Do you use the tip?
Do you use the tips in Cambridgeshire to dispose of household waste – or household recycling centres, to give them their official name? The Council is looking to cut costs and is asking for people’s views on the least painful way of doing this. Would you prefer to see changes to opening times, fewer centres – or would you like some of the tips run by other organizations? You can complete the survey on line here. until 26th September. ... More
Road closures: Marshall Road and Cherry Hinton Road
Both Marshall Road and Cherry Hinton Road will be closed to enable works to take place. The County Council will be doing remedial work to the surface dressing in Cherry Hinton Road. This road was only treated last year, but is already in a poor state, so the Council is re-treating it with a better material. The prohibition order provides for the road to be closed at some point between September and March; however, it will not physically be closed for all of that time, only when the work takes place. It is hoped to do it in September, otherwise in ... More
County Council budget consultation
Cambridgeshire County Council is seeking economies of nearly £150m over the next five years, to cope with a growing population and less funding from central government. The Council has launched its annual consultation and is asking residents for views on what the priorities should be for 2015/16. Residents are being asked to give the council their views on where it should be saving money. An online consultation has been launched this week (August 11) and there will also be door-to-door surveying. The survey looks at specific issues surrounding our savings whilst also seeking public opinion around council tax levels. You can contribute ... More
Get fresh with Rock Abundance: coming to Cherry Hinton Road this Friday
ROCK ABUNDANCE: “One person’s glut is another person’s feast” Were you lucky enough to catch the Transition Cambridge pop-up stall at Rock Road Library last Saturday? I was, and went home happily with some beautiful sweet peas, a little jar of redcurrant jelly, and a prickly cucumber. The idea is that you take along any spare produce from your garden, and swap it for someone else’s superfluity. This Friday, the group will hold its second ‘Rock Abundance’ stall outside the Blazing Saddles bike shop at 102 Cherry Hinton Road – that’s on the corner of Rock Road, for those who haven’t already ... More
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
Cars parked on junctions is a frequent complaint. 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 would do ... 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