de­signer per­fume and af­ter­shave. While the traders have taken great care and at­ten­tion to make sure the pack­ag­ing re­sem­bles the lat­est fra­grances from Chanel, Ar­mani and Dior, the ac­tual liq­uid it­self is far from premium. Aside from the less than con­vinc­ing smell, it’s highly likely to cause red­ness, itch­ing and skin com­plaints for any­one who uses. I’d ad­vise you to steer well clear.

To those of you who are plan­ning a fes­tive tip­ple or two over the Christ­mas pe­riod, please don’t be tempted to get be­hind the wheel and think care­fully be­fore driv­ing the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Our col­leagues from Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice will be out and about again this year and will be look­ing out for you.

Fi­nally, please head onto the home­page of our web­site this week and make sure you have your say on our Tranche Two bud­get pro­pos­als.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion closes at 5pm on Mon­day and all com­ments will be con­sid­ered by coun­cil­lors when we ei­ther ap­prove or re­ject the doc­u­ment at Wed­nes­day’s Full Coun­cil meet­ing.

The pro­pos­als show how we are plan­ning to close a £20.7mil­lion gap in the coun­cil’s bud­get, fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment bud­get cuts, so it’s im­por­tant you have an op­por­tu­nity to make your voice heard.

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