Councillor Amanda Taylor

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Tories’ Guided Bus is a laughing-stock

by Amanda Taylor on 21 February, 2010

I picked up an interesting piece of news at a Lib Dem meeting last Thursday. Local bus operator, Stagecoach, is so exasperated at the never-ending delays to the Guided Bus that it is letting everyone know. Its fleet of 15 buses bought a year ago for the busway used to sport ads saying ‘I’ll be […]

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20mph trial in Gunhild Estate

by Amanda Taylor on 17 February, 2010

Councillors on the Cambridge traffic committee have approved a 20mph speed limit trial in the Wulfstan Way area. The trial will start in March and last for twelve months. It will cover Wulfstan Way, Gunhild Way and Godwin Way, and the three cul-de-sacs in that area. The Wulfstan Way area was chosen because it has […]

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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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Yellow lines in Queen Edith’s

by Amanda Taylor on 11 February, 2010

Conservative policy on parking controls in Cambridgeshire is only to put down yellow lines for safety reasons, not to deter commuter parking, which is one of the most common complaints in Queen Edith’s, neighboured as we are by Addenbrooke’s Hospital and two sixth-form colleges. Funds have accordingly been thinly spread, but we are pleased to […]

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New sergeant for South Cambridge

by Amanda Taylor on 10 February, 2010

We welcome Sgt Gavin Townsend as the new Sergeant for the City South Neighbourhood Team. We are looking forward to meeting him soon and to discussing items of mutual interest. Our former sergeant, Gordon Morganthaler, has transferred to Peterborough: we wish him all the best for the future.

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Cambridgeshire cracking up … a plague of potholes

by Amanda Taylor on 3 February, 2010

I and other councillors have been receiving many more calls about potholes recently, partly because of the colder weather but also because of years of inadequate maintenanfce by the County Council. One of the things people get justifiably annoyed about is that potholes and other problems such as pavement holes sometimes get mended superficially, but […]

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Recycling Champions

by Amanda Taylor on 26 January, 2010

I had an interesting meeting last week with Mark Buckton, who is recruiting a team of Recycling Champions in Cambridge. The Champions will be volunteers who promote recycling, passing on news and tips to their friends and neighbours. Every tin can, newspaper or potato peeling that isn’t recycled has to go to landfill. Methane from […]

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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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