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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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Faced with a £4.2 million overspend Cambridgeshire Conservatives had no choice this year but to raise council tax by 2.99% the maximum the Government allows it to without a referendum.  Of course if it had done this in the past we would not now be facing the cliff edge which neighbouring Northamptonshire has already gone […]

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Conservative controlled Cambridgeshire is consulting on making changes to the county council’s fairer contributions policy which would see people who receive benefits paying much more towards the cost of their own care. The whole of the higher rate of Personal Independence Payments will be included in assessments, whereas at the moment the higher rate for […]

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The top four initiatives that drivers in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire say would get them onto public transport are out of the direct control of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and rely on the actions of Cambridgeshire’s two top commercial bus companies that have cut services in recent months. In response to its Big Conversation to […]

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Cambridgeshire Mayor drops light rail election pledge

by johnwilliams on 28 December, 2017

James Palmer, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor has has dropped his election commitment for a light rail underground system for Cambridge and is now pushing for an articulated bus that can run in a short tube tunnel under the city centre calling it a Metro. He reluctantly agreed with the Greater Cambridge Partnership (aka City […]

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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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