When local issues don’t align with the local council that is up for election

Such as potholes (county council) results in defeats for councillors who had no influence on the repair programmes. This came up from Ben Page of Ipsos Mori Let’s have a closer look Condition of roads – County councils Affordable decent housing – District/borough councils (Incl. Cambridge City Council) Health – Local NHS organisations Wages/Cost ofContinue reading “When local issues don’t align with the local council that is up for election”

Cllr Sam Davies asks for ideas to start conversations between candidates and Cambridge’s electorate

I’ll list her points from her blogpost at the end here: “What is your candidate’s vision for the future of this city, and how do they propose we should get there?  If they talk about ‘affordable’ housing or ‘sustainable’ development, what do they actually mean and what do they understand the environmental constraints to be? Given the Council’sContinue reading “Cllr Sam Davies asks for ideas to start conversations between candidates and Cambridge’s electorate”

“Local Democracy is not a spectator sport”

…and local elections are just one part of what constitutes local democracy. (A reminder that 89 is the target for this year’s candidates to beat – because no one wants to get fewer votes than Puffles the Dragon Fairy!) So how far can local activism and community action towards filling some of the voids? ChallengeContinue reading ““Local Democracy is not a spectator sport””

Reimagining Cambridgeshire at Cambridge University

What might the county of our future look like? Cllr Hilary Cox Condron (Labour – Arbury) of Cambridgeshire County Council took a big step forward with a number of activist groups One of the big gaps in responding to the climate emergency that has persistently remained is the lack of visualising what a transformed cityContinue reading “Reimagining Cambridgeshire at Cambridge University”

“Don’t throw the EastWestRail baby out with the OxCamArc bathwater!”

On why the proposed Oxford-Cambridge railway should be *more ambitious* in taking road traffic off, and why the OxCamArc became a victim of its own lobbyists’ hype. You’ll have seen the headlines calling for the business case to be published and/or East West Rail to be scrapped. Ditto the rearguard action by the big businessContinue reading ““Don’t throw the EastWestRail baby out with the OxCamArc bathwater!””

Common strands of Cambridge’s ‘too difficult to solve’ problems at recent council meetings

But First…This. I’ve put my name down as a candidate for one of the Patient Governor vacancies at Addenbrooke’s (i.e. the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Board of Governors). …so I also recorded a video. …Don’t all laugh at once! I’ve posted links to my previous blogposts on local health and social care deliveryContinue reading “Common strands of Cambridge’s ‘too difficult to solve’ problems at recent council meetings”

Ministers need to update planning policy on solar panels and solar farms

We face multiple and conflicting demands on land use. There are better places for solar panels to be installed to generate electricity – even though installation costs might be more expensive than using open fields. Another case of a community opposing the construction of a new solar farm in/next to Cambridgeshire. This follows the applicationContinue reading “Ministers need to update planning policy on solar panels and solar farms”

The Perse School’s plan for a new swimming pool on Long Road, Cambridge

The proposals, published today by the Greater Cambridge Planning Service raise a whole host of issues that go far beyond the impact of the development, and go to the heart of the sort of city the people who make up our city want it to become. First of all, the proposals for a new swimmingContinue reading “The Perse School’s plan for a new swimming pool on Long Road, Cambridge”