Arbury Ward

Your Arbury Ward Lib Dem Team

Alan Levy
Local campaigner
Ian Manning
County Councillor, Chesterton - @IanGManning
Tim Ward
Local campaigner - @TimWardCam

wardmapicon_arbury_sm.jpgBased in the North of the City, Arbury borders the wards of Castle, West Chesterton, Market and Kings Hedges. The local Lib Dem team are active in the area, and their contact details are listed below. You can become involved with the Liberal Democrats in your local area through signing up here.


Triangle/"Irregular Rhomboid" parking controls - update 2018-02-12

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.

Corridors into Chesterton: A10 study response

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
    short journeys.
  • 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.

Lib Dem Success: Graffiti removed from Nun's Way



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.

Cllr Manning radio interview on Chisholm Trail

I did a radio interview on the effect that Carillion's collapse will have on the Chisholm Trail - for those interested, check it out here: - starts at 43 minutes in.

Fen Road problems update 2018-01-19

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 ( ).

The group is running via facebook here: please do join!

We're trying to collate a spreadsheet of incident, so please let us know about those.

County Council newsletter January 2018

The County Council produce a "members newsletter" once a month, and you can read it here:

This is written by officers (staff), so will present one side of any story, but I hope it is of some interest.

Storm Eleanor and power cuts

We've received a reminder from UK Powernetworks (responsible for most electrical supply to residents in the UK) on what to do if predicted high winds cause power outages.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.  Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work. 

You will be able to find regular updates on our website and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:


  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit for the latest updates
  • Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates


We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from both a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.


We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website:


If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:


@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of #stormEleanor

Call 105 to report a powercut and visit for the latest updates


Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit for more information #stormEleanor


Preparing for a power cut

Below is some additional advice:

  • Locate a torch, check it’s working and make sure you have spare batteries. Take care if using candles.
  • Charge up your mobile phone, and a rechargeable mobile ‘powerbank’ if you have one
  • Use a phone with a cord if you have one, cordless phones don’t work in a power cut
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Dress in warm clothes
  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours



North Cambridge Recreational Facilities

Residents of the Woodhead Drive area will have been pleased to note last month that the play ground equipment, which had been removed due to vandalism, is now in the process of being replaced.  

The North area of the City has some beautiful parkland and natural areas.  The Liberal Democrats are keen to ensure this is being used well for the benefit of the whole area.  See below for an opportunity to contribute your ideas for how the Liberal Democrats could develop this in your area.




The Lib Dems would be keen to hear your views on the condition of the current recreational facilities in the your area, as well as your suggestions of any facilities you would like to see included. While East and West Chesterton benefit from an extensive outdoor gym facility for example, King's Hedges has no such resource.  Please do complete the survey below to share your thoughts with us.


To complete this survey, please click on the link here.

Fen Road Level Crossing Cuts Off Communities


Residents have been complaining about the barriers on the Fen Road level crossing being down more than they should be, and more than they were before Cambridge North opened.  Working with Cllr Manning and Milton's Cllr Anna Bradnam, I (Owen Dunn) have been investigating how much of a problem this is.  The short answer is that in the hour I picked one December morning the barriers were down for 45 minutes.

Like many Chesterton residents I've been looking forward to Cambridge North for a long time and supported local Lib Dems in their campaign to get the station opened.  I'll continue to campaign for more and better services at the station, but I believe we need to ensure that the communities on the far side of the railway don't suffer as the train service improves.

The Timetable

Many were reassured when Network Rail promised that the level crossing barriers would be down after Cambridge North's opening no more than they were before.  However, the publicly accessible timetable data tells a different story.  Here is a visualisation of the timetable on 21st November 2016, before Cambridge North opened.


Every diagonal line is a train timetabled to pass, and if they go between the Cambridge and Cambridge North horizontals on the diagram they will cross the level crossing.  I make that eight trains between 07:00 and 08:00.

Now look at this visualisation of the timetable on 20th November 2017, after the opening of Cambridge North.


That's eleven trains between 07:00 and 08:00 with the period around the top of the hour being particularly congested.

The Evidence

So that's how many trains.  But are the barriers down any more than they need to be?  Some tell me they've been waiting for up to twenty minutes and others that they've been able to phone the signaller to get the barriers raised.  I spent a slightly chilly hour one morning in December to observe the level crossing to find out.  Here are the results; the crossing is closed in the blocked-out times.

Times when level crossing is closed

Totting that up, the level crossing was closed for 45 minutes in the hour 6:50-7:50.  There are some periods where the barriers are lifted for a minute or less, but waits of about 5 minutes are usual and there can be much longer closures.  It's not surprising that some feel the railway excludes them.

The Solution?

Cllr Bradnam and I are seeking to meet Network Rail to discuss changes in timetabling or signalling operations to improve the situation.  However in the long term it's clear we need to provide a better route to the areas east of the railway line so that residents and businesses aren't shut out.

The Chisholm Trail and new cycle bridge access should be adjusted to provide cyclists and pedestrians with routes to avoid the level crossing.

The Cambridge Northern Fringe development (on the sewage works site) is an ideal opportunity to improve car and lorry access to the Fen Road area and I will be pressing for this to be included in the plans.

Highways works 16th - 31st December

Highways works planned until the end of the year affecting the wards in the north of the City include Green End Road and Highworth Avenue...

HIGHWORTH AVENUE CAMBRIDGE SOME C/W INCURSION 18-Dec-2017 20-Dec-2017 Vehicle Access Mead Construction

GREEN END ROAD CAMBRIDGE STOP/GO BOARDS 18-Dec-2017 19-Dec-2017 Installation of x6 speed cusions and Double yellow lines.

I've asked for more detail about the second planned work.


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