A packed meeting at Chesterton Community College heard County Council Officers answer questions on parking - on of the DSCN8507.JPGtop issues in West Chesterton.

Officers stressed that it was unlikely that permission for Residents' Parking would be given to 1 street because of the domino effect into neighbouring streets. An area is likely to be bordered by major roads such as Chesterton Road, Elizabeth Way and Milton Road. The majority of residents would then need to be in favour.

County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt explained that a working group was being set up with Council and City Councillors to look at a joined up approach to parking for the City.

Moving forward on Parking

A packed meeting at Chesterton Community College heard County Council Officers answer questions on parking - on of the top issues in West Chesterton. Officers stressed that it was unlikely...

The proposed re-development of Milton Road Library has raised much discussion and concern.

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Please make sure you comment at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/directory_record/37669/milton_road_library_cambri%20dge%20We%20will

The deadline is 8th March

Proposed redevelopment of the Milton Road Library site

The proposed re-development of Milton Road Library has raised much discussion and concern. Please make sure you comment at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/directory_record/37669/milton_road_library_cambri%20dge%20We%20will The deadline is 8th March

Labour councillors across the north of the City, and their local ward branches, have joined forces to answer the Greater City_Deal.pngCambridge City Deal consultations on proposals for Milton Road . Click Milton Road to open

Whilst welcoming the potential for substantial investment in transport infrastructure offered by the City Deal, our submission argues for a sharper focus on local connectivity and the need for schemes to benefit residents whilst tackling the existing and future demand for traffic arising from the City's planned growth.

As the individual schemes come forward we must also use local knowledge to ensure that they meet, not only the needs of commuters and visitors coming into the City but also local residents who need to be able to go about their daily lives and access shops, libraries and community facilities easily.

We have valued the contributions of many residents associations across the area to influence the plans and we now plan to meet with City Deal transport officers to discuss the next stage in more detail.

 Mike Sargeant, a local resident from the West Chesterton Labour Party, who has been very active in questioning details of the proposals for Milton Road at the City Deal meetings, said: "We know there is no single solution to solving the congestion that already plagues Milton Road and the wider city highway network. These schemes need to be set against a larger plan for the City and surrounding area but we want those taking the decisions to get the right balance between those using Milton Road and the needs of residents who live on or near it."

Labour's response to the City Deal in Milton Road

Labour councillors across the north of the City, and their local ward branches, have joined forces to answer the Greater Cambridge City Deal consultations on proposals for Milton Road ....

Mike_9.jpgLabour’s candidate for the 2016 City Council Elections is hard working Mike Sargeant .
Mike has been campaigning on behalf of local people since moving into the ward, in Gilbert Road, in 2000 - over 15 years!
  • Governor at Milton Road School
  • Improved lighting and cycling on Gilbert Road
  • Funding for the Sports Pavilion at Chesterton Community College
  • Funding for the Chesterton Coordinator transforming Mitcham’s Corner
  • Represented local people at City Council Planning Committee
  • Secured more bins in local streets
  • Resolved issues for local residents

 Mike says: “My family have been to the local schools as well as being involved in local scouts, brownies and choirs. To me, West Chesterton is where I live, a great area for local residents and I do all that I can to keep it that way and improve it."

 

Mike Sargeant— local resident & campaigner stands for Labour

Labour’s candidate for the 2016 City Council Elections is hard working Mike Sargeant . Mike has been campaigning on behalf of local people since moving into the ward, in Gilbert...

Labour has been listening to your views about the Milton Road City Deal Consultation. We’d like to thank all of the people whoCity_Deal_Consult.jpg have been in contact with us and particularly the residents who have set up Residents’ Associations and held meetings for local people. This has been an impressive effort, and will contribute to the development of the plans. 

Local campaigner and resident Mike Sargeant says "Our views on the proposals from County Council Officers have been shaped after listening to all of these contributions and we believe it is right that we share our thoughts with you at this stage:

  • We need to enable more people from South Cambridgeshire and local residents to use buses and cycles rather than cars, with more peak-time Park and Ride and buses for commuters and residents
  • We need segregated cycle lanes and pavements on Milton Road to encourage cycling, prevent clashes with cars and pedestrians and cut air pollution on the road
  • 2 bus lanes are not needed on Milton Road.  Single Bus Lanes should be provided only where they improve the flow of buses
  • High quality trees and verges are an essential part of retaining and improving the residential nature of Milton Road for local people
  • The City Deal needs to consult with residents on parking options at the next stage
  • Any scheme needs to cut rat running in our residential areas and retain resident access at key junctions along the road

We need citywide proposals to cut car commuting and tackle the worst congested routes like Milton Road."

Labour's views on the City Deal for Milton Road

Labour has been listening to your views about the Milton Road City Deal Consultation. We’d like to thank all of the people who have been in contact with us and...

Local campaigner Mike Sargeant and Councillor Jocelynne Scutt have been working hard to make sure you have every opportunity to express your views on the City Deal in Milton Road.

Cambridge Labour Councillors have organised a Special Meeting of the North Area Committee so we can hear from residents Milton_Road_City_Deal_2.jpgabout your ideas and concerns. Officers will present the options and it will then be a further chance to have your say.

Cambridge North Area Committee —Special Meeting

Thursday 4 February 2016  18:00  Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY

Officers and Councillors will be there to hear your views.

City Deal Meetings with Residents’ Groups

Labour is also arranging meetings so that  County Council Officers will be available to meet with groups of residents to discuss concerns and ideas:

 Milton Road Library, Ascham Road

Tuesday 26 January 10.00 — 16.00

Tuesday 9 February 10.00 — 16.30

County Hall Castle Hill

Monday 8 February 11.00—13.00

 Please email scutt.jocelynne@gmail.com to book a time for your group

 

 

 

Labour organises more opportunities to discuss City Deal

Local campaigner Mike Sargeant and Councillor Jocelynne Scutt have been working hard to make sure you have every opportunity to express your views on the City Deal in Milton Road....

Downhams_bin.jpgA resident called local Labour campaigner Mike Sargeant recently about the lack of bins on Milton Road.  Mike contacted the City Council and within 2 weeks, 2 bins appeared at the junction with Downham’s Lane.

 

Labour gets more bins for Milton Road

A resident called local Labour campaigner Mike Sargeant recently about the lack of bins on Milton Road.  Mike contacted the City Council and within 2 weeks, 2 bins appeared at...

City_Deal.pngMike Sargeant spoke at the Greater Cambridge City Deal Assembly asking the following questions:

I want to ask about the lack of confidence in the consultation and particularly about how the valid concerns, that people have, is narrowing the discussions and taking it away from coming up with alternative ideas.

You say the Milton Road scheme is subject to a consultation, but residents tell me “It is a general concern  that the proposals in the Draft Options Report will be “railroaded through” in the limited time afforded for public consultation and that such consultation will in any case be a sham because decisions have already been made.” As examples ‘Do Something’ and ‘Do Maximum’ options both have the same road closures and prohibited turns so it feels as if there is no choice.

How can the City Deal reassure me, and residents, that you will listen to their ideas and concerns and that this consultation is meaningful?

Coming to perhaps the biggest issue for Milton Road, many people in and near to Milton Road are up in arms because of the proposed loss of trees and grass verges. They are worried that Milton Road would become an urban motorway with hard surfacing from private boundary to private boundary punctuated only by white lines, curb stones, bus stops and other street furniture.  That would be an ugly prospect for what is also a residential area.

The issue of trees was raised at the first Assembly meeting. Why didn’t the options talk about how this could be addressed instead of just focussing on tarmac and saying that up to 83% of the trees could be lost or that many trees were low value?  This was like a red rag to a bull. Trees and verges and the streetscene are very important to Milton Road and cannot be an afterthought.  So again, how can the City Deal reassure me and other residents that keeping a green residential character to Milton Road is a priority? Didn’t you ought to send out a supplementary leaflet for the consultation addressing this?

 

Mike Sargeant questions the City Deal Assembly

Mike Sargeant spoke at the Greater Cambridge City Deal Assembly asking the following questions: I want to ask about the lack of confidence in the consultation and particularly about how...

Details are available at:Do_Max.png

http://www.gccitydeal.co.uk/citydeal/info/2/transport/1/transport/8

Exhibitions

Project Officers will be available to discuss these initial ideas for Milton Road at informal drop-in events:

  • Wednesday 13 January 2016, 16.00-19.00 Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY
  • Tuesday 19 January 2016, 16.00-21.00 St George's C of E Church, Chesterfield Road, Cambridge CB4 1LN
  • Wednesday 20 January 2016, 16.00-21.00 St Laurence's Roman Catholic Church, 91 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XB
  • Monday 25 January 2016, 16.00-20.00 Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY

City Deal Milton Road how can you comment

Details are available at: http://www.gccitydeal.co.uk/citydeal/info/2/transport/1/transport/8 Exhibitions Project Officers will be available to discuss these initial ideas for Milton Road at informal drop-in events: Wednesday 13 January 2016, 16.00-19.00 Chesterton Community...

Cambridge is growing and new developments in Oakington and Waterbeach mean even more people will want to get intoCity_Deal_Consult.jpg Cambridge on a daily basis.  We also have pollution in roads around Elizabeth Way.

Labour believes the answer is to increase the use of public transport, cycles and walking.

Traffic on Milton Road is regularly congested. Few buses stop for local people. At Mitcham’s Corner bus routes pass through but many of the longer distance and Park & Ride don’t stop. This is despite about 1000 people working in the area and the resultant pressure on parking.

So what is the answer?

The Greater Cambridge City Deal with representatives of Labour, Liberal Democtrat and Conservative Parties have £100 million pounds to spend on tackling congestion and are looking at  £23 million being spent on Milton Road from A14 to Mitcham’s Corner. Sounds a lot, but will it be spent wisely?

Jocelynne Scutt and Mike Sargeant are out every week finding out your views.

What are your views on City Deal for Milton Road?

Cambridge is growing and new developments in Oakington and Waterbeach mean even more people will want to get into Cambridge on a daily basis.  We also have pollution in roads...

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