No to a Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

by johnwilliams on 4 August, 2016

Councils in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have signed up to the Government’s ‘devolution’ proposal – and are now consulting on it. The ‘devolution deal’ includes £20m a year, plus a one-off £100m for housing and £70m specifically for housing in Cambridge. The price of the deal, on which the Government has been totally insistent, is an […]

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No end to the Guided Busway fiasco

by johnwilliams on 25 July, 2016

Almost a year ago Cambridgeshire County Council and BAM Nuttall launched a six month investigation into movement of the track foundations and the joints between the guideway beams.  The county put on hold legal action pending the outcome of the investigation. Now we are told at the meeting of the full council last Tuesday that […]

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Lib Dem MP Tom Brake has tabled a Bill to be debated next Tuesday which would give EU citizens living here the right to stay in the UK. This follows the Conservative Government and Theresa May MP refusing to give assurances to people who are living here that they will have an unconditional right to […]

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EU Referendum result – sign the petition

by johnwilliams on 26 June, 2016

If you think like me that the result of the EU Referendum is too close to give a clear mandate for withdrawal there  is a petition to get Parliament to debate whether the margin in the EU referendum was too close to justify such an irrevocable step. Nigel Farage said before the referendum that a […]

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City Deal Board confirms Cross City Cycle Schemes

by johnwilliams on 12 June, 2016

At the meeting of the Greater Cambridge City Deal Board I asked that having widespread support the two Cross City Cycling Schemes affecting my Fulbourn County Council Division should go ahead without delay  and asked for confirmation that work to extend the Fulbourn Road Scheme to Capital Park and Fulbourn village was in hand. The […]

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Without an agreement with Stagecoach on fares and network the plans announced by the Greater Cambridge City Deal are bound to fail as drivers are expected to get out of their cars and use the most expensive and poorly run bus service in the country. When Tower Transit bought out Whippet great hopes were expected […]

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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group wants to withdraw the “Minor Ailment Scheme” which provides free medicines for common ailments to families on low incomes.  It says that such medicines can be bought over the counter or the GP can prescribe them.  In both cases those on already tight budgets will be disinclined to […]

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Lib Dems gain three more seats on South Cambs

by johnwilliams on 6 May, 2016

The Liberal Democrats on South Cambridgeshire District Council grew to 14 today with the election of three more councillors together with holding two existing seats cementing our position as the opposition to the Tories. We got back the seats of Haslingfield, Linton and Waterbeach and held the seats of Hauxton and Gamlingay with big majorities. […]

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Andrew Cook, Regional Her Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted has expressed concerns about educational outcomes in the Academy secondary schools in Cambridgeshire in a letter sent to the Regional Schools Commissioner. In particular Ofsted is particularly concerned at the worsening achievement by children from disadvantaged backgrounds compared to their peers. This is something that comes up […]

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Lib Dems oppose Tory plan for East of England Mayor

by johnwilliams on 18 March, 2016

We are in favour of proper devolution which really does devolve powers down to local people. But the Tory plan for one East of England authority with Norfolk and Suffolk included, led by a Mayor is not not devolution – it is the exact opposite. And we are being asked to sign a deal without […]

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