Lewis Herbert has served Coleridge as a City Councillor for nearly 14 years since he was first elected in June 2004. He cares about the area and knows local people well, having lived in locally, mainly in Coleridge since 1998.
Lewis has helped over 800 Coleridge households with their issues.
Lewis says “Local Coleridge residents are rightly proud of their area. And we want to improve it further, despite many challenges, not least rising traffic congestion and the pressures from further development.
The Coleridge Labour team works with, and involves, local people. We want residents to contribute to all key decisions and proposals affecting them, and will fight to ensure you have a real say, and prevent them you being sidelined as with the planning system.”
Lewis’s local contributions have included:
- Obtaining funding for community facilities including the upgrade of both St Martin’s Church and the Flamsteed Road Scout Hut
- Improving Coleridge Rec, local street cleaning and a big increase in pairs of litter and recycling bins, working with the council’s staff
- Securing environmental improvements including the Cherry Hinton shops frontage and road safety crossing improvements for pedestrians and cyclists
- Working with residents on each major planning application affecting the ward, challenging intensive development like blocking the restaurant proposed to fill the Leisure Centre square, and pressed for solutions to increased local commuter parking
- Uses his planning expertise to help Coleridge households on hundreds of planning applications locally
- Worked with neighbourhood police and PCSOs on community safety, helping their continued success in keep crime levels low in Coleridge.
Lewis became Leader of Cambridge City Council when Labour took control of the Council in May 2014. He has built external partnerships to benefit the city and residents, including securing £70m from Government so Cambridge can build 500 new council homes by 2022, and led initiatives to tackle traffic congestion and integrate shared services and planning with South Cambridgeshire.
These partnerships are essential to protect services for resident and increase the efficiency of the council, to make up for the ending of all core Government funding in 2019.
Lewis works for Anglia Ruskin University developing and delivering training courses for planning, and environmental managers. Earlier, he was the first Head of Recycling and Waste at Cambridgeshire County Council he set up dozens of new recycling and composting schemes.
Lewis enjoys cooking, cycling and historical research, and secured a Guildhall memorial for Cambridgeshire Regiment soldiers who suffered badly as did their families following surrender of Singapore in 1942, many of whose relatives still live locally.
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