Councillor Amanda Taylor

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Archive for the ‘Local Issues’ Category

Pothole blitz starts next week

by Amanda Taylor on 4 March, 2010

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways Department has promised thorough repairs to the potholes in our area next week. Queen Edith’s Focus Team member Jean Swanson is keeping a list of all potholes in the Queen Edith’s area and passing them on to the County Council.  Help us make sure they don’t miss any by sending us the details of […]

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The South Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats are holding an open meeting on education at St John’ Church, Hills Road, on 18th February.  Speakers  Cllr Peter Downes, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on education on Cambridgeshire County Council (former Head of Hinchingbrooke School and President of the Secondary Heads Association) Cllr Sebastian Kindersley, Cambridgeshire County Councillor and Liberal Democrat […]

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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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Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes – the new idea

by Amanda Taylor on 22 November, 2009

County Council officers will be showing new plans for a central hybrid cycle lane on Hills Road Bridge this week. The design will build on the trial scheme already in place and you can view plans on Tuesday 24th and Monday 30th November: Tue 24th: 5.00 – 7.30, College Hall, Hills Road VI Form College […]

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Addenbrooke’s responds

by Amanda Taylor on 14 November, 2009

Ruth Murphy, a director of Addenbrooke’s Hospital,  has now responded to my letter about staff smoking and leaving litter in residential streets. While they are entitled to have a cigarette in their break, leaving litter behind is not. Ms Murphy writes that there are now smoking shelters on the edge of the hospital site, and […]

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Addenbrooke’s responds to complaints about staff smoking

by Amanda Taylor on 18 October, 2009

I have now received a response to my letter of 16th September to Addenbrooke’s director Stephen Graves about staff smoking and leaving litter in neighbouring streets such as Red Cross Lane and Greenlands. See previous post. He confirms that staff do have smoking shelters on site and should not need to go off site to indulge. Progress […]

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Dear Cllr Taylor, Apologies for the delay in getting this display up and running. Our
contractor’s engineers did inspect the site almost immediately. It was found that there
was a power failure to the shelter, which has burnt the main fuse to both the shelter and
the display. Because this is not part of the display’s circuitry, our contractors were
neither able nor authorized to replace the fuse. I have since then been in contact with
the Street Lighting team at the council, who as well is not responsible for power to
shelters, and we have sourced a certified electrician to do the job. I am expecting that
they will visit the shelter sometime next week, and let me know what the outcome is.
Hopefully this should be sorted out next week, but if there are any further delays, I will
let you know.

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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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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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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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