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...

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...

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