Most of Cambridgeshire already has three tiers of local government, now yet another tier has been added by the Conservatives – the ‘Combined Authority’ (CA) of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Lib Dems believe that this is not a good idea! There will only be small financial benefits for our area, and there will be significant costs involved in its administration.
Lib Dems believe that it may be time for a more radical reorganization to reduce the costs of bureaucracy and allow us to provide more of the services people need and expect.
Our latest newsletter highlights our successes in the County Council in reversing street lighting reductions and winter road-gritting cuts, as well as the initiative we have taken to press British Rail to improve the Offords rail crossing. We update you on the "Devolution Deal" and our ideas to radically streamline local government in our area. Finally and very importantly, residents are warned to be aware of bogus callers. Click HERE to see the the newsletter in full
The latest newsletter addresses some near-term critical issues for Godmanchester. Developers are wanting to build 1000 more houses, the county and district council budgets are being cut, and the traffic chaos looks like it’s getting worse. Local news includes what we want to do about poor street lighting, concerns about the route of the road to Wyton, gritting and car parking charges. Click HERE to see the newsletter.
News on things that impact Brampton, including 56 New Homes for Brampton Park Golf Club, the Community-Led Plan, a warning about a recent, small spate of burglaries, plus what we have been working on in Brampton, Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire. Click HERE to see the December newsletter
The Conservative-led County Council has announced plans to stop gritting some key roads in icy conditions.
A new devolution deal for a Combined Authority (Peterborough and Cambridgeshire with directly-elected Mayor) appears to offer more money and greater local decision-making. On closer examination, it is a poor deal, introducing a new tier of local government, reducing democratic oversight and providing very little new money after administrative costs are taken into account.
Speaking at Huntingdon Liberal Democrats’ Annual Dinner last Friday, Julie Smith (Baroness Smith of Newnham) told local party members that while respecting the result of the EU referendum in June Liberal Democrats would not stop fighting for the best possible deal for the UK.
“Part of the Leavers’ case for Brexit had been the desire to “take back our democracy”, which most obviously is the House of Commons, with democratically elected MPs representing everyone in the UK. Many Leavers had argued for parliamentary sovereignty but some of them now apparently did not want our parliament to do the job that MPs were elected to do. It would be wrong to re-run the referendum but there should be parliamentary engagement and people should be able to have a say on the final deal. We are living in interesting times and we want some guarantees on what the government is looking for in the negotiations”, she said.
In answers to questions, Baroness Smith said that she was worried about the increasing divisions in society, the intolerance of some newspapers and the lack of respect for the British Constitution which had become apparent since the referendum. “To coin a phrase, I want my country back”.
Since May 6th., the Liberal Democrats have gained 18 local council seats across the country and have lost none. Meanwhile, the Tories have had a net loss of 11 seats and Labour - despite being the "main party of opposition" have had a net loss of 3 seats. UKIP's decline had continued, with a net loss of two seats.