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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Nightingale Avenue Recreation Ground

by Amanda Taylor on 7 October, 2009

Lib Dem councillors had a conference in Queen Edith’s last Saturday, so we took the opportunity to show our colleagues ‘the sights’. We took the City Council’s Executive Councillor for Sports and Recreation, Julie Smith, to the Nightingale Avenue Recreation Ground to show her where the all-weather games area is to be. She noticed the poor […]

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Of chicken, ducks and geese … the ethics of eating

by Amanda Taylor on 6 October, 2009

Next Monday, the committee I chair, the Customer Services and Resources Scrutiny Committee (5.00pm, The Guildhall), will be considering a new procurement policy. Councillors will also be put on the spot as to the practical aspects of procurement and purchasing by a motion and a petition about types of food the Council buys or doesn’t […]

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Blocked drains in Hills Road

by Amanda Taylor on 2 October, 2009

One of the less glamorous aspects to life as a councillor is sorting out blocked drains! They are, however, a pain in the neck as they flood the pavements and roads, turning grass verges into bogs and cycle paths into mini-lagoons. Two particularly bad ones on Hills Road, one outside Homerton College and the other […]

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The Lib Dem City Council has divided Cambridge into four areas so that local issues can be determined locally. The area meetings decide on smaller planning applications and environmental, leisure and community grants as well as other issues, including policing priorities. These meetings are open to the public. The South Area covers Queen Edith’s, Cherry […]

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Smoking medics’ mess

by Amanda Taylor on 17 September, 2009

I have recently received fresh complaints about litter and disturbance caused by Addenbrooke’s staff on the streets near the hospital. Although staff were given a smoking area after complaints when the hospital site went smoke-free, they continue to gather in neighbouring streets to smoke.  Residents of Greenlands and Red Cross Lane have been in touch […]

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The Garden’s begun!

by Amanda Taylor on 12 September, 2009

The digging got underway today — loads of people of all ages from 3 upwards, and plenty of sunshine to help things along. The garden now has its own blog: http://rockroadlibrarygarden.blogspot.com/

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Library Garden Big Dig – 12th September

by Amanda Taylor on 2 September, 2009

I was first contacted about the land behind Rock Road Library by Lucy King, a pupil from Morley School, asking if she could turn into a proper garden. She not only sent me a hand-coloured picture of her vision of a garden but offered her labour and that of her friends too. I don’t get many […]

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Hills Road Bridge to become cycle-friendly overnight?

by Amanda Taylor on 2 September, 2009

Cambridgeshire County Council has just announced two bits of news: 1. that the roadworks for the Guided Bus will finish on Sunday – good news even though it is six months late 2. that they will immediately start a 4-month trial of segregating cyclists and motor traffic by putting them in separate lanes on the […]

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