The new Cambridgeshire County Council met last week. I spoke in two of the motions, both of which were voted through:
Petitions: the number of signatures to get a petition debated by the full Council is slashed from over 15,000 to just 3,000.
I seconded this motion, which was proposed by my colleague Cllr Ian Manning.
A Conservative amendment to change limit from 3,000 to 5,000 was defeated by 35 votes to 29 with both UKIP and Labour voting with the Lib Dem group to reject the proposed limit as still too high.
No petition had ever succeeded in reaching the old threshold, not even the massive Save Cambridgeshire Libraries petition of 2011, which was just over 8,000.
Tackling the road repairs backlog. proposed by Cllr David Jenkins
There is a staggering £300m backlog in our road repairs, and it is growing at £50m a year. Liberal Democrats in the last Council succeeding in getting a review, and an injection of £90m to do more work, which includes next month’s work on Hills Road, but it is not enough. This motion called for an officer taskforce to develop an action plan on addressing this deficit for next year’s budget.
I spoke on the importance of having decent roads and pavements for daily life, whether it is work, social or leisure activity; and the need for safe pavements of all of us, especially anyone with disabilities.
The motion was carried by 32 votes to 28.