Kilian Bourke

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Romsey, Cambridge Learn more

The Burnside Willows

by Kilian Bourke on 30 December, 2012

A major feature of Romsey’s Burnside is the fine set of Willows on the other side of the Brook. It was after the success of the campaign to get Burnside included in the new Conservation Area that Romsey Cllr Paul Saunders discovered that these iconic trees did not have the protection they merited. He immediately […]

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When I was out knocking on doors last summer one of the things that kept coming back to me was that there was a shortage of good play equipment for young children in Romsey’s playgrounds. This is particularly a problem in our area, where demographics show there is a high number of young families. I […]

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Romsey Lib Dems deliver Victorian-style streetlights

by Kilian Bourke on 30 November, 2012

Mill Road’s Victorian-style street lights have been installed just in time for this year’s Winter Fair, bringing a long-running Lib Dem campaign to a successful conclusion – almost. Last year when the contractor started to use ordinary lamps without having replied to my request to meet and discuss the proposals we stopped the works right away, […]

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Royal Standard decision upheld by government inspector

by Kilian Bourke on 2 November, 2012

Yesterday we received the good news that a government planning inspector had upheld the East Area Committee’s decision not to let the Royal Standard be turned into flats. You can read the full decision here. The planning inspector clearly took local opinion into account, and came to the conclusion that “any presumption in favour of […]

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Stockwell Street – one very big hole

by Kilian Bourke on 21 October, 2012

A few weeks ago a local resident contacted me about a very dangerous situation on Stockwell Street. A pothole had appeared in the road surface, which, on closer inspection, proved to be not so much a pothole as a hole – with no bottom in sight. The resident in question reached in and took a photograph […]

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Black Cat wins planning approval

by Kilian Bourke on 21 October, 2012

The Black Cat cafe recently had a celebratory party when their application for planning permission was granted, which I had the pleasure of attending. The cafe will be able to continue to trade following the City Council’s decision to grant it “mixed usage”.  This means it will now do some ordinary retail as well as […]

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Update on Royal Standard planning appeal

by Kilian Bourke on 24 September, 2012

Last Tuesday at the Guild Hall a government planning inspector heard an appeal against the East Area Committee’s decision not to grant permission to convert the Royal Standard into flats and the rest of the site into housing. Bennell Development’s representative argued that: the Royal Standard was no longer a pub, and would not get an […]

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Supporting the Black Cat café

by Kilian Bourke on 24 September, 2012

Dear Romsey resident, The Black Cat café is a great asset to Romsey. Since opening in 2005 this independent business has become a hub of the community, where people can meet and relax. It has a charm that multinationals cannot provide. However, a tricky situation has arisen. Last year the East Area Committee requested better […]

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The wood, the trees, and the Chisholm Trail

by Kilian Bourke on 6 September, 2012

Tonight we made some progress towards delivering a key piece of transport infrastructure for Romsey Town and Cambridge, the Chisholm Trail strategic cycle route. At Cambridge’s “East Area Committee” local councillors, representing both city and county councils, were shown a list of the county’s plans for “Transport Corridor Funding” in our area.* My main concern […]

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Guided busway could cost local taxpayers up to £102M

by Kilian Bourke on 6 September, 2012

The battle over who will pay the massive overspend for the guided busway continues to escalate as contractor BAM Nuttall has increased its final claim against Cambridgeshire County Council by £10 million. Figures the Lib Dem opposition obtained show that the value of the final claim from the contractor has increased from £151.5 million to […]

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