Peterborough is poised to become THE place to be in
the Eastern Region, city council chief executive Paul Martin has told a group of
local business leaders.
Addressing a meeting of the Greater
Peterborough Investment Agency's Property Forum - which brings together property
developers, agents, landlords and others with an interest in the property market
- he outlined plans to make Peterborough a better place in which to work, live
and do business.
"Peterborough is on the way
up," he told the meeting. "The city has an opportunity to be an
outstanding location in terms of quality of life, business and inward
He outlined the city council's plans
to tackle a whole range of issues - from crime reduction to traffic management -
which will help to turn the vision into a reality. However, he warned, the city
council could not achieve much without the help of its partners.
"We need to work in partnership
with other organisations - such as the police and the health service - as well
as with the wider community and, in particular, local businesses," he said.
And he promised the local business
community: "We want to be a council that it is easy for a business to do
business with. We want to be an organisation that listens and is attuned to the
needs of business, that works for inward investment and business
He paid tribute to the 'can-do,
problem-solving' attitude of the Greater Peterborough Investment Agency which
spearheads the city's drive to attract companies to move into Peterborough and
promised that the city council would move towards adopting a similar philosophy.
"Above all, we need to work
together and to share a common belief in the future of Peterborough," he