Yellow lines update

Amanda and fencing

New knee-length ‘diamond’ fencing

The yellow lines in Cavendish Avenue and Baldock Way and the disabled parking bay on Baldock Way were painted in the autumn.  Low-level fencing for the verges in the middle section of Baldock Way is also now in place.

Yellow lines in Gunhild Close and Fendon Close have now been painted.

Roadworks and events

road-closureThe County Council has sent me its latest list of new roadworks and events. This is for things starting between 1st and 15th September – please see previous posts for works already in progress.

Check out:

  • Glebe Road
  • Queen Edith’s Way
  • Robinson Way
  • Frances Crick Avenue
  • Addenbrooke’s Road

The extent of the works varies from minor to major but please see the attachment for details so you can vary your route if necessary.

CITY 1-15

Hills Road cycleways: U-turn on total road closure but no end in sight

The Greater Cambridge City Deal has announced new plans for traffic management on Hills Road to facilitate cycleway construction.

Diversion routes for cycleway works

Having announced in January that they would close the top section of Hills Road entirely for five months, there has been some rowing back following public anger. The road between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout will now be closed to outbound traffic for approximately 14 weeks, starting in June. There will be a diversion via Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road see right). The citybound lane will still be open to traffic.

The modifications to traffic management are welcome, but the works will still continue to be extremely disruptive to local residents as well as to people visiting the area, including the sixth form colleges and Biomedical Campus.

Outstaying their welcome

When the first phase of the cycleway works started in January 2015, it was scheduled to last 37 weeks. Over 2 years on, Phase I is still unfinished and it seems the Council cannot even organize simple things such as bus stop signs. The City Deal told us the second phase would take 11 weeks from February, but it is now not due to finish till September 2017. (They might like to update their website.

The project is the responsibility of the City Deal but is being managed by the County Cycling Team.They have given us a Q&A, which I can share with you here. FAQs Hills Road June TM

Any other questions or complaints should be directed to them at [email protected].

Morley Memorial school development gets go-ahead

Morley passed!

On Thursday 16th March, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Planning Committee passed plans for the developments at Morley Memorial Primary School.

The developments will bring the entire school onto a single site, and create three new classrooms, as well as make improvements to toilets, windows and the boiler, which will save the school money on maintenance. The details of the plans and the council report can be read here.

Local residents and Morley parents, staff and governors attended the meeting to listen to and participate in the debate. So did a prospective Morley pupil, a delightful gurgly baby called Hannah, whose presence reminded us what it’s all about.

Pamela McLeman and Mary O’Flynn, a former school caretaker, articulated concerns about loss of open space, and parking and traffic.

The Head, Nikki Brown, spoke of why the changes are needed and how they would improve the day-to-day logistics of school life as well as cater properly for pupils and staff with disabilities – and make all the children feel part of the school.

I spoke in support of the application, while recognizing the tension between traffic and the educational needs. You can read my speech here: Morley planning application

Councillors were impressed with the plans, praising the way the architectural design of the new build would blend with the old buildings, and showing an appreciation of how the school has balanced the need for play space. There was an understanding of the traffic and parking problems but an acceptance that parking is a problem at all schools, and that it was not of sufficient weight to stand in the way of the school’s improvements.

Construction traffic and pedestrians and cyclists do not mix, especially for young children and I asked if the condition on delivery hours could be amended to be well clear of school finishing time. I am pleased that this was taken up. Deliveries will now have to be completed by 2.45pm in termtime.

Contractors will be encouraged to use Park & Ride, as there will be no parking on Blinco Grove except for the school car park.

Morley Memorial development

mlysch1The County Council is planning to develop our local primary school on Blinco Grove, Morley Memorial – but the determination of the planning application has been deferred yet again, and is now scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting on 16th March.

It should have been determined last December, but the traffic statement contained serious omissions and was sent back for further work.

We hope that the decision will be made soon, to allow the school to get on with its development. For more information on the plans, see here.

 

Morley Memorial: plans for new classrooms plus a day nursery

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An old photo, but not as old as the school, founded in 1899

The County Council intends to improve our primary school on Blinco Grove (dates from the 19th century) and to create a day nursery in the Early Years building on the corner of Baldock Way and Blinco Grove.

The planning application was to have been decided this month, but has been halted to allow more work on the transport statement. Unfortunately it contained serious inaccuracies, including a questionable claim about ‘sufficient unrestricted on-street parking available on the roads surrounding the school’. I wonder when they came?

The application is now intended to be determined on 16th February. If you haven’t seen the plans yet you can view them here. If you have commented, you should get a letter from the Council explaining what to do if you wish to speak at the meeting.

Morley Memorial plans

morley-plansOur local primary school, Morley Memorial, is up for improvements. The school is over 100 years old and some of its buildings need to be be brought up to modern standards.

The County Council has plans for the school to have three new classrooms plus long overdue repairs. The changes will enable the whole school to be on one site, bringing the Reception class from the two-storey Early Years house on the south side of Blinco Grove over to join the rest of the school. Having all the children at ground floor level and avoiding the need to get 50 small children across the road twice or three times a day will be safer and allow more time for education and play.

The Council intends to convert the Early Years building into a day centre, which will provide much needed day care places for children of working parents.

Morley’s governing body and the County Council have been working up the plans for years, and the planning application was lodged in September. Consultation has been very quiet, and there have only been two public representations, both objections. So the Council has extended the consultation deadline: you now have until the first week of January to comment. The application will be determined (by the County Council Planning Department) on 19th January.

 

Schools on strike tomorrow

Teachers from the NUT are on strike tomorrow.

The NUT says the strike demands are to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

Is your child’s school open or closed tomorrow? This listing is based on information from the County Council, the Cambridge News and school websites.

Abbey Meadows Primary School Closed

Abbots Ripton Primary School Closed

Alconbury Primary School Open

Alderman Jacobs Primary School Partially open

Alderman Payne Primary School Partially open

All Saints Primary School

Arbury Primary School Closed

Ashbeach Primary School Open

Babraham Primary School Open

Bar Hill Primary School Open

Barnabas Oley Primary School Partially open

Barrington Primary School Open

Barton Primary School Closed

Bassingbourn Primary School Open

Bassingbourn Village College Closed

Beaupre Primary School Open

Bellbird Primary School Open

Benwick Primary School Open

Bewick Bridge Primary Open

Bottisham Primary School Open

Bottisham Village College Partially open

Bourn Primary School –

Brampton Village Primary School Open

Brington Primary School Open

Brunswick Nursery School Open

Buckden Primary School

Burrough Green Primary School Open

Burrowmoor Primary School Open

Burwell Village College (Primary) Open

Bury Primary School Open

Bushmead Primary School Open

Caldecote Primary School Open

Cambourne Village College

Castle Camps Primary School Open

Castle Special School Closed

Cavalry Primary School Partially closed

Centre School, Cottenham Open

Cherry Hinton Primary Open

Chesterton Community College Open

Chesterton Primary School –

Cheveley Primary School Partially open

Clarkson Infant School Partially open

Coates Primary School Open

Coleridge Community College School Open

Colleges Nursery and Family Centre Closed

Colville Primary School Open (partially closed)

Comberton Village College Open

Coton Primary School Open

Cottenham Primary School Partially open

Cottenham Village College Open

County School, Cambridge Open

County School, Fenland Open

County School, Huntingdon Open

Cromwell Community College

Cromwell Park Primary School Open

Crosshall Infant School Open

Crosshall Junior School –

Ditton Lodge Community Primary School Open

Downham Feoffees Primary School Partially open

Dry Drayton Primary School Closed

Duxford Primary School Open

Earith Primary School Partially open

Eastfield Infant and Nursery School Open

Elm Primary School Partially open

Elm Road Primary School Open

Elsworth Primary School Open

Elton Primary School Open

Ely College Partially open

Ely St John’s Primary School Partially open

Ely St Mary’s Junior School Partially open

Ernulf Academy Partially open

Eynesbury Primary School Partially open

Farcet Primary School Open

Fawcett Primary School Partially open

Fen Ditton Primary School Open

Fen Drayton Primary School Open

Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School Open

Folksworth Primary School Open

Fordham Primary School Partially open

Fourfields Primary School Open

Fowlmere Primary School Open

Foxton Primary School Open

Friday Bridge Primary School Open

Fulbourn Primary School Partially open

Gamlingay First School Open

Gamlingay Village College Open

Girton Glebe Primary School Partially open

Glebelands Primary School Open

Godmanchester Primary School Open

Gorefield Primary School Open

Granta Special School Open

Great Abington Primary School Open

Great Gidding Primary School Partially open

Great and Little Shelford Primary School Partially open

Great Paxton Primary School Closed

Great Staughton Primary School Open

Great Wilbraham Primary School Open

Grove Primary School Open

Guilden Morden Primary School Open

Guyhirn Primary School Open

Harbour Special School Partially open

Hardwick Primary School Partially open

Harston and Newton Primary School Open

Hartford Infants’ School Open

Hartford Junior School Open

Haslingfield Primary School Open

Hatton Park Primary School –

Hauxton Primary School Open

Hemingford Grey Primary School Partially open

Highfield Special School Partially open

Hinchingbrooke School Partially open

Histon Early Years Centre Open

Histon and Impington Infant School Closed

Histon and Impington Junior School –

Holme Primary School –

Holywell Primary School Partially open

Homerton Nursery School Open

Houghton Primary School Open

Huntingdon Nursery School Open

Huntingdon Primary School Open

Icknield Primary School Open

Impington Village College Partially open

Isleham Primary School Open

Jeavons Wood Primary School Open

Kennett Primary School Open

Kettlefields Primary School Open

Kimbolton Primary Academy Open

Kinderley Primary School Open

Kings Hedges Nursery School Open

Kings Hedges Primary School Open

Kingsfield Primary School Partially open

Lantern Primary School Partially open

Leverington Primary School –

Linton Heights Junior School Partially open

Linton Infants’ School Open

Linton Village College Partially open

Lionel Walden Primary School Open

Little Paxton Primary School Open

Little Thetford Primary School Open

Littleport Primary School Open

Longsands Academy Partially open

Manea Primary School Open

Maple Grove Infant School Open

Mayfield Primary School Partially open

Meadow Primary School Open

Meadowgate Special School Open

Melbourn Primary School Open

Melbourn Village College Open

Meldreth Primary School Open

Mepal and Witcham Primary School Open

Meridian Primary School Open

Middlefield Primary School

Millfield Primary School Open

Milton Primary School Partially open

Milton Road Primary School Partially open

Monkfield Park Primary School Partially open

Morley Memorial Primary School Partially open

Murrow Primary School –

Neale-Wade Community College Partially open

Nene Infant & Ramnoth Junior Academy Open

Netherhall School Closed

New Road Primary School Open

Newnham Croft Primary School Open

Newton Primary School Closed
North Cambridge Academy –

Oakington Primary School Open

Offord Primary School Open

Orchard Park Primary School Partially open

Orchards Primary School Closed

Over Primary School Open

Park Lane Primary School Open

Park Street Primary School Open

Parkside Community College –

Peckover Primary School –

Pendragon Community Primary School Open

Petersfield Primary School Open

Pilgrim Pru Open

Priory Junior School Open

Priory Park Infant School Open

Queen Edith Primary School Partially open

Queen Emma Primary School Partially open

Rackham Primary School Open

Ramsey Junior School Open

Ramsey Spinning Infant School Open

Ridgefield Primary School Partially open

Robert Arkenstall Primary School Open

Round House Primary School –

Samuel Pepys Special School Closed

Sawston Village College – Open

Sawtry Community College Partially open

Sawtry Infants School Open

Sawtry Junior School Open

Shirley Primary and Nursery School Partially open

Sir Harry Smith Community College

Soham Village College Open

Somersham Primary School Open

Spaldwick Primary School Open

Spinney Primary School Open

Spring Common Special School Partially open

Spring Meadow Infant School Closed

St Alban’s Primary School Closed

St Andrew’s Primary School Open

St Anne’s Primary School Open

St Bede’s Inter-Church School Partially open

St Helen’s Primary School Partially open

St Ivo School –

St John’s Primary School, Huntingdon Partially open

St Laurence’s Primary School Closed

St Luke’s Primary School, Cambridge Open

St Mary’s Primary School Open

St Matthew’s Primary School Closed

St Paul’s Primary School Open

St Peter’s Junior School, Wisbech Partially open

St Peter’s Secondary School, Huntingdon Partially open

St Philip’s Primary School Partially open

Stapleford Primary School Open

Steeple Morden Primary School Open

Stilton Primary School Open

Stretham Primary School Open

Stukeley Meadows Primary School Open

Sutton Primary School Partially open

Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School Open

Swaffham Prior Primary School Open

Swavesey Primary School Open

Swavesey Village College –

Teversham Primary School Open

The Fields Children’s Centre Closed

The Shade Primary school Open

Thomas Clarkson Community College Open

Thomas Eaton Primary School Open

Thongsley Fields Primary School Open

Thorndown Primary School Partially open

Thriplow Primary School open

Townley Primary School Open

Trinity School: Fenland Open

Trinity School: Foxton Open

Trinity School: Hartford Open

Trumpington Meadows Partially open

Upwood Primary School Open

Vine Inter-Church Primary School Open

Warboys Primary School Open

Waterbeach Community Primary School Closed

Weatheralls Primary School Partially open

Westfield Junior School Partially open

Westwood Junior School Partially open

Wheatfields Primary School Open

Wilburton Primary School Open

William Westley Primary School Open

William de Yaxley Junior School Partially open

Willingham Primary School Open

Winhills Primary School –

Wisbech St Mary Primary School Open

Witchford Village College –

Wyton on the Hill Primary School Open

Yaxley Infant School Open

*Information from Cambridgeshire County Council and school websites. If you have additional information, please add a comment.

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The Queen Edith’s News is out!

You read it here first … local news on The Netherhall School, parking, bins, transport projects, and new voting arrangements.

If you’d like to receive news bulletins on council and community matters, drop me an email at [email protected], and I’ll add you to my list.

Be a streetscape designer!

There was a good response to last year’s consultation on improving cycling and pedestrian facilities on Queen Edith’s Way. The County Council has arranged a stakeholders’ workshop at The Netherhall School Sports Centre on 15th March to look at the results, and to consider what is feasible given the widths of the carriageway, verge and footway/cycleway. There will be an opportunity to do a bit of road and streetscape designing. The scheme will include improvements to the Queen Edith’s Way/Fendon Road roundabout and the approach on Queen Edith’s Way to the Robin Hood junction.

The conclusions of the workshop will shape the design options proposed in the full public consultation in June. If you would like to attend, contact me for the details.