bin_web_1.jpgNew bins are springing up all over Cambridge, now that Labour are running the City Council. At last the City Council has a map of where the bins are, and we are working to fill the gaps. 

Mike Sargeant says “Please let us know where bins  are needed – general waste bins and recycling bins are available, as well as ‘dog bins’.

General bins can also be used for bagged dog litter.”

The Labour City Council has also instigated regular ward blitzes,  West Chesterton’s turn for a ‘deep clean’  is coming soon . Please let us know of any particular problems so they can be prioritised.

Some  developments around the ward are making a mess. Please keep letting us know of your concerns and we will get the City Council on the case.

 

Cleaning the ward

New bins are springing up all over Cambridge, now that Labour are running the City Council. At last the City Council has a map of where the bins are, and...

Concerted community action, led by West Chesterton residents and strongly supported by County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt Library_Joc.pngand colleagues, has saved the 3rd floor of Cambridge Central Library from a business ‘takeover’.

Meanwhile  plans for Milton Library and a Community Hub await developments.  A developer had worked-up a design, but, the County Council’s General Purposes Committee decided that the Council should develop its own design for a Milton Road Library/Hub with revenue producing potential.

County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt says “Milton Road Library is a vital resource for our children, grandchildren and their children – as well as for all of us. I am working hard to make sure it has a successful long term future.”

 

Milton Road Library update

Concerted community action, led by West Chesterton residents and strongly supported by County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt and colleagues, has saved the 3rd floor of Cambridge Central Library from a business...

Although Mitcham’s Corner looks like a building site,  plenty of green shoots show it is becoming a local centre to enjoy rather than a traffic roundabout.Mitchams_September_2015_web.png

Soon after taking  back control of the City Council, Labour appointed Polly Plouviez as Chesterton Coordinator. A lot of Polly’s work has been behind the scenes – encouraging businesses that West Chesterton is the place to be.

Polly  has  also been working with the Friends of Mitcham’s Corner and  City and County Councils on longer term plans for Mitcham’s Corner including removing the gyratory system which has blighted the area for so many years.

One positive lesson for West Chesterton is Mill Road’s quarterly farmers’ market. West Chesterton’s Barclays Bank is giving access to their car park for community events – the first being Mitcham's & More September Festival.

Applauding the hard work put in by the community and the way so many people joined in to make it a success., County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt  said: “I had a great time at the Festival and enjoyed seeing so many familiar and happy faces. West Chesterton is such a varied community with diverse interests, and it is great to see everyone working together as a community, and to be a part of it.”

Ideas for activities and improvements?

Contact Polly at the City Council, or  get involved with Friends of Mitcham’s Corner who are working closely with the  Councils developing an area Master Plan.

Plans are also under way for lighting up Mitcham’s Corner and Chesterton Road over the festive season. Polly Plouviez is  working on this with a lighting designer from e-luminate festival studios.

Local resident Carina O’Reilly, City Council Executive Councillor for City Centre & Public Places says: “Labour is committed to Cambridge being vibrant and successful in all parts of the city. Polly’s work shows our commitment to this and our officers are working closely with her in delivering for West Chesterton.”

 

Making Mitcham's Corner work

Although Mitcham’s Corner looks like a building site,  plenty of green shoots show it is becoming a local centre to enjoy rather than a traffic roundabout. Soon after taking  back...

2015 looks as though it will be a turning point for West Chesterton. Two of the main issues that we have discussed on the doorstep are moving forward:Mike_Chesterton_Road_web.jpg

  • Improved buses for Milton Road
  • The re-development of Mitcham’s Corner

A large part of this is due to securing the funds through the City Deal for improved bus priority all the way from the A14 to Mitcham’s Corner. We also have the new Local Plan which names Mitcham’s Corner as an opportunity area with City Council working closely with residents and Friends of Mitcham’s Corner to provide a focal point for the ward where we can shop and enjoy.

Since moving to Gilbert Road in 2000, I have been heavily involved in local issues, having served as a Governor at Milton Road School and led on a range of initiatives including securing funding for a Sports  Pavilion for Chesterton Community College and representing your views at the City Council Planning Committee on the major developments affecting our area.

Now that the City Council is Labour controlled, West Chesterton is one of the few wards in the City without a Labour City Councillor. I want to fill that gap so our voice is heard when the Labour Executive Councillors are making decisions on behalf of West Chesterton.

7th May - Opportunity for West Chesterton

2015 looks as though it will be a turning point for West Chesterton. Two of the main issues that we have discussed on the doorstep are moving forward: Improved buses...

Mike Sargeant has a record of community activity in West Chesterton:

  • Gilbert Road cycleway – following a fatality in the road, organised public meetings and actionsports_pavillion_web.jpg
  • A Sports Pavilion for Chesterton Community College – with access for local sports clubs
  • Development behind Portland Arms – worked with local residents to get reduced density
  • Aparthotel on the old Milton Road School site – spoke at the Planning Committee where the scheme was rejected

Mike says: “Through our promise to visit every household, we understand your priorities. If elected in May, I will have even more opportunities to deliver for you. I am already working closely with the leader of the City Deal Cllr Lewis Herbert to improve buses on Milton Road and sort out Mitcham’s Corner.  With County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt, I will strive to stop the domino effect of commuter parking.“

A record of action - promise of more

Mike Sargeant has a record of community activity in West Chesterton: Gilbert Road cycleway – following a fatality in the road, organised public meetings and action A Sports Pavilion for...

Mike Sargeant is Labour’s candidate for the City Council elections in May.Mike.png

Mike has been a strong campaigner for the area since coming to Gilbert Road in 2000 and has stood many times as Labour’s candidate in West Chesterton. Since 2008 Mike has seen his vote almost treble and in 2014 he lost by only 19 votes.

Mike has campaigned tirelessly to make sure that local developments meet local needs and compliment the local area. This has included speaking at the City Council against the Aparthotel on the old Milton Road School site and against over- development behind the Portland Arms.

Mike says “I’m delighted that the Labour City Council is addressing the issues that people have raised with me on the doorstep:

¨ Employed Polly Plouviez as Chesterton Coordinator to support and develop local shops and businesses around Mitcham's Corner

¨ Prioritised Milton Road and Mitcham’s Corner together with buses and cycling through the City Deal

¨ Provided extra refuse bins where you want them

¨ Focused on housing especially social and private rented so people can live locally rather than commute

¨ Employed a Living Wage Coordinator so employers are encouraged to pay staff at a rate where they can afford to live in Cambridge

I am keener than ever to get elected to the City Council and represent local people so that Cambridge is a city where all can afford to live and work.”

 

Mike Sargeant for West Chesterton

Mike Sargeant is Labour’s candidate for the City Council elections in May. Mike has been a strong campaigner for the area since coming to Gilbert Road in 2000 and has...

20mph for Victoria Road secured

After a long campaign by Labour County Councillors Jocelynne Scutt and Paul Sales working with local residents, Victoria Road will be part of the 20mph zone. Cooperative effort bears fruit!

Parking – the perennial problem!

The County Council is appointing an officer to develop plans for the city that will address parking for residents. Jocelynne says “Funding cuts mean that no proposals for residents’ only parking will be actioned. It is therefore imperative that transport and parking are looked at together so commuters and shoppers do not continue to be the bane of residents’ lives.”

Making the most of Rubbish Bins

Rubbish accumulates at bus stops and outside shops. To overcome the rubbishing of West Chesterton, bins have been placed at the Chesterton Road Coop and at the Chesterton Road/De Freville Avenue corner.  City Council Executive Cllr for Environment, Waste and Health Cllr Peter Roberts has spare bins  including ‘Doggy Bins’ for West Chesterton. If you know of rubbish accumulating where it clearly needs a bin, please let us know!

 

Around the ward with Jocelynne Scutt

20mph for Victoria Road secured After a long campaign by Labour County Councillors Jocelynne Scutt and Paul Sales working with local residents, Victoria Road will be part of the 20mph...

Growing congestion and a recent fatality have caused County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt to lead calls for massive jlm_bus.pnginvestment from the City Deal on Milton Road. Jocelynne and Mike Sargeant highlighted the need for investment in buses and cycling  to City Deal head, Labour’s Cllr Lewis Herbert.

Cllr Scutt has also called on the City Deal to mitigate the environmental impact. “We must address the transport issues caused by increased housing north of Cambridge through environmentally-friendly measures.”

Mike Sargeant, stressed the current dangers for cyclists on the road: “We must also preserve the tree lined nature of the road while supporting cycling, and providing buses that actually stop for local people“ says Mike.

“City Deal funding also presents a great opportunity to address the issues at Mitcham’s Corner. Traffic has blighted the area for many years, a roundabout rather than a local centre. We will work with local residents to make sure the City Deal delivers for you as well as the needs of Cambridge and the surrounding area.”

 

Stop the jam in Milton Road

Growing congestion and a recent fatality have caused County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt to lead calls for massive investment from the City Deal on Milton Road. Jocelynne and Mike Sargeant highlighted...

Priority for Public Transport

£100 million has been allocated for the Cambridge City Deal for the next 5 years. This money is primarily for infrastructure ml_cycling.pngto address the issues associated with growth in the Cambridge area.

One of the projects that has been identified by the City Deal Board is bus priority measures on Milton Road between the Milton Interchange and Mitcham’s Corner, Cambridge. This is to address the increase in traffic due to house building at Waterbeach where a new park and ride site will be built. The earliest start would be 2017 with completion by 2019.

County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt and Mike Sargeant have been discussing the impact and potential benefits for local people with leader of the City Deal Board, Labour’s Councillor Lewis Herbert.

Jocelynne and Mike highlighted:

  • The shortages of buses stopping in Milton Road
  • The poor and sometimes unsafe dual use provision for cycling and pedestrians including jml_mitchams.pngschool children on Milton Road
  • The importance of the tree lined nature of the road
  • The problems at Mitcham’s Corner

"It is vital," says Councillor Scutt,"that Milton Road handles not only the need of commuters but also meets the needs of local people. The City Deal provides a great opportunity to address the problems of Mitcham's Corner gyratory system, ensuring it is a vibrant area rather than a traffic hub."

Mike Sargeant adds “There will be many challenges to balance the need for better public transport and cycling for this part of Cambridge and ensuring that local people’s views are taken into account. We have stressed this already to Councillor Herbert. Please let us know your views and concerns and we will pass these on to the City Deal Board and represent you in the consultations that will be an important part of the development of Milton Road.”

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Milton Road City Deal

Priority for Public Transport £100 million has been allocated for the Cambridge City Deal for the next 5 years. This money is primarily for infrastructure to address the issues associated...

Labour County Councillors Paul Sales and Jocelynne Scutt worked hard with local residents on getting Victoria Road includedVictoria_20mph.png in the consultation for a 20mph zone.

The Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee of the County Council will now make the decision on whether to support Cambridge City Council and residents in making Victoria Road 20mph.

It is the County Council’s decision, because Victoria Road is an A Road and ‘a key strategic route’ unlike the other roads designated as 20mph locally.

It is therefore vital that we keep up the pressure. You can do this by attending the meeting:

10.00am, 20th January — Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Kreis Viersen Room , Shire Hall

If you want to speak at the meeting, contact Dawn Cave: County Officer, by e-mail dawn.cave@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or phone 01223 699178 by

Victoria Road - final decision

Labour County Councillors Paul Sales and Jocelynne Scutt worked hard with local residents on getting Victoria Road included in the consultation for a 20mph zone. The Highways and Community Infrastructure...

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