Ian with Stephen Drew and Helene Leeming

Issues for Cambourne

On C2C

I believe that it is time to progress the Cambourne to Cambridge project to the formal planning decision phase, where the final arguments and scrutiny of the project can occur. The ongoing delays to this project are now unfair to the people of Cambourne who have long deserved a direct and rapid bus service to Cambridge. Any busway built needs to have the space for a dedicated cycleway alongside it.

On EWR

I have long supported the railway station at Cambourne as part of the East West Rail project, so that residents have quick and simple access to local, regional and national train links. It must be well connected and accessible for everyone in Cambourne as well as surrounding communities. It is deeply disappointing that the government is currently proposing highly polluting diesel trains on what, in the 21st century, should be an electrified line. The lacklustre efforts at consultation and communication engaged in by EWR and the government have also been hugely frustrating. EWR need to be much more transparent and open with residents and I look forward to working on behalf of residents to make sure that all voices are heard.

Cambourne High Street

I support the completion of Cambourne’s much delayed High Street. I’ve engaged with the town council, residents, district councillors and the district council over the seemingly endless delays, as well as the plans currently being considered following the planning application by the developers. As your MP I would work to ensure that all those responsible for delivering Cambourne High Street are held accountable for meeting the highest standards and meeting the needs of the town’s residents. I will work with all stakeholders to leverage any national funding that may be available to support High Streets.

Cambourne’s swimming pool

I am sadly fully aware of the frustration felt by many of Cambourne’s 13000 residents that the long promised swimming pool has still not materialised. Promises have been made in the past but progress is glacially slow. As West Cambourne is added to the town, I believe that all the local authorities and the developers who have the privilege of building in our town need to focus their energies on delivering the much prized swimming pool. Cambourne has a much larger population of children and young people than anywhere else in the area, and at present families have to travel to places such as St Ives, St Neots and Cambridge to access a swimming pool. I pledge to work to make a swimming pool happen in Cambourne.

NHS provision of doctors and dentists in Cambourne

This has been a campaign priority for me and I have argued for improved NHS services in Cambourne throughout my campaign to be the town’s MP. It is simply not good enough that residents face the worry and pain of being unable to see their GP in under a week, and I support the Liberal Democrat manifesto pledge to guarantee appointments in seven days. Our doctors do not have the resources and staffing to be able to deliver this service for patients in Cambourne. I welcome the opening of the second dentist in Cambourne at Uplands Place, but I remain deeply concerned by the lack of access to NHS dentistry for the town’s children in particular. Parents should not be forced to pay for private dental care that should be provided by the NHS. I will continue to work to improve access to NHS dentistry for Cambourne residents.

Safe travel in Cambourne

I am proud that the Liberal Democrat-led Cambridgeshire County Council introduced the 20mph speed limit across the whole town earlier this year. The safety and health benefits of this policy are clear to see. I will work with Cambourne’s district councillors on the Cambourne25 project to improve active travel facilities across the town, focussing on safe road crossing, improved cycle ways, changed priorities at road junctions to support safer walking and cycling, as well the improvement to footpaths around the town which end up in terrible muddy conditions for much of the year. As Cambourne’s MP I would ensure that all the local authorities and private companies with responsibility for various parts of our town work collaboratively to improve the travel experience of residents.

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