UK news Tempers flare on Mill Road as Tory local election posters vandalised last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- A local trader said that regardless of personal politics it was disappointing seeing graffiti on Mill Road
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tempers have peaked on Cambridge's Mill Road as local elections loom and the fate of Mill Road Bridge hangs in the balance. Residents have woken up to swear words scrawled in red paint across a large Conservative banner promoting both local Tory councillor hopefuls and adverts to re-elect James Palmer as Combined Authority mayor. The street itself has been somewhat besieged by Tory posters in the run-up to the local elections on Thursday, May 6. One local resident said the amount of Conservative posters on Mill Road "is actually aggressive". The banner's slogan is likely the cause of its defacement, with the words in all capitals "one road - one community" emblazoned across it, with a smaller slogan next to Mayor Palmer saying "getting things done". Much of this has been crossed out in red spray paint, and replaced with the words "F*** off". A picture taken before the banner had been sprayed with red paint (Image: Cambridge News) Piero D'Angelico, who runs Piero's Hairdressing on Mill Road, said he was saddened by the graffiti because regardless of political stance it brought the street down. Mr D'Angelico said: "It’s sad to see how much division this bridge has caused, it’s right to campaign for every political party in a democracy and let people decide for themselves. "But this is unacceptable, we are just encouraging crime in our community." Of course, to a significant number of people on Mill Road, the community has been very physically cut in half. Read More Related Articles Jesus Green left spotless after divisive 'Caesarian Sunday' student party Read More Related Articles Cambridge's most profitable public loo that made £2,500 during Covid pandemic The specific politics of Mill Road and its bridge are significantly complex.
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. This however was supported by local Labour city councillors, who have since been blamed by local Tory councillors for allowing it to happen because it has hurt businesses. For several years there has been a growing movement to change Mill Road by closing the railway bridge to through traffic, which has been championed by CamCycle and local councillors, amongst others. See election candidates and information below or visit InYourArea:
In 2019 the bridge did indeed close, not specifically for the purpose of cutting traffic on the road but to allow for another railway track to be put in underneath. It created a divide in the community, cutting off one end of the road from the other to traffic. Residents and café owners welcomed the decision. Road space was made use of for outdoor seating and residents had less traffic noise and felt the road was safer for their children. But Mill Road has many independent traders who said they experienced far less business as people began avoiding the road on their way into and out of town. A survey found that 85 per cent of businesses oppose the bridge closure. Local elections take place on May 6, and you can find out more about your local candidates here.
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