Help us overturn Tory Park and Ride fees

Yesterday, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Conservative Cabinet voted to introduce a £1 parking charge at the five Park & Ride sites in Cambridge. This would be on top of the existing bus fares for those who take the bus, and people parking cars and then walking or cycling from the Park & Ride sites would be paying for the first time.

This is extremely controversial, especially because there has been no consultation with users, employers, residents or anyone else. Nor has there been any assessment of the risks, such as parking displacement or modal shift. I spoke at Cabinet myself and focussed on the danger of extra parking in our already congested streets.

The Liberal Democrats have called this decision in, which means it will be voted on again by a committee comprising councillors from all the parties represented on the Council. (more…)

Liberal Democrats oppose Tory ‘sweat tax’ at Cambridge Park & Ride sites

P&RWe are disturbed to see that the County Council’s Conservative Cabinet is due to consider a lightning strike on Park & Ride users, with the introduction of a parking charge. This would be on top of bus fares and is targetted at people  – such as commuters — who walk or cycle from the Park & Ride rather than take the bus. A sweat tax, if you like.

The Liberal Democrat group has called for the plan to be withdrawn, as there has been no consultation with the users of the service, the people living near the Park & Ride sites, with councillors in the city, or with the district or city councils – despite the statement in their paper that these groups have been consulted.

While it is right that charges should be reviewed to ensure the Park & Ride sites are run efficiently, it is not right to change things with no consultation. In Queen Edith’s, I fear that if charges are brought in at Babraham Road, our local commuter parking problem will intensify.

The Tories’ case for the charges has been badly presented, with insufficient attention to the risk of parking displacement and of the effect on sustainable travel.pound coins

We have called upon the Tories to drop their plans until they have consulted users and people living near the Park & Ride sites, as well as councillors representing people in the Park and Ride site areas.

Morley Memorial School Fête this afternoon

feteToday, Saturday July 6, Morley Memorial Primary School holds its annual school fête.

There is something for everyone: face-painting, bouncy castles and trampolines for the under 8s, arts and crafts for the creative types, and plenty of scope for finding a bargain or something special from the various stalls, which include local businesses such as Phoenix Cards and Orchard Toys.

There will also be a wide range of stalls selling plants, cakes white elephant, books and toys.

Morley fêtes are well known for their great range of international food, with dishes from different parts of the world. This year, the school is welcoming special guests from Inder’s Kitchen.

1.00-3.30pm, Blinco Grove.

Chicken humour at Rock Road Library

birdCalling all chicken lovers

Author Martin Gurdon will be visiting Rock Road Library on May 9th to talk about his new book “Doing Bird”, an humorous account of the flock’s adventures over a year, once he had added ducks and doves too.

Rock Road Library, Rock Road, Cambridge, CB1 7UG

Website: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library

Fair trade in Chesterton: One Step at a Time

fair tradeIt’s FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – always a busy time for me and for other members of the Cambridge Fair Trade Group. On Tuesday morning, I caught an early bus to Chesterton Community College, to meet their staff and talk to their Year 11 students about the Cambridge Fair Trade Group.

I was welcomed with a big smile and a steaming mug of fairtrade tea by Chesterton’s Head of Humanities Kath Hutchinson, who told me all about the school’s journey towards fairtrade school status … ‘one step at a time’.

There’s a lot on. Also this week, Chesterton will be welcoming Jennifer Day of Traidcraft, and holding a fair trade tea party with cakes and Green & Black cookies. It all sounded extremely chocolatey and scrumptious. (more…)

Giving it up for Romsey Mill

My employer, Cambridge University Press, is a partner of Romsey Mill, and I thought I would tell you about their seasonal appeal.

Romsey Mill is a charity that helps young people all over Cambridgeshire: it’s a Christian charity, but you don’t have to be a Christian to want to help!

This is what they have to say: (more…)

Cambridge author to speak on family pilgrimage to Nepal

Local author Jane Wilson will be visiting her local library in Rock Road, Cambridge on 15th November to talk about her book, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows.

Jane describes writing A Glimpse of Eternal Snows as “a long, long labour of love”.  This memoir describes the years Jane and her family spent on an island in the middle of the largest tributary of the Ganges, their Himalayan treks and their emotional highs and lows. It will be illustrated with slides and the talk helps launch a new global edition of the book.

8 – 9.30 p.m., 15th November          Rock Road Library  (between Cherry Hinton Road and Blinco Grove)        Light refreshments

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Community Day, Saturday 6th October

Cambridge City Council is organizing a Community Day outside the Wulfstan Way shops next Saturday. The event will include:

  • a Take it or Leave it Stall (to recycle good quality, small items – such
    as books and clothes)
  • a talk on Grown your own Food
  • Children’s cookery
  • Crafts for children
  • Plants & Cakes stall
  • Bread stall
  • Preview of plans for the Jubilee seat
  • Talk on basic gardening 10-11 (QE Chapel)
  • Details of plans for the new pub and Bell School development, and information about grants (QE Chapel)
  • Guided tour of the Nature Reserve, 12 pm

For more details, or to help, contact [email protected] or Queen Edith’s ward councillors.

6th October               10 a.m. – 12 noon                                                                 Download a flyer: Community Event

Cambridge City Food Bank in need of your help

Cambridge City Foodbank is a local charity run by people from the city churches. It helps people in crisis by providing 3-day emergency boxes of food and other essentials while they are waiting for other care agencies to start work. Today, a representative visited St John’s Church to speak on how they are doing – and to request help.

The charity collects food – from supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, as well as from churches and schools and takes it to Pickfords on Clifton Road. There, it is boxed up to provide food boxes for three days. Those in need apply via the Citizens Advice Bureau, health visitor or other care agency. Food boxes are given out four times a week, from Cambridge Community Church, St Paul’s Church and Our Lady and the English Martyrs.

There is a box at St John’s Church on Hills Road. Every Sunday, whether you’re a member of the church or not, you can leave food there just before 10am or 6pm. St John’s is on Hills Road, opposite Homerton College and next to the EF Language School, near the Cavendish Avenue junction.

The Food Bank is always in need of people to collect at the supermarkets – and also for people to distribute the boxes. They are also looking for more warehouse space – if you know of any empty warehouses that could be lent by their owners for the Food Bank, get in touch with them: [email protected]

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