We have been alerted to the problem of some routes off Long Road being blocked by greenery now the (intermittently!) nicer weather is on us. The bushes are owned by adjacent houses and we have asked the council to remind house owners of their responsibility to keep public rights of way clear. If the problem is not resolved shortly, the council can cut back trees and bushes and pass the cost on to the private land owners.
Developers have supplied insufficient bins for some shared refuse areas on new builds around the Addenbrooke's area, meaning not all rubbish is being collected and resulting in unhygienic conditions. We are working to ensure sufficient bins are available for all flats as soon as possible and that any backlog is cleared.
There have been a number of litter hotspots in residential areas around the train station, possibly associated with rough sleepers, and in Barrow Road. Councillors made this a priority for the Environmental Team at South Area Committee last week, meaning increased patrols by council officers in the area. If you know of any particular spot that needs attention, please let us know and we can direct them to it.
Objections were received to the proposed location of a new litter bin on Shelford Road, outside the shop. Subject to local resident's views, we now have agreement from the city council to install a bin on the opposite side of the road.
The local boundary commission has reopened its consultation into boundary changes for Cambridgeshire, following widespread criticism of the decision to merge Trumpington and Queen Edith's into a single two-member division for the county council - a move that had been opposed almost universally by political parties and residents associations alike.
Two controversial and seemingly rival proposals have been made for further development of the Leisure Park (Where the Light Cinema is) on Hills Road. This is technically outside of Trumpington Ward, but will certainly affect many people living and working in the area.
Installation of lighting on the guided busway spur to Addenbrooke's begins this week, and will take approximately four weeks. This work is possible as the original project we secured money for came in under budget.
The busway pathway will remain open during the works.
Concern has been expressed about the removal of the bus shelter on Shelford Road after it sustained some damage. We have been investigating and discovered that the shelter was owned by ClearChannel, an advertising company, rather than either of the councils. They are currently considering replacement and if it goes ahead, hope to have the new shelter installed next month.
Donald Adey is looking into having "keep clear" yellow boxes painted (Or in some cases, repainted) on eight junctions within the ward in order to ease congestion. These are listed below, (North to South) feedback on the selection of junctions is welcome:
A planning application had been submitted for the former county council hostel on the corner of Fitzwilliam and Clarendon Road, to demolish the existing building and replace it with 6 new houses.
The next South Area Committee, your chance to question councillors on issues affecting Trumpington, Queen Edith's and Cherry Hinton, will take place at 7pm on the 6th June, in the Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre. The agenda will be published on the council's website here a few days before the meeting.
The results of the election for city council on the 5th May were as follows:
Donald Adey is running a petition to secure a railway station for Addenbrooke's, an idea that has been brought up again recently and should help reduce the number of cars causing congestion on Trumpington's roads. If you would like to sign the petition, you can find it here.
A sign has appeared in Coronation Street, appearing to be from the county council, that would suggest that cycling the wrong way up the road is permitted. Nick Avery is investigating where this sign has come from, as there seems to have been no local consultation about this.
Want to question councillors on issues affecting South Cambridge? (Trumpington, Queen Edith's and Cherry Hinton) The next South Area Committee will be held on Monday 18th April at 7pm, in the Wilkinson Room at St John the Evangelist Church on Hills Road.
Newnham Councillor Lucy Nethsingha has secured £5k or money to fund solar studs for lights on the Coe Fen paths, which should make the route safer for cyclists at night without generating light pollution. There is also another £15k available for lighting on the Driftway, the road that runs alongside Lammas Land from the car park.
The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming city council and Police & Crime Commissioner elections is 18th April, and the last day to request a postal vote is 19th April. There is now a central web site you can use to register to vote, no matter where you live.
You may have seen the Speedwatch team out and about in Trumpington recently, noting down the registration numbers of speeding cars. If you have some spare time and would like a Speedwatch session, these are coordinated by Cambridgeshire Police but volunteer-staffed - contact CambridgeSpeedWatch@cambs.pnn.police.uk. Zoe O'Connell went out with the Speedwatch team and undertook some training (As well as catching a few speeding drivers!) on Trumpington Road last month - it is not difficult.
Following a meeting between all local councillors and local residents, a public consultation on possible conservation area status for Barrow Road is now underway, with a deadline of 31st March. The consultation itself can be found on the council's web site.
The developers working on the area behind Foster Road have now told us that they do not need to shut the entire pathway from Foster Road to the busway for the full five years originally planned - however, they still believe that a closure of up to two and a half years of the section between the new Spine Road and the busway will be necessary for safety reasons. Final plans have not yet been submitted, but feedback on the proposed closure is welcome.
A planning application has been submitted for additional buildings as part of the Addenbrooke's site, just East of the guided busway. Unfortunately, residents in Trumpington were not notified and we have asked the planning officers to restart consultations to include local residents. In the interim, neighbours may wish to reply via the council's online planning system - references and descriptions are below, and the deadline for the current consultation is 15th March.
The Greater Cambridge City Deal is consulting on a possible Western Orbital Bus Route, which would run along or near the M11. This would terminating at the Park and Ride and with possible additional Park and Ride or Park and Cycle sites. Details are available on theCity Deal web site, with a deadline of 21st March for initial.