Elect Linda Jones to the County Council
on Thursday May 4th
PHONE: 07975 964203
A message from Linda:
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 Richard Robertson
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.
Councillor Ashley Walsh (standing down)
Phone: 01223 500515
Councillor Ann Sinnott
Phone: 07981 970815