Petersfield

Elect Linda Jones to the County Council 

on Thursday May 4th

 

PHONE: 07975 964203

EMAIL: linda4labour@gmail.com

A message from Linda:

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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.

Cambridge needs a strong Labour team to ensure that County Council policies benefit the City. 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

On Thursday 4 May, please vote for me as your Labour candidate — to deliver a vibrant and healthy Cambridge for all.

Why this election matters to you

  • The County Council is responsible for roads and pavements, education, public health, and care for children and older people.
  • The County Council is dominated by rural Conservatives who care little about our city.
  • We need a strong champion to stand up  for Cambridge and Petersfield.
  • To defend our community, we need the experience, skills and dedication of local resident and public health expert and    resident Linda Jones, the Labour candidate for Petersfield.

Schools funding crisis endangers our children’s future

Schools in Petersfield are likely to be poorer under the government’s so-called ‘Fair Funding’ proposal, losing more than £300 per pupil by 2019-20.

Cambridgeshire schools have been underfunded for years. But the Tory government’s claim to solve this with its ‘fair funding’ proposal is fatally flawed. The Tory scheme simply redistributes the same funding using a complex process in which more of our schools will lose rather than gain. It also completely ignores the evidence from its own National Audit Office that schools will face a real terms cut of 8% by 2019-20.

At the same time Brunswick nursery and others across the county are under threat from the Tories disastrous handling of nursery provision. Add to this earlier closures of successful ‘Sure Start’ Children’s Centres by the thoughtless Tory-Liberal coalition. It all adds up to a disaster for our children’s future.

‘I have spent my career in education fighting for wider access that enables everyone to fulfill their potential’ says Linda Jones, County Council candidate for Petersfield.


Labour to build low cost homes off Mill Road

A huge thank you to all the residents who last year attended the consultation meeting and exhibitions on the future of the Mill Road Depot site. Taking the views of residents into account, the Council have now agreed an outline plan.

  • About 167 low cost homes for Cambridge residents.
  • There will be a mix of housing types including, hopefully, a co-operative scheme of family homes.
  • Existing garages on Hooper Street to stay.
  • A park and open space covering between 20% to 25% of the site will be available for residents of the site and surrounding streets.
  • A public cycleway alongside the railway to join Hooper Street with the Station using an unused arch under Mill Road Bridge.
  • A community centre for new and existing residents, possibly with a nursery.
  • All existing mature trees near Mill Road to stay.

The next stage will be for the site to be cleared of the existing Council uses and a detailed planning application submitted; this is likely to be in about 12 to 18 months.

As a result of the devolution deal which includes a Mayor for Cambridgeshire the Labour City Council has obtained a £70m government grant to build Council housing.  This means that for the first time in many years the Council will have the money to build Council housing for rent on part of the site.


Active travel is the future!

“Active travel is the future” says Linda Jones, public health expert and County Council candidate for Petersfield for 4th May elections.

Active travel means more walking and  cycling and less car driving.

  • It means less congestion, fewer accidents and lower pollution levels.
  • It means cleaner air, safer streets and more freedom for everyone, especially children and older people, to get around.
  • It means faster and more reliable public transport when we do need it.

Survey work by your Labour team across the ward, plus reports from local Residents’ Associations, highlight traffic and parking problems all over Petersfield. Pavement parking, illegal off-loading by lorries, rat-running and speeding through narrow streets and blocking of roads by out-of-town cars are all part of the problem.

I will work for:

  • Enforcement of speed limits and traffic regulations
  • Extension of residents’ parking schemes
  • An integrated Newtown traffic management plan
  • Safeguarding and full access to local community spaces and parks
  • Improving pavements, mending potholes and resurfacing
  • Reducing pollution and harnessing the potential of clean air zones

I pledge to work with residents and councillors to develop area-wide solutions which put the needs of local residents first.


Councillor Profiles

Councillor Richard Robertson richard_robertson.jpg

He is a trustee and treasurer of both the Cambridge Cyrenians, who help house and support single homeless people, and the national children and young people’s charity, Woodcraft Folk. Richard is a youth leader with Cambridge Woodcraft Folk, helping run the groups which meet in the St Matthews area. He is also an elected director of a Fenland wind turbine co-operative and is a long term advocate of green issues.
Richard was a Petersfield councillor for the 8 years to 1991 when he stood down to have time for his daughter who was then a one year old. He was elected to represent Petersfield again in May 2014. He is a chartered accountant with a career in the not-for-profit sector. Richard spent 15 years as Finance Manager at Cambridge Housing Society and a further 15 years in a similar post at Newnham College.

While a Petersfield Councillor first time round he gained experience of dealing with local issues such as environmental improvements, planning and parking, and was Chair of the City’s Finance Committee for four years including the infamous Poll Tax era.  Richard says: 'It was an honour to serve the residents of Petersfield and I am pleased to take on that role again. I was drawn to stand again for election because of the way the Tory and Lib Dem Government are undermining the welfare state and increasing inequality. Cambridge is a relatively prosperous city but many people are missing out and are struggling to manage financially.

'The Minimum Wage was a great innovation by the Labour Party but in places like Cambridge, with its high cost of living, it is not enough. We now need the higher, Living Wage – Labour’s other trail-blazing policy – to be implemented here. I helped draw up the City’s anti-poverty strategy to deal with Thatcher’s attacks on ordinary people in 1989. Over the past months I have been helping the Labour councillors develop policies to deal with low income and exclusion today. In the 14 years the LibDems have been running Cambridge they have not done enough to help local people share in the prosperity of the City, nor protected us all from exploitation, for example by rapacious developers.

'I am willing to work hard for you and apply our manifesto of developing services, sharing the prosperity and working for you on local issues, especially planning.'

Councillor Kevin Blencowe kevin_blencowe.jpg

Phone: 07914 700602
Email: kevin.blencowe@gmail.com

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.

Councillor Ashley Walsh (standing down)

Phone: 01223 500515
Email: ashley.walsh@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Twitter: @Ashley_Walsh

Councillor Ann Sinnott annie_sinott.jpg

Phone: 07981 970815
Email: annsinnott.labour@gmail.com
Twitter: @AnnMSinnott


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.'

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