Will Cambridgeshire Mayor candidate Rod Cantrill win your vote?
Candidates for the May 4th mayoral election tell the Cambridge Independent why people should vote for them.
Rod Cantrill, Cambridge city councillor, Liberal Democrats
Why should people vote for you?
As mayor, I will be a strong voice for residents and businesses, fighting hard for additional funding and power to address our area’s challenges.
Like many people living locally, I am fed up of politicians not listening. I want to use my knowledge, skills and experience to listen to and work with local communities to improve people’s lives.
As an entrepreneur and business owner, I know what it is like to start a new venture, to be motivated to succeed, to be determined to overcome challenges. As a city councillor I’ve managed to deliver real change for residents. I achieved it by rolling up my sleeves and working hands-on with the community, and ultimately doing what was right.
Cambridge has £70m for new housing – how should this be spent?
Everyone knows how expensive it is to rent or buy a home in Cambridge. I will draw on my experience as an executive councillor responsible for property activities, and my involvement with the homeless in the city, to work with the council to deliver for residents.
I will use the £70m allocated for new housing to deliver 500 much-needed, council-owned social housing homes on council-owned land, such as the Mill Road Depot. I will also look to deliver a material increase in homes that can be rented at below market rates.
How would you approach working with the City Deal and the County Council?
It is sad that City Deal leaders have ignored residents’ views. The way it has been run illustrates how devolution should not be done.
As mayor, I will look to put party politics aside – as I did in the EU referendum – and work with the City Deal to find long-term solutions, particularly on transport issues. I will be a strong voice encouraging short-term measures like scrapping Park and Ride parking charges, enabling us to look at answers such as tunnels or light rail.