West Chesterton

Your West Chesterton Lib Dem Team

City Councillor, West Chesterton
jamiedalzell@gmail.com - @JamieLDL
Ian Manning
County Councillor, Chesterton
manning.ian@gmail.com - @IanGManning
Damien Tunnacliffe
City Councillor, West Chesterton

Find out what your West Chesterton Lib Dem team have been doing for you in our blog below!wardmapicon-westchesterton

Chesterton Local highways bids 2020

Local Highways bids - invitation for ideas.
Every year the County Council has a scheme for small scale improvements/changes in the Highway (roads/pavements). As County Councillors we are charged with coming up with a maximum of five bids for consideration per division.
The programme was delayed this year due to Covid-19, but now has a deadline for those 5 bids of *****27th September.*****
This is one of many places where I'm inviting ideas - so I cannot promise everything here will reach those final five, or that any of them will.
Of those put forward any number of them (or none) may get past a further panel stage.
I am also running a virtual drop in meeting Tuesday 22nd, 7pm, link here.
Thus far I've three proposals that have come out of suggestions late for last year, or over the last few months:
Double Yellows, Franks Lane Cut-through
Extend Double yellows, Herbert Street
Fallowfield traffic calming.
There are also four from last year which DIDN'T receive funding:
Street light replacements (2 orchard road, 1 in lents way, 1 in fallowfield)
Reduce cycle/pedestrian conflictt, Moss Bank
Riverside bridge conflict reduction
Hurst Park Avenue box junction
The mini round about bid did receive funding and is currently being programmed in.
I should note that I'm responsible for the Chesterton *Division* which covers parts of the East Chesterton and West Chesterton City Council wards - I'll attempt to redirect people as appropriate.

West Chesterton Resident Parking situation: reminder/update

I've been asked about the resident parking situation in West Chesterton a few times recently, so this post just serves as a reminder of the current situation, after the Conservatives on the County council blocked all progress.

The latest point we got to with the parking is still this, and then all work was then blocked by the Conservative Group on the County, for a year from 10th March 2019: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/residents-parking-roll-out-suspended-17923433
I'm sure you're aware how many hours I spent working towards the compromise option, so you can imagine how furious I was, but I can't do anything about it now as we were outvoted at the committee meeting.

Chisholm trail update 2020-09-20

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 available for open spaces and community facilities

key_piggy-bank-2889042_640.jpgFunding 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:


Some good news - Drain repairs, Speed hump repairs and making the High Street mini round about safer

key_miniroundabout.pngI’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.

City Fibre work across Cambridge



Read on for details of when the works will happen, and an FAQ on the works.

The latest schedule, which will be refreshed regularly, hopefully once a week here, is: City Fibre 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). 

Area Schedule

The schedule for works covers the following areas on the map lower down a "PN"is a "Primary Node" which covers about 400 properties.

PN Start Finish
PN 50 Dec 2019 Mar 2020
PN 118 Jan 2020 Mar 2020
PN 29 Jan 2020 Apr 2020
PN 42 Jan 2020 Apr 2020
PN 47 Jan 2020 May 2020
PN 133 Feb 2020 May 2020
PN 144 Feb 2020 June 2020

These map onto the areas shown below:


Detailed schedule

This will be regularly updated as we have information from City Fibre: works schedule 


FAQ notes

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

West Chesterton Parking update - 2019-11-28

I'm very aware that I've not provided an update recently on the potential introduction of a residents parking scheme in West Chesterton.  This blog attempts to address this.
Due to numerous issues, including general workloads, and some other consultations that have overrun, the next formal step will be the County Council writing to residents in the Ascham Parking Area asking for their consent to expand their scheme to include the Chesterton Triangle and the Hurst Park Estate (inc those parts of Arbury road that are in the Chesterton County Division).
The area this scheme would encompass is shown approximately here.
At the moment, the best information I have is that this will not happen until early January.  Read on for some questions that I've been asked about this recently with answers.

What is the timescale?

Very approximately: 

  • Ask Ascham in mid January
  • Ascham say "yes"
  • The Triangle, Hurst Park estate and Arbury Road are formally consulted 
  • This stage is likely to end before March, when the City Council election purdah period starts
  • Decision to go ahead taken at the next CJAC meeting after May, which is 9th June 2020 (the one before this is 25th February, so there is no realistic chance of hitting this date)
  • If the scheme is voted through the implementation should then happen within 6 months.

Has there been a calculation of parking capacity?

Working with different sets of residents, there are some estimates, but these aren't formal ones.  Overall there should be enough capacity in the whole area, but this doesn't take into account that the area isn't a 'regular' shape - ie capacity in Gurney Way isn't of uch use to someone in Arbury Road.

Are there charges?

Yes - I don't know the price of permits in the scheme yet, but other schemes vary from aorund £60-100 for permits.  You can find a list at the bottom of this page

A direct link to the Ascham scheme details. 

Can visitor permits be rolled over from one year to another


Plans for Arbury Road and impact on scheme

This refers to the incomplete cycleways at the North end of Arbury Road.  There are ongoing discussions about how, or if, to finish these off.  Whilst changes here could impact parking, we will finalise a decision about the parking controls well before anything is decided about Arbury Road.

It may be that at a later point changes are proposed again, but that will be a seperate, later, decision.

How will it work? -one scheme?

If Ascham consent, and the scheme makes it through the two formal stages, then the area will be one scheme for the whole area and that will have the same hours of operation and max permits as the Ascham scheme.

Can some streets veto?

I always struggle with this question.  The basic answer is no - but that I've alwways worked hard to make sure that nothing gets to that point.  The results of my most recent survey show support in each street for going ahead.

Why has it taken so long?

Essentially there hasn't been a consensus to go ahead, and I spent a lot of time attempting to resolve issues that come from the Triangle area in terms of 'lost' parking spaces.

There is now a consensus at this stage.

Why would ascham say yes or no?

I'd hope that residents would see the issues faced by their fellow citizens and consent.  Ascham is far from at capacity.  I'll be organising for all of us to contact residents in that area once I have a clearer picture of the timeline.

Business provision?

The types of permits can be seen on this page:  https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/parking-permits-and-fines/parking/

What if Ascham says no?

My survey showed support to still go ahead with a scheme joining The Triangle, Hurst Park estate and Arbury Road.  This scheme could have different settings (times of operation and max permits) than other schemes.

I don't yet know what the timescales for that will be, but will update residents if it comes to that. 

What about the Hurst Park Estate going on its own?

I am firmly against this, as it would be manifestly unfair on the Triangle area and Abury Road.

Back in 2017, there was a clear consensus from the Hurst Park to not bring in restrictions right away.  That view has clearly changed since Ascham has gone ahead, due to overspill from there;  to then allow Hurst Park to go ahead on its own, and create overspill for Arbury Road and the Triangle, would be to repeat such a mistake.


City Fibre cabinet installs must be delayed until a proper plan is in place - Cllr Ian Manning

cityfibre_cabinet.jpgCity Fibre is a project to provide super fast broadband to homes in Cambridge.  It started in the North of the City earlier this year, with a very agressive timetable of works to install cables under residental streets.

I've (Cllr Ian Manning) been working with officers to try and ensure the works are carried out in ways that don't unduly disrupt residents - many people have had serious issues with the work as it has continued.  

Most recently there have been complaints from residents about the location of the cabinets that support the connections to houses, and I've been following this up - I'm now demanding a freeze on more installs & authorisation of cabinets until after officers have met to agree a proper plan and involve local Cllrs and residents in the locations of the same.

A number of locations of cabinets have risked either aking it impossible for residents to maintain their fences, and in more serious cases made it easy to jump over fences making residents feel insecure.  Clearly there is a worry about obstruction of pa ements on top of this.

Many cabinet installations haven't been approved by the County Council.  There are some basic criteria under which a cabinet could be approved:

1)  Is the location ver an access point?
2)  Is the pavement wide enough with the cabinet?
3)  Is there at least a 100mm gap between the cabinet and property boundaries?

I'm working with officers to understand whether a cabinet location can be turned down even if it meets the criteria above.  Further I'm calling for:

1)  A blanket policy of no formal authorisations until City Fibre have met with officers to agree a full plan of cabinet locations from this point on.
2)  City Fibre should be supply plans of proposed box locations in advance of installation.  These plans should go to the lead opposition members and chair/vice as well as the local member in additional to the relevant highways officer - which some deadline for objections/not.
3) A full list of box loctions showing their approval status and who approved these in the cases they were approved.

West Chesterton Parking: combined scheme more survey results

Here is more detailed street by street breakdowns of answers to my informal survey on parking controls, as well as other results from the survey.

The crucial thing to highlight in the results below is that all streets have a majority in favour of restrictions.  I've merged sideroads onto main roads to ensure anonymity of the respondants.

Those supporting the principle of parking restrictions, who answered the question of asking Ascham (ie "Yes" indicates they both supportined the principleof parking controls and support asking Ascham):


Street No Yes Blank Total
Arbury Road 4 7   11
Chesterton Hall Crescent 4 13 1 18
Chesterton Road 1     1
Chestnut Grove   3   3
George Street   17 1 18
Hawthorn Way   3   3
Herbert Street 1 21   22
Highfield Avenue   13   13
Highworth Avenue 1 7   8
Hurst Park Avenue 5 30 2 37
Leys Avenue 2 9   11
Leys Road 1 13   14
Milton Road 1 3   4
Mulberry Close 1 1   2
Orchard Avenue 4 15 1 20
Springfield Road   8   8
Totals 25 163 5 193

Taking the filter off of who supported the principle of restrictions, ie just the answers to the question about whether people supported asking Ascham to be part of a larger scheme:


Street No Yes blank Total
Arbury Road 4 8   12
Chesterton Hall Crescent 4 13 1 18
Chesterton Road 1     1
Chestnut Grove   3   3
George Street   17 1 18
Hawthorn Way   3   3
Herbert Street 1 21   22
Highfield Avenue 3 14   17
Highworth Avenue 5 10 1 16
Hurst Park Avenue 12 31 5 48
Leys Avenue 3 9   12
Leys Road 2 16   18
Milton Road 1 3   4
Mulberry Close 3 2 1 6
Orchard Avenue 9 15 1 25
Springfield Road   9   9
Totals 48 174 10 232

Now those who support the principle by street:


Street No Yes blank Total
Arbury Road 1 11   12
Chesterton Hall Crescent   18   18
Chesterton Road   1   1
Chestnut Grove   3   3
George Street   18   18
Hawthorn Way   3   3
Herbert Street   22   22
Highfield Avenue 4 13   17
Highworth Avenue 7 8 1 16
Hurst Park Avenue 7 37 4 48
Leys Avenue 1 11   12
Leys Road 4 14   18
Milton Road   4   4
Mulberry Close 4 2   6
Orchard Avenue 5 20   25
Springfield Road 1 8   9
Totals 34 193 5 232

Responses to asking whether car club spaces would be supported:


Street No Yes blank Total
Arbury Road 3 9   12
Chesterton Hall Crescent 3 13 2 18
Chesterton Road   1   1
Chestnut Grove   3   3
George Street 3 13 2 18
Hawthorn Way   3   3
Herbert Street 4 18   22
Highfield Avenue 3 12 2 17
Highworth Avenue 4 9 3 16
Hurst Park Avenue 12 33 3 48
Leys Avenue 2 10   12
Leys Road 3 14 1 18
Milton Road 2 2   4
Mulberry Close 2 4   6
Orchard Avenue 9 16   25
Springfield Road 1 8   9
Totals 51 168 13 232


Responses to whether residents would support a scheme of HPA Estate + the Triangle if Ascham says no for those residents who supported parking restrictions in principle (the majority was smaller for all respondants):


Street No Yes blank Total
Arbury Road   8 1 9
Chesterton Hall Crescent 4 13 1 18
Chesterton Road   1   1
Chestnut Grove   3   3
George Street 2 12 4 18
Hawthorn Way   2   2
Herbert Street 2 19   21
Highfield Avenue 5 5   10
Highworth Avenue 1 5 2 8
Hurst Park Avenue 6 27 2 35
Leys Avenue   11   11
Leys Road 3 10   13
Milton Road 2 2   4
Mulberry Close 2     2
Orchard Avenue 10 10   20
Springfield Road 2 6   8
Totals 39 134 10 183

I've presented the responses to the number of permits as %s as I think it's more useful, and shown below the data filtered to those who supported the principle of controls:


I do not support a scheme joining Hurst Park & The Chesterton Triangle 19%
One permit per household 43%
Three permits per household 7%
Two permits per household 26%
(blank) 6%

In terms of days of operation I think there is a clear majority in favour of Monday-Friday:


Monday-Friday 50%
Monday-Saturday 19%
Monday-Sunday (ie all week) 19%
(blank) 11%

For hours of operation, the majority times are for 0900 start and 1500 end (23% and 20% respectively). 

The raw data, anonymised is here:  raw data

West Chesterton Parking: combined scheme initial survey results


These are the results of the citizens jury.....read on for the initial results of the parking survey ( https://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/west_chesterton_parking_a_larger_scheme ) I'm reporting back initial results as of the time of writing.

As you'll note reading this it is now Wednesday, whereas I originally gave a deadline for responses of the 12th, with an intention of publishing a decision that sunday.

There were a very low number of responses from Arbury Road;  as Arbury Road was missed out of the initial drawings from a couple of years ago, residents there have not been as involved in discussions as those around the Triangle and Hurst Park Estate.  Therefore I allowed a couple of extra days to encourage responses.

A word about the data:  this is not a referendum, and I have not stopped people responding more than once from a single household, apart from to stop responses from fake email addresses, and/or obvious attempts at responding to the surey twice.

The headline results are as follows (numbers shown below are %s):

Question HPA Yes HPA No Tri Yes Tri No Overall Yes Overall No
Principle of residents parking 78 22 97.5 2.5 88 12
Support asking Ascham to expand 72 28 90 10 81 19
If Ascham say no, have a HPA+Tri area 54* 39* 80* 18* 67* 28*

 * note these doesn't sum to 100% as there was a third option;  I've followed up with those filling in that response.

Total responses were around 240, depending on the question (I have the detailed data).

For the car club question, there was also strong support to have car club spaces (75%).

This gives a clear steer to go ahead with the next stage, of asking Ascham to expand.  I'll be in touch about this, and next steps to support that, along with analysis of the other questions, very soon.

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