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One Cambridge — Fair For All

Vote for a Labour led Council this May, and we pledge to

  • Protect essential services
  • Set up a Sharing Prosperity Fund so everyone benefits from growth
  • Lead a citywide Living Wage campaign
  • Build more affordable homes
  • Tackle anti-social behaviour and cut litter and dog fouling
  • Make our city centre accessible to all
  • Reinstate the pest control service
  • Tackle rogue landlords
  • Employ a Chesterton Coordinator to help take Mitcham’s Corner forward

Click here for our detailed plans and pledges to change Cambridge for the better.

In West Chesterton, your Labour Candidate, Mike Sargeant will work with Jocelynne Scutt on your priorities: Parking, Buses, Mitcham’s Corner, School Catchment Areas, Potholes, Pavements, Lighting and Trees and of course any other issues that you raise when we call.

It is time for a change in Cambridge.   

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Labour's Plans for Cambridge and West Chesterton

Labour’s Priorities for Cambridge One Cambridge — Fair For All Vote for a Labour led Council this May, and we pledge to Protect essential services Set up a Sharing Prosperity...

Picture2.pngWest Chesterton is in the middle of a planning application frenzy — or so it seems. This is against the background of the City Council Local Plan being subject to independent examination by the inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  We believe residents want positive development that complements West Chesterton, adding vibrancy and life.

We therefore need to  ensure  designation of part of the ward as an Opportunity Area doesn’t result in developers trying to  by-pass the Local Plan by rushing through applications.

For more details click on links

1 Milton Road - behind the Portland Arms

City Football Ground

Gilbert Road Aparthotel

Greens Road

Staples Refurbishment

Please let us know if you have concerns so that we can take them on board when discussing proposals with developers and planners.

We are keen that West Chesterton’s  developments  meet local needs particularly focusing on  affordable housing and ensuring  local businesses, including Guest Houses, do not suffer and  the  revamping of Mitcham’s Corner goes ahead as residents wish.

Having your say

Planning applications can be viewed on line at www.cambridge.gov.uk/monitor-an-application

where comments can be made and there is also advice on grounds for objection.

You can also contact the Planning department at planning@cambridge.gov.uk , 01223 45720

 

 

 

Planning Applications Update

West Chesterton is in the middle of a planning application frenzy — or so it seems. This is against the background of the City Council Local Plan being subject to...

Cambridge has a growing student population and increasing number of hotels. Mike Sargeant is concerned that homes for local people are at the bottom of the queue.Picture1.png

“Too often, we appear to be in the hands of developers” says Mike. “I was shocked when the owners of the old Milton Road School site said they couldn’t make money out of building homes and that’s why they have proposed an Aparthotel. The City Council needs to make sure the Local Plan is adhered to when planning applications come in and ensure that areas designated for residential use are used for housing.

I am proud that Labour is committed to at least 40% affordable housing in new developments in Cambridge and will not allow the developers ‘buy off’ this requirement.

I will also look at how we can support local hotels and guest houses who are currently suffering a massive loss of business due to the construction of the Travelodge and Premier Inn.”

 

Let’s have the right priorities for housing

Cambridge has a growing student population and increasing number of hotels. Mike Sargeant is concerned that homes for local people are at the bottom of the queue. “Too often, we...

Mike Sargeant welcomes the Cambridge Labour initiative to introduce a Reduce the Strength of cheap beer and cider campaign along the same lines as in Ipswich.

Working with retailers, we will sign up local shops to the scheme. 

In Ipswich, the number of identified street drinkers had dropped from 78 to 38 in a year. And the statistics for the first six months of the scheme showed the number of anti-social "incidents of concern" dropped from 191 to 94 compared to the same period the previous year.

 

‘Reduce the Strength’ campaign for Cambridge

Mike Sargeant welcomes the Cambridge Labour initiative to introduce a Reduce the Strength of cheap beer and cider campaign along the same lines as in Ipswich. Working with retailers, we...

Labour are committed to resolving the problems with the road system at Mitcham’s Corner and roads throughout the ward. Bus_Victoria_Avenue.jpgThere is no better time to do this!

For Mitcham’s Corner, there is commitment in the new Local Plan and County Councillor Jocelynne  Scutt has made sure that it is high up the County Council’s agenda.

The City Deal, announced in the Budget , offers another part of the jigsaw. Jocelynne says: ”A large part of the £500 million  available will be focussing on infrastructure — especially public transport, cycling and the road system.  Developments north of the City including Northstowe and Waterbeach mean there will be increased pressure on Milton Road and Mitcham’s Corner unless we take the initiative now.”

 

No ‘Newmarket Road jams’ for West Chesterton

Labour are committed to resolving the problems with the road system at Mitcham’s Corner and roads throughout the ward. There is no better time to do this! For Mitcham’s Corner,...

County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt has received advice that Jesus Green Bridge will reopen in mid-April.Jesus_Green_Bridge.jpg

On jacking up the footbridge to replace support steelwork to the southern ramp, no support foundation was evident. The whole ramp was settling. This requires new foundations to the bridge support and is due to be completed by 13th April.

 

Jesus Green Bridge delays

County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt has received advice that Jesus Green Bridge will reopen in mid-April. On jacking up the footbridge to replace support steelwork to the southern ramp, no support foundation was...

Jocelynne Scutt met with Andy Campbell, Managing Director  of Stagecoach to discuss your concerns about buses.

While adamant that he will not reinstate buses along Chesterton Lane, he is prepared to stop the Gbusway.jpguided Bus at the Arbury Road  / Milton Road junction. This offer is subject to the County Council improving the bus stops.

Jocelynne said “He was very open and to the point, stressing that Stagecoach are a commercial operation  and he must make a profit on all routes.

Labour nationally is committed to bringing back bus regulation. Meanwhile, I will work with the County Council to make sure every opportunity is taken to improve local services.”

 

Guided bus may stop at Arbury Road

Jocelynne Scutt met with Andy Campbell, Managing Director  of Stagecoach to discuss your concerns about buses. While adamant that he will not reinstate buses along Chesterton Lane, he is prepared...

The opportunity to turn Mitcham’s Corner back into an area for local people has never been better. Currently it is dominated Mitchams.jpgby the gyratory traffic system and with 7 empty shops is probably more blighted than any other part of Cambridge. Current proposals to improve the area include:

  • Councillor Jocelynne Scutt is working with the County Council Officers to get a longer term solution for the area by removing the gyratory system which is blighting the area.
  • Cambridge Local Plan — Mitcham's Corner declared an Opportunity Area which should attract in developments and funding
  • Cambridge City Council Labour Group proposal for a Chesterton Coordinator similar to the Mill Road Coordinator who has helped turn that area into a dynamic community area
  • The Cambridge City Council Lib Dem Group then proposed  a pension windfall be used to support Mitcham’s Corner

 Unfortunately, the City Council Lib Dem Group including your local West Chesterton Lib Dem City Councillors voted down the Labour proposal for a Chesterton Coordinator while Labour supported this and the Lib Dem windfall proposal.

The recent packed meeting of Friends of Mitcham's Corner highlighted your concerns and Mike Sargeant is helping to secure funding for the Friends so that they can be properly resourced to work on behalf of local residents and businesses.

 

Only Labour offers full deal for Mitcham's Corner

The opportunity to turn Mitcham’s Corner back into an area for local people has never been better. Currently it is dominated by the gyratory traffic system and with 7 empty...

At the City Council meeting on 27th February the Lib Dem Councillors for West Chesterton 2013-09-08_13.05.58.jpgMax Boyce, Mike Pitt and Damien Tunnacliffe voted against a Labour Proposal to create a Chesterton Coordinator similar to the one in Mill Road.

Mike Sargeant was at the meeting and spoke in favour. "The only way that Mitcham's Corner will move forward is for a concerted approach from the City and County Councils. The Chesterton Coordinator would have been the person responsible for taking the area forward working with local people, local shopkeepers and business and the Friends of Mitcham's Corner. If I am elected in May and Labour then run the City Council, I will make sure that the Coordinator is appointed and we will make up for years of neglect."

Lib Dems vote against Chesterton Coordinator

At the City Council meeting on 27th February the Lib Dem Councillors for West Chesterton Max Boyce, Mike Pitt and Damien Tunnacliffe voted against a Labour Proposal to create a...

Mike Sargeant spoke at the planning application for 1 Milton Road—behind the Portland Arms. “One of my major concerns with the applications in the ward, is that 400 + people would come to West Chesterton and put additional pressure on Car Parking. The proposals also don’t answer the need for additional housing which is pushing up house prices and forcing young families to move away from Cambridge.”

Once more West Chesterton is faced with planning proposals which don’t meet local needs..Gilbert_Road.png

The next proposal is at the Milton Road/Gilbert Road corner - an ‘ApartHotel’ of 133 apartments/hotel rooms and 5 houses, 3-4 storeys and 80 underground parking spaces. Oh, and a ‘community room’.

Labour believes West Chesterton deserves better – better planning, better architecture, better design. We will say so – in written and oral submissions to Cambridge City Council Planning Committee.

 

Labour defending West Chesterton

Mike Sargeant spoke at the planning application for 1 Milton Road—behind the Portland Arms. “One of my major concerns with the applications in the ward, is that 400 + people...

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