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Alex Spencer is Culture Editor and a senior reporter for the Cambridge Independent. She has previously worked as section editor on Woman's Own and Now Magazine as well as Features Editor for the Sunday People's TV magazine and Health Editor at the South London Press.

Impact of Hills Road junction plan in Cambridge is ‘not rocket science’, say opponents

20 May 2024
Impact of Hills Road junction plan in Cambridge is ‘not rocket science’, say opponents

Impact of Hills Road junction plan in Cambridge is ‘not rocket science’, say opponents

20 May 2024

A consultation to find out the ‘obvious’ effect on residential streets of turning bans at Catholic Church junction would be ‘a huge waste of money’.


Consultants appointed at cost of £1.25m to develop civic quarter plans for Cambridge

20 May 2024
Consultants appointed at cost of £1.25m to develop civic quarter plans for Cambridge

Consultants appointed at cost of £1.25m to develop civic quarter plans for Cambridge

20 May 2024

They will reimagine the market, Guildhall and Corn Exchange.


Kittens rescued from van moments before it was crushed at scrapyard

18 May 2024
Kittens rescued from van moments before it was crushed at scrapyard

Kittens rescued from van moments before it was crushed at scrapyard

18 May 2024

The tiny 10-day-old kittens were heard by a scrapyard worker.


Campaigners ‘unsurprised’ by Mill Road bridge court decision - but call for safety work to proceed

17 May 2024
Campaigners ‘unsurprised’ by Mill Road bridge court decision - but call for safety work to proceed

Campaigners ‘unsurprised’ by Mill Road bridge court decision - but call for safety work to proceed

17 May 2024

Mill Road 4 People, who want restrictions enacted, said that the case was based on “technicalities” and not on whether the bridge should be closed.

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14 Ekin Road estate homes ‘saved’ from redevelopment after residents’ campaign

16 May 2024
14 Ekin Road estate homes ‘saved’ from redevelopment after residents’ campaign

14 Ekin Road estate homes ‘saved’ from redevelopment after residents’ campaign

16 May 2024

Cambridge City Council changed its plan after the Save Ekin Road Group warned that they would “never surrender” their homes.


Large new nature reserve proposed by Cambridge Past, Present & Future

14 May 2024
Large new nature reserve proposed by Cambridge Past, Present & Future

Large new nature reserve proposed by Cambridge Past, Present & Future

14 May 2024

It wants to transform 200 acres of arable farmland.

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1,200-signature petition demands GP practice for Northstowe

12 May 2024
1,200-signature petition demands GP practice for Northstowe

1,200-signature petition demands GP practice for Northstowe

12 May 2024

South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne launched the petition in response to concerns from the community.


Campaigner gets legal green light to sue council over order to close Mill Road bridge

08 May 2024
Campaigner gets legal green light to sue council over order to close Mill Road bridge

Campaigner gets legal green light to sue council over order to close Mill Road bridge

08 May 2024

An attempt by the county council to have the legal challenge ‘struck out’ has failed.

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Man secretly recorded beating his wife is jailed

06 May 2024
Man secretly recorded beating his wife is jailed

Man secretly recorded beating his wife is jailed

06 May 2024

The victim handed over a decade of audio clips to police.


Cambridge City Council May 2024 election: reaction from candidates and ‘delight’ for Labour

03 May 2024
Cambridge City Council May 2024 election: reaction from candidates and ‘delight’ for Labour

Cambridge City Council May 2024 election: reaction from candidates and ‘delight’ for Labour

03 May 2024

After a nail-biting finish in several ward counts, we spoke with candidates about their analysis of the results and the campaign issues.


Elections 2024: How each district voted in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough police and crime commissioner poll

03 May 2024
Elections 2024: How each district voted in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough police and crime commissioner poll

Elections 2024: How each district voted in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough police and crime commissioner poll

03 May 2024

Darryl Preston has won the race - but he didn’t win in every district.


Turnout falls in Cambridge City Council elections

03 May 2024
Turnout falls in Cambridge City Council elections

Turnout falls in Cambridge City Council elections

03 May 2024

Only two wards in Cambridge buck the downward trend.


Plans to make Cambridge a fast-growth city to be discussed at £1,000-a-head conference - in Leeds

03 May 2024
Plans to make Cambridge a fast-growth city to be discussed at £1,000-a-head conference - in Leeds

Plans to make Cambridge a fast-growth city to be discussed at £1,000-a-head conference - in Leeds

03 May 2024

But community asks: When will we be consulted?


Low turnout for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner election

03 May 2024
Low turnout for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner election

Low turnout for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner election

03 May 2024

It could benefit one candidate in particular.


Celebrating 50 years of Cambridge Open Studios

02 May 2024
Celebrating 50 years of Cambridge Open Studios

Celebrating 50 years of Cambridge Open Studios

02 May 2024

Elspeth Owen and fellow artists remember half a century of the popular art festival, which will return in its anniversary year for four weekends.


Car turned into makeshift polling booth in Cambridge election emergency

02 May 2024
Car turned into makeshift polling booth in Cambridge election emergency

Car turned into makeshift polling booth in Cambridge election emergency

02 May 2024

Quick thinking electoral services staff moved to plan B when no one could unlock the doors of the library to set up a polling station.


Cambridgeshire dad to take on 48-hour challenge for daughter

29 April 2024
Cambridgeshire dad to take on 48-hour challenge for daughter

Cambridgeshire dad to take on 48-hour challenge for daughter

29 April 2024

Nick Passey is raising money for his 10-year-old daughter, Caitlin, who has a rare degenerative disorder


Inquiry into move of Anglian Water’s Cambridge sewage works concludes

28 April 2024
Inquiry into move of Anglian Water’s Cambridge sewage works concludes

Inquiry into move of Anglian Water’s Cambridge sewage works concludes

28 April 2024

Campaigners have thanked inspectors for their ‘forensic’ examination.


U-turn over sale of former Mill Road Library in Cambridge

26 April 2024
U-turn over sale of former Mill Road Library in Cambridge

U-turn over sale of former Mill Road Library in Cambridge

26 April 2024

It follows an outcry from community groups and fundraisers.


Shoppers shocked by market stall in Cambridge claiming to sell ‘dog meat’

25 April 2024
Shoppers shocked by market stall in Cambridge claiming to sell ‘dog meat’

Shoppers shocked by market stall in Cambridge claiming to sell ‘dog meat’

25 April 2024

Elwood’s Organic Dog Meat stall greeted shoppers - but what was it all about?


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