Market

LABOUR CANDIDATE 

FOR THE 2017 COUNTY COUNCIL Election

- NICK GAY -

Our priorities for Market:

• 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

 

With your support we can continue to work to make Cambridge “One City—Fair for all”. 

 


City Councillor Dan Ratcliffe 23 Searle Street, CB4 3DB 

Phone: (07842) 242656  Email: dan.ratcliffe@cambridge.gov.uk

dan2.JPGDan is 31 and has lived here since 2008 when he moved here for work. He lives with his partner and step-children who both attend Chesterton Community College. Dan has been Labour's representative for the city centre area for the last 18 months and has spent the time engaging with local residents on the doorstep and advocating for them within the Labour group of councillors, as well as engaging with residents associations and student groups.

 Before moving to Cambridge Dan was an active campaigner in both paid and voluntary roles. He has worked with the children of asylum seekers in Blackburn, organised events for Amnesty International and founded Blackburn and Darwen United Against Racism (where he got to work on community schemes with his beloved Blackburn Rovers FC). He also worked for several years as a warehouse supervisor before studying at Lancaster University in his mid-20s.

 Dan says "I've enjoyed meeting many of you over the last 18 months and listening to your concerns. I've worked with the Labour team on the city council to produce our manifesto and hope you see your priorities reflected.

 "City centre residents will especially benefit from our policies on private rented accommodation and our city centre accessibility review and increased enforcement team. I want us all to be able to access and enjoy our historic city centre safely and this will be at the heart of my campaigning."


 Community Orchard access under threatwall.jpg

  The footpath that once existed between Auckland Road and the community orchard in the corner of Midsummer Common is under threat. Dan has been speaking with local residents and members of the BruNK residents association about the plans for the new synagogue and the future of the footpath that was there until the development started. The path is threatened by plans to install gates on either end of the path which could end up being locked. According to documents that were submitted to support the planning application the police suggested gates in order to deter "potential anti-social behaviour".
  Many of you may well already know that the full story of this path is much more complex and it appears there may have been several fumbles along the way. Dan says "I've already discussed this with my colleagues on the City Council and we want to do what we can to ensure the path remains open once the synagogue is built. The developers claim on the notice posted on their boards that it will be open again following completion of the construction. I understand residents' cynicism and although I cannot currently pursue this matter with council officers, if elected it will be a priority of mine. I believe the right of way should be recognised and the community resource protected.

  "At the BruNK AGM your current city councillors claimed that the council cannot get involved in this campaign due to previous arrangements when the council owned the land. The situation may be complicated but I promise to do what I can to resolve this in the interest of residents."

Slow going on Maids Causeway 

The 20mph zone on Maid’s Causeway has been unenforceable for over a year – in part because the Council couldn’t put the right signs up! The Area Committee finally settled on improved signage which will hopefully mean the police will now resume speed checks in the area.

Meanwhile local Lib Dems also threw £9,000 of taxpayers money at a high-tech gate on the other side of Midsummer Common. However, for weeks it didn’t shut – meaning cars could drive across the common, damaging the grass. Both of these issues have been (not) progressing for too long now; it’s time for a change.

Pothole peril

The recent snow and freezing conditions once again bring traffic chaos to the area, and only exacerbate the terrible state of pavements and roads. The County fund for repairs is only 8% of what is needed across the county! St Andrews Street had minor repairs just two years ago but because it only dealt with surface issues the ground is crumbling again. We need to work more strategically and pay what’s needed once to do a proper job, rather than constant minor repairs that do little to help in the long run.

 The Market survey - Reporting back

Dan and his team have now brought the Market survey to every street in the ward. Whilst parking remains an intractable issue, there has been progress on some of your concerns. The County Council has now launched a consultation on St Andrews St taxis, proposing the scheme Labour called for in the New Year.  Although the works on Jesus Lane are approaching completion, new works on Bridge St look set to cause further traffic problems.  Meanwhile blanket 20mph limits on residential roads are being rolled out across the city. Keep letting us know your priorities.

Treading a dangerous path

Although the guerrilla knitters have done a great job of livening up the paths across Jesus Green, they remain in a dangerous state of disrepair. A proposal to use City Council money to improve the paths was brought to the Area Committee late last year but councillors decided other money could be used instead. However since then there has been no progress. The Green is a prized part of Market ward but also a major thoroughfare to the north of the city and Dan will demand action on this if he is elected this May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our priorities for Castle:

• 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

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