- Anthony Martinelli donated 2018-01-15 22:51:22 +0000
Anthony Martinelli for Market Ward
I first moved to Cambridge aged 18 to study Medicine at Gonville & Caius College, graduating in 2014. After two years working in London, I returned and have been living on Eden Street in the city centre since 2016. I've been an active, hard-working campaigner on local issues since my time as a student, when I worked with Tim Bick to drive the well-received improvements to lighting on Parker's Piece.
I currently work at Addenbrooke's and one of my interests is in lung disease - I am keen that we take all possible steps to improve air quality within the city, which we know exceeds legal limits at times. I have asked the City Council to clamp down on engine idling, which is already illegal and will continue to campaign on this regardless of whether I am elected as a new Councillor for Market Ward.
Living close to the Grafton Centre, I see first-hand the issues with rough sleeping in Cambridge, which highlights the inequality of wealth in the city and would work with my colleagues to find solutions to this growing problem. As a young professional, I am also concerned about the lack of affordable housing in the city - I am disappointed that the Council has missed opportunities to improve this, as with the Park Street Car Park redevelopment.
Previously I was an activist for Stronger In during the referendum and, as a proud European, I strongly support the Liberal Democrats in their consistent opposition to Brexit.
In my free time I supervise medical students for the University and enjoy visiting Cambridge's museums. I cycle to work daily and am keen to ensure that active transport remains a vital part of our transport strategy and that the safety of all road users is considered whenever possible.