Lib Dem councillors have slammed county council plans for an 88% price increase on visitor parking permits within Cambridge’s 16 existing controlled parking zones.
Residents living within these zones can purchase day permits for their visitors, currently at a cost of £1.60 per day. This figure is set to rise to £3 (or £15 for 5). Figures released by the council show they expect to issue around 130,000 of these day permits next year, producing an extra £120,000 compared with the current year.
We've received notice there will be a large funeral at St Andrew's Church on the 11th October at 11 - please plan your movements accordingly as the number of people attending may cause congestion.
This FAQ was originally created off the back of meetings held specifically for the areas of Chesterton County Division north of milton road (the Hurst park Estate and surrounds).
As of 2017-11-28 I've started to generalise it.
The original list of questions came from a meeing I held with residents of the area above, hence some of it is specific to that area; I've now added specific questions relevant to other areas.
A reminder that I'll ( Cllr Manning) be running a workshop on parking controls for the Chesterton area North of Milton Road from 1800-2000 on Wednesday at Milton Road Lilbrary.
Please let me know if you are thinking of attending, or you wish to be kept updated.
All residents are welcome to attend: worth noting that I'll be starting from a blank canvass, rather than starting with the Council officer drawings, as a result of feedback from my FAQ meeting last week.
I'll publish a copy of FAQs from the meeting last week later tonight.
Do you have an idea for a small improvement to your local road environment? This Sunday 15th October is a deadline for applying to a fund to realise your ambitions.
The County Council has a scheme for funding changes up to £10,000, and Cllr Manning and the rest of the North Cambridge Lib Dems want to hear from you for your ideas!
An illusion of choice and an opportunity not to be wasted
On Tuesday (3rd October), I attended the second GCP workshop regarding the development of the ‘final’ designs for City Deal alterations to Milton Road. This workshop focussed on trees, the removal of which under original proposals led to outcry from local residents and the development of their own Do-optimum alternative.
Cllr Ian Manning has provided a summary of the workshop structure and explained his concerns regarding the project. Here I note my own observations.
The answer I was fearing, and I'm afraid got, is "When it's a way of not really consulting."
Last night I attended the second of two workshops for the City Deal Milton Road LLF. This was meant to be on "trees" but actually had two sections: one on types of trees and one on creating "senses of place" at certain points along the length of Milton Road.
In September 2016, nine new council houses were completed on Hawkins Road, replacing a set of garages with desperately needed new homes. Initially there were some objections to the plans, but I have spoken to many affected residents who understand the extent of the housing crisis and who were glad to support the project.
Sadly, one year later and to the considerable frustration of the community, these houses continue to sit empty. Failures in project management mean that the properties remain without electricity and, in turn, more people suffer due to the Cambridge housing crisis.
These houses are just one part of the ‘146 Programme’, a project to build 146 homes across the city and awarded to the developers at Keepmoat. The management of this contract has clearly failed, with local Cllr Kevin Price taking to Cambridge News to voice his frustrations. Cllr Price blames Keepmoat for the delays and failures (and seeks to end their contract). As the Exec Councillor for Housing, this is the the crudest form of contract management available to Cllr Price and fails to address the project management weaknesses of the Council that led to these delays in the first place.
I have raised this issue with Rod Cantrill, the local Housing Spokes for the Lib Dems, who has repeatedly challenged the Council Exec for faster delivery of homes. He recently commented that Hawkins Road is another “illustration of the shameful position the council has got itself into. When there are over 2500 households on the councils waiting list, it can’t even deliver 9 new homes for 9 of those households.”
Nine new homes are not going to solve the Cambridge crisis, but they are going to solve the crisis for nine households currently unable to find security in our city. The project could also be used as an important lesson for improvement in the future. I recently congratulated Kevin Price on his appointment to Chair of the GCP Assembly, but upon reflection I would recommend that Cllr Price should take lessons from this recent failures and refocus his efforts on his existing responsibilities to deliver homes in our city.