Castle News: Update from your Lib Dem City Councillors

Information from your Lib Dem City Councillors – July 2020

We hope you are all well and safe.  Given the Covid-19 restrictions, we have not been able to speak to you or update you as much as we would have liked over the last few months, so please forgive the density of this update! 

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Don't delay climate change measures in council mini-budget!


At today's meeting of Cambridge City Council, Liberal Democrat councillors are fighting to retain measures which address the climate change and biodiversity crises in the council’s proposed emergency budget. (Pictured: Cllrs Tim Bick, Anthony Martinelli and Katie Porrer on Parker's Piece).

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Council housing report reveals £10 MILLION funds left untapped


Liberal Democrat councillors have condemned financial mismanagement which has left £10million of Housing Revenue Account money intended for improving council housing unspent, whilst 1 in 9 of the Council’s properties fall short of decent homes standards. (Pictured: Liberal Democrat Councillor and council house tenant Jennifer Page-Croft, with a friend and fellow tenant to the left).

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Your Vision for Our City

After lockdown, the Cambridge Lib Dems don't want to return to business as usual. We're launching 'Your Vision for Our City' to hear your thoughts on building a fairer, greener city. To share your vision, fill in our survey here.

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Five Trees: how should we protect it

Key_5trees.pngFive Trees is a small, but much loved green area between Fen Road, Cam Causeway, Cheney Way and Lents Way, shown in
the map on the right. The north of the city and East Chesterton, in particular, are lacking in green space and none should be lost!

We want to ensure it is protected from any threat of being built on by thinking about ways we can further improve the space - and we want to know what you think!

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Lib Dem City Councillors call for concerted action on 'inundation' of littering

Picture: Litter on Jesus Green, June 2020.

Liberal Democrat City Councillors are proposing a co-ordinated campaign in response to the recent ‘inundation’ of littering that has occurred in public open spaces and streets during the pandemic. 

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Funding available for open spaces and community facilities

key_piggy-bank-2889042_640.jpgFunding opportunity! "S106 funding" (the name comes from the section of the act it refers to) is available for public open spaces and parks in (or near) the Chesterton wards, and for community spaces (eg places like Brownsfield Youth Centre).

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Some good news - Drain repairs, Speed hump repairs and making the High Street mini round about safer

key_miniroundabout.pngI’m pleased to give you three pieces of good news; I’ve secured funding for some local improvements in Chesterton.

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Potential gathering on Midsummer Common

key_330px-Midsummercommon.jpgThere are low level (from social media monitoring) suggestions that there could be a gathering on Midsummer Common on Saturday to mark the occasion that would have been Midsummer Fair.

[edit]To be clear: the information above came from the Police, no Councillors or Lib Dems have done any monitoring of people's social media[/edit]

Cllr Ian Manning has been in contact with the Police, City and County Councils about this.

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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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