Liberal Democrats are furious as Labour are once again failing to stop the disastrous plan for Milton Road, including cutting down the much loved trees, putting off a decision until after the May elections.
After many hours of debate and argument, the Conservatives budget amendment was passed after the 'Independent' leader, Cllr John Hipkin, changed his mind and voted with the Conservative group to allow their budget amendment through.
Their budget takes 2% for Adult Social Care, but also uses reserves to finance extra spending.
Liberal Democrats believe this is a disaster for Cambridgeshire, and specifically it's most vulnerable residents.
14th February may be a day of romance for some, but for the County Council it's the day we attempt to set a budget for the year ahead.
Cllr Ian Manning will be supporting the Liberal Democrat group's proposal: a 2% Adult Social Care increase plus 1.99% increase for other services, to reduce the cuts to children’s services, services for vulnerable adults and improvements in community transport and road maintenance.
Councils can raise standard Council tax by 1.99%, and levy an additional 2% for Adult Social Care over three years or 3% for two years with a 0% in the third year; if they want to raise anymore they must hold a referendum.
Last night (2017-02-08) Councillors and resident association representatives voted unanimously on a number of recommendations to the City Deal. Of particular local interest was to demand the the City Deal develop the "Do-Optimum" proposals put forward by local residents' associations and Cambridge Cycle Campaign.
These proposal involve saving the much treasured trees and avoids the 4 bus lane "superhighway" that the Labour and Conservative controlled City Deal has been proposing for much of last year. This is good news to those who care about this much-loved approach to Cambridge. Local Liberal Democrats, however, remain concerned.
Cllr Ian Manning commented "Don't be fooled - this shouldn't and wasn't necessary.
Liberal Democrat Councillors, myself included, have been arguing all last year the City Deal proposals were non-starters. Labour Councillors repeatedly turned down opportunities to put a stop to them, forcing residents to endure months of effort intended to get them to accept to what, frankly were all along, a ludicrous series of proposals."
Cllr Ian Manning, County Councillor for East Chesterton since 2010, is running to be the County Councillor for the new Chesterton Division - http://www.ian4chesterton.com