Councillor Amanda Taylor

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Why a road safety initiative is frightening parents

by Amanda Taylor on 10 November, 2015

The signs say ’30mph, 20 zone ends’ — you can see them in Blinco Grove, Hartington Grove and Hinton Avenue. The sign in the picture is in Blinco Grove, home to Morley Memorial Primary School. Why are our streets still 30mph while streets on the other side of Cherry Hinton Road are 20mph? The speed […]

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Do you have strong opinions?

by Amanda Taylor on 6 November, 2015

I know many people in Queen Edith’s have strong opinions on a range of issues. That’s what makes life interesting! If you are one of them, then would you be interested in taking part in a new TV programme on the important issues of the day, debating with a panel of politicians and business leaders […]

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The Boundary Commission has just published yet another proposal for Cambridgeshire county council divisions. This time, they are proposing to create a super-ward comprising Queen Edith’s and Trumpington. Here is a map: as you can see, we would be the largest division in the city, and there would be two county councillors. You can make […]

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Parking survey in the Morley area

by Amanda Taylor on 1 November, 2015

Working with residents, I am surveying the streets in the north of Queen Edith’s on parking problems. The streets suffer from a daily influx of visitors: students, office workers, shoppers, Leisure Centre visitors – and even hospital staff. This severely limits the parking spaces for  local people, and there has also been dangerous parking, cars […]

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The County Council is at last consulting on its plan to switch off streetlights between midnight and 6am. Please take part in the Cambridgeshire Streetlight Consultation, running till 11th December. This cut has generated a lot of concern especially in areas where people are around in the small hours, or the early morning. But it […]

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Hills Road cycle lanes: good news and bad news

by Amanda Taylor on 29 October, 2015

THE GOOD NEWS The north-bound cycleway on Hills Road is now continuous, running from just past Long Road to just before Purbeck Road. It is good for cyclists to be able to ride continuously, and for pedestrians to have their pavement space back. THE BAD NEWS The south-bound cycleway works have not yet started. That […]

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Apply days and scary scarecrows

by Amanda Taylor on 18 October, 2015

Autumn’s a lovely season, blessed with warm golden colours and sometimes graced by unexpected sunshine. It’s also the time of year when we celebrate that most English of fruits, The Apple. We have TWO Apple Days in Queen Edith’s (please tell me if you know of more!): one at Rock Road Library Garden and one […]

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The special measures imposed by the CQC inspectors on Addenbrooke’s Hospital were the subject of a question at the Cambridgeshire County Council meeting this week (14th Ocotber). The chair of the County Council’s Health Scrutiny committee is Histon councillor David Jenkins, who sits next to me on the Lib Dem benches. David spoke up for […]

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Conservative county councillors and County Council Highways officers are proposing to switch off streetlights between midnight and 6am in an attempt to make the books balance, in the face of swingeing cuts to councils from the government. We believe this will have an unacceptable impact on road safety and on individual safety in Cambridge, given […]

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Cambridgeshire County Council‘s Cycling Team and the contractor for the Hills Road project will be coming to Queen Edith’s on October 5th to report on the slow-running Hills Road cycle lanes. Or should that read ‘the slow lanes’? The project was scheduled to take 37 weeks but we are in week 36 already and they […]

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