Residents’ parking update

As there have been lots of questions about residents’ parking, here is an update.

The Morley area of Queen Edith’s will have a residents’ parking scheme installed in the next few weeks, following majority support last year. The County Council informs me that Skanska will be installing signage mid-October and having yellow lines painted at the end of the month. Residents should expect letters from the County Council announcing that the scheme is about to be launched and inviting permit applications. There will be notices in the street to alert everyone else.

The details of the Morley scheme are on the Residents’ Parking page of the County Council’s website: .

The County Council is about to launch a ‘Coleridge west’ consultation in the area borded by Cherry Hinton Road (north side), Coleridge Road and Mill Road. Surveys for other areas of Cambridge will follow to establish whether there is a general desire for residents’ parking. In this area the designated areas are Coleridge east, Glebe, Wulfstan, Nightingale and Perse.

Schemes will only be taken forward if a majority of respondents are in favour.

 

 

Children’s centres petition is IN. Decision will now be put to ALL county councillors

The councillor who chairs the Cambridgeshire County Council Children and Young People Committee, Simon Bywater, has announced that the debate on the children’s centre closures will be pulled from the 10th October committee meeting, and will instead be on the agenda of the full council meeting on 17th October. This means all county councillors will vote on the proposals.

Cllr Bywater, who took the chair of the committee in May, has issued the following statement:

“We have had a good response to the Children Centre Public Consultation with over 2000 completed responses. We welcome the level of detailed feedback and engagement we have had during this period of consultation and understand that whilst there has been some substantial support for the proposals from many residents there is also concern from others about some of the proposals.

In acknowledgment of this we have made the decision to take the consultation response and recommendations to Full Council on October 17. This will replace the planned presentation to Children and Young People Committee on October 10. We feel that this will give a wider group of councillors an opportunity to hear a wide range of views and take part in a debate before voting on the recommendations.”

Today, I went to Shire Hall to hand in our petition opposing the children’s centre closures, now on over 3,800 signatures. We will present it on the 17th October. This meeting will be open to the public, but if you wish to speak at the meeting you must inform the council by 10th October.

Help us save Homerton … and 18 other children’s centres!

With other Lib Dem councillors, I have been running a campaign challenging  the County Council’s proposals to ‘redesignate’ (close) 19 children’s centres, including Homerton in Holbrook Road, whose services would be moved to the Central Library in the city centre — costly for families in terms of time and money. Other centres on the hit list are centres in Trumpington, Cherry Hinton and Romsey.

Thank you if you have signed the Liberal Democrat petition opposing the closures, which has now exceeded the target of 3,000 signatures which we set when we launched it in July. We are hoping to use the petition to trigger a council debate on 17th October.

Before that, the closures will be debated at a meeting of the Children and Young People (CYP) Committee on the 10th October (2pm at Shire Hall). I am not on that committee but I shall be attending to speak against the proposals.

Would you be able to go along too, to show support for the campaign to defend the children’s centres, either by greeting councillors and listening to the debate, or by making a short speech challenging the closures? Please let me know if that is something you might be able to do, so that we can co-ordinate.

Thank you to all those who have written to me and other councillors.  Please write to other county councillors too, particularly Conservative ones (it’s the Conservative party that controls the county council, and that is supporting the closures) and the members of the CYP committee.

We have a Facebook page for the campaign: Cambridgeshire Children’s Centre campaign. Do have a look, and share with friends.

Big Green Bus Company to take over the 114

The Haverhill-based Big Green Bus Company has taken over the 114 bus service running between Addenbrooke’s and the Grafton Centre, previously operated by Whippet Coaches before they deregistered the 114 and 16 other services at the beginning of the summer.

The route is the same but timings are slightly different. Here is the new timetable.

The 114 bus service is subsidised by Cambridgeshire County Council, which was not anticipating Whippet pulling out so suddenly. Councillors discussed the deregistrations at the August meeting of the Economy and Environment committee. I attended on behalf of Queen Edith’s and explained that the 114 reaches streets that are not covered by other bus routes, providing a service to people in Mowbray Road, Lichfield Road and Hulatt Road who would find it hard to get to other services. It enables people to get from here to Sainsbury’s and the Beehive Centre, and in the other direction, it brings people to Addenbrooke’s.

I am pleased to report that the committee voted to retender the service.

Roadworks and events

road-closureThe County Council has sent me its latest list of new roadworks and events. This is for things starting between 1st and 15th September – please see previous posts for works already in progress.

Check out:

  • Glebe Road
  • Queen Edith’s Way
  • Robinson Way
  • Frances Crick Avenue
  • Addenbrooke’s Road

The extent of the works varies from minor to major but please see the attachment for details so you can vary your route if necessary.

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Lichfield Road yellow lines

Thank you to everyone who has given feedback on the parking restrictions plans for Lichfield Road – it’s been very helpful.

The yellow lines at the the bus stop, opposite the hall and at the Coleridge Road junction,  and the H-markings outside the entrances to the flats have been generally welcomed. The only issue people have mentioned is the yellow lines outside houses near the Coleridge Road junction, which came as a surprise to many. It’s felt that this would be too restrictive for residents to park their own cars.

I have asked the County Council to take those lines out. Here is a Lichfield Road parking restrictions v2.

The next stage is for the Council to advertise the yellow lines as a Traffic Regulation Order.

More children’s centre drop-in events

Following pressure from a number of concerned councillors and campaigners, the county council has announced eight more drop-in sessions about the proposals to close 19 children’s centres. The times should also be better for many working parents too. Here is an updated list of events with the new ones shown in bold.

Tuesday 15th August, 13:00-15:00, Waterbeach Children’s Centre

Wednesday 23rd August, 13:0-15:00, Oasis Children’s Centre, Wisbech

Thursday 24 August, 16:00-18:00, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Trumpington
Wednesday 30 August, 14:00-16:00, Murrow Children’s Centre
Tuesday 5 September, 17.00-19.00, Sutton Children’s Centre
Wednesday 6 September, 17.00-19.00, Bar Hill Children’s Centre
Monday 11 September, 17.00-19.00, Linton Children’s Centre
Monday 11 September, 17.00-19.00, Bottisham Children’s Centre
Tuesday 12 September, 16:00-18:00, Ramsey Library
Wednesday 13 September, 18.30-20.00, Papworth Children’s Centre

Hills Road cycleway: lessons to be learnt

Live on Hills Road? Travel along it?

Then you will know it’s been a rough ride since council contractors arrived at the beginning of January 2015 to replace our cycleway.

There has been deep dissatisfaction over the length of time this project has taken, as well as about working practices – and ironically, about the reduced road safety during construction.

With other Lib Dem councillors, I persuaded the County Council to undertake a review of the cycleway so that lessons can be learnt about what went well and what didn’t go so well, and applied in future projects.

Nearly 600 people participated in our survey on the quality of the cycleway and its construction. While cycling levels have gone up and cyclists say they feel safe on the cycleway, it’s not such a good story when it comes to the safety of pedestrians. We have had reports of  collisions at bus stops and delays for emergency vehicles. The project management came in for heavy criticism, with 45% of respondents describing the efficiency of the construction process as poor, inadequate, or very poor.

There were over 500 individual comments Hills Road survey Q10  (Additional comments), including 200 on road safety Hills Road survey Q7.2. We will be pushing to make sure that all of them are taken on board.

The survey results will be considered at the August meeting of the Council’s Economy & Environment Committee. Here is a link to the report.

Summer newsletter

Here is my latest e-newsletter, which goes to my list of subscribers. If you would like to go on the list, drop me a line: [email protected]

Dear everyone

I hope you’ve had a good July. The Big Weekend got the summer off to a good start for me, and I’ve been enjoying checking out new Open Studios artists and craftspeople at the weekends.
There is so much to do in Cambridge at this time of year, including lots close to home:

The City Council’s Playdaze programme has free children’s activities all over the city, including some at Nightingale and Coleridge Recs and Cherry Hinton Hall. Download a programme.

The Friends of Rock Road Library have a family event on 29th July: Kids’ Fun and Rock Abundance. There’s a wildlife/bug hunt and other activities for children, and a plant stall and produce swap for adults.

Get to know our area better with their new family community trail exploring the part of Cambridge north of the library. Pick up a copy from the library – I believe there is even a prize.

The local Children’s Centres have a busy summer programme, including messy play and a books/clothes/ toys swap. Download a programme.

Which leads me on to the much less cheerful news that the County Council is reviewing children’s centres and proposing to close four in the south of the city: Homerton, Fawcett, Cherry Hinton and Romsey Mill. More details on my website and a link to our petition.

The County is running a consultation at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/children-s-centres/children-s-centres-consultation/. It runs 17th July – 22nd September. They are putting on a drop-in event on 3rd August (2.30-4.30pm) at the Arbury Community Centre. If this is a difficult location for you, we recommend going to one of the local children’s centre events, as some will have staff in attendance to discuss the review.

RESIDENTS’ PARKING

A residents’ parking scheme in the Morley area of Queen Edith’s will start this autumn and operate Mon-Fri,10am – 7pm. The City Deal Partnership has agreed to fund the setup costs, meaning residents will not have to pay an initial fee on top of permit costs.

The County Council will be consulting on new residents’ parking schemes later this year, including two in Coleridge between Cherry Hinton Road and Mill Road.

LOCAL HIGHWAYS INITIATIVE
The first drawings are coming through for schemes funded by the Local Highways Improvement Initiative. If you live in a street that successfully applied to this programme, please check my website for updates.

WHIPPET BUSES

Whippet is deregistering several bus services, including the 114, which runs between Addenbrooke’s and the city centre, via Coleridge, Lichfield and Mowbray Roads. The buses will make their last journeys on 1st September and will only resume when new operators have been found. More info.

ROADWORKS

The County Council informs me of planned roadworks every fortnight. I post the details on my website, eg https://amandataylor.focusteam.org/2017/07/22/impending-roadworks/. One that will be significant for Queen Edith’s is the UKPN cabling work on Hills Road, which will mean the cycle lanes over the bridge will be suspended for the next four weeks. Please report any increased speeding to the police. If you have concerns about the management of the works, contact UKPN on 0800 0284587 and [email protected]<[email protected].

NEXT ADVICE SURGERIES

Friday 28th July: 5.15 – 6 pm, Rock Road Library

Saturday 12th August: 10.15 – 11.15am, St James’s Church, Wulfstan Way

Cllr. Amanda Taylor
http://www.sclibdems.org.uk/

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Last stop for the 114

Whippet is deregistering 17 bus services in Cambridge, claiming they are unprofitable. The following services will take their last journeys on 2nd September.

Service 1                   Hilton – Hemingfords - St Ives
Service 1A                 St Ives – Fenstanton – Cambridge
Service 2                   Cambridge - Hardwick - Toft - Caldecote – Boxworth
Service 3                   Papworth St Agnes – Papworth Everard – Huntingdon (Saturday journeys only)
Service 5                   St Ives - Hemingford Abbots - Hemingford Grey - St Ives
Service 7A                 Whittlesford - Babraham Road Park & RideAmanda Tayloramandataylor
Service 8                   Cambridge - Dry Drayton - Papworth Everard
Service 9                   St Ives - Elsworth – Hilton
Service 12                 St Ives Town Circular
Service 15                 St Ives - Swavesey – Over
Service 16                 Huntingdon - Oxmoor Circular
Service 18                 Newmarket - Fulbourn – Teversham – Cambridge
Service 21                 St Ives - Earith - Somersham – Ramsey
Service 45                 Huntingdon - Houghton - St Ives
Service 45A                Huntingdon - Houghton - St Ives
Service 114               Cambridge City Centre - Grafton - Beehive - Addenbrooke's
Service 117               Cambridge City Centre - Fen Estate

Here is a statement on the deregistrations from Whippet.

The 114 which runs between the city centre and Addenbrooke’s will be missed in this area. It has provided a useful route to the Beehive and Grafton Centres, as it runs down Coleridge, Lichfield and Mowbray Roads.

The County Council has been considering varying the frequency on this service; they will now need to retender it along with the other services. The challenge will be to find another operator who can make them work financially, given the passenger take-up and the congestion on the routes.