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.
City Lib Dems are pushing for 80% of new homes at the council-owned Mill Road depot site to be "affordable" and are also keen to pioneer a new living rent focused on tenants' income, not the market.
Housing Spokesperson Cllr Rod Cantrill is urging a bold approach in order to tackle Cambridge's chronic housing crisis.
That means doubling the normal 40% affordable homes target and setting rents at a third of tenants' income - an innovative model not yet adopted outside London.
A totally transformed public transport service is the only way to tackle Cambridge's growing congestion problem, according to Leader of the City Lib Dem Opposition Group, Cllr Tim Bick.
Recent figures revealed that traffic in the city has increased by 10% over the last 6 years, leading to increased calls for ambitious, blue-sky thinking to relieve the crisis.
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...
Stagecoach have announced a number of changes to bus services across Cambridgeshire - table attached.
One of the rights Councillors have is to submit written questions to full Council requiring an answer.
I've (Cllr Manning) submitted two to the next full Council on topical matters.
I wanted to add another update on the recent issues around Fen Road, including plans to start a new community group I'm supporting.
The County Council is proposing on-street parking control proposals for Trumpington Meadows, including visitor permit holder parking in signed parking bays every day from 8am to 6pm.
However, the proposals have been poorly publicised. There has been no door-to-door delivery of the public notice, with the Council relying on residents spotting it online or in the Cambridge Evening News. Please sign this petition for a proper consultation.
A brief update from my survey work with residents of the "triangle" area (Springfield Road to Hawthorn Way, and streets inbetween).
On Tuesday the County Council's Highways committee considered four parking issues (click on the link for the report):
- the ending of the parking charge at the Park & Ride sites
- on-street parking charges
- residents' parking scheme permit charges for both residents' permits and visitors' permits
- a plan to develop more residents' parking schemes in the city
Up to this point Labour and Conservative Councillors had been pushing upping permit charges and pushing parking schemes, with Lib Dem Councillors more cautions on both fronts, and objecting in principle to the stratospheric 88% rise in visitor permits.