Can Greater Cambridge do its next local plan differently this time?

Can we get developers and land owners debating with local residents and campaign groups prior to the formal hearings – and thrash out what needs to be said to each other in advance? You can read the story and look at the map here. There is *so much* that I could write in the faceContinue reading “Can Greater Cambridge do its next local plan differently this time?”

Could we re-wild Grantchester Meadows on both sides of the River Cam as part of increased flash flood defences?

Could happen – if the wealthy landowners agree. I’m assuming they are wealthy. But we don’t know because successive governments have chosen to withhold making Land Registry data public and free to access. But if we are looking at local responses to the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Independent Climate Commission’s Report, then this is the sortContinue reading “Could we re-wild Grantchester Meadows on both sides of the River Cam as part of increased flash flood defences?”

Very young footballers in princess outfits playing while the brass band played

“Put on music and they will come!” Sunday afternoon in changeable weather at Coleridge Rec with the Soham Comrades Band. So they (the city council) did. And even though these things tend not to have huge advertising campaigns along with them, a few hundred people turned up. Above in the left-centre of the pano isContinue reading “Very young footballers in princess outfits playing while the brass band played”

Ministers must approve the construction of and funding for new adult education colleges

So writes the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan to Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner, who wrote to her on my behalf How MPs hold ministers to account on behalf of their constituents. Some of you will be aware that I’ve been making some noise about a new generation of adult education colleges – inContinue reading “Ministers must approve the construction of and funding for new adult education colleges”

“The revolution will be televised – no, not that one!”

The Ministry of Defence commissioned an article on Medium published on 08 July 2021. One month and one week later, the Afghan government had collapsed, and the capital taken by the very movement the US & NATO had expelled from political power nearly a full 20 years ago. This from Sky News of former RMContinue reading ““The revolution will be televised – no, not that one!””

Why is a 1980s shopping centre being marketed as a possible site for science labs?

Following up on the news that the Grafton Centre is up for sale How much for a 1980s-era shopping centre that was extended in 1995, but is now up for sale? I stumbled across this sales brochure for the last time the site was up for sale – and I noticed that the number ofContinue reading “Why is a 1980s shopping centre being marketed as a possible site for science labs?”

“What is your long term plan?” Cllr Anna Bailey asks Mayor Dr Nik Johnson

The Mayor for Greater Cambridgeshire (i.e. Cambs & Peterboro’) was challenged by the Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council on a ‘beyond buses’ scenario at the last Combined Authority Board Meeting. (*Note as with all of the other posts, the content & opinions are mine, & not necessarily of any other individual, group, organisation, institution,Continue reading ““What is your long term plan?” Cllr Anna Bailey asks Mayor Dr Nik Johnson”

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson to overhaul the county’s Local Transport Plan

…which was overhauled by the previous Mayor Mr Palmer when he inherited Cambridgeshire County Council’s plan of 2015 after ministers transferred powers from county councils to metro mayors in the areas that had combined authorities established. The original plan was to have lasted from 2011-2031. For whatever reason, it was published in 2015. Austerity can’tContinue reading “Mayor Dr Nik Johnson to overhaul the county’s Local Transport Plan”