Thursday, 23 July 2015

City's prefered reform plan sidelined

Cambridge City Council's cherished aim for a Greater Cambridge Unitary Council has been side-lined according to city Liberal Democrats.

According to a document hurriedly published just after the Lib Dems called for more openness on the subject, local council leaders have launched a review of Cambridgeshire's local government structure.

This excludes the option of a single tier council for the city and surrounding rural area, which many residents and the business community have set their sights on.

As the councils are at the same time bidding for more devolved powers from Whitehall, Cambridge Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Bick fears the review could lead to a more complex and distant level of local government.

As recently as November both Lib Dems and Labour on the City Council agreed the goal of a unitary council covering the city and South Cambridgeshire

But the document drawn up by Cambridgeshire County Council, shows council leaders agreeing to a review which, with one exception, limits options to changes which perpetuate the current two tier structure including the county council. Unitary councils do get on the agenda only in the most unrealistic form which is likely to be quickly killed off.

The county’s plans to press ahead with a policy for devolved powers have also been outlined in a letter to the government’s Communities and Local Government Minister, Greg Clark.

Cllr Bick said: “This looks like a few council leaders getting together and agreeing a no-hassle direction which shores up their own personal positions to the hilt. No voice is allowed for local people who want easy-to-understand, accountable local government in sensible units.

“Unitaries are on the agenda but sadly, only in a form which is unlikely to gain approval either from a think tank or from the government.”

The County Council released the document after Cllr Bick called for more transparency on the issue of devolution.

He wanted a “big agreement” to simplify local government in the area so that the discussion could be opened up to the public.

“Instead the County Council is engaging a think tank study which has excluded upfront the very policy that Cambridge City has championed - for a Greater Cambridge unitary council,” he said.

“If I hadn’t tabled my motion calling for more transparency I wonder when this would have seen the light of day. I am pleased that the County Council is making a positive overture to government to win more autonomy for our area. This is the right direction, but it needs solid foundations and mustn't generate a further more distant level of local government and extra complexity.”

“We seem to be looking at a major setback here, which prevents our vision from even being independently evaluated alongside the ideas of others. When my motion is debated at tonight's council meeting, I will be asking some important questions of the City Council leader about how this has been allowed to happen arising from a document he has put his signature to."

Friday, 17 July 2015

A14 Girton to Histon Junction Overnight Closures 18 - 24th July 2015

The following notification from the highways agency has been received relating to nightly closes of the A14 which might affect local residents in Bar Hill;
You will recall receiving ‘Works Information Notices’ regarding the start of the above works and a series of overnight lane and carriageway closures. 
There will be the need for further carriageway closures in the forthcoming week. 
Between Saturday 18th July 2015 and Friday 24th July 2015 the eastbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 31 (Girton) to 32 (Histon). In addition there will be no westbound access to the A14 at either J32 (Histon) or J36 (Nine Mile Hill).  
These closures will both be effective between 2000hrs-0600hrs. 
Three lanes with a 50mph speed limit will be maintained in each direction during the day to support peak time traffic flows. 
The closures and diversion will be well sign posted and details of the diversion can be seen on the Highways England website; 
http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/A14-Junction-31-to-32-Eastbound-and-Westbound-Improvements
Regular updates on progress throughout construction can be found on the website detailed above and you can keep up to date with live traffic announcements by following the Highways Agency on Twitter: @highwaysengland.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Liberal Democrat membership surge

Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,240.


Since polls closed on Thursday, 7296 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.

We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

Find out more and join by clicking here.

eCops: 24 Hour Area Crime Update

In the past 24 hours there have been 3 relevant crimes reported to the police in Histon Sector.

On Monday the 11th May between 09:50 and 18:00hours, a theft from a motor vehicle took place in Graham Road, Orchard Park. Vehicle was left unattended parked at location mentioned, perpetrator(s) has smashed the rear glass window and gained entry into the vehicle. Variety of items including (Tom Tom, camera and a running watch were taken) CF0185910515 refers.

On Monday the 11th May between 20:00 and 222:00hours, a theft of a motor vehicle took place at the Fox Pub, in Gladeside, Bar Hill. Perpetrator(s) have stolen a black dodge nitro vehicle whilst was left unattended parked at Fox Car Park. CF0185940515 refers.

During the night of the 10th May and the 11th May, a theft from a motor vehicle took place in Ainger’s Road, Histon. Perpetrator(s) have smashed vehicle window which was left unattended parked in the area and have taken a back with belongings from within. CF0184550515 refers.

If you have any information which may assist us with the investigation into these crimes, please call 101 quoting the crime reference numbers.

Kind Regards
Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team

Saturday, 9 May 2015

3,000 new members and counting ...

Since 10pm on polling day over 3,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats. If you'd like to be one of them you can signup here;


Friday, 8 May 2015

Election Results 2015 Bar Hill and South Cambs

The results are now in both for our local District Council elections here in Bar Hill and for the South Cambridgeshire seat at Westminster.

Local results first;

HALL, Roger (Con) 1,300
GREEN, Helene (UKIP) 530
SMITH, Alexander (Labour) 443
DELDERFIELD, Clare (Lib Dem) 315
ROLAND, Claudia (Green) 265


Cambridge News has full coverage of the district council election results for South Cambridgeshire on their website;

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Local-elections-2015-South-Cambridgeshire/story-26464646-detail/story.html

Here are the results for South Cambridgeshire Parliamentary constituency;

ALLEN, Heidi Suzanne (Con) 31,454
GREEF, Daniel James (Labour) 10,860
KINDERSLEY, Sebastian Gerald Molesworth (Lib Dem) 9,368
MASON, Marion Ann (UKIP) 6,010
SAGGERS, Simon Peter (Green) 3,848


The official result is available here from the South Cambs site (as a PDF);

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/sites/www.scambs.gov.uk/files/documents/Parliamentary%20Declaration%20of%20Result-completed.pdf

A14 Closures - J32/36 (Monday 11th May to 15th May - 8pm to 6 am)

Quick traffic announcement for next week.

Between Monday 11 May and Friday 15 May there will be no access onto A14 at either junction 32 or 36. There will also be temporary lane closures on the Eastbound carriageway between junctions 31-32. These closures will be effective between 20:00 and 06:00hrs.