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Labour Councillors from across the north of the city have reacted to the news that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group will start a public consultation on 23rd January about the possible closure of the Chesterton Out of Hours service in Union Lane, Chesterton and its relocation to the Addenbrookes site in Queen Ediths.

Councillor Gerri Bird, who represents East Chesterton on the City Council said: "This news is a real shock. At a time when our local GP services are under intense pressure, people needing out of hours care in the north of the City may now face long journeys to somewhere on the large Addenbrookes site on the other side of the City. I am very concerned about the impact of this proposed change on the health care and needs of what are some of the most deprived wards in Cambridge, like East Chesterton and Kings Hedges, as well our well established traveller community in East Chesterton."

Councillor Jocelynne Scutt, West Chesterton's Labour County Councillor, said: "Someone who is feeling unwell and needs to see a GP shouldn't have to face the prospect of a long bus journey across the City to an out of hours service at Addenbrookes, and there is no guarantee bus services will even be running when they need to get there. Addenbrookes also charge for parking on their site and taxi journeys there would be expensive. The CCG need to think again about the interests of people living in the north of Cambridge. If this proposal goes through it may also mean that more people decide to use Addenbrookes A&E instead as their first option."

​Two residents, Elisa Meschini and Kelley Green, are launching a petition together with local councillors, to oppose the plans. Kelley Green said: " We want to ensure that residents across the north of the city are aware of these plans and make sure that the CCG realise how vital it is to keep this service local and easily accessible for those who need to use it."

Councillors say CCG must think again on proposal to move Chesterton Out of Hours Service to Addenbrookes

Labour Councillors from across the north of the city have reacted to the news that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group will start a public consultation on 23rd January about...

Angry residents have been complaining to East Chesterton's Labour City Councillor, Gerri Bird, that a £285,000 road scheme in Fen Road.has made antisocial driving there worse.  The scheme was put in by Cambridgeshire County Council and was said to be for traffic calming, cycling and walking improvements but residents claim that the speed of cars has actually increased.

Councillor Gerri Bird said: "Fen Road has a long and well documented history of antisocial driving at speed down from Water Street and over the railway crossing. The original speed bumps were so far apart that in some cases drivers simply went between them and in others they mounted the pavement to avoid them. I have been working with residents since 2010 to sort this problem and stopping the anti social driving was a major factor in the new scheme. We understood that the replacement speed humps were going to be across the entire road with bollards on the pavement to stop vehicles mounting the pavement, but instead the County Council have just put in small speed cushions. 

I have been inundated with calls from residents in Fen Road this week to say that the new speed cushions can just be driven over at speed by cars and vans and if anything, the situation has been made worse.  I have been down there myself and it is clear residents are right. I have tried to find out what is going on at the County Council but so far all I have been told is that if further measures are needed more money will have to be found.  We need urgent answers to what has gone wrong and what will be done to sort the problem."

Kelley Green, who attended December's North Area Committee to ask for reassurance that the scheme would address anti social driving, said: "It cannot be right to spend almost £300,000 on a scheme and fail to stop the dangerous driving which residents have suffered for years. Residents deserve answers as to why the scheme has failed.  Fen Road is a key route to the new station for cyclists and pedestrians as well and they shouldn't be put at risk because the County Council has got this wrong."

Shock as New Traffic Calming Scheme in Fen Road makes Anti Social Driving worse

Angry residents have been complaining to East Chesterton's Labour City Councillor, Gerri Bird, that a £285,000 road scheme in Fen Road.has made antisocial driving there worse.  The scheme was put...

Councillor Jocelynne Scutt, County Councillor for West Chesterton in Cambridge, has spoken out against reports that the government plans to introduce Voter ID at polling stations for the elections in May 2017. The government is expected to announce in the New Year that it has accepted most of the detailed proposals in a report by Sir Eric Pickles in August 2016 which he claimed would address voter fraud. Requiring people to show ID in the form of a passport, driving licence or utility bill at the polling station is expected to be at the heart of the proposals with pilots rolled out across the country for May 2017.

Councillor Scutt said: "Any claim that these changes are designed to combat voter fraud don't stand serious scrutiny.  Of the more than 51 million votes cast in 2015 there were only 123 cases of alleged voter fraud and all but 22 of those were dismissed.  Of course no-one wants to see any vote being cast improperly but the changes proposed by Eric Pickles are undemocratic and will actually disenfranchise huge numbers of people.

People who are entitled to vote should be facilitated in doing so, not hindered. Many voters, and especially young people, don't have a utility bill let alone a passport or driving license but the government seems to have forgotten that they still have the right to vote. What are they going to do - turn them away from the polling station and deny them that right?"

Councillor Scutt added: "There is good evidence from other countries, including the United States, that requiring voter ID affects the number of young people, women, elderly people and black and minority ethnic people who vote. The changes to voter registration have already resulted in many dropping off the electoral roll, boundary changes have left out hundreds of thousands in how they were done and now it seems the government want to push even more into an electoral black hole."

Councillor says Government Proposals for Voter ID at polling stations will push many into an Electoral Black Hole

Councillor Jocelynne Scutt, County Councillor for West Chesterton in Cambridge, has spoken out against reports that the government plans to introduce Voter ID at polling stations for the elections in...

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