St Ives East Byelection

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Colin Saunderson


I have lived in the area since 1973 and in St Ives since 2005. My daughters, Helen & Fiona were pupils at the St Ivo School.

I regard myself as someone who gets things done and where possible I will do it myself.

In 2006 after I retired I joined the campaign to try and save the Corn Exchange and became a town councillor in 2008 and financial director of the Community Interest Company in 2009. I managed to obtain grants totalling £35k to equip the kitchen and to buy a portable stage I was also a volunteer on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The same year I joined the volunteers on Holt Island and played a part in building the new board walk. I remained a volunteer until the end of 2019.

Also in 2006 I became a candidate in waiting for the Fenstanton district council seat and was finally successful in 2010. During the intervening years I managed to get quite a lot done.  My best achievement was to get the house builders Persimmon to hand over land designated for a junior football pitch that they had failed to do for nine years. To do so I had to enlist the help of Radio Cambridgeshire, buy 10 shares in the company and attend their AGM in York where I voted against the re-election of the non-executive directors. A year later after remedial work the field was handed over.  Warboys also got their millennium orchard.

In 2008 I became the St Ives Town Council representative on the St Ives & District Road Safety Committee. I am still a member but these days I represent Fenstanton.

After the number of town councillors for St Ives West was reduced to three I stood down and found another organisation to assist and that was St Ives in Bloom who had achieved several Silver Gilt medals but struggled to get Gold. It took several years but under a new chairman we finally managed it four years running. My role apart from being treasurer was and is fairly menial. I do weeding and lots of painting. Many benches, two telephone boxes and the rather tatty corrugated iron fence in the bus station have all suffered at my hands. Litter picking is another of my tasks. I try to ensure that discarded cans go into a recycling bin.

What have I done for St Ives East?

Apart from litter picking on my way on foot to the Co-op not a lot and cleaning a few post boxes. However while a town councillor I did suggest to the then local manager of Stagecoach that if he wanted to split the A service then Marley Road was the obvious route. His eyes lit up and it happened. More recently in 2017 I along with many others objected to the plans to build 131 houses on land adjacent to the Old Ramsey Road. Very recently when the developer went to appeal I updated my objection.

What do I want to help achieve?

Congestion on Harrison Way is a concern but it seems the new A14 has brought much needed relief at least for the present. Road Safety remains a priority and I have an ongoing project in partnership with a town councillor.   I will also be playing a part in helping combat climate change.

There is a problem of stupid and selfish parking in the town. I do have an idea on this but I will need help to achieve it and some common sense from senior police officers.

Ensuring we get decent bus services from Dews and Stagecoach is also a priority. Of late Stagecoach have slipped quite a bit but factors outside their control are part of the problem. I do wonder if service 22 ought to include Waveney Road.


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