Start of term update (09/10)

We want U back I’ve met with the CUSU President who has pledged his support and will be meeting Graham Virgo (one of the Pro-Vice Chancellors) who sits on the committee which makes the decisions regarding the bus to ensure that a fully open consultation is provided for students at Homerton to fill in which has been promised to us multiple times since the original decision. Having found documents from the committee it is clear that other alterations to the route have been made before and as such I will be demanding the return of some service to Homerton this year if possible.

I’ve also met with the Girton JCR President and VP who we’re teaming up to work with on this campaign since they too, lack a bus service and have had their calls for one ignored by the University.

I’ve requested a meeting with our local MP Heidi Allen and will be meeting with Geoff this week to discuss the campaign.

Cycling campaign I’m working with the university travel department to arrange free cycle training for students which is being offered for free by the university this year.

#HomertonVotes I’ve talked to all of the new freshers about the importance of registering to vote and why as young people we should vote to avoid our future being determined by others.

Meeting the council (26/09)

Photo of Vice President external next to the Cambridgeshire County Council sign

Hey hey! I’ve been back early this week to help with organising Freshers, but I’ve also made a start to our external campaigns for the year! Thank you to everybody whose filled in a survey or sent me stuff over the last few weeks: it’s going to be really helpful.

Cycling Campaign: Today I met with the Head of Transport Strategy at Greater Cambridge Partnership as well as an officer with responsibility for cycling to feedback the results from our first cycling survey and the U Bus survey, whose results you can see here in our Homerton Student Transport Data!

I relayed our main concerns about the condition of the Hills Road cycle lanes and the poor cycle parking in town as well as the lack of cycle lanes on Brooklands Avenue. I have answers for each!

  • on the Hills Road cycle lanes it is a priority matter for the council to get these fixed as soon as funds become available to do it. They’re aware of the poor condition of the cycle lanes as soon as you get to the Railway bridge and are looking at doing a full resurfacing as and when money becomes available. They will continue to patch potholes as soon as they can in the meantime.
  • on city centre cycle parking there is new cycle parking that has just been put into the city centre (around 100 extra spaces) and they continue to work to expand the amount of cycle parking with aspirational plans to drastically increase the amount in the car park by the Maypole.
  • on Brooklands Avenue whilst they recognise the concerns about cyclists sharing with road traffic or pedestrians (both parts are narrow), a lack of space due to the trees lining the avenue prevents putting in segregated cycle lanes. There are plans being put together for reworking the junction between Brooklands Avenue and Coe Fen to make it easier for cyclists.

We want U back! I also relayed our campaign for the restoration of the U Bus and how the data showed a strong desire for that sort of route to return. They mentioned they’re doing work on the bus routes around Cambridge so I’ve subscribed to their latest consultations and updates to see when this comes out. I’ll let you know if anything comes in that we can add lots of responses to, so our voice is heard.

I’m meeting the CUSU president tomorrow to discuss his support for the campaign too and I’m looking to hold meetings with others over the next week or two to plan out our campaign. I’ll also be finding out about the consultation we were promised on the new route from June 2021. If you have anything “U” want to add or ideas please email me and I’d love to hear them.

#HomertonVotes I’ve collected some resources from Cambridge City Council so if you have questions on voter registration (or want some free voter registration stash) please drop down and see me in the HUS office or at the HUS Freshers’ Fayre on 13th October.