Thank you!

I am delighted to have been re-elected to represent Queen Edith’s for a further four years on Cambridgeshire County Council. The votes were verified on Thursday night and counted on Friday morning, with the  result announced just before noon on Friday:

Amanda Taylor, Liberal Democrat 1678
Adam Pounds, Labour 962
Manas Deb, Conservative 752
Joel Chalfen, Green 226

Majority: 716

Turnout: 47%

A heartfelt thank you to everybody who supported me and the Liberal Democrat team and our work for the community.

Amanda Taylor: Your Liberal Democrat candidate in Queen Edith’s

Amanda standing for re-election

Liberal Democrat Councillor, Amanda Taylor is standing for re-election in Queen Edith’s. Amanda has been in Queen Edith’s for nearly twenty years and represented the area on Cambridge City Council since 1994. She lives in Holbrook Road with her husband Ashley, and their eight-year old son, a Morley Memorial pupil.

Amanda is best known for her work on transport and housing. Her biggest achievements have been Dunstan Court on Wulfstan Way, which replaced Labour’s sub-standard sheltered housing accommodation; and improved bus services, following her campaign for improved reliability. ‘When I first came to live here,’ says Amanda, ‘there were just two buses an hour into town from Hills Road – and they didn’t always come on time. Now there are over twenty buses an hour, and bus usage has increased dramatically.’

More recent successes for Amanda and the Lib Dem Focus Team include revamped play facilities at Nightingale Avenue Recreation Ground and new lighting and paving outside the shops on Wulfstan Way. They have also got the police to monitor parking outside schools.

Amanda is currently campaigning for improvements to cycleways in the area, for example lighting the Guided Bus cycleway, and for road safety improvements, eg yellow lines on junctions near the Queen Edith’s Primary School.

She is an active member of the Friends of Rock Road Library, which started as a gardening group and then took on a campaigning role in the fight to prevent the Conservative County Council from closing the library down.

In our wider community, Amanda chairs the Council’s South Area Committee, is a member of St John’s Church on Hills Road, and is a member of the Cambridge Fairtrade Steering Group.

Amanda and Lib Dem team visit residents in Queen Edith’s all through the year, not just at election time. When there are issues in a particular street, we always try to listen to the concerns of residents. At election time we try to call on as many households as we can, and we look forward to speaking to you soon, if we haven’t already! The BBC came to see us in action on Tuesday: see here.

Please see the link on the left for this year’s Liberal Democrat election manifesto for Cambridge.

School parking is a police priority

Children have a right to be able to walk or cycle to school in safety.

At the recent South Area meeting, Lib Dem councillors called for police to take a tougher approach towards people parking illegally and dangerously outside schools.

The South Cambridge Neighbourhood Community Police Team has been targeting dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside Morley Memorial and Queen Edith’s Primary Schools since last September, telling people when they are parking where they shouldn’t be.

Policing outside these schools will continue, but now the police will be issuing tickets for parking offences as opposed to merely ‘advising’ motorists.

They will also start observing parking outside Homerton Children’s Centre on Holbrook Road and the Perse Pelican Pre-Prep in Glebe Road.

The tougher approach is necessary. Children have a right to be able to walk or cycle to school safely. The police will be visiting at the beginning and end of the school day, but they cannot be everywher at once. If you spot parking on junctions or worse still, yellow zigzags, ring the police on their new non-emergency number, 101.

One World is Enough, Cambridge Fairtrade pioneer

My Nepalese cardigan from One World is Enough

Yesterday, I visited One World is Enough on Bridge Street with the Chair of the Cambridge Fairtrade Steering Group, Revd Pat Heap. We were there for a photo to illustrate a story for the Cambridge News about the Fairtrade retail audit that we are carrying out during Fairtrade Fortnight.

One World is Enough was the first fairtrade shop in Cambridge, and is unique in the city, I think, in stocking only fairtrade goods and it’s run by Peter and Laura Harlow. It is an eclectic cornucopia of beautiful and original clothes, jewellery and gifts from around the world – everything from floaty dresses for evenings out to vivid and cosy rainbow jumpers and hoodies.

I first got to know the shop and them about twelve years ago, when they were on Mill Road. They’ve been active in the fairtrade movement in Cambridge for years and were involved in gaining fairtrade city status for Cambridge back in 2004. The most memorable event leading up to that was a Fairtrade Fashion Show they led for us at the old drama centre in Glisson Road.

Since then, they’ve moved, via market stalls and an Internet operation, to their present site on Bridge Street, close to Quayside. Much more footfall and an alternative way to spend your time and your money, and as they put it, you’re ‘helping skilled craftspeople in developing countries to help themselves’.

Here is the way the Cambridge News reported the retail audit, in their Style Guide: How to stick to Fairtrade shops in the city.

We look forward to hearing all your nominations for new shop windows needing our Fairtrade stickers!

Parliamentary constituency boundary review hearing on now in Cambridge!

The Government is conducting a review of parliamentary constituency boundaries, to cut down the number of MPs and even up the number of people in each parliamentary constituency, ie the number who elect each MP. The Boundary Commission is responsible for carrying out the review and they are holding a hearing at the Gonville Hotel in Cambridge now (10th-11th November)

As readers of the Queen Edith’s Focus and this website will know (Queen Edith’s is in Cambridge!), I am disappointed that they are not taking this opportunity to restore Queen Edith’s to its rightful place as part of the Cambridge City constituency, and I have made a submission to the Boundary Commission, which I reproduce at the end of this post.

You can comment in person at the Gonville Hotel Cambridge hearing today, or on line at the Boundary Commission’s website before 5th December.

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