by Ian Sollom
On Saturday a large contingent from South Cambridgeshire headed to London to join the People’s Vote March, to send a message to government that we must have a vote on the final deal.
I wrote about why I was going to the march here:.
I joined with so many others on Saturday.
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We had an active LibDem conference this year at Brighton with several newly elected Councillors making their first speeches and our own Leader Bridget Smith being interviewed by Christine Jardine at the Rally on Saturday evening. See below for their videos.
Our success in the May elections locally provided much motivation and optimism from other delegates at the Conference and we would like to thank all those who were involved in our campaign big or small - we made an impact not only locally but with the party nationally - for that, thank you.
For a round up of LibDem Conference itself and the motions passed please see this section on the LibDem website or see here for a summary of the key commitments we made . The next Spring Conference is in York - 16th-17th March.
Combined Authority Mayor James Palmer has shocked Coton residents by insisting that the route for his proposed metro must go through the village. As recently as August the Mayor had assured Coton Parish Councillors that an off road route through Coton would not happen. Previously he had denied that plans for a metro implied his support for such a route.
Liberal Democrat District Councillor Ian Sollom said "the Mayor has let Coton residents down badly with this u-turn. He has made much of the fact that the Greater Cambridge Partnership can only deliver transport infrastructure he approves, but now he is driving his metro straight through the village."
The Mayor announced his plans to stunned Parish Councillors at a meeting last week.
This is a compilation of local conversations about the positive impact of our country's membership of the European Union, on every sort of community-based concern: the school, the doctors' surgery, the fruit farm, the care home, the shoe shop, the zoo - or whatever happens to be the nearest business to where you live. Equally, it is about the damage to local economies and opportunities, in particular for young people, that extrication from the European Union inevitably brings.
Here's a list of how to get our latest updates
Summer Holiday Food Bank campaign. We need your help!
Food donations are needed to cover School Holidays, as children are off school, some who get free school meals may struggle to get their 3 meals a day. The Trussell Trust, which is the Chairman's Charity for South Cambs District Council, run foodbanks nationwide and are warning that based on past years, demand is likely to outstrip supply.
We are running a local foodbank drive and have placed baskets at:
Oakington Village Store & PO
Longstanton Village Store & PO
Oakington Communitea Cafe
Northstowe Parish Forum Update
Northstowe Education Campus
First a presentation on the Northstowe Education Campus which will be on Phase 2 and built by Kier. The details of the school are within the presentation pack which I’m hoping that Jon will be uploading onto the Northstowe Community site shortly but briefly includes a 12 form entry, 1800 pupil school, a 400 place secondary school, a 110 SEN school as well as a 3 form entry Primary School with nursery provision. The sports facilities will include 4 sports hall (that will extend to 8 as the school grows), 2 activity studes, art facilities, gym and a café.
The planning documents have already been submitted and can be found here:
There has been a number of complaints regarding construction vehicles using local roads. There are potentially two reasons for this; HCVs travelling to and from the Northstowe and the A14 improvement works. We met last week with fellow councillor for Willingham and Over, Dawn Percival, to discuss this issue and our response. The Northstowe Construction and Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) illustrates the approved construction routes and is clear that no construction traffic is permitted through the villages.
The political landscape in Cambridgeshire is getting more and more complex. As well as the County Council (responsible for education, health and social care) and the District Councils (responsible for planning, housing and waste management) we have the Greater Cambridge Partnership (formally The City Deal) attempting to deliver transport improvements in South Cambs/Cambridge and now the Combined Authority and the Mayor doing transport, housing and skills throughout the whole county and Peterborough. It will be no surprise that this is proving somewhat challenging to work with especially as there is overlap in what they are all wanting (and in some cases failing) to do.
Following May's elections, history was made as the LibDem group now have control of South Cambridgeshire District Council for the first time in the history of the Council created in 1973. It has been run by the Conservatives since 1992. The two thirds majority of the last year was overturned by a two thirds LibDem majority this year, having won 30 of the 45 seats (reduced from 57). Independents have 2 and Labour have 2 councillors.
District Council AGM 23rd May
South Cambs District Council (SCDC) met for its Annual General Meeting on 23rd May with Cllr Bridget Smith officially taking over as leader of the new Liberal Democrat controlled council. Cllr Douglas De Lacey, an Independent, was elected as Chairman and Cllr Anna Bradnam as Vice Chairman.
Committee positions were also confirmed at this meeting. Sarah has secured positions on the Employment and Staffing Committee, Scrutiny and Overview Committee and as a substitute member of the Cambridge Fringe JDCC. I am a substitute member for the Scrutiny and Overview Committee and for the Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee.