The East Area Committee is a key committee for local residents, where they can talk to and raise issues directly with ward councillors. The EAC is comprised of the City and County Councillors from Abbey, Romsey, Coleridge, and Petersfield wards, and meets quarterly to decide on issues affecting the wards directly. More information can be found on the City Council website, and the full agenda and minutes can be found here.
The EAC meeting had a busy schedule, with a presentation from Anderson Group about their plans for the Cambridge Lakes, a report on the environmental work done in the area, and a report from Cambridgeshire's PCC, Graham Bright.
The full agenda and minutes can be found on the Council website above, but there were several issues affecting Coleridge ward directly.
Representatives from Anderson Group, who owns most of the Cambridge Lakes site, had a presentation on their plans for the site, which can be viewed online here. The plan sets out locations of entrances and car parking for the site, along with a plan for funding the work on the lakes. You can provide feedback to Anderson here.
An officer from the County Council was at the meeting to answer questions from the councillors about the plans to turn off most streetlights in the city between midnight and 6am. Needless to say, everyone on the committee was not happy about the plans - these plans would plunge most of the city into darkness, and in Coleridge, every road apart from Cherry Hinton Road, Perne Road, Coleridge Road, and sections of Radegund Road, would have their streetlights turned off.
The County Council is running a consultation on the proposals, which you can respond to here.
The councillors were given an update on the Chisholm Trail project, a key new cycle route from the station to the Science Park, and approved preliminary plans for a bridge over the Cam which will be part of the Trail. There are several public exhibitions planned where the public can see more information about the proposed route and give feedback:
- Tuesday 10th November, 17.00 – 20.00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road
- Wednesday 11th November, 16.30 – 20.30, Abbey Stadium
- Tuesday 17th November, 17.00 – 20.00, Nuffield Gym, Cromwell Road
- Thursday 19th November, 18.00 – 20.30, Shirley Primary School, Nuffield Road
More information on the exhibitions and route can be found here.
Local Highways Improvements proposals
Each year, the County Council takes suggestions for improvement projects for the local highways in Cambridgeshire. If the project requires funding from the City Council, this has to be approved by the relevant area committee. At the EAC, the proposals for Coleridge that were accepted for consideration by the County Council were:
- Double yellow lines at the junction of Birdwood Road and St Thomas' Road
- Double yellow lines on junctions and improved junction signage on Fanshawe Road
- Double yellow lines at the junction of Rustat Road and Flamsteed Road
- Resurface pathway between Lichfield Road and Perne Road
The double yellow lines should improve the safety of the roads around Rustat Road and Birdwood Road, as parking is a persistent problem in those areas. These projects will be considered for funding by the County Council in the new year.
Covering the whole of the east area, the report covers several ongoing priorities for the environmental team around Coleridge, including patrols for dog fouling and dogs off leads around St Thomas' Square and Budleigh Close, and litter patrols around Cambridge Leisure. The full environmental report can be found here.
If there is an area you feel needs cleaning or improving, please contact Simon or the City Rangers at [email protected].
The next EAC meeting is on the 28th January 2016, 7pm, at the Cherry Trees Centre on St Matthews Street, and is open to all members of the public.