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.
Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer, who will be South Cambridgeshire’s new Lib Dem representative on the Greater Cambridge Partnership Board, is demanding a rethink on plans for an off-road busway to Cambourne through Coton.
Following last week’s victory in South Cambridgeshire, the new Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, Cllr Bridget Smith, has announced that the new representative on the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Executive Board will be Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer.
The ongoing saga of the South Cambs Local Plan is limping to its conclusion.
Yesterday Bridget Smith, the Liberal Democrat Group Leader on South Cambs District Council, took part in a debate about the local elections and the future of South Cambs Council.
In response to the recent revelations about Mr Stoakley, then Conservative candidate for Fen Ditton and Fulbourn, the South Cambridgeshire liberal Democrats make the following statement.
The comments made on twitter by Mr Stoakley are abhorrent and inexcusable. Communications of this nature fall far below the standards that we should expect from people aspiring for a role in public life.
Mr Stoakley should issue a public apology immediately and consider whether he can continue to actively campaign in the upcoming election.
Following the suspension of the membership of Mr Stoakley by the Conservative Party, we call on the South East Cambridgeshire Conservative Association to announce publicly that it is no longer supporting his candidature at the district council elections.
The Conservative Association should also investigate how someone capable of making such comments could have been allowed to stand as a candidate for them.
Liberal Democrat County Councillor David Jenkins has written about his action following the devestation to trees along the A14 near Histon & Impington and Orchard Park.
You can read the full post on his website here
To find out more about what the Liberal Democrats are doing in Histon & Impington and Orchard Park and about see our local candidates, visit our websites:
EU Impact Study Proposal
At the January South Cambs council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillors argued for a study of the impact of Brexit on Cambridgeshire, building on the recent work done in London and Scotland.
Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to save children's centres across Cambridgeshire, which are under threat of closure by the Conservative run council. You can sign the petition here.
Conservative councillors have (this week) voted to present the public with a plan to close 19 children’s centres across Cambridgeshire, including Linton, Papworth, Bassingbourn and Bar Hill. They will also reduce services in Histon, whilst services in Sawston and Melbourn are to move.
Here is a pdf of Susan's election leaflet.