Summer Festival Feedback

Monday 16th September, 8.00-9.30pm
Old School House St Barnabas Church
Mill Road
Cambridge CB1 2BD

If you organised, helped to organise, or would have liked to organise a Petersfield summer event, come along, if you can.

Anyone is welcome to add (polite) comments at the foot of this blogpost.

See also What next for Mill Road?


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.

Mill Road to lose all through buses to Addenbrooke’s for over six months


We are indebted to Cambridge Area Bus Users for alerting us to this alarming development.


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.

Full details are available on the Cambridge Area Bus Users blogpost: Citi2 will not serve Addenbrooke’s Hospital for over six months.

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.

What next for Mill Road?

Feedback – Reports – Videos

With Mill Road railway bridge now re-opened and the gas-main works dragging to a (belated) conclusion, what’s our vision for Mill Road?

Click the banner to link to videos and feedback

See also Summer Festival Feedback, for Petersfield.

The Mill Road Summer group organised an open meeting with short presentations from key stakeholders and time for discussion.


Videos and a summary of feedback can be found in this link to the Over Mill Road Bridge blogpost, which is open for your comments. Over Mill Road Bridge is a campaigning organisation set up in 2018 by Romsey Labour Party.

You can also have your say at the foot of this post.


What motor traffic do we want to allow on Mill Road?

Which categories of motor traffic should have unrestricted access to Mill Road?

  • Private cars from out of the area, heading for the Grafton or the railway station?
  • Taxis from out of the area, heading for the railway station?
  • Taxis to our own homes?
  • A through bus service to Addenbrooke’s?
  • Extra bus services if traffic jams cam be eliminated?
  • Deliveries to shops?
  • Deliveries to our homes?
  • Residents’ cars driving out of the area to work?
  • Residents’ visitors’ vehicles?

Which should be stopped at a virtual barrier by ANPR cameras? And where should that barrier, if desired, be? How can we keep the traffic we want and eliminate that which we don’t?


Please contribute your (polite) comments, below.


Mill Road Gas Main Works


Total closure of Mill Road for 5 days

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.


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)
Notice 2019/696
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
2019/696
THE COMMON SEAL of CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL was
hereunto affixed this 16 August 2019 in the presence of: (unsealed copy of original document)
A plain text version of this notice is available at the foot of this post.

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)

Notice 2019/696

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!)


Holiday Lunches

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

Click the image to download a printable PDF (229 KB)

For more information about this event please contact: Simon Aslett on 01223 457243 or email Simon.

Pavement Parking along Mill Road

A hazard, a scandal, and hope for reform

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:

Nothing in a pavement parking TRO would inconvenience traders’ deliveries. The current Mill Road permitted loading/unloading times would be exactly the same.

Neither would it change anything about parking along Romsey’s side-streets, where pavement parking is permitted as the only way of accommodating residents’ cars.

Have your say

And it’s not just Mill Road which suffers, as this article – Cambridge driver finds alternative parking in the middle of a path – from Ella Pengelly shows.

Car parked on path in Coldhams Lane (Image: Will Peters)

Now, matters may be taken out of the County Council’s hands.

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee are looking into reform…

Have your say

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.

House of Commons Transport Select Committee, 02 April 2019

Purpose of the inquiry

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.

Lilian Greenwood (Chair) [ibid]

Call for written evidence

The Committee is calling for written evidence on the following:

  • the impact of pavement parking;
  • the enforcement of pavement parking offences; and 
  • enforcement and, if necessary, reform of traffic regulation orders need to deal with pavement parking. 

The closing date to submit written evidence is 14 May 2019.

More information
How to submit written evidence
  1. Think about how pavement parking affects you, your family, friends and neighbours. Can people in wheelchairs get by? How do parents with toddlers cope?
  2. Think about incidents where you have seen vehicles drive onto the pavement. Was your child frightened? Did a driver hoot at you, or someone, to move out of there way?
  3. Mention that, although Cambridgeshire County Council – as highway authority – have had powers to prevent pavement parking since February 2011, no action has been taken.
  4. Compose your submission in your word-processing software of choice.
  5. Convert it to a Word document.
  6. Click through to the Pavement parking – written submission form page (here).
  7. Fill in your own details and attach your submission.
The closing date to submit written evidence is 14 May 2019.

If you would like your submission published on this page, copy and paste it into the box below, or email it to us, asking for it to be published with attribution or anonymously.

Community, or car park?

Should parking on our streets be for residents and visitors, or an unregulated car-park for commuters?

See our readers’ comments. And add your own.

Many of the streets of Coleridge ward, around Rustat Road and around Romsey’s Greville Road and Argyle Street, have recently joined those of South Petersfield in residents’ parking schemes.

Those streets have seen some advantages:

  • Commuters and occasional rail users who were unwilling to pay to park at the railway station, nor to take a bus or taxi, no longer clog the streets with their cars, for the whole day.
  • Similarly drivers who want to park for free and walk to the city centre can no longer use these local streets.
  • More road-space is available to local drivers and to cyclists.
  • There are fewer vehicle movements on these streets.

There are, however, a few problems.

  • Residents must now pay an annual fee to park in their street.
  • Permits are required for visitors.
  • As soon as one street has a residents’ parking scheme, the neighbouring street encounters the same problem.

This blog-post was triggered by an email to email our contact address.

Let’s have your views. There’s no character limit, unlike Twitter. So expound and expand, below. (Comments are pre-moderated.)

Romsey Labour Club

Planning Application

We have become aware of a planning application for the former Romsey Labour Club (19/0004/FUL) to be developed into serviced apartments.

The deadline for submitting comments is Friday 8th February 2019.

Reference19/0004/FUL
Application ReceivedThu 03 Jan 2019
Application ValidatedThu 03 Jan 2019
AddressRomsey Labour Club
Mill Road Cambridge
CB1 3NL

Proposal:

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…


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.

Important dates:
Application Validated DateThu 03 Jan 2019
Actual Committee DateNot Available
Neighbour Consultation ExpiryFri 08 Feb 2019
Standard ConsultationMon 07 Jan 2019
Standard Consultation ExpiryMon 04 Feb 2019
Last Advertised In PressFri 18 Jan 2019
Latest Advertisement ExpiryFri 08 Feb 2019
Last Site Notice PostedFri 25 Jan 2019
Latest Site Notice ExpiryFri 15 Feb 2019
Agreed Expiry DateNot Available
Decision Made DateNot Available
Permission Expiry DateNot Available
Determination DeadlineThu 04 Apr 2019
Temporary Permission Expiry DateNot Available

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.

Hooper Street chestnut trees – Result!

A planning application was submitted for the pruning of two horse-chestnut trees in Hooper Street – and the felling of a third.

The deadline for comments on this application was Monday 17 December 2018.

Jubilee House 3 Hooper Street Cambridge CB1 2NZ
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 showing horse-chestnut trees (Google Maps)

Many local residents submitted objections on the Cambridge City Council planning portal. Many thanks to those who took the time and trouble to do so.

  • Comments Received:57
  • Objections: 57

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

Reference: 18/584/TTPO
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  

Dear Sir/Madam

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.

Yours faithfully

Joanna Davies

Interim Arboricultural Officer


Mill Road Depôt Development – Phase 2


Go to latest updates

See our readers’ comments. And add your own.


PHASE 2 OF THE MILL ROAD DEPOT REDEVELOPMENT

You can also submit feedback directly to: info@IP-Cambridge.co.uk.


Update from Petersfield Area Community Trust

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.

We hope to see you there!