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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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Fair trade at Mill Road Winter Fair

by Amanda Taylor on 2 December, 2009

This Saturday is the eagerly anticipated Mill Road Winter Fair, an eclectic mixture of exciting events and chic commerce, from ale tasting to Yamuna body rolling! See the Fair’s website for details: http://www.mill-road.com/winterfair.aspx Cambridge Fair Trade City, a coming-together of fair trade merchants and campaigners like me, has a market stall in Ditchburn Gardens and […]

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Stagecoach bus changes postponed

by Amanda Taylor on 22 November, 2009

Bus I am very pleased to report that the bus changes proposed by Stagecoach have been postponed — see their website http://www.stagecoachbus.com/cambridge/news2_7282.html This is welcome news, especially given the announcement from the Conservative County Council that the Guided Bus will not be open until January or later. If you haven’t signed our petition yet, then […]

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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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 This Thursday, the South Area Committee meets at the British Legion Hall, Fisher Lane, and will be deciding on environmental improvement grants. These grants are funds to improve the appearances of an area visible to the public. We will be considering a range of bids, from  hanging flower baskets in Cherry Hinton to the Trumpington […]

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Bus cuts campaign

by Amanda Taylor on 8 November, 2009

Stagecoach, the major bus operator in Cambridge, has announced changes to services, as reported previously. The changes include cutting two services, the Citi 2 and Citi 7, which will go down from six an hour to four. The changes are set to take effect on 29th November. There has been no consultation with the public, […]

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David Howarth to stand down at the General Election

by Amanda Taylor on 6 November, 2009

It is with sadness that I post the news that the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, David Howarth, has decided not to defend his seat at the forthcoming General Election. I have known David since I arrived in Cambridge in 1992, he was my Group Leader on the City Council for ten years, and always […]

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Gordon Brown, from Mr Bean to Mr Mean

by Amanda Taylor on 2 November, 2009

Gordon Brown has proposed the meanest attack on children since Maggie Thatcher the Milk Snatcher. Since 2005, working parents have been able to save on childminder and nursery costs via a childcare vouchers scheme. It’s a salary sacrifice scheme that means you don’t pay tax or national insurance on childcare up to a certain amount […]

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