CONSULTATION ON NEW CAM-BRIDGE

Consultation continues on draft proposals for a new bridge over the river Cam between Abbey and Chesterton.

As part of the planned growth in Cambridge City, Cambridgeshire County Council is considering creating a new foot and cycle bridge to link Abbey and Chesterton wards. This will provide an alternative route to get to the Science and Business Parks as well as the new railway station.

An initial consultation was held in Summer 2014 following which Council Officers have been working with a group of local stakeholders to look at how this scheme may be successfully delivered.

The next of these stakeholder events is due to be held on the 25 February at Barnwell Baptist Church at 6pm and is open to the public. The event will comprise of a series of short presentations followed by some breakout sessions where there will be an opportunity to ask Project Officers questions.

County Councillor Ian Manning, who represents East Chesterton ward said: “We need to make it as easy as possible to get from A to B in Cambridge, without having to rely on private cars: this new bridge will provide a vital link from the Newmarket Road area to the new station, and crucially will lessen the chances of East Chesterton being clogged up with commuter parking.

“This will be a pedestrian and cycle bridge, and is especially vital for less mobile residents, for whom getting to the new station via the Green Dragon bridge could add significantly to their journey to the station.”

“My amendment last year has ensured residents will be further consulted, and the ideas developed with the community, and I’m looking forward to letting residents feedback directly to the architect we’ll be using.”

A bridge is anticipated to cost over £4m and will be paid for by funds from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition, developer contributions and City Deal monies

 

NETWORK RAIL PUSHED FOR GREEN LIGHT FOR STATION CYCLE TRACK

A plan for a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists around Cambridge’s Science Park station is in the hands of Network Rail.

The scheme would involve allowing cyclists to ride along a disused network rail access track, leaving Cowley Road pavements clear for pedestrians.

But Network Rail have still not committed to the project and Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Ian Manning will push for a decision at North Area Committee this evening (Thursday, February 12).

Cambridgeshire County Council has received a promise of Government funding for the work but the offer was in danger of expiring.

Clr Manning stepped in and brokered an extension to keep the money on the table and the county council has offered to carry out the required work. But they are still waiting for Network Rail to give its go-ahead for the project .

Cllr Manning, who represents East Chesterton and has been involved with the rail project since being elected in 2010, said: “We’ve known for a long time the old network rail access track would give an excellent route to the new station. Through a lot of negotiation we’ve managed to get this funding extension from the Department for Transport – now network rail need allow use of this land.”

He worked on an agreement between Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council and the developer to look at the alternative access through Cowley Road to keep pedestrians and cyclists away from heavy goods vehicles, and keep pedestrians away from cyclists.

The County Council can deliver the route, or pay for a Network Rail contractor to deliver it.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be put at risk as they are forced to use an area close to heavy traffic if this does not go ahead,” said Cllr Manning. “Network Rail haven’t used this track for decades – they now need to let us make this change the ideal way.”

County Council Services over the Christmas Period

Over the festive period Cambridgeshire County Council staff will be working and on call to supporting our communities.

Social Services staff will be on duty and care will continue to be delivered over the Christmas and New Year period.

Highway Teams will also be on standby to grit the roads, deal with emergencies and help out partners such as the Police to keep Cambridgeshire on the move. The Council’s Emergency Management Team are also on standby in case they are needed.

Park and Ride have had Christmas helpers in since the start of December to help people get their buses, pay for parking and even carry the odd large present.

Recycling centres and Libraries will be open at various times around the Christmas and New Year time too as well as various Public Health services.

There will be no Camquit clinics or phone service on 25 or 26 December or 1 January, and a reduced schedule between 24 December to 2 January. All services resume as normal on 5 January.

Sexual health clinics are only closed on the bank holidays and more information can be found at www.icash.nhs.uk Appointments for all clinics can be made by calling 0300 300 3030 then press 2 for Cambridgeshire.

Both the EnergiZe and CHiP programmes will resume the weeks of 5 January for EnergiZe and the 27 January for CHiP. The contact line 01480 376300 continues to be available through-out December and January for booking on to any of our Spring sessions.

For the full list of opening times for services and contact numbers go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/xmascontact

Speeding at the High Street/ Green End Road Mini-Roundabout

After a serious incident back in August, Ian was contacted about dangerous driving around the mini roundabout at the junction of the High Street, Green End Road and Water Lane.
This is an especially bad area for dangerous driving due to the close proximity of Whitefriars, as well as the nearby bus stop.
Local campaigner Shahida Rahman explains:  “Ian and I have request CCTV to be deployed temporarily in the area to collect evidence of dangerous driving.

CCTV is a tool which should be used in moderation, and can sometimes do more harm than good; however in this case, looking for a specific crime, we feel it
could help.

We’re pleased to say our request has been granted, and the cameras will go up around the end of November. Depending on other requests they could stay up as long as January 2015.”

Local Job Opportunity: Church & Hall Manager, St George’s Church

Local Church St George’s are advertising for a new hall manager, details below:

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We are currently looking for a:

Church and Hall Manager

for St George’s Church, Chesterton

Are you someone who could help to engage with and add value to our local community?  To help us to make the best use of our buildings and to develop strong relationships with those around us?

The PCC of St George’s Chesterton is seeking to appoint a Church and Hall Manager (0.5 FTE, 18 hours per week) for two years in the first instance, from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post holder will manage the hall and its activities as well as coordinating bookings and managing the day to day work required in the church.  They will provide a certain amount of administrative assistance to the Vicar and play a key role in planning, taking part and drawing together the results of a community consultation, which will help to determine the church’s future.

 Salary – NJC scale point 26 – 28 c. £22,000 pro rata

Hours per week: 18 hrs

For any enquiries or further information about this post please contact the Vicar, Ruth Adams on 01223 423374 or vicar@stgeorgeschesterton.org.uk

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Lib Dems fear moving too quickly could risk bridge project

Liberal Democrats fear that moving too quickly to narrow the options for Cambridge’s £4.5 million Chesterton-Abbey cycle and footbridge could risk its success.

They are worried that councillors are being asked to accept one proposal for discussion over an initial five assessed in a feasibility study.

But Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats fear the move could risk support for the project and its success after it was agreed previously that more work and consultation would be carried out with local residents before options were narrowed.

Cambridge’s East Chesterton Cllr Ian Manning expressed disappointment with the move.

He said: “I’m a big supporter of the bridge proposal, which is vital to the station project, to make cycling and walking easier and to make sure East Chesterton isn’t swamped with commuter traffic, but we cannot move so quickly to narrow options.

“Up to this point, I’ve been really pleased with how officers have responded to my calls for the bridge proposal to be developed with local communities.”

The issue will be discussed at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy Transport and Environment Committee on October 21.

Committee Vice Chair and Lib Dem Transport Spokesperson, Cllr Ed Cearns agreed with Cllr Manning’s concerns.

“Have we learnt nothing from the flawed process followed in the Ely bypass consultation, in which narrowing of options at an early stage led to legal challenges later on?” he said.

“If we don’t want projects bogged down, we must show clearly that we respond to concerns – not just attempt to move to a ‘preferred solution’ as quickly as possible. We are raising these concerns in order for the project to move forward not to slow it down”

The Chesterton-Abbey Bridge is part of the Chisholm Trail project and would provide a pedestrian and cycle link between the existing railway station and the proposed Science Park Station.

Liberal Democrats will move to overturn the officers’ recommendation at the committee meeting, pushing on with the project but keeping options open and doing more public consultation.

Help plant the new Nature Reserve extension!

We’ve received this from the City Council, about the completion of a project started by the Liberal Democrats when we  ran the City Council:

The earthworks are nearing completion and we are soon to let the river flow into the newly created back water and reedbed habitat on Logan’s Meadow Local Nature Reserve.

We’d like to invite you to come and lend a hand planting young reed on the Saturday 18th October 2014, between 10.00a.m. and 4p.m. Meet at the base of the Swift Tower on the sports pitches, accessed via the white cycle bridge or Logan’s Way.

We’ll provide the plants, tools and gloves, you’ll need to bring your wellies!

Please let us know if you intend to join us at park@cambridge.gov.uk or simply turn up on the day, you are welcome to stay for as long or as little as you are able.

Folk will be on site to explain the project and instruct where and how to plant the reeds.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to friends, colleagues, local groups and residents. We hope to see you there.