7th – 11th March Stamford’s Bright Green Energy Show 2016

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The Gallery: Stamford Arts Centre

10am to 8pm – Monday 7th March to Saturday 12th March

Admission free to all events

Come and find out how to use less energy, save money, live more sustainably and help to improve your environment.

The show combines an exhibition and evening events looking at energy saving measures and renewable technologies. Specialist local businesses will display a range of energy saving products including the new Nissan Leaf electric car.

Other events during the week include:

Monday 7th March

7-9pm – The Gallery: launch and reception.

Tuesday 8th March

11am – 12.30am – Whitwell Passivhaus, tour and talk. Call 01780 460457 to book a space on the tour. More information available here.

7-9pm – The Gallery: A selection of films on the environment and sustainable living. More information available here.

Friday 11th March

7-9pm – The Gallery: Illustrated talks on Low Energy design…

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First Spalding Road. Now Fletton Parkway!

Oh! Spalding Road!
Spalding Road is the A16.

The A16 from Peterborough to Spalding subsided and was closed (if I remember correctly before it opened) until remedial work was completed. It starts in Paston Ward and travels through Northborough Ward in the Peterborough unitary authority area (governed by Peteborough City Council).

It then enters the Lincolnshire County Council & South Holland District Council areas where it travels through county & district wards: Crowland & Deeping St Nicholas, Moulton (Weston and Cowbit) and Spalding St Mary’s

It also passes through the following parishes:
Newborough, Borough Fen (Peterborough)
Crowland, Cowbit, Weston and Spalding South (South Holland, Lincolnshire)

It travels through two parliamentary constituencies: that of Peterborough Borough and South Holland and the Deepings.

The Fletton Parkway is the A1139

The roadworks which are currently underway and which have hit a £4.5M size brick are within the following areas of local government:

parliamentary constituency: North West Cambridgeshire
unitary authority area: Peterborough City Council
unitary authority wards: Orton Waterville, Orton Longueville and Orton with Hampton
parishes: Orton Waterville, Orton Longueville (and an unparished area)

Further reading

New Listerner

http://www.newlistener.co.uk/home/city-announces-massive-cost-overrun-on-infrastructure-project-due-to-unforeseen-circumstances

Peterborough Telegraph

 

30th January http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/politics/politics-news/contaminated-soil-and-new-works-land-city-council-with-4-5-million-roads-bill-1-6549612

2nd February http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/politics/politics-news/councillors-hit-back-at-mismanagement-claims-over-added-4-5-million-cost-to-fletton-parkway-widening-1-6556083

Was there a Clerk of Works?

Oh!  Again.  Check out the last frame!

To the best of my knowledge Clerk of Works is currently not a role within the organisation structure of Peterborough City Council (I can’t find the role on their website). Happy as always to be corrected.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI-14-0299 A1139 Fletton Parkway

Although it looks from this document as if there were “site supervision and clerk of works functions” identified, it is clear that one contractor to the council appointed another contractor to the contractor to perform the roles. This is not the same as having one qualified person on one’s own team and begs the question who the possibly qualified person was. Happy as always to be corrected.

If Clerk of Works is the role which secures budgetary control (see above video), why isn’t Morson (the contractor apparently covering the role) picking up 100% of the £4.5M cost overrun?  One way to establish the reason for this would be to subject the relevant contracts and subcontracts to scrutiny by a person competent in law of contract.

Personally, if I were the council I’d bring the role of Clerk of Works straight back in-house to establish and secure a clear line of responsibility and management.  A good properly qualified person in this role could save the city a fortune over time.  I know that breathtaking achievements (even if you only count the beans) are often made, quietly and without a brass band, by people doing this sort of job for other organisations.

Information on the history of the role of Clerk of Works within Peterborough City Council’s remit very welcome.

 

Campaigners decide to challenge the Secretary of State’s radioactive waste decision

I am delighted this decision has been reached and I wish them well.

How to help:

If you are near Peterborough come along to this meeting next Sunday on the Lincoln Road.  Here are the details https://fionaradic.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/radioactivewaste/  The exact location and a map are on little green calendar.

And click here to find news and links to all the background material: http://ldia.org.uk/post/Campaigners-bring-a-legal-challenge.aspx  This is one to watch.  Do support this campaign in whatever ways you can.