Busgate.pngCounty Council proposals for a Busgate at Mitcham’s Corner have been scrapped. Labour County Councillors’ joint submission, led by County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt ,opposed the Busgate, suggesting alternative uses for the funds.

£100,000 is now available for upgrading West Chesterton bus stops and  providing more ‘real time’ departure timetables at our bus stops. Community voices have been heard. County Council officers have listened.

 

No to Busgate - Yes to Real Timetables

County Council proposals for a Busgate at Mitcham’s Corner have been scrapped. Labour County Councillors’ joint submission, led by County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt ,opposed the Busgate, suggesting alternative uses for...

Milton_Road_Library.jpgLabour Councillors recently managed to secure £100,000 of funding from the City Council towards community facilities to be provided in the new building being planned to replace the existing library. The new building will be largely paid for by the sale of flats to be built on the floor above.

Richard Robertson, chair of the Friends of Milton Road Library says: “Wide ranging consultation was carried out with the community and the facility will be highly flexible providing a new library and  also serving as  local community rooms- open  far more than the current 27 hours a week with a wide range of activities and possibly a café.”

 

Transforming Milton Road Library

Labour Councillors recently managed to secure £100,000 of funding from the City Council towards community facilities to be provided in the new building being planned to replace the existing library....

“Why do buses sail past bus stops in Milton Road?” is the most common question on the doorsteps from Hurst Park Avenue toBus_Stop_Milton_Road.jpg Woodhead Drive.

It’s  because bus companies  operate for profit and not for public service. Jocelynne Scutt has been speaking to Stagecoach and there is no interest in improving the service.

Labour nationally has committed to making it easier for local councils to reverse the deregulation of local bus services, and enabling them to set up their own local bus companies. We want to put Public back into transport.

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In the short term, we believe that bus stops at Arbury Road/Milton Road and Milton Road/Union Lane need upgrading.  Labour County Councillors made a joint submission proposing that these bus stops be redesigned so that buses pull in, out of Milton Road traffic. This would improve safety and give a clear path for motorists.   

 

Buses in Milton Road

“Why do buses sail past bus stops in Milton Road?” is the most common question on the doorsteps from Hurst Park Avenue to Woodhead Drive. It’s  because bus companies  operate...

Leading Labour Councillors have said that the success of the City Council’s Mill Road Co- ordinator scheme could be a way forward to support other small shopping centres in the City. The Labour Group will battle for control of the City Council in May and their alternative budget plans for 2014/15 include a bid for funding for a 2 year part time Chesterton Co-ordinator who would work with local traders, the council and community groups.

Councillor Carina O’Reilly, the City Labour Group’s Deputy Leader who lives close to Mitcham's Corner, said:  “The recent shop closures in Mitcham’s Corner show there are no easy solutions to supporting independent traders in a difficult economic climate and we need a multi faceted approach.  We welcome the Council’s plans for some long overdue investment in the Mitcham’s Corner itself but it will take time to filter through, not least because of the number of different planning applications affecting major parts of the site and the way the gyratory road system makes the area hard to access. In the meantime we are losing far too many independent shops now like the ‘Vogue’ furniture shop and the well known jewellery store S F Gawtry, as well as having long standing empty units like the old Co-op store.”

“We have seen that having a City officer post dedicated to working with shops and residents in Mill Road has brought real benefits. We now want a Chesterton Co-ordinator who would cover the shopping areas from Mitchams Corner down Milton Road and within East Chesterton. This part of the City is undergoing significant change with the new station and it’s vital to ensure it isn’t left behind whilst a new urban quarter is built. We will be asking the Liberal Democrats to support this in the budget debate later this month.”

Chesterton Co-ordinator vital for Independent Traders

Leading Labour Councillors have said that the success of the City Council’s Mill Road Co- ordinator scheme could be a way forward to support other small shopping centres in the...

We let you know last August of the plans for an Aparthotel at the junction of Gilbert Road and  Milton Road. Since then we have spoken to the developers about your concerns. Although they have made some changes, we think they have still failed to make it acceptable for the area.

The submitted Planning Application is for an Aparthotel— halfway between hotel and apartments:

  • 3 to 4 storeys fronting on to Gilbert Road
  • A 'landmark' corner building
  • 133 studio/1 bed units  and 5 town houses
  • 80 underground car parking spaces
  • Architecture unsympathetic to the area

The Developers see “the junction ...as a point of transition from a suburban character to the city centre. The distinct character and scale of Gilbert Road requires a response that is of an appropriate scale and that is not visually over-dominant. “

    We believe they have failed West Chesterton.

Mike Sargeant spoke at the planning meeting which rejected the 1 Milton Road development. He would be very happy to speak on your behalf at the meeting which considers this application.

see more here

 

ApartHotel for Gilbert Road?

We let you know last August of the plans for an Aparthotel at the junction of Gilbert Road and  Milton Road. Since then we have spoken to the developers about...

Better Parking for Metcalfe Road, Courtney Way, Gurney Way, Ascham Road and Hurst Park Avenue

After the Milton Road Library meeting, discussions with local residents, the head of Milton Road School and County Council Officers, we believe there are different opinions about restricting parking but  a consensus that the main issue is safety.

These concerns are particularly at junctions, corners and outside Milton Road School at opening and closing times. Safety concerns include:

  • Inconsiderate parking
  • Difficulty in safely exiting and accessing  residential roads from busier roads
  • Difficulty in negotiating junctions and corners
  • Restricted views of traffic on side and main roads
  • Danger for pedestrians including vulnerable school children
  • Danger for cyclists

Before taking a formal scheme to the County Council, we would like to confirm our discussions with you by an informal consultation of  proposals. We will then finalise details with Council Officers before the formal Council Consultation of the public. See the options here

Consulting on Parking

Better Parking for Metcalfe Road, Courtney Way, Gurney Way, Ascham Road and Hurst Park Avenue After the Milton Road Library meeting, discussions with local residents, the head of Milton Road...

Cambridge Labour Party is calling on the council to take proper measures to enforce the law against those having no consideration for their neighbours and their community.

Just three officers are employed across the entire city to enforce rules against litter dropping, dog-fouling, cigarettes ends, fly-tipping, and other offences.

The council has the power to issue fines and clearance notices against individuals or businesses not clearing up after themselves. Yet few offenders are fined.

With dog fouling, the City Council forgot to give itself the correct legal powers. In the past decade, only one fine was issued for the offence.

Mike Sargeant, is very concerned: “We all know that litter, cigarette ends and gum blight our beautiful city. We know that education and opportunities to do the right thing are needed, but there has to be a stick as well as a carrot.

Presently, people can do as they like, knowing they will never be caught or punished. Realistically, three people cannot be expected to cover a city like Cambridge effectively.

Nationally it is costing £1 billion a year to remove litter, enough for 30,000 nurses. 

We need a Labour council taking enforcement seriously, sending a message that offenders won’t be able to get away with fouling our streets.”

 

No tipping in West Chesterton

Cambridge Labour Party is calling on the council to take proper measures to enforce the law against those having no consideration for their neighbours and their community. Just three officers...

Parking is one of the biggest issues when we talk to people on the doorstep in West Chesterton. Do we need a piecemeal Parking.jpgapproach?

Or a comprehensive policy for ALL Cambridge to relieve our residential streets of parking problems rather than moving it to another street.

  • Better public transport, scheduled and priced to attract customers.
  • Encourage Cambridge city workers, shoppers and sightseers to Park & Ride.
  • Provision for market traders

 

What can we do about parking?

Parking is one of the biggest issues when we talk to people on the doorstep in West Chesterton. Do we need a piecemeal approach? Or a comprehensive policy for ALL... Read more

At last the gyratory system at Mitcham’s Corner is on the priority list for consideration when transport project monies are doled out thanks to Jocelynne Scutt. The voice of West Chesterton must be heard, to ensure that ending the gyratory remains firmly on the County Council agenda.

Friends of Mitcham’s Corner are planning artistic displays for the festive season, along with choristers trilling festive songs in the December twilight. . Add your voice to the chorus for an improved Mitcham’s Corner!

 

Gyrating Roads

At last the gyratory system at Mitcham’s Corner is on the priority list for consideration when transport project monies are doled out thanks to Jocelynne Scutt. The voice of West...

We want to know your ideas for Mitcham's Corner.

Opportunities for Mitcham's Corner

We want to know your ideas for Mitcham's Corner. Read more

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