Tonight was the first meeting secured by Cllr Manning and the East Chesterton Liberal Democrats as a result of their campaign to get the new Station to benefit the area.
That campaign got a public meeting attended by over 100 people – http://eastchesterton.mycouncillor.org.uk/2012/01/26/lib-dems-tackle-fen-road-problems-head-on-for-residents/
The meeting was well attended by residents and Liberal Democrat Councillors.
Officers from the County Council Highways and City Council Planning presented various information to us about the desire for an access road:
- From a planning perspective, Patsy Dell from the City Council explained that the Cambridge local plan will have a bearing on the overal situation and there are Governance agreements between the City, County and South Cambs.
- Jeremy Smith, from highways stated again that the project will not prevent anything from being built.
- Brain Stinton talked about what could be done down Fen Road itself to prevent speeding.
Cllr Manning pressed the point that many residents echoed: “No matter the complexities from the point of view of planning and integration between the different authorities, we absolutely must push and help officers to get the best result for local residents. I asked that there is a clear report back to the steering group on the vaiability or not of the two steering road options (onto the A14 and onto Cowley Road).”
There were also suggestions for underpasses and on Fen Road itself, it cost is a problem, to simply remove the current speed cushions. Cllr Znajek explained “It doesn’t matter how this is funded or who is doing it, we must get a benefit to locals from the area.
Cllr Manning also raised the issue of parking on Fen Road / satellite streets that might happen to avoid getting charged for using the station car park: “Officers have this in hand with their plans and we wait to see what they come back with.”
Cllr Manning is also concerned about possible plans to spend up to £1 million on a cycle bridge (either the Green Dragon or a new one) which he believes should be used in preference on Fen Road. He will be following this up with officers from highways.
Officers have taken away actions to draw up some high levels options for us to consider at the next meeting in a month’s time.