A Chesterton Coordinator has been appointed, underlining the Labour City Council’s commitment to supporting Mitcham’s Corner. The Coordinator will take up the role fully in January, but will begin going out and talking to resident groups and local businesses over the next few weeks.

The new role will support small businesses, independent traders and residents to protect and cherish the neighbourhoods of East and West Chesterton, with particular attention paid to the problem of empty shops. Carina O’Reilly, Executive Councillor for the City 1.11.14_Carina___Mike_web.jpgCentre and Public Places said to Mike Sargeant, : “I’m delighted to see this appointment happen. We believe this is  what small independent businesses need and is how to bring people together to make their neighbourhood vibrant and support and strengthen the local community.”

Meanwhile, the first two Local Centre Improvement areas have been announced - with the third grant held in reserve for Mitcham’s Corner. Carina said: “All of us who live in this area know that the real problem with Mitcham’s Corner is the road system, and if we can get that fixed with City Deal money it would transform the area. There’s no point spending thousands of pounds making it pretty if we’ve finally got a chance to bulldoze the gyratory and start again. However, in case that’s not forthcoming, we’re going to hold this money in store so that whatever happens, Mitcham’s Corner will get at least some of the investment it deserves.”

Mike Sargeant added: “We don’t need piecemeal changes for Mitcham’s Corner. Development of the area around the Portland Arms is a great start. I’m pleased we along with residents and Friends of Mitcham’s Corner were able to get improvements to the scheme before its approval. After many years, Mitcham’s Corner is moving forward. Myself and Councillor Scutt are pushing hard to get rid of the gyratory system, really transforming the area.”

 

Turning the Mitcham's Corner

A Chesterton Coordinator has been appointed, underlining the Labour City Council’s commitment to supporting Mitcham’s Corner. The Coordinator will take up the role fully in January, but will begin going...

Many people have contacted County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt about problems associated with the changes at this junction. Milton_Road_Gilbert_Road.jpgCars heading down Milton Road toward Mitcham’s Corner are using the cycle lane to avoid cars turning right into Gilbert Road.

“I am working with Council Officers to see how this can be resolved.” says County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt. “There are benefits from the new layout, but this has introduced some dangers for cyclists  who must be protected.”

 

Unforeseen effect at Gilbert Road / Milton Road Junction

Many people have contacted County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt about problems associated with the changes at this junction. Cars heading down Milton Road toward Mitcham’s Corner are using the cycle lane...

More buses. More stops. More bus journeys. That’s what you tell us especially on Milton Road.

In Cambridge only 6.6% of journeys to work are by bus. in Oxford it’s 15.7%.  Councillor Jocelynne Scutt and 

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Mike Sargeant have spoken to local Stagecoach boss Andy Campbell who says he only runs buses for profit and won’t change the 1,2,8 or 9 buses.

Only Labour are committed to bringing back regulation of buses — so councils can set bus routes serving the public 

Stagecoach’s Andy Campbell has committed to the Guided Bus stopping at the Arbury Road and Union Lane junctions if the County Council improves the bus stops there. Jocelynne is working to have this happen. Meanwhile, we have secured electronic bus timetables at more bus stops in Chesterton Road and Milton Road.and  fairer fares!

 

Labour offers hope on buses

More buses. More stops. More bus journeys. That’s what you tell us especially on Milton Road. In Cambridge only 6.6% of journeys to work are by bus. in Oxford it’s...

The Labour controlled City Council North Area Committee  has allocated funding for more dropped kerbs across the area.Dropped_Kerb_2.jpg

Mike Sargeant says: “This is great news for people with disabilities, parents of young children, people dragging luggage and those pushing trolleys. We are ensuring  the priorities are on the main routes for maximum access and safety. Please let us know your priorities around our area.”

 

Dropped kerbs on the way

The Labour controlled City Council North Area Committee  has allocated funding for more dropped kerbs across the area. Mike Sargeant says: “This is great news for people with disabilities, parents...

As we promised in the recent City Council Elections, the Labour controlled City Council are appointing a Chesterton/ Mitcham'smitchamscorner_lloyds.jpg Corner Coordinator.

This ‘champion’ will  promote the vitality and vibrancy of the Chesterton/ Mitcham’s Corner area, actively contributing to its improvement as a neighbourhood retail area through developing a Chesterton/ Mitcham’s Corner Partnership. This  mechanism will encourage  collaboration between all local businesses, organisations and groups  to improve the  area.

The coordinator will take a lead in  development and implementation of a Chesterton/ Mitcham’s Corner Action Plan  in consultation with residents and the local business community. A key aspect  will be  developing a culture of effective partnership working with all Chesterton/ Mitcham’s Corner organisations, acting as a catalyst and facilitator helping  identify common ground. A crucial element  will be shaping a sustainable funding model for the local organisations to ensure the work continues in the longer term.

Interested in the post? Apply to the City Council by midday 29th September.

 

Chesterton Coordinator being recruited

As we promised in the recent City Council Elections, the Labour controlled City Council are appointing a Chesterton/ Mitcham's Corner Coordinator. This ‘champion’ will  promote the vitality and vibrancy of...

Mike Sargeant welcomes the support of the Labour controlled North Area Committee for Mitcham's Models. The Committee Models.jpggranted Friends of Mitcham's Corner enough funds to pay for the imaginative idea to highlight the area.

Mike said "For too long Mitcham's Corner has been going backward. We support the efforts of the Friends and when the Labour controlled City Council appoints a Chesterton Coordinator, we can really address a lot of the issues in the area."

Labour welcomes Mitcham's Models

Mike Sargeant welcomes the support of the Labour controlled North Area Committee for Mitcham's Models. The Committee granted Friends of Mitcham's Corner enough funds to pay for the imaginative idea...

Mike Sargeant spoke against the planning application for an Aparthotel on Gilbert Road and Cambridge City Council Planning Gilbert_Road.pngCommittee on 4th June.

The application was rejected, but Mike warns "This application is likely to come back either as an appeal or in a revised form. The Council's main reason for rejection was that the site is designated for housing and this will no doubt be challenged by the Developer. I tried to get the application rejected on design grounds as well, but unfortunately local Lib Dem City Councillor Damian Tunnacliffe did not support this."

My objections were:

"I am speaking today on behalf of local residents who have asked me to represent their views.

I see today as what is likely to be a long battle to enhance this area and I therefore would like to stress that this application should be rejected for a number of reasons. This is particularly important as, in the Cambridge Local Plan 2014, this site is not designated for residential use. This oversight, by the City Council and local City Councillors, has left this site wide open for developments which do not suit this area.

The Planning Statement from the applicant suggests:

 “ an ApartHotel within the City Centre … full respecting its surroundings and avoids any adverse impact on neighbouring property”

 “extremely high quality innovative features which respond well to the site’s context”

This is not Cambridge City Centre and I would say the design fails badly on both their assertions.

 The specific grounds for rejection, I believe, are made with reference to the Cambridge Local Plan 2006.

1)      In the Local Plan 2006 the site is allocated for housing and community facilities.  This application does not meet that designation.

2)      Secondly the proposed developments fail on a large number of criteria in the Local Plan

  1. "identify and respond positively to existing features" of the area (Policy 3/4) – It clashes badly
  2. provide "attractive built frontages to positively enhance the townscape" (Policy 3/7) – no attempt to do this
  3. The Local Plan 2006 states (Policy 3/12) that ‘New buildings will be permitted where it can be demonstrated that they have a positive impact on their setting in terms of location on the site, height, scale and form, materials, detailing, wider townscape and landscape impacts and available views ...’ there are only negatives from this proposal.

 This proposal does not achieve any of these criteria in the 2006 Local Plan. Apart from the Manor Care Home, which even the owners are very apologetic about, this side of Milton Road and the whole of Gilbert Road consists of 2 storey residential housing a few of  which contain commercial operations. They are not 4 storey businesses.

The proposed building would give a commercial/ industrial entrance to Gilbert Road - which is in direct conflict to the residential character of the road and as respondents have said: the proposed Gilbert Road frontage has ‘an echo of an old sawtooth-roofed factory skyline’ and the junction of Gilbert Road and Milton Road ‘has all the characteristics of the entrance to a multiscreen cinema complex’. Are we trying to match the Cherry Hinton Road / Hills Road junction in the North of Cambridge?

The developer told me that they couldn’t make a profit on housing – what at Cambridge prices? In the 2014 Local Plan this site is part of the Mitcham’s Corner Opportunity Area. You need to send a clear message that this won’t be just opportunities for developers to maximise their profits.

Contrary to the support from the Council Officer for the design, the Design and Conservation Panel had mixed views on the design with the majority giving it amber or red.

Local people have been very critical of the design of Manor Care Home. We don’t need another 2nd class design on this site.

Please reject the application both because of the site’s designation for housing and community use and also on design grounds

Aparthotel planning application rejected

Mike Sargeant spoke against the planning application for an Aparthotel on Gilbert Road and Cambridge City Council Planning Committee on 4th June. The application was rejected, but Mike warns "This...

Mike Sargeant, Labour's candidate in West Chesterton would like to thank the voters who supported Labour's priorities on Sharing Prosperity in Cambridge.

" I was really heartened" said Mike "by the support we were given on the doorstep for addressing the inequalities in Cambridge both for the impact of low wages and high housing costs. It is great news that Labour will be addressing these issues now that they are running the City Council.

County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt and I will ensure that West Chesterton's priorities are heard at the Guildhall despite this being on the few wards without a Labour City Councillor."

Labour runs Lib Dems a close 2nd in West Chesterton

Mike Sargeant, Labour's candidate in West Chesterton would like to thank the voters who supported Labour's priorities on Sharing Prosperity in Cambridge. " I was really heartened" said Mike "by...

West Chesterton has reached a crossroads.Mike_Chesterton_Road_web.jpg

For many years, its issues have not been cared for by either the City or County Councils:

  • Mitcham’s Corner allowed to decline
  • School Catchment Areas which don’t reflect the capacity of Milton Road School
  • Piecemeal approach to Residents Parking which impact other parts of the ward
  • Buses which don’t serve local needs

The choice in West Chesterton and Cambridge is simple, but far reaching:

Drift on OR vote for the candidate who will both work hard in turning round the West Chesterton ship and could have a seat at the table of a new Labour administration.

If elected, Mike plans to serve on the main City Council Committees which affect West Chesterton: Environment and Planning Policy. These cover development and transport.

This will ensure that West Chesterton’s voice is heard loud and clear at the Guildhall.

 

The choice for West Chesterton

West Chesterton has reached a crossroads. For many years, its issues have not been cared for by either the City or County Councils: Mitcham’s Corner allowed to decline School Catchment...

Mike Sargeant has a can do approach:sports_pavillion_web.jpg

  • Working with County Councillors and Officers to secure the improved lighting and cycleway in Gilbert Road
  • Working with Developers, Council Officers and Chesterton Community College to secure £400,000 for a new Sports Pavilion for Chesterton Community College
  • Working with Friends of Mitcham’s Corner against the proposal for over development behind the Portland Arms

Mike Sargeant has the proven experience that will make a real difference locally if you elect him.

Together with Labour County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt, Mike will take West Chesterton forward.

 

Mike Sargeant — delivering for West Chesterton

Mike Sargeant has a can do approach: Working with County Councillors and Officers to secure the improved lighting and cycleway in Gilbert Road Working with Developers, Council Officers and Chesterton...

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