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.
The LibDems wish to build a collaborative Council and starting as we mean to go on, we invited Independent Cllr Dr Douglas de Lacey (Girton) to be our Chairman with LibDem Cllr Anna Bradman (Milton & Waterbeach) to be Vice-Chair. We also invited Conservative Cllr Grenville Chamberlain (Hardwick) to be Chair of the Scrutiny Committee.
In so doing we also changed to pre-scrutiny, where decisions are looked at by the Scrutiny committee before they are made by the Cabinet (or in other words - actual scrutiny). Previously, we had post-Scrutiny, where decisions would only go to Scrutiny after decisions had already been made by the Cabinet. The Committee itself was chaired by a Cllr from the same Political Party.
At the first Full Council meeting, new Leader of the Council Cllr Bridget Smith highlighted our priorities - truly affordable housing, putting the environment first in everything we do and actively supporting business growth
Full details of Cabinet positions and report of speech here:
Full speech here
Cllr Tumi Hawkins, Portfolio Holder for Planning, wrote the following in her Facebook blog:
"This win by South Cambs Lib Dems is emphatic and clear, residents want a change, for various reasons. Some have suggested its to do with the district voting strongly to #Remain in the #Brexit referendum. But we say it is because the good people of this district are fed up with being taken for granted by the Conservatives, not being listened to, and having their rural villages thrashed by speculative planning due to lack of 5-year housing land supply and a Local Plan still not approved 4 years after it was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for approval.
We were so chuffed with the victory that a newly elected colleague and I burst out in an impromptu dancing jig that was caught on camera and broadcast on BBC national and local news!! Check it out at http://bit.ly/VictoryDance2018 . As I said - were were elated to have won control and the dance was an expression of joy that all the hardwork put in by our teams bore fruit. Thank you to our campaign organisers and all the teams that helped us to this historic win.
We hope to put the heart back into politics in this area. The future is bright, the future is golden."