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The Haiti disaster is equivalent to the entire population of Cambridge being destroyed. We can help. The 35 artist members of the Cambridge Arts Movement, based at the Williams Art gallery at 5 Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ are each donating a piece of artwork to be auctioned for the DEC Haiti Disaster […]

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Local planning applications

by Amanda Taylor on 21 January, 2010

Cambridge’s South Area Committee this evening determined the following planning applications: 42 Hartington Grove: 2-storey rear extension REFUSED 15 Fitzwilliam Road: demolition of extension and erection of new extension APPROVED 52 Glebe Road: demolition of house and erection of new 3-storey house APPROVED St Mary’s School Bateman Street: demolition of rear extension and erection of […]

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Community safety priorities set

by Amanda Taylor on 20 January, 2010

Government requires public bodies active in the area of public safety to produce an annual plan setting out their priorities for the year. In Cambridge, there is a Community Safety Partnership comprising the city and county councils as well as the police, health services, voluntary organizations and a trade body of local businesses. The plan […]

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Concern over rushed dispersal order

by Amanda Taylor on 20 January, 2010

Councillors this week raised concerns over a change to the Section 30 dispersal order in the Mill Road area, and the way in which the decision was taken. Section 30 dispersal orders are part of the Labour Government’s Anti-Social  Behaviour Act of 2003, and give the police powers to make people leave the area as […]

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Graffiti cleared from bus stop in record time

by Amanda Taylor on 20 January, 2010

The City Council had cleared the graffiti completely from the bus stop by Friday, thanks for the rapid response! To report graffiti within the city, email [email protected] No sign of action on the broken timetable display from the County Council yet; let’s hope it doesn’t take too long.

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Hills Road bus stop problems

by Amanda Taylor on 13 January, 2010

Real time information — the lit-up displays at bus stops that tell you when the buses are on their way — are good examples of bus companies and councils working together, and they are very useful if you’re trying to decide which bus to take, or whether it’s quicker to walk. I know that because […]

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National support for Cambridge housing ideas

by Amanda Taylor on 6 January, 2010

Building site Back in July, Cambridge City Council put forward four changes to the law for the Government to consider, all with a common theme, making our local community more sustainable. Under the terms of the Sustainable Communities Act of 2006, supported by the Liberal Democrat City Council, the government has a duty to consider such […]

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Bin collections cancelled due to heavy snow

by Amanda Taylor on 19 December, 2009

The snow has meant that yesterday’s (Friday’s) waste collections in Cambridge had to be cancelled. There is also some impact on car parks. Details of the Council’s plans can be found on Cambridge City Council’s website, or by calling 01223 458282. Friday’s blue bin and black bin collections are now planned for Monday (21st). Green bin […]

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Winter gritting

by Amanda Taylor on 19 December, 2009

As the weather gets chillier, people are reminded of the crisis last year when many schools were closed and many pedestrians and cyclists came to grief because roads were left ungritted. The Conservatives who run Cambridgeshire County Council are selective about the roads that it grits, and Liberal Democrat councillors on the County have been putting on the […]

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New primary school for South Cambridge?

by Amanda Taylor on 7 December, 2009

There are not enough primary school places for children in Cambridge. Parents of young children will already know that many schools in the city are oversubscribed, in practice often restricting choice of school to the catchment school. If the current growth in population carries on — and it’s likely to, with the city growing and with […]

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