“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”

Holding the providers of health and social care services accountable

…involves finding out about them in our fragmented system of local government I’ve written numerous articles following my December 2021 stays in hospital. On public transport and healthcare staff On improving local council links with doctors’ surgeries On loneliness as a public health and public policy issue On weak institutional links with local government OnContinue reading “Holding the providers of health and social care services accountable”

How can Cambridge’s employers support civic society in improving our city and county?

This blogpost looks at practical actions that don’t simply involve handing over money to the causes that have the highest profiles and the loudest voices – but instead looks at longer term partnerships where everyone can benefit At the Supersize Cambridge event in July 2016, the late Allan Brigham, the local historian gave this hard-hittingContinue reading “How can Cambridge’s employers support civic society in improving our city and county?”

Cambridge University’s future strategies must be created in partnership with Cambridge town and surrounding villages

Cambridge University’s Strategic Framework hardly mentions the interests of the city which both hosts, and gives the name to the University. Looking out for the people of Cambridge is something that former Vice Chancellor Sir Ivor Jennings QC said the Dons should never forget. (Image from the Cambridgeshire Collection – an investigation by the FTContinue reading “Cambridge University’s future strategies must be created in partnership with Cambridge town and surrounding villages”

Germany seems to have learnt from its history, but have UK ministers?

This blogpost is not about comparing the unprecedented and horrific persecution of Jewish people and the many other victims of the nazis and of fascism. This is about asking whether major decision-makers of today have learnt the lessons from history and from decisions taken by their ministerial and political predecessors. The book above was co-authoredContinue reading “Germany seems to have learnt from its history, but have UK ministers?”

More on fragmented public service delivery in and around Cambridge

Surely we can do better than this collectively? By now many of you will be bored of the diagram above. But it’s still there. And as you know it doesn’t include our underfunded health services. I wrote about the weak institutional links between the local NHS and local councils earlier here. Furthermore I wrote aboutContinue reading “More on fragmented public service delivery in and around Cambridge”