The Conservative controlled Cambridgeshire County is taking £200,000 from the £607,000 budget for minor local highway projects to pay for admin costs previously covered by the highways budget which officers admit will reduce the number of projects delivered in the council’s Local Highway Initiative (LHI) scheme. The LHI scheme enables parish and town councils and […]

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South Cambridgeshire tells “fake news” over Local Plan

by johnwilliams on 24 November, 2017

At yesterday’s full meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council the Conservative Council Leader was accused of “telling fake news” about the council’s Local Plan ahead of the local elections in May after the Inspector conducting the public examination complained that his spin on it was misjudged. The Conservative’s interpretation of events was at best optimistic […]

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According to figures published by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the public examination of the South Cambs and Cambridge Local Plan is the longest running in the whole country ever. The draft Local Plan was submitted for inspection in March 2014, over three years and eight months ago – and will have taken […]

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Liberal Democrat councillors have called on South Cambridgeshire’s director of planning to publish a letter received from the Planning Inspector examining the council’s Local Plan which they understand is asking the council to modify the Plan and the legal advice received on its interpretation. Lib Dems say there is a strong case to be made […]

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The report on the future of children centres debated by councillors at the full meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council yesterday confirmed that with a growing population we need to be doing much more, not less, to support early years children and their families and that it needs to be open to all not just focused […]

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Cambridgeshire could be £10 million better off

by johnwilliams on 4 October, 2017

If Cambridgeshire County Council had accepted the Lib Dem budget proposals and had raised council tax by 4 per cent rather than 2 per cent for the past two years, it would have an additional £10 million in the revenue budget this year. This is more than enough to save our children’s centres and improve […]

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Yesterday I went to Cambridgeshire County Council’s HQ at Shire Hall Cambridge to hand in the Lib Dem petition opposing the closure of our Children Centres. At over 3,800 signatures its one of the biggest petitions received by the County Council and ensures the proposed closures will be debated by all county councillors at the […]

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Guided Busway Cut makes case for Congestion Charge

by johnwilliams on 20 September, 2017

The reduction in Guided Busway services serving Cambridge North railway station should come as no surprise because you cannot expect bus companies there to make a profit for their shareholders to fund non-commercial routes that if required for the public good should be funded from the public purse. If we want to avoid people driving […]

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Bus company Whippet puts profit before customers

by johnwilliams on 11 August, 2017

The bus company Whippet now owned by Australian transport multinational Tower Transit has told Cambridgeshire County Council and the Traffic Commissioner that it no longer wants to run the subsidised route 18 which runs between Cambridge City and Newmarket via Teversham, Fulbourn, the Wilbrahams and Six Mile Bottom and will stop at the end of […]

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Conservative county councillors have torn up the recommendations of an independent pay panel and voted themselves a massive pay rise instead while residents face cuts to front line services. The independent panel had been asked to advise on the allowances paid to county councillors for doing their duties. The panel interviewed a range of councillors, […]

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