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...

Busgate.pngCounty Council proposals for a Busgate at Mitcham’s Corner have been scrapped. Labour County Councillors’ joint submission, led by County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt ,opposed the Busgate, suggesting alternative uses for the funds.

£100,000 is now available for upgrading West Chesterton bus stops and  providing more ‘real time’ departure timetables at our bus stops. Community voices have been heard. County Council officers have listened.

 

No to Busgate - Yes to Real Timetables

County Council proposals for a Busgate at Mitcham’s Corner have been scrapped. Labour County Councillors’ joint submission, led by County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt ,opposed the Busgate, suggesting alternative uses for...

Milton_Road_Library.jpgLabour Councillors recently managed to secure £100,000 of funding from the City Council towards community facilities to be provided in the new building being planned to replace the existing library. The new building will be largely paid for by the sale of flats to be built on the floor above.

Richard Robertson, chair of the Friends of Milton Road Library says: “Wide ranging consultation was carried out with the community and the facility will be highly flexible providing a new library and  also serving as  local community rooms- open  far more than the current 27 hours a week with a wide range of activities and possibly a café.”

 

Transforming Milton Road Library

Labour Councillors recently managed to secure £100,000 of funding from the City Council towards community facilities to be provided in the new building being planned to replace the existing library....

“Why do buses sail past bus stops in Milton Road?” is the most common question on the doorsteps from Hurst Park Avenue toBus_Stop_Milton_Road.jpg Woodhead Drive.

It’s  because bus companies  operate for profit and not for public service. Jocelynne Scutt has been speaking to Stagecoach and there is no interest in improving the service.

Labour nationally has committed to making it easier for local councils to reverse the deregulation of local bus services, and enabling them to set up their own local bus companies. We want to put Public back into transport.

————-

In the short term, we believe that bus stops at Arbury Road/Milton Road and Milton Road/Union Lane need upgrading.  Labour County Councillors made a joint submission proposing that these bus stops be redesigned so that buses pull in, out of Milton Road traffic. This would improve safety and give a clear path for motorists.   

 

Buses in Milton Road

“Why do buses sail past bus stops in Milton Road?” is the most common question on the doorsteps from Hurst Park Avenue to Woodhead Drive. It’s  because bus companies  operate...

Leading Labour Councillors have said that the success of the City Council’s Mill Road Co- ordinator scheme could be a way forward to support other small shopping centres in the City. The Labour Group will battle for control of the City Council in May and their alternative budget plans for 2014/15 include a bid for funding for a 2 year part time Chesterton Co-ordinator who would work with local traders, the council and community groups.

Councillor Carina O’Reilly, the City Labour Group’s Deputy Leader who lives close to Mitcham's Corner, said:  “The recent shop closures in Mitcham’s Corner show there are no easy solutions to supporting independent traders in a difficult economic climate and we need a multi faceted approach.  We welcome the Council’s plans for some long overdue investment in the Mitcham’s Corner itself but it will take time to filter through, not least because of the number of different planning applications affecting major parts of the site and the way the gyratory road system makes the area hard to access. In the meantime we are losing far too many independent shops now like the ‘Vogue’ furniture shop and the well known jewellery store S F Gawtry, as well as having long standing empty units like the old Co-op store.”

“We have seen that having a City officer post dedicated to working with shops and residents in Mill Road has brought real benefits. We now want a Chesterton Co-ordinator who would cover the shopping areas from Mitchams Corner down Milton Road and within East Chesterton. This part of the City is undergoing significant change with the new station and it’s vital to ensure it isn’t left behind whilst a new urban quarter is built. We will be asking the Liberal Democrats to support this in the budget debate later this month.”

Chesterton Co-ordinator vital for Independent Traders

Leading Labour Councillors have said that the success of the City Council’s Mill Road Co- ordinator scheme could be a way forward to support other small shopping centres in the...

We let you know last August of the plans for an Aparthotel at the junction of Gilbert Road and  Milton Road. Since then we have spoken to the developers about your concerns. Although they have made some changes, we think they have still failed to make it acceptable for the area.

The submitted Planning Application is for an Aparthotel— halfway between hotel and apartments:

  • 3 to 4 storeys fronting on to Gilbert Road
  • A 'landmark' corner building
  • 133 studio/1 bed units  and 5 town houses
  • 80 underground car parking spaces
  • Architecture unsympathetic to the area

The Developers see “the junction ...as a point of transition from a suburban character to the city centre. The distinct character and scale of Gilbert Road requires a response that is of an appropriate scale and that is not visually over-dominant. “

    We believe they have failed West Chesterton.

Mike Sargeant spoke at the planning meeting which rejected the 1 Milton Road development. He would be very happy to speak on your behalf at the meeting which considers this application.

see more here

 

ApartHotel for Gilbert Road?

We let you know last August of the plans for an Aparthotel at the junction of Gilbert Road and  Milton Road. Since then we have spoken to the developers about...

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.