Councillor Amanda Taylor

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Kora — kaput

by Amanda Taylor on 28 June, 2015

 On Friday, Cambridgeshire County Council‘s Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee rescinded its earlier decisions to allow Kora-Regus to set up an Enterprise Centre in Cambridge Central Library. Conservatives on the County Council, who had previously voted through the proposal en bloc (first in March and again in June), this time voted to rescind the decision […]

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Queen Edith’s being pushed eastwards!

by Amanda Taylor on 16 May, 2015

The Boundary Commission has started a review of Cambridgeshire county council electoral divisions, and is proposing to shift Queen Edith’s eastwards. Half of Hills Road and houses to its west would go into Trumpington, while Queen Edith’s would gain parts of Cherry Hinton Road and the Greystoke Road area.

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  Last weekend the County Council made a start on tarmacking the new cycle lanes on Hills Road – and it is a great relief that the work has begun. They have completed the section between Holbrook and Glebe Roads, and cyclists have been riding on it this week. They plan to do the next […]

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Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats yesterday called for full independent scrutiny of the failed deal with Kora to run part of Cambridge Central Library. In a full debate at Shire Hall yesterday, we insisted that an independent review is the only way to regain public trust after the disaster of the Regus-Kora misadventure, when the County was […]

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Storms close local school

by Amanda Taylor on 17 July, 2015

Last night’s surprise thunderstorms have caused flooding at a number of local schools, including Morley Memorial in Queen Edith’s, where some classrooms have been left without power and with wrecked flooring. The headteacher, Ms Brown, has written to parents saying, ‘Unfortunately our school has suffered significant flood damage as a result of last night’s storms. […]

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Sedley Taylor Road: bother with builders

by Amanda Taylor on 6 July, 2015

Builders are giving rise to concern in Sedley Taylor Road and last week residents requested my help in addressing issues around parking and anti-social noise. Cars and larger vehicles are reported as parking on yellow lines and blocking driveways and pavements. I have taken this up with the local police and the County Council, the […]

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Guided Busway lights are going in!

by Amanda Taylor on 2 July, 2015

At long last, work has begun to instal lights on the bridleway along the Guided Busway. This is the culmination of a campaign that started in 2012, with a LightTheCycleway! petition presented to the Conservative County Council Cabinet requesting lighting on the southern section of the Busway, between the railway station and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Trenching […]

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Call-in councillors

by Amanda Taylor on 1 July, 2015

The following county councillors requested that the Full Council review the decision to allow Kora to open an Enterprise Centre at Cambridge Central Library: 12 Liberal Democrats, 6 Labour, 4 Independents and 4 UKIP. 1. Cllr Scutt 2. Cllr Kavanagh 3. Cllr Sales 4. Cllr Taylor 5. Cllr Manning 6. Cllr Cearns 7. Cllr Mason […]

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Environmental blitz in Queen Edith’s

by Amanda Taylor on 20 June, 2015

In May, the City Council’s Refuse & Environment & Streets and Open Spaces teams ran a ‘ward blitz’ in Queen Edith’s, focussing on areas highlighted by councillors as needing attention. They will be reporting on this work at the next South Area meeting as well as reporting on how they have addressed specific problems identified […]

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Drugs, burglaries, parking and cycling offences

by Amanda Taylor on 20 June, 2015

The South Cambridge police have just released their report on activities over the first five months of 2015. The have been focussing on priorities set in February by the South Area Committee: the supply of Class A drugs; burglaries; speeding, and anti-social cycling and parking, especially outside schools. Here is their report: Police report June […]

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Koragate – the latest

by Amanda Taylor on 11 June, 2015

Liberal Democrats on Cambridgeshire County Council continue to defend Cambridge Library against the Council’s proposals to let Regus subsidiary Kora open an Enterprise Centre on the third floor. The call-in of the Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee (HCI) decision succeeded and the LEC proposal went to the County Council’s General Purposes Committee (GPC) in March. Cllr Roger Hickford […]

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