Potholes and pavement surfaces and drains are always causing problems! We are constantly asking County Council Highways officers to attend to problems, and are pleased to report some action on some:
Drains have been cleared in Baldock Way and Marshall Road, and the ones in Hills Road should be done soon.
Some pavement defects have been repaired in Wulfstan Way and Gunhild Close, and more are being scheduled for repair. Patches have been ordered for Cowper Road and the work should be done soon.
A repair has been made to the uneven patch of pavement outside the old Early Years building on Blinco Grove
Surface dressing treatment will be applied to several streets in the Nightingale Avenue area.
Some other roads have very bad surfaces that have got into such a state that they will be very expensive to repair them, eg Baldock Way, Coniston Road, Marshall Road, Cavendish and Hills Avenues. Amanda is putting pressure on the Council to bring these roads up to standard — watch this space.
In the meantime, please report any highways faults on the council’s website at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/roadworks-and-faults/.
New knee-length ‘diamond’ fencing
The yellow lines in Cavendish Avenue and Baldock Way and the disabled parking bay on Baldock Way have now been painted — bar some small sections yet to be done. This is because commuters have been ignoring cones placed on the road and parking their cars in the section of road where the lines were to go. Low-level fencing for the verges in the middle section of Baldock Way is also now in place.
Traffic regulation orders for parking restrictions in Gunhild Close and Fendon Close have been advertised. If there are no objections the restrictions will be brought in; if there are any, then they will be determined by the Cambridge Joint Area Traffic Committee when it next meets.
Addenbrooke’s is an outstanding hospital, but the thousands of cars it attracts pose a problem for those of us living nearby, earning the south of Queen Edith’s the sobriquet of the ‘Addenbrooke’s Overflow Car Park’.
Last year, Cambridgeshire County Council advertised a raft of parking restrictions, some new yellow lines and some extensions of existing ones, for example, making them effective seven days a week instead of just Monday to Friday.
I have been pushing the Council’s Highways officers to get on with the restrictions that they advertised last year as the first step of the Parking Review. Most of these were agreed last spring under Geoff Heathock’s watch as county councillor, but the yellow paint has still not hit the streets.
The officers are now making and sealing traffic regulation orders for new and extended yellow lines in the following streets:
The Council plan is to have the yellow lines in operation week beginning 16th January, weather permitting. I had hoped to have them in place before Christmas, but given we are getting so close, the decision has been taken to wait until the New Year, so as not to make life difficult for your Christmas visitors.
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 in the New Year.