At the full meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council Liberal Democrat Councillors asked that it support the hundreds of residents from other European Union countries living in its district by asking the Government to give a guarantee that their existing rights will be protected from Brexit. But Conservative Councillors  said they see those from other […]

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Mayor poll flawed – shame on MORI

by johnwilliams on 9 September, 2016

Do you remember that we were told by the Conservatives that if we wanted the A14 improved we had to accept a toll road.  Anyone including myself who opposed the toll were said by them to be against improving the A14.  In the end the A14 is being improved without a toll. Now they’re at […]

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Evidence is against Grammar Schools

by johnwilliams on 31 August, 2016

Grammar schools do not driver social mobility in fact evidence from those few education authorities that have them suggests they widen the gap between high and low earners and leave the majority of children not at a grammar school worse off in the funding of their education as well as a low esteem.  Although it […]

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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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