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Councillors Call In Mayoral Interim Transport Statement over Concerns for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans

Labour, Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors on the Combined Authority’s Scrutiny Committee have called in the Mayoral Interim Transport Strategy Statement which was agreed at the Board Meeting on 30 May.   The six councillors on the Scrutiny Committee who called it in have argued that it was incorrrectly listed as a non-key decision at the Board meeting as it would have a significant strategic impact on the area, and also raised a series of questions in regard to its standing and potential consequences for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils in their  Local Plan inspection process, managing current development plans and tacking congestion in their areas.

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NHS staff shortages and delayed transfer of care

While official figures on Delayed Transfers of Care, or DTOC, are said to be nearing national target levels, the situation in Cambridgeshire has been bad enough to warrant an inspection by the Care Quality Commission – expected in the autumn.

"Beneath immediate fire-fighting and the critical need to streamline health and social care services lies a deep-rooted gap in our workforce,” says Cllr Susan van de Ven.

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Concern about children's services

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee has today responded to an OFSTED report flagging up serious concerns about some areas of children’s services in Cambridgeshire.

The OFSTED report expresses particular concerns about high staff turnover, and very high case-loads, leading to delays in assessing children who may be at risk of harm.

"Children’s services in Cambridgeshire seem to have been in a constant state of re-organisation" says Liberal Democrat leader Lucy Nethsingha.

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Incoherent plan for cutting down on plastics

Moves to cut down on single use plastics need to be improved say Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats.

At the recent County Council meeting (15 May), councillors backed limited plans to tackle plastics use but Lib Dem calls for a more comprehensive approach were rejected by the Conservatives.

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The wrong plan at the wrong time

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats oppose the Conservative’s plans for a multi-million pound County Council HQ at Alconbury.

With the longer-term future of the County Council in doubt due to the review of local government proposed by Mayor Palmer, the Conservatives have nonetheless proposed an expensive new office building to be built at Alconbury.

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Call for Cambridge Court to stay open

Lib Dems across Cambridgeshire want to stop the closure of Cambridge's Magistrates Court.

Closure would affect people in Cambridge, South Cambs and East Cambs who currently use the Cambridge Court.

Cllr Lorna Dupre is calling on the County Council to respond to the Government to say that that court should stay open.

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Council mustn't shirk responsibly over school meals

The Lib Dems are trying to ensure that good quality school meals are provided at Cambridgeshire schools once the council's own school meals service closes later this year.

Cllr Lucy Nethsingha will be proposing a motion stressing the importance of quality school meals to children's education.

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Keep library computers free

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats are asking the County Council to think again about Conservative plans to charge people for using library computers.

Cllr Henry Batchelor will be proposing a motion at today's County Council meeting.

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Lib Dems continue fight against Conservative plans to squeeze money out of poor people who need care

Cambridgeshire Lib Dems continue to oppose unfair demands for money being made upon people who need care.

The Conservative County Council wants to charge people on very low incomes more for their care.

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County Council must come clean on state of roads

Histon & Impington councillor David Jenkins is campaigning for the County Council to look after our roads, cyclepaths and pavements properly.

“The terrible state of our highways is obvious to everyone. The Council must come clean about how much is needed to keep them in a decent state,” said Cllr Jenkins.

He has submitted a motion for debate at the next Council meeting calling on the council to clarify what is needed and set about finding the money.

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