Jocelynne Scutt for West Chesterton
City Candidate for West Chesterton
I’m Jocelynne Scutt and I’m standing for election to the City Council in West Chesterton on May 6th.
My background is in law – I practiced law in my native Australia for around 15 years before taking up the post of Anti-Discrimination Commissioner administering the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. I was called to the English Bar in 2014 and am a member of the Inner Temple.
I’ve been involved in community/politics in Cambridge since 2011, and was elected as County Councillor for Arbury Division in 2017 (before that I was county councillor for West Chesterton, elected in 2013). I’m a longtime member of Friends of Milton Road Library, a founder of the Friends of Central Library, and a member of Friends of Arbury Library, as well as being a member of various other local community groups. As chair of Milton Road Local Liaison Forum (LLF) and member of Histon Road Local Liaison Forum, I have worked with residents and residents’ associations and Camcycle to ensure that the Milton Road and Histon Road projects live up to their aims – better bus services, safety for cyclists and improved access and footways for pedestrians.
I have a strong commitment to social and economic justice, principles which brought me into Labour politics and the Labour Party, particularly because of Labour’s commitment to workers’ rights and industrial justice, women’s representation at all levels of society including the political arena, and the party’s work to end racial injustice, discrimination on the ground of disability, and sexism.
I believe that no society will be fair, and no one will be treated fairly, until homelessness and poverty become a thing of the past and disadvantage through chance of birth and a lack of real opportunities that can be gained and achieved is ended. That’s why I support Cambridge City Council’s work on homelessness and the building of council homes to ensure that families on the housing waiting list can be securely housed. The council’s anti-poverty work has also made a real difference to communities across Cambridge.
I’m committed to green energy and policies that address the climate and biodiversity emergencies. On the County Council, I’m just completing my term as Labour lead on Environment & Sustainability (having formerly been the lead on Highways & Infrastructure). I’m already pushing for improvements to Elizabeth Way including the possibility of planting additional trees, and bringing in new cycleways and a 20mph speed limit.
As County Councillor for West Chesterton and, upon its abolition as a County Division, as County Councillor for Arbury, I worked on a campaign with residents to save the third floor of Central Library, and the Save Our Children’s Centre campaign.
Recently I worked with fellow County Councillor Claire Richards and City Councillor Katie Thornburrow on a project to ensure access in perpetuity to Castle Mound by applying for it to be declared a Town Green.
I’ve enjoyed working with residents and supporting them in their concerns, complaints and proposals for positive change to their local area and Cambridge City. I would appreciate the opportunity of representing West Chesterton on the City Council, supporting residents to make improvements to Mitcham’s Corner and the area as a whole, as well as working for positive and complementary improvements to the City Centre, focusing particularly on Reconstruction, Recovery & Renewal plans post-Covid 19.
I think there is a real opportunity for small business projects and enterprise, an area where the skills of many Cambridge residents could provide the foundation for a resurgence of both the City Centre and local shopping centres. It could also encourage online, small scale commerce. In addition, I’d also want to work with residents to help revive the high street through projects such as Art in City Windows enabling local artists to display their work in shops that have become empty through the impact of the pandemic.