Hills Road: life in the slow lane, and the Tory switch-off plan

Cones on Hills Road

Cones on Hills Road

Cambridgeshire County Council‘s Cycling Team and the contractor for the Hills Road project will be coming to Queen Edith’s on October 5th to report on the slow-running Hills Road cycle lanes.

Or should that read ‘the slow lanes’? The project was scheduled to take 37 weeks but we are in week 36 already and they still haven’t finished the first side. More red tarmac went down last weekend but the route still involves a mixture of surfaces and cyclists having to move onto the road. All road users are having difficulties: drivers are delayed, pedestrians cannot cross the road because of rows of traffic cones, and bus users have had bus stops out of commission for weeks on end.

The officers will report on the Hills Road project and  take questions, then tell us about other cycle-related matters, including the Chisholm Trail cross-city cycle route.

Here is a link to the agenda of the South Area meeting. There’s also an open forum session and a report on environmental services in the south of the city (rubbish, graffiti and vandalism).

7pm, St John’s Church, Hills Road.

switchoff map

Under Conservative proposals only the blue roads would be lit at night.

STOP PRESS: The meeting will also receive a report on the County Council’s proposals to switch off streetlights at night. County Tories want to stop night-time lighting in an attempt to make the books balance, in the face of swingeing central government cuts to local government.

We believe this will have an unacceptable impact on road safety and on individual safety in Cambridge, given the high numbers of residents and visitors who are about after midnight or early in the morning.

LOCAL BLOGGER CHRIS RAND HAS POSTED A REPORT OF THE DISCUSSION ON HIS WEBSITE: http://queen-ediths.co.uk/cambridge-planning/hills-road-cycleway-some-of-our-questions-answered/

Lib Dem budget harvests green energy to protect services

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have revealed ambitious plans to harness the power of solar energy and wind to bring in millions of pounds every year to protect county council front-line services.

The Lib Dem budget amendment and supporting text are available online here:

http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/CMSWebsite/Apps/Committees/AgendaItem.aspx?agendaItemID=6512

Their alternative Cambridgeshire County Council budget includes a £20 million investment in solar energy and a new wind farm that would generate £2.5 million a year.

In addition they would sell off the council’s headquarters at Shire Hall and dispose of some of the council’s “bloated” property portfolio to bring in a further £20 million plus.

“These are difficult times for local government, particularly in Cambridgeshire, where this year the interest payments on the guided busway will wipe out almost half of the funds brought in by the council tax increase,” said Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrat Leader, Kilian Bourke. (more…)