Coronavirus Update 5

This is the fifth of our regular updates on local issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus Update 4

This is the fourth of our brief updates on council-related matters during the lockdown.

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Coronavirus Update 3

Market Ward's local councillors have put together a new update with key information on local services, which we hope will be helpful. We are all grateful for the acts of kindness and committed public service that abound in these difficult times. It obviously remains vital for us to follow the guidance that is being set and to hope for a gradual end to this crisis. Stay safe!

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Coronavirus Update 2

Market Ward's local councillors have put together a short update during this unprecedented and worrying period. We hope you are managing well and find it helpful.

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Coronavirus Update

Market Liberal Democrats are keen to help the community in any way possible as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Councillors Call for Focus on Parker's Piece

Local Market Ward councillors, Katie Porrer, Tim Bick and Anthony Martinelli recently put forward a bid for "succession tree planting" on Parker's Piece, as part of their budget amendment to Council. The plan would have seen funding allocated to ensure that semi-mature trees are in place at the Piece's perimeter before older trees die and that consideration would be given to planting extra trees where appropriate. Cllr Martinelli and Cllr Porrer had attended a recent community meeting about trees on the Piece, where it was clear that there was considerable support for proper planning for replacement trees and for investigating means of improving biodiversity, whilst protecting the iconic character of the area and its use for recreation and sport.

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City Centre Team Welcome Market Square Study

Local Lib Dems have hailed the publication of a new feasibility study focused on improving Cambridge’s Market Square. Published by the City Council, the document looks at a range of ways the Square could be rearranged and refurbished to allow greater use by the community, whilst retaining a vibrant trading market.

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Market Team Push Back Against Hostel Cuts

Market Councillor Tim Bick used October's meeting of Cambridge City Council to call on the County Council to halt the withdrawal of funding from specialist hostels for rough sleepers, with a particular focus on Willow Walk which is located within the Ward. His motion, seconded by fellow Market Councillor Katie Porrer, was passed unanimously by the Council.

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Lib Dems Call for King's Parade Barrier Rethink

Cambridge Lib Dems have called on the City Council to reconsider urgently its plan to install a barrier across King's Parade. The proposed installation, due to take place this autumn, would lead to loss of disabled parking spaces in the city centre and a substantially narrowed route of access for cycle traffic outside of peak hours.

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City Centre Councillors Meet with Police

Representing the city centre as Councillors brings with it a complex set of issues relating to antisocial behaviour, the nighttime economy and criminal activities. Having always enjoyed strong relationships with our neighbourhood police force through biannual reports at the West Central Area Committee, we have taken this further by arranging additional regular face-to-face briefings.

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