Queen Edith’s Labour councillor resigns her seat: by-election set for 13th November

rosettesQueen Edith’s Labour councillor Sue Birtles resigned her city council seat last Tuesday. We do not know the reasons for her standing down after little more than two years as a councillor.

If councillors resign in the spring, their successors can be elected in May at the same time as the annual council election. The timing of Sue’s resignation mean we shall have a by-election so as not to leave people unrepresented until the May 2015 elections.

This will take place on Thursday 13th November.

If you are new in Queen Edith’s and not yet registered to vote, you can do so until 28th October. If you need a postal or proxy vote, the deadline is 29th October. You can register to vote and apply for a postal or proxy vote by contacting the City Council: [email protected]

https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/sites/www.cambridge.gov.uk/files/documents/queen-ediths-ward-casual-vacancy-september-2014.pdf

GOOD NEWS: £20,000 grant for Rock Road Library

Library 1Rock Road Library is to have a new community room.

Cambridge City Council has just approved £20,000 to convert the existing children’s library into a community room which will be available for hire to local groups and residents for meetings and community activities. It will be managed by the Friends of Rock Road Library.

The money will also pay for a doorway to the library garden, meaning it will be seen from the interior, and be easier to use.

Dog problems

dogs_no fouling signFrom time to time, people contact the Lib Dem Focus Team about dog fouling – a subject that isn’t very pleasant, but which definitely needs to be addressed.

Most responsible dog owners would not allow their dogs to foul grass verges and pavements; if they did, they would clear up afterwards. But a minority do – and it is dangerous. Apart from being unsightly, dog dirt is a health hazard, especially for young children, and can cause asthma and eye disorders.

Recently, we have had complaints in various streets and passageways, ncluding Godwin Close-Gunhild Close, Wulfstan Way-the Queen Edith’s Primary School; and most recently, Hulatt Road. (more…)

Holbrook Park: the new equipment is here! and in use too

IMAG0573-1Our small park on Holbrook Road has seen three new arrivals over the past few weeks: a multi-use activity centre, a climbing frame and a spinner roundabout. And despite the freezing weather, local children have been enjoying trying out the new kit. I am glad their blood is warmer than mine!

The new pieces of play equipment have been installed by Cambridge City Council as part of a makeover, and there’s also new safety surfacing.

The equipment was last updated in 1995 by Cambridge City Council after youngsters got up a petition, which I helped them take to the Council’s Leisure Committee. The climbing frame installed in the 90s was well used by children over the years, but had become tired and outdated.

I am very grateful to all the people who took the time to share their ideas about the makeover when I ran my consultation last summer, and I hope you are pleased with the results.