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In response to Government consultation Lib Dem run South Cambs council has called on the Government to look at providing short term stopping places for gypsies and travellers across the country as well as quicker powers to deal with illegal encampments. South Cambs argues that the problem of illegal encampments needs to be tackled from […]

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Not waiting for the outcome of his bus review the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor made a veiled threat to the future of the county’s subsidized bus services today when announcing the continued funding of four bus routes until the end of the current financial year in March 2019. There is no public funding for buses […]

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The Greater Cambridge Partnership has reaffirmed that buses are needed to beat gridlock in Cambridge, not just in the short term but even when the Cambridge Metro is up and running. And its not only physical infrastructure such as bus priorities that are needed but also revenue funding because a commercial network on its own […]

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Today at the Annual General Meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council control of the Council passed to the Liberal Democrats. With 30 out of the 45 councillors we have a good working majority for the next four years. The Cabinet has been slimmed down to seven from the “jobs for the boys” Tory predecessor, with […]

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At my meeting with Andy Campbell the MD for Stagecoach East he said the bus controllers should protect the Fulbourn and Stetchworth journeys on the Citi 1 and 3 to ensure we get the hourly service on both routes and he wants to know if this is not happening and will follow it up. Mr […]

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In 2007 Network Rail and Kier built a new railway bridge across the Great Ouse in the same location has the Ely Southern Bypass.  This steel and concrete bridge at 100 metres wide cost £9 million. Yet 4 years later the Conservative cabinet running Cambridgeshire County Council accepted that it would cost just £28 million […]

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Mayor James Palmer is implicated in the predicted massive £13 million overspend on the Ely Southern Bypass – which will increase its cost by nearly a third. At £10 million the biggest part of the overspend is the construction of the unique bridge a design that has not been tested in Fen soil conditions before. […]

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There is cross party concern that in Cambridgeshire inadequate information is being given when the governors of its primary schools consult parents over Academy conversion. The Government guidance is silent on the content of the consultation, its fairness and balance.  As a result there have been a number of “challenging situations” around the Academy conversion […]

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A decision by Cambridgeshire County Council’s ruling Conservatives to exclude Cambridge from a new £1 million council fund is to be reviewed after legal advice from the Council’s Monitoring Officer. The fund will be used to design road schemes that may subsequently attract external funding for implementation. I have received confirmation that the decision taken […]

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Cambridgeshire bus services need to be sorted out now

by johnwilliams on 16 February, 2018

Over the past six months we have seen a retraction in local bus services firstly with Whippet and now more recently with Stagecoach. It may be coincidence that this has happened since the Mayor and his Combined Authority took over as the Local Transport Authority and has such responsibility for bus services in the county. […]

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