Elect Elisa Meschini to the County Council on May 4th
Elisa Meschini is passionate about the role that councillors play in their local communities, having had ample opportunity to observe as a Labour Activist the Kings Hedges councillors as they went about their job. She says "The Labour administration has done a marvellous job in Cambridge since taking control of the council in 2014, and it would mean a great deal to me to be able to participate in the effort from within the County Council."
Our priorities for King's Hedges:
• Best educational opportunities for all children
• Affordable and reliable bus service
• Affordable housing
• Safe cycle and pedestrian routes
• Reduced commuter parking
Labour’s record in Cambridge:
✓ Building 500 council houses
✓ 1/3 less people below Living Wage
✓ Improved green spaces
✓ Working for a Clear Air Zone
✓ Grants to tackle disadvantage
City Councillor Nigel Gawthrop
EMail : firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01223 504200 07885976830
Nigel writes: “I grew up in Kings Hedges with my brother and sister, living in Campkin Road. I went to the Grove School, Cambridge Grammar School and Cambridge College of Arts & Technology and then went to work for Cambridge University Press as a bookbinder.
I have represented working people for over 25 years. I feel that we have to deal with the urgent issues facing the people of Cambridge such as the lack of Council housing for young people. They are finding it nigh on impossible to leave home and live independently.
City Councillor Kevin Price
12 Lavender Road Cambridge Phone: 07964 280689 Email: email@example.com
In May 2014 Labour was elected to run Cambridge City Council, taking the council back from Liberal Democrat control. Councillor Kevin Price, who is standing for re-election this coming May, has spoken about how the City Council has changed since then and what it has meant for King’s Hedges.
Kevin said, “After a decade of Liberal Democrat neglect of King’s Hedges, we came in with clear plans for change. One of the first things I did as Executive Councillor for Housing was to stop the Liberal Democrat plans to sell off more council homes in Campkin Road to private market developers. Selling off council land is like selling off the family silver and it breaks up longstanding communities. We also immediately reinstated the pest control team, who had lost their jobs under the Liberal Democrats, and we made sure pest control remained a free service for residents.”
Under Labour, the council has ensured that other council redevelopment sites - like Atkins Close - are now 100% social housing. It also has a clear policy for council rents to be at social rent levels - not the Tory/Lib Dem’s unaffordable rents of up to 80% of expensive private sector rents. Labour is also tackling low standards in the private rented sector by cracking down on poor landlords and bringing empty houses back into use. Your Labour council is sorting out years of mismanagement of the city’s finances by the Liberal Democrats and has already freed up millions of pounds to invest as a council in high quality homes for private sector tenants in the City.
Kevin added, “We are helping the Cambridge Foodbank, funding free swimming lessons for children, working with credit unions and schools on Junior Saver projects and investing in improving our community facilities and play areas. I am proud to live in King’s Hedges and Labour will continue to put this ward at the top of its agenda.”
Cllr Martin Smart
36 Warkworth Street Cambridge
Phone: 07842 205226
Cllr Martin Smart with Douglas Alexander
Damaged grass verges
Many residents have told us that the grass verges in Kings Hedges are in a very poor state.
Fiona said: “The County Council needs to put far more money into verge protection schemes and repairing our pathways. Some of the verges on Kings Hedges Road and Ramsden Square are very poor with deep ruts and in some places almost no grass. I will be working to get them reseeded. We also need to find ways to protect them better so that once repaired, they’re not damaged again.”
Cleaning up in Kings Hedges
Cllr Kevin Price urges residents to report fly tipping to the council as soon as they can. He said: “It is not good for Kings Hedges when people are thoughtless and discard their rubbish or unwanted items in the streets.
“Kings Hedges is a good place to live and we don’t want to see old furniture and broken TVs just dumped in the streets.”
Fixing our pavements
The pavement in St Kilda Avenue was damaged by a heavy lorry, which left the path in a very dangerous state. It has now been repaired thanks to the vigilance of local people who got in touch with the ward team.
Fiona said: “Please let us know if the pavements in your road are uneven and dangerous so that we can ask the County Council to fix them.”
Nuns Way Skate Park to be Improved
Kings Hedges city councillors Kevin Price and Nigel Gawthrope were delighted that the Labour controlled
North Area Committee recently agreed to support two new projects for young people using developer funding.
Nigel said: “£65,000 which came from new developments in the area will now be used to improve Nun’s Way skate park and replace the outdated metal ‘half-pipe’ ramp with a more challenging concrete skate park. We also gave the go-ahead to improve the informal BMX track at Browns Field in East Chesterton.The next step is to ensure that young people are involved in the plans for both projects.”
Looking after King's Hedges
Councillor Nigel Gawthrope says "An issue that bothers me is the perceived reputation of the area. It was unfounded thirty years ago and it is unfounded now; however, broken benches and fly-tipped rubbish don't help so we need to tackle this problem.”
Dog Waste Bins: We get a lot of complaints in the King's Hedges survey about dog waste being left on the pavements and grassy areas. There are not enough dog waste bins in the area to deal with the problem and my colleagues and I will be campaigning for more bins
so we can keep the pavements clean. Only Labour is proposing to add more bins in the city, the Lib Dems clearly don't see this as an issue.
Fly Tipping: We know from talking to many residents in King's Hedges how much concern there is with fly-tipping, especially of discarded household items such as in this picture. Labour is proposing to put money in the council's budgets to provide two free collections per year for families and pensioner households on the lowest incomes.
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Tackling the issues that matter to you
Nigel says: “Labour’s survey in Kings Hedges shows that different issues are important to residents in different parts of the ward:
- The litter trail from Tesco on Campkin Road to the C.R.C affects St Kilda Avenue and nearby streets
- Motorists using Ramsden Square as a rat run to avoid the lights on Milton Road and the same problem in Northfield Avenue
- Fly tipping around Minerva Way
- The lack of dog dirt bins around the green areas of the ward
“Labour listens to your concerns and we will take action to deal with these problems through our Contract with Cambridge. If I am elected I will work with Cllr Kevin Price to get a better deal for King’s Hedges.”
Making King’s Hedges safer for young and old
Following complaints of drug dealing in the passageway between Ramsden Square and Atkins Close, Cllr Kevin Price (pictured left) and Nigel Gawthrope spoke to residents and were shown exactly where the problem is. They were told that it had recently increased with drug transactions openly taking place when children were using the passageway to get home from school.
One resident said, “We do not want this happening at all, but especially not in a place our children use every day.” Kevin has written to the police and together with Nigel will try to get the drug-dealing stopped.
Nigel said “As part of Labour’s Contract with Cambridge we are determined to make areas like this safe for everyone who lives here and especially schoolchildren, who use this route daily.”