In addition to the European elections which are taking part across the constituency, on Thursday 22nd May 2014 we will also be voting in District Council elections to South Cambridgeshire in most areas.
The Liberal Democrats are fielding candidates in all seven of the wards within the South East Cambridgeshire constituency:
- Balsham: John Batchelor
- Fulbourn: John Williams
- Histon and Impington: Yemi Macaulay
- Linton: Henry Batchelor
- Milton: Anna Bradnam
- Waterbeach: Myra Gaunt
- Willingham and Over: Tom Lee
There is also a by-election for the Willingham division of Cambridgeshire County Council, for which the Liberal Democrat candidate is Sue Gymer.
The Liberal Democrat group on South Cambs district council recently launched their 2014 manifesto with the following key aims:
- Building Stronger Communities - ensure a sensible proportion of housing (40% in Northstowe, 80% on Council land sold to developers) is affordable to local residents; creating a new £100k grant scheme with the aim of providing two £40-50k project grants a year to village organisations; working with Parish Councils to include them in decision making and help them protect their local shops, post offices and public houses; and tackle rural isolation through improving community transport and village amenities.
Tackling Long-Term Climate Change Threats by easing planning restrictions to allow greater use of renewables and energy efficiency measures in conservation areas and on listed buildings; ensuring sustainable transport is in place for all new developments; improving commercial recycling from businesses and schools; and leading by example by making South Cambs vehicle fleet as efficient as possible by trialling hybrid and electric vehicles
Greater Accountability through Greater Transparency - Making fairness, transparency, and value for money the cornerstone of the Council's procurement policy; working with the County and City Councils to build on the current City Deal towards the goal of setting up a unitary authority; and following the lead of the County Council, to scrap cabinet government and switch to the committee system to ensure decision making is fully scrutinised
Better Value For Money - Ensure that monies received from the City Deal are used for the long-term and district-wide benefit; share common back-office services like IT, Procurement, Legal, Finance, etc. with other Councils; and to investigate pooling resources for front-office services like housing repairs