Hills Road cycle lanes: good news and bad news

Cycle lanes Sept 15_1809THE GOOD NEWS
The north-bound cycleway on Hills Road is now continuous, running from just past Long Road to just before Purbeck Road. It is good for cyclists to be able to ride continuously, and for pedestrians to have their pavement space back.

THE BAD NEWS
The south-bound cycleway works have not yet started. That side of the road has several junctions and lots of services cables and pipes under the pavement, at varying levels depending on the era in which they were installed. This is causing complications, making it unlikely that much progress could be made before the December ‘roadworks embargo’.

OR PERHAPS MORE GOOD NEWS, IN A WAY?
There will be no major works between now and the end of the year. To avoid leaving part-done works in place over Christmas, the contractor will now not be making a proper start on the southbound carriageway until January. Instead, Skanska will use the time to finish off the northbound side (including yellow lines and cycle markings) and prepare for starting the cycleway southbound side of the road. This should ensure smoother progress in the New Year. The streetlights work should be finished by the end of November too; those holes in the pavement have been around for far too long already.

There was a general update on the cycle lanes scheme at the October South Area meeting. Chris Rand, who writes the Queen Edith’s Online blog, reports on it here:

Hills Road Cycleway: some of our questions answered

Do read it – it’s a very good, and balanced report.

There is a Frequently Asked Questions post on my own website: http://amandataylor.focusteam.org/2015/08/08/hills-road-cycle-lanes-frequently-asked-questions/

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

Drugs, burglaries, parking and cycling offences

police carThe South Cambridge police have just released their report on activities over the first five months of 2015. The have been focussing on priorities set in February by the South Area Committee: the supply of Class A drugs; burglaries; speeding, and anti-social cycling and parking, especially outside schools. Here is their report: Police report June 2015

On 29th June, they will be visiting the South Area Committee again to present their report  and take questions. At this meeting, priorities will be set for the next period.

The meeting is at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre in Colville Road, Cherry Hinton on Monday 29th June. It starts at 7pm.

Cambridge South Area: streetlighting Q&A plus new layout for Cherry Hinton High Street

The next South Area meeting is at St John’s Church Hills Road on Monday 30th March and here is the agenda.

The County Council’s streetlighting contractor Balfour Beatty will be sending a representative to explain the lighting contract, and answer questions about replacements in Queen Edith’s.

There will be reports on changes to the road layout in Cherry Hinton and Hills Road, and environmental services activity. Finally, the committee will vote on grants to community groups.

The meeting is open to the public and there is a slot at the beginning of the meeting to ask questions of councillors. Sometimes questions can be answered on the spot, and if questions highlight issues that need to be addressed, they will be taken up by councillors after the meeting.

71% say YES to 20mph – but not for Queen Edith’s Way or Cherry Hinton Road

20mph71% of Cambridge residents have voted in favour of reducing the speed limit to 20mph on residential and shopping streets.

There was also a majority in favour of reducing the limit on unclassified roads, but not for Cherry Hinton Road or Queen Edith’s Way. The NOs narrowly outnumbered the YESes by 2% for Cherry Hinton Road, while for Queen Edith’s Way, 43% were in favour of reducing the limit and 47% against. Residents of these roads did not vote significantly differently to everyone else.

You can see the full results here: http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/documents/s27803/Appendix%20B%20-%20Consultation%20Results.pdf

The results will be discussed at the next South Area meeting, which will be held at St John’s Church on Hills Road on Monday 2nd February. This meeting is open to the public, and will also include the police report and priorities.

Got a local grotspot?

abandoned bikeCouncillors are being asked to nominate areas for special attention by the City Council’s Enforcement team, which acts on a range of environmental nuisances such as fly tipping, litter, graffiti, verge parking, abandoned vehicles, and dog-related offences. (NB This team does not deal with parking nuisance.)

I am aware of many local grotspots for litter, such as near the sixth-form college and in passageways between streets, eg Hulatt Road; and we are well aware of the littering around Addenbrooke’s, especially smoking-related rubbish. Bikes (possibly stolen ones) are frequently dumped in the park or passageway near my home, while dog fouling is another recurrent complaint.If you haven’t already been in touch about your local grotspot, please contact me or George, Tim or Viki.

At the South Area meeting next Monday, December 8th, we will nominate areas for action, and decide sites for new bins. The meeting is open to the public and is at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre, starting at 7pm. Here is a link to the agenda.

 

Police priorities and 20mph

ASPolice priorities for the south of Cambridge will be set next Monday at the South Area meeting, which will take place at Homerton College, starting at 7.30pm.

Following the election of a new chair, there will be an Open Forum, when anyone can speak or ask a question.

After a report on Cherry Hinton High Street comes the police report and priority-setting. Police will report on their activity over the summer and set priorities for the coming three months.

They have been focussing on the supply of Class A drugs and propose to continue with this. There have been reports of illegal drugs dealing and consumption in Hills Road and I would welcome further feedback on this to present at the meeting.bike burglar

The police also propose to prioritise cycle crime and cycling offences, both of which will be welcomed by many people – not necessarily the same people!

There will be further reports on:

  • the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act and its implications for this area
  • Developers’ contributions
  • consultation on the 20mph project

Long Road Cycleway Improvements

Long-Road_7888_webWork is set to begin in February on improving the Long Road pavements and cycleways. This is the result of a campaign run by a local resident, with the support of the Lib Dem Focus Team, who helped her present the project as a candidate for Section 106 funding — money contributed by building developers as part of their planning obligations. The project was supported by both the South Area committee and the County Council Cabinet and £180,000 was allocated to it.

This will be good news for the many hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists who use Long Road every day, many of them going to school or college.

The path will be widened and provide a more level surface for walking and cycling. There will also be more space for crossing Sedley Taylor Road.

As part of the scheme, there will be a tidy-up of vegetation, and improvements to drainage.

For more information, see here: Long Road briefing note

Nightingale Avenue: the Trim Trail is coming

trim trailCambridge City Council has formally agreed to spend £30,000 of developer contributions on a new trim trail and outdoor gym equipment for Nightingale Avenue Recreation Ground.  The design will be discussed at the forthcoming South Area meeting on 6th September, to be held at Homerton College (Alison Shrubsole room).

There has been a public consultation this year on designs from four different suppliers; the one chosen is HAGS SMP, a global play equipment manufacturer whose motto is ‘inspiring all generations’. There will be outdoor fitness equipment including a ski stepper, leg stretch and parallel rails, made of steel but coloured green and grey to blend in with the park environment; and wooden trim trail items such as balance beams, hurdles and chin-up bars.