An overdue update on the various campaigns I have been helping/leading/supporting...
Road Safety (A1307) - good news is that improvement work on our most dangerous junction will start this year... 7 years of lobbying by residents later. Other improvements are coming but very very slowly.
Police Funding - I met the deputy chief inspector last week. Cambridgeshire is the lowest funded police service in the country but have huge pressures due to growth and migration. They have had positive meetings with ministers and believe their case is being given a reasonable hearing. (They are still furious about their pay settlement fiasco though).
Saving Milton Country Park - the handover date for the park from the local council to the new trust is set for Feb 29th. Lawyers are still passing papers backwards and forwards of course! This week I met representatives from the National Lottery. We are hoping they will support the trust's plans for an improved education/visitor's centre and new cafe. This would be a great facility and will help to bring in revenue to secure the parks future.
The Girubuntu Orphanage in Rwanda. The school is growing and growing. They need funds. I'm going to be giving a talk about the project to a local (non-political) group in a fortnight. I'm trying to find a cheap way of shipping out loads of books that people have given me - ideas welcome!
Supporting Junior Doctors This year is going to be even more brutal than last for junior doctors. Across the country I've met so many doctors (junior and senior) and other medical staff who are deeply frustrated with the way their professionalism and commitment to patients is being undermined I will continue to support the junior doctors' campaign .
Rural Transport - We sent surveys out to 2,000 residents in 8 rural villages. The results are still trickling in... lots of good ideas, but now we will have to see if any are affordable.
Update 8 Feb - have heard that the police have not got additional funds for this year. I should stop trying to hope that sense might prevail. The government says they are re-considering how growth areas are to be treated in the future.... does not sound good.