Find out what your West Chesterton Lib Dem team have been doing for you in our blog below!
Your West Chesterton Lib Dem Team
City Councillor, West Chesterton
How much better could Elizabeth Way & Chesterton Road be? How much greener? How much safer?
...and how would you do it?
PUBLIC DROP IN MEETING: 27th February 1800 – 2000, The Waterman, rear shed
In amongst changes being proposed across our area, we think Elizabeth Way and Chesterton Road are a little overlooked and unloved...we want to start talking about them now, finding out what you want to happen and how you think it can be improved, so we can campaign to get the funding needed to make the changes for the better in future.
Join us on the 27th, where we’ll show some concepts and ideas to get conversations started, and collect your views on what you want to happen. Of course, feel free to talk to us about anything else that you feel is important!
Wednesday 27th February, DROP IN anytime between 6pm - 8pm, The Waterman (in the shed at the back)
This is an update on where we are with resident parking plans for the Chesterton Triangle area, and the idea of a possible merger with the Ascham area.
First, after delivering 300+ letters on Saturday, I'm pleased to say that roughly a third of properties responded (the less said about the person that stormed out their house and shouted me me the better!). I've put all the results below, as of writing (2019-02-16 19:24) - noting that the cut off I gave was Sunday evening, but only a handful of responses came in after that, so made no difference to my actions/negotiations this week.
The headlines are as follows:
- I've contined communicating/meeting with officers at multiple levels at the County Council, City Council and Fire Authority to realise the 'Herbert Street fix' plan. It's apparent that the number of spaces that will be lost will be between 9-12 if the plan comes to fruition.
- Ownership of the patch of land at the Springfield/Mitcham's Corner junction is, via a series of historial quirks, with Highways England (this is the national highways body, ie not the County Council) and I'm now trying to trace someone there who I might be able to speak to about it.
- Legal dicussions continue about when the Ascham zone needs to be consulted (and if) about the join up - but I've given the go ahead to ask in principle.
- We will put pressure on the City Deal/Greater Cambridge PartnerShip for flexibility on the changes it will make that will affect all these schemes.
Major works are planned to replace the damaged bridge expansion joints to Elizabeth Bridge on Elizabeth Way, Cambridge over the River Cam.
The work will take place over 4 weekends:
8th to 11th March;
15th to 18th March;
22nd to 25th March
29th to 1st April 2019.
Work will commence at 8pm on the Fridays and be complete by 5am on the Mondays.
To enable the installation of the new expansion joint and the removal of the old we will install a contraflow lane system over half of the bridge. As the removal of the old joints involves some noisy concrete demolition, this will be restricted to daytimes rather than the overnight periods.
I'm enquiring about what will happen to footways, and whether access to the firing range and/or St John's ambulance will be affected.
Both Cllr Jamie Dalzell and I (Cllr Ian Manning ) are working to respond to this: https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/whitworth-house-saved-my-life-now-they-want-to-close-it-9061552/
This is a a decision driven by County Council cuts, but primarily by the results of a report into provision of this and similar types.
This report was produced based partly on the St Bail's pathway concept - https://stbasils.org.uk/how-we-help/ .
I've asked for a copy of the report, and for what consultation was done with Whitworth and/or Orwell over this.
An update you on progress on parking schemes in West Chesterton; this covers:
- the Hurst Park Area (Hurst Park Avenue, Highfield, Orchard, Leys Road & Avenue, Arbury Road, Mulberry Close & Highworth Avenue) - in the County Chesterton division so under County Councillor Ian Manning's remit
- the "Chesterton Triangle" (Springfield Road to Hawthorn Way and those streets inbetween (ie Herbert, George, Chesterton Hall Crescent) - in the County Chesterton division so under County Councillor Ian Manning's remit
- The Ascham area - outside the County Chesterton division
- The Victoria road area - outside the County Chesterton division
The latter two were subject to decisions to go ahead with schemes we do not believe are adequate at the CJAC meeting of 2018-11-27.
For the history of these areas, please see earlier posts, that I've linked at the bottom of this artucle. The key thing that has 'changed' is that a parking control scheme IS going ahead in the Ascham area.
A decision needs to be made by 2019-02-11 as to whether any form of scheme covering the Triangle asks to join with the Ascham Road scheme.
A meeting will be held on 2019-02-08, at the Boathouse function room, from 1830, with a follow up survey that weekend to help me (Ian Manning) make a decision on whether to go ahead to the next formal stage or not.
The most problematic issue with the Triangle scheme is the loss of a large number of parking spaces on Herbert Street, due to the road widths. I'm currently in discussion with various agencies to try to get this relaxed.
Hurst Park 'estate'
The survey results were as follows by the deadline:
1. Results of question “Do you want to consider controls now Ascham et al are going ahead”?
Online – 17 yes, 7 no, don’t know - 1
First offline batch - 4 yes, 1 no, don’t know 2
Second offline batch – 6 yes, 6 no, 2 don’t know
Totals = 27 yes, 14 no, 5 don’t know
2. Locations of responses
Leys Av – 9; Leys road – 6; Orchard Av – 7; Hurst Park Av – 12; Highfield Av – 7; Highworth – 3; Mulberry close - 1; Ambiguous – 1;
The two meetings I held were poorly attended (7 at the first, 2 at the second). Overall the number of responses was low. Given the question was an "in principle" one, and there are new residents potentially unaware of the limitations of a scheme, I don't feel this was enough to go ahead with Hurst Park being a part of a combined Ascham/Hurst Park/Triangle scheme, but will do futher detailed follow up with Hurst Park on developing their own scheme now.
I’m writing to update you on the situation with proposals for parking controls in your streets.
As you’re aware Jamie Dalzell has supported me, Cllr Ian Manning, in two meetings I held recently.
The plans developed by your previous Labour Councillor, are generally regarded as unacceptable, and a number of suggestions came out of those meetings. Read more for what a refresh on what came out of the meetings and the next steps.
These plans were:
We are keen to progress plans more quickly, but the initial plans were understandably unacceptable for some areas and therefore we are now working to ensure that the scheme has a stronger foundation plan before going to formal consultation.
Jamie Dalzell writes:
Surveying to find out how many commuters are currently using the area
Ian has managed to get agreement between the County Council and the DVLA such that we can pass them a list of number plates and they will give the first four letters of the postcode of the owner – allowing us to know how many are residents and how many are commuters.
If you can help with this survey please contact Ian and I using the details above.
Having a ‘zone’ rather than marked bays
There was some hope this would mean that there wouldn’t be such a loss of parking along the narrower streets (like Herbert Street), if we could turn the street into a cul de sac. However, it would only be the bays that go, the 1.8m width requirement for a space to park is still there: once parking controls are in place, the Council takes liability for blockages of the road; hence they have to stop parking on the other side to ensure the road isn’t blocked.
I’ve suggested to Ian he investigates whether a residents scheme could be drawn up such that the contract moved this liability onto those using the scheme, in order to allow controlled parking both sides, and he’s following that up.
Getting some extra parking spaces on Chesterton Road
After checking, both sides of Chesterton Road are part of the DeFeville parking scheme – so any spaces would become part of that. The only option to alter that would be altering the DeFreville scheme which would require a full consultation with those residents.
Other options: a number of people asked about becoming part of the DeFreville scheme – this would require agreement from residents there.
We’re going to keep following all this up, but as we’re about to enter the election period, it’ll be harder for us to update you. I do hope I’ve shown that I’m dedicated to helping you find a solution that isn’t imposed on you, keeps you fully informed and hopefully gives you a real choice for improving the area – a vote for Jamie Dalzell in May is a vote towards getting the best available solution for everyone.
Tivoli plans sent back to the drawing board
Unpopular plans to convert the Tivoli on Mitcham’s Corner, former cinema and pub, into luxury apartments overlooking the river have today been rejected by City Council planning officers.
Jamie Dalzell and Cheney Payne, pictured alongside the now derelict cinema with former City Mayor Ian Nimmo-Smith, who they have been working with to campaign for better plans.
Community groups from across the city objected to the proposals from J.D. Weatherspoons as they claimed that they failed to meet a number of local planning requirements.
Local Lib Dem campaigner Jamie Dalzell welcomed the decision, noting that: “following today’s decision, the Tivoli remains a fantastic opportunity for developing the North of the city. We hope now to see plans which reflect residents’ desire for more amenities in the area and which build on the growing success of locally owned businesses.”
The Lib Dem response to the planning application can be found here.
Parking Update – Public meetings
I wanted to make sure you are up to date on where we are with the proposals to bring in parking controls in the streets bordered by Springfield Road to Hawthorn Way. Hopefully you’ll recall we surveyed you about the plans that were to be imposed
on you. Read on for the results and the dates of public meetings...
In your responses:
36 wanted workshops;
17 wanted the existing plans;
13 wanted no action.
There is a clear majority wanting workshops, and against doing the current plans. So we’ve organised two public meetings to work through options:
21st February, 1830, The Boathouse Pub function room
27th February, 1830, The Boathouse Pub function room
We’ll work through what options there are, what constraints there are and help you determine what you might want to happen.
We’re very aware that not everyone wants to meet in a pub for many reasons, but we’ve had trouble securing a room and wanted to arrange this meeting soon. Please do contact us if this is of concern – we’re happy to either arrange something for you or find another venue.
On Thursday 8th February, the County Council's Economy and Environment Committee will consider a study into the future of the A10 corridor: item 7 on this agenda . Along with fellow Lib Dem Councillors I've submitted a response to it.
In addition to the joint response I've stated that the corridor should include segregated cycleways.
It is vital to prioritise the provision of accessible, affordable, attractive, convenient and reliable public transport, with smart ticketing, to encourage modal shift and minimise congestion in the A10 corridor.
High quality mass public transport needs to be at the heart of thinking about the A10 corridor, for economic, health and wellbeing, and environmental reasons.
- The popularity of the guided bus, whatever issues remain outstanding, is
proof of concept that a reliable, accessible public transport system can
achieve significant modal shift. An effective high quality public transport
system with sufficient capacity and interchanges along the route is
- Drivers are not keen to change to a different mode of transport once they
have set out, unless it is significantly cheaper, more convenient and more
attractive than to continue by car. It is important to enable travellers to
start their public transport journey as close to home as possible.
- For many residents, taking the bus to Cambridge is more expensive than
taking the car. Public transport needs to be affordable, and ticketing
needs to be smart and straightforward with cashless alternatives even for
- The growth of employment at locations including Lancaster Way business
park, Ely leisure village and Waterbeach will require attractive public
transport options for people travelling to work other than in Cambridge.
Any proposal for the A10 corridor should maintain connectivity between villages
east and west of the A10, including Chittering, Landbeach, Waterbeach and
Milton, whilst inhibiting rat-running. The Stagecoach 9 bus service which
currently serves these villages on its route between Ely and Cambridge has been
reduced in recent months.
The exact route of the corridor will raise significant questions, including potentially the compulsory purchase of properties fronting the A10 between Chittering and the A14, or the selection of a different alignment across county farms between Landbeach and Cottenham. The choice of route could affect the Amey waste management site, the Cambridge Research Park, Car Dyke historic
monument and other significant features along the corridor.
The County Council produce a "members newsletter" once a month, and you can read it here:
This is written by officers (staff), so will present one side of any story, but I hope it is of some interest.