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Chesterton-Abbey Bridge feasability study

July 16th, 2014 by Ian Manning

In order to make the process as transparent as possible, Cllr Manning has put the documents that make up the feasibility study online here:


We should note that the County Council is not consulting on these documents – it is consulting on the options presented here:


although the options in the second link above are influenced by the feasability study, there are also questions of deliverability that are included in final options to be presented for public consultation.

Area Committee changes reduce residents’ chance to have their say

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Cambridge Liberal Democrats fear sweeping changes to the City Council’s area committees could seriously reduce residents’ say in decision making.


The changes mean that the Labour ruling group intend to reduce the frequency of area committees by over 30 per cent a year.


Lib Dems fear this will severely impact on residents’ opportunities to hold their councillors to account.


Councillor Rod Cantrill said: “This is a backward step for the City Council. It will mean the loss of local decision making and more decisions will be taken behind closed doors in the Guildhall.


“Cllr Lewis Herbert, The leader of the Council indicated at the Council’s Annual Meeting that the Labour ruling group intended to ‘refresh’ Area Committees – this step highlights that the new ruling group intend to do the opposite and ‘suffocate’ Area Committees


“Area committees provide an environment for residents to speak without feeling intimidated which they sometimes feel when attending meetings at the Guildhall.”


Cllr Mike Pitt said: “Labour has wasted no time in making this move which will lessen residents’ involvement with the City Council. They have taken this decision without consulting residents who will be directly affected by these proposals.


“I hope that it is not a sign that Labour are being arrogant with the democratic power the residents of Cambridge have entrusted them with”

A “pat on the back” for the Tour de France is not enough

July 14th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats claim it is not enough for the county to pat itself on the back for the success of the Tour de France but instead it should be creating a lasting legacy.

They have criticised a Labour motion to the next full Cambridgeshire County Council meeting which just congratulates organisations for their help and support without building on the event.

Councillor Ian Manning, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Corporate Resources said: “It is absolutely right that we should be proud of the way our county celebrated the Tour de France, but we should go further.

“There is a real opportunity here to create a lasting legacy but Labour’s motion fails to address that. We should be looking at the way this event can benefit our residents now and in the future.”

Cllr Manning says the County Council should:

  • Commit to completing the Chisholm Trail by 2020
  • Commend the publication “Making Space for Cycling” – written by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign – and asking for all highways schemes to officially consider its recommendations;
  • Publish a regularly updated map showing current aspirations for cycle routes across Cambridgeshire;
  • Investigate running a bicycle equivalent of the Ride to Work Day that is run for motorcyclists as part of International Bike to Work Day.

Bin service strike update

July 11th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Please see the link below if your bin collection was affected by the strike action yesterday:


“Schools in the community” – Chesterton Community Association open meeting

July 9th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Chesterton Community Association, which I’m on the committee of, is having an open meeting on Thursday, 10th July, 1930 @ St Andrew’s Hall.


There will be speakers from both the primary schools present, as well as the principal of the new 6th form college that will be on the site of the Elizabeth House development – right near us.

Hope to see you there – if you are interested in education, especially primary or 6th form – this will be a very interesting evening.

Residents celebrate as Manning secures funds to end parking misery

July 4th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Cambridge residents are celebrating after Lib Dem Councillor Ian Manning secured the final piece of funding to put an end to their parking problems.

Residents on the VIE estate in East Chesterton has been blighted by inconsiderate parking as drivers park outside marked bays since the roads were adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council two years ago.

Cllr Manning, who represents East Chesterton on the County Council, has spent the last year getting an agreement between residents for shared space for pedestrians and cyclists rather than a massive car park.

The County Council invested £4,500 in his proposals and members of Cambridge City Council’s North Area Committee last night (Thursday, July 3) agreed to give £500 of council money towards the project.

“This is really good news,” said Cllr Manning. “It means that finally we can put together a well-developed plan and end years of misery suffered by these residents.

“I have been very concerned that, if there were an emergency fire engines or ambulances might not be able to get through the cars.”

Resident, Marco Pinheiro said: “People have been parking their cars wherever they liked, outside the marked bays so it’s chaotic much of the time.

“I’ve seen some accidents in the Vie development and it is only a matter of time before there is a serious one.”

The Mariner’s Club first meeting tonight

June 24th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Tonight is the first meeting of new community group “The Mariner’s Club” which Cllr Ian Manning helped residents found.

The meeting will be at St Andrew’s Hall, tonight, at 2000.

More details of the group can be found on their website here: http://camsmarinersclub.wordpress.com/.

In particular they have helped secure the £10,000 Ian got from the County Council last year – which was put in jeopardy by Labour East Chesterton Councillors voting against retaining it.

Ian and residents worked to find the 10% contribution needed from a private backer that kept the project to improve the Mariner’s Way underpass alive.

Please come along tonight and show these dedicated residents your support.

The Chesterton Festival 2014

June 20th, 2014 by Ian Manning

This weekend sees the Chesterton Festival once again celebrate community life in our area.

From Friday night’s band night, through the community fun day on Saturday and concerts on Sunday, it is a fantastic celebration of the diversity and talent in our community.

Many of the East Chesterton Lib Dem team will be there, with Cllr Ian Manning stewarding & Shahida and Zoe taking part.

Full schedule and details are at: http://chestertonfestival.com/

More new bins – junction of Union Lane & Scotland Road

June 13th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Local Liberal Democrats are celebrating, with the addition of two new bins, alongside the new benches and path they secured on the green space near the Union Lane/Scotland Road junction.

Cllr Ian Manning, who pushed for the bins with local residents said “Sometimes it’s the small things – and the addition of these binds will hopefully reduce the amount of dumped rubbish in the area.”

City Council Election result

May 28th, 2014 by Ian Manning

Sadly, Zoe O’Connell lost out in the City election by a mere 10 votes.

Peter Burkinshaw UKIP 328 10.8%
Daniel John Conservative 260 8.6%
Zoe O’Connell Liberal Democrat 1066 35.2%
Peter Pope Green 299 9.9%
Peter Sarris Labour 1076 35.5%

There were 20 spoilt ballots.

Zoe would like to thank everyone who voted for her: “It was a really tough, close fight, and I’d like to congratulate Peter Sarris and wish him well.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me and I hope to see you soon.”