Your Castle Lib Dem Team

Belinda Brooks-Gordon
Local campaigner
Valerie Holt
City Councillor

wardmap_castle_sm.jpgThe ward of Castle consists of areas in North-West Cambridge. Valerie Holt and Cheney Payne are the Lib Dem City Councillors for the ward. You can become involved with the Lib Dems in your local area through signing up here.


Trees on Eachard Road (hopefully!)

Residents have approached us to request that trees be planted along the verges on Eachard Road, to match those on Woodlark. 

We are pleased to announce that the Council have agreed to look into this possibility, and will be beginning consultation and feasibility studies later in the year.  

If successful, planting would begin in 2019.


In the meantime, I have been reporting numerous potholes and areas of pavement damage in this area.  I would encourage residents to report any potholes or damage to this link on the County Council website: 

How can we improve road safety?

Every year, the County Council provides funding for small-scale projects to improve our local highways. This is known as the Local Highways Initiative, and it provides funding for small projects costing up to £10,000.

Projects which are allocated funding must show that they improve road safety, create lasting improvement, and also have the support of the community. Examples of projects are new/improved signage, repairing road surfacing, new road markings and planting.

How can we improve the highways near you? If you have any ideas for how we could improve the roads near you, please get in touch via email or by adding your suggestion to

The deadline for these projects is the end of July, so we have time to establish the feasibility of a project before making a bid.

Cheney and Valerie are very keen to hear your thoughts and ideas – please do get in touch.

Castle Residents' Parking Pre-Consultation

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (the City Deal) will be introducing some form of residents’ parking scheme in the Castle area.  The consultation for this will open in Autumn 2018, with a view to making the changes in 2019. 

Before the consultation opens, the local Labour and Lib Dem County Councillors for these areas will be meeting to establish the boundaries for the new parking zones.

The Lib Dems are keen to ensure you can have your say on where these boundaries will be.

Please complete the survey at the following link to ensure the Lib Dems can represent your views in this meeting:

Bring back Citi 8 bus!

Lib Dems campaign for reinstatement of popular Citi 8 Service


Castle Lib Dems are campaigning for the Citi 8 bus service to be reinstated, which used to travel from Cottenham, along Histon Road directly to the station and Addenbrooke’s.

As a result of congestion, the bus now terminates in the city centre, forcing local users to change buses.

Cheney said: “We’re pressing for improved signage in the short-term and a full reinstatement of the service in the long-term, once congestion issues are tackled.”

Please sign the petition here:

Survey on the 'Ridgeway' bridleway safety


The Liberal Democrats are keen to hear your views on the safety of the ‘Ridgeway’ cycle path.

The new cycle path and bridle way is a great local development, but local pedestrians and cyclists have raised concerns that the three staggered gates near the connection to Storey’s Way mean pedestrians are at risk, and also cyclists on tandems or with trailers cannot easily leave/enter the cycle path.

While it is important to slow down cyclists and stop cars using the bridleway illegally, the Liberal Democrats feel other solutions could be safer for all users.

Complete our survey here.

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