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Councillors' dismay at further delay to parking project

February 23, 2006 12:42 PM

Liberal Democrat City Councillors have today expressed their dismay at the decision by Cambridgeshire County Council cabinet to put on hold moves towards a residents' parking scheme in Rathmore Road and Hartington Grove.

The Cabinet decision to delay the project follows 4 months of delay by the Cabinet after the County Council's own advisory body, the Area Joint Committee, made the decision to go ahead with the formal advertisement of the scheme. The scheme will be delayed while the County Cabinet review residents' parking policy as part of the Long Term Transport Strategy.

Residents' parking schemes in Castle ward which are an extension of the Benson/Priory/Canterbury Close scheme will proceed as planned. Consultations already underway in Halifax Road (and dependent on the results of this consultation, in Richmond and Oxford Road) will not be affected by this Cabinet decision.

Councillor Sian Reid, Vice Chair of the Area Joint Committee, commented:

"I welcome the recommendation to review residents' parking policy. At present the policy can be restrictive and it is important that we consult widely on how a revised policy could contribute to the smoother management of transport and parking in the city.

"However, I am dismayed that this will also mean that the Rathmore Road/Hartington Grove scheme will be put on hold. The Cabinet should pay attention to the decision of the AJC and move forward with the scheme immediately."

Cllr Alan Baker, Councillor for Queen Edith's Ward, added:

"Residents in this area have already waited 4 months for the Cabinet's decision on this and now they are being told that the scheme will be frozen. This decision seemly highly unfair and residents will be bitterly disappointed."