Road and pavement repairs

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/.

Environmental blitz in Queen Edith’s

Fag butts outside Addenbrooke's

Fag butts outside Addenbrooke’s

In May, the City Council’s Refuse & Environment & Streets and Open Spaces teams ran a ‘ward blitz’ in Queen Edith’s, focussing on areas highlighted by councillors as needing attention.

They will be reporting on this work at the next South Area meeting as well as reporting on how they have addressed specific problems identified by councillors. In Queen Edith’s, these include:

  • verge parking on Mowbray and Fendon Roads
  • smoking-related litter in streets near Addenbrooke’s and Long Road Sixth Form College
  • dog fouling at Nightingale Rec and in Gunhild Way, Godwin Way and Godwin Close; purchase of dog bag dispenser for Nightingale Rec
  • deep cleanse of Holbrook Park

At the meeting there will be a chance to ask questions and raise any issues.

7pm, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colvill Road, Monday 29th June.

 

 

 

 

201Environment report June 2015

Dog problems

dogs_no fouling signFrom time to time, people contact the Lib Dem Focus Team about dog fouling – a subject that isn’t very pleasant, but which definitely needs to be addressed.

Most responsible dog owners would not allow their dogs to foul grass verges and pavements; if they did, they would clear up afterwards. But a minority do – and it is dangerous. Apart from being unsightly, dog dirt is a health hazard, especially for young children, and can cause asthma and eye disorders.

Recently, we have had complaints in various streets and passageways, ncluding Godwin Close-Gunhild Close, Wulfstan Way-the Queen Edith’s Primary School; and most recently, Hulatt Road. (more…)

Seven days, three burglaries

The neighbourhood police report a crime spree in Queen Edith’s, with three domestic burglaries between 11th and 18th July. Sincere sympathies to the people affected. Burglary takes away more than just the goods stolen, and police have just set a new priority of focusing on domestic burglaries in the south of the city – see previous post on police priorities for the coming four months.

Curiously, the criminals concentrated on the streets beginning with ‘G’. Is it fanciful to think those of us in streets beginning with H should be especially vigilant this week?

I am copying the information the police have just put out on e-cops:

GLEBE ROAD/07 19:15 – 20:00     Unknown person(s) have gained entry to a multi occupancy house via an insecure front door whilst residents were in, offenders have made their way up to converted loft bedroom and thrown a wallet containing cash out of the window onto a driveway at the side of the house before exi XBOX 360 and games were taken.

Gunhild Way     18/07 12:00 – 14:30

Unknown person(s) have gained to the house via front door causing no damage. Untidy search of all rooms, jewellery and a large quantity of money taken. Rear kitchen window opened.

Bikes have been stolen too, including Blinco Grove and Hills Road. Police recommend registering on Immobilise, a national scheme which allows you to register your valuables for free (anything with a serial number).

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.

20mph trial gets the thumb-up … but more support needed

Amanda and 20mph sign

There was a lively discussion on the Queen Edith’s 20mph trial at the Cambridge South Area meeting on Monday night. The meeting was held at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre for the first time, and was well attended, with many people there specially for either the 20mph item on the agenda or the policing session.

Mr Richard Preston from Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Dept was there to report and listen, and at my request, the police stayed on for the discussion.

Despite disappointing speed tests showing that drivers have not changed their behaviour much, here was general support for continuing with the lower 20mph limit, but there were also emphatic demands for two things that would make it work much better:

  • better signage (painted areas on the road or flashing signs)
  • police enforcement

There was a request for the lower limit to be extended to the whole of the estate, a change which councillors are happy to take on board. We limited it to Gunhild, Godwin and Wulfstan Ways initially, on the grounds that these roads had schools – but the point of a trial is that you can learn from it and make changes.

Mr James Woodburn of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign presented some very useful evidence, explaining how Portsmouth had brought in 20mph speed limits across 94% of the overall road length. They had taken a much more holistic approach, getting police buy-in from the beginning, making signage really prominent and giving much more information about the trial before it began. The result had been very good adherence to the lower speeds.

We asked Inspector Kerridge what enforcement there had been and what the police could offer us for the future. He didn’t give us a direct answer about what enforcement there had been (I suspect none) but explained the police had needed to do some research first about the viability of enforcing a 20mph limit. But he did say: ‘Can we enforce 20? Yes we can!’ and explained the approach he would like to take (talking to people and advising them if they were driving at over 20mph, following that up with a letter, before actually ticketing), while making it clear that the police would not enforce every 20mph limit without local requests to do so in areas where infringement was a particular problem. So: halfway there.

Mr Preston from the County Council told us more signage would cost about £500 (the cost of a painting gang) and that interactive signs could cost up to £5,000. The County had initially been trying not to clutter the area up with too many signs and taken a low-key approach – but in v iew of our comments would look favourably on local requests for more signs … if funding could be found. That may mean we have to fund them from Area Committee funds.

Mr Preston will report back on what we said on Monday to a joint county/city transport committee, and it is expected that the lower limit will remain. We evidently have more work to do on securing the better signage and police enforcement, but Monday’s meeting was a constructive sharing of what’s needed to improve the scheme. Thanks to all those who came along to speak, especially Claire from Godwin Way and Jim and James the Cycling Campaign, and to everyone who sent in surveys, or made comments on the Queen Edith’s  Facebook page.

Oh … our trial appear to have made the news!

BBC News

BBC News (Cambridgeshire)

20mph speed limits

County Council Highways officers are coming to the next South Cambridge Area meeting on 11th July to hear what we think of the 20mph speed limit trial in the Wulfstan Way area. Officers would like to make it permanent. The scheme has been running for just over a year and covers Wulfstan Way, Gunhild Way and Godwin Way, and the three cul-de-sacs in that area.

The Wulfstan Way area was chosen because it has a lot of of pedestrians and cyclists, and several community facilities – churches, schools, doctors’ surgeries and shops.

The police will be at the meeting too, so there will be a good opportunity to evaluate the trial – and to ask for more support from them in terms of enforcement. I have also had suggestions that the lower speed limit should be more clearly signed, a very valid point. Clearly those two things need to work together.

The meeting takes place on Monday 11th July at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre, starting at 7.30 p.m. Or if you cannot attend, please comment here or on the Queen Edith’s Facebook page.

I would also welcome views on other streets which would benefit from 20mph zones, as the Government has just relaxed the rules, meaning local people can get 20mph speed limits put in with much less bureaucracy and at lower cost.