New questions have arisen with regard to the relationship between the LEP and Opportunity Peterborough, following further leaked papers


Following further leaked papers a number of new questions have arisen with regard to the relationship between the LEP and Opportunity Peterborough.   What date did the LEP first have concerns that the business engagement numbers for Opportunity Peterborough were incorrect and not those reported in their Quarterly returns? Was Mark Reeve informed in November …

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Fenland’s Derelict Buildings – 2 Years Later

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Back when I was first elected, I repeatedly questioned the lack of action to resolve the derelict Constantine House in Wisbech, only to be told the landlord refused to act. I found this unacceptable, and researched in the House of Commons library for a way to resolve this. I uncovered some old legislation called a …

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Wisbech Rock Festival

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Wisbech Rock Festival once again proved to be a fantastic day out for everyone who visited, that was headlined by Dr Feelgood. The event which had music offerings for all taste was a resounding success. Congratulations to the organisers of the Rock Festival for such a successful day, and I am sure those attending will …

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Nations Gardens Day at Elgoods Brewery

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The Elgood’s Brewery in Wisbech opened its doors on Sunday in support of the National Gardens Day Scheme. The brewery, which was established in 1795, contains four acres of stunning gardens, and mature specimen trees which are around 250 years old.

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Chatteris in Myth and Memory

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‘How comforting to place the blame not on human error, but the mythical panoply of Fen Horrors that included the Dead Hands, Witches, Jack o’ Lanterns – spiteful little creatures with little twinkling lanterns on their backs – Crawling Horrors, and decaying willows called Snags that wound their branches around unwary night travellers and held …

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Four grants worth three quarters of a million pounds made to the organisation whose Chairman sat on the board awarding the grants and employed its Chief Executive


John Bridge, the Chairman of Opportunity Peterborough (until March this year), is a board member of the funding body – the Cambridgeshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – that made four separate grants to Opportunity Peterborough worth three quarters of a million pounds.  So he is a member of the LEP Board which awarded four grants …

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Whistleblower reveals £359,000 of station improvement money has been handed over to Network Rail consultants for report writing – without a single Fenland station improvement being carried out

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A whistleblower has privately disclosed to me that a local funding body allocated £359,000 of Government funding for Fenland station improvements is blowing the lot on endless report writing, without any construction work being done with this funding.  It is the equivalent of paying a £30,000 a year rail consultant for almost 12 years to …

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Festival of the 40′s


After the enormous success of last year’s event, it was fantastic to see the Festival of the Forties World War 2 show return to March. The weekend proved to be a real treat for visitors and locals alike, who got to experience everything from karaoke of the 1940′s, to military vehicle parades, and even firing and …

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