Councillor Gerri Bird and Fen Road area resident Carla McQueen have spoken of their shock after the multi car crash on Fen Road on Tuesday evening.
Councillor Bird said: “This is exactly what residents and ward councillors have been saying was bound to happen for months because of the dangerous and anti-social driving that has been happening in Fen Road, Green End Road and the High Street. Cars are racing each other down the road at high speed or mounting the pavements to overtake other drivers at speed on a daily basis. Less than a month ago we held a meeting about the anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving and couldn’t even get the police to come.”
Councillor Bird added: “Since then I’ve managed to get the Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, to agree to meet with myself as ward councillor and some residents of the area but this shocking incident tonight just drives home how we need immediate and urgent action to address this from the police.”
Carla McQueen, who is standing for election to the City Council, said: “I live just off Fen Road and went down to the scene immediately. It’s a miracle no pedestrians or cyclists were seriously hurt but there is severe damage to the cars of several residents and to a wall. I spoke to several residents who were very shaken up. There had been street racing down the road since the late afternoon. One person who saw it happen told me two cars were racing each other down Fen Road at very high speeds towards Water Lane, one hit a car coming the other way which caused a pile up and then slammed into the wall of the house next to the parking bays before smashing into the parked cars in the parking bay by the river.
What will it take for us to get real and sustained action to tackle this dangerous driving? This road is going to see even more pedestrians and cyclists using it as a route to the new railway station once the new bridge across the River Cam is built and it just doesn’t feel safe. It feels like a tragedy waiting to happen.”
Councillor Gerri Bird and Fen Road area resident Carla McQueen have spoken of their shock after the multi car crash on Fen Road on Tuesday evening. Councillor Bird said: “This...
Councillors at Cambridge City Council will be debating a motion brought by Labour Councillors Peter Roberts and Peter Sarris at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 19 April to consider a lasting public tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking who died on 14 March 2018. If agreed by councillors, the council would work with the Hawking family, Gonville and Caius, his department and the University of Cambridge as well as engaging with Cambridge residents to ensure the widest support for the scheme.
Councillor Roberts said: “Professor Stephen Hawking was a brilliant physicist who opened up the universe to people all over the world whilst his personal courage and tenacity inspired many facing their own challenges and showed that the human mind has no limits. He was also a proud resident of Cambridge and a wonderful ambassador for our city. We hope that we can work with his family and colleagues on a fitting tribute to a rare genius and a much loved resident of the city.”
Councillors at Cambridge City Council will be debating a motion brought by Labour Councillors Peter Roberts and Peter Sarris at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 19 April to consider...
Councillor Katie Thornburrow, Labour’s newly elected city councillor for Trumpington ward, has said that the Liberal Democrats should have acted much earlier as it emerged that Trumpington’s double-hatting Councillor Donald Adey has not just left Cambridge but has moved to Fife in Scotland and had already done so by March 2018,
Councillor Thornburrow said: “Trumpington is the largest and most diverse ward in the city with more than 9000 residents. It has an area which is firmly part of the core City in Newtown, another which is very much a village and, of course, one which is a new and growing urban fringe to the city. Over the last six months I have spoken to almost every household and know the importance to them all of strong and effective representation on the City Council and my focus now is on ensuring that that happens. However, at a stroke Councillor Adey has reduced their effective representation on the County and City councils by half by moving, not just out of Cambridge as the Liberal Democrat Group Leaders Councillors Bick and Nethsingha said yesterday in their statement, but to Cupar in Fife, Scotland.”
“It is clear that his departure was known much earlier this year and I am at a loss to know why Councillor Adey was selected to stand for a second council place by the Liberal Democrats only last year or why the Liberal Democrats waited until after he had left to threaten to withdraw the party whip. Had they acted earlier and made clear the reason, Trumpington residents would have had the chance to ask him directly how he could continue to represent them from 400 miles away.”
Councillor Thornburrow added: “People’s lives change and if Councillor Adey’s future is now in Scotland, I wish him well on a personal level. But the residents of Trumpington need councillors who don’t live a plane journey away and he should stand down and allow someone in the Cambridge community to take on the privilege of representing Trumpington on the City and the County councils. “
Councillor Katie Thornburrow, Labour’s newly elected city councillor for Trumpington ward, has said that the Liberal Democrats should have acted much earlier as it emerged that Trumpington’s double-hatting Councillor Donald...
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