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Why the University defines ‘key worker housing’ too narrowly.

April 26, 2012

The University’s NW development promises to be good but it could be improved in one important respect. As things stand, all the key worker housing on the site is allocated to short term visiting academics with none going to maintenance workers, gardeners, administrative staff and other full-time manual and support personnel. This is a mistake. The new community would be better balanced and socially fairer if the definition of ‘keyworker’ was broadened to include a proportion of long term non-academic staff. The city is in dire need of more affordable housing and the University should play its part in addressing that need. I will continue to press them on this important issue.

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John Hipkin’s priorities

April 26, 2012

• Protecting Cambridge: from excessive and shoddy growth.
• Watching out for Castle. I want to make sure the University and NIAB schemes
bring real benefits to existing and future residents
• Helping residents’ groups & associations take full advantage of the new localism
• Making top quality developments, like Accordia, the norm rather than the exception
• Protecting green open spaces, such as sports and recreation grounds, from
development
• Pressing for more social housing to help the thousands on the needs register. But
insisting that affordable housing should be of the same quality as market housing
• Better bus services for those living in the city as well as for those commuting in
• The Cambridge Cycling Campaign and the completion of the Chisholm Trail
• Homelessness charities, such as Wintercomfort for the Homeless, at a time of real
crisis for those living rough or in poor accommodation
• Citizens’ Advice Bureau, busier than ever helping with debt and housing problems
• Cleaner Cambridge Campaign doing its bit to keep Cambridge streets and the Cam
litter-free
• Cambridge Past present and Future, a vigilant environmental campaigning group
• Cambridge Retrofit, an iconic and innovative project using Cambridge to set the
template for energy demand and carbon reduction in communities throughout the UK
• Access restrictions to traffic in more areas of the city centre, other than public
transport, and emergency and disability vehicles
“A selection of causes I will speak up for and support in the Council.”