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SPRING 2014

Cambridge City Council’s magazine for residents

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Many residential streets in the north of Cambridge will shortly have 20mph speed limits introduced. The new limits are being put in place following public consultation, as the first phase of a project that will not affect major roads but will bring the reduced speed limit to most residential and local shopping streets in the city. The scheme aims to encourage more people to travel on foot or by bike; make it easier for pedestrians to cross roads; reduce the amount of road noise in residential areas; improve traffic flow and potentially reduce airborne pollution levels. In addition, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has stated that the severity of injuries sustained as a result of road accidents can be reduced when traffic travels more slowly. For more information visit cambridge.gov.uk/20mph-speed-limit

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Latest from the new neighbourhoods Clay Farm – name that community centre Local nature reserves spring into life Make the most of your community centres The Tour de France in Cambridge

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The city council’s budget 2014-15 Folk Festival hits 50 Thanks for recycling your batteries Is your business looking to grow? Know your city councillors

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Latest from the new neighbourhoods Elsewhere on the southern fringe Construction is under way on six sites and approximately 500 homes are now occupied at Trumpington Meadows, Clay Farm and Glebe Farm. For more information on two exciting developments at Clay Farm, see page 5. ■

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News from other growth sites North West Cambridge Planning approval was given in December for up to 1593 houses and associated facilities for Darwin Green 1 – the area between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road, previously known as NIAB. This is an ‘outline consent’, with no details of the housing areas as yet. The next stage is a detailed application for the main roads and open space across the site. The University of Cambridge has received outline approval for up to 3000 homes (1500 key worker homes and 1500 market houses) plus 2000 student rooms on the site between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road (which partly lies within South Cambridgeshire District Council’s area). Details have now been submitted for the first streets, approximately 500 houses and 325 student units, a food store and community centre.

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Spotlight on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus This large extension to the existing Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) to the west of Addenbrooke’s Hospital was approved in 2009. The new, larger campus will comprise space for clinical research, treatment, biomedical research and development, plus additional facilities. The CBC is already home to the Laboratory of Molecular Biology – medical research laboratories for the Medical Research Council. Papworth Hospital is intending to relocate to part of this site from their current home near Huntingdon – their site will be north of a large multi-storey car park for 1228 spaces that is currently being built. The planning application for Papworth is expected in June. Proposals are also coming forward for AstraZeneca to set up its corporate headquarters and its global research and development centre on the site, as announced last year. Approximately 2000 AstraZeneca employees are expected to be based at the CBC, many relocating from their current HQ in Cheshire by 2016/17. A planning application has just been submitted for a private hospital, hotel and conference centre (known as The Forum)

on the existing parking east of Robinson Way. An energy centre will be built to provide low carbon heating, hot water and energy for Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals, and other developments on the campus.

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Cambridge is a growing city. New homes, offices and workplaces are being completed and occupied every month in the city’s new neighbourhoods, to meet demand for housing and to provide the space for businesses to grow. The area on the southern fringe of Cambridge close to Trumpington and Addenbrooke’s Hospital has seen plenty of activity in recent months, with the expansion of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus now starting to take shape.

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Spotlight on Clay Farm The five sites making up the southern fringe development, near Trumpington and Addenbrooke’s, are continuing to make progress. Later this year, work is due to begin on two particularly innovative projects at the part of the site known as Clay Farm. A centre at the heart of the community

ground floor. On the first floor there will be more library space and community meeting rooms, while the second floor will be home to an extensive medical centre. Finally, the top two floors will be residential flats. It is envisaged that the centre will become a focal point for the new community and is being designed to meet the different and changing needs of the residents.

A planning application has recently been submitted for a multi-purpose community centre at the heart of the Clay Farm development. This city council-led project will provide a landmark building on a public square comprising a multi-use hall, community café, a flexible space for children and young people and a public library – all on the

Name that building Do you think you could come up with the perfect name for the new community centre at Clay Farm? We’re looking for a name that sums up what the building will mean to the new neighbourhood being built in the south of Cambridge. The name will be chosen by a specially selected panel, and the winner will be invited to play a key role in the centre’s opening ceremony – as well as knowing that their idea will grace an important building for many years to come. You can submit your suggested name along with an explanation (in no more than 140 characters) by Friday 11 April. Send it by email to geoff.bruce@cambridge.gov.uk or by post to Geoff Bruce, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH along with your name, and contact details.

The Local Plan 2014 – what happens next? The Local Plan 2014 is the document that will set out the framework for the growth and development of Cambridge until 2031. After the end of consultation on the draft Local Plan last September, key issues were discussed at a number of council committee meetings late last year and earlier this year. Following the full council meeting on February 13, the plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State at the end of March, and an independent inspector will be appointed to examine the plan. The inspector will test the plan against national planning guidance as well as considering local concerns. Once the inspector has been appointed, a programme of hearing sessions will be set up in order to discuss the key issues raised. The programme officer, who manages the

examination for the inspector, will notify those who have asked to be part of the examination or to be kept informed of the examination. The inspector can require changes to be made to the plan – where these changes are significant, the inspector may require further consultation to be carried out before the examination is closed. It is envisaged that the plan could be formally adopted by the council in winter 2014-15. Contact details for the programme officer and examination arrangements will be made available on the council’s website. ■

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One of the housing developments being built at Clay Farm, just beside the new community centre, will set an impressive new benchmark for developments in the city. The Quad is a housing development being built on councilowned land to comply with level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. This means that it will set new standards for projects of this size in Cambridge for sustainability, with features including reduced water usage, lower energy consumption, and outside areas that encourage plants, animals and birds. But quite apart from these environmental features, this is set to be an innovative development, constructed around a series of individual and differentiated ‘squares’, mirroring the design of some famous Cambridge colleges, with homes surrounding interior gardens and public areas to encourage a real sense of community. There will ultimately be up to 208 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes at The Quad, and 50% of them will be affordable – either available for affordable rents or on sharedownership schemes. If the planning application is approved, the first residents are expected to move in there by the end of 2015. ■

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Work begins on new council homes

Local nature reserves spring into life With the days getting longer and warmer temperatures ahead, spring is a great time of year to go and explore the city’s local nature reserves. There are 12 reserves in Cambridge, each of them providing important protected habitats for flora and fauna, and offering residents an easily accessible taste of the countryside within the city’s boundaries. Improvements are set to be completed at two nature reserves this spring, to make them more appealing to visitors – whether human, plant, or animal. These projects have been funded by S106 financial contributions by homeowners and property developers, which are earmarked for informal open spaces like these. Paradise Local Nature Reserve Marsh is being restored by excavating an existing section to retain seasonal flood waters and attract more diverse plant life Willows nearby have been coppiced to increase light levels and improve views from the riverside and new boardwalk The boardwalk between Lammas Land car park and Newnham Croft has been extended through the site to improve year-round accessibility New interpretation boards have been installed at entrances Council officers visited the adjacent Newnham Croft Primary School to talk to pupils about the project, and to work with the school on its own wildlife area

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and pond bordering the reserve Find it: Paradise LNR is on the west bank of the Cam near Lammas Land car park in Newnham Stourbridge Common Local Nature Reserve New ‘scrape’ habitats have been created. Scrapes are shallow excavations which allow seasonal standing water to remain for longer, and encourage aquatic creatures as well as predators that feed on them, such as wintering snipe Tawny owl, kestrel and bat boxes have been installed A 300 metre section of riverbank is being replaced to encourage vegetation to stabilise the bank and benefit wildlife New interpretation boards have been placed at key entrances Find it: Stourbridge Common LNR is alongside the Cam, accessible from Riverside or Oyster Row off Newmarket Road. ■

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Work recently began on a construction programme to build more than 180 new homes for affordable rent and for sale. Eight council-owned ‘brownfield’ sites - formerly used for industrial or housing purposes - are being developed initially, and 126 council homes will be among the properties built in the next 18 months, starting in Barnwell Road, Latimer Close and Stanesfield Road. The programme, which will also include developments in Water Lane and Green End Road, Aylesborough Close and Campkin Court, aims to help meet current high demand for housing in Cambridge and reduce waiting lists for council homes. This will be the first significant project to build new council homes in the city for more than 20 years. The areas in which houses will be built are all sites previously containing development, some of which have contained onebedroom flats and bungalows, which will be demolished. The new homes will be of high quality, and will offer tenants lower energy bills by being built to high energy-efficiency standards. The work will be carried out by Keepmoat, who were selected by the city council because of their track record in building high quality, affordable new homes elsewhere in England. The project is being funded by £2.45m of government money, provided through the Homes and Communities Agency. ■

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Make the most of city life at your local community centre

You may know that the city council manages a number of community and neighbourhood centres across Cambridge. But who are these centres really for? Well, as thousands of people who use them each year could already tell you, these welcoming and well-equipped community spaces are there for anyone who wants to use them - and for a multitude of different reasons. In any typical week, the centres play host to all kinds of different activities and sessions for different groups, and they all have individual rooms and spaces available to hire at affordable rates. Some of the centres have their own café facilities, while most have full internet access and audio-visual equipment available. Some have rooms and areas for large-scale events, some are more suited to smaller groups and activities. They all have catering and toilet facilities for people hiring facilities, and are wheelchair accessible. Each of them is managed by staff who are available to help you with any enquiries about holding events there. 82 Akeman Street A cosy meeting space in the heart of Akeman Street community near Histon Road and Victoria Road, suitable for up to 20 people. Kitchen and internet facilities are available to hirers. Akeman St is also home to the Arc Children’s Centre, Bengali Health project and Arbury Neighbourhood Project. E: akeman.street@cambridge.gov.uk T: 01223 508150

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Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre Brown’s Field is a multifunctional building with a good variety of different rooms and some wonderful outside spaces. It is used for activities including playgroups, toddler groups, dance, fitness and a film club. E: brownsfield@cambridge.gov.uk T: 01223 420309 Meadows Community Centre The largest of all the council run facilities with a café open five days a week. It is suitable for conferences and big events, as well as being home to a range of regular groups and activities for the community. It is staffed seven days a week. E: meadows@cambridge.gov.uk T: 01223 508140

The council also supports the King’s Hedges Partnership and the Trumpington Residents Association to run three other community spaces: No. 37 Lawrence Way Community House and Nuns Way Pavilion in King’s Hedges, and Trumpington Pavilion. ■

Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre A friendly neighbourhood centre in King’s Hedges. It runs a regular programme of activities and events for families and older people including an annual Pumpkin Party, soft play project, quizzes and socials for the whole community. E: bsnc@cambridge.gov.uk T: 01223 508149 Ross Street Community Centre A well-used friendly neighbourhood centre off Mill Road with a range of regular activities for all ages. It is also the home of after school and holiday clubs. E: ross.street@cambridge.gov.uk T: 01223 471674

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The Tour de France in Cambridge – A day like no other Are you ready for the biggest annual sporting event in the world, which is taking place right on your doorstep this summer? Just in case you hadn’t heard yet, Cambridge is playing host to stage 3 of this year’s Tour de France on Monday 7 July. It’s going to be one of the most exciting events to hit Cambridge for years. The world’s leading cyclists – potentially including the likes of Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish – plus their teams and support staff, sponsors, media, thousands of spectators and all the associated razzmatazz will descend upon the city that day. Cambridge is hosting the start of the final UK stage of this year’s Tour as it heads off towards the Mall in London, following the first two stages in Yorkshire. A massive archway marking the official start line will be situated on Gonville Place with the sign-in podium nearby, where all the riders register in person before getting on their bikes for the day. Meanwhile Parker’s Piece will be home to a cycling village, entertainment and a big screen – part of this year’s specially extended Big Weekend. Before the racing itself gets under way

spectators will be able to enjoy the traditional publicity caravan from around 10.15am – when brightly coloured vehicles belonging to the Tour’s sponsors will parade along the day’s route, generally cranking up the atmosphere and handing out goodies to the watching crowds. Following that, the competitors will take centre stage from about 12.15pm, rolling out gently along Regent Street, St Andrew’s Street and Sidney Street, turning left at the Round Church, down past King’s College and out of the city along Trumpington Road, when the real racing can begin. Naturally an event of this scale will lead to some disruption to everyday life in the city and beyond. There will be road closures, changes to public car parks, diversions and some changes to bus routes for example – not to mention an influx of spectators to the city centre streets. These details are still being finalised, so check cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge closer to the time, and sign up to our social media channels, but get ready for some adjustments to city life that day. People living or working near the route will receive a leaflet through their doors during the spring with details of how they will be affected.

Throughout the spring and summer Cambridge is set to have its place as the UK’s ‘capital of cycling’ confirmed, with a host of other cycle-related activities, events and roadshows to look forward to under the title of the Velo Festival. For details visit cambridgeshire.gov.uk/velofestival. In addition, a large-scale public art project involving nine choirs at locations along the route will help to celebrate the tour and showcase the city to the world. To keep up to date with all the latest developments keep checking the links below. ■

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The city council’s budget The city council provides a wide range of services to you and your families. It is important to you that you get value for money for the services you receive and that we make it as easy as possible for you to access the services you need. Only 11.2% of the council tax you pay is allocated to the city council. We are also responsible for collecting council tax for the county council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and the fire and rescue authority. This year the city council has approved an increase for 2014/15 of just under 2% of its share of the bill. For a household paying band D council tax, this will result in an increase of £3.39 per year for city council services (just over 6p per week). This year the city council will spend £96.3 million on providing you with local services, including: Emptying bins and improving your recycling services Keeping streets, parks and open spaces clean and tidy Providing entertainment in parks and in the Corn Exchange and Guildhall Providing a range of leisure facilities including swimming pools and community centres Dealing with antisocial behaviour and calls about noise nuisance Providing housing advice and support Planning for new developments and growth in the city and determining planning applications

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health services • Environmental crematorium and cemeteries • Cambridge car parks and the Shopmobility • Managing service Visit Cambridge, improving • Running Cambridge markets and working in

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elections and managing the • Organising electoral register to your enquiries at our • Responding customer service centre local taxes and administering • Collecting housing benefit and support for council tax

The majority of the money to pay for services comes from government grant, fees and charges, property rents and a share of local business rates. The balance, £6.7 million, is met from council tax. In addition we are landlord to nearly 7,200 council houses, and rents from these are kept separate to pay for services to tenants. The current economic situation and the government’s plans to tackle the national deficit continue to be a challenge for the city council. Funding reductions will continue and these, together with other cost pressures, mean that the city council must continue to find significant savings and more efficient ways of working. In assessing where we will find further savings, councillors have said their aim will be to: Protect the basic services that keep our city looking good and working well

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Credit unions on hand to help you save Have you ever thought of saving money with a credit union? Credit unions can offer a safer way to borrow and build up savings, rather than using doorstep lenders or payday loan companies. Two local credit unions are on hand at the council’s Customer Service Centre every week, where any residents interested in learning more about saving with a credit union can talk to their representatives. Credit unions are registered with the Financial Services Authority, meaning your savings are protected in the same way as money deposited with a building society, but you will not earn interest on them. The unions are cooperatives that are typically run by volunteers, which means any profits are put back into the union to fund loans to members. Some of the benefits of

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credit unions are that they: Help members to save regularly Lend to members at a low rate of interest Provide advice and support to help members look after their money Are run by people from the local community

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Rainbow Saver Anglia Credit Union have a stand near the main entrance to the Customer Service Centre on Mondays and Thursdays, from 11am-1pm, while Cambridge City Credit Union are in the same place on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm. ■

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Praise for council’s mixed housing development The council owns and manages a wide range of accommodation around the city for residents with particular needs. One of the best-known and largest is Ditchburn Place on Mill Road, which has recently been given a positive inspection report from the independent Care Quality Commission (CQC). Ditchburn Place was formerly the city’s maternity hospital (and before that a workhouse), but since 1990 it has been a mixed housing development that currently provides homes for more than 100 tenants, with different accommodation options available depending on how much support they each need. In the recent inspection report, Ditchburn Place was awarded a status of ‘fully compliant’ in all areas, meaning it meets all national standards. The inspector

commented that ‘there was a warm and friendly rapport between people using the service and care staff which demonstrated that people were supported and assisted appropriately’. The full report can be read on the CQC’s website at www.cqc.org.uk The extra care and sheltered housing accommodation is due to be fully refurbished soon, ensuring all flats have level access bathrooms as well as new kitchens and a full redecoration. Many smaller flats will be structurally changed and made bigger, giving much more space and easier access for the tenants. The communal areas will also be spruced up and a full heating and electrical upgrade will be completed. Ditchburn Place is very much at the heart of the community on Mill Road and the team there - which is made up of staff and volunteers - run a variety of activities

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throughout the week as well as a daily lunch club. Anyone is welcome to attend these activities. Just get in touch if you would like to know more, or if you would like to volunteer there. ■

Lock it, don’t lose it Since Cambridge is the UK city with the highest proportion of regular cyclists, it’s perhaps no surprise that we also have more than our share of cycle thefts. But Cambridgeshire police are currently running a campaign, supported by the city council, to remind cyclists of some simple steps they can take to make their bikes less appealing to potential thieves. Here are some of the things you can do: It’s best to use two different locks on your bike – it makes it harder to steal as a thief needs different tools for each lock Lock ‘tight’ so that your bike is hard to move around when parked Lock both wheels and the frame to a

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bike stand or other immovable object Secure your lock so it does not touch the ground Park your bike where lots of people can see it Don’t leave your bike in the same place every day You can also register your bike at www. immobilise.com. It only takes a couple of minutes and it’s free. All you need is your bicycle model, make and frame number. Once you have registered your bike, you will have a better chance of getting it back if it is lost or stolen. If your bike is stolen, report it to the police and flag it as stolen on your account as soon as possible. Reporting your bike as lost or stolen helps

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Police warning over phone scam Police are warning residents to be on the alert for fraudsters posing as police. The scam involves people claiming to be police phoning and making claims like: “A criminal has been arrested with a large sum of money and a list of names and addresses, including yours,” or “Your bank is under investigation for putting fraudulent bank notes into your account” Fraudsters then advise the victim to call their bank or the police. The victim hangs up but the caller does not. Without realising it, the victim talks to the fraudster again, who claims he will need to see the victim’s bank card and will need their PIN number, or that they should

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withdraw money so the ‘police’ can check the notes. The caller says then sends a smartly-dressed man, or innocentlyinvolved courier or taxi to their home to collect the card or money. Cash is taken or the bank card and PIN number is used to withdraw cash. Police advise that banks will never ask for your PIN by phone and to never give it out. If in doubt about anyone you speak to on the phone, hang up and ensure the line has been terminated before ringing back on an official number. Never give bank cards or cash to anyone at the door, even if they say they are from your bank or the police. To report an incident in action call 999; after the event call Action Fraud on 0300 1232040. ■

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Cambridge Folk Festival News in brief Councils launch social marks its 50th year lettings agency Cambridge Folk Festival is always one of the most eagerly-anticipated events in the city’s calendar. But this year’s festival is set to be even more special than usual, as it marks the annual event’s 50th anniversary. Since its debut in 1965 – which featured, among other performers, a young Paul Simon – the city council-run festival has grown into one of the best-loved music festivals in the world. Over the years artists including Martin Carthy, Emmylou Harris, the Pogues, Mumford and Sons, Steeleye Span, Joan Baez, Pentangle and Laura Marling have all appeared on stage at Cherry Hinton Hall. This status has recently been acknowledged at folk music’s most prestigious awards ceremony, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall. Cambridge Folk Festival was presented with the Good Tradition Award – an honour given to a person, group or organisation for their contribution to traditional music. The first acts on this year’s bill – including Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Richard Thompson have

recently been announced and as ever tickets for this year’s festival are selling fast. Visitors can expect the usual mixture of well-known international artists alongside newer talents, across four different stages. City residents can, as usual, take advantage of a special discount scheme. But if you want to be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, make sure you move fast! ■

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Get ready to vote on 22 May Elections take place on Thursday 22 May this year. This is a little later than most years so that elections to Cambridge City Council and to the European Parliament can both take place on the same day. City councillors make many important decisions about how local services are provided, and about how money is spent on behalf of residents. Voting in the city council elections for your preferred candidate is an important way of ensuring that your concerns will be represented and that your voice is heard locally. If you’d like to get actively involved in local decisionmaking, you may even wish to stand as a candidate yourself. To find out how, visit cambridge. gov.uk/elections In order to vote you need to be listed on the electoral register. Every household in Cambridge received a voter registration form last autumn and canvassers recently visited homes that hadn’t responded. If for any reason you think you’re still not registered to vote please visit the council website where

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City residents have the chance to enjoy reduced energy bills after the launch of the Cambridgeshire Energy Switch. The scheme uses the bargaining power of a large number residents to bid for better prices for electricity and gas from suppliers. The first opportunity to join the scheme ended in February, but you can sign up now for future opportunities in May and September. For more details visit bigcommunityswitch.ichoosr.com

Street Games in Arbury and Abbey Throughout 2014, our Street Games programme of free sports and activities for 14-25 year olds will be running in Arbury and Abbey wards. Sessions being planned for the year include football, basketball, grass track cycling, tennis, gym sessions, plus girls-only taster sessions in a variety of exercise classes. For information and to get involved visit cambridge.gov.uk/ informal-sport-for-young-people or call 01223 457532. ■

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Thank you for recycling your batteries What happens to the batteries? The batteries are sorted according to their chemical content, and are recycled either in the UK or in Europe. Chemicals are extracted and re-used, and the metal casing is melted down and recycled – the steel in the casing can be used in construction. ■

More than 300,000 AA-equivalent batteries have been recycled by Cambridge residents using the city council’s kerbside collection since May 2011. Laid end to end these batteries would reach from Jesus Green to Duxford Imperial War Museum! Why recycling batteries is important When batteries begin to decompose in landfill sites, they can release chemicals like lead, zinc and mercury into the environment. Recycling them protects the environment and ensures that the materials can be made into something new – for example lead can be re-used in new batteries, and mercury can be used in fluorescent lighting. How to recycle your batteries with your green bin It’s easy to recycle your batteries from home. All you need to do is: Put your batteries in a small plastic bag, or a battery bag (you should have

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North Area Committee

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Arbury Carina O’Reilly 97a Victoria Road, CB4 3BS  carinaoreilly@gmail.com

King’s Hedges T: 07791 227953 Labour

Nigel Gawthrope 15 Perse Way, CB4 3SG  nigel.gawthrope@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 07885 976830 Labour

T: 07964 280689 Labour

T: 07974 392234 Liberal Democrat

Mike Todd-Jones 2 Tedder Way, CB4 3RJ  mike.todd-jones@cambridge.gov.uk 

Labour & Co-operative

Kevin Price 12 Lavender Road, CB4 2PU  kevin.price@cambridge.gov.uk

Tim Ward 12 Harding Way, CB4 3RR  tim@brettward.co.uk

T: 316389 Liberal Democrat

Simon Brierley 9 Markham Close, CB4 2PX  simon.brierley1@googlemail.com

T: 353937

East Chesterton Gerri Bird 5 Grieve Court, CB4 1FR  gerribird@sky.com

West Chesterton Labour

Damien Tunnacliffe 45 Pretoria Road, CB4 1HD  damientunnacliffe@yahoo.co.uk

T: 07514 939459 Liberal Democrat

Susannah Kerr 101 Gilbert Road, CB4 3NZ  susannahfkerr@gmail.com

T: 457238 Liberal Democrat

Max Boyce 18 Springfield Road, CB4 1AD  maxboyce@cix.co.uk

T: 358292 Liberal Democrat

Margery Abbott 85 Darwin Drive, CB4 3HQ  margery.abbott.labour@hotmail.co.uk

T: 07766 092034 Labour

Mike Pitt 57 Coles Road, Milton, CB24 6BL  mike@einval.com

T: 709544 Liberal Democrat

South Area Committee

T: 457239

Trumpington

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Cherry Hinton Robert Dryden 8 Bird Farm Road, Fulbourn, CB21 5DP  robert.dryden@cambridge.gov.uk

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Wards: Arbury, East Chesterton, King’s Hedges & West Chesterton For more information on North Area Committee meetings and how you can get involved please contact us on 01223 457000 or go to cambridge.gov.uk/north-area-committee

Shapour Meftah 104 Foster Road, CB2 9JR  shapour.meftah@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 512647 Conservative

Andy Blackhurst 34 Foster Road, Trumpington, CB2 9JR  andy.blackhurst@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 511937 Liberal Democrat

Sheila Stuart 3 Aberdeen Square, CB2 8BZ  sheilastuart17@gmail.com

T: 457233 Liberal Democrat

Queen Edith’s Jean Swanson 75 Cavendish Avenue, CB1 7UR  jsswanson@ntlworld.com

T: 248319 Liberal Democrat

Russ McPherson 184 Church End, Cherry Hinton, CB1 3LB  T: 457227 russ.mcpherson@cambridge.gov.uk Labour

George Pippas (Deputy Mayor) 5 Mowbray Road, CB1 7SR  george.pippas@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 473223 Liberal Democrat

Mark Ashton 23 March Lane, Cherry Hinton, CB1 3LG  T: 07774 570976 mark.ashton@cambridge.gov.uk Labour & Co-operative

Sue Birtles 96 Lovell Road, CB4 2QP  sue.birtles@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour & Co-operative

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East Area Committee

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Abbey

Wards: Abbey, Coleridge, Petersfield & Romsey For more information on East Area Committee meetings and how you can get involved please contact us on 01223 457000 or go to cambridge.gov.uk/east-area-committee

Coleridge

Caroline Hart 3 Galfrid Road, CB5 8ND  caroline.hart@cambridge.gov.uk Peter Roberts 97a Victoria Road, CB4 3BS  peter.roberts@cambridge.gov.uk Richard Johnson 688 Newmarket Road, CB5 8RS  richard.johnson@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour

Jeremy Benstead 40 Hurrell Road, CB4 3RH  j_benstead@live.co.uk

Labour

T: 07968 216411 Labour

Lewis Herbert 77 Cherry Hinton Road, CB1 7BS  lewis.herbert@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour & Co-operative

George Owers Flat 2, 17 West Road, CB3 9DP george.owers@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour & Co-operative

T: 520027

T: 07769 974307 Labour & Co-operative

Petersfield

T: 351669

T: 721027

T: 07833 012979

Romsey

Sarah Brown 23 Ravensworth Gardens, CB1 2XL  sarah.brown@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 710580 Liberal Democrat

Zoe Moghadas 62 Greville Road, CB1 3QL  zoe.moghadas@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 07813 700986 Labour

T: 213803 Liberal Democrat

Gail Marchant-Daisley 120 Ross Street, CB1 3BU  gail.marchant-daisley@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour

Paul Saunders (Mayor) 34 Ross Street, CB1 3BX  paul.saunders@cambridge.gov.uk

Kevin Blencowe 16 Ferndale Rise, CB5 8QG  kevin.blencowe@gmail.com

T: 07914 700602 Labour

Catherine Smart 136 Ross Street, CB1 3BU  chlsmart@cix.co.uk

T: 511210 Liberal Democrat

John Hipkin 15 Oxford Road, CB4 3PH  castleindependent@gmail.com

T: 564126 Independent

Simon Kightley 6 Sherlock Court, CB3 0JB  simon.kightley@googlemail.com

T: 07450 382870 Liberal Democrat

Philip Tucker 11 Maltings Close, CB5 8EB  tuckerphilipa@btinternet.com

T: 210036 Liberal Democrat

West/Central Area Committee

T: 722214

Castle

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Market

Newnham

Tim Bick 13 Warkworth Street, CB1 1EG  tim.bick@btinternet.com

T: 07720 413173 Liberal Democrat

Rod Cantrill 11 Millington Road, CB3 9HW  rcantrill@millingtonadvisory.com

T: 368928 Liberal Democrat

Andrea Reiner 24 Hurst Park Avenue, CB4 2AE  andrea.reiner@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 07717 693858 Liberal Democrat

Sian Reid 27 Millington Road, CB3 9HW  sianreid27@gmail.com

T: 356100 Liberal Democrat

Julie Smith Flat 15, Robinson College, CB3 9AN  julie.smith@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 766259 Liberal Democrat

Colin Rosenstiel Broughton House, 98 King Street, CB1 1LN  T: 368326 rosenstiel@cix.co.uk Liberal Democrat

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