“Sort out Post office” say local Liberal Democrats

Andrea Reiner and Cllr Tim Bick at the new PO

Tim Bick and Andrea Reiner outside the new Post Office.

Following complaints from customers of the city centre Post Office, councillors Tim Bick and Colin Rosenstiel called a summit with the local area manager.

Cllrs Bick and Rosenstiel drew up a list of action points for the Post Office and urged officials to tackle them within three months.

As a regular customer of the branch, Andrea Reiner shares concerns about the provision there.

She said, “customers like me have complained that the branch is too small and too crowded for a city the size of Cambridge.”

“Colin and Tim had a constructive meeting and I look forward to seeing progress over the next 3 months.”

City centre bus axed by Tories

Andrea Reiner collecting signatures for petition to save the bus

City Centre green bus

Conservatives on the County Council plan to cut the free city centre shuttle bus completely.

Liberal Democrats have urged them not to, and have launched a campaign against the cut, with hundreds of signatures already for the petition.

Local Lib Dem Andrea Reiner commented “It is a vital service that many older and disabled people rely on just to get into the city centre.”

The city centre bus was introduced to aid access to the city centre once it was pedestrianised. Now the Tories want to stop it.

You can help our campaign to stop the Tory bus cuts by signing our petition online at www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk.

Lion Yard Toilets

Spending a penny at Cambridge’s Lion Yard toilets could “cost” nearly £11,500 a year for each one of the 21 cubicles if the planned closure fails to go ahead.

Cambridge City Council would be £240,000 a year worse off – the same amount that it spends on bus and taxicard subsidies in the city – making these among the most expensive public toilets in the world.

The city council believes the money could be better spent for residents while at the same time providing new toilets in the city’s Lion Yard which meet the most modern standards with regard to child friendliness and disabled access.

Relocating the toilets and converting the site to provide new shop units would save on management costs and bring in rental income for the city.

City Council Leader, Sian Reid said: “We are very aware that there are a great number of people who are not happy about the proposed closure of these toilets. But at the same time, we are committed to providing the best facilities for our residents and visitors while making sure that we get the best value for the taxpayer.

“Labour wants to see these toilets retained whatever the cost, which could be the equivalent of 3.6% per cent increase in council tax; with an attitude like that, it is easy to see  why our country is in the state it is following 13 years of Labour government.”

Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources, Neil McGovern said “We take pride in our city and as a result, we have won awards for our toilets. But those at the Lion Yard are not up to standard and we know we can do better.

“It is also testament to our city’s success that there is a growing demand for retail units and moving the toilets allows us to go some way to meeting that demand while bringing in extra money for city services. This would appear to be a sensible option bringing great benefits all round.”