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After running a full campaign Dave Baigent was re-elected as City Councillor for Romsey on Thursday 3rd May 2018.

The singlest most points raised on the doorsteps and in the streets were about the state of the roads and pavements, and speculative development that was damaging the community in Romsey and the wider city.

Roads and pavements are the responsibility of the County Council who take over 73% of our council tax, and yet seem incapable of being able to maintain our infrastructure.

Dave made a specific pledge during the campaign which was 

It is my pledge to the people of Romsey that I will fight hard to stop any more speculative student flats being developed in Romsey and to contain the speculative development of other forms of accommodation.  It may be that we have to look for new approaches that include more Romsey residents acting to get their voice heard."  

 

The results in Romsey

 

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Council Tax and how it is divided

 

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Dave's Campaign page follows

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Four year's ago Romsey elected Dave Baigent as their City Councillor and he brought a new passion to the idea of giving Romsey a voice.

"On that night in May 2014 I was so proud to be elected as City Councillor for Romsey.  Ever since then I have made it my duty to ensure that Romsey's voice is heard.  I leave no stone unturned in my efforts to see that Romsey and our City get the best possible outcomes - I am available seven day's a week and even on holiday I deal with my emails as they come in.  That is what I pledged to do and that is what I have done."

"Everything that I have done in Romsey and on the wider council is the result of belonging to a great team here in Romsey.  Without their support I am nothing."

A reminded of May 2014

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Some of the team at the Guildhall count in 2014 - 0400 on the morning after the election.

Labour win the seat in Romsey by increasing their vote by 62.5%

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Meeting Residents

Even before he was elected Dave had made his presence felt on the doorsteps and at the stalls held regularly outside the Coop.  Labour's team in Romsey has continued this approach as a great way to hear what you want to say.  From these street stalls and in our door knocking we make ourselves available to everyone in the ward.  We are out door-knocking from September through to May because we believe this is the best way that resident's voice can be heard.  We also issue regular newsletters, and Tweet and use Facebook prolifically.  Through these forms of communications we have brought politics in Romsey into people's lives. 

 

Dave is making a pledge to try new strategies for getting Romsey's voice heard.  

After the failure to stop the development of student flats at the Labour Club (and also remembering what happened at McLaren's and with the development of a number of HMO's) Dave says:

"It is my pledge to the people of Romsey that I will fight hard to stop any more speculative student flats being developed in Romsey and to contain the speculative development of other forms of accommodation.  It may be that we have to look for new approaches that include more Romsey residents acting to get their voice heard."

 

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If you want to know what Dave is thinking about on a day to day basis, then follow his twitter @dave4labour

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Dave serves on the following committees: 

  1. Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee (Vice-Chair)
  2. Cambridge City Joint Area Committee
  3. Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel
  4. FullCouncil
  5. Development Plan Scrutiny Sub-Committee
  6. East Area Committee
  7. Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly
  8. Greater Cambridge Partnership Smart Places Working Group
  9. Housing Scrutiny Committee
  10. Joint Development Control - Cambridge Fringes - Development Control Forum
  11. Joint Development Control Committee - Cambridge Fringes
  12. The Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority Scrutiny Committee
  13. The Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority Scrutiny Committee’s task group on Cam Metro
  14. The Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership
  15. The Greater Cambridge Partnership Smart Places Working Group
  16. Opening Romsey Lakes

Dave is also Lead Councillor on the Private Rental Sector 

 

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Some examples of Dave's work within the ward. 

One of the first challenges Dave took on was to open Romsey Lakes:
"I first visited Romsey Lakes soon after i had been elected. As I entered the site i could not believe what I saw.  Acres of water, with Swans, Ducks and endless amounts of wildlife opened up before me.  I had been told that there had been several efforts to open the lakes and that all had failed.  I like a challenge and even more importantly I realised that this haven just 50 yards from the busy Ring Road should rightly be available to the public. 
I set up a committee and at the first meeting I suggested we would have the lakes open in six months.  Little did I realise at that time just how many obstacles there would be.  However, standing on the shoulders of those who had gone before me, our committee started to unravel the bureaucracy and opposition to a point where the Lakes were open to unescorted visitors for the first time ever on Sunday 11th March.  But this was 2018 and not 2014.  Over 1,000 people attended and after a gap to allow the wild life to breed during April and May, the Lakes will open for a Sunday in June and once a month thereon.  This is just the beginning."
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Dave was involved in the development of, and continues to support the Edge Cafe.  To show support for the work that 'The Edge' is about, Dave recently attended an event there to celebrate an exhibition by the Cambridge Community Arts Photographers Collective. 

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Dear Dave
It was so wonderful to meet you and your wife . Thank you again for all your support and interest.  It was and is much appreciated. Your wife's comments of how welcome and comfortable she felt was so much appreciated. I passed those comments onto the Edge Cafe too.
I must add that it is my first time of having a selfie .. quite an experience.

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Romsey Labour Club

The historic building that was the Labour Club has come to symbolise Romsey's resistance to overdevelopment.  After protracted negotiations with the developer we won the first round when the planning committee rejected the proposal.  At the second hearing the developers won as councillors unanimously agreed to allow the development. Dave fought hard to support the over 100 residents who challenged the development on the planning website.  Dave says

'They are now going to bury Romsey Labour Club under 'student flats' that are designed for post-grads.  This despite Robinson College boarding up their post grad accommodation in Romsey Terrace because post grads did not want to live so far from their college.

I am lost for words. Well actually I am not but I have to be silent because I am so angry that Romsey Labour Club, a piece of social history, built by the people of Romsey is to be destroyed in order to make money for a developer. 

It is my pledge to the people of Romsey that I will fight hard to stop any more speculative student flats being developed in Romsey and to contain the speculative development of other forms of accommodation.  It may be that we have to look for new approaches that include more Romsey residents acting to get their voice heard."  

Dave's spoke at the planning committee (after Andrew Clarke who made a massive contribution about why not to allow this development) in a speech that was interrupted by the Chair who insisted that ... well you see for yourself at this video link 

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Trying to save Romsey from Developers:

The way that Romsey is being developed, even over developed, is a constant discussion point on the doorsteps with Romsey residents.  Dave is not a member of the Planning Committee, but he has, since he was elected in 2014, been the principal voice of Romsey when he has used the right of a Councillor to speak at planning meetings.  One speech often labelled by local planning activists as 'Cambridge's despair' perhaps personifies Romsey's problem when Dave was appealing to the planning committee to turn down a plan for another HMO in Madras road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLZM7i3SXZ4&t=17s

 

"It has been an ongoing battle trying to stop overdevelopment in Romsey.  I would like to say that I have been successful but many of the attempts to stop a development at Planning Committee have been lost.  At times I despair.  I mostly meet with those planning controversial developments before plans are submitted to try to ameliorate the impact and there have been many successes.
 
However, when we get to the public committee The Government has set an expectation that permission will be granted.  This is a legal matter and councillors on the committee cannot represent a party and we are unable to whip them.  However, I do feel that Romsey's voice is heard.  As I gain experience we are getting better at presenting a case and there have been successes.  Our next big challenge is this Wednesday when we will be opposing the plans for Romsey Labour Club."
Dave presented the case for saving the Labour Club but was constantly interrupted by the chair.  You can watch the video.  This shows how Dave did his best to get the committee onside but singularly failed.  

Ridgeon's Site

After two years of negotiations, following earlier protest we managed to get an outcome that we were prepared to support. It may not have been perfect, but includes 40% social housing.   ridgeons_protest.jpg ridgeons_plan.jpg

St Philips School 

The parents at St Philip's School were almost caught of guard by the attempts to academise St Philips School.  What followed was a wonderful example of how a community can band together with politicians and prove that the voice of the ordinary woman and man still counts.  

 

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Coop Frontage

Plans are agreed for a small town square outside the Coop - this will be delivered soon.

Romsey "R"

To celebrate the history of the work done by Romsey residents on the Railway, the renovation of the land at Mill Road junction of Cavendish Road will feature a bronze R.  Dave first raised this before he was elected and we have now agreed plans for this work to be completed.    IMG_6275.jpg

Chisholm Trail

Dave has provided a very real effort of support for the Chisholm Trail.  This should not be surprising as Dave is an outspoken cyclist who each day cycles up and down Mill Road. 

Supporting UCU

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Children's Centres

As soon as we heard about the plans to cut children's centres we quickly arranged a meeting with Romsey Mill and we were saddened to hear just how much these cuts would affect them.

Our response was to hold a street table outside the Coop highlighting what was happening and to provide information in our newsletters to rally support.  We also contacted and met with our county colleagues who took the fight to a full County Council meeting.  The libdems also joined with Labour in the challenge to the Tories but our joint efforts did not raise enough votes to overturn the Tory majority.

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Pollution, Congestion and Parking

One part of Romsey has already agreed to become a resident parking zone.  However, this is not without its difficulties as the gain from stopping commuter parking has also resulted in the loss of some parking spaces.  When the consultation on the main part of Romsey starts then your councillors will be part of the public meetings that take place.  We will need to be very clear about the limits to parking that we are prepared to recommend to our voters.

Policing

Dave represents Cambridge on the Police Panel.  He is constantly arguing for a greater police presence throughout the City. 

There seems to be a greater awareness of drug 'dealing' going on in Romsey.  I am pursuing this with the police and the City Council's Anti Social Behaviour Team.

Taxis

Because of the work Dave has done representing Cambridge on the Policing Panel, Dave has become involved with Cambridge Taxi associations. 

 

Greater Cambridge Partnership

Dave represents Cambridge on this influential committee.  Mostly Dave is concentrating on reducing pollution in the City ...

Combined Authority

Dave represents Cambridge on the scrutiny committee for the Combined Authority.  With the help of Rod Cantrell, Dave has set up a task group that will closely scrutinise the latest suggestions for a Cam Metro and how it will tunnel under Cambridge.

Building Council Houses in Cambridge

As a member of the Housing Scrutiny Committee Dave has been closely associated with the deal to build 500 Council Houses.  Dave is vice chair of the Scrutiny Committee for Strategy and Resources and in this roll he has worked very closely with its Chair, Sophie Barnett, in questioning how these homes will be built and how the money will be found to do so.

 

LABOUR'S MANIFESTO FOR THE 2018 ELECTION

Speaking at the city centre meeting to condemn the bombing of Syria . 
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Anti-semitism and the Labour Party (1) - Jeremy Corbyn’s statement

Labour Party members will already have received this statement by email.  It is printed here for the benefit of other Camaraderie readers

Our Party was founded on the principles of solidarity and equality. We are proudly anti-racist, and at our best when we work together, uniting people in hope and against fear and division.

This week, Jewish leaders wrote to me to express their anger and upset about antisemitism in the Labour Party.

I want to assure you that prejudice against, and harassment of, Jewish people have no place whatsoever in our Party.

It's important to develop a deeper understanding of what constitutes antisemitism.

Often it takes familiar forms, but newer forms of antisemitism have also appeared, sometimes woven into criticisms of the actions of Israeli governments.

Criticism of Israel, and support for the rights of the Palestinians, is entirely legitimate. Support for justice for the Palestinian people should provide no one with the excuse to insult, harass or encourage hatred of Jewish people.

And abuse and personal attacks of any kind, on social media or in person, are never acceptable.

I am committed to ensuring our Party is a welcoming and secure place for everyone. I offer all Jewish members my assurance that this applies equally to them. I want all of us to hear Jewish voices and listen.

If you are not Jewish, I want you to better understand the importance of this issue and what we can do together to ensure our Party remains true to our values.

Zero tolerance for antisemitism means what it says. We will not accept it.

We have to get this right, all of us. Because divided societies cannot achieve justice.

As we head into elections in May and look towards the next General Election whenever it might come, let's take the lead in building a society free from prejudice. One that enables everyone to realise their full potential, and cares for all.

Thank you for supporting Labour.

Jeremy Corbyn

Leader of the Labour Party 

 

Anti-semitism and the Labour Party (2) - Jeremy Corbyn confirms that he is still looking to meet with the Jewish organisations that have criticised his handling of anti-semitism in the Labour Party.

Responding to a letter from the Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies, Jeremy Corbyn reaffirms his determination to “address the anguish and distress caused to many people in the Jewish community”.

He accepts a “responsibility to give a strong and continuing personal lead” in the fight against antisemitism within the party and more broadly.

Corbyn goes on to confirm that he is seeking an “early” meeting with the Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies to address the concerns expressed by parts of the Jewish community.

The Labour leader suggests that new general secretary Jennie Formby would “value being part of such a meeting”, and says he would place “no limitations” on the topics discussed.

This is the full text of Corbyn’s letter to the Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies.

 

Dear Jonathan and Jonathan,

Thank you for your reply to my letter of March 26.

Let me straight away reaffirm that I appreciate and understand the anger you express, and reiterate my determination to fight antisemitism within the Labour Party and society at large.  As Leader of this Party, I accept my responsibility to give a strong and continuing personal lead in this fight and – along with the General Secretary – I recommit to doing all I can to address the anguish and distress caused to many people in the Jewish community.

As I said in my reply to your initial letter, I would welcome an early meeting with your organisations to discuss the issues that you have raised.  I am a strong believer that engaging in meaningful dialogue is crucial to finding effective solutions and resolving disputes and I am clear that such a meeting would be just the start of a fruitful ongoing exchange on eradicating antisemitic behaviour and discourse within the Labour Party.

It is my belief that such a meeting could easily be held without any preconditions, given that we are all on the same side as the essentials of the matter.  In any event, my door will remain open to all Jewish organisations to discuss how to deepen our cooperation in the fight against antisemitism.

My offer to meet you unconditionally still stands.  I place no limitations on the points you would wish to raise and am happy for the agenda to cover the issues you’ve already outlined.  Our new general secretary Jennie Formby takes office today, and would value being part of such a meeting, as she will be taking immediate action to address many of the concerns raised around disciplinary cases.

I recognise the full legitimacy of raising concerns about antisemitism whether that is done by MPs or ordinary party members.  I remain resolutely opposed to the abuse of MPs, or anyone else.  While local Labour parties benefit from discussing current political concerns, such discussions should always take the form of comradely dialogue on understanding and compassion and should never be a forum for threats, intimidation or abuse.

Allow me to conclude by expressing once more my desire to cooperate with your two organisations in a spirit of partnership and goodwill to address the concerns of Jewish people in Britain, who will always be a cherished part of the labour movement and our wider national community.

Best wishes,

Jeremy Corbyn

Leader of the Labour Party

 

Anti-semitism and the Labour Party (3) - Jeremy Corbyn celebrated Passover with us. It’s a simple good news story, say Jewdas

Jeremy Corbyn’s Passover meal has aroused much interest, some of it ill-informed.  Two days ago, the Guardian Online carried this explanation of what they are about by the organisers, Jewdas.  As it hasn’t so far appeared in print, we thought Camaraderie readers might be interested to learn more.

As a radical Jewish collective, we were delighted Corbyn came to our seder.  To claim we are not ‘real’ Jews is offensive and antisemiticWe are a group of British Jews who are deeply proud of being Jewish.  We have always put humour and satire at the heart of what we do – because, frankly, politics and religion are far too dull otherwise.  But don’t be mistaken: we are completely serious about what we do.

Since 2005, we have attempted to build a community based around activist, socialist and diasporist Judaism in the UK.  While most of us are also active in our local synagogues and other Jewish cultural organisations, only together have we felt able to build the kind of freethinking, traditionally radical Judaism that is needed in the 21st century.

Over those 13 years we have held many events.  We have hosted Rootless Cosmopolitan Yeshivas, and Jewish study nights, where participants learn about Talmud, philosophy, and Jewish poetry.  We organised the East London Sukkah – a week-long festival in Hackney City Farm, packed with music, film and interfaith events.  We coordinated a film festival at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, showcasing a documentary about the long tradition of Jewish socialist and anarchist activism.

We organised a concert of classical Judeo-Arabic music in a synagogue, harking back to a rich tradition of Jewish-Islamic co-operation.  We have regularly called out, condemned and marched against neo-fascists, such as when far-right groups attempted to demonstrate in Stamford Hill and Golders Green.  We have regularly spoken out against antisemitism on both the right and the left. We organise Friday night dinners, festival gatherings and community celebrations.

We created the organisation Babel’s Blessing – a radical language school that teaches diaspora languages and uses the profits to offer free English classes to migrants in the UK.  And we have organised a large number of life-affirming and deeply Jewish parties attended by hundreds of young Jews and their friends – from the legendary Punk Purim in 2005, to our most recent Purim Queer Cabaret, only a month ago.

Many young Jews have told us that without our activities they would have left Judaism altogether, dismayed by strands in the Jewish world which grow ever more rightwing, closed-minded, and nationalistic.

We are one chain in a long historical tradition of radical Judaism, both in Britain and abroad.  We particularly celebrate the heritage of the Jewish Labour Bund, the great Jewish socialist organisation that had a huge following in Russia and eastern Europe in the first half of the 20th century.  Last night we paid tribute to an old Bundist friend – Chaim Neslen – who died only days ago.  We hope to uphold the traditions that Chaim and others built. 

One event that we organise every year is a Passover seder, demonstrating the importance this Jewish holiday has for all of us.  We have always tried to blend traditional rituals with radical commentaries, following the traditions and practices of progressive Jews for well over 100 years.  A socialist understanding of the seder is deeply in keeping with the traditional texts that we read, particularly the famous Aramaic declaration Ha Lachma Anya: “This is the bread of oppression that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.  Let all who are hungry come and eat, let all who are in need come and share our Passover”.

Initially small-scale private events, these have grown every year as more people wanted to come, attracted by the joyful atmosphere, warm community and serious religious and cultural reflection.  Around 100 people attended this year, almost all of them Jewish.

When this year a friend and constituent of Jeremy Corbyn invited him to attend, he accepted the invitation.  He came, bringing horseradish from his own allotment for use on the communal seder plate (the horseradish symbolises the bitterness the Israelites experienced as slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt).  He sat attentively through a four-hour event, agreeing gamely to read the Elijah’s cup section when asked.  He participated fully, and chatted afterwards to many attendees.  We were very happy to have him as a guest, and he was happy to join us.

In a normal situation, you might think that the leader of the opposition attending a seder with a group of 100 young, committed Jews might be a simple good news story.  But if you’re determined to brand Jeremy Corbyn an antisemite, it seems that literally any story will do.

We have grown used to being smeared as self-hating Jews.  But labelling us a source of “virulent antisemitism” as the Board of Deputies leader, Jonathan Arkush, did today is seriously scraping the barrel.  The truth is, we love Judaism and Jewish culture, as every one of our events demonstrates.

The idea that there is a “mainstream Jewish community” is a fiction, promoted by a group of self-selecting individuals and institutions who have run out of ideas.  There are approximately 300,000 Jews in Britain, with a huge diversity of religious and political ideas represented among them.

No single organisation can speak for us all.  To claim that we in Jewdas are somehow not real Jews is offensive, and frankly antisemitic.  Chag Sameach to everyone – wishing you all a happy Passover.  May we use this festival to liberate ourselves from all oppression and stand up for justice everywhere.

Extracted from Guardian Online 3rd April 2018.  Jewdas is a radical Jewish collective based in the UK

 

Dave Baigent Re-Elected by an overwhelming majority

After running a full campaign Dave Baigent was re-elected as City Councillor for Romsey on Thursday 3rd May 2018. The singlest most points raised on the doorsteps and in the...

Together Against  Tommy Robinson Supporters

Oppose racist and fascist march for Tommy Robinson in Cambridge July 21st
Provisional Assembly 2pm in Donkey Common (play park opposite Parkside Pools and half pipe)
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Stand Up to Trump Demos

Thursday July 12th Cambridge Kings Parade 5.30pm
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Friday July 13th – national demo London 2pm
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Standing up to Trump and Tommy Robinson

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May 2018

Romsey Labour have been involved in the plans for the development of Ridgeons since 2013, when we worked with a protest group that were trying to limit the amount of homes.  Dave was there, Allan Brigham, Chris Freeman and Dodie.

The group at the time was organised by Vicki and some of those children will soon be reaching voting age

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We are now waiting for whoever buys the site to start to negotiate an actual plan for the site.  The SPD is written in the form of a Planning and Development Brief to help guide the preparation and assessment of future planning applications on the Ridgeons site. As such, this document will form a material consideration, which will be taken into account by Cambridge City Council when determining any future planning application for the site.

February 2018
This site has now received outline planning permission for 245 homes as follows 
 

Proposal Outline application for erection of up 245 dwellings, including affordable housing, a nursery and/or community facility, open space, car parking, cycle parking and associated works following the demolition of all existing buildings on the site.

there is an acknowledgement within the application that there is an identified need for public open spaces in Romsey. The proposal should take every opportunity to maximise on-site provision for both informal and formal playspaces.

There is also provision for open space and the Chisholm Trail, and the provision for a nursery and or community space on site.

Currently there is off site provision for 106 donations for recreation mostly going to Abbey.

There are a number of drawings associated with the outline planning permission - they start on page 14 of the document used at the planning committee.

 

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Landscape . to see more clearly either expand the drawing or go to the reports pack

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Urban Design Parameters

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Building Heights

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Saturday 21st May 2016      Ridgeons Proposed Development Public Exhibition - 

1000 - 1500 St Phillips Church

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9-12-15  THE RIDGEONS SITE DRAFT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BRIEF SUPPLEMENATRY PLANNING DOCUMENT is now in the public arena and being discussed by the council.  

If you follow the link and go to page 7

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Update 26-3-15

This week has seen a flurry of activity on the development brief for the Ridgeon's Site and Romsey Labour have been prominent in this activity.  In particular Ridgeon's have heeded our call for a development brief and last night we started the process by which that brief will be developed.

Overall we argued that Romsey should benefit from this development: for the site to become part of the community with access for 'all' residents of Romsey and as a means to kickstart the Chisholm Trail and a new look Cromwell Road

In no particular order we argued that: 240 + homes are too many; that we want the space to be integrated in the community and not shut off from local people; a linear park to run along the back as part of the Chisholm Trail with benches and community space and perhaps even a cafe; for a bridge to be built over the railway allowing cycle and foot access to Petersfield; access for cycles and foot to Cavendish Road; for the homes to be a mix of affordable housing and houses for sale and that any medium rise buildings to be to the rear of the site away from the conservation area; that the character of the homes to be in keeping with the local area; for car parking to be within the site and hidden under the open spaces; for Cromwell Road to be closed off from Mill Road and then the road to be re-ordered to include green space that recognises that lorries and through traffic will be a thing of the past.

Further details will be provided as they become available but be assured your Romsey Team of Zoe, Dave and Anna will work to make sure this site provides benefits for the community.

UPDATE 2-3-15:

Dates for the diary

Cambridge Labour are closely following events in regards to Ridgeons' planned development and are pleased that Ridgeons have heeded Romsey Labour's call for a development brief.

 

Ridgeon's have appointed a planning team and have come up with the following three stages of consultation. 

This first stage is very much about fact finding and exploring issues and options.  It is for consultation to then inform any draft proposals which will be worked up in the Spring.


•       Stage1 – Themes & fact finding (mid-late March) 
•       Stage 2 - Draft design principles and framework plan (early June)
•       Stage 3 – Public consultation on draft SPD (early Sept)

Note that after Stage 3 the final version of the document (taking into account formal comment) cannot be adopted by the City Council until such time as the Local Plan has been adopted as the development brief effectively "hangs off" the Local Plan.

Stage 1 will be undertaken by PTE Architects (with support from Carter Jonas and GL Hearn) on behalf of Ridgeons, and with input from officers from the City Council.  Phase 1 will have three streams of activity:

•       Public exhibition and feedback on a handful of key themes through an interactive ‘post-it-note’ approach – Sat 21 March (time TBC between 10am and 4pm) at Ross Street Community Centre 
•       Residents/ community groups workshop on the same key themes – 23 March (7pm until 9pm, Wed 25 Mar) at Ross Street Community Centre (provisionally booked)
•       Online consultation in relation to the same key themes and to include an online feedback mechanism

Stage 2 will follow the same three-streams format as stage 1 but further details on approach will follow.
Stage 3 will be a six week consultation undertaken by Cambridge City Council.

GL Hearn are Ridgeon's communication consultants and are leading on the consultation, with input from council officers.  Consultation notices will be going out shortly and I will be updating local residents via EMRAG initially and GL Hearn are putting together consultation information as we speak.  GL Hearn are experienced working in Cambridge and fully aware of concerns raised by residents through the draft Local Plan process, including concerns over site density, traffic, design and other matters.  The development brief needs to fully address these concerns and engage residents in a meaningful and constructive way.
:)

dave

 

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UPDATE  December 2014

Romsey Labour Councillors Zoe and Dave support Anna Smith's view that theRE should be a development brief for the Ridgeons site. 

 

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Previously

As part of our ongoing protest against the way the previous administration handled the planning issue at Ridgeons, Dave took advantage of the opportunity for members of the public to speak at the council meeting on Thursdays.  Dave started by challenging the proposal to overdevelop the site by allowing 245 'units' of accommodation on the Ridgeons site. Dave also asked if the Ridgeons development would open up onto Cavendish Road and the LibDems did nothing to re-assure Dave or the residents that this would not happen.  

Instead they tried to salvage a position whereby they are at odds with their residents by a last minute inclusion of a clause requiring site promoters to produce a development brief and demonstrate integration with the existing area was.  This is too little too late and the same goes for the suggestion about testing of vehicle access.  We should have started from a position where these restrictions were considered in the plan.  By accepting 75 dwellings per hectare on the site the council have left residents to appeal to the inspector.  

That is not what should happen - a council should represent their residents not suggest an open ended plan and then leave us to fight at the inspector and final planning stage.  The LibDem fudge with an amendment that meant nothing - playing politics with a problems that could have be dealt before the plans went to the inspector.  The council's approach puts the residents on the back foot - when the plans get to the inspector we should not be fighting uphill against a LibDem recommendation!  Far better that the council accepted a reduction in the amount of dwellings allowed and sorted out a preferred access and left it to the developer to challenge rather than the other way around

Democracy and Localism are meaningless when councils take this approach to their constituents - so to is the concept that you elect a councillor to represent you!

It's not as if it were a few people moaning there were over 500 people who signed the petition and over 80 made formal individual objections to the plan.

Labour Councillor Zoe Moghadas also spoke against the overdevelopment.  

The plan was passed and now we have to plan how we can challenge it at the inspector level. The overdevelopment and access to the site at Ridgeons is something that Romsey Labour have given a real profile to.  We will continue to act against the lack of democracy in allowing this into the draft plan so far we have delivered leaflets, collected signatures, got an undertaking from the Labour Party, spoken at Council and East Area.  

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Ridgeons now has permission

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