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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Cambridge South Area meeting packed out for police and parking

It was standing room only at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre at last night’s South Area meeting, mainly with people from Queen Edith’s who were there to quiz traffic officers from the Tory-run Cambridgeshire County Council about parking.

Queen Edith’s is home to some venerable institutions such as Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Homerton College and both Hills Road and Long Road VI Form Colleges. All of them are excellent – and all of them are big traffic generators. Either to save money paying for hospital parking, or because there is no parking at the colleges, the cars park in neighbouring streets. Some residents say it’s like the ‘Addenbrooke’s Overflow Car Park’.

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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…)