Local Issues for Stamford
Residents Parking

Stamford Residents have been campaigning for a residents' parking scheme for 25 years, but this became more urgent in 2011 when the council announced that Civil Parking Enforcement (aka parking wardens) would be introduced from December 2012. With no unrestricted parking left in the centre of Stamford, and precious little in the surrounding streets, a group of concerned residents known as "STARP" (Stamford Residents' Parking) lobbied the council to make arrangements before parking enforcement came in. STARP recognised that dedicated residents' parking areas would never work as there are not enough spaces in town, and so urged the council to look at shared-use bays, where both visitors and residents can park on a first-come basis.

Whilst we are still waiting for a scheme to be put in place, much of the groundwork has been done by the council and, more importantly, residents in the centre of Stamford have been able to buy discounted season tickets for the off-street car parks and temporary parking waivers that exempt residents from the 1 and 2 hour time restrictions. SKDC charge £58 for these interim on-street waivers, available from their offices in Maiden Lane.

The latest news is that LCC and SKDC are working together to be able to launch the scheme from the start of 2015 - but 25 years of waiting means that Stamford Residents have had to learn to be patient!

If you want to know more about this saga, see:
Steve Marsh's Blog

Better Rail Services for Stamford

Campaigning for better rail service between Birmingham, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough, Cambridge & Stansted Airport. Sign the petition at;
Responsible department: Department for Transport

1. The Dept for Transport must undertake to ensure that sufficient rolling-stock is available to Crosscountry Trains to allow them to upgrade this service to two trains an hour along the whole route thus doubling the frequency of services to and from Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford & Peterborough. This service improvement should be in place by 2016 and be a condition of the extension of CrossCountry's franchise.

2. The franchise extension agreement (currently being negotiated for this service) must also stipulate that services should run from Stansted & Birmingham up until 22.30 Mon - Sat.

See more at:
Better Rail Services' Facebook Page

Stamford Free School

The Stamford Free School Group believe the time is right to establish a new state secondary school in Stamford. A new school that offers a genuine alternative for pupils and parents seeking the very highest quality education. A new school with a clear vision for academic achievement that exceeds parents' expectations and raises the aspirations and attainment of all its pupils.

Stamford Free School is a proposed 11-19 secondary school which would open in September 2015 with an initial intake of 120 Year 7 students. The school would then grow organically to its full capacity of 800 pupils by 2021.

If approved by the Department for Education, Stamford Free School will be run by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) which has a successful track record in school improvement. The first school in the group was the outstanding-rated Swavesey Village College (SVC) in Cambridgeshire. SVC is a designated Teaching School which specialises in developing outstanding teachers. Since then, CMAT has sponsored two further secondary schools and a primary school, overseeing impressive new build programmes and leading substantial improvement in student attainment.

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Shop Local

As part of Stamford Mercury's Shop Local campaign they are celebrating some of the best in business around Peterborough, Stamford and Rutland.

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