Addenbrooke’s is an outstanding hospital, but the thousands of cars it attracts pose a problem for those of us living nearby, earning the south of Queen Edith’s the sobriquet of the ‘Addenbrooke’s Overflow Car Park’.
Last year, Cambridgeshire County Council advertised a raft of parking restrictions, some new yellow lines and some extensions of existing ones, for example, making them effective seven days a week instead of just Monday to Friday.
I have been pushing the Council’s Highways officers to get on with the restrictions that they advertised last year as the first step of the Parking Review. Most of these were agreed last spring under Geoff Heathock’s watch as county councillor, but the yellow paint has still not hit the streets.
The officers are now making and sealing traffic regulation orders for new and extended yellow lines in the following streets:
- Almoners Avenue
- Baldock Way Baldock Way restrictions SAO
- Godwin Close & Way Godwin Way Godwin Close restrictions SAO
- Kinnaird, Maners & Topcliffe Ways Kinnaird-Maners-Topcliffe restrictions SAO
- Nightingale Avenue & Rotherwick Way Nightingale Ave and Rotherwick Way restrictions SAO
- Red Cross Lane, Greenlands and Stansgate Avenue Red Cross Lane-Greenlands-Stansgate Ave restrictions SAO
- Wort’s Causeway, Alwyne Road
The Council plan is to have the yellow lines in operation week beginning 16th January, weather permitting. I had hoped to have them in place before Christmas, but given we are getting so close, the decision has been taken to wait until the New Year, so as not to make life difficult for your Christmas visitors.
Hills Road VI Form College is another car magnet, and the roads off Hills Road are used by students and staff during the day, particularly inconvenient for those who do not have their own drives. Some of these roads are very narrow and the Fire Service has raised concerns.
I have asked officers to propose some solutions, and they will be consulting in the New Year.