Will Cambridgeshire Mayor candidate Kevin Price win your vote?
Candidates for the May 4th mayoral election tell the Cambridge Independent why people should vote for them.
Kevin Price, Deputy leader of Cambridge City Council, Labour
Why should people vote for you?
Whether you live in Fenland, Peterborough, Huntingdon or Cambridge, residents need a mayor who is able to stand up to the Tory Government at Westminster and ensure that our area gets the housing and transport infrastructure it needs. Labour led the way in negotiating the Devolution Deal to secure a landmark £170m for social housing across the area and we will lead the way in tackling poverty and deprivation, whether that is in our rural or urban communities. Our area sends billions every year to the Treasury in taxes but gets back only a fraction of the wealth it generates whilst homelessness rises and hundreds of thousands struggle on low wages. If you don’t want the Tories to dictate our future, then the only choice in May is to elect a Labour mayor.
Cambridge has £70m for new housing – how should this be spent?
The Labour-led Cambridge City Council secured the only Devolution Deal with funding ringfenced for desperately needed new council homes in the city. We will use the £70m, together with our Right to Buy receipts, to build at least 500 new council homes in the next four years, mainly on our own land, and let to those on our waiting list at truly affordable rents pegged at Local Housing Allowance levels. As these homes will be debt free, the additional rent receipts can be reinvested by the council in further new-builds and services to our tenants and overall will provide not only secure and excellent new homes for hundreds of low-paid individuals and families but also a total benefit to Cambridge of over £170m investment by the council in the next two decades.
How would you approach working with the City Deal and Cambridgeshire County Council to improve transport/infrastructure?
The mayor will have an important role to play in determining transport strategy across the whole area and working not just with the county council and the City Deal in Greater Cambridge but also in bringing Network Rail, Highways England and all the councils to the same table to ensure that the overarching transport strategy and investment decisions balance the needs of each area. The mayor can also be a critical friend in highlighting the lessons to be learned from the City Deal in how we involve, communicate with and listen to residents about decisions that impact their communities, to encourage thinking out of the box about innovative solutions such as light rail and to make the case to the Treasury for substantive investment.