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 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.

Lichfield Road yellow lines

Thank you to everyone who has given feedback on the parking restrictions plans for Lichfield Road – it’s been very helpful.

The yellow lines at the the bus stop, opposite the hall and at the Coleridge Road junction,  and the H-markings outside the entrances to the flats have been generally welcomed. The only issue people have mentioned is the yellow lines outside houses near the Coleridge Road junction, which came as a surprise to many. It’s felt that this would be too restrictive for residents to park their own cars.

I have asked the County Council to take those lines out. Here is a Lichfield Road parking restrictions v2.

The next stage is for the Council to advertise the yellow lines as a Traffic Regulation Order.

Morley Residents’ Parking and how to comment

Morley area

Morley area

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.

Objection to the Park & Ride parking charges Traffic Regulation Order

P&RI 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.

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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