Ed Carlsson-Browne is Labour’s candidate for Castle in the 2013 County Council elections.14 Kirkby Close Cambridge CB4 1XP email@example.com
Ed Carlsson-Browne first moved to Cambridge in 2005 to attend the university and has lived in the city for most of the time since then.
As your councillor, Edward would be an active voice for Castle. He’d work to cut congestion on major transport arteries like Huntingdon Road and Histon Road and to make these routes safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.
He’ll fight government plans to remove democratic oversight from education and lead our communities in making sure new developments come with the infrastructure they need.
He’ll perform a valuable oversight role, keeping the complacent Tories leading the county council honest and opposing their dogmatic attempts to ignore impending threats like climate change and the rising cost of social care.
And he’ll liaise closely with community groups in order to ensure that Castle gets a fair deal from the county.
Ed says: “These County Council elections matter a great deal to people living in Castle. They matter because the County Council has responsibility for transport, and Cambridge’s buses are unreliable and overpriced.
“They matter because the County Council has responsibility for education and libraries funding.
“And they matter because the County Council has a huge effect on the business climate in Cambridge and further afield.”
Better Bus consultation finally to start
Residents concerned about the potential loss of parking on Histon Road may finally get a chance to talk to County Officers about the proposed Better Bus scheme.
The consultation for the project was meant to have taken place in 2012—but was postponed without residents being aware. The formal review will now begin this summer.
County officers have declined to attend a public meeting (originally scheduled for January) ahead of the formal consultation in the summer. However, you can let us know your views, and we will pass them on to make sure officers understand your feelings.
Labour investigating grass verge protection
Builders’ lorries and careless parking are destroying grass verges across Castle ward. Residents have written to us several times asking for something to be done about the problem – as one resident said: “What a shame to spoil the much welcome patches of green on the streets.”
We’d like to hear from you as to what could be done to protect these verges. Options that Labour is investigating include bollards and ’Golpla’ – a tough plastic matting that allows verges to recover and protects them from parked cars. Please let us know your views on your grass verges and how to protect them.
The continuing cold weather means that the already crumbling surfaces of Castle’s roads (see Labour News passim) are becoming even more dangerous.
Your local Labour team want to know where you’ve spotted a pothole, so that we can speak to County officers about getting them fixed – and even getting roads resurfaced where necessary. Tell us if you’ve seen a pothole, and we’ll follow it up
Castle Hill parking charges raise hackles
Plans by the Lib Dem City Council to introduce a charge for Sunday parking at the Castle Hill public car park may mean local residents forking out for changes to Residents’ Parking Zone restrictions to mitigate the impact on surrounding streets. A £4 charge at Castle Hill will start on the 7th April – even though Residents’ Parking Zone changes wouldn’t happen until the summer at the earliest.
If County Council consultation results in Residents’ Parking Zone restrictions being brought in on Sundays, residents will be asked to pay up to £29 extra for a parking permit plus a £52 levy – even though the City Council are making the changes and will get the extra revenue from Sunday charges at Castle Hill car park! Labour is lobbying against these unfair charges. If you are concerned, let us know at the addresses below. You can also copy in Lib Dem exec Tim.Ward@cambridge.gov.uk.