Cllr Cameron Holloway
City Councillor for Newnham
I was delighted and humbled to be elected as a City Councillor in the recent elections. I hope I can repay residents’ faith in me, and I look forward to working with you to improve our ward and our city, and to change lives for the better. Please do not hesitate to get in touch at any time, using the contact details on this page.
I wanted to become a City Councillor because I care deeply about improving people’s lives and building a fairer, kinder society. I am committed to social justice and climate justice, and will work tirelessly with and for residents.
I love the opportunity that local politics gives me to listen to so many people’s stories, to hear what you really want for our city, and to play a role in bringing it to fruition. I know that seemingly small things, like mending roads or clearing drains, really make a difference. And at the other end of the spectrum, there is so much to be done to tackle inequality and the climate crisis, and we need to involve you, the residents, as much as possible in our response to these huge challenges.
Tackling inequality is particularly close to my heart – I work in prison education, and am passionate about helping our communities’ most disadvantaged people. I want to make our city fairer and safer for everyone. I want to use my knowledge of working with disadvantaged groups to contribute to the Council’s community wellbeing work, as well as to support the Council’s work with homeless people and rough sleepers.
I’m also excited to support Cambridge Labour’s environmental plans – in particular the major improvements to the bus network and to active travel infrastructure. These changes are avital part of building a fairer, greener city, and we need to make sure residents are as engaged as possible in decision making on these big changes.
We also have ambitious plans regarding development in the city. We have pledged to ensure that the next Local Plan includes a requirement that no development uses gas connections and that the total energy demand for heating/cooling in all new buildings must be equivalent to Passivhaus standards of 15-20 kWh/m2 /yr. And – one of my favourite pledges – we will include a requirement in the Local Plan that developments should generate as much renewable energy as they use over the year. We will also insist that no development will take place within the new draft Local Plan without clear assurances from water companies that there is a truly sustainable water supply.
There’s so much we can do here in Newnham, including expanding the bus network, so that we have more regular, reliable, affordable buses, and promoting walking and cycling, particularly on key routes such as Madingley Road and Barton Road. I look forward to continuing work on protecting and restoring the River Cam, and supporting a herbicide-free trial in Newnham as we work towards a herbicide-free city. I also want to push colleges to divest from fossil fuels.
I know that many people are dissatisfied with the condition of roads and pavements in Newnham. I am working with Cambridge Living Streets, who are campaigning for cleaner, greener and more accessible pavements, and I regularly flag specific problem areas with the County Council. Improving the state of our roads and pavements is an essential part of the push to reduce car traffic and emissions.
I was in Munich during the 2015 refugee crisis, and volunteered regularly at reception centres. The extraordinary response of the German people and my conversations with refugees had a profound effect on me. I’m now working with Cambridge4Ukraine to support their efforts to welcome Ukrainian refugees, and I’m proud that we’re continuing to welcome refugees from Syria and Afghanistan as well.
Most importantly, I want as many people as possible to be actively engaged in our local democracy. I want to listen to you, and involve as many of you as possible in the City Council’s decision making. We need to give people the opportunity to play an active role in politics, in order to harness some of the amazing knowledge and expertise we have in Newnham and across the city. So please do not hesitate to get in touch at any time.