Peterborough City Council
Mayor of Peterborough
Cllr Chris Ash, Liberal
Leader of the Council
|First past the post (elected in thirds)|
|5 May 2016|
|Town Hall, Peterborough|
Peterborough City Council is the local authority for Peterborough in the East of England. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. However, as a result of intervening development and a new town project, this has a much larger population than the Soke had. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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 (down from £432.6m in 2017/18). 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.
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. Mayoralty of the unitary authority has been held by the following councillors:
|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|
|2005 died||John Ray Horrell CBE|
|2006–2007||Michael Burton OBE, FRIN|
|2007–2008||Marion Yvonne Todd|
|2008–2009||Patricia Nash MBE|
|2011–2012||Paula Thacker MBE|
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. 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.
Political control of the unitary authority has been held by the following groups:
|1999||No overall control
Lab largest single party
|2000||No overall control
Con largest single party
|2001||No overall control
Con largest single party
|2014||No overall control
Con largest single party
|2015||No overall control
Con largest single party
|2017||No overall control
Con largest single party
In 2016, every councillor was up for re-election following changes made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 2017 is a fallow year and therefore there will be no elections held.
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.
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. 15 wards comprise the Peterborough constituency for elections to the House of Commons, while the remaining nine fall within the North West Cambridgeshire constituency.
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:
|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.
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 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.
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. At the previous election, voters were required to provide a signature before being issued with a ballot paper. This pilot scheme trialled new procedures which are now included in the Electoral Administration Act 2006.
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. 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.
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. Parish elections are held simultaneously on the ordinary day of election of councillors for the district.
|Labour||Dr Christian DeFeo FRSA||555||28.5||+15.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Callum Robertson FRSA||35||1.8||+1.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Ginny McDermid||224||10.4||+7.4|
|English Democrat||Jane Cage||93||4.3||-20.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Stead-Davis||64||7.3||+7.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Jessica Story||393||19.4||+8.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Spencer||640||52.8||+1.1|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Rohan Wilson||102||6.8||+6.8|
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 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 |
|Leave the European Union||53,216||60.89%|
|Remain a member of the European Union||34,176||39.11%|
|Invalid or blank votes||77||0.09%|
|Registered voters and turnout||120,892||72.35%|
|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|
|Hargate & Hempsted||1,320||1,439|
|Paston & Walton||1,442||3,226|
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
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.
|County council and unitary|