Morley Memorial development

mlysch1The County Council is planning to develop our local primary school on Blinco Grove, Morley Memorial – but the determination of the planning application has been deferred yet again, and is now scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting on 16th March.

It should have been determined last December, but the traffic statement contained serious omissions and was sent back for further work.

We hope that the decision will be made soon, to allow the school to get on with its development. For more information on the plans, see here.

 

Impact of Park and Ride parking charges on Queen Edith’s residents

Here is my statement to the County Council’s Economy & Environment Committee on Park & Ride parking charges:

I fully support the withdrawal of the Park & Ride parking charges. They have reduced usage of the P&R sites. Not only have optimistic income predictions been proved illusory, but the bus ridership has suffered and parking has been displaced to residential areas in the vicinity of the Park & Ride sites.

Cabinet’s expectation was that motorists might avoid the charges initially but then realize that Park & Ride was cheaper than city centre car parks. This was a false prediction: what actually happens in Queen Edith’s is that the motorists avoiding the charges at Babraham Road either take the P&R bus or, more frequently, take one of the numerous bus services operating in Hills Road or from the Addenbrooke’s bus station. They leave their cars in residential streets.

Commuter parking is a huge problem in Queen Edith’s due to several traffic generators: the Biomedical Campus, Homerton College, a Leisure Park and two sixth-form colleges. We need commuters’ vehicles to be in the Park & Ride sites, not parked in local streets, or worse, on local pavements.

Morley Residents’ Parking and how to comment

Morley area

Morley area

The County Council has published the formal Traffic Regulation Order for the residents’ parking scheme in the Morley area (from the Cherry Hinton Road/ Hills Road junction down to Blinco Grove).

People wishing to comment on the traffic regulation order for the residents’ parking scheme should visit http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MorleyResidentsParkingScheme and either use the link there or email [email protected].

They can also write to Policy and Regulation Team, Box No. SH1204, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP quoting PR346.

Comments are invited up till Friday 17th February. The order will be determined by the Cambridge Area Joint Traffic Committee on 13th March.

Hills Road closure: seven questions

County Council officers claim there are ‘many good reasons’ why they need to close Hills Road 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 about access to the hospital (especially the Rosie Maternity Hospital and A&E), the impact on students sitting exams, and the knock-on effect on smaller, neighbouring roads. I have put seven questions to the County Council:

1. What studies have been done of the impact on neighbouring roads?

2. What contact has there been with schools and colleges in the area, and what has their response been?

3. What has the response been from Addenbrooke’s A&E Department, the Rosie Maternity Hospital and the ambulance service?

4. As the closure is proposed to begin in May, what contact has there been with the City Council elections department as to how this might affect people going to vote in local elections?

5. What assessment was done of alternative options such as a non-peak closure?

6. What arrangements are proposed for non-vehicular traffic?

7. How will residents access their homes?

I await their response. Meanwhile, if you have additional questions, please keep them coming.

Also, visit the exhibition on Thursday where the plans will be on display:

Thursday 26th January 17.30 – 19.30 St John the Evangelist Church, Hills Road.

Local Highways Improvements

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 important recurring theme. The bids are scored by councillors every January and the highest scoring ones are funded for the next financial year.

Working with residents in various streets, have put in bids for parking restrictions in Godwin Way, Beaumont Road, Topcliffe Way, Cavendish Avenue, Netherhall Way and Chalk Grove. A Queen Edith’s Way resident has put in a bid to address speeding problems.

Our bids will be scored on 23rd January — wish us luck!

Queen Edith’s says YES to Residents’ Parking

Morley area

Morley area

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 along with the results in January. The next steps will be for the Council to advertise the proposals formally with a Traffic Regulation Order. If this is approved, it is hoped that a scheme can be implemented by the summer.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

A bicycle lane needs a coach like a coach needs a loading ban

Safety v convenience. What do you think?

Total disregard for safety

Van outside the EF — Sam Davies

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 for loading and offloading, at peak times – 7-10 am and 4-7 pm. There would be waivers for removal vans, wedding and funeral vehicles, but not for other vehicles such as supermarket delivery vans.

The County Council has advertised the Traffic Regulation Order in the Cambridge News and with notices in the street attached to lampposts. The deadline for objections has been extended to 19th April.

View the details Hills Rd loading ban TRO v2

Send any objections, giving your reasons, to the County Council using the details in the pdf. It is great to have your questions and comments here, but please respond to the TRO to make them count.

Queen Edith’s Way roundabout and pavement cycleways

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 the committee that day.

The QE Way/ Fendon/ Mowbray Rd roundabout proposals were AGREED. The proposals for cycleways on Queen Edith’s Way to replace the shared pavements were DEFERRED. The Council will now set up a Local Liaison Forum to develop alternative options better suited to Queen Edith’s Way and those who live and travel on it. This will include residents, as well as councillors and council officers.

You can read the decision notice of the meeting here.

The meeting was recorded by Antony Carpen, with sponsorship by the Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations. You can view it on YouTube here.

Fendon Road roundabout and Queen Edith’s Way cycle lanes

Fendon Road roundabout

Fendon Road roundabout

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 Edith’s Way.

We are expecting the green light for the roundabout and a flashing amber light for the cycle lanes so that further local consultation can take place, to ensure a safe walking and cycling environment for all ages.You can read the qew-cycle-lanes-_ee-nov-16on the County Council’s website, or download my pdf here.qew-cycle-lanes-_ee-nov-16