West Chesterton

Your West Chesterton Lib Dem Team

Ysanne Austin
City Councillor, West Chesterton
ysanne.austin@gmail.com
Jamie Dalzell #Fbpe
Local campaigner
jamiedalzell@gmail.com - @JamieLDL
Ian Manning
County Councillor, Chesterton
manning.ian@gmail.com - @IanGManning
Damien Tunnacliffe
City Councillor, West Chesterton
damientunnacliffe@yahoo.co.uk

Find out what your West Chesterton Lib Dem team have been doing for you in our blog below!wardmapicon-westchesterton

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

Parking Update – Public meetings

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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
    essential.
  • 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.

County Council newsletter January 2018

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

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/CCC-Member-Newsletter-January-2018.html?soid=1102102907030&aid=2Il9D0FLodg

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

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.

 

Stagecoach bus changes Jan 2018

Stagecoach have announced a number of changes to bus services across Cambridgeshire - table attached.

Cllr Manning - written questions to full council 2017-12-12

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.

How many legal cases has the County Council lost in the last three years against families claiming it should fund SEN when the County Council contested this?  What has been  the total cost of legal bills in each year?

This is based on a specific bit of casework I've assisted a constituent with.  I need to find out if this a major issue or an isolated one.

As of writing how many minor highways schemes (ie those funded in whole or part by the Local Highways Initiative or Third Party Funded) has CCC not received payment for yet?  How many have been completed?  Please break this down by the year of submission of the scheme and include data for at least the last three years.

I'm aware of several schemes that haven't been invoiced for several years.  I want to know how widespread this is.

Triangle/Irregular Rhomboid parking update 2017-11-28

A brief update from my survey work with residents of the "triangle" area (Springfield Road to Hawthorn Way, and streets inbetween).

At the time of writing the results look like this:
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Therefore I'm trying to organise some workshops asap, dates TBA.

Parking Charges Update - Success!

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.

The ending of the P&R charge was agreed, which is very good news, as we have been campaigning against it within the Lib Dems since its introduction.

The on-street parking charges and residents' permits were agreed, but the 88% rise for visitors' permits has been referred back to officers for further work. The Conservatives and the Independent on the committee accepted the Lib Dem case that the rise was too high and that provision needed to be made to protect vulnerable/ elderly people.

So that is good news too: while we don't know what they will come back with, at least the massive price hike was not  voted through.

We will be seeking input into the process to come up with a new plan.

The extension plan for residents' parking schemes was agreed.

This means that nearly every area in Cambridge will be consulted on residents' parking over the next year or so, whether people in those areas have expressed interest or not! At present, the Council is consulting in four areas: Newnham, Accordia, Coleridge West and Victoria. Coleridge west was going to be in the first wave, but has been delayed following evidence of strong opposition amongst residents.

As readers will know we are very concerned about the Victoria scheme and will be arranging some workshops with residents soon.

Victoria Road Parking zone

Recently I (Chesterton Cllr Ian Manning) became aware that residents nearby were to have parking restrictions – but that their Labour Councillor hadn’t asked them. I put a stop to this as the area came within my Chesterton County division.

 Separately, Labour Councillors have marked your area to get restrictions: so our activist Jamie Dalzell is really keen to check you are aware, and aware of what form they will take.

 

It is important that residents realise  that once into a formal process, flexibility to make changes is reduced, and that any parking scheme will reduce the amount of spaces in which one can park.  The plans can be looked at below:

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/cambridgelibdems/pages/3986/attachments/original/1511092999/Victoria_CoronaRoad.pdf

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/cambridgelibdems/pages/3986/attachments/original/1511092996/Victoria_GardenWalk_BatesonRoad.pdf?1511092996

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/cambridgelibdems/pages/3986/attachments/original/1511092990/Victoria_Overview.pdf?1511092990

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/cambridgelibdems/pages/3986/attachments/original/1511092993/Victoria_VictoriaPark_PrimroseStreet_GreensRoad.pdf?1511092993


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