Beehive Centre Redevelopment – first webinar highlighting making space for girls

If you’ve not seen the display boards from the developers and their media partners, please see my earlier blogpost here where I’ve photographed and uploaded them for you. (And if you found them useful, please consider a small donation to help sustain my reporting and research) It was only covered at the very end, butContinue reading “Beehive Centre Redevelopment – first webinar highlighting making space for girls”

Cambridge Railway Station’s eastern entrance – and its local context in Coleridge – the one with the dragon slide in it

As some of our council houses become too expensive to upgrade, but also too expensive for people paying fuel bills, the city council is looking at comprehensive redevelopment. Some of you will have seen the report by Gemma Gardner in the Cambridge Independent here. The meeting of Cambridge City Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee on 21stContinue reading “Cambridge Railway Station’s eastern entrance – and its local context in Coleridge – the one with the dragon slide in it”

Institute for Government needs to follow up its report on Metro Mayors with one on local government & local public services – including the historical context

You can read How metro mayors can help level up England here. Given the problems we’ve had in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough from the very start, this report should be of interest beyond local government and party political circles. Hence the short video summary here. The Institute’s summary of recommendations include: Devolving full responsibility for functionsContinue reading “Institute for Government needs to follow up its report on Metro Mayors with one on local government & local public services – including the historical context”

The importance of community summer fairs – and the long term paths in the face of some personal lessons learnt

Mike Scialom at The Chesterton Festival and Adrian Peel at the Arbury Carnival remind us of the importance of larger community events. But they rely on volunteers, and this year (2022) we lost the Cherry Hinton Festival. In order to build on north Cambridge’s successes, and the lack of success this year in Cherry HintonContinue reading “The importance of community summer fairs – and the long term paths in the face of some personal lessons learnt”

Beehive Centre Redevelopment, Coldham’s Lane, Cambridge

Several of you have asked about the consultation boards, which I’ve taken photos of and have uploaded to this blogpost. The media representatives for the developers are Four Communications, so any views on what’s on the boards, please email them to projectotter [@] fourcommunications [dot] com ***Alternatively*** email your local councillor https://www.writetothem.com/ I’m also awareContinue reading “Beehive Centre Redevelopment, Coldham’s Lane, Cambridge”

Redeveloping the Beehive Centre – with sci-tech options spun out again

What could – and should become of the graveyard of the once mighty Cambridge & District Co-operative Society? This was the vision in Autumn 1988.just before the then ‘new’ centre opened – and where I did work experience in summer 1995. (From the British Newspaper Archive here) I picked this story up from several ofContinue reading “Redeveloping the Beehive Centre – with sci-tech options spun out again”

A full-on Strawberry Fair and Arbury Carnival – but Cambridge’s events need more volunteers to continue

The question is: How do organisers find enough suitable people without resorting to ‘the usual social media callouts’? You can read the write-up in the Cambridge Independent here, and the various links in the Cambridge 105 tweets from their stage on the day below Above – Cambridge 105 at the Strawberry Fair where they haveContinue reading “A full-on Strawberry Fair and Arbury Carnival – but Cambridge’s events need more volunteers to continue”

Northern Powerhouse and Levelling up? Sounds like the ‘Northern Counter-Magnet’ of 1964

Policies going around in historical circles again? I’ve been trying to shake off this latest bout of fatigue with little success – the end of the block to the nearest convenience store is about as far as I can go at the moment. Hence spending much time digitising very old books and pamphlets from myContinue reading “Northern Powerhouse and Levelling up? Sounds like the ‘Northern Counter-Magnet’ of 1964”