Peterborough City Council

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Peterborough City Council
Arms of Peterborough City Council
Mayor of Peterborough
Cllr Chris Ash, Liberal
since 2018
Leader of the Council
Cllr John Holdich OBE, Conservative
since 12 May 2015[1]
Chief executive
Gillian Beasley
Seats60 councillors
Peterborough City Council composition
Political groups
Administration (31)
     Conservative (28)
Opposition (29)
     Labour (17)
     Liberal Democrats (9)
     Werrington First (3)
     Green Party (2)
     Liberal (1)
First past the post (elected in thirds)
Last election
5 May 2016
Meeting place
Town Hall, Peterborough

Peterborough City Council is the local authority for Peterborough in the East of England.[2] It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The City was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1874; from 1888, it fell within the jurisdiction of the Soke of Peterborough county council and from 1965, Huntingdon and Peterborough county council. In 1974, it was replaced by a wholly new non-metropolitan district, broadly corresponding to the Soke, in the new enlarged Cambridgeshire. In 1998, Peterborough became independent of Cambridgeshire as a unitary authority, but the city continues to form part of that county for ceremonial purposes as defined by the Lieutenancies Act 1997.

The leader and cabinet model of decision-making was adopted by the city council in 2001. The Conservative Party held control of the council from 2002 until 2014, when it became no overall control. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.


Peterborough Town Hall
Peterborough Town Hall


A public enquiry was held in 1873, to determine whether it would be advantageous for the city to be administered by a municipal corporation. The result being in the affirmative, the city council, sometimes archaically called the corporation, was founded by a Charter of Incorporation dated 17 March 1874, under the government of a mayor, six aldermen and 18 councillors.[3] Something of an anomaly, the Parliamentary Boundary Commission of 1868 had decided that the urban parts of Fletton and Woodston were so involved in Peterborough that they ought to be in the borough and added the newly built-up portions of these parishes to the parliamentary constituency. In local matters they were still in Huntingdonshire and, as the City of Peterborough did not extend south of the River Nene, the full title of the new municipality was the City and Borough of Peterborough and its inhabitants, citizens and burgesses.[4]

Watch committee

The new corporation was required to appoint a Watch Committee and a police force under the provisions of the County and Borough Police Act 1856. In 1947, the City of Peterborough Constabulary amalgamated with the Liberty of Peterborough Constabulary, which had shared its chief constable with Northamptonshire until 1931 and Peterborough thereafter, to form the Peterborough Combined Police force. This, in turn, merged into Mid-Anglia Constabulary in 1965 and was renamed Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1974.[5] The Fire Brigades Act 1938 made it a requirement for the corporation to maintain a fire brigade; under the Fire Services Act 1947 this function passed to the councils of counties.

Bridge House Mural, Peterborough
Sunken relief by sculptor Arthur Ayres for Mitchell Engineering Limited at Bridge House, later in use by the city council.[6]



In 1927, the city council submitted a memorial to the Minister of Health for permission to extend the borough boundary to include Gunthorpe, Longthorpe, Paston, Walton, Werrington and the area north-east of Fengate; this became effective from 1929.[7] Until this point the council were using the Guildhall and a large number of subsidiary offices, but the need to widen Narrow Bridge Street and the need for a new Town Hall came together in a combined scheme, resulting in the building of the present Town Hall. It was opened in 1933 and accommodated both Peterborough city council and the former Soke of Peterborough county council.[8][9]

Administrative county

Under the Local Government Act 1888, the ancient Soke of Peterborough formed an administrative county in its own right, with boundaries similar, although not identical, to the current unitary authority. Nonetheless, it remained geographically part of Northamptonshire until 1965, when the Soke of Peterborough was merged with Huntingdonshire to form the county of Huntingdon and Peterborough.[10] The municipal borough covered the urban area only; under the Local Government Act 1972, Huntingdon and Peterborough was abolished and the current district created, including the outlying rural areas.[11] However, as a result of intervening development and a new town project, this has a much larger population than the Soke had.[12] Having petitioned for borough status under Section 245 of the Act, letters patent were granted continuing the style of the city over the wider area, which became part of the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire.[13]

Unitary authority

In 1998, the city gained autonomy from county council control as a unitary authority area, but it continues to form part of Cambridgeshire for ceremonial purposes.[14] Policing in the city remains the responsibility of Cambridgeshire Constabulary. The police authority comprises 17 members, including nine councillors, of which seven are nominated by Cambridgeshire county council and two are nominated by Peterborough city council.[15] Firefighting remains the responsibility of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. The joint fire authority comprises 17 elected councillors, 13 from Cambridgeshire county council and four from Peterborough city council.[16] Nowadays the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, one of few of its kind, effectively functions as a retained fire station, responding to calls as directed by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.[17]


Executive model

The leader and cabinet model of decision-making, adopted by the city council under the Local Government Act 2000, is similar to national government. The council appoints the Leader (usually a member of the group with the political majority) and he or she appoints up to nine other councillors to serve on the cabinet. The cabinet members, one of whom is appointed Deputy Leader, assume responsibility for different key areas of local governance.[18] The full council meets around ten times a year. There are decisions that only full council can make, these include setting budgets and spending programmes, setting council tax levels and approving major policies and priorities. In addition to the Leader of the Council, the council also appoints the Mayor of Peterborough, the Deputy Mayor, committee chairmen and the chief executive. The cabinet and committees report to, and are accountable to, council.


The council's budget for the financial year 2018/19 is £418.7m[19] (down from £432.6m in 2017/18[20]). The main source of non-school funding is the formula grant, which is paid by government to local authorities based on the services they provide. The remainder, to which the police and fire authorities (and parish council where this exists) set a precept, is raised from council tax and business rates. Following the 2010 Spending Review, the council announced that 11.1% could be cut from departmental budgets to save £65m over a five-year period and up to 181 posts could be lost.[21]


The city council elects a Mayor to serve for a term of one year. The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Peterborough, Cllr David Sanders (Con. Eye, Thorney and Newborough) was elected 130th Mayor of Peterborough on 23 May 2016 and will remain in office until 22 May 2017. The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Keith Sharp (Lib. Dogsthorpe), who replaces Cllr Nazim Khan MBE (Lab. Central). Although the powers of the Mayor have diminished over time, the role has retained its importance. The Mayor has social and legal precedence in all places within the city unless HM the Queen or her personal representative, a close member of the Royal Family or the Lord Lieutenant is present. The Mayor also has a key democratic role to play, acting as a politically impartial chairman of the council and making sure that proper conduct takes place in the chamber during its meetings.[22] Mayoralty of the unitary authority has been held by the following councillors:

Arms of the Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the City of Peterborough, used from 1874 to 1960.
Tenure Incumbent
1998–1999 Mary Beatrice Rainey BEd (Hons)
1999–2000 John Ernest Graham Bartlett
2000–2002 Raymond Arthur Pobgee MBE, DL
2002–2003 Clifford Stanley Horace Sneesby
2003–2004 David Raines
2004–2005 Raja Akhtar
2005 died John Ray Horrell CBE
2006 David Thorpe
2006–2007 Michael Burton OBE, FRIN
2007–2008 Marion Yvonne Todd
2008–2009 Patricia Nash MBE
2009–2010 Irene Walsh
2010–2011 Keith Sharp
2011–2012 Paula Thacker MBE
2012–2013 George Simons
2013–2014 June Stokes
2014–2015 David Over
2015–2016 John Peach[23]

Joint committees

The East of England Regional Assembly was based at Flempton, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. The assembly was created as a voluntary regional chamber by the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 and the first meeting was held in March 1999. Following criticism of the regional assemblies, it was proposed in 2007 that they would be axed, losing their role by 2010.[24] It was replaced by the East of England Local Government Association who established a Regional Strategy Board to act as Local Authority Leaders' Board under the provisions of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. This role ended in 2010, with the abolition of statutory regional planning in England.

GO East, the Government Office for the East of England, co-ordinated the functions of national government in the region until 2011. The abolition of the Government Office network was announced in the 2010 Spending Review.

A combined authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough was established in 2017, with the first mayoral elections taking place on 4 May.

Political control

Political control of the unitary authority has been held by the following groups:

Cambridgeshire Ceremonial Numbered
The City of Peterborough (6) shown within Cambridgeshire.
Election Party Seats   +/-  
1997 Labour 25
1999[25] No overall control
Lab largest single party
(25) 0
2000[26][27] No overall control
Con largest single party
(27) +3
2001[28][29] No overall control
Con largest single party
(26) −1
2002[30][31] Conservative 29 +2
2004[32][33] Conservative 33 +9
2006[34][35] Conservative 35 +3
2007[36][37] Conservative 40 +5
2008[38][39] Conservative 43 +3
2010[40][41] Conservative 39 −4
2011[42][43] Conservative 38 −1
2012[44][45] Conservative 32 −6
2014[46][47][48] No overall control
Con largest single party
(28) +2
2015 No overall control
Con largest single party
(27) −1
2016 Conservative 31 +4
2017 No overall control
Con largest single party
(30) −1

In 2016, every councillor was up for re-election following changes made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.[49] 2017 is a fallow year and therefore there will be no elections held.[50]


The council comprises 60 councillors who represent the city and surrounding villages. Each councillor typically serves for a four-year term, representing an electoral ward. Wards are divided so that each councillor serves an average of around 2,000 electors.[51]

These are (in alphabetical order): Barnack, Bretton North, Bretton South, Dogsthorpe, Fletton, Glinton and Wittering, Newborough, Northborough, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Orton with Hampton, Park, Paston, Peterborough Central, Peterborough East, Peterborough North, Peterborough West, Ravensthorpe, Stanground Central, Stanground East, Eye and Thorney, Walton, Werrington North, and Werrington South.[52] 15 wards comprise the Peterborough constituency for elections to the House of Commons, while the remaining nine fall within the North West Cambridgeshire constituency.[53]


Each ward elects up to three councillors by the first past the post system of election. Barnack, Bretton South, Newborough, Northborough, and Stanground East each elect one councillor; Eye and Thorney, Glinton and Wittering, North ward, Ravensthorpe, and Walton each elect two. The current composition of the city council, following the 2018 elections, inclusive of defections, is:[54]

Party Seats   +/-  
Conservative 31 +1
Labour 14 -1
UKIP 1 −1
Liberal Democrat 7 +2
Liberal 1 -2
Independent 5 +0
Green Party of England and Wales 1 +1
Conservative gain from no overall control

Labour and Co-operative candidates stand on behalf of both the Labour Party and its sister Co-operative Party. The Green Party of England and Wales also contests elections. In 2010, Peterborough Independents was registered with the Electoral Commission for the "single purpose" of creating, protecting and using a mark or logo.[55]


Cllr John Holdich OBE (Glinton and Wittering), Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and University and former mayor (1995-1996) was appointed Leader of the Council in 2015, replacing Cllr Marco Cereste OMRI (Stanground Central), who had served in the role since 2009[56] but lost his seat in 2015. The Deputy Leader is currently Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald (West), Cabinet Member for Integrated Adult Social Care and Health, replacing Holdich, who had served in that role since 2013.

District elections


One third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without elections. At the 2008 election, for example, there were 70 candidates contesting 20 seats. In 2007, turnout at the polling stations ranged from 26% in Orton Longueville to 55% in Central ward.[57] At the previous election, voters were required to provide a signature before being issued with a ballot paper.[58] This pilot scheme trialled new procedures which are now included in the Electoral Administration Act 2006.[59]

Electoral fraud

In April 2008 a former Mayor, Mohammed Choudhary, was convicted for making a false instrument, namely a poll card, in connection with vote-rigging allegations during the 2004 election.[60][61] In May 2008 chief executive, Gillian Beasley, said "People can have confidence in this result because measures that have been put in place have ensured that the vote was carried out within the law." Beasley also revealed the city council was to write a report on tackling election fraud, after the Electoral Commission said it could be adopted as best practice. As part of the drive to reduce election fraud, the council sent out blank registration forms, resulting in more than 8,000 people falling off the electoral roll.[62]

Civil parishes

Civil parishes do not cover the whole of England and mostly exist in rural areas. They are usually administered by parish councils which have various local responsibilities. Parish councillors, like city councillors, are elected to represent the views of local people. Ailsworth, Bainton, Barnack, Borough Fen, Bretton, Castor, Deeping Gate, Etton, Eye, Glinton, Helpston, Marholm, Maxey, Newborough, Northborough, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Peakirk, St. Martin's Without (Parish Meeting), Southorpe, Sutton, Thorney, Thornhaugh, Ufford, Upton (Parish Meeting), Wansford, Wittering, and Wothorpe each have a parish council. Newborough and Borough Fen merged on 1 April 2012. The city council also works closely with Werrington neighbourhood association which operates on a similar basis to a parish council.[63] Parish elections are held simultaneously on the ordinary day of election of councillors for the district.

By-election results

Eye, Thorney and Newborough By-Election 7 September 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nigel Simons 1018 52.3 +17.4
Labour Dr Christian DeFeo FRSA 555 28.5 +15.2
UKIP Mary Herdman 279 14.3 -7.5
Green Michael Alexander 61 3.4 -6.4
Liberal Democrat Callum Robertson FRSA 35 1.8 +1.8
Majority 463 23.8 N/A
Turnout 1949 27.29 -11.82
Conservative hold Swing N/A
West Ward By-Election: 10 December 2009[65]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nick Arculus 1,252 58.4 +4.1
Labour John Knowles 341 15.9 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Ginny McDermid 224 10.4 +7.4
UKIP Frances Fox 177 8.3 +8.3
English Democrat Jane Cage 93 4.3 -20.1
Green Fiona Radic 58 2.7 -0.5
Majority 911 42.5
Turnout 2,145 34.0
Conservative hold Swing
Northborough By-Election: 13 July 2006[66]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hiller 393 44.6 -16.5
Independent Simon Potter 388 44.0 +18.3
Liberal Democrat Peter Stead-Davis 64 7.3 +7.3
Labour Mark Duckworth 36 4.0 -9.2
Majority 5 0.6
Turnout 881 41.0
Conservative hold Swing
West Ward By-Election: 18 September 2003[67]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Matthew Dalton 1,405 69.5 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Jessica Story 393 19.4 +8.1
Labour Michael Langford 224 11.1 -5.2
Majority 1,012 50.1
Turnout 2,022 33.2
Conservative hold Swing
Walton By-Election: 13 February 2003[68]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christopher Spencer 640 52.8 +1.1
Conservative Brian Hutchinson 355 29.3 +4.5
Labour Mary Rainey 218 18.0 -5.5
Majority 285 23.5
Turnout 1,213 30.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
North Bretton By-Election: 22 March 2001[69]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angus Ellis 805 53.7 -7.4
Conservative Sheila Scott 591 39.5 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Rohan Wilson 102 6.8 +6.8
Majority 214 14.2
Turnout 1,498 26.8
Labour hold Swing

2016 EU Referendum

On Thursday 23 June 2016 Peterborough voted in the 2016 EU Referendum under the provisions of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 where voters were asked to decide on the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” by voting for either “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”. The result produced a large "Leave" majority by 61% of voters on a turnout of 72% across the city[70] with only the wards of Peterborough Central, Barnack and late postal votes in the city council area returning "Remain" votes and all other wards returning "Leave" majority votes. The then local MP Stewart Jackson backed "Leave", whereas local MP Shailesh Vara campaigned for a "Remain" vote.


United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016
Choice Votes %
Leave the European Union 53,216 60.89%
Remain a member of the European Union 34,176 39.11%
Valid votes 87,392 99.91%
Invalid or blank votes 77 0.09%
Total votes 87,469 100.00%
Registered voters and turnout 120,892 72.35%
Peterborough referendum result (without spoiled ballots):
53,216 (60.9%)
34,176 (39.1%)

Results by Council Wards

Council Wards Votes
Remain Leave
Barnack 1,010 955
Bretton 1,387 2,798
Central 1,728 1,617
Dogsthorpe 1,273 2,622
East 1,384 2,186
Eye, Thorney & Newborough 1,846 3,568
Fletton & Stanground 1,612 2,949
Fletton & Woodston 2,170 2,669
Glinton & Castor 1,774 2,275
Gunthorpe 1,438 2,670
Hampton Vale 1,262 1,400
Hargate & Hempsted 1,320 1,439
North 1,178 2,127
Orton Longueville 1,555 3,124
Orton Waterville 2,144 3,129
Park 1,770 1,975
Paston & Walton 1,442 3,226
Ravensthorpe 1,686 2,746
Stanground South 1,430 2,762
Werrington 2,173 3,647
West 1,482 1,904
Wittering 649 1,094
Late Postal 422 344

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2012 Peterborough City Council election

The 2012 Peterborough City Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Peterborough City Council in England. The last time these seats were up for election was 2008. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The number of seats up for election were 19 (one per ward). The Conservatives retained overall control of Peterborough City Council.

2014 Peterborough City Council election

The 2014 Peterborough City Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Peterborough City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The Conservatives lost four seats to give them a total of 28 seats, Labour gained one seat to give them a total of 12 seats, UK Independence Party won three seats, the Independents maintained seven seats, the Liberal Democrats maintained four seats and the Liberal Party maintained three seats.

2015 Peterborough City Council election

The 2015 Peterborough City Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Peterborough City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2016 Peterborough City Council election

The 2016 Peterborough City Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Peterborough City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

Following a boundary review, all Peterborough City Council seats were up for election. The number of wards reduced from 24 to 22 but the number of seats rose from 57 to 60.

The Conservatives gained overall control of Peterborough City Council after taking 31 of the 60 seats.

2018 Peterborough City Council election

Elections to Peterborough City Council took place on 3 May 2018. This was on the same day as other local elections across the United Kingdom.

2019 Peterborough City Council election

Elections to Peterborough City Council took place on 2 May 2019. 20 of the 60 seats were contested. This was on the same day as other local elections across the United Kingdom.

Central Park, Peterborough

Central Park is a Green Flag awarded public park in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, located north of the city centre.

Attractions include a paddling pool, sandpit, tennis courts, formal gardens, an aviary, bowling greens, a croquet lawn and a café.

Various shows are held throughout the year, including dog shows and a Viking heritage day.

Eastfield, Peterborough

Eastfield is a residential area of the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in the United Kingdom. For electoral purposes it comprises part of Peterborough East ward, together with Fengate and Parnwell. In 2001 it had a resident population of 8,424. Of a total 3,824 households, 52.88% are owner occupied, compared to 66.30% in the Peterborough unitary authority area.

Eye Green Local Nature Reserve

Eye Green Local Nature Reserve is a 12 hectare Local Nature Reserve in Eye Green in Cambridgeshire. It was managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire until September 2016, when management was transferred to its owner, Peterborough City Council. A small (and inaccessible) part is also in the Eye Gravel Pit geological Site of Special Scientific Interest.This site was formerly brick workings, and a large area is now filled by a lake. Reeds and scrub line much of the shore, providing cover for water birds such coots and moorhens, while dunnock and great tits nest in dense scrub. There is grassland with many flowers, and diverse invertebrate species.There is access from Pershore Way.

Glinton, Cambridgeshire

Glinton is a village to the north of the City of Peterborough, England. Historically in Northamptonshire, it has a population of 3,130 (2001 Census) and consists of about 1,200 dwellings. It is separated from the urban sprawl of Peterborough and the new township of Werrington by the A15, the Peterborough bypass.

The origin of the place name Glinton is uncertain. It may mean "village on the Glym brook" (i.e. the Brook Drain) or could possibly be derived from the Old Danish klint (hill), or Middle Low German glinde (enclosure or fence) or the Old English glente, meaning look-out place.

Glinton was mentioned in the Domesday Book and evidence suggests that it dates from prehistory. There is evidence of early settlement at Glinton, dating back to the Iron Age. Extensive Roman remains, including a beautifully preserved well, were found during construction of the A15 bypass in 1996, as well as a fine example of a medieval drainage system. Further Roman remains were found in Peakirk Road near the junction with the High Street and it is thought that the area was the site of a Roman farmstead that supplied the larger settlement of Werrington.

The spire of St Benedict's church is considered by many experts to be one of the finest needle spires in England, second only to Salisbury Cathedral. It is the subject of one of John Clare's poems Glinton Spire. Clare, although born in Helpston, went to school in the church, and there is an inscription dated 1808 on the door frame of the church.

Glinton has two small shops: a chemist and also a post office/general store. There is a pub (the Bluebell) in the village, the second pub (the crown) closed in 2006 and was re-developed as two residential property in 2017.

There are two schools in the village, Peakirk cum Glinton (a Church of England primary school with about 200 pupils) and Arthur Mellows Village College (a large secondary school with about 1,700 pupils).

Although covered by Peterborough City Council, Glinton has its own Parish Council consisting of 11 councillors and Clerk.

Grimeshaw Wood

Grimeshaw Wood is a 16.8 hectare Local Nature Reserve on the western outskirts of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. It is owned by Peterborough City Council, and managed by the council together with the Peterborough Environment City Trust.This site is ancient woodland in three adjacent areas. Flora include nettle-leaved bellflowers, and there are resident pipistrelle bats.There is access from Bretton Way, which bisects the site.

Netherton, Peterborough

Netherton is a residential area of the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. For electoral purposes it forms part of Peterborough West ward.

Netherton means lower farm in Old English, but the area was named after the Netherton Building Company which built the original houses in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Thorpe Primary school is located in the area; secondary pupils attend Jack Hunt School. Jack Hunt swimming pool is located here. It is a 25m (82 feet) dual-use facility, built on school land but owned by Peterborough City Council and operated by Vivacity Peterborough, a charitable trust. The parish church, dedicated to Saint Jude, was built in 1968 on land donated by Thomas Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 10th Earl Fitzwilliam (via the Fitzwilliam Trust).

In 2001 teen-aged Netherton resident Ross Parker was murdered by a gang of up to ten Muslims of Pakistani background who had sought a white male to attack. A memorial plaque in Parker's memory is located at The Grange in Netherton.


Peterborough ( (listen)) is a cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 196,640 in 2015. Historically part of Northamptonshire, it is 75 miles (121 km) north of London, on the River Nene which flows into the North Sea 30 miles (48 km) to the north-east. The railway station is an important stop on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh. The city is also 70 miles (110 km) east of Birmingham, 38 miles (61 km) east of Leicester, 81 miles (130 km) south of Kingston upon Hull and 65 miles (105 km) west of Norwich.

The local topography is flat, and in some places the land lies below sea level, for example in parts of the Fens to the east of Peterborough. Human settlement in the area began before the Bronze Age, as can be seen at the Flag Fen archaeological site to the east of the current city centre, also with evidence of Roman occupation. The Anglo-Saxon period saw the establishment of a monastery, Medeshamstede, which later became Peterborough Cathedral.

The population grew rapidly after the railways arrived in the 19th century, and Peterborough became an industrial centre, particularly noted for its brick manufacture. After the Second World War, growth was limited until designation as a New Town in the 1960s. Housing and population are expanding and a £1 billion regeneration of the city centre and immediately surrounding area is under way. As in much of the United Kingdom, industrial employment has fallen, with a significant proportion of new jobs in financial services and distribution.

Peterborough City Council elections

Peterborough is a unitary authority in Cambridgeshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Queen Katharine Academy

The Queen Katharine Academy (formerly The Voyager Academy and The Voyager School) is a secondary school with academy status in Peterborough in the United Kingdom. The school was formed in 2007 by the amalgamation of Walton Community School and Bretton Woods Community School.

Queensgate shopping centre, United Kingdom

The Queensgate Shopping Centre is located in the centre of the UK city of Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire. It contains over 100 stores and parking for 2,300 cars in four onsite multi-storey car parks. Queensgate Bus Station is located within the shopping centre and only a short walk from Peterborough railway station. Peterborough Shop Mobility provide wheelchairs and electric scooters to help those with limited mobility. The Centre was opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on 9 March 1982.

Stanground, Peterborough

Stanground is a residential area in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. For electoral purposes it comprises Stanground South and Fletton & Stanground wards in North West Cambridgeshire constituency.

The Boardwalks

The Boardwalks is a 7.8 hectare Local Nature Reserve in Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. It is owned and managed by Peterborough City Council.The site runs along the north bank of the River Nene. It has ponds with water beetles, frogs, toads and smooth newts. Bats nest in large willows, and birds include herons and woodpeckers.A footpath along the north bank of the River Nene goes through the site, and there is also access by a footpath from the road called Thorpe Meadows (starting at a footbridge over a water channel south of Water End).

Thomas Deacon Academy

The Thomas Deacon Academy is a mixed gender academy complex comprising the Thomas Deacon Academy Secondary School and sixth form and The Junior Academy for Key Stage 2 students.

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