As detailed in https://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/chestert_local_highways_bids_longlist I (as the County Councillor for the area) have to select five bids to go forward to the next stage of the Local Highways Improvements process.
The post above outlines the criteria I used, so I will simply list out the bids I've chosen here:
Replacement streetlighting - 1 in Fallowfield, 1 at the Lent's Way/May's Way junction, 2 on Orchard Avenue.
Hurst Park estate - extension of double yellow lines at multiple junctions.
Traffic calming on Fallowfield.
Double yellow lines at Chestnut Grove.
Make Herbert Street - Ferry Path route safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Making a choice from the large number of ideas was not easy. The ones I've chosen are spread across the Division geographically, are a mix of different types of improvements and represent the sort of projects that have got funding in the past.
These five bids are now assessed and costed in more detail by the County Council. Depending on the feasibility after that, they go forward to a scoring panel in Jan/Feb 2021, and those that get the highest scores at that get funded, up to the limit of the overall budget.
An update on https://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/chesterton_local_highways_bids_2020 : read on for the long list of suggested ideas, along with my criteria for deciding which five will go forward to the next stage.
Principles I use in decided which five bids to go forward
There are no formal rules, so I use three overarching principles in deciding which five bids go forward:
Likelihood of getting funding: based on previous years bids, which tend to bias towards recurrent problems and clear safety issues.
Variety of types of schemes: ie I'd like a mix of walking, cycling and driving improvements.
Geographical spread: ie I don't want one area of Chesterton Division getting all the bids, taking into account the previous two.
As you can see below there are more suggestions that I am allowed to go through - and there are many others that would be no where near the budget - so I'm very conscious I will have to disappoint some people who have put things forward - hence trying to be as open as possible about the process.
The longlist suggested this year
|Double yellow lines, Frank's Lane cut-through
||Will help discourage problem parking blocking this well used cut through.
Enforcement will not be constant in this area.
|Herbert Street reconfiguration of double yellows
||Removal of some and increase in others so no net loss of parking.
End of road very narrow, residents cars constantly damaged by delivery vehicles.
|Herbert Street to Ferry Path crossing
||Tidy up of cycle path and extension of double yellows to prevent parking in cycle lane. Narrowing of Chesterton Road to slow traffic down or traffic island in the middle to make crossing easier.
Can be linked with previous bid?
|Fallowfield traffic calming
Various ideas like narrowing road or possibly blocking the road at another point.
Little consensus on what needs doing, and low response to recent survey.
|Narrow Scotland Road/Union Lane junction
Intention to slow traffic down here.
Potentially could be funded from Active Travel funding rather than LHI.
|Strong bollards on pavement, Fen Road - parking area to Izaak Walton Way
Budget would not stretch to the whole of Fen Road so there is a question as to which bits would have bollards added. Pavement probably too narrow to install in most places.
|A sinusoidal speed bump, Fen Road
DfT analysis in areas these have been installed (eg Lambeth) shows minimal benefit over standard speed bumps, and a higher cost.
Would only be able to add one extra one with the budget.
|Chestnut Grove entrance, double yellow lines
Visitors to local shops regularly block the road here blocking in residents.
These would eventually be added in a planned residents parking scheme.
|Extending of double yellow lines at junctions in Hurst Park estate
These were put in recently so if a mistake could be corrected under a maintenance budget rather than an LHI - will follow up outside the LHI programme.
|Edinburgh Road traffic calming
No identified consensus solution
From previous years which didn't get funding:
|Street light replacements:2 on Orchard park, 1 in Lent's Way, 1 in Fallowfield
||Bid wasn't successful last year.
| Reduce cycle/pedestrian conflict, Moss Bank
||superseded by bollard Cllr Manning had installed?
|Riverside bridge conflict reduction
Bid wasn't successful last year.
|Hurst park avenue/Milton Road box junction
Wasn't successful last year, will be dealt with by the Milton Road project
I met with the project team recently; they will be updating the official page soon, but until then read on for updates...
Jetty will be open by 'autumn 2020' (ie now) with a deadline of 21st December.
The Newmarket Road underpass is aimed to be done Spring 2021.
The whole of Phase 1 ( up to Coldham's Lane) is planned to open Autumn 2021.
The bridge will be finished and hoisted in soon; the reason it won't be open until a year later is that there are various works on the banks and the approaches/steps that will still need finishing before it is accessible.
Fen Road access is still planned to be via the existing cut through, with a small build out to improve visibility - I'm awaiting more detail on the design, and am meeting the project team to discuss linking up with the 71-73 fen road developments.
Funding opportunity! "S106 funding" (the name comes from the section of the act it refers to) is available for public open spaces and parks in (or near) the Chesterton wards, and for community spaces (eg places like Brownsfield Youth Centre).
This funding has to be for projects within the city of Cambridge and need to be about providing additional benefit to mitigate the impact (increased demands on local facilities and amenities) arising from development in Cambridge. It cannot be used for repairs, maintenance, like-for-like replacements or running costs.
Examples of previous things funded this way include *new* play equipment, the skate park at Brownsfields.
Very interested in ideas anyone might have. The amounts of funding are:
Community Facilities: £24k east chesterton, £41k west chesterton
Open spaces: east chesterton £7k, west chesterton £23k
Full detail link is here:
I’m pleased to give you three pieces of good news; I’ve secured funding for some local improvements in Chesterton.
After I was successful in bidding for funds last year, the centre of the mini roundabout linking High Street, Green End Road & Water Lane will be raised to try and combat speeding and dangerous driving at that location - particularity with cars cutting through the centre.
The speed humps on the High Street will all be repaired in sequence, with the easily-damaged brick designs being replaced with standard ashphalt (concrete). I did a limited consultation (limited by it being during the pandemic) on this online - this is the option that would see this and drainage works come in within maintenance budgets
Finally, the number of blocked drains will be properly worked on, hopefully fixing the drainage issues that happen ever year.
Rumours abound that Labour run Cambridge City Council is planning to build on all or part of the "five trees" area.
This is small, but much loved, green space between Fen Road, Cam Causeway, Cheney Way and Lents Way, shown in the map on the right.
The north of the City and East Chesterton are lacking in green space and none should be lost!
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Read on for details of when the works will happen, and an FAQ on the works.
The latest schedule, which will be refreshed regularly: timetable
(we had a Public meeting at The Waterman pub, rear shed, 1800-2000 on 2020-01-30 (6pm-8pm on the 30th January) with representatives from City Fibre present, and potentially could organise another if needed).
The schedule for works covers the following areas on the map lower down a "PN"is a "Primary Node" which covers about 400 properties.
These map onto the areas shown below:
This will be regularly updated as we have information from City Fibre: works schedule
These are not exhaustive but are examples of what is and isn't allowed.
They are not permitted to leave any more that 40m of trench open and barriered overnight in any one street.
There should be work people available to facilitate access to houses at all times.
Replanting of eg verge damage is scheduled for March onwards. Under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 they work is subject to the standard two year guarantee; with a minimum of the statutory two reinstatement inspections by the County Council being made during this period; 3-6 months after completion and at 21 months from completion, just before the two year guarantee period.
The category of work is defined as 3 days for minor works, 10 days for standard works, then anything over 10 days become major
- Dedicated enforcement officer for works, paid for by City Fibre, employed by County