Introduction from City Council Leader Lewis Herbert

Dear Resident,

Labour has big plans for and our city of considerable magic for 2018 and through 2020 and beyond, including the commitments detailed in our manifesto.

Cambridge has many opportunities but significant challenges to overcome too. Despite Government cuts which mean no core Government grant from 2019, we are determined to protect and develop services, particularly for those who need us most.

We will listen to residents and stakeholders to get our services right, working with residents and businesses, with the Council’s highly professional staff and our many partners including our city’s hugely impressive voluntary sector and community groups.

Since 2016 and the last City Council elections, we have, amongst many other things,

• secured £70 million for 500 new council homes at affordable rents;

• bid for £193 million to move Chesterton sewage works and develop that area and community including developing and consulting on its future;

• won a commitment from Government for a Cambridge South Station by 2022, a station with near nil cars, except for disabled access.

We will ‘green’ Cambridge by cutting energy usage and by leading plans to promote cycling, including the north/south Chisholm Trail. We will pioneer plans to cut emissions from buses and taxis and other vehicles, all key steps towards our target of a zero carbon city by 2050.

We will also use the annual income in excess of £1 million we have generated since 2014 to protect our services, invest in property and on new homes, and financially viable green projects which can reduce our emissions and deliver value for money.


Councillor Lewis Herbert

Leader – Cambridge City Council

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