North Area

The North Area includes Arbury, East and West Chesterton, and Kings Hedges, and has an active Lib Dem team. See our blog below for what we've been doing for your area recently!

Fen Road temporary road closure - 27th May

I've received notice that an emergency order has been applied to close Fen Road around the level crossing between 0030 and 0830 on the 27th May.

The full order is attached.  I've asked for an explanation of why, and I'm very conscious that this with a lack of notice could exacerbate the problems in the area.

 

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Chisholm Trail / New Bridge progress update

The next meeting of the Chisholm Trail "local liaison forum" - the public facing meeting about the project is on the 15th May at the Shirley School.

 

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Fen Road Level Crossing - Network Rail response

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On Tuesday 1st May Cllr Anna Bradnam and I took time out of our election campaigns to talk to Network Rail about Fen Road Level Crossing.  Along with local business owner Ian Litterick we asked them about barrier downtime, the effects of crime and anti-social behaviour on the crossing, and how they see the crossing's future.  They have made some improvements in the area, will be trialling others, and are committed to keeping us informed about changes.

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City Deal Liaison Forums - what works and what doesn't?

There is a planned workshop, run by Cambridge Hack, on the City deal Local Liason Forums.  It asks attendees to answer a number of questions, and I'm interested in what resident attendees think.

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Getting things done for you in East Chesterton

Shahida pointing at a collapsed wall

Lib Dems are getting things fixed for you all around the city.  Here a collapsed wall on Mortlock Avenue in East Chesterton that some of you had let us know about is now being repaired. The resident had been trying to get it fixed for several months, but after intervention by local Lib Dem Owen the area has been cleared up and repairs are in progress!

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Triangle/"Irregular Rhomboid" parking controls - update 2018-03-25

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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.

 

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Fen Road: Police action from resident reports!

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!

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Tivoli plans sent back to the drawing board

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.

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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.

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Fen Road Level Crossing - March 2018 Update

Level crossing and DfT letterhead

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.

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School governor demands rethink of Nuffield Road cycle lanes

Busy traffic outside the Shirley School on Nuffield Road

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.

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