Meet your Coleridge Councillors


City Councillor and Council Leader Lewis Herbert

Phone 07748 536153 Email

Lewis Herbert has served Coleridge as a City Councillor for nearly 14 years since he was first elected in June 2004. He cares about the area and knows local people well, having lived in locally, mainly in Coleridge since 1998.
Lewis has helped over 800 Coleridge households with their issues.

Lewis says “Local Coleridge residents are rightly proud of their area. And we want to improve it further, despite many challenges, not least rising traffic congestion and the pressures from further development.
The Coleridge Labour team works with, and involves, local people. We want residents to contribute to all key decisions and proposals affecting them, and will fight to ensure you  have a real say, and prevent them you being sidelined as with the planning system.” 
Lewis’s local contributions have included:
  • Obtaining funding for community facilities including the upgrade of both St Martin’s Church and the Flamsteed Road Scout Hut
  • Improving Coleridge Rec, local street cleaning and a big increase in pairs of litter and recycling bins, working with the council’s staff
  • Securing environmental improvements including the Cherry Hinton shops frontage and road safety crossing improvements for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Working with residents on each major planning application affecting the ward, challenging intensive development like blocking the restaurant proposed to fill the Leisure Centre square, and pressed for solutions to increased local commuter parking
  • Uses his planning expertise to help Coleridge households on hundreds of planning applications locally
  • Worked with neighbourhood police and PCSOs on community safety, helping their continued success in keep crime levels low in Coleridge.
Lewis became Leader of Cambridge City Council when Labour took control of the Council in May 2014.  He has built external partnerships to benefit the city and residents, including securing £70m from Government so Cambridge can build 500 new council homes by 2022, and led initiatives to tackle traffic congestion and integrate shared services and planning with South Cambridgeshire. 

These partnerships are essential to protect services for resident and increase the efficiency of the council, to make up for the ending of all core Government funding in 2019.
Lewis works for Anglia Ruskin University developing and delivering training courses for planning, and environmental managers.  Earlier, he was the first Head of Recycling and Waste at Cambridgeshire County Council he set up dozens of new recycling and composting schemes.
Lewis enjoys cooking, cycling and historical research, and secured a Guildhall memorial for Cambridgeshire Regiment soldiers who suffered badly as did their families following surrender of Singapore in 1942, many of whose relatives still live locally.


Rosie Moore

City Councillor Rosy Moore

Rosy was elected as a City Councillor in 2016.



County Councillor Noel Kavanagh 

169 Coleridge Rd, Cambridge CB1 3PN

Phone: 01223 511871  Email: noelkavanagh /at/

Noel has lived in Cambridge for over 25 years, and on Coleridge Road for 15 years. 

Noel says “Before working as a publishing manager at Cambridge University Press, I was a secondary school teacher and further education lecturer locally. As a parent of two students, I am fully aware of the financial pressures families have been experiencing during the economic recession and am committed to fight on behalf of everyone living in Coleridge at a time of savage cuts to vital county council services.

I will continue to campaign for better bus services, and as Lead County Councillor on Cycling push for investment in high quality road, pavements and cycling.I want to make Coleridge safer for all, including cyclists, pedestrians and motorists by working hard to find solutions to traffic and parking problems in our neighborhood, and I support plans for 20mph limits locally.

I cycle whenever I can, and I will fight for more investment in quality, continuous cycle lanes in and around Cambridge.

As a committed educationalist, who has served as a parent governor of a comprehensive school, I will champion the well-being of local children and young people.

Throughout my life I have been committed to a sense of justice, equality and fairness for all and am a member of Amnesty International. I fully support the fight for a Living Wage for all low paid workers in high-cost Cambridge.”



City Councillor Jeremy Benstead

40 Hurrell Road, Cambridge, CB4 3RH

Phone 01223 351669 Email jeremy.benstead /at/

Jeremy Benstead was born in Cambridge and has lived and worked in and around Cambridge all his life.

Jeremy has been elected as chair of the Council’s Licensing Committee and is working on several reviews including of alcohol licensing and also taxis, including whether there are now sufficient taxis to meet the city’s needs.

He has been a City Councillor for Coleridge since 1992. Jeremy first got involved in local politics as an active member of the original “Save our Commons and Meadows” campaign, to protect Coldhams Common, Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows from the road-builders.

Jeremy says ” It was a hard fight twenty years ago to stop our green spaces being built over, and every few years a new scheme to do so is trotted out by the transport chiefs at Shire Hall, so we have to remain vigilant ,to protect our commons and public open spaces.”

Jeremy works as a contract manager for a roofing company, dealing with major housing and education projects. In this capacity Jeremy has seen the effect that the global recession had on the construction industry, which is a major, though unsung, employer in Cambridge. He says: “When the banking crisis began, many workers in construction found themselves out of work virtually overnight, as developments were either cancelled or put on hold. The then Labour government injected money into capital schemes related to education and housing, and provided a lifeline to many small and medium construction firms, and kept the cash-flow moving.

His particular interests are housing, transport infrastructure, the environment and licensing.

Jeremy sits on the following City Council committees:

  • Licensing (Labour Spokesperson and Vice Chair)
  • Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee
  • Civic Affairs Committee
  • East Area Committee.




Former City Councillor George Owers

George Owers was a Coleridge Labour City councillor from 20010 to 2016



Former Coleridge County Councillor Tariq Sadiq

Tariq Sadiq was our Coleridge Labour County councillor from 2009 to 2013 and was earlier also our City Councillor. He continues to live in Coleridge.


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