Chesterton parking upate 2019-07-21


This blog post attempts to update residents on the status of residents’ parking across West Chesterton and East Chesterton.

There is an added level of complexity because the County Divisions do not match the City ones.  There is a Chesterton Division at County level, but West and East Chesterton Wards at City. This is important from an accountability perspective, as residents’ parking is a County matter.  I’ve tried to note in each area update which Division (County) and Ward (City) it is in.

Please read on for a summary of the main areas, and a lot of detail on the work that has been done since 2017 to find workable solutions.

The summary is this:  

 

Name of area

Where ?

Status

County Division

City Ward

Hurst Park estate

Hurst Park Avenue and roads off, bound by Milton Road and Arbury Road.

Informal stage, decision not made whether to go ahead or not. 

Chesterton

West Chesterton

Chesterton Triangle

Roads in Springfield Road to Hawthorn Way, bound by Chesterton Road and Milton Road

Informal stage, decision not made whether to go ahead or not.

Chesterton

West Chesterton

Ascham 

Ascham Road & north

Approved by Labour majority at Committee, implemented

Arbury

West Chesterton

Victoria

Roads off North side of Victoria Avenue, from Garden Walk& Bateson Road to Corona Road 

Approved by Labour majority at Committee, implemented

Arbury

West Chesterton

Defreville

All streets South of chesterton Road to the river

Implemented several years ago, no plans to change.

Chesterton

West Chesterton

All of East Chesterton

All streets in East Chesterton

Residents surveyed last summer, decision to not go ahead for now

Chesterton & Kings Hedges

East Chesterton

 

For each of the areas I’ll now go into more detail:  I’m not going to rehash every point in detail, but I have included links to previous blog posts.

 

Applying to both Chesterton Triangle and the Hurst Park estate is that we have to consider the needs of local businesses, and those who have regular visitors (eg for health reasons) and the impact things like the limitation on permit numbers will have on them.

 

Chesterton Triangle Area

 

https://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/chesterton_triangle_parking_survey_results_and_update_2019_02_16

 

https://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/choices_west_chesterton_parking_update

 

After negotiation, I managed to get support from the Fire Authority for the Herbert Street Fix.  County Council officers required a political steer from the Chair of Highways in order to vary policy to allow parking both sides with less than 3.1m.  Despite a site visit and multiple follow ups from me to officers and the political level, that steer has not been given.

 

I’m desperately disappointed at this - many hours have been poured into getting everything in place, only for the County to refuse to be at all flexible.


This is on top of all the other work done since 2017 (on legal liabilities, variations in zone access, finding of extra spaces, interaction with the Milton Road and numerous other attempts - all covered in previous blogs).

 

Hurst Park Area

 

https://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/choices_west_chesterton_parking_update

 

Since Labour Councillors forced a resident parking zone for Ascham via a vote at Joint Area Committee, more residents of the Hurst Park area have started to ask about ways to mitigate the impact on their area.  This can be seen in the difference between the results on the survey above and those from 2017 - https://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/triangle_north_milton_road_parking_updates .

 

I’ve held one meeting for residents to ask general questions, which was well attended, and another is this week on 2019-07-23 1830-2000 at St Laurence’s Church Hall - which will focus on potential changes to Arbury Road, but will also include a section on parking.  That evening I’m holding a facebook session for anyone to ask further questions - from 2030 to 2130 at https://fb.me/IanGManning 

 

Based on feedback from that meeting, emails outside of that meeting I will soon (within the next month) send a survey out to all residents of Hurst Park asking if they are willing to create one large parking area of Hurst Park, Chesterton Triangle joining with the Ascham Zone.  This will include options to not go ahead with residents parking, and options to go ahead with just parking controls (i.e. double and single yellow lines).

 

To me it isn’t morally justifiable for Hurst Park to have it’s own scheme, and effectively leave the Chesterton  Triangle area on its own - see the challenges above, where it will lose 30 spaces at the moment.

 

The problem is that because Ascham already went ahead, Ascham have to be asked first if they are willing to go ahead with this.  Residents will need to work with me to help them appreciate the issues faced by the other areas and therefore the need to think of everyone’s needs.

 

Ascham

 

This scheme is now in place as noted above, and is having an impact on surrounding areas.

 

Victoria

 

Another scheme that has gone ahead;  we are aware of complaints from residents on the south side of Victoria Avenue that they haven’t been considered in the scheme, and are therefore effectively locked out of parking spaces they’ve been using for years.

 

East Chesterton

 

I’m acutely aware that, if a scheme were to be brought in that covered the Hurst Park Estate, there is as usual the potential of knock on impact.

 

The closest areas are Oak Tree Avenue and Union Lane - I think the former is too tight for spill over parking as parked cars would block the road;  Union Lane obviously has some potential for spill over.

 

I’ll be alerting both Oak Tree and Union Lane to this potential.  In the latter case I think the natural boundary of busy Milton Road will probably prevent major issues, but only time will tell.


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