I’m writing to update you on the situation with proposals for parking controls in your streets.
As you’re aware Jamie Dalzell has supported me, Cllr Ian Manning, in two meetings I held recently.
The plans developed by your previous Labour Councillor, are generally regarded as unacceptable, and a number of suggestions came out of those meetings. Read more for what a refresh on what came out of the meetings and the next steps.
These plans were:
Springfield Road to George Street
Chesterton Hall Crescent to Hawthorn Way
We are keen to progress plans more quickly, but the initial plans were understandably unacceptable for some areas and therefore we are now working to ensure that the scheme has a stronger foundation plan before going to formal consultation.
Jamie Dalzell writes:
Surveying to find out how many commuters are currently using the area
Ian has managed to get agreement between the County Council and the DVLA such that we can pass them a list of number plates and they will give the first four letters of the postcode of the owner – allowing us to know how many are residents and how many are commuters.
If you can help with this survey please contact Ian and I using the details above.
Having a ‘zone’ rather than marked bays
There was some hope this would mean that there wouldn’t be such a loss of parking along the narrower streets (like Herbert Street), if we could turn the street into a cul de sac. However, it would only be the bays that go, the 1.8m width requirement for a space to park is still there: once parking controls are in place, the Council takes liability for blockages of the road; hence they have to stop parking on the other side to ensure the road isn’t blocked.
I’ve suggested to Ian he investigates whether a residents scheme could be drawn up such that the contract moved this liability onto those using the scheme, in order to allow controlled parking both sides, and he’s following that up.
Getting some extra parking spaces on Chesterton Road
After checking, both sides of Chesterton Road are part of the DeFeville parking scheme – so any spaces would become part of that. The only option to alter that would be altering the DeFreville scheme which would require a full consultation with those residents.
Other options: a number of people asked about becoming part of the DeFreville scheme – this would require agreement from residents there.
We’re going to keep following all this up, but as we’re about to enter the election period, it’ll be harder for us to update you. I do hope I’ve shown that I’m dedicated to helping you find a solution that isn’t imposed on you, keeps you fully informed and hopefully gives you a real choice for improving the area – a vote for Jamie Dalzell in May is a vote towards getting the best available solution for everyone.
We've worked with residents of the Fen Estate (roads off of Fen Road) to collate reports of crime and harassment on Fen Road recently, and with the Police to get some detailed feedback on what happened in each case. It's important that resident see a reason for reporting to the Police, and we hope this detail will help support that!
The collated spreadsheet residents put together is still being updated, but the form we passed to the Police was
The Police have let us know that the driver of the S123 VOO was arrested for drug driving, but not charged; the reports of the collision was investigated but filed as no one was able to identify the subject vehicle.
However - great news - the driver of NJ63BYP has been arrested for a series of incidents were items have been thrown at various people across the city. It is still being investigated at this time and the Police are hopeful of a number of charges at the end of it. They have also seized the van are working towards the court disposing of it as part of the investigation.
Tivoli plans sent back to the drawing board
Unpopular plans to convert the Tivoli on Mitcham’s Corner, former cinema and pub, into luxury apartments overlooking the river have today been rejected by City Council planning officers.
Jamie Dalzell and Cheney Payne, pictured alongside the now derelict cinema with former City Mayor Ian Nimmo-Smith, who they have been working with to campaign for better plans.
Community groups from across the city objected to the proposals from J.D. Weatherspoons as they claimed that they failed to meet a number of local planning requirements.
Local Lib Dem campaigner Jamie Dalzell welcomed the decision, noting that: “following today’s decision, the Tivoli remains a fantastic opportunity for developing the North of the city. We hope now to see plans which reflect residents’ desire for more amenities in the area and which build on the growing success of locally owned businesses.”
The Lib Dem response to the planning application can be found here.
Following the research I (Owen Dunn) did late last year into the operation of the Fen Road level crossing I sent a letter to the Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, asking whether anything could be done to improve the situation. I've now had a reply from the DfT's policy lead on level crossings.
Bertie Bricusse from the Department for Transport writes:
I recognise that there may be scope for reducing the amount of time the barriers are closed, including the suggestions raised in your letter. I have asked Network Rail to consider these options and to contact you directly, so that you may be able to take these ideas forward.
I look forward to talking to Network Rail to see what we can do for the communities and businesses to the east of the railway line, and I'll also be discussing these problems with the County Council in the next couple of weeks. Needless to say, I'll post updates here when I have news.
You can read my original letter to the Minister and the Department for Transport's reply.
It has emerged that the governors of Shirley School on Nuffield Road were not properly consulted about Labour's revised plans for cycling on Nuffield Road. The Liberal Democrats had won public support for the City Deal providing a proper segregated cycle path but Labour councillors vetoed that in favour of dangerous on-road advisory lanes.
Speaking at the North Area Committee a parent at the school criticised the new plans as not providing safe routes to schools for children, and said that parents and governors at the school were not properly consulted. Neither, apparently, was the Nuffield Road Medical Centre next door. You can watch the parent's question and Labour councillors' replies in Richard Taylor's video:
Parent governor of the Shirley School, Dr Mark Abbas, has written a letter in support of the original proposals for segregated lanes which was delivered to the meeting.
The Nuffield Road cycle lane plans are dangerously bad. We need to do much better to get more kids and adults cycling to school. Paint on the road doesn't make anyone safer, won't encourage anyone to cycle, and won't reduce the congestion on the roads around the school. The City Council and Greater Cambridge Partnership need to look again, work with residents and people who use the road, and provide a safe, segregated, off-road cycle path.
In tandem with this, we need to get goods traffic off Nuffield Road by giving access to the industrial estate from Milton Road via the busway spur. Please sign our petition!
Parking Update – Public meetings
I wanted to make sure you are up to date on where we are with the proposals to bring in parking controls in the streets bordered by Springfield Road to Hawthorn Way. Hopefully you’ll recall we surveyed you about the plans that were to be imposed
on you. Read on for the results and the dates of public meetings...
In your responses:
36 wanted workshops;
17 wanted the existing plans;
13 wanted no action.
There is a clear majority wanting workshops, and against doing the current plans. So we’ve organised two public meetings to work through options:
21st February, 1830, The Boathouse Pub function room
27th February, 1830, The Boathouse Pub function room
We’ll work through what options there are, what constraints there are and help you determine what you might want to happen.
We’re very aware that not everyone wants to meet in a pub for many reasons, but we’ve had trouble securing a room and wanted to arrange this meeting soon. Please do contact us if this is of concern – we’re happy to either arrange something for you or find another venue.
On Thursday 8th February, the County Council's Economy and Environment Committee will consider a study into the future of the A10 corridor: item 7 on this agenda . Along with fellow Lib Dem Councillors I've submitted a response to it.
In addition to the joint response I've stated that the corridor should include segregated cycleways.
It is vital to prioritise the provision of accessible, affordable, attractive, convenient and reliable public transport, with smart ticketing, to encourage modal shift and minimise congestion in the A10 corridor.
High quality mass public transport needs to be at the heart of thinking about the A10 corridor, for economic, health and wellbeing, and environmental reasons.
- The popularity of the guided bus, whatever issues remain outstanding, is
proof of concept that a reliable, accessible public transport system can
achieve significant modal shift. An effective high quality public transport
system with sufficient capacity and interchanges along the route is
- Drivers are not keen to change to a different mode of transport once they
have set out, unless it is significantly cheaper, more convenient and more
attractive than to continue by car. It is important to enable travellers to
start their public transport journey as close to home as possible.
- For many residents, taking the bus to Cambridge is more expensive than
taking the car. Public transport needs to be affordable, and ticketing
needs to be smart and straightforward with cashless alternatives even for
- The growth of employment at locations including Lancaster Way business
park, Ely leisure village and Waterbeach will require attractive public
transport options for people travelling to work other than in Cambridge.
Any proposal for the A10 corridor should maintain connectivity between villages
east and west of the A10, including Chittering, Landbeach, Waterbeach and
Milton, whilst inhibiting rat-running. The Stagecoach 9 bus service which
currently serves these villages on its route between Ely and Cambridge has been
reduced in recent months.
The exact route of the corridor will raise significant questions, including potentially the compulsory purchase of properties fronting the A10 between Chittering and the A14, or the selection of a different alignment across county farms between Landbeach and Cottenham. The choice of route could affect the Amey waste management site, the Cambridge Research Park, Car Dyke historic
monument and other significant features along the corridor.
The King's Hedges Lib Dems are pleased to have brought about the removal of graffiti from Nun's Way.
After a successful afternoon campaigning with our new PPC Rod Cantrill, residents raised concerns about the appearance of some graffiti in one of the stairwells on Nun's Way.
Thanks to swift action from Rod, the City Council will be removing the graffiti within the next 5 working days.
Residents will be aware that criminal incidents are still happening along Fen Road, though thankfully there has been no repetition of the smashed windows from before the new year.
Read the latest...
Supporting by me (Cllr Ian Manning) a local resident has set up a new, non-political, community group. This is to improve links in the area, share information, and hopefully both reduce problem behaviour but also run some social events, too.
I'm very keen to organise a Jo Cox lunch this summer ( https://www.greatgettogether.org/ ).
The group is running via facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chestertonchat/ please do join!
We're trying to collate a spreadsheet of incident, so please let us know about those.