Mike Todd-Jones for Arbury
City Candidate for Arbury
I’ve lived in Arbury, man and boy, for over 50 years and went to local schools, including Mayfield Primary School on the McManus estate. I studied politics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and now work as a librarian at the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry.
I’ve been a councillor for Arbury for 15 years and, although I recently got married and moved to Coleridge ward in Cambridge, my Dad still lives in Arbury and I’m passionate about continuing to represent Arbury if re-elected on the 6th May. I was married at the Church of the Good Shepherd and the church is playing an important role as both a Community Food Hub and Food Bank, supported by part of the £1 million council grant to organisations tackling poverty and inequality.
I chair the City Council Housing Committee and I want to continue working to help deliver housing improvements for Arbury residents and across the city. This includes improving existing homes and their environment, such as Kingsway Flats, and providing new council homes for people who otherwise can’t afford to live in Cambridge – including Akeman Street and the Meadows development in Arbury. I’m immensely proud that the Labour Council will deliver over 500 council homes in the city by 2022, with plans for another 1000 by 2032 enabling the 1500 households on our Housing Needs Register to have an affordable home.
I also chair the Histon Road Local Liaison Forum, working with residents and the Greater Cambridge Partnership to improve infrastructure particularly for pedestrians, cyclists, and buses. The Histon Road project is one of a number of schemes across the city aimed at encouraging alternatives to the car and is part of our commitment to tackling the climate and biodiversity emergency.
The Labour Council has reduced emissions from its own buildings and assets by 29% since 2014 and aims to achieve a net zero carbon City Council by 2030. I’m also really pleased that a programme of improving the energy efficiency of our housing is benefitting Arbury with solar panels planned for homes in Akeman Street, Darwin Drive and Bateson Road.
As a local councillor, supporting and advocating for Arbury residents is just as important as helping to lead on strategic issues. I’ve bid for funding from our £5 million programme to improve our estates, including Hazelwood and Molewood Closes and I’ve worked with the Council’s Streets and Open Spaces team to refurbish play areas and enhance our local environment. I also liaise closely with City Homes over repairs for our tenants, work with the Community Safety Team and the police to tackle anti-social behaviour, and deal with County Council Highways, including submitting local highway improvement schemes around Arbury.
I’m very proud to be part of a Labour Council that has supported vulnerable residents, invested in housing and tackling the climate change crisis, and protected frontline services despite national funding cut to near zero and a decade of austerity imposed by Liberal Democrat / Conservative Coalition and Conservative governments.