Nine Wells bird survey by local resident John Meed
Local musician John Meed is a singer-songwriter of folk with a political angle – but there is more than one string to his bow. He’s also made a study of local birds, and has been carrying out counts over the past few years; his research has provided valuable evidence in submissions to the Cambridge Local Plan. He has just released a report on farmland birdlife in the area south of Addenbrooke’s, including the lovely Nine Wells area and he very generously said I might share it. So: to learn all about your singing and soaring neighbours: skylarks, corn buntings and yellowhammers and ... More
Area Committee changes reduce residents’ chance to have their say
Cambridge Liberal Democrats fear sweeping changes to the City Council’s area committees could seriously reduce residents’ say in decision making.   The changes mean that the Labour ruling group intend to reduce the frequency of area committees by over 30 per cent a year.   Lib Dems fear this will severely impact on residents’ opportunities to hold their councillors to account.   Councillor Rod Cantrill said: “This is a backward step for the City Council. It will mean the loss of local decision making and more decisions will be taken behind closed doors in the Guildhall.   “Cllr Lewis Herbert, The leader of the Council indicated at the ... More
Rural county councillors combine to block Busway lights
It is frustrating to report that the County Council’s Economy & Environment Committee refused last week to approve extra funding required for lights on the Guided Busway bridleway, instead voting to defer the decision until the committee’s next meeting (September). Even if the lighting gets the OK then, the delay will mean the lights cannot be installed until December – meaning yet another dark winter for people using the path and cycleway. The vote was 9 for deferral, 7 against, the votes to defer coming from UKIP, Independent and all but two of the Tory councillors. The chair abstained. The reasons given ... More
Queen Edith’s and Trumpington go head to head
A hallmark of the Liberal Democrats’ administration at Cambridge City Council was the insistence that the new neighbourhoods created on the southern fringe of the city must be imaginative and distinctive in their design and layout and constructed in a sustainable way using good quality materials. Our colleagues in Trumpington believe that the efforts that were put into getting those aspects of Trumpington’s growth right are bearing fruit. In 1947 Aneurin Bevan, then Minister for Health with responsibility for housing, announced that his Ministry would be giving annual awards for public housing design and layout. After consultation with RIBA, the Royal ... More
New yellow lines to mark junctions
Parking on junctions is a topic that comes up frequently. The Highway Code says, in its Waiting and Parking section: DO NOT PARK opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space However, this follows a section of fiercer prohibitions starting YOU MUST NOT, so the junction parking words are advisory only. A traffic regulation order for parking restrictons at a junction, followed by yellow lines, would be required to make it an offence to park there. The County Council has identified several junctions in the Hills Road area and are proposing new parking restrictions which ... More
Cutting the tape: Vice-Chair and Mayor join locals to celebrate library transformation
Last night, the new Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird, and the vice-chair of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Sebastian Kindersley, came to cut the tape across the new doors to the library garden and to help us launch the new community room. We heard from the Friends of Rock Road Library Treasurer James Berry about how the Friends had come into being; standing up for the library when it was under threat, and later working to achieve the improvements that we celebrated last night. We were also treated to a stimulating talk by Mr Owers of NARB Architects on potential ... More
Hills Road layout: residents’ feedback prompts changes
It is fair to say that views on the Hills Road cycle scheme are mixed, at least amongst local residents. Council consultation results show Queen Edith’s residents split 50-50 between those who support the new segregated lanes and those who fear that the scheme will improve safety for cyclists at the expense of more vulnerable pedestrians. Residents raised a number of concerns about safety, rat-running and access to properties. Councillors shared these concerns and asked County Council Highways officers to do further work to address safety issues. A number of changes have been made to the original proposals and the scheme will go back ... More
Cycle Theft Alert
The local police have just sent out the following eCops alert: We have received 17 reports of cycles being stolen in Cambridge over the last 24 hours at the following locations:- North –Arbury Court South – 2 x Speedwell Close, Wulfstan Way, George IV Street, Lucerne Close, Hills Road and Gresham Road East – Argyle Street, Beehive Centre and Clifton Way West – Storeys Way, Cockcroft Place and Grange Road City – Park Terrace, Queens Lane and Burleigh Street Eight of the thefts occurred overnight, the other nine were daytime offences. Most of the cycles were locked to cycle racks. Please remember: • Park your bike where everyone can ... More
Latest policing report
The south Cambridge neighbourhood policing team reports two house break-ins in the past week, both in Queen Edith’s. One was in Hinton Avenue and one in Hills Road.  There has also been a burglary from Queen Edith’s Way. Cycle theft is a big problem and the numbers of stolen bikes in Queen Edith’s for the last four months is up 35% on the same period last year, a worrying trend. The scenes of the crime locally were Hills Road, Hinton Avenue and Rathmore Road. Police priorities for the coming four months will be set at the South Area meeting next Monday, based ... More
Next South Area meeting, 23rd June
The next South Area meeting is 23rd June, at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre. The meeting begins at 7pm with an Open Forum, at which anyone can make a brief statement or ask questions of councillors and officers. The first item of business will be to elect a new chair. At present, the chair is Labour councillor Mark Ashton and the vice-chair Conservative councillor Shapour Meftah. Next, there is a report from the neighbourhood policing team and the setting of police priorities for the next four months. If you have crime or community safety issues that you’d like to bring to their ... More