City Councillor Ann Sinnott
Phone: 07981 970815
Ann Sinnott first lived in Cambridge during the 1970s and returned in 2004. She was elected to represent Petersfield in May 2014. Before joining the Petersfield Labour Team, she was involved in the campaign to save Wilton Terrace. Ann has a background in community activism, teaching, journalism and is a published author. For the last nine years, she has worked as a senior administrator for Cambridge University and has managed divisions and monitored multimillion-pound research grants.
Ann says, ‘Dismay and anger drove me to return to Labour Party activism. I was horrified by changes to our NHS and our education system, by the way students and parents were duped over tuition fees and by the cruel and unnecessary targeting of the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
'I understand and sympathise with residents’ concerns and the issues that beset the ward: traffic, parking, planning issues, lack of open green space, play spaces, street-drinking and dog-fouling. My philosophy is to work with energy and commitment alongside residents in their struggles to protect and improve Petersfield and defend their quality of life.
'I’m proud to be a female Labour councillor. More women in politics are needed – to fight on issues that affect women and to change the political culture. I intervened on domestic violence and forced Cambridge’s Safety Partnership to prioritise the issue. At my instigation, tackling domestic violence is now a manifesto pledge for Cambridge Labour.'
County Councillor Linda Jones
Phone: 07975 964203
'I am a longstanding Petersfield resident with a successful track record in campaigning on transport and public health issues. I have a strong commitment to social justice and defending public services. As a Professor of Health at The Open University, I know how education enables people to grow and change, and will fight for high-quality educational opportunities for all.
I pledge to fight to:
- Invest in social care and affordable housing, and to reduce poverty
- Protect funding for education, schools and libraries
- Improve local road safety through better traffic management at the station and elsewhere in the City
- Press for road resurfacing and pavement improvements
- Achieve more residents’ parking
- Tackle congestion and reduce the impact of air pollution'
City Councillor Richard Robertson
City Councillor Kevin Blencowe
Phone: 07914 700602
I first came to Cambridge in 1982 to study modern history at what is now Anglia Ruskin University and I’ve lived and worked in and around the Petersfield area ever since. I became a youth worker and sports coach and I spent many years working at the Cambridge YMCA, near Parkers Piece.
I have 20 years’ experience as a city councillor for Petersfield, first elected in 1994 and most recently re-elected in May 2011. I’m committed to work for the betterment of the Petersfield neighbourhood, supporting community initiatives and helping local people and, if re-elected, I will continue to work hard to improve our streets and our neighbourhood. I have a practical, "can-do", problem solving approach and a keen sense of fairness and compassion, together with a wide knowledge of housing and planning issues. I am fully aware that a four-year term of public office on your behalf requires considerable time, energy and enthusiasm - not forgetting a dose of common sense.
For those of us who fervently believe in the value of public services to our city, these are clearly difficult times both financially and politically. Last year city residents voted in a Labour run council for the first time this century. The newly-elected Labour team and I are determined to deliver top quality city council services to our residents in the face of the Coalition’s continued austerity agenda.