Your help is needed.
Cambridgeshire County Council is cynically using this period of limited local authority debate to attempt to strip the city from having a say in its own transport issues.
These issues include cycling schemes, pedestrian crossings, parking, waiting and loading restrictions, traffic calming, residents’ parking schemes, vehicle access and weight restrictions, dockless bikes and electric vehicle charging points.
At present, decisions are made by a body called the Cambridge Joint Area Committee. This committee consists of councillors from both the County Council and the City Council, and allows us to have our say. The committee has existed for over 20 years, and its meetings are well attended. It allows transport matters affecting Cambridge to be decided democratically by Cambridge and for Cambridge.
If that sounds sensible, it’s because it is sensible. As far as I’m aware, all political parties with councillors in the city are objecting to the proposed change.
Under the new proposals, local transport matters will be decided by County Council officers or a new Highways and Transport committee. Decisions will be made by a majority of people who do not live in Cambridge, and may have little experience or understanding of the city. Worse still, from next year they will meet in new offices in Alconbury, nearly 30 miles away from us.
In other parts of the county, town and parish councils provide a forum for detailed consideration of Local Highway Improvement proposals, Traffic Regulation Orders and other local transport schemes. Without the Cambridge Joint Area Committee, there will be no equivalent forum in Cambridge. This is not about special favours for Cambridge; it’s about ensuring that local matters are decided locally.
What you can do, today
These should only take 1 minute each, and will make a difference.
- Please sign this petition
- Please email your county councillor, the chair of the Constitution and Ethics Committee, and the leader of the County Council noting your objection to the plan. Click here to set up the email. Include your full address.
- Please email our MP to ask him to bring pressure to bear on the County Council. Click here to set up the email. Include your full address.