Save The Haven!

People outside building

Conservative-run Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to close The Haven, a supported living scheme in Wulfstan Way.

The Haven was purpose-built – only 13 years ago – for older people with mental health problems, but now the County Council is saying it’s not up to standard and must close.

The scheme comprises eight flats as well as communal rooms, a garden, a manager’s office and a bedroom for staff on night duty.

Residents moved to The Haven with the promise that they would not have to move again. They take part in a recovery programme there enabling them to develop confidence and become members of the community — both the ‘family’ at The Haven and also the local Queen Edith’s community.

If this very successful unit closes, the upheaval will have a profound impact on the lives and mental states of these vulnerable residents, who will take a long time to adjust and to learn to trust again. And the dedicated and experienced staff there will lose their jobs.

The local churches and other members of the community are running a petition to the County Council asking them to reconsider. I and your other Lib Dem councillors are supporting this and invite you to sign the petition at bit.ly/the_haven. This will be presented to the Conservative councillor responsible for adult care provision and her committee.

If you prefer to sign a paper form, download one here, or sign at St James’s Church, the Queen Edith Chapel, or St John’s Church. We would welcome any other local places that can display the petition.

The Haven – letter – CCC

South Area Parking Plan display packed out

Hundreds of residents packed into the Queen Edith Chapel yesterday to view the County Council’s ideas for sorting out parking problems in our area. These are the County’s response to longstanding pressure from Lib Dem councillors over the years to address the saturation of our streets by commuters.

The proposals are informed by comments made by residents at previous meetings and from the local colleges and hospital. The ‘South Area Parking Plan’ has been worked up over the past year.

Many residents were disappointed there were not more firm proposals, but there were new schemes for Red Cross Lane/ Greenlands area, Baldock Way, Godwin Close and Nightingale Avenue. County Council officers were present to answer questions, and residents were invited to fill in a short survey to comment on parking patterns in their own street, and to give their views on residents’ parking schemes.

There are two more chances to see the exhibition:

  • Monday 26 November – Scout Hut, Flamsteed Road
  • Thursday 29 November – Village Hall, Trumpington, at the junction with Beverley Way

You can also look at it all on line, on the County Council’s website. We are also hoping that the plans can be in Rock Road Library.

Comments open till 21st December.