New parking restrictions for Nightingale Avenue and Godwin Way

Yellow lines_NightingaleAt the beginning of the year, double yellow lines were painted on junctions in the north of Queen Edith’s, in the streets on either side of Baldock Way. The County Council had also hoped to extend the double yellow lines on Nightingale Avenue near its junction with Queen Edith’s Way – something residents have been requesting for a while, to aid visibility.

The process is that the traffic regulation orders are advertised, any objections determined, and then the orders are ‘sealed’. I understand this does involve some actual sealing wax. The final stage of the process is to book a painting vehicle to attend and actually to paint the lines on the road.

Unfortunately – wouldn’t you just guess — the yellow paint charabang hasn’t been able to extend the lines because there’s always something parked there. They plan to have another attempt this weekend – let’s hope they succeed this time.

The Council will also be advertising some extra yellow lines for Godwin Way near the Queen Edith’s Primary School. Click here for a plan.Godwin Way parking restrictions 2015

If you wish to comment, please do so by 20th March, quoting Amendement 24 and send to: Local Infrastructure & Street Management
Policy & Regulation
Box No: SH1204
Shire Hall
Cambridge
CB3 0AP

Two planning applications to keep an eye on

It may be Christmas Eve but development goes on … and on. Today Cambridge City Council has published its agenda, which has two Queen Edith’s applications, on Mowbray Road and Baldock Way. The agenda also says there is one on Cavendish Avenue, but be assured this is a mistake! Here is the link:

http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=181&MID=2606#AI13214

The Mowbray Road application, 14/1136/FUL is for yet MORE flats, and there have already been objections from three neighbours on the grounds of overdevelopment and the likelihood of additional parking and congestion.

The Baldock Way application, 14/1652/FUL, is to convert a bungalow on the corner of Glebe Road into a ‘chalet bungalow’. This has attracted a mixture of objections and support, mainly from people not resident in the area.

Under the new arrangements brought in by Labour when they took control of the City Council, the applications will not be determined locally, but at the Guildhall, on the afternoon of the 7th January.

Queen Edith’s: new parking restrictions advertised today

dOUBLE-YELLOWSThe County Council has today advertised new parking restrictions to protect junctions in Nightingale Avenue and in the Hills Road area. Double yellow lines are proposed, to ban parking on corners in Nightingale Avenue, Blinco Grove, Rock Road, Cavendish and Hills Avenues. You can see plans here:

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and here is a scan of the Traffic Regulation Order: PRINT-SERVER-1_Canon020_0739_001

The restrictions have already been proposed to residents as part of an informal consultation. Now the County has advertised making a Traffic Regulation Order which if approved would allow the restrictions to come into force. If you wish to comment for or against the restrictions, please email the County Council by 21st November: [email protected], quoting reference PRO160.

 

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.

How long does it take to paint a yellow line? Up to seven years in Conservative Cambridgeshire

Quizzing Cllr Tony Orgee about parking in QE

Quizzing Cllr Tony Orgee about parking in QE

Last December, Cambridgeshire County Council advertised a suite of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) for parking restrictions in nearly 20 streets in Queen Edith’s – see previous post.

Many were intended to create some order out of chaotic commuter parking in the streets near Addenbrooke’s Hospital; a couple are to make school routes safer, eg Godwin Way/ Close.

Some of the proposals are ancient and pre-date most of the Queen Edith’s councillors: one proposal for Hinton Avenue responds to a petition presented to the County Concil in 2006.

The orders were advertised two months ago, coinciding with a broader review of parking across the south of Cambridge, the aptly named South Cambridge Parking Plan.

Consultations on the TROs and the parking plan both closed two months ago: the TROs on 17th December and the parking plan on the 21st December. Since then – a deafening silence.

The Council’s Highways officers can’t say what representations were received – it seems they haven’t yet read through them all properly. So the parking restrictions and the parking plan appear to have been … er, parked.

Meanwhile, many people in Queen Edith’s are asking me and other members of the Lib Dem Focus Team what’s going on … ‘When are we going to get our yellow lines?’

Cambridgeshire County Council held their full council meeting today and I took advantage of their public question slot to quiz the Cabinet Member responsible for parking. All he could tell me was that comments are still being ‘processed’, but he expects to be discussing them with local councillors in 2-3 weeks. So that’s something.

Parking Promenade

As I’d like Cllr Orgee to see just how clogged up with parked cars we are round here, I have invited him to come for a walk around Queen Edith’s and look at some of the most congested streets – and he’s accepted, so I’ll try and settle a day with him soon.

UPDATE: We have now agreed a date for our walkabout with Cllr Orgee: Wed 13th March.

Cambridgeshire County Council: making a start on yellow lines

Cambridgeshire County Council is the council responsible for parking management, and they manage the budgets and the authority for parking restrictions, residents’ parking schemes, and meters. So it is the Highways people at Shire Hall to whom we turn when we need help to sort out parking problems, not the Guildhall.

In response to local demand and campaigning, the County are at last about to advertise parking restrictions, or extensions of existing restrictions in a number of streets in Queen Edith’s:

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South Area Parking Plan display packed out

Hundreds of residents packed into the Queen Edith Chapel yesterday to view the County Council’s ideas for sorting out parking problems in our area. These are the County’s response to longstanding pressure from Lib Dem councillors over the years to address the saturation of our streets by commuters.

The proposals are informed by comments made by residents at previous meetings and from the local colleges and hospital. The ‘South Area Parking Plan’ has been worked up over the past year.

Many residents were disappointed there were not more firm proposals, but there were new schemes for Red Cross Lane/ Greenlands area, Baldock Way, Godwin Close and Nightingale Avenue. County Council officers were present to answer questions, and residents were invited to fill in a short survey to comment on parking patterns in their own street, and to give their views on residents’ parking schemes.

There are two more chances to see the exhibition:

  • Monday 26 November – Scout Hut, Flamsteed Road
  • Thursday 29 November – Village Hall, Trumpington, at the junction with Beverley Way

You can also look at it all on line, on the County Council’s website. We are also hoping that the plans can be in Rock Road Library.

Comments open till 21st December.

After a year of talking, the County Council unveils its Parking Plan

QUEEN EDITH CHAPEL THIS WEDNESDAY

Most residents of Queen Edith’s will know that parking is a big problem in this area. Lib Dem councillors have for many years been calling for action from Conservative-run Cambridgeshire County Council, the council responsible for parking management and highways.

Last summer the County agreed to set up a parking review group, to look at all of the south of the city, including Queen Edith’s, Trumpington, Romsey and some streets in Coleridge. Cllr Jean Swanson and I attended the first meetingabout a year ago, and since then Cllr Geoff Heathcock has represented Queen Edith’s on that group.

The County officers have visited twice, once to our South Area meeting at my request and again to meet residents in Queen Edith’s. It was made very clear that people were impatient with the long delays and looking for solutions soon.

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