Government must think again on 'Developers' Charter'

A call to the government to pull back from its sweeping changes to the planning system is to be made by Liberal Democrat councillor Ingrid Flaubert at Cambridge City Council’s meeting on Thursday.

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Lib Dems express disappointment at flimsy stalls proposed for Market Square

The Lib Dems have expressed disappointment this week, after the long awaited proto-type demountable market stalls arrived at the market for testing to less than lukewarm reviews from the market traders.

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Call launched to consider winter opening of Jesus Green Lido

Cllr Tim Bick is to ask Cambridge City Council to consider opening its open air Jesus Green Lido all the year round.

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Update from Cllr Cheney Payne

Castle ward Lib Dems believe in working hard for you all year round.  Here is what we have been doing over the last few months.  If you have local issues or concerns you would like to raise with us, please contact [email protected]

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Caroline Stoddart: Putting community first in Castle

Castle ward is currently at the forefront of the city's plans for expansion, with new development at Eddington, Darwin Green and NIAB changing the face of our local community.  


Local campaigner Caroline Stoddart has 40 years of connection to Castle ward, and shares her thoughts on how we manage this development responsibly and with integrity.

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Ward Update from Cllr Cheney Payne

Your Castle Lib Dem team believe in working hard for you all year round.  Here is our update from the last few months.

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Grafton sale underlines need for council leadership on our City Centre

Following yesterday’s news that the Grafton Centre has been put up for sale, city Opposition leader, Lib Dem Cllr Tim Bick, has renewed his call for the city council to take the lead in the way Cambridge city centre is re-shaped for the future. 

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Local councillor raises concerns about City Council inaction before Midsummer Fair weekend

Amidst fears of a re-run of last year’s anti-social behaviour over the weekend when Midsummer Fair would normally have taken place, local councillor Jamie Dalzell has called for decisive action to safeguard local residents. 

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Lib Dems call for immediate suspension of market square redevelopment consultation

Liberal Democrat Councillors are calling for the Labour-led City Council to immediately suspend the current, highly flawed, consultation on the Market Square redevelopment project, until the proposed “demountable stalls” can be viewed and fully tested by traders and shoppers.

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"Solargate"? Why are lots of solar panels around Trumpington not connected?

Planning conditions for the new developments of Trumpington Meadows and Clay Farm required that they were fitted with modern solar panels when they were built. Many residents were told that they could save money on their energy bills, by creating renewable energy themselves. Apparently not! Our team members Ingrid Flaubert and Philippa Slatter have been investigating and have found that the solar panels in many new houses have not been registered to the grid or connected at all for several years. The builders who were responsible for the installation and BPHA, the housing association responsible for the affordable housing in the new developments, have so far not been able to clarify the situation. As local Lib Dem campaigner Olaf Hauk noted, not only are these solar panels not effective, they may even be a waste of money and - with bitter irony - of valuable energy. Not to speak of the lost trust of the residents in their developers and housing associations! The Trumpington Lib Dems are campaigning for a quick solution so that residents can benefit from the green energy they were promised.

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Most houses in Trumpington's new developments, such as this one on Allbutt Way, are fitted with solar panels.

But are they actually connected to the residents' electricity supply or the national grid?

photo_voltaic_panel_controls.jpgPhotovoltaic panel controls - do they actually serve a purpose at the moment?