You can see our 2018 City Council report here.
Your Labour councillors (pictured above) have worked hard for four years to transform Cambridge for the better, since Labour was elected to run the city in 2014. Labour has protected and improved the services you value most, and added new initiatives you wanted, including: brighter streetlights, new wildflower gardens, more trees, greater cycling investment, and extra help for our homeless residents.
We are determined to help those who need us most, by sharing the city’s prosperity through £1.5m in new projects. Hundreds are now better paid after we persuaded leading employers to adopt the Real Living Wage of at least £8.75/hour – the minimum needed given our high housing costs. And we are building 500 new social rent council homes, already completing 242 since 2015.
2018 sees the Council’s biggest investment in Cambridge’s future for over a decade, making the most of previously underused assets like Mill Road depot and Park Street car park. This is crucial, because in 2019 we will not receive a penny piece in central government core grant.
Standing up for Cambridge is vital, and we work in partnership with Daniel Zeichner, our tireless MP, and Labour county councillors to protect families from welfare cuts and the vicious Bedroom Tax. Together, we won funds for a new Cambridge South rail station, plus backing for a £193m bid to replace Milton sewage works with housing.
We want to retain a strong County Council operation in Cambridge, and keep our essential Magistrates’ Court and an accessible police station in the centre of the city.
We seek your support and vote again this May, so we can continue to create one Cambridge – fair for all. Read here about over 50 examples of the 100s of council projects currently underway – and please let me know your ideas for how we can further improve our great city in 2018 and beyond.
Councillor Lewis Herbert
Leader of Cambridge City Council