City Councillor and Council Leader Lewis Herbert
77 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 7BS
Phone 01223 721027 Email lewis.herbert /at/ cambridge.gov.uk
Lewis Herbert has served Coleridge as one of its City Councillors for nearly a decade, and was first elected in June 2004. He knows the area and local people well, having lived in the ward since 1998.
Lewis’s local contributions have included
- Obtaining funding for community facilities like the upgrade of the Flamsteed Road Scout Hut
- Ensuring better local street cleaning, and grounds maintenance for Tiverton Estate, working with the council’s rangers
- Securing the pedestrian crossing phase at the junction of Coleridge and Cherry Hinton Roads and funding for a wide range of environmental and road safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists
- Working with residents on each major planning application affecting the ward, particularly the intensive developments near Hills Road and trying to oppose the increase in the ‘Marque’ development to ten storeys, and pressing for solutions to increased local commuter parking
- Advising over 100 households on smaller planning applications
- Liaising with local police and PCSOs on crime issues, including their continued success in tackling occasional drug dealing operations in Coleridge
- Helping over 400 residents with their problems, including people needing real help with housing problems, on noise complaints from late night licenced premises, and many other issues.
Lewis became Leader of Cambridge City Council after Labour took control of the Council in May. This role includes building partnerships to benefit the city and residents, including the City Deal to tackle traffic congestion and integrate planning with South Cambridgeshire and the county council.
Partnerships Lewis is leading support local jobs growth and skills development, and will assist the delivery of badly needed additional affordable housing. He also leads on developing shared services with councils like South Cambridgeshire and other councils, which are essential to increase the efficiency of the council, and make up at least part of the massive 40% core grant funding for the city under the Coalition Government, cuts that local MP Julian Huppert voted for. He also takes a keen interest in local schools and his sons attended Parkside School and Hills Road College.
Lewis works for Anglia Ruskin University developing and delivering training courses for planning, waste and environmental managers. In his earlier work, he was Head of Waste Management at Cambridgeshire County Council, implementing recycling, reuse and environmental projects. He is a committed environmentalist.
Lewis enjoys cooking, cycling and historical research, and has championed the need for a memorial for Cambridgeshire Regiment soldiers who suffered badly following surrender of Singapore in 1942, and many of whose relatives still live locally.
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 pollution caused by new developments.
The Coleridge Labour team works with, and involves, local people. We want residents to contribute to the detail of all key decisions and proposals affecting them, and will fight to prevent them being sidelined by the planning system or lack of consultation.”
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/ hotmail.co.uk
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/ cambridge.gov.uk
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.