Your East Chesterton team
Cllr Margery Abbott was re-elected in May 2016.
Cllr Gerri Bird and Cllr Peter Sarris would also like to hear from you with any issues or problems so they can get working for you. They are all committed to making this a better area to live in.
Labour East Chesterton team campaigning with Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner
Gerri Bird was re-elected in 2015
Gerri lives in the heart of East Chesterton. She won the seat from the Liberal Democrats in 2011 and since then has worked hard for all residents. As well as the day to day\Pproblems like housing or Anti Social Behaviour which Gerri deals with, she has increased funding for East Chesterton, for improvements including dropped kerbs, new trees, street cleaning and benches.
Gerri is also fighting to make sure that the new station benefits East Chesterton with overspill parking problems not spoiling the quiet streets nearby, and that Bramblefields Nature Reserve is protected. In 2010 she started the campaign to make the County Council put money into improving Fen Road, which is now paying off with improvements on their way.
She is also working to make sure that other changes likerothe new bridge across the river is of a high quality and respects the local environment in Stourbridge Common.
Gerri’s campaign to stop the Liberal Democrats closing the Lion Yard toilets was not only successful but resulted in a complete refurbishment.
As Cambridge’s first disabled Mayor, Gerri has been working hard to support local groups and events, showing that disability is not a barrier to achievement.
Gerri says “it is a privilege to be your Labour Councillor for East Chesterton. I am asking for your vote on Thursday 7th May 2015. Re-elect me so that I can carry on fighting to make sure East Chesterton gets a fair deal.
Labour delivering in East Chesterton
Your East Chesterton Labour team are delivering on our promise to clean up East Chesterton. We have managed to get a dozen bins and four dog waste bins for East Chesterton’s streets and open spaces which will be put in over the next few months.
Gerri said: “We are determined to tackle the litter and dog waste which spoil our streets and parks. We have introduced street cleaning blitzes, expanded our enforcement team and along with these new bins we can make a real difference.
Being able to go out to local shops or to visit friends is a lifeline for many, but too often with the state of the pavements it is more like an assault course. This can lead to elderly or disabled residents feeling trapped in their homes and isolated with a loss of independence.
That is why Gerri has long been campaigning for better maintenance of pavements in East Chesterton by the County Council. She has also worked to get funding from other sources for improvements. Last year Gerri managed to secure over £40,000 for new dropped kerbs from the City Council’s North Area Committee Environmental Improvement Fund, plans of where to place them are underway.
Gerri says “dropped kerbs can make such a difference to elderly, those with disabilities or parents with pushchairs. In the past they have been installed only 1 or 2 at a time, but now we can put forward a comprehensive programme in the north of the City. Being able to get out shopping is so important to maintain independence.”
If you have any suggestions for where a dropped kerb is needed, please get in touch with Gerri. Let’s work together to improve East Chesterton.
New Jobs And Homes For East Chesterton
The new Chesterton railway station is on track to open in December 2016 and Cambridge City Council is committed to using the new station as a springboard to improve and enhance the area as a whole. The Cambridge local plan which we have put forward proposes to develop the area around the station in a comprehensive and co-ordinated manner for an employment-led mixed development that will bring new homes, jobs and businesses to East Chesterton.
Firm proposals for an Area Action Plan have been put out for consultation with the public. Once residents have had their say, we will make representations to the Secretary of State to press ahead.
East Chesterton Labour Councillor Dr Peter Sarris, who chairs the council committee on the local plan, says “the development of the station area is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Chesterton for the better. As a Labour council, we are determined to deliver more jobs, homes and services for local people, while protecting the environment.”
Around the ward
- Improving our streets here
- New Jobs and Homes here
- Gerri is working on potholes here
- Bramblefields saved here
- Sorting out potholes here
- Improving Green End Road here
Your Labour Team
Councillor Gerri Bird:
5 Grieve Court
Tel: 01223 425595
Councillor Peter Sarris:
Tel: 01223 339927
85 Darwin Drive
Tel: 01223 321172
5 Grieve Court
Tel: 01223 425595