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The invasion of the new lamposts - so badly handled 

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The invasion of the new lamposts - so badly handled by county.


It is wonderful when people stand up for their rights and hold politicians to account. More so when we are dealing with a somewhat far off political body such as the County Council. 

Cambridge City is dependent on the county for amongst other things its roads, pavements, parking, street lights and to a large extent its schools and much of its welfare provision. Yet we have little say with only 14 councillors (out of 69) who represent us in amongst a sea of Tory and UKIP councillors who represent the rest of Cambridgeshire.

In these circumstances it is no wonder that we are so badly served because there are no votes for Tories or UKIP in Cambridge. We need to stand up more often.

Whilst I would not like to distract from the current disagreement, we need to consider county's plans to dim and turn off our lights after 12pm. This is a serious issue for Cambridge as we do not shut at night and people are out and about after 12. Turning the lights off is likely to make our already dangerous pavements and walkways more dangerous and we need to stand against this.
On the topic of lights it is amazing that the new lamposts that are popping up all over the city and causing such a mess are not fitted with LED bulbs. There is a government grant to do this and I ask how did the county not consider and act on this? We have a local champion of this cause in Bryony Worthington and we should listen to her voice.


To get bit more parochial the lack of primary school places in Romsey, which means that this year 14 children did not get into the local school St Phillips. These children and their parents are faced with the prospect of having to pass St Phillips on their way to Abbey School. Not being at their local school also means children are disaffected from their peer group.

I am sure there are many other examples of Cambridge being disadvantaged by county and given that a good many of those living outside Cambridge come each day into our City to work and shop then perhaps we should have a bigger voice.
In the future county will have to make more and more cuts and it will be sad if we have to continually resort to this sort of pressure to maintain our services. What will be sadder is if those with less of a voice suffer and are unable to be heard and we should be vigilant to help them too. The library is a popular cause and rightly so, but we need to be vigilant to protect the disaffected.

The City Council have a role here - they were instrumental in asking for the first recall and took part in the protest meeting and the picket of at Shire Hall. We were right to question then and I hope we will be more prominent in the future in standing up for the City of Cambridge.

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I suppose last but not least you need to make sure that your County Councillor works for you and this is important too.  Probably the best way to do this is to get active in local politics for real.  In Romsey we are doing this and we are hoping to send Zoe Moghadas to Shire Hall as our new County Councillor to join Ashley Walsh and his team.





The invasion of the new lamposts - so badly handled by county.

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