What’s all this about residents’ parking?

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Residents’ parking could be coming to your street soon, or at any rate, a consultation about it. The County Council has embarked on a programme of parking consultations covering most of the city. Up till now, residents’ parking schemes have been developed after evidence of demand, as with the Morley scheme in this area; but following an offer by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to fund the set-up costs of new schemes, the Council is putting the idea to residents regardless of whether any interest has been shown.

The Council has divided the city into 26 zones and is consulting residents in phases, presenting them with parking scheme proposals. They started with the areas where there has been strongest demand: so far, consultations have been run in the Staffordshire, Newnham, Accordia and west Coleridge zones. They have all resulted in majorities for residents’ parking schemes, although with a very low turnout in the Coleridge west area. The Victoria, Elizabeth and Coleridge East zones are coming next, and consultations for Queen Edith’s are likely to be in spring 2019.

Citywide map of RP zones 2017

If the consultations in each area result in over 50% of responses being in favour of the proposed scheme, then they will go ahead; if not, then they will not be progressed. Labour councillors wanted to implement the schemes even without majority votes, but Lib Dems have insisted that there must be majority support.

Residents’ parking schemes restrict parking during set hours to people with permits: residents and their guests, plus traders and carers. Permits cost between £1 and £2 a week depending on the hours of the scheme and all permit types are going up in price in April, to reflect rises in the costs of managing the schemes.

Visitors’ permits are currently £8 for five days but will be going up to £12 in April. (The Conservatives were going to put them up to £15 but were persuaded to set a less steep rise following pressure from the Liberal Democrats and residents.)

See here for our frequently asked questions on residents’ parking, with links to the County Council’s web pages on the topic.

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!

Park and Ride Victory

Parking charges at the Babraham Road and other Park and Ride sites will END on 1st April. After four years in which usage of the Park & Ride sites has slumped, County Council Conservatives have at last admitted the daily charge was a mistake.

When the Tories proposed the charges, I opposed them, knowing that drivers would just park elsewhere. Unfortunately, that “somewhere else has been outside our houses. In Queen Edith’s, we have been suffering from the extra parking for four years, so I am pleased the charges are at last being scrapped.

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/.

Changes to local bus services

The County Council has advised me of a number of changes to Stagecoach bus services taking effect from 8th January 2018.

The following services are affected. We welcome the new no 25 between Addenbrooke’s and Trumpington.Woman and bus

9 Ely – March
9 Littleport – Ely – Cambridge
10
11
12
18
25
A
Citi 2
Citi 5
Citi 8
46
50
56
446
Busway A&B and
Busway N

For more information, see Stagecoach January 2018 service changes 04-12-17. For full details and copies of the timetables for the Stagecoach services please contact them directly on 01223 433250, [email protected] or www.stagecoachbus.com.

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.

Help make local environmental history by planting an apple tree!

Are you an apple lover? Not the hi-tec sort, but the lovely fresh tasty delicious fruit that links us with our history and which comes in an incredible 800 varieties.

The Cambridge Community Collection, under the auspices of the City Council, is running a project to plant two of each variety of apple tree, creating a unique orchard between the new developments south of the city and the city centre.

There’s a planting day on Saturday 25th: would you like to get involved and be a little part of Cambridge foodie and environment history?

Planting events are as follows:
Saturday, 25th November meeting at 10 AM on Addenbrooke’s Road next to Hobson’s Brook.
Saturday, 25th November meeting at 2 PM at Brabaham Road Park & Ride.

More information on the group’s website, please visit  or Facebook page.

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.