This was the original text on this site while I was a councillor from May 2021 to October 2023, retained for the record.
I’m Sam Davies, and I am very proud to be one of the three councillors representing the Queen Edith’s ward on Cambridge City Council. I am the only independent member of the 42 on the council, and the first member of the council originally elected as an independent since 1978.
I’ve lived in Cambridge for 35 years, 25 of those in Queen Edith’s. I’ve seen Cambridge from lots of different angles over that period – as a student, as a worker in the tech sector, as a parent and as a volunteer in our local community. Through those experiences I’ve seen the both good and the less good sides of Cambridge’s rapid growth, and how – as a city – we are struggling to manage the impacts of what’s going on. And nowhere is experiencing that pain more directly than Queen Edith’s.
That knowledge has prompted two decisions in my own life.
The first was to go back to university, in 2017, to study how development and rapid growth are handled in other places across the world. I wanted to understand what best practice looks like and how it is achieved, rather than just muddling through. This led to my decision to study for an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism at UCL.
The second decision was to get involved in creating and running the Queen Edith’s Community Forum. I want to use my knowledge and my enthusiasm to create the best possible outcome for Queen Edith’s, and to make sure that whatever gets done is done with us, not to us.
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