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 Centre 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.”
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
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!
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 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.”