Streetlighting switch-off: councillors to discuss on Monday

switchoff mapConservative county councillors and County Council Highways officers are proposing to switch off streetlights between midnight and 6am in an attempt to make the books balance, in the face of swingeing cuts to councils from the 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.

A report on the lighting switch-off will be discussed at the South Area meeting on Monday evening.

Here is a link to the full agenda. There’s also an open forum session, an update on the late-running Hills Road cycle lanes and a report on environmental services in the south of the city (rubbish, graffiti and vandalism).

The meeting is open to the public and anyone can speak. If you cannot attend but would like to make a point, please contact me or one of the other councillors.

7pm, Monday, St John’s Church, Hills Road.

LOCAL BLOGGER CHRIS RAND HAS WRITTEN A DETAILED REPORT OF THE DISCUSSION AT THE MEETING. Read it here.

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.