Cambridge needs to overhaul how it publicises commissioned reports on the city

…and that goes for the county as well. This moan (because that’s what it is) is about expensive reports being commissioned by organisations, presented at a meeting, and then left to gather digital dust on virtual shelves. While I don’t expect the general public to read the reports or the meeting papers concerned in depthContinue reading “Cambridge needs to overhaul how it publicises commissioned reports on the city”

“How should England be governed?” asks a Commons Select Committee

TL:DR – Launch a Royal Commission to crowdsource the answers. This is what the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs is asking. How should England be governed? We have launched an inquiry into English devolution. If you have views on how the different parts of England and England as aContinue reading ““How should England be governed?” asks a Commons Select Committee”

On the future of East Barnwell in Abbey Ward – where Cambridge United is.

TL:DR – if you live in/around this part of Cambridge, you’ll be affected by the proposals. So how will you input into them? Read the proposals here, and the background papers at item 13 here for an online meeting of Cambridge City Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee on 24th Sept 2020 at 5.30pm. Got any views?Continue reading “On the future of East Barnwell in Abbey Ward – where Cambridge United is.”

Cambridge will need new, well-connected leisure & community facilities in the face of continued growth

TL:DR And they cannot all be built in the same place. I was looking at the population projections for Cambridge while going through some more planning related documents. (I don’t get out much – even without the lockdown!) You can see the projections and other data sets at Cambridgeshire Insight here. Before I start, aContinue reading “Cambridge will need new, well-connected leisure & community facilities in the face of continued growth”

Who will evaluate the Cambridge Local Plan 2006-2016?

TL:DR Do we know how successful planners and developers were at building the homes that Cambridge needs? (And if one has been completed, could it be placed somewhere more high profile please?)  Local plans are periodically reviewed, with additional policies and documents added to them. But one thing I’ve not seen – and one thingContinue reading “Who will evaluate the Cambridge Local Plan 2006-2016?”

The new Greater Cambridge Local Plan for after 2030 – first identified sites for development.

Just as one planning round closes, another one starts – and we go through it all over again! Scroll down to the end here to look at the maps. It’s 2020 at the time of writing this, and it will be at least 2031 before any of the sites identified and ultimately selected will beContinue reading “The new Greater Cambridge Local Plan for after 2030 – first identified sites for development.”

Levelling up local government in England – by Centre for Cities

TL:DR – Proposals in this paper risk solidifying Conservative rural rule over urban and suburban areas, which if implemented only create an incentive for a future non-Conservative government to overhaul them once again…which is a sort of reverse of what happened in the 1960s & 1970s. The publication by the Centre for Cities is here.Continue reading “Levelling up local government in England – by Centre for Cities”

“Talk to someone” and “Yay! Charidee!” no longer suffice for mental health campaigns.

We need answers to why so many of us are becoming ill in the first place, and why successive ministers have failed to respond with anything like the policies needed to deal with the problems. Journalist Debbie Luxon, who has written extensively on equalities issues, featured a local-to-Cambridge case for World Suicide Prevention Day. It’sContinue reading ““Talk to someone” and “Yay! Charidee!” no longer suffice for mental health campaigns.”

Allan Brigham – the passing of one of Cambridge’s greatest ambassadors

The city found out early on Wednesday morning that one of our town’s civic champions, Allan Brigham, had died. For those of you interested in Allan’s published work, see Capturing Cambridge here, which published a number of his pieces. Above – The late Allan Brigham, local historian, giving a short, sharp history lesson to aContinue reading “Allan Brigham – the passing of one of Cambridge’s greatest ambassadors”

A Cabinet Minister telling the Commons that the Gov’t intends to break international law, is not normal.

….and in trying to dampen down the outrage, ministers are only making it worse. This is the front page that won the internet today: Wednesday's front page: Britannia waives the rules – revolt over Brexit deal flouting international law#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/eVmbnzkBmk — i newspaper (@theipaper) September 8, 2020 …and it relates to this. 🚨 Brandon LewisContinue reading “A Cabinet Minister telling the Commons that the Gov’t intends to break international law, is not normal.”