- 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 in 2016 and was elected to the City Council to represent Market in 2018. 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.
On the Council, I've acted as the Lib Dem spokesperson for the Environment and the City Centre, helping to pass measures focused on reducing plastic waste and declaring a climate emergency. I've proposed motions aiming at keeping a police presence in the city centre should Parkside Station move and reducing pesticide use in our open spaces. At committee I've pushed to ensure residents are not disrupted by changes to bin collections.
I am currently training as a hospital specialist 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 and helped put forward costed budget amendments to this effect.
Living in the city 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.
I started as a PhD student at CITIID in 2019, whilst continuing to undertake shifts as Honorary Specialist Registrar in Respiratory Medicine at Addenbrooke's. In my free time I enjoy reading and visiting Cambridge's museums with my fiancée. I often cycle around the city and am keen to ensure that active transit remains a vital part of our transport strategy and that the safety of all road users is considered whenever possible, for example when considering the installation of barriers at King's Parade.