We will always remember that the Council is there to serve local residents. We know it isn’t possible to please everyone all of the time, but we believe that the Council must do better than its present performance.
We will build on the values of the Co-operative Movement to help us to listen to what residents want, to build trust and to benefit every town and village.
Labour will work with community organisations to aid volunteering, providing funding and supporting events. Labour will deliver high quality essential services in the face of Government cuts.
We’ll support local businesses, through a new Economic Recovery Officer, and work to keep our village high streets accessible and lively to attract shoppers.
The planning process must be more cooperative and welcome local knowledge. We’ll set up a water management review involving local groups and experts. Thecouncil must play its part in ending overextraction and sewage overflow.
Thanks to a Labour initiative there’s now a Cultural Strategy process. We will makesure South Cambs is a welcoming place with something for everyone.
A Labour Council will:
★ Work with Parish and Town Councils to create a Parish Forum as a trusted partnership. The Forum will share good ideas, influence to improve residents’ lives, and co-ordinate environmental stewardship across South Cambs.
★ Explore ways to put community assets under the control of local people through the use of Community Land Trusts.
★ Increase engagement in consultations. There will be better publicity. More ways to take part to suit people’s preferences. And fewer closed questions.
★ Strengthen the network of Community Centres to deliver a broad range of clubs, sports, leisure activities and entertainment for all ages. Involve disadvantaged groups.
★ Promote physical activity: children’s play apparatus and outdoor gym equipment.
★ Communicate the work of the Council including a monthly briefing for Parishes. Make sure that schemes that the Council funds are clearly identified as such.
★ Tackle the growing problems of loneliness and isolation through outreach work with a focus on new communities e,g, Cambourne, Northstowe, Waterbeach New Town.
★ Help stop fly-tipping with Community Skip Days. Prosecute rubbish dumpers.
★ Monitor air quality by major roads and schools (today, just three locations are monitored). Find mitigations for plans such as for the Waterbeach New Town School being built next to the A10.
★ Provide training for councillors on support services to help with their case work and to comply with anti-corruption and data protection legislation.