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Posts Tagged ‘library’

Library computer charges crash

by Amanda Taylor on 6 September, 2018

The Conservatives’ decision to charge people for using library computers has been a complete failure. Computer use is down 55% in Cambridgeshire’s libraries and the charging scheme has raised £4000 against a prediction of £50,000. The Liberal Democrats and thousands of residents (see our petition) opposed the charges, saying it would both put people off […]

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Liberal Democrat petition against library computer charges

by Amanda Taylor on 18 February, 2018

Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire have launched a campaign to protect free use of computers at libraries. County councillors last week considered a package of measures for the future of the library service, building on workshops with the public and library campaigners as well as with councillors. The measures included several sensible initiatives, such as improving […]

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Last year, I ran an informal survey on parking in the north-west corner of Queen Edith’s — the streets opposite the colleges on Hills Road. Residents there experience heavy commuter parking from the sixth form college as well as Addenbroooke’s, Cambridge Leisure and other businesses. Many houses in the streets there do not have their […]

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Apply days and scary scarecrows

by Amanda Taylor on 18 October, 2015

Autumn’s a lovely season, blessed with warm golden colours and sometimes graced by unexpected sunshine. It’s also the time of year when we celebrate that most English of fruits, The Apple. We have TWO Apple Days in Queen Edith’s (please tell me if you know of more!): one at Rock Road Library Garden and one […]

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CLEC Inquiry: Koragate and what went so wrong

by Amanda Taylor on 9 August, 2015

The County Council is conducting an inquiry into procedural mistakes made with the Cambridge Library Enterprise Centre decision (now rescinded). The Chair of the Council’s Audit & Accounts Committee, Cllr Mike Shellens, has called for submissions from the public as well as from councillors. If you would like to contribute, please email your submission to [email protected] […]

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Hills Road cycle lanes: Frequently Asked Questions

by Amanda Taylor on 8 August, 2015

Cambridgeshire County Council’s new cycle lanes on Hills Road have generated a record number of questions and concerns. Here are some of the most common ones: Q: Why is Cambridgeshire County Council doing this? A: The County wishes to enhance cycleways in order to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population, which will result […]

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Call-in councillors

by Amanda Taylor on 1 July, 2015

The following county councillors requested that the Full Council review the decision to allow Kora to open an Enterprise Centre at Cambridge Central Library: 12 Liberal Democrats, 6 Labour, 4 Independents and 4 UKIP. 1. Cllr Scutt 2. Cllr Kavanagh 3. Cllr Sales 4. Cllr Taylor 5. Cllr Manning 6. Cllr Cearns 7. Cllr Mason […]

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Kora — kaput

by Amanda Taylor on 28 June, 2015

 On Friday, Cambridgeshire County Council‘s Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee rescinded its earlier decisions to allow Kora-Regus to set up an Enterprise Centre in Cambridge Central Library. Conservatives on the County Council, who had previously voted through the proposal en bloc (first in March and again in June), this time voted to rescind the decision […]

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Koragate – the latest

by Amanda Taylor on 11 June, 2015

Liberal Democrats on Cambridgeshire County Council continue to defend Cambridge Library against the Council’s proposals to let Regus subsidiary Kora open an Enterprise Centre on the third floor. The call-in of the Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee (HCI) decision succeeded and the LEC proposal went to the County Council’s General Purposes Committee (GPC) in March. Cllr Roger Hickford […]

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Library Enterprise Centre: next stop Council

by Amanda Taylor on 5 June, 2015

To: Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire County Council Quentin Baker, Chief Legal Officer, Cambridgeshire County Council I wish to request a review of the decision on the Enterprise Centre taken at Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee on 2nd June, and would like it to be debated at Full Council, or at GPC, should the quorum […]

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