Goodbye Budgen’s. You will be missed!

Adkin’s Corner joins Perne Road and Cherry Hinton Road and is named after W J Adkins, who ran a grocery store there in the 1960s. This later become part of the Budgen’s group.

Budgen’s is quite the local institution, well supported locally and popular for its friendly staff as well as its good range of produce, much of it locally sourced.

So it is sad to learn that they’re closing up shop in March, when the site will be renovated. The owners, CJK Properties, intend to convert three outbuildings into flats but to retain the retail space. See their planning application to Cambridge City Council, which has just been approved.

They are also funding a traffic regulation order for a change to the road layout to allow vehicles to access the site without crossing the pavement. Local people are hoping there will still be a supermarket on site after the changes – but we will miss Budgen’s!

Changes to bus services

Stagecoach has just announced further changes to its services, to take effect on 18th February.

There will be new timetables for Citi 1, 2 and 3. The Citi 2 will now call at Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s but

There are also changes to routes
11/12
from the same date
Route
s
Citi 3 and 17 will also change on the 4
th
March 2018
F
rom 18
th
February 2018
Stagecoach East
will be making a number of changes to its
Cambridge Citi bus services
to improve
reliability and connectivity over a core part of its
network.
Citi 1/3 will see a change to the frequency at Fulbourn during the day time (Monday to
Saturday) with buses operating every 30 minutes. Evening and Sunday buses will
not
change
.
Citi 2 will continue to operate every 10 minutes
Monday to Saturday daytimes
b
etween
Cambridge North Rail Station and Mill Road. Buses will then continue every 20 minutes
to Addenbrooke’s
, and every 20 minutes to Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s providing a new
link to the store.
There will also be changes to Saturday morning frequencies
on Citi 1, 2 & 3 with buses
running up to every 20 minutes before 0900.
From the same date there will also be changes to r
outes 11 & 12 between Cambridge,
Bury St Edmund’s
&
Ely. Buses on route 11 will only operate between Bury St Edmund’s
and Newmarket of
f peak. There will be a minor alteration to the 12 timetable which will
enable customers to change buses at Newmarket Bus Station for onward travel to
Cambridge/Ely.
Stagecoach East will be maki
ng further changes from Sunday
4
th
March 2018. From this
date service 17 will no longer operate. Journeys on Citi 3 will be extended from the
Fulbourn Superstore to replace
journeys
on route 17
between Cherry Hinton and
Stetchworth.
These changes are being made due to declining passenger n
umbers and the ever
increas
ing congestion within Cambridge, which hampers the progress of the buses
.
New timetables are available to view online and will be available in print shortly.
Customers can also download the free Stagecoach app
available in the
App and Play
stores
or use the website journey planner to plan their journeys. New timetable
information will be available via the app or journey planner from week commencing 29
th
January 2018.
E
NDS
For media enquiries
Changes to Cambridge Citi network effective from Sunday 18
th
February
Citi 1, 2 & 3 will all see new timetables introduced
Citi 2 to provide new daytime link to Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s
There are also changes to routes
11/12
from the same date
Route
s
Citi 3 and 17 will also change on the 4
th
March 2018
F
rom 18
th
February 2018
Stagecoach East
will be making a number of changes to its
Cambridge Citi bus services
to improve
reliability and connectivity over a core part of its
network.
Citi 1/3 will see a change to the frequency at Fulbourn during the day time (Monday to
Saturday) with buses operating every 30 minutes. Evening and Sunday buses will
not
change
.
Citi 2 will continue to operate every 10 minutes
Monday to Saturday daytimes
b
etween
Cambridge North Rail Station and Mill Road. Buses will then continue every 20 minutes
to Addenbrooke’s
, and every 20 minutes to Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s providing a new
link to the store.
There will also be changes to Saturday morning frequencies
on Citi 1, 2 & 3 with buses
running up to every 20 minutes before 0900.
From the same date there will also be changes to r
outes 11 & 12 between Cambridge,
Bury St Edmund’s
&
Ely. Buses on route 11 will only operate between Bury St Edmund’s
and Newmarket of
f peak. There will be a minor alteration to the 12 timetable which will
enable customers to change buses at Newmarket Bus Station for onward travel to
Cambridge/Ely.
Stagecoach East will be maki
ng further changes from Sunday
4
th
March 2018. From this
date service 17 will no longer operate. Journeys on Citi 3 will be extended from the
Fulbourn Superstore to replace
journeys
on route 17
between Cherry Hinton and
Stetchworth.
These changes are being made due to declining passenger n
umbers and the ever
increas
ing congestion within Cambridge, which hampers the progress of the buses
.
New timetables are available to view online and will be available in print shortly.
Customers can also download the free Stagecoach app
available in the
App and Play
stores
or use the website journey planner to plan their journeys. New timetable
information will be available via the app or journey planner from week commencing 29
th
January 2018.
E
NDS
For media enquiries

Slim majority for new residents’ parking scheme in Coleridge

map of Coleridge West

Coleridge West residents’ parking zone

Residents in the west Coleridge area have given their backing to a new residents’ parking scheme covering the area between Cherry Hinton Road, Mill Road and Coleridge Road.

The County Council ran a consultation there at the end of last year, as well as in the Accordia estate off Brooklands Avenue, in the Staffordshire Street area near the Grafton Centre, and Newnham.

Just over half of the Coleridge West residents who took part in the survey supported the council’s proposed scheme. The Council will be looking at all the feedback received from the surveys and the public exhibition and considering it before it creates the final plans, which will be advertised in the local paper as part of a statutory consultation.

Councillors on the Cambridge City Joint Area Committee will review all comments and objections received during the statutory consultation and they will decide on whether to implement the schemes.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board will fund the implementation costs associated with all four new schemes, meaning participants only need to pay for residents’ permits and visitors’ permits.

Breakdowns of the four consultations and answers to the frequently asked questions about Resident Parking Schemes will be available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/resident-parking-scheme-consultation/.

Cambridge to Brighton

Here’s some good news: next May, we’ll be able to take direct trains to Brighton from Cambridge, and next year, to Maidstone too. Travelling to Gatwick Airport is about to get easier too – through trains will mean no more struggling with luggage on the Underground.

Govia has been planning improvements to Thameslink for some time but has just announced the first phase of improvements scheduled for May 2018: top of the list are new cross-London connections from Cambridge and Peterborough to the south coast via Gatwick.

GTR also promise greater capacity and a new, more reliable timetable. And there are new trains too – the Siemens-built 700s are ‘smart’ trains are more comfortable and spacious. But what I most like the sound of are the RTI screens which GTR say will ‘ tell passengers how the Tube is running and where to find more space on board.’ The Reverend Awdry would have been in seventh heaven.

Council relents on visitor parking permit rise

I’m pleased to report that the County Council Highways Committee did not vote through the very steep price rise for visitor permits in residents’ parking schemes today. Instead, they asked the officers to look again at the charging structure, particularly ways in which the charges could remain affordable by people depending on family visits.  Here is the Council’s decision notice, and here is the Cambridge News report of the meeting. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/parking-permit-charge-fee-increase-13901885

We were pleased that most of our fellow councillors on the committee (Conservatives + I Independent, but not Labour) understood where we were coming from and some had constructive ideas such as cheaper, part-day permits for short visits, and exemptions. I very much hope that we will see more acceptable proposals when we consider this again next January.

Thank you to everyone who wrote to councillors on this issue.

Park and Ride charges to go … but rises for on-street parking and residents’ parking

On Tuesday, the County Council‘s Highways & Community Infrastructure committee will be considering proposals for changes to parking charges in the city, including residents’ parking permit fees as well as on-street and Park & Ride parking charges.

Some of the proposals are good news, like the removal of Park & Ride parking charges, charges that we have opposed since they were first introduced in 2013. The charges have driven motorists away from the Park & Ride sites and into residential streets, which are already choc-a-bloc full of commuter cars.

The rise in residents’ parking permits and on-street parking charges is not such good news. One element that my party has opposed is the very steep 88% price hike for visitor permits – almost double. We believe this is not only disproportionate but very unfair on people who regularly have visitors during the day, such as the housebound. There are lower rises for residents’ permits … happily no rise for the new Morley scheme in Queen Edith’s that is just being introduced.

I am a member of the Highways committee and welcome your comments, which I will feed into my comments at the committee.

Please note that the charges have already been considered by the city-county councils’ joint traffic committee, where I and other Liberal Democrat members challenged the level of the rise in visitor permit costs, which we believe is over the top. We were disappointed – and not a little surprised – that our Labour colleagues defended this.

You can read the report at https://cmis.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/…/Com…/7/Default.aspx. The meeting is open to the public; if you wish to speak, you need to notify the County Council by noon on Thursday.

Residents’ parking update

A new residents’ parking scheme is being installed in the Morley area (from the Cherry Hinton Rd/ Hills Rd junction down to Blinco Grove).  The residents’ parking signs are now all in place. Parking_Guide___Morley_Area_2017

Parking bays have been painted on parts of Rathmore Road and Marshall Road, and lining will follow. Rock Road will be next, then Hartington Grove, Blinco Grove and Magnolia Close.

As many residents know, the painting of lines did not start on time. If the delay has caused you individual problems, please email me with the details, and I will take things up with the Council.

Coleridge west

A consultation for the west Coleridge area is being carried out now and will run until 4th December. If you live in any of the streets on the map* you can take part on line at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ColeridgeWest/, or complete a paper form.

There is also an information event on Tuesday 7th November (5-7pm) at the Mill Road Baptist Church, 178 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3LP, where officers will present their proposals for this area.

*Coleridge west streets

 

Consultations will take place in other parts of Cambridge over the next year or so. Residents’ parking schemes will be introduced IF a majority of respondents support them.

Residents’ parking comes to Queen Edith’s

Work has begun on a residents’ parking scheme. The new scheme will be known as ‘Morley’ after the primary school on Blinco Grove – and will ipso facto also share a name with Liberal MP and founder of Homerton College, Samuel Morley. It will include Blinco Grove, Marshall Road, Hartington Grove, Rathmore Road & Close and Rock Road, plus 151-219 Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road from the Cambridge Leisure junction to no. 196.

The first stage of the installation is putting up signs near the bays explaining the restrictions –10am –7pm Monday-Friday. During these times you may only park with a permit.

The signs are a legal requirement, and need to be near the parking bays to allow the County Council to enforce the restrictions and to protect itself against challenges by motorists. There are rules about the distances between the signs and the height of the poles on which the signs are mounted.

I know that some people have been unhappy about the positioning of the poles so I caught up with the contractors this morning to have a chat. They’re very approachable and said they’d had a friendly reception from most people, and even a few cups of tea.

They work to instructions from the Council about where they put the poles, and that has to comply with national regulations – but it is sometimes possible to tweak the positioning, bearing in mind other constraints such as services under the ground. If you are unable to talk to the contractors, please drop me an email and I’ll do what I can to help.

The next stage will be painting residents’ bays, white H-markings and yellow lines, and the scheme is set to launch on 3rd November.

Conservatives vote to close 19 children’s centres

Demo at Shire Hall

4,000 signature-petition

Conservative councillors have voted en bloc to close 19 children’s centres across the county, including Homerton, Romsey Mill and Cherry Hinton in this area.

The decision has been met with widespread dismay from parents concerned about the loss of vital services, including post-natal care, parenting classes and work with troubled families – all for a £1 million saving.

Nearly 4,000 people signed a petition set up by me with other Liberal Democrats which called on the Conservatives to reverse their proposals.

Many families attended the council debate on Tuesday, including some from this area, and eleven people spoke on the importance of children’s centres.

This is a brutal decision, which will cause lasting damage to many children and families. Early intervention with children is vital, and I fear that problems not picked up when children are young are likely to become more embedded, costing more to put right in the long run. The decision is even more sickening when you remember that only a few months ago, Conservative councillors voted themselves a massive pay rise.

CCC CC speech Oct 17

 

Residents’ parking scheme about to launch

After many years of discussion and debate – plus plenty of legwork – residents’ parking is about to arrive in Queen Edith’s. It has been named the ‘Morley’ residents’ parking scheme after the excellent Morley Memorial Primary School in Blinco Grove; and it will include the streets from Elsworth Place to Blinco Grove inclusive, plus the stretches of the main roads that link those streets. The new scheme will operate Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm. See here for a guide: Parking_Guide___Morley_Area_2017

The new scheme will give residents priority parking within their area but it also takes into account the needs of local businesses and community facilities such as Rock Road Library.

The scheme will officially launch on 1st November. Residents can apply on the County Council’s website for permits for themselves and / or guests to park within the zone. Residents’ annual permits are £50 each.

I have been working with residents and officers for a long time on this and given the majority support shown when the Council consulted last year, I’m pleased that the scheme is coming in. It will give local residents a better chance of parking near their homes – very important, especially for people with medical/ care needs, or with young children — but it will also bring road safety improvements, reduce congestion and air pollution, and generally improve the local environment for everyone.

The other good news is that there will be no joining fees. Usually people pay a starter fee when they buy their first permit on top of the cost of the permit itself. Following requests from myself and from the Hills Road Residents’ Association, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (City Board) has agreed to fund the implementation costs.