December 2nd, 2013 by Amanda Taylor
When Cambridgeshire libraries put out a call for volunteers a couple of years ago, both the Library Service and the Friends were delighted with the numbers of people who came forward. At Rock Road Library, people come to help with gardening, reading with children, giving talks, and telling stories. I’ve seen people of all ages taking part, from the under-8s to the over-80s.
Now the willingness of local people to get stuck in with supporting these great community services has been recognized with a special award.
Cambridgeshire’s Library and Archive Service has been presented with the Five Star Focus Award for its volunteering programme by Volunteering, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, a partnership of Volunteer Centres.
Not only that, but the Library & Service is the first winner in the county.
Cambridgeshire Libraries, and Archives have a wide range of valuable volunteers of all ages – from Computer Buddie and Rhymetime Assistants to the Library at Home service.
Anyone interested in a volunteering opportunity with Cambridgeshire Libraries and Archives can find out more on the Cambridgeshire County Council website, at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/community.htm
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Jean Swanson
There are 3 planning applications in the northern part of the Queen Edith’s this week. As usual the details can be found by entering the code at: www.cambridge.gov.uk/publicaccess
13/1681/CLUED 25/11/2013 40 Cavendish Avenue CB1 7UT Application for a certificate of lawfuless under Section 191 for a garage/workshop. Delegated Decision
13/1685/FUL 28/11/2013 241 Hills Road CB2 8RW Demolition of existing 3 bedroom property, construction of 3no. Townhouses with associated parking, bin and cycle storage, landscaping. Delegated Decision
13/1710/FUL 27/11/2013 75 Hinton Avenue CB1 7AR Single storey side and rear extension Delegated Decision
Thursday, November 28th, 2013 by Jean Swanson
Just two planning applications this week. To see the details visit http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/publicaccess click on the ‘Start using the Public Access online register’ and type the application number into the search field.
13/1683/FUL 22/11/2013 EF Language School 221 Hills Road CB2 8RW Erection of external plant chamber to the north east side of language school bordering on St John’s Church and Lady Jane Court, and erection of smoking shelter to southern side of language school on the Cavendish Avenue boundary. Delegated Decision
13/529/TTPO 22/11/2013 1 Sedley Taylor Road CB2 8PW Row of 12 Poplars – 1st Poplar in row – remove due to basal decay extending 2ms up main stem Remaining 11 Poplars – reduce to 2m below original pruning points due to varying states of decay in stems and forks. Delegated Decision
November 26th, 2013 by Amanda Taylor
Amanda at Fendon Rd roundabout
The Fendon Road roundabout near Addenbrooke’s Hospital is a cause of concern to many local residents, and we have been asked for a pedestrian crossing, as well as safety improvements to the roundabout, which has one of the worst accident records in the city (34 crashes in one 5-year period).
Local campaigner Dr Tim Moore monitored traffic one morning during rush hour. In just one hour, he saw more than 300 cyclists pass through the area and more than 150 pedestrians, many of them school and college students. He also witnessed two near-miss accidents involving pedestrians and a further incident where a cyclist was forced to jump onto the pavement to avoid being hit by a vehicle.
Here is a video taken by cycling teacher Rad Wagon, showing the volume and speed of traffic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLB8aKMmqZU
Dr Moore is working with me and fellow local councillor George Pippas, and we are working on Cambridgeshire County Council to make safety improvements.
To provide evidence, we shall be carrying out a traffic survey this Thursday, counting vehicles, bikes and pedestrians, covering Fendon Road, Mowbray Road and Queen Edith’s Way during both rush hours. We’ll present our findings to Cambridgeshire County Council highways officers.
Thank you to all those who have offered to help. We could still do with a few more people. Could you spare 15-30 minutes on Thursday afternoon? If you can, please email our Survey Co-ordinator, Dr Tim Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone him on 07973 882121.
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 by Amanda Taylor
On Thursday evening, the Friends of Rock Road Library are hosting a poetry reading with local poet Kaddy Benyon
Kaddy will be reading from her award-winning collection of poems Milk Fever as well as introducing her second collection, Call Her Alaska, a contemporary reworking of The Snow Queen.
Kaddy Benyon was born in Cambridge and grew up in Suffolk. She worked as a television scriptwriter for a number of years, penning over 70 episodes of Hollyoaks and Grange Hill, as well as three young adult tie-in novels. After completing an MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University in 2011, Kaddy won the Crashaw Prize with the manuscript for her first collection of poetry, Milk Fever, (Salt Publishing, 2012) and was recently highly commended in the prestigious Forward Prizes. She is currently Invited Poet at the Polar Museum in Cambridge and is funded by Arts Council to research and write her second collection.
Refreshments – Everyone welcome for what promises to be a very interesting evening. Free, but donations to FRRL are always welcome.
Thursday 28th November, 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm (doors open 7.45pm)
Rock Road Library
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Amanda Taylor
On line surgery with ShapeYourPlace
Queen Edith’s councillors uphold the tradition of advice surgeries, a regular slot in the area where we can talk to people face-to-face about local issues or requests for help with resolving a problem. We have held these at various spots around the ward but at present we are in Wulfstan Way every second Saturday morning, either at St James’s if they have a cakes and coffee morning on, or at the Coffee House. (Yes, we like cake!)
I started life as a county councillor on Cambridgeshire County Council at about the same time as the Council introduced its community website, www.shapeyourplace, to Cambridge following its successful launch in the north of Cambridgeshire. It sets out to host The Conversation and to offer people the opportunity to ‘shape’ their neighbourhood.
So: new councillor, new website. Ashley Whittaker, our local community engagement officer, was working hard to introduce people to ShapeYourPlace, and was meeting up with local people. We met for a drink one lunchtime to talk about the Friends of Rock Road Library, of which I am am member. When I explained I was also a councillor, Ashley challenged me to host one of my advice surgeries on the site.
I did so today. At first I was a bit worried no one would ‘turn up’ but I need not have worried. Questions came in thick and fast and I was glad that I am a fast typist! I spent a busy hour answering questions, covering young people and democracy, Lib Dem policies, transport (especially cycling), community events and development, parking (including the contentious Pa, and ShapeYourPlace itself. Very varied!
Thanks very much to all those who took part. And here is a link to the ‘surgery’ for anyone who’d like to see what we were talking about. Please join in — it’s easy to do so on the ShapeYourPlace website.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 by Jean Swanson
There is a variety of applications this week. The details can be found at: http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/online-application
13/1545/FUL 11/11/2013 18 Worts Causeway CB1 8RL Erection of a two storey side and rear extension. Delegated Decision
13/1618/FUL 14/11/2013 26A Marshall Road CB1 7TY Demolition of Existing Building and Replacement with Proposed Residential Dwelling and Raising of Existing Dropped Kerb Delegated Decision
13/1636/FUL 14/11/2013 42 Fendon Road CB1 7RT Loft conversion to existing detached dwelling house. Delegated Decision
13/507/TTPO 15/11/2013 101A Queen Ediths Way CB1 8PL T1 Willow, fell and replace with Crab Apple in rear garden. Delegated Decision
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Jean Swanson
There were no planning applications in Queen Edith’s last week but the details of this week’s can be found by entering the code at
As far as I can see the last application is just tidying up items left from the initial planning application but I have asked the planning officer for confirmation of that.
13/1575/FUL 06/11/2013 59 Cavendish Avenue CB1 7UR Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of a two storey side, part two storey part single storey rear extensions. Remodelling front bay window and insulating and rendering front wall. Delegated Decision
13/1576/FUL 04/11/2013 39 Hinton Avenue CB1 7AR Single storey rear and single storey front/side extensions to dwelling. Delegated Decision
13/1586/FUL 04/11/2013 163 Queen Ediths Way CB1 8NJ Rear roof extension, single storey rear extension and ‘Annexe’ ancillary use to main dwelling. New vehicular access from Spalding Way. Delegated Decision
13/1593/NMA 05/11/2013 Queen Edith Public House Wulfstan Way CB1 8QN Non material amendment on application 12/1616/FUL for demolition of existing public house and replacement with new public house including ancillary 1 bed apartment for manager and a single 2 bed apartment and a separate block of 12 2-bed residential apartments with associated access, car parking and landscaping. Delegated Decision
November 8th, 2013 by Amanda Taylor
With the other Lib Dem councillors in the ward, I hold a monthly advice surgery. Normally we have our surgeries in Wulfstan Way on a Saturday morning, either at St James’s Church when they have a coffee morning on, or at the Coffee House down the road. For details, see here: http://amandataylor.focusteam.org/surgeries/
We find it is a good way to keep in touch, whether it’s about an individual issue or something affecting the area generally.
While Saturday morning suits a lot of people, I know that some people work on Saturdays and of course, some may be less mobile, or have young children, which makes even going a few hundred metres a bit of an expedition.
So, to take advantage of the fantastic Shape Your Place site, I’ve been working with our local community communications officer Ashley Whittaker and I’ll be hosting a Live Surgery here on ShapeYourPlace on Tuesday 12th November from 1-1pm.
Good ideas are very welcome, you don’t need to have a problem and I’d be pleased to hear from you.
Please ask your questions or make your suggestions using the comments function on the website and I will answer as many as I can in the alloted hour. Just look out for the Live Surgery blogpost at the top of the Cambridge ShapeYourPlace page.
I will try to answer questions about matters outside the Queen Edith’s area as best I can, although I may need to make enquiries before giving you an answer.
I hope to see as many of you as possible on ShapeYourPlace on the 19th!
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by Jean Swanson
The main item at the recent South Area Committee was the Neighbourhood Police report and setting of priorities for the next four months. In the last period they have been active in seeking to reduce cycle theft, particularly in the Newtown area of Trumpington Ward, and to combat the supply of drugs in our area. Two suppliers in the Wulfstan Way area have been tracked down and the City Council helped by clearing one home of many needles. The Police will carry on with these priorities over the forthcoming months. Earlier in the summer they dealt with anti-social behaviour around the lakes area of Cherry Hinton. That will cease for now but they are working with the landowner and others to reduce problems next year.
The Police have again recognised the problem, which Liberal Democrat Councillors first highlighted to them last year, of parents and others parking on yellow zigzag lines and other dangerous places outside schools in Queen Edith’s. This will be made the final priority for the next few months right across the South Area.
Concern was raised about road safety around Netherhall School. The police reported that speed survey vans do periodic checks on speeding drivers on Queen Edith’s Way.