Speaking out against flood risk Whittlesey development


On Wednesday 24th September I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of Whittlesey residents at the Planning Inspectors hearing at the Manor Leisure Centre to set out concerns over the proposed Showfield housing development. It was heartening to see a packed hall with more than 200 residents giving up their evening to register their …

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Interviewed by star Neale Wade Academy pupil

Chloe Spencer with Steve Barclay MP

Last week I was interviewed by local student Chloe Spencer who writes a blog for The Guardian newspaper and has just been appointed editor of a new school newspaper as part of her career aspiration to be a journalist. Chloe, whose debut article for the Guardian on ‘what’s the point of school uniform’ sparked a …

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Record numbers expected at 4th Wisbech Beer Festival


The 4th Elgood’s beer festival opens its doors tonight at 6pm for three nights of award winning beer tasting, food and music. There will be around 150 different beers mainly from the Eastern region, including the brewery’s own award winning Plum Porter. It was great fun to join the brewery top team including Nigel Elgood …

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Macmillan fundraiser gets off to early start

Steve Barclay at Macmillan's coffee morning

Whilst this Friday is the traditional day for Macmillan’s annual coffee and cake fundraiser, staff and councillors at Fenland Hall had the chance to do their bit for charity a day early at an extra event hosted by the Chairman of Fenland Council Cllr Mayor, which I had the pleasure of joining. A wide selection …

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Opening up the Fenland countryside


Opening up the countryside delivers welcome leisure benefits as well as being great for health and wellbeing. Well done therefore to Ely-Harewood Rotary Club and Cambridgeshire Acre on a great event at the weekend where in conjunction with landowners such as the Environment Agency they opened up land adjacent to the waterways for runners, cyclist …

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Raising questions over broadband service issues

Steve Broadband Campaign

I have been made aware of discrepancies in superfast broadband speeds in Fenland and have now launched an investigation into the issue. I was contacted by constituent Roy Jacobs of Wardy Hill, who has encountered problems following the launch of superfast broadband in the hamlet. Mr Jacobs was among the first to sign up for …

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Seeking out clarity on the issue of stray dogs


I was recently asked to look into the issue of stray and dangerous dogs by a constituent who was concerned by the police’s response to an incident in Chatteris. The woman found a dog roaming in the town just after 5pm on August 1 and immediately contacted police to report that she thought it was …

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