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Mayor attacks train operator over Fenland village train links

11 July 2019
Mayor attacks train operator over Fenland village train links

Mayor attacks train operator over Fenland village train links

11 July 2019

James Palmer says he wants the power to take franchises away from companies who don't provide adequate services


Cambridgeshire Mayor’s intervention slammed as an 'abuse of power'

01 March 2019
Cambridgeshire Mayor’s intervention slammed as an 'abuse of power'

Cambridgeshire Mayor’s intervention slammed as an 'abuse of power'

01 March 2019

Cambridgeshire's mayor slammed for allegedly “abusing” his power when questioning a scrutiny boss who voiced concerns over an authority restructure.


M11 extension plan through Fenland has “quietly died” according to one councillor

14 February 2019
M11 extension plan through Fenland has “quietly died” according to one councillor

M11 extension plan through Fenland has “quietly died” according to one councillor

14 February 2019

Plans to extend the M11 north of Cambridge through the fens have “quietly died” due to lack of funding according to one councillor.


‘Parasite’ Cambridgeshire councillor in pay row as he refuses to take a 1.2 per cent drop in his allowance

08 February 2019
‘Parasite’ Cambridgeshire councillor in pay row as he refuses to take a 1.2 per cent drop in his allowance

‘Parasite’ Cambridgeshire councillor in pay row as he refuses to take a 1.2 per cent drop in his allowance

08 February 2019

A “parasite” Cambridgeshire councillor living 400 miles away from his ward has been slammed as a “blight on our democracy”.


Cambridgeshire Council Tax payers face five per cent rise as county council sets budget

06 February 2019
Cambridgeshire Council Tax payers face five per cent rise as county council sets budget

Cambridgeshire Council Tax payers face five per cent rise as county council sets budget

06 February 2019

Council tax is going up by nearly five per cent after a “chaotic” meeting where councillors debated ways to fill a £13 million hole in their budget.


Calls for report on £16K Cambridgeshire mayor’s ball spend

30 January 2019
Calls for report on £16K Cambridgeshire mayor’s ball spend

Calls for report on £16K Cambridgeshire mayor’s ball spend

30 January 2019

Calls have been made for a report into the use of £16,000 of taxpayer's cash on Cambridgeshire mayor's ball.


Cambridgeshire County Council is set to raise council tax amid accusations the authority is in 'dire straits'

30 January 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council is set to raise council tax amid accusations the authority is in 'dire straits'

Cambridgeshire County Council is set to raise council tax amid accusations the authority is in 'dire straits'

30 January 2019

Council tax is to rise in a bid to plug a gap in the county council’s funding with warnings there are still “stark and unpalatable” decisions ahead.


Strategic bus review for Cambridgeshire suggests 'enhanced partnership' between Stagecoach and the Combined Authority

24 January 2019
Strategic bus review for Cambridgeshire suggests 'enhanced partnership' between Stagecoach and the Combined Authority

Strategic bus review for Cambridgeshire suggests 'enhanced partnership' between Stagecoach and the Combined Authority

24 January 2019

Better bus services in Cambridgeshire could be on the way, but there are concerns they will not come into effect quickly enough to help communities.


Claims of 'financial meltdown' slammed as Cambridgeshire County Council sets out options for budget

24 January 2019
Claims of 'financial meltdown' slammed as Cambridgeshire County Council sets out options for budget

Claims of 'financial meltdown' slammed as Cambridgeshire County Council sets out options for budget

24 January 2019

Cambridgeshire County Council has hit out at claims it is in “financial meltdown” amid suggestions of poor leadership over its upcoming budget.


Fire injuries are up by 42 per cent in Cambridgeshire and bonfires could be to blame

05 January 2019
Fire injuries are up by 42 per cent in Cambridgeshire and bonfires could be to blame

Fire injuries are up by 42 per cent in Cambridgeshire and bonfires could be to blame

05 January 2019

More people were injured in fires in the county with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service saying the rise may be down to out-of-control bonfires.


Calls for better scrutiny after councillors agree loan to extend council property without knowing it was home deputy leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

21 December 2018
Calls for better scrutiny after councillors agree loan to extend council property without knowing it was home deputy leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

Calls for better scrutiny after councillors agree loan to extend council property without knowing it was home deputy leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

21 December 2018

There are calls for more transparency and scrutiny after members agree loan to extend council property not realising it is the home of deputy leader.


Cambridgeshire County Council’s budget is ‘fraudulent’ senior councillor says

12 December 2018
Cambridgeshire County Council’s budget is ‘fraudulent’ senior councillor says

Cambridgeshire County Council’s budget is ‘fraudulent’ senior councillor says

12 December 2018

A senior councillor has claimed the county council’s budget is “fraudulent”, with major decisions being taken on “incorrect” figures.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority spending set for external review

12 December 2018
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority spending set for external review

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority spending set for external review

12 December 2018

The spending of the combined authority will come under even greater scrutiny with an external review amid claims the organisation is in “chaos”.


Calls to reverse imposed unpaid leave on Cambridgeshire County Council

05 December 2018
Calls to reverse imposed unpaid leave on Cambridgeshire County Council

Calls to reverse imposed unpaid leave on Cambridgeshire County Council

05 December 2018

There are calls to reverse moves to impose three days mandatory leave on workers this Christmas after the county council was branded a “Grinch”.


Councillors 'gobsmacked' after finance boss sacked at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

30 November 2018
Councillors 'gobsmacked' after finance boss sacked at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Councillors 'gobsmacked' after finance boss sacked at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

30 November 2018

Councillors left “gobsmacked” and “disturbed” after combined authority’s chief financial officer was sacked, making him the fourth to go in 18 months.


Fears the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority budget is ‘spiralling out of control’

22 November 2018
Fears the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority budget is ‘spiralling out of control’

Fears the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority budget is ‘spiralling out of control’

22 November 2018

There are fears the combined authority’s spending is “spiralling out of control” as the cost of staff salaries rises significantly in the last year.


Cambridgeshire mayor claims public ‘not interested’ in chief exec’s mystery departure or massive pay-out

01 November 2018
Cambridgeshire mayor claims public ‘not interested’ in chief exec’s mystery departure or massive pay-out

Cambridgeshire mayor claims public ‘not interested’ in chief exec’s mystery departure or massive pay-out

01 November 2018

Mayor claims the public is not “slightly interested” about the combined authority’s former chief executive’s mystery departure or his £94,500 pay-out.


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