Author Archives: Steve Tierney
FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL
February 27, 2020
Council agrees motion against plans for Wisbech incinerator
Members of Fenland District Council will be writing to the Energy Secretary making clear its opposition to plans to build an incinerator in Wisbech.
The move comes after councillors almost unanimously backed a motion against the waste facility at a full Council meeting last week.
The motion was put forward by Cllr Steve Tierney, a Wisbech town councillor and Fenland District Council’s Cabinet member responsible for Waste and Recycling (strategic) and Communications.
The motion states that the Council does not support the construction of an incinerator in Wisbech, and will write to Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to stress its opposition to the plans.
It also states that the Council “will take any and all legal avenues and processes available to continue to fight on behalf of the residents of Wisbech, the surrounding villages, and Fenland as a whole and to challenge this unwelcome scheme every step of the way”.
Cllr Tierney said: “The district council is not in favour of waste being tackled through incineration and we will do everything within our legal power to fight these toxic plans. We need to raise awareness of these plans so people understand the full implications, and make our voices heard.
“The 50 megawatt plant would be positioned in Algores Way, close to the Thomas Clarkson Academy, and there are fears it could impact air pollution, health and congestion. With a 95-metre high chimney it would also dominate the skyline and be visible for miles.”
The scale of the proposed development is such that the planning application will be decided by the Secretary of State, rather than by Cambridgeshire County Council.
“It is essential for local people and local councils to make their views known,” added Cllr Tierney. “It is also important that local people see that Fenland District Council understands the strength of public opinion against the incinerator and that it is willing to stand up and be counted in the campaign to try and prevent it ever happening.”
- A public meeting about the incinerator, organised by Wisbech Town Council, is being held at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech on Friday, March 13, at 6pm. The meeting will provide more information about the proposals and seeks to unite those opposing its development. There will also be speakers, including Steve Barclay MP.
- A copy of the motion agreed by Fenland District Council can be viewed at: https://www.fenland.gov.uk/localgov/documents/s5684/Motion.pdf
FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL
February 24, 2020
Golden Age Fair a hit with older residents
Fenland District Council’s first Golden Age Fair of 2020 was a huge success, showcasing the various services available to over 60’s in Fenland.
On Tuesday, February 11, residents from across the district braved the cold to visit the event at Walsoken Village Hall with 22 partner organisations also in attendance to provide advice, help and assistance to the older generations in Fenland.
A vast selection of services were available at the event with Freedom Leisure offering health checks and service information, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership providing scam avoidance advice and Careline offering a range of guidance including financial safety advice.
Elsewhere at the event, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were exchanging electric blankets and offering fire safety advice, Everyone Health provided fitness MOTs, Peterborough Environment City Trust gave energy information while the Alzheimer’s Society offered benefits guidance and referrals.
Cllr Susan Wallwork, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The feedback we received from visitors on the day was once again fantastic; everyone who completed a feedback form felt that the event was either good or very good and all respondents indicated they would recommend the fair to others.”
She added: “The Golden Age events have long been a popular staple in our yearly calendar and the advice, support and sense of community at these events is invaluable to the older generations. I encourage everyone to look out for an upcoming Golden Age event near you.”
The event was the first of four Golden Age Fairs that will be held across Fenland this year and preparation for the next event is currently underway. More information on the next Golden Age Fair will be announced later in the month.
On Blogging in 2020
You’ve probably noticed I rarely blog now. This is due to the fact that I’ve moved my communications with the times.
When I started blogging over a decade ago it was all the rage. I won a bunch of national awards, and had huge readership (which I probably should have capitalised on, but never really did.)
Since then the blogging community has thinned out and blogs have become outmoded. Consequently, I’ve shifted to YouTube Channel stuff and a podcast.
In order to communicate with local people I still put out a (near) monthly newsletter, hold (near) monthly Councillor surgeries and use Facebook extensively. But to share opinions and ideas I switched over to the [unapologetic.] podcast with some friends. The channel is really growing well and viewers / subs are expanding at a steady rate. We’ve actually reached the size where we could consider monetising the channel, but we aren’t going to do that yet.
In regards to my personal business and hobbies I have two further YouTube channels with podcasts to cater to those. All this takes time and scratches my itch for such things and so the need to explore ideas / vent in this blog is no longer there.
That said – there are times when this blog is the “right” outlet and so I will keep occasionally posting here.
In the same way that blogs and old social media was the beginning of the death of old media, podcasts and video is the death of blogs. Not completely, people will always use many methods. But I want to move with the times because if you don’t, the times leave you behind.
But I never say never. So maybe I’ll get the urge to write a regular blog again sometimes? We shall see.
Father Christmas Comes to Wisbech Castle
Well, we thought it might be busy, but we had no idea quite HOW busy!
If the queue, which stretched out onto the road for much of the day, was anything to go by the people of Wisbech were rather excited by our Christmas adventure and grotto.
As is normal with Wisbech Castle events, we try to never do the “obvious” thing. We throw in a curveball or two, to keep people guessing – and excited!
Our cast of characters included two Christmas elves, Mr Fluffy the Magic Bear, Ebeneezer Scrooge and of course the big beardy guy himself, Santa!
We made snow despite the mild weather and kept the kids and families laughing and smiling throughout.
The Castle Cafe did brisk business, offering refreshments from delicious cake to spicy Chilli n’ Cheese.
We did everything at very fair prices, aware that not everybody has a lot of extra cash at this time of year and wanting all families to be able to enjoy a lovely time.
Well done volunteers. Everybody seemed very happy. Roll on 2020 as we move the Wisbech Castle Project onwards and upwards.
PRESS STATEMENT – NOW RELEASED
Members of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel have voted to appoint Councillor Ray Bisby to the role of acting Police and Crime Commissioner.
An extraordinary meeting of the panel took place today (Wednesday 27 November 2019) at Peterborough Town Hall, to appoint an acting Police and Crime Commissioner. It followed the resignation of Jason Ablewhite as Police and Crime Commissioner on Monday 11 November 2019.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires Police and Crime Panels to appoint an acting commissioner when there is a vacancy that will not be filled by an election.
Edward Leigh, the independent co-opted Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel, said: “We wish Councillor Bisby well in this new role and look forward to working with him over the next five months.
“We will support Councillor Bisby in stepping up to this role and leading the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner until an election is held in May 2020. The role of the Police and Crime Panel is to constructively challenge and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner and we will continue to do this going forward.”
Castle Of Nightmares – Aftermath
I was very pleased with the second Halloween event at Wisbech Castle. Completely sold out, nothing but positive reviews, everybody seemed to have a really great time.
Roll on next year.
(all photos (c) Ben Prest.)
Castle Of Nightmares – begins tomorrow!
Our second year of Halloween at Wisbech Castle features the Castle of Nightmares show.
The event has now completely and utterly sold out. There is not a single space left available.
This year we have doubled down on the event. It was a hit last year with rave reviews and we were aware of the need to do even better this time.
Volunteers have been beavering away for the last 4 or 5 weeks and over this last weekend that has become near feverish activity.
When I designed this year’s plot and scripted it out I set a lot of tasks for the engineers and builders upon whom I rely. Personally, I can barely put a plug on :)
The volunteers have not let me down. They have completed every task I set them.
Last night all the actors were in for our rehearsal and I feel confident we have a really scary show ready.
The event is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – with a family day on Saturday for the whole community.
This year, like last year we have sold out. But thanks to better time slot management we have sold more tickets than last year.
Let’s hope everybody has a really spooky great time.
*This blog post written in a personal capacity only, as per my disclaimer.
The Conduct Complaint that was thrown at me by the usual suspect/s has been thrown out.
No case to answer. No further action.