Highways improvements: clean sweep for Queen Edith’s

Eight out of eight bids for highways improvements in Queen Edith’s have made it to the list of funded projects for the coming year – including one which made the top ten for the whole city.

I have been working with local residents to get funding for various small highways schemes, under the County Council’s Local Highways Initiative, which funds schemes up to £10,000. We had to submit the bids last autumn and they were scored by a panel of councillors in January.

A bid for mobile speed signs in Queen Edith’s Way was the top-scoring bid in our area. Many thanks to QEW resident Ken Hart, who put the bid together, and addressed councillors on the day. Speeding is a continual cause of concern in Queen Edith’s Way, especially at the Hills Road end.

The other bids were for parking restrictions, to address concerns raised by residents in many streets:

Cars on the grass

  •  Topcliffe Way, where vehicles park on the grassed island
  • Godwin Way, where vehicles park on the grass outside the school and too close to the junction with Wulfstan Way
  • Netherhall Way and Chalk Grove, to tackle double parking and junction parking
  • Cavendish Avenue, to tackle double parking and junction parking
  • Beaumont Road to tackle junction parking
  • Lichfield Road– submitted by Coleridge ward councillors

Many thanks to all the residents who provided evidence for the bids, especially those who attended and spoke at the council meeting.

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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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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Car crime spree in Queen Edith’s

police car

E-Cops report that there have been thefts from vehicles in Queen Edith’s recently.

Cars in Topcliffe Way, Beaumont Crescent and Hills Road have been broken into. The police comment: ‘Items taken in some of these crimes include property that has been left on show inside the vehicle. Please make sure you do not make your vehicle a target, by removing property from within when you leave it and always lock and secure it. These offenders are usually just opportunists who will spot something left inside the car and that will be enough for them to gain entry and steal that item in the process causing damage to your vehicle.’ It’s so easy to forget to remove or hide something.

Bikes have also been stollen in Hills Road and there was an attempt to break into a property on Queen Edith’s Way.

The police will be at the November South Area Committee (Cherry Hinton Village Centre) to report in more detail on what is happening locally and to propose their priorities for the coming season.

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