New reports on water resources and local transport published

…as the party political debate in the Cambridge Independent heats up. If you thought local government in/around Cambridge was complicated (As I wrote in my previous post), it just got even more so. You can read the article by the Chair of South Cambridgeshire’s Conservatives on house building targets here. In it, he is criticalContinue reading “New reports on water resources and local transport published”

Who made keeping up with local democracy so complicated?

Trying to keep up with which institution is doing what can be ever so confusing that I’m surprised they managed to keep up with each other. Weekly/fortnightly vlogposts on local democracy in Cambridge is my latest attempt to try something new in making more people aware that local government exists and makes decisions that affectContinue reading “Who made keeping up with local democracy so complicated?”

Which local election candidates want to support light rail for Greater Cambridge?

And who will go public in the run up to the election? If you’re not already aware, South Cambridgeshire District Council has local elections for all of its seats in May 2022, and Cambridge City Council has elections for a third of its seats – which will be the elected councillors that polled the fewestContinue reading “Which local election candidates want to support light rail for Greater Cambridge?”

Will any local political parties talk about extending Cambridge City Council’s boundary &/or making it a unitary council?

All of the 2015 General Election candidates representing political parties in Cambridge agreed that Cambridge needed to become a unitary council. Where they disagreed was where the boundaries should be drawn. I’m posting a few more things about the local elections in May 2022 because what the electorate in South Cambridgeshire decide could have aContinue reading “Will any local political parties talk about extending Cambridge City Council’s boundary &/or making it a unitary council?”

We know our political system is broken not just in Westminster but locally. Local election debates must address this so national parties can include solutions in future manifestos

My dental costs have doubled as a result of my dentist going private. Listening to staff on how ministers have treated the sector before and during the Pandemic, I can understand why – in the face of such shortages, some have either gone private or have quit the profession altogether. If you’ve never emailed yourContinue reading “We know our political system is broken not just in Westminster but locally. Local election debates must address this so national parties can include solutions in future manifestos”

Could the new ARU Peterborough host a new School of Dentistry?

Backed by the Combined Authority, Anglia Ruskin University opens its new Peterborough Campus in September 2022 with courses aimed at skills shortages in the local economy. Given its proximity to the railway station, could ministers direct further investment in both accommodation and regional public transport to increase the numbers of students it trains up, andContinue reading “Could the new ARU Peterborough host a new School of Dentistry?”

Tory ministers cut ***how much???*** from local council budgets?

How might these affect the South Cambridgeshire District Council elections in 2022? I had a look at some of the data in the House of Commons Library following the outcry at Stoke-on-Trent Council (Unitary – Cons) announcing it is gutting a core part of its heritage function. It currently has a minority-led Conservative administration, withContinue reading “Tory ministers cut ***how much???*** from local council budgets?”

Linking doctors’ surgeries with local government

…in the context of non-medicinal treatment for a variety of illnesses & conditions I won’t take too long with this one. It stems from this post: The article above is here, and the “[Draft] Depression in adults: treatment and management (update)” is here. NHS relations with local government – an ongoing issue since the former’sContinue reading “Linking doctors’ surgeries with local government”

Sir Keir Starmer’s plan for a Biopharma ‘hub of excellence’ in Cambridge[shire]

In his speech in Birmingham on 04 Jan 2022 he name-checked the county, but the transcript says the city. Above – the Leader of the Labour Party said “biopharma in Cambridgeshire” (At 11m35s) …although the transcript from the party’s website reads as: “Labour would create 100,000 new start-up businesses and new hubs of excellence buildingContinue reading “Sir Keir Starmer’s plan for a Biopharma ‘hub of excellence’ in Cambridge[shire]”

Cambridgeshire’s Local Area Agreement 2006-09

Did it achieve anything? Have a read of the agreement here. The purpose of this post is to shine some light on a previous generation of local government relations with central government – one that for today’s generation of teenagers and young adults might look baffling. What I hope it reveals is the complexity ofContinue reading “Cambridgeshire’s Local Area Agreement 2006-09”