24 Oct 2022

Trumpington Liberal Democrats are calling on Cambridge City Council to take action after a series of serious failures of basic infrastructure have taken place at the Clay Farm Centre. 

Residents of the 20 flats above the communal service space, staff and patients of the medical centre and users of the library and community centre have all had their lives disrupted by serious heating and water issues in the building.  

Trumpington Cllr Olaf Hauk questioned the City Council at the Full Council meeting on the 20th October and Executive Councillor Alex Collis accepted that the City Council had responsibility for ‘the building as a whole and the heating and hot water system at fault.’ 

Trumpington Cllr David Levien said,  

“The Clay Farm Centre is at risk of becoming a sick building if the Council doesn’t action.” 

“Clay Farm residents are having to run baths for their children by heating saucepans on electric stoves. This is unacceptable at the best of times, but during a cost of living crisis this is simply appalling.” 

“Meanwhile, in the past week there has been flooding at the medical centre, causing untold disruption for staff and sick patients.” 

“After a litany of issues over a number of years, the City Council cannot be negligent and must take immediate action to improve the lives of the residents and users of this building that they are responsible for.” 

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