Local councils should digitise and make easily available recent past and historic local plans

Why? To inform residents and the public of what was proposed previously, and compare what was in the plans versus what we actually got. Earlier in the Cambridgeshire Collection I looked at some of local plan documents from previous eras the 1970s-1990s. I made a short video so as to encourage people to visit theContinue reading “Local councils should digitise and make easily available recent past and historic local plans”

Extended projects for further education students in/around Cambridge on social & civic issues – and local history

Cambridgeshire County Council set a precedent in 1998 with their classroom materials for schools and colleges on the future of Cambridge. I found the materials in the Cambridgeshire Collection. They were woeful. By today’s standards. “Cambridge has an international reputation for quality, for style, and for civilised values.” Cambridge Local Plan 1996. I think mostContinue reading “Extended projects for further education students in/around Cambridge on social & civic issues – and local history”

“Where will the children of North Cambridge play now?”

On why large plots of land just north of the A14 dual carriageway need to be designated as areas for future parkland, open spaces and nature reserves – and why large green bridges with gentle inclines over the trunk roads need to be built. Some of you may have seen the headlines regarding the MiltonContinue reading ““Where will the children of North Cambridge play now?””

Save Cambridge’s Art Deco cinema!

…by persuading the developers to convert it into a shared town/gown community space – and minimising the carbon emissions of the redevelopment/renovation which are generally much higher with comprehensive redevelopment. Many of you will be familiar with the old Art Deco Hobson Street Cinema in the town centre. I wrote about the initial consultation hereContinue reading “Save Cambridge’s Art Deco cinema!”

What are the documents that inform the policies of Cambridge City Council?

They’ve kindly listed and summarised them for you all to read. The Cambridge Futures document that it’s in starts on Page 52 in the Agenda Pack for the Strategy & Resources Meeting on Monday 11 Oct. The links themselves are on P67. Alternatively you can look at the document separately in Item 7 in AdditionalContinue reading “What are the documents that inform the policies of Cambridge City Council?”

Cambridge City Council should fund a part time post at the Cambridgeshire Collection for the duration of the emerging local plan

The purpose: to find, select, digitise, publish, and publicise the important, interesting, and useful publications, documents, and articles related to previous local plans and local transport plans. The post-holder could also publicise the existence of the collection (And the Cambridge Library – which was once a city council responsibility), and also encourage donations to theContinue reading “Cambridge City Council should fund a part time post at the Cambridgeshire Collection for the duration of the emerging local plan”

Cllr Lewis Herbert steps down as Leader of Cambridge City Council after seven years

John Elworthy of the Cambs Times broke the story here. (Although he has not named the four candidates who will contest the vacant leadership post). Above – Cllr Lewis Herbert (Labour – Coleridge) with the only candidate to contest one of the Coleridge seats on a public platform at the Cambridge City Council Elections –Continue reading “Cllr Lewis Herbert steps down as Leader of Cambridge City Council after seven years”

“So, where on this map will our rowing lake, concert hall, and light rail stops go? And how will you stop the lights going out?”

Councillors must insist that the various projects and programmes that will decide the future of our city & county all work together. Because at the moment there is room for improvement. Water and electricity remain major constraints on developments. I bought a map of Cambridge & District recently. Disappointingly I could not find any bookshopsContinue reading ““So, where on this map will our rowing lake, concert hall, and light rail stops go? And how will you stop the lights going out?””

Cambridge town, what is our collective offer to Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin students who want to get involved in civic action?

This follows the sad news that the Cambridge Hub’s Social Innovation Programme will not be happening this term. If Cambridge town civic institutions can come up with a co-ordinated offer, the impact that our students could have on the future of our city could be significant – but we have to remove the unnecessary barriersContinue reading “Cambridge town, what is our collective offer to Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin students who want to get involved in civic action?”