Nick Clegg launches the Green Road out of the Recession


On his first anniversary as leader, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg set out plans to put Britain on a ‘Green Road out of the Recession’, creating jobs and leaving a legacy that will save energy, put money back into people’s pockets and fight climate change. The plans will cost £12.5bn, which would be paid for by scrapping the proposed VAT cut. The vast majority of that money will be spent immediately, making a real impact on the economy and people’s lives right away. Read the rest of this entry.

First meetings for (shadow) Orchard Park community council


There has been good news coming out of Orchard Park of late. Following lots of publicity, some welcome and some less so, and the report of the SCDC scrutiny committee it seems like necessary activity to move this community forwards has begun. And one such activity has been the establishment of a ‘community council’ and its first meetings. Read the rest of this entry. Read the rest of this entry.

CAB denied emergency funding


People desperate for financial and legal advice are less important than party political one-upmanship. This seems to be the only conclusion possible from the rejection, by the Conservatives in charge of the County Council, of a plan to grant £100,000 immediately, and more next year, to advice agencies such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. This was the objective of a motion proposed by the Lib Dems last week. Read the rest of this entry.

and well done Fiona!


Another week, another by-election and another Lib Dem gain from the Conservatives. Just right for Christmas! This by-election, for the  Cambridgeshire County Council division of Hardwick, came about as a result of the disqualification of the sitting Tory councillor. Local campaigner and activist Fiona Whelan had been preparing to fight the seat next year but got an early chance to show what she could do. She took it and delivered. Well done Fiona. Read the rest of this entry.

No development control in Bandung


I know it’s not really a Cambridgeshire story but I am away for a couple of weeks and unable to update my web-site with local stories so I thought I’d share this one with you.  I’m staying in Bandung, Indonesia which is perhaps this country’s equivalent of Cambridge in that it’s home to ITB, the Bandung Institute of Technology, which has a world-side reputation. Read the rest of this entry.

Premier Foods announces investment to eliminate local smells


Premier Foods is a major employer in Histon, probably the largest, and is a significant contributor to the local economy through employment and the spending of its employees at local businesses. It operates many of the businesses started up by Chivers in the middle of the 19th century and although most of the raw materials are now imported the products that go out today are little different to those which were shipped then. Read the rest of this entry.