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Making Arbury safer

April 16th, 2014 by Alan Levy
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Cllr Tim Ward by one of the new 20mph signs

Arbury Councillor Tim Ward’s project to make our streets safer is now up and running. All of the roads in Arbury – with the exception of A and B roads and Gilbert Road – are now part of the 20mph zone, which extends across the entire North area of the City.

A separate consultation exercise is also being carried out for Victoria Road, which could not be included in the first phase because for historical reasons it is classed as an A road.

We like living in Arbury and we think this scheme makes a significant contribution to making it an even better place to live in.

Planning applications in Arbury

April 16th, 2014 by Alan Levy
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The following planning applications have been received for land in Arbury.

For further information click on the links below

14/0502/CL2PD 36 Linden Close

  • Application for a certificate of lawfulness under Section 192 for proposed hip to gable and dormer.

14/0505/S73 ALDI, Unit 1, 157 Histon Road

  • S73 application to vary condition 14 of planning permission C/95/0100 to allow delivery hours to between 07:00hrs and 22:00hrs Monday to Sunday, 09:00hrs  and 17:00hrs on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

14/0509/FUL 17 Holland Street

  • Rear extension, replacement conservatory and replacement garage following demolition of existing conservatory and garage

14/0524/FUL 19 Acton Way

  • Loft conversion with two dormers and rear double and part single storey extension

14/0550/FUL 16 Clare Street

  • Rear roof extension.

 

MANNING CALLS FOR OPEN THINKING ON COUNCIL TENDER

Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Ian Manning

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Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning is encouraging open source based tenders for the council’s future back end systems.

The move would build in flexibility and potentially save on expensive licence costs.

Cllr Manning, who represents Cambridge’s East Chesterton on the county council, became aware of the idea through his membership of the Local Government Shared Services (LGSS) joint committee which runs the council’s shared services collaboration with Northamptonshire.

Currently, the Councils in LGSS have several “Enterprise Resource Planning” (ERP) systems in place and are looking to upgrade and replace them all with one platform.

“It’s great that the organisation is consolidating its offering – which will take LGSS from strength to strength,” said Cllr Manning.

“I’m concerned about the overall cost of the current solution, and feel that open source alternatives could provide a better, cheaper, and more flexible alternative.”

Cllr Manning is spearheading the adoption of more open source software across the Council’s IT platforms, and is looking to hear from organisations that provide commercial level support for those systems.

Notes:

[1]  The tender can be found here:  http://www.sourcenorthamptonshire.co.uk/contracts/show/id/10097

[2]  Government policy encourages councils to adopt more open source software instead of commercial software

Planning applications in Arbury

April 10th, 2014 by Alan Levy
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The following planning applications have been received for land in Arbury.

For further information click on the links below

14/0468/FUL 23 Histon Road

  • Construction of detached house to the rear of 23 Histon Road, fronting North Street.

14/0469/FUL 31 Chesterton Road

  • Conversion of existing basement to a self contained flat.

14/0493/FUL 297 Histon Road

  • Temporary change of use from A1 (shop) to D2 (assembly and leisure)

14/127/TTCA 87 Histon Road

  • Cherry trees – lop by 3ft

 

Planning applications in Arbury

April 1st, 2014 by Alan Levy
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The following planning applications have been received for land in Arbury.

For further information click on the links below

14/0439/NMA 22 Stretten Avenue

  • The proposed French Doors with windows either side in the kitchen / family room on the west elevation be changed to folding doors

14/0440/FUL 64 Darwin Drive

  • Single storey front and rear extensions and loft extension to house.

14/0450/CL2PD 188 Gilbert Road

  • Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness under Section 192 for loft conversion incorporating an extension to roof from hip to gable and creation of a rear dormer.

14/0451/FUL 64 Roseford Road

  • First floor side extension to house.

MINISTER CONGRATULATES HUPPERT’S “ROBUST CAMPAIGNING” AS SCHOOLS GET £20M BOOST

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has been congratulated in Parliament for his “robust campaigning” on extra funding for Cambridgeshire schools as it was announced that they will get an extra £20 million from next April.

Julian received praise from Schools Minister, David Laws who said that areas like Cambridge, which have seen an unfair amount of funding would receive the greatest boost.

Mr Laws’ congratulations came as Julian told Parliament that Cambridgeshire schools had been underfunded for 30 years and were “right at the bottom of the pile”.

“At last this government will do something about it where others haven’t,” said Julian, “and on behalf of all those campaigners, particularly the Schools Forum and the Cambridge News, which have campaigned for many years, thank you.

“Can I urge the Minister to make sure this actually happens?”

Mr Laws said: “I congratulate my honourable friend for being such a robust campaigner for these changes; hardly a week has gone by over the last few years when he hasn’t been lobbying me for fair funding for Cambridgeshire.

“I know there are schools within this county which are at the moment in vision distance of other schools in other authorities which are funded in a totally different way. That always was unfair and we are now addressing it.”

Julian, who has campaigned on this issue for over a decade, led a Westminster debate on the schools under-funding issue and has been pushing ministers to act, said the seven per cent increase was welcome news after schools suffered years of financial neglect under successive governments.

“The settlement is extremely welcome news because it means our schools will no longer be the lowest funded in the country,” he said. “Our children have been taught in schools that have been chronically short-changed for the last 30 years.

“There is no excuse for treating Cambridgeshire differently to other parts of the country. Our schools are doing a great job despite working against a backdrop of under-funding but they could do so much more for our children with a fairer settlement.”

Schools were receiving much less than the average – £600 per pupil per year less – putting them at the bottom of the nation’s financial league table.

The new settlement will give a two form entry primary school with 420 pupils an extra £275 per pupil per year from £3,950 to £4,225 That means the school will receive a total of £115,500 a year more.

There is now a consultation, and in a bid to make sure the extra funding happens Julian has launched a petition - http://bit.ly/CambsSchoolsFunding - calling on Mr Gove to implement the new settlement in full as quickly as possible.

The petition “Cambridgeshire schools deserve a fairer funding deal!” supports the extra funding and tells Mr Gove: “Please don’t leave our children short-changed any longer.”

Planning applications in Arbury

February 16th, 2014 by Alan Levy
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The following planning applications have been received for land in Arbury.

For further information click on the links below

14/0111/FUL 15 Somerset Close

  • Erection of new dwelling

Planning applications in Arbury

February 9th, 2014 by Alan Levy
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The following planning applications have been received for land in Arbury.

For further information click on the links below

14/0115/FUL 19 Acton Way

  • Loft conversion with two dormers and part two storey part single storey rear extension following demolition of existing single storey rear extension.

Planning applications in Arbury

January 27th, 2014 by Alan Levy
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The following planning applications have been received for land in Arbury.

For further information click on the links below

14/0053/FUL 8 Hertford Street

  • Single storey rear extension and internal modifications following demolition of existing single storey rear extension.

14/022/TTCA 51 Hertford Street

  • 1 x Cypress – Fell due to roots causing structural damage to garage

 

Planning applications in Arbury

January 21st, 2014 by Alan Levy
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The following planning applications have been received for land in Arbury.

For further information click on the links below

14/0059/FUL 35 Roseford Road

  • Single storey rear and side extension.

14/012/TTCA 241 Victoria Road

  • T1 – Eucalyptus: top and fell.
  • T2 – Silver Birch: top and fell.
  • T3 – Eucalyptus: top and fell.
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