Reading between the lines of what the Community Planning Alliance Map shows us

Some of you may have spotted the crowd-sourced map here, It was started by Rosie Pearson and seems to have picked up quite a following, with over 400 separate grassroots campaigns now listed. It has also been picked up by a new generation of pro-housing campaigners (mainly my age and younger) who are basically crushedContinue reading “Reading between the lines of what the Community Planning Alliance Map shows us”

If developers want their post-2030 bids in South Cambridgeshire to be accepted, they need to get behind Cambridge Connect Light Rail

*Declaration of interest: I’ve been supporting the concept of a light rail underground from Cambridge Connect since first hearing about it. I run its Facebook page as a volunteer. This is also an opinion piece by myself speaking only for myself, and not for any institution, organisation, alliance, collective, association or group. Looking through theContinue reading “If developers want their post-2030 bids in South Cambridgeshire to be accepted, they need to get behind Cambridge Connect Light Rail”

Cambridge Biomedical Campus – the plans for a very large expansion

This is why you need transparency *and* trained, informed, and educated people (whether councillors, paid professionals, or active residents) to keep a watch on very large institutions In this case, Cllr Sam Davies (Ind – Queen Ediths – Cambridge City Council) spotted this. “Noooo! My head is full of brain fog! Do we have toContinue reading “Cambridge Biomedical Campus – the plans for a very large expansion”

How do you turn a city/county wish list into successful campaigns, and completed civic buildings & facilities?

Especially when the relevant documents require a post-graduate level of understanding (and an extended amount of time to commit to the research) just to extract the essentials? Image above from New Local With my chronic fatigue not getting much better, it’s easy to forget that the good health of activists and campaigners must also beContinue reading “How do you turn a city/county wish list into successful campaigns, and completed civic buildings & facilities?”

Committee allocations reveal how unnecessarily complicated local government in Cambridge is. Can we simplify it?

I think Avril Lavigne got it spot on back in 2002. “Why d’ya have to go and make things so complicated?!?!?” You can see them in the nominations for the various committees at Cambridge City Council which they will be voting through on 26 May. So, let’s list them: Actually, let’s not. You can seeContinue reading “Committee allocations reveal how unnecessarily complicated local government in Cambridge is. Can we simplify it?”

The proposed Cambridge Biomedical Campus & Science Park North expansions will require developers to contribute substantially to new infrastructure – including water supply

You may have seen the recent announcements in the media – including this by Alya Zayed on the proposal to double the size of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s. But before I get going, I remind readers and those behind the developments of the existing water crisis, and what Cambridge City Council & SouthContinue reading “The proposed Cambridge Biomedical Campus & Science Park North expansions will require developers to contribute substantially to new infrastructure – including water supply”

“Renewed investment in youth services”, says Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

The new Joint Administration of the county Liberal Democrat, Labour, and Independent Groups on the county council hit the ground running after nearly a quarter of a century of domination by the Conservatives. (Photo – Hannah Olsson) The first full council of Cambridgeshire County Council met for the first time at the Imperial War MuseumContinue reading ““Renewed investment in youth services”, says Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council”

Why such small ambitions for a new arts centre and cinema for Cambourne, Cambs?

You may have seen the headlines for a £100,000 fundraising bid for this rapidly-growing town. At the same time, the Cambridge Junction is planning an overhaul that could cost up to £17million. Why isn’t Cambourne going for a much grander scheme? Is there not more money available? From developers? From grants and trusts? From localContinue reading “Why such small ambitions for a new arts centre and cinema for Cambourne, Cambs?”

Following Cllr Dr Alexandra Bulat’s example of going that extra mile to meet residents

One of the weak spots that Cambridge-based county councillors regularly came under fire from their Conservative opponents on was their lack of awareness of communities in Fenland and north of the county. The north-west vs south-east polarisation is now even more pronounced following the recent elections. Furthermore, the seven gains on the southern and westernContinue reading “Following Cllr Dr Alexandra Bulat’s example of going that extra mile to meet residents”