Yellow lines have arrived!

Yellow-lines_Nightingale_trWe are pleased to say that Cambridgeshire County Council has at long last brought into force the parking restrictions they advertised in 2012. Many are double yellow lines superseding single ones, while others are completely new ones, as in Almoners Avenue and on junctions near schools. We sincerely hope that this will give relief to residents from commuter parking and inconsiderate parking on corners.

The new yellow lines are in the following streets:

  • Almoners Avenue
  • Kinnaird, Maners & Topcliffe Ways
  • Nightingale Avenue & Rotherwick Way
  • Red Cross Lane, Greenlands and Stansgate Avenue
  • Wort’s Causeway, Alwyne Road
  • Baldock Way
  • Godwin Close & Way

I’m keenly aware that there will be some displacement parking; what we cannot tell is how far this will go; or to put it another way, how far people will walk to work. I shall be keeping a close eye on what happens over the next few months. I am also meeting residents in streets where the Council’s proposals were not accepted.

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 soon.

Help us overturn Tory Park and Ride fees

Yesterday, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Conservative Cabinet voted to introduce a £1 parking charge at the five Park & Ride sites in Cambridge. This would be on top of the existing bus fares for those who take the bus, and people parking cars and then walking or cycling from the Park & Ride sites would be paying for the first time.

This is extremely controversial, especially because there has been no consultation with users, employers, residents or anyone else. Nor has there been any assessment of the risks, such as parking displacement or modal shift. I spoke at Cabinet myself and focussed on the danger of extra parking in our already congested streets.

The Liberal Democrats have called this decision in, which means it will be voted on again by a committee comprising councillors from all the parties represented on the Council. (more…)

Weekly police report for Queen Edith’s

Cycle theft continues to be a problem in Queen Edith’s, with thefts in Marshall Road and Wulfstan Way, as well as near Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Netherhall School.

There has been one domestic burglary in Queen Edith’s Way. Once again, the burglar got access with a gardening implement taken from the shed. Police recommend locking garages and sheds to avoid this happening amongst their home security tips.

PCSO Chris Blewett will be holding a police surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Monday November 26th, between 12pm and 1pm

Talking to Radio Cambridgeshire about hospital parking

This morning I was interviewed by Radio Cambridgeshire about parking problems in our area. This interview took place in Greenlands, a small street very near Addenbrooke’s Hospital that suffers particularly acutely, with cars frequently blocking the entrance to the street and parked across the pavements.

We are calling on Cambridgeshire County Council to expedite the parking review they are carrying out in the south of the city.

Youtube clip of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire interview 6th September

Expansion work starts at Babraham Road Park & Ride

Cambridgeshire County Council is starting work on extending the popular Babraham Road Park & Ride site.

The Babraham Road site is the most used of the five Cambridge Park and Ride sites and the expansion is needed to ensure there are enough parking spaces for people wishing to use the highly successful service into and across Cambridge.

Most weekdays the site is full for around two hours and 90% of spaces are taken for four hours.  On weekends, 90% of all spaces are full for three hours a day.

The expansion project will increase the existing capacity of 1000 car parking spaces by about 500 and add a further 80 sheltered cycle parking spaces. The extension is expected to cost £2 million, with funding provided from developers in the area served by the Park and Ride.

The construction will not affect the normal operation of the Park and Ride service. However a very small number of existing parking spaces around the work site will not be available. The extended site is expected to be available in time for Christmas.

Parking Plan comes to Queen Edith’s, 30th August

Are you plagued with too much parking in your street?

Well, there’s a fine rhetorical question. I would be able to get a ‘yes’ answer to that question in almost any street in Queen Edith’s.

We have some very big traffic generators: Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road and Long Road VI Form Colleges. So – lots of commuter parking, blighting the local environment and causing practical difficulties, such as not being able to park your own car, being blocked in by strangers’ vehicles, not being able to see the way ahead clearly because of obstructions…

I and other members of the Queen Edith’s Liberal Democrat Focus Team have many times called for solutions from the Conservative-run County Council, the authority responsible for traffic management and parking controls. We have had some successes, with yellow lines in particular streets – but we feel the County Council has not given commuter parking the attention it deserves. After all, it is our local environment!

And the challenge is bigger than just one street. Removing parking in one area can mean the cars just move to another street and annoy somebody else. That’s why we have pushed for creative thinking, looking at the area as a whole. Pressure from the team, notably our county councillor Geoff Heathcock, has got the County to set up an Area Parking Plan looking at the whole of the south of the city. The County Council will soon be writing to residents in the worst affected streets to tell everyone about the Plan.

This Parking Plan has not been moving as fast as we would like, so in April, Cllr Geoff Heathcock and I asked Cambridgeshire County Council officers to visit the South Area committee and report on progress, which they did. See here for a report of that meeting. And at Geoff’s request, the officers will be visiting Queen Edith’s on 30th August to answer questions about their proposals, as a prelude to exhibitions in the autumn.

Please come along if you can. 

SOUTH CAMBRIDGE PARKING PLAN MEETING

7.30pm, Thursday 30th August

St James’s Church, Wulfstan Way

Meeting arranged at the request of the Queen Edith’s Liberal Democrats Focus Team and ward councillors

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Stairway to heaven? New link from Hills Road Bridge to Guided Busway

Good news!

I am delighted to learn that Cambridgeshire County Council is going to build a link between the Hills Road Bridge and the Guided Busway cycle route. They have agreed to build a series of steps from the southern Busway Cycle route to the Hills Road Bridge. This will mean that people can avoid crossing Hills Road when travelling to Addenbrooke’s, Homerton College and Hills Road VI Form College.

There will be steps for pedestrians and channels for bikes. At present there is not enough space for a bike ramp, as the land alongside is owned by the property company, Savills.

Will Savills be public-spirited enough to release some of their parking space to allow the bridge-busway link to be even better? Not only cyclists, but people in wheelchairs or parents with pushchairs would be very grateful!

Queen Edith’s calls County Council Highways managers to South Area meeting

Queen Edith’s has a bad problem with commuter parking. Near Queen Edith’s Way, we have Addenbrooke’s parking; near the Cherry Hinton Road junction, we have parking problems caused by students of Homerton College and Hills Road Sixth Form College. School parking is something else again.

Waiting restrictions, eg yellow lines, are the province of the Conservative-run Cambridgeshire County Council, and we have asked time and time again for them to address the parking problems in the area. Regrettably, far too little attention has been given to the problems over the years. Even when residents have voted for residents’ parking schemes (as in Rathmore Road), or petitioned for yellow lines on safety grounds (Godwin Close), the County Council has procrastinated. (more…)