Councillor Amanda Taylor

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Hills Road closure: seven questions

by Amanda Taylor on 18 January, 2017

County Council officers claim there are ‘many good reasons’ why they need to close Hills Road next year to enable construction of new cycleways. It is set to be a 24-7 closure, starting in May and lasting for five months. I can see many reasons why this is a bad idea and have grave concerns […]

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Morley Memorial: planning application now set for February

by Amanda Taylor on 13 January, 2017

The County Council intends to improve our primary school on Blinco Grove (dates from the 19th century) and to have a day nursery in the Early Years building on the corner of Baldock Way and Blinco Grove. The planning application was to have been decided this month, but has been halted to allow more work […]

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Local Highways Improvements

by Amanda Taylor on 12 January, 2017

The County Council runs a Local Highways Improvement Programme to fund small improvements to the public highway. Residents and groups can submit bids every autumn for projects of up to £10,000.The bids have to describe a local problem and propose a solution that can deliver lasting benefit, which has community support. Road safety is an […]

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Hills Road Cycleway Phase II

by Amanda Taylor on 11 January, 2017

The second phase of the Hills Road cycleway is scheduled to start in February. It is being managed by the Greater Cambridge City Deal. They are putting on two public events to show the route maps; project officers will be there to talk to people about the road layout near their homes. Here are the […]

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Residents’ parking consultation results

by Amanda Taylor on 10 January, 2017

Here is the report on the consultation on residents’ parking, by County Council Parking Manager Nicola Gardner: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/site/custom_scripts/cons_details.aspx?ref=540.

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Queen Edith’s says YES to Residents’ Parking

by Amanda Taylor on 22 December, 2016

Households in the north of Queen Edith’s, Blinco Grove and up to Cambridge Leisure, have supported proposals for a residents’ parking scheme proposed by the County Council. This follows my own survey in November last year, which established in principle support for restrictions. There were over 100 comments, and the Council will publish a summary […]

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Morley Memorial plans

by Amanda Taylor on 5 December, 2016

Our local primary school, Morley Memorial, is up for improvements. The school is over 100 years old and some of its buildings need to be be brought up to modern standards. The County Council has plans for the school to have three new classrooms plus long overdue repairs. The changes will enable the whole school […]

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A bicycle lane needs a coach like a coach needs a…

by Amanda Taylor on 29 November, 2016

… loading ban? The new cycleways on Hills Road are frequently blocked by coaches, delivery vehicles, and even council contractors working on the cycleway. While the vehicles are usually not there for long, accidents also happen in a flash. The County Council is proposing to introduce a loading ban, which would prohibit any parking, even […]

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Queen Edith’s Way roundabout and pavement cycleways

by Amanda Taylor on 20 November, 2016

On Thursday, councillors on the County Council’s Economy & Environment Committee debated the proposals for changes to the Queen Edith’s Way/ Fendon/Mowbray Road roundabout, and to the pavements and cycleways on Queen Edith’s Way. Queen Edith’s Way residents Dara Morefield, Richard Martin and Tim Moore all spoke at the meeting, and I was sitting on […]

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Fendon Road roundabout and Queen Edith’s Way cycle lanes

by Amanda Taylor on 2 November, 2016

Long-awaited improvements to the Fendon Road roundabout will be voted on by county councillors at the Economy & Environment committee next Thursday. The proposal is to remodel the roundabout to provide crossings on all four arms as part of a ‘Dutch-style’ design. The committee will also consider a linked proposal for cycle lanes for Queen […]

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