Local campaigner Mike Sargeant and Councillor Jocelynne Scutt have been working hard to make sure you have every opportunity to express your views on the City Deal in Milton Road.

Cambridge Labour Councillors have organised a Special Meeting of the North Area Committee so we can hear from residents Milton_Road_City_Deal_2.jpgabout your ideas and concerns. Officers will present the options and it will then be a further chance to have your say.

Cambridge North Area Committee —Special Meeting

Thursday 4 February 2016  18:00  Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY

Officers and Councillors will be there to hear your views.

City Deal Meetings with Residents’ Groups

Labour is also arranging meetings so that  County Council Officers will be available to meet with groups of residents to discuss concerns and ideas:

 Milton Road Library, Ascham Road

Tuesday 26 January 10.00 — 16.00

Tuesday 9 February 10.00 — 16.30

County Hall Castle Hill

Monday 8 February 11.00—13.00

 Please email scutt.jocelynne@gmail.com to book a time for your group

 

 

 

Labour organises more opportunities to discuss City Deal

Local campaigner Mike Sargeant and Councillor Jocelynne Scutt have been working hard to make sure you have every opportunity to express your views on the City Deal in Milton Road....

Downhams_bin.jpgA resident called local Labour campaigner Mike Sargeant recently about the lack of bins on Milton Road.  Mike contacted the City Council and within 2 weeks, 2 bins appeared at the junction with Downham’s Lane.

 

Labour gets more bins for Milton Road

A resident called local Labour campaigner Mike Sargeant recently about the lack of bins on Milton Road.  Mike contacted the City Council and within 2 weeks, 2 bins appeared at...

City_Deal.pngMike Sargeant spoke at the Greater Cambridge City Deal Assembly asking the following questions:

I want to ask about the lack of confidence in the consultation and particularly about how the valid concerns, that people have, is narrowing the discussions and taking it away from coming up with alternative ideas.

You say the Milton Road scheme is subject to a consultation, but residents tell me “It is a general concern  that the proposals in the Draft Options Report will be “railroaded through” in the limited time afforded for public consultation and that such consultation will in any case be a sham because decisions have already been made.” As examples ‘Do Something’ and ‘Do Maximum’ options both have the same road closures and prohibited turns so it feels as if there is no choice.

How can the City Deal reassure me, and residents, that you will listen to their ideas and concerns and that this consultation is meaningful?

Coming to perhaps the biggest issue for Milton Road, many people in and near to Milton Road are up in arms because of the proposed loss of trees and grass verges. They are worried that Milton Road would become an urban motorway with hard surfacing from private boundary to private boundary punctuated only by white lines, curb stones, bus stops and other street furniture.  That would be an ugly prospect for what is also a residential area.

The issue of trees was raised at the first Assembly meeting. Why didn’t the options talk about how this could be addressed instead of just focussing on tarmac and saying that up to 83% of the trees could be lost or that many trees were low value?  This was like a red rag to a bull. Trees and verges and the streetscene are very important to Milton Road and cannot be an afterthought.  So again, how can the City Deal reassure me and other residents that keeping a green residential character to Milton Road is a priority? Didn’t you ought to send out a supplementary leaflet for the consultation addressing this?

 

Mike Sargeant questions the City Deal Assembly

Mike Sargeant spoke at the Greater Cambridge City Deal Assembly asking the following questions: I want to ask about the lack of confidence in the consultation and particularly about how...

Details are available at:Do_Max.png

http://www.gccitydeal.co.uk/citydeal/info/2/transport/1/transport/8

Exhibitions

Project Officers will be available to discuss these initial ideas for Milton Road at informal drop-in events:

  • Wednesday 13 January 2016, 16.00-19.00 Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY
  • Tuesday 19 January 2016, 16.00-21.00 St George's C of E Church, Chesterfield Road, Cambridge CB4 1LN
  • Wednesday 20 January 2016, 16.00-21.00 St Laurence's Roman Catholic Church, 91 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XB
  • Monday 25 January 2016, 16.00-20.00 Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY

City Deal Milton Road how can you comment

Details are available at: http://www.gccitydeal.co.uk/citydeal/info/2/transport/1/transport/8 Exhibitions Project Officers will be available to discuss these initial ideas for Milton Road at informal drop-in events: Wednesday 13 January 2016, 16.00-19.00 Chesterton Community...

Cambridge is growing and new developments in Oakington and Waterbeach mean even more people will want to get intoCity_Deal_Consult.jpg Cambridge on a daily basis.  We also have pollution in roads around Elizabeth Way.

Labour believes the answer is to increase the use of public transport, cycles and walking.

Traffic on Milton Road is regularly congested. Few buses stop for local people. At Mitcham’s Corner bus routes pass through but many of the longer distance and Park & Ride don’t stop. This is despite about 1000 people working in the area and the resultant pressure on parking.

So what is the answer?

The Greater Cambridge City Deal with representatives of Labour, Liberal Democtrat and Conservative Parties have £100 million pounds to spend on tackling congestion and are looking at  £23 million being spent on Milton Road from A14 to Mitcham’s Corner. Sounds a lot, but will it be spent wisely?

Jocelynne Scutt and Mike Sargeant are out every week finding out your views.

What are your views on City Deal for Milton Road?

Cambridge is growing and new developments in Oakington and Waterbeach mean even more people will want to get into Cambridge on a daily basis.  We also have pollution in roads...

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...

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