North Area

The North Area includes Arbury, East and West Chesterton, and Kings Hedges, and has an active Lib Dem team. See our blog below for what we've been doing for your area recently!

West Chesterton parking upate 2019-08-17

Further to my last update on parking controls in West Chesterton http://bit.ly/chestertonparking201907 this is a further update.

My intention is to ask residents of the chesterton triangle area and hurst park areas if they are willing to go ahead to ask the Ascham area if it will expand to be one large scheme covering all three areas.

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Chesterton Local highways bids 2019

This year the local highways process is slightly different, in that a cap of 5 bids per division has been placed.  The local County Councillor, me in the Chesterton case, has to rank the top five to go to the next stage of the process.  Read on to find out what bids have come in for Chesterton.

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Large funeral - 29th July @ 1pm

We've been alerted there is a large funeral St Andrew's Church on Monday 29 July at 1pm.  Alternative arrangements that Cllr Ian Manning put in place for traffic on St Andrew's Road to exit via the VIE estate will be in place.

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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.

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Highways walkabout - 2019-05-20

I took a walk around the division with a highways officer, to discuss a list of issues with him, partly based on my own observation and partly that residents have raised with mme (including both East and West Chesterton as it's too complicated to explain the boundaries!).  I've written up a list of actions I've taken...

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Lib Dems welcome recommendation for continued funding for Whitworth house

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats are welcoming a paper published today that recommends continuing funding for Chesterton’s Whitworth House for at least a further 18 months.

Cllr Ian Manning, who worked with the County, the provider Orwell Housing, as well as volunteer representatives from the Whitworth Trust and local women’s groups, welcomed the news: 

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Chesterton Triangle, Ascham & Hurst Park area: parking update

This is an update on seperate proposed or to be implemented parking schemes covering the following areas:

Chesterton Triangle (Springfield Road to Hawthorn Way and those streets inbetween (ie Herbert, George, Chesterton Hall Crescent)

Ascham area

Hurst Park area (Hurst Park Avenue, Highfield, Orchard, Leys Road & Avenue, Arbury Road (lower half), Mulberry Close & Highworth Avenue)

I've also included links to the history, please hit Read More... 

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Level Crossing Smash Shows Need For Action

Last night (April 10th) a van smashed through the closed level crossing barriers on Fen Road while trying to escape from police.  It is fortunate that trains were able to stop or the consequences could have been much worse.  The smash again cut off people living beyond the level crossing and shows the need for a long term solution to improve access to this area so this dangerous level crossing can be closed.  Please sign our petition!

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Whitworth house closure - update 4

After tonight's meeting I wanted to provide further updates on the situation with whitworth house.

The headline is that a small group, consisting of myself, Whitworth Trust volunteers, women's support workers, Orwell officers and the Castle County Councillor, will get together to try and provide more evidence to support the case for Whitworth House being retained. 

If anyone is willing to help with my work on this, please contact me.

This was something I suggested, having idenitfied the paper goign to be committee will be finalised within approximately the next couple of weeks.  There are wider questions here, but this is the immediate challenge facing us.

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Whitworth house closure - update 3

There is some good news but still uncertainty after a meeting held on 2019-02-14 with a follow up planned this week.

I (Cllr Ian Manning) met with officers from Orwell Housing, The County Council, the Whitworth Trust (the charity that supports the house) and women's groups on 2019-02-14.  Whilst it was a private meeting with no agreement to publish minutes, I want to update interested residents on what came out of it and follow up since.

I made sure we got timescales, actions, and a follow up meeting to ensure we have a chance of saving the service.

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