Are SCDC failures to blame for funding shortfall on Waterbeach station move?
Elizabeth McWilliams, Local Democracy Spokesperson for SE Cambs Labour said
It is outrageous that the GCP is being asked for £20m of public money to fund the move of Waterbeach station.
The original consultations for the RLW development said that the station would be part of it. If the developers cannot stick to this, then it is time to stop and rethink what is really needed.
Waterbeach Labour opposed this second phase of the New Town because it is a greenfield site with a strong flood risk.
We need new homes, but I don’t believe that the RLW development will do much to help. South Cambs has already slashed 450 affordable homes from the plans. And the new town station will push prices even higher.
The Lib Dems on South Cambs voted for the plans because their approach is to push all the new build into a few places. Then they claim to other villages that they’ve opposed development.
South Cambs Council is now begging for public funds. £20m that they want to take away from other projects. All to help out a private company and to compensate for their mismanagement of the negotiations.
South Cambs should insist that the developer pay for the station move which was the agreed precondition. If the developer hasn’t costed this properly, then what else are they going to spring on us? Further cuts in affordable housing, maybe?
To fund the station move, GCP has the tough decision as to what other projects to cut. And all because of poor planning decisions by South Cambs Council that the GCP had no say in.
Labour isn’t playing a NIMBY card here, we want good development that enables thriving, diverse, strong communities. We favour good quality built environments and a respect for our green, open spaces.