Tories unveil 'feeble' blueprint for future

A BLUEPRINT for the future of South Cambridgeshire District Council has been branded feeble by a councillor. The document, drawn up by the ruling Conservative group on the district council, sets out areas in which the council will improve during 2009. T

A BLUEPRINT for the future of South Cambridgeshire District Council has been branded "feeble" by a councillor.

The document, drawn up by the ruling Conservative group on the district council, sets out areas in which the council will improve during 2009.

These include more recycling, closer links with parish councils, and measures to combat anti-social behaviour.

But Cllr Sebastian Kindersley, leader of the Liberal Democrats on the district council, is not impressed by the plan.


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Cllr Kindersley, who represents the Gamlingay ward, said: "They talk about the three A's in this manifesto, but ambition is certainly not one of them.

"It's un-ambitious, feeble, and is certainly not addressing the core issues that relate to South Cambridgeshire.

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"They're simply fiddling at the edges. I give them two out of 10 for effort," he said.

But Cllr Ray Manning, leader of the district council, said: "We have shown we are a confident council, who are not afraid to make specific commitments about what we are going to do, even though it could give our opponents something to attack us with.

"We've taken up the improvement agenda, and drawn up this list based on feedback we've received from residents on the door step during the recent elections.

"We are referring to it as 'The Three A's' because it is our aims, approaches, and actions," he said.

The proposals include plans to extend plastic bottle recycling into all villages and schools in South Cambridgeshire by 2010, and to help "at least three" parish councils produce parish plans.

A Fear of Crime and Public Reassurance survey would also be carried out in the coming year.

The proposals have been passed onto district council Chief Executive Greg Harlock, who will be putting them into a document which can be presented to the cabinet at a future meeting.

If approved, they will come into force in May 2009.

Cllr Simon Edwards, deputy leader of the district council, said the new initiatives "will not mean an increase in council tax".

He said: "It's been difficult for residents to see what we've been doing for the last 18 months because we've been getting the council back on track. This plan sets out what we're going to do going forward in plain, simple English."

The document will be distributed to all residents via the district council magazine.

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