Highways improvements: clean sweep for Queen Edith’s

Eight out of eight bids for highways improvements in Queen Edith’s have made it to the list of funded projects for the coming year – including one which made the top ten for the whole city.

I have been working with local residents to get funding for various small highways schemes, under the County Council’s Local Highways Initiative, which funds schemes up to £10,000. We had to submit the bids last autumn and they were scored by a panel of councillors in January.

A bid for mobile speed signs in Queen Edith’s Way was the top-scoring bid in our area. Many thanks to QEW resident Ken Hart, who put the bid together, and addressed councillors on the day. Speeding is a continual cause of concern in Queen Edith’s Way, especially at the Hills Road end.

The other bids were for parking restrictions, to address concerns raised by residents in many streets:

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  •  Topcliffe Way, where vehicles park on the grassed island
  • Godwin Way, where vehicles park on the grass outside the school and too close to the junction with Wulfstan Way
  • Netherhall Way and Chalk Grove, to tackle double parking and junction parking
  • Cavendish Avenue, to tackle double parking and junction parking
  • Beaumont Road to tackle junction parking
  • Lichfield Road– submitted by Coleridge ward councillors

Many thanks to all the residents who provided evidence for the bids, especially those who attended and spoke at the council meeting.

The new Party President of the Liberal Democrats is Baroness Sal Brinton, who for many years worked and lived in Cambridge, including a spell in Cavendish Avenue. Sal stood twice for Parliament in South East Cambridgeshire before moving to Watford and was Education Spokes and Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Cambridgeshire County Council.

But her experience is not limited to politics: she started her career working on Dr Who and Playschool, and later worked as Bursar at two university colleges as well as running local charities, eg Christian Blind Mission.
Sal said: “I am honoured to have been elected President by the members of the Liberal Democrats.
“My role will be to represent the members, and make the changes that they want happen.
“My first priority will be to move the renowned campaign fighting ability of the Lib Dems into top gear, so that we win more seats in both Westminster and in councils across the UK in the General and Local Elections.”

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.

 

New yellow lines to mark junctions

Cars parked on junctions is a frequent complaint. The Highway Code says, in its Waiting and Parking section:

DO NOT PARK opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space

However, this follows a section of fiercer prohibitions starting YOU MUST NOT, so the junction parking words are advisory only. A traffic regulation order for parking restrictons at a junction, followed by yellow lines, would be required to make it an offence to park there.

The County Council has identified several junctions in the Hills Road area and are proposing new parking restrictions which would do just that. These would be yellow lines around the junctions to prevent cars parking too close, blocking the view for traffic and pedestrians and in some cases, obstructing dropped kerbs.

Residents living close to the junctions should have received letters and plans of what is being proposed. This is an informal consultation: if there is general assent then the Council will proceed to advertise these formally. Here are the plans:

Edendale Close and Hinton Ave     Hills Ave and Cavendish Ave     Blinco Grove and Magnolia Close     Blinco Grove and Rock Road

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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Vehicle thefts in Queen Edith’s

The South Cambridge Neighbourhood police report just one burglary in Queen Edith’s in the past week: burglars broke into a shed in Long Road last Wednesday and used tools to jemmy open a side window leading to the kitchen. Property was stolen, including valuables and a vehicle.

There have been two thefts of motor vehicles in the Cavendish Avenue area.

Domestic burglary is a police priority, as set at the recent South Area meeting on 16th July, and police have spent over 50 hours patrolling in Cherry Hinton and Queen Edith’s to deter burglars, in line with the policing priority.

If you wish to contact the neighbourhood policing team, ring them on the police non-emergency number, 101, or 999 for emergencies. To receive regular updates from the police, sign up for e-cops for their local newsletter covering the south of Cambridge.

If you would like to comment on police priorities, please get in touch with me or any other member of the Focus Team.

Queen Edith’s Open Studios artists

Painters, sculptors, craftspeople and all sorts of artists will soon be flying the yellow flags that herald the start of Open Studios, when they invite you in to view their work.

We have thirteen in Queen Edith’s, with artists specialising in ceramics, jewellery, painting of all sorts, photography and textiles. We are surrounded by a golden ring of talent!

The Open Studios website has an interactive map showing you where everyone is. I’ve previously visited Jane Evans in Cavendish Avenue (her proud cockerel painting graces my breakfast room), Helena Hadjioannou whose awesome elemental works are produced just opposite my house in Holbrook Road, as well as my former council colleague Tony Mills of Hills Avenue who brings the natural world to us through art photography.

It all starts next weekend. For details of all the artists taking part, see the Open Studios website.