Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by David
It was a significant meeting for the County Council today and it was just about a full house with only one councillor absent. We were to vote on the new constitution which would apply when the Council switches to a committee system early in 2014. But before that we experienced another significant event.
A petition was presented by Hugh Davies, a member of the CWU, relating to the Post Office’s intention to franchise a post office in Wisbech and for it to be taken on by Etcetera, acurrently successful and popular local shop. The petition was promoted by UKIP and an ... More
Saturday, December 7th, 2013 by David
Click on the icon below for the Histon and Impington District Councillor’s monthly report for November 2013.
Sunday, December 1st, 2013 by David
It shouldn’t be like this. Orchard Park should have been connected to decent broadband from the beginning but it wasn’t and now this is good news!
Under the County Council’s Connecting Cambridgeshire program Orchard Park is a so-called ‘white zone’. That’s one for which it cannot be expected that a commercial provider will provide superfast broadband without some sort of incentive. Therefore it qualifies for support and this will now be forthcoming.
The upgraded connection for Orchard Park is scheduled for 2014. CCC then expects ‘the preparatory work to commence early next year, with superfast broadband becoming available between June and September ... More
Sunday, December 1st, 2013 by David
My county councillor’s monthly report for November 2013 is now available on-line. Click on the icon below.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by David
I usually attend Cabinet. As a councillor I’m always entitled to comment on items relevant to Cottenham, Histon & Impington. And as a group spoke (I am Lib Dem spoke for Environment, Enterprise and Planning, or similar) I can ask to speak on other matters as well. There are usually 3 or 4 items on the agenda of interest to me and today was no different.
Click here for today’s agenda.
I spoke first on item 9 (which was brought forward) relating to the review of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. This will be quite a limited study, there’s only £20K available and ... More
Sunday, October 27th, 2013 by David
A team from the Local Government Association (the LGA) has just completed a Corporate Peer Challenge of the County Council. Click here for a copy of its report.
It’s a good report and it’s clear about what’s good at CCC and what its big challenges are. It’s complimentary of current leadership (both political and professional) but it expresses concerns as well. And in its recommendations it highlights the proposed move to a committee structure and says that CCC should ‘Ensure there is a robust analysis of the real ‘cost to the business’of the proposed model of governance and its impact on ... More
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by David
It wasn’t an exciting day at the County Council and it did go on for rather a long time but at least it was enlivened by a little human interest: a bunch of petitioners from Langley Court in St Ives and a related motion.
Langley Court is a 1990s sheltered housing development in St Ives managed by Luminus Homes. Luminus plans to demolish it and replace it with ‘extra care’ accommodation, for residents who require four visits a day from care workers, after it secured a £2m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and a loan from Huntingdonshire District Council. There ... More
Sunday, October 13th, 2013 by David
Whippet has withdrawn its number 14 service which ran a loop connecting King’s Meadows and neighbouring communities with each other and the city centre. It ran several times a day and was a very convenient service but unfortuately it has proved uneconomic and is no more.
Whippet was able to run the service using buses which it also used for morning and evening school runs. It was never profitable on a full cost basis but because the buses and their drivers would otherwise be idle it made a contribution.
It seems that part of the problem might be Stagecoach’s successful megarider card. ... More
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by David
There was a full day workshop on Monday to ‘test’ the Northstowe design code. David attended.
In the morning three firms of architects independantly presented schemes for different plots. The idea was to see what was possible within the code. One firm took the opportunity to come up with a really imaginative response to a challenging site. Another plonked a portfolio of standard housebuilder typologies in an amorphous jumble, but without breaching any of the code’s stipulations. And a third pitched somewhere between the two extremes.
After lunch several South Cambs development management officers picked over each scheme as if giving a first ... More
Sunday, October 6th, 2013 by David
It’s not often I rush to the defence of the Tories who run the County Council but the funding situation continues to worsen and it’s important that residents understand just how bad it is. If not expectations can be unrealistic.
The County Council’s head of finance (known as the section 151 officer in the trade) has prepared an analysis of the situation and the challenges it poses for the future. Click here or on the pdf icon below for a copy.
Since the austerity drive of the Coalition Government began in 2010 this County has saved about £124 million in three years. It needs ... More