Linda Jones, Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Petersfield, on behalf of the Petersfield Summer Organising Group, writes:
So many people helped to make our Mill Road Summer events go with a swing. In spite of the bridge closure, continued heavy traffic, Cadent Gas disruption and the awful fire at Philip Gee’s we managed to put on nearly 20 events with a focus on art, dance, singing, folk music, poetry and writing –plus the wonderful History Happening day and the friendly Car Boot Sales.
If you organised, helped with or got involved in an event in Petersfield we want to hear your views and ideas.
What went well?
What could have gone better?
What lessons have we learned?
How do we manage community assets?
Is there a future for a summer festival?
Notice was short and some groups that wanted to be involved couldn’t be. We’d like to hear from you too – please come along and make your voice heard.
You can also add your (polite) thoughts, in the comments section below.
From 9th September 2019, the junction of Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road will be closed so that work can be carried out on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council on the layout of the roundabout. Disruption is expected to last 29 weeks (so until the end of March 2020). Stagecoach’s citi2 will not serve Addenbrooke’s Hospital during this time.
The citi2 service is a vital link to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for residents in and around Mill Road.
Passengers have already suffered Stagecoach’s cut in frequency from a 10-minute to a 20-minute service to Addenbrooke’s. Additionally, Mill Road area residents have had a total rupture to through services, over the summer, as a consequence of Govia Thameslink Railway’s work on Mill Road bridge and the Cadent/Triio gas-main works.
It would appear that Stagecoach’s management were not properly consulted by Cambridgeshire County Council and given inadequate time to find the ‘least worst’ solution the otherwise disruption in the construction phase of this scheme.
We have turned off comments, here. The Cambridge Area Bus Users blogpost is open for comments. We encourage all Mill Road-ers to contribute their comments there, to follow the Cambridge Area Bus Users website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter if you have accounts.
We are indebted to Petersfield Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Linda Jones, for the following information, copied here with minor additions. Also for the traffic regulation order tweeted by Romsey Cambridge City Councillor, Dave Baigent.
Dear Residents and Traders,
Cadent/Triio is putting an extra team in place next week to ensure the completion of all their works on Mill Road by 3rd September. This is later than originally planned. Traffic Regulation Order notices will be put up across the affected areas tomorrow.
Cambridgeshire County Council [the highway authority] is allowing the contractors this extra time partly because of the fire at Gee’s electrical store. Also, excavation is revealing that the digitalised gas records and plans are inaccurate. This means that digging out, replacing and connecting pipework is taking more time than expected.
There will be works at two points:
1) Perowne Street to Covent Garden
Teams will be working between 9.30am and 4.00pm only and will work on one junction at a time to ensure as little disruption as possible. Plates will be used to cover excavations and enable traffic to flow outside these hours. There will be diversion signage and temporary lights to manage traffic. Traffic management staff will be on site every day to assist residents needing to move their cars and traders needing deliveries. Please ask them for help. The sequence is planned as follows:
Monday 19th August Dig Perowne Street junction, fix pipe, backfill and then plate. Move to Emery St junction, dig, fix pipe, backfill and plate.
Tuesday 20th August Dig at Covent Garden junction, fix pipe, backfill and plate.
Wednesday 21st August Full reinstatement of Perowne Street junction. Emery Street and Covent Garden junctions remain plated.
Thursday 22nd August Full reinstatement of Emery Street junction. Covent Garden junction remains plated.
Friday 23rd August Full reinstatement of Covent Garden junction.
2) Devonshire Road to railway bridge
A final 60m section of pipework is needed between Devonshire Road and the Mill Road Depot entrance. This could not be done earlier because of access issues [owing to the fire at Philip Gee’s premised]. This work will now start on 27th August. It will require temporary lights and restrictions at Devonshire Road.
Cambridgeshire County Council require that all this work is completed and Mill Road is fully open and cleared by 3rd September, before the school term begins. [Cambridgeshire County Council schools’ Autumn Term starts on Wednesday 4th September.]
Thank you for your patience.
Linda Jones County Councillor, Petersfield division
The County of Cambridgeshire
Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 – Section 14(2) as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991
(Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic)
The County of Cambridgeshire hereby gives notice that from 09:30hrs on 19 August 2019 no vehicle shall proceed along Mill Road, Cambridge as lies between Covent Garden and Tenison Road.
Access will be maintained to properties affected by this Notice.
The alternative route for vehicles is via A603 – A1307 – Station Road – Tenison Road – Devonshire Road and vice versa.
This Notice is made in the interest of essential gas service replacement works and will remain effective for no more than 5 days.
The Notice shall not apply to any persons lawfully engaged in connection with any works for which it is made, any member of the Police Force, Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service, a vehicle being used by Special Forces during the execution of their duties or to any person acting with the permission or upon the direction of a Police Officer in uniform.
Steven Cox, Executive Director, Place and Economy, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 OAP
THE COMMON SEAL of CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL was hereunto affixed this 16 August 2019
Footnote: Have you wondered how the holes are excavated without huge piles of spoil nearby? The answer is this ginormous vacuum-cleaner. (Henry, eat your heart out!)
Free lunches and activities for children and families across the city, Wednesday 31st July and Wednesday 28th August 2019 Ross Street Community Centre, off Mill Road, Romsey. Turn up at 12pm for fun activities Lunch provided from 1.00pm Provided in partnership with the Romsey Mill Trust
For many years local residents have complained about cars, taxis, vans and lorries driving onto Mill Road’s pavements, creating a hazard for all pedestrians, but especially for wheelchair-users, people with vision disabilities and for parents with young children. Even when no vehicle is on the the pavement, paving-slabs had been compressed and cracked by irresponsible drivers, crating trip hazards.
Cambridgeshire County Council could deal with the problem, but have done nothing.
Cambridgeshire County Council – as highway authority – has powers to issue a traffic regulation order (TRO) to prohibit parking on Mill Road’s pavements, enforced by their civil parking enforcement officers (CEOs, aka ‘Traffic Wardens’) who could issue an immediate Penalty Charge Notice (PCN, ‘Parking Ticket’). The revenue from PCNs would pay for the cost of enforcement, so no increase in council tax would be needed.
Cambridgeshire County Council, along with all English Traffic Authorities with ‘civil parking enforcement powers’ were granted powers in February 2011 to prohibit, by means of a TRO, parking on footways and verges, wherever they consider it necessary.
Sadly, we have seen no action by Cambridgeshire County Council to tackle this menace.
To view the original letter from the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Norman Baker, click the links below:
Today, the Transport Committee launches an inquiry to explore the problems of pavement parking in England and consider possible solutions. As pavement parking is devolved, the focus is on England only.
Parking on pavements creates real problems. For those with visual difficulties, who use mobility aids, or need to navigate footpaths with children, unpredictable hazards such as cars represent a potential danger.
‘Pavement parking’ is when one or more wheels of a vehicle are on the footpath. As well as creating obstacles for people wanting to use footpaths, Councils face additional costs to repair damage to surfaces which are not designed to take the weight of motor vehicles.
A mix of criminal and civil sanctions are available to police and local councils to enforce restrictions on pavement parking on private or commercial drivers. Parking on footways or pavements was banned in London in 1974*, and it’s prohibited for large goods vehicles across England. [ibid]
* The ban applies to all footways and verges, except where there are permitted parking bays laid out (as in some Romsey side-streets). [Our note]
Lack of progress in tackling pavement parking has led many groups to campaign on the issue and although it is regularly raised with MPs by their constituents, the Government has not taken any action on this issue in recent years. [ibid]
This is an area where some people’s actions cause real difficulties for others. Parking on pavements risks the safety of all groups of people from the littlest to the oldest, with differing needs. While we’re also inquiring into Active Travel – how we get more people to get into walking and cycling – we need to make sure it’s safe to take to the streets. We want to hear from the public about the difficulties this presents and the solutions on offer.
Serviced apartment (sui generis use class) scheme containing 39no self-contained 1xbed room units along with Cafe, gym and community space at ground floor with a vehicle drop-off zone, disabled car parking space, cycle parking and associated landscaping and retention of existing BLI frontage.
This proposal comes shortly after a very similar proposal for student apartments was refused planning consent…
So, the plans to turn Romsey labour club into student accommodation have been refused having been called back to the ctte. Romsey cllr @dave4labour tells me there is a "certain irony" that a speculative application like this has been refused & locals did not want student flats
Take a look through some of the drawings from the Cambridge City Council’s planning portal. You can view or download copies of these drawings – and all other documents in connection with this proposal by clicking on this planning reference link: 19/0004/FUL.
Application Validated Date
Thu 03 Jan 2019
Actual Committee Date
Neighbour Consultation Expiry
Fri 08 Feb 2019
Mon 07 Jan 2019
Standard Consultation Expiry
Mon 04 Feb 2019
Last Advertised In Press
Fri 18 Jan 2019
Latest Advertisement Expiry
Fri 08 Feb 2019
Last Site Notice Posted
Fri 25 Jan 2019
Latest Site Notice Expiry
Fri 15 Feb 2019
Agreed Expiry Date
Decision Made Date
Permission Expiry Date
Thu 04 Apr 2019
Temporary Permission Expiry Date
If you have a view on this application, click through on this link 19/0004/FUL, look at the details, register if need be, and submit your comments.
Other trees in Hooper Street have already been lost; each of the remaining trees are therefore more precious, in an otherwise heavily built up area of the city. They are an essential green ‘lung’ for the area, in countering air pollution.
Result for a community that stands together…
Date: 8 January 2019
Application: T 1 & T2: Chestnut – Reduce height by 4/5m and shorten lateral branches by 2/3m to rebalance crowns. T3: Chestnut – Fell. Jubilee House 3 Hooper Street Cambridge CB1 2NZ
Decision on Tree Works Application
Thank you for your letter about the above application. Your views were taken into account in coming to a decision. The application was Tree Refused Permission by senior officers, under delegated powers.
Valid applications including plans, supporting documents, consultation comments and the decision notice are available to view online. Please go to www.cambridge.gov.uk/planningpublicaccess to open the online planning register and enter 18/584/TTPO in the search field.
At the Mill Road Depot consultation in December 2018, PACT learnt that their design requests for the Gatehouse Community Centre on the depot site had been heard, and we feel the design now being submitted for planning approval is excellent and will serve the community well now, and into the future.
PACT would now like to invite you to a meeting to bring you up to date and discuss any ideas you might have, as the location of the community centre will not only benefit the whole of Petersfield, but also the wider community.
To this end, there will be a meeting at The Salvation Army Community Centre, 104 Mill Road CB1 2BD (next to St Barnabas Church) on Tuesday 26th March at 7.30pm.