New knee-length ‘diamond’ fencing
The yellow lines in Cavendish Avenue and Baldock Way and the disabled parking bay on Baldock Way have now been painted — bar some small sections yet to be done. This is because commuters have been ignoring cones placed on the road and parking their cars in the section of road where the lines were to go. Low-level fencing for the verges in the middle section of Baldock Way is also now in place.
Traffic regulation orders for parking restrictions in Gunhild Close and Fendon Close have been advertised. If there are no objections the restrictions will be brought in; if there are any, then they will be determined by the Cambridge Joint Area Traffic Committee when it next meets.
Last year, there were several successful bids to the County Council Local Highways Improvement Initiative for this area. Council highways officers have been working up plans, and I now have provisional drawings for:
- Netherhall Way Netherhall & Chalk parking restrictions
- Chalk Grove Netherhall & Chalk parking restrictions
- Beaumont Road Beaumont Road parking restrictions
- Lichfield Road * Lichfield Rd parking restrictions and Lichfield Road parking restrictions V2
- Topcliffe Way Topcliffe Way DYL 001-1
You can view these drawings by clicking on the links. If you, or anyone you know, would like to look at a printout, please let me know.
The next stage will be for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) describing the changes to be advertised in the local paper and in the street. If there are no objections, the scheme will go ahead; if there are objections, then they will be determined by the Cambridge Joint Area Committee.
We await drawings for Cavendish Avenue and Godwin Way
- Credit due to Cllrs Noel Kavanagh and Rosie Moore for the Lichfield Road bids; I am taking over where they left off.
The County Council has published the formal Traffic Regulation Order for the residents’ parking scheme in the Morley area (from the Cherry Hinton Road/ Hills Road junction down to Blinco Grove).
People wishing to comment on the traffic regulation order for the residents’ parking scheme should visit http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MorleyResidentsParkingScheme and either use the link there or email [email protected].
They can also write to Policy and Regulation Team, Box No. SH1204, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP quoting PR346.
Comments are invited up till Friday 17th February. The order will be determined by the Cambridge Area Joint Traffic Committee on 13th March.
Households in the north of Queen Edith’s, Blinco Grove and up to Cambridge Leisure, have supported proposals for a residents’ parking scheme proposed by the County Council. This follows my own survey in November last year, which established in principle support for restrictions.
There were over 100 comments, and the Council will publish a summary along with the results in January. The next steps will be for the Council to advertise the proposals formally with a Traffic Regulation Order. If this is approved, it is hoped that a scheme can be implemented by the summer.
Thank you to everyone who took part.
I have just written my formal objection to the Tory plan to introduce parking charges at the Park & Ride sites. Anyone parking for more than hour will face a £1 charge, which rises to £30 depending on how long you park for. There are season tickets for weekly, four-weekly and annual parkers, although the weekly parking ticket offers no discount over the daily charge. The parking charges will be on top of bus fares.
Formal objection to TRO PR0074
The Council invites representations and comments and I am sure they will receive plenty; although as the Tories have already taken the decision, the consultation appears artificial. You might wish to comment on the charging structure, eg season tickets.
The parking charges are being imposed to stem the deficit in the Park & Ride accounts and in the words of Cllr MacGuire, the Tory councillor in charge of the Park & Ride sites, ‘to catch’ people who don’t take the bus in after parking, but walk or cycle.
Liberal Democrats have warned of the risk of reducing usage of the Park & Ride sites, pushing parking elsewhere as well as increasing traffic in the city. We would prefer other ways of making money at the sites to be investigated, such as small-scale retail concessions, or reviewing bus operators’ departure charges.
Here is the formal traffic regulation order: P&R TRO
Send your comments to [email protected] by 14th February, quoting reference PR0074.
Addenbrooke’s is an outstanding hospital, but the thousands of cars it attracts pose a problem for those of us living nearby, earning the south of Queen Edith’s the sobriquet of the ‘Addenbrooke’s Overflow Car Park’.
Last year, Cambridgeshire County Council advertised a raft of parking restrictions, some new yellow lines and some extensions of existing ones, for example, making them effective seven days a week instead of just Monday to Friday.
I have been pushing the Council’s Highways officers to get on with the restrictions that they advertised last year as the first step of the Parking Review. Most of these were agreed last spring under Geoff Heathock’s watch as county councillor, but the yellow paint has still not hit the streets.
The officers are now making and sealing traffic regulation orders for new and extended yellow lines in the following streets:
The Council plan is to have the yellow lines in operation week beginning 16th January, weather permitting. I had hoped to have them in place before Christmas, but given we are getting so close, the decision has been taken to wait until the New Year, so as not to make life difficult for your Christmas visitors.
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 in the New Year.
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: