Police & Crime Panel – Press Release


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 – begins tomorrow!

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.

Sound Advice

Sound Advice

As long-time readers of this old blog will know, I do occasionally like to offer sound advice to folks who might need it.  Of course, my advice is just based on personal experience and so can probably be safely ignored by those who know much better than I about such things.  But here it is, nonetheless.

Imagine you are a Councillor who occasionally gets elected mostly on the back of stoking up grievance.  And that when you occasionally win your way back onto a council you use that space to just attack everything, spew petty remarks and, in your OWN words, “try to cause problems.”  The cycle could continue forever couldn’t it?  You failing to deliver anything, for anybody, because your main reason for being there is just try and be an obstacle to everything.

But then along comes a real chance to actually deliver something decent for your area.  A real chance to make a difference.  And better still the work is already all done for you by your predecessor so its a slam dunk, all you need to do is shut up, work hard and not do anything stupid.  What could be easier?

So how – given such a simple, easy, obvious win, could you manage to completely muck it up?

Well, you could snigger cynically along with your colleagues in an attempt to score cheap vacuous political points with motions of zero value that you just hope will give you an opportunity for doing what you love – sneering.

But the trouble with putting things like this in motion is that they have consequences.  Local politics may seem like a game to you, but real people are affected by your ridiculous and petty plots.  So the thing you and your group thought was so so clever, which you didn’t even attempt to think through, comes back and bites you.  And suddenly you realise that you have really, really, really messed up.  That you have demanded answers and the answers are actually unhelpful to what you might want to achieve.  You’ve shot yourself in the foot with your infantile scheming.

Suddenly, but too late, it occurs to you that this was a really really stupid approach.

So what should somebody do in this hypothetical situation?

Well, i’d advise not getting into it in the first place.  It’s stupid.  But if you’ve gotten there then your best bet would simply be to say: “Okay, I see I messed up.  This isn’t what I intended.  Is there something we can do to resolve it?”

That would be a good approach.

What would be a bad approach? 

Blaming everybody else for your own mistake.

Trying to pretend the situation you entirely created is nothing to do with you.

Outright lying about what you have done and trying to present others as the villains when all you need to do is look in the mirror to identify the culprit.

If you genuinely care about your constituents, try to think before playing the petty political cards.  Then you might not score such spectacular own goals, at your constituents expense.

Anyway, that’s my advice, for what its worth, honestly given and earnestly presented.