From March 24th through March 30th the northbound carriageway on Hampstead Road between Varndell Road and Granby Terrace will be closed.
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From March 24th through March 30th the northbound carriageway on Hampstead Road between Varndell Road and Granby Terrace will be closed.
21/00537/FUL | Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of five dwellings and associated landscaping | 29 High Street Chesterton Cambridge CB4 1NQ
21/00284/FUL | Erection of a detached building containing 1no. 2-bed and 1no. 1-bed duplex apartments, with associated car parking and landscaping | 1 Maitland Avenue Cambridge CB4 1TA
21/00442/FUL | Two storey side and single storey front and rear extensions to create one, two bed flat and one, one bed flat | 5 Davy Road Cambridge CB1 3QW
21/00358/FUL | Refurbishment and extensions to the existing building to provide 2 no. commercial units (Use Class E) at ground floor with 6 no. flats to the rear and on the upper floors along with cycle parking, landscaping and associated infrastructure | 78-80 Cherry Hinton Road Cambridge CB1 7BH
21/00526/FUL | Retrospective for the existing rear L-shape extension and change of use of dwelling from small HMO C4 to large scale 8 no. person HMO (Sui Generis), including use of the existing rear L-shape extension. | 2 Galfrid Road Cambridge CB5 8ND
21/00220/FUL | Construction of 1no. Detached 1 1/2 storey dwelling to the rear of no. 579 Newmarket Road | 579 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8PA
Demolition of dilapidated GP surgery building and replacing it with state of the art new medical centre with staff accommodation on first floor, parking, cycle and waste storage and ancillaries.
Full planning application for a two-storey temporary school building (640m2) and single-storey admin block (66m2) for Trinity School at Gilberd School as part of Alpha Trust including minor alterations to landscaping + hard standing.
The ABRO site (now called the DSG) forms part of the Defence Estate and was used as a military vehicle repair facility. The site was vacated in about 2019 and has not been used since that time. The Defence Estates have decided to dispose of the site as it is no longer required for military purposes.
Barriers blocking shared path in Tollgate, Colchester for cyclists, wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) are preparing two planning applications for a proposed Elective Orthopaedic Centre and Northern Approach Road access at Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester. The public is invited to comment on the development proposals in a consultation between 1 March and 12 March 2021.
The detailed elements of the works involved with the Elective Orthopaedic Centre comprise:
The detailed elements of the works involved with the Northern Approach Road access comprise:
The new Northern Approach Road access point is proposed to be located to the south‐western corner of the site, and will create a clearer, more legible and direct access for staff, patients and visitors from the strategic network in line with other local hospitals in Essex, and will provide improved highway safety and environmental benefits to residents residing along Turner Road, as well as encouraging improved sustainable travel behaviours.
The consultation period will run from Monday 1 March 2021 until 5.00pm on Friday 12 March 2021.
"When Colchester council approved the plan, in about 2007, it insisted that all private motor traffic enter and leave the estate via an access on to the A134 (Cordelia Drive), near to the A12 but at the farthest point from the town centre. ...
A year ago, the developers, Mersea Homes and Countryside, decided they didn't like this arrangement and applied to scrap the bus gate. They hedged their bets and also asked to move the bus gate into their estate, giving 160 homes access to Mile End Road.
Colchester council rejected the scrapping of the bus gate but granted a temporary access for five years to be covered by a legal agreement.
The developers decided to go to appeal." (blog)
The new shared path that runs parallel to Severalls Lane has obstructive chicane barriers and cyclist dismount signs where the path crosses the drive to Whitehouse Farm.
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Barriers restrict access for people of all abilities, e.g. hand cycles, buggies for carers with disabled children, and for this that wish to cycle.
Plans for erection of cycle shelter
93 Regent Street Cambridge CB2 1AW
Erection of a two storey dwelling, with associated amenity space, parking, bin and cycle store following demolition of garage.
Land R/o 207 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7DA
There is a proposal to build 35 new homes on Sandy Lane (described by the developers as 26 'family houses' and 9 'affordable homes').
The project has a website: https://yoursay.online/sandy-lane#about-the-project
At 6pm today (23rd February 2021) there will be webinar about the development (hosted by the developers).
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21/00264/FUL: Erection of two new buildings comprising Class E(g)i/E(g)ii floorspace including ancillary accommodation/ facilities with associated plant and cycle parking for Block F2 and an Aparthotel (Class C1) with multi-storey car park for Network Rail, including car and cycle parking, for Block B2 with associated plant, hard and soft landscaping and permanent access from Devonshire Road to the Cambridge Station Car Park, utilising the existing pedestrian and cycle access, restricted to emergency access to the railway only.
Blocks B2 & F2, Devonshire Quarter, Devonshire Road, Cambridge
Created by Rosamund Humphrey (Admin Officer) // 1 thread
Erection of new 2 bedroom 1.5 storey dwelling, associated works along with new parking/cycle parking following demolition of existing outbuildings
199-201 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7BX
The bike lanes across Marble Arch have long been chaotic and poorly marked. Confusion has been increased by the hurried COVID additions. I have found taking my 14 year old to practice learning to ride on North Carriage Drive scary.
I have heard our Chair despair on the subject before.
Specifically there are no clearly marked lanes on the Marble Arch island, through an area mobbed in Summer with visitors, and with a table tennis table on the intuitive route. But a chance has emerged - see below. Link via Westminster web-site to email@example.com.
Views are sought to "firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 19 February
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New 2 bedroom house being built close to an existing property.
21/00027/FUL | Change of use from Class C3(a) to C4 turning a 7bed dwelling to a large no 8bed HMO and 1no 2bed self-contained flat.
1 Hurrell Road Cambridge CB4 3RQ
Camden proposes the following measures:
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Cycle lane marking is badly worn which means other road users cannot tell if it's really there or not - which is bad news for cyclists, and dangerous. needs urgent re-painting. Lodged with email@example.com twice in last 2 years but no action taken.
Proposal by HCC to add advisory cycle lanes on both sides of Kingsmead between the SUP near the junction with Victoria Road to the entrance of Pinehurst car park.
The cycle lanes would have a contrasting red surface at the entrances to Sainsburys and the Kingsmead and Sainsburys car parks.
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Traffic lights will not change for cyclists when on the sensor (at night).
Consultation on development in the area of the proposed HS2 East Midlands Hub at Toton. Transport provision with be the County responsibility but it's important that the possibility of cycle route links between the Toton Lane tram terminus (which now has a good quality cycle route to the outskirts of Beeston) and Long Eaton / Route 67 is not compromised.
There is a very poor road surface on the left hand northbound lane of Stockport Road (A6) after the Plymouth Grove junction.
This is dangerous as if you bear left it encourages traffic behind you to sneak past you, if you go through it can damage your bicycle or even cause you to come off, if you bear right brings you into direct conflict with traffic which often wants to merge into the right hand lane.
The solution is very simple, resurface this small section of road.
The "cyclist priority route" on NCN1, Felixstowe Road obviously isn't that subjectively safe as I've seen someone cycling on the pavement southbound rather than on the road.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DItGP0Lt200 is a video of the road from another occasion.
Road was converted to one-way recently, forcing cyclists from Kings Buildings out onto busy West Mains Rd where previously they could cycle within the campus to the toucan at the NE corner.
Kingston Council have opened the Consultation on this route, it also includes Ewell Rd - see separate Map. Open until 17th November
The cycle parking outside the Sainsburys is damaged, some stands are bent, others are missing.
Improvements and changes to Perne Road - making this as cycle-friendly as possible.
Any cyclist using this cycle lane is at risk from vehicles using the narrow main carriageway as they move into the cycle lane to make it around the corner.
This junction is newly designed and was installed in Summer 2012.
This is a well used route already but very muddy as there is no surfaced footpath across the playing field. A dropped kerb at the end of Noble Grove and a surfaced path around the football pitches to a dropped kerb on Parkhead Loaning would be a significant improvement. A type 1 and dust path as detailed in the attached link would perhaps be more suitable than a fully tarmacked path. Lighting at the points of entry to the grassed area would be an added benefit as this is currently a very dark route.
Comment at Cycle Ipswich meeting on 2014-10-09:
"not at all nice - cycle "lane" too narrow, not visible in dark, potholed, conflict with turning traffic etc. better to have only 1 lane motors and thus proper [cycle] lane??? (still left turn problem)"
The shared access path on Colne road, on its north side, creates conflict between cycles and vehicles. The provision seems worse than using the road. The presence of commercial premises on both sides of this road make the use of a shared access path highly problematic.
More photos can be found on the campaign blog.
When trying to turn right up Regent Street to join the orbital route from Lawrence Street cyclists have to use the main traffic straight on lane indicating right and stopping at the junction, with no safe marked or protected bay to direct traffic from either direction around them. Making the cyclist exposed and also confusing and frustrating drivers.
Coming up Lawrence street I often feel intimidated by drivers as I indicate right and pull into the straight on lane, I guess as they don't understand that cyclists can turn right and cars can't, there is no indication to the traffic that this is possible, with either road markings approaching or at the junction. Also when turning right the cyclist is faced with oncoming traffic itself trying to turn right, not understanding why the cyclist is positioned where they are in the road, and maybe also taking up the possibly safe space that the cyclist needs to use to get out of the traffic.
Bunbury Road is busy, but road users emerging from Woodlands Park Road and Northfield Road have to play a game of chicken as they try to judge the best moment to make a rapid exit without crashing into each other. Adding to the processing overload, the following must also be taken into account by road users:
* A service road opposite Woodlands Park Road connects with Bunbury Road at this point.
* A cycle path runs from the junction down to Bunbury Gardens.
* A zebra crossing, one that many motorists (including police drivers) fail to stop for, presumably because of the processing overload.
Lacking acceleration, cyclists face a long wait either at the junction or the zebra crossing. Either way they risk being mown down by a motorist lacking the superhuman skills required to negotiate this junction safely. Since even police drivers make dangerous mistakes here, then it is clearly hopelessly wrong.
There is quite a bit of space here. I would suggest as a minimum a single lane roundabout be created, but since Bunbury Road is busy and there is already a cycle path here it should be made a proper Dutch-style roundabout. To ease the design, close Northfield Road at this point to motor traffic (Northfield Road runs parallel to Bunbury Road).
There is a bike rack outside Leopold Square. But it was full when I arrived there at 3pm on Thursday 6 Sept 2012. So I locked my bike to the railings outside the Aagrah Restaurant on Leopold Square. When I came back to it (after a lovely afternoon tea in the Leopold Hotel) someone had locked another bike to it. After frantic asking around everyone I could see in the square (embarrassing!), I found that the manager of Aagrah had done it. He was most unpleasant about it, saying (I believe correctly) that it is private property and that I could not park a bike there. There was no notice anywhere requesting bike users not to do so.
I gather that the issue has been taken up with the management - so if whomever did this on my behalf would like to comment, I'd be grateful.
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As freeholders of the site, Tesco have applied for planning permission for two new restaurants between the roundabout shown and the railway tracks / A444 (above the dual carriageway).
Two core issues:
1) This is an extremely dangerous, uncontrolled crossing - traffic leaves the A444 at 50mph, and is still 30 as it reaches the roundabout. As the map shows, there are Belisha crossings both north and south of this roundabout, so why not to the west, where traffic is still fast and undivided?
2) Cycle parking on the rest of the site is still grossly inadequate. 18 cycle parking spaces are proposed with the restaurant - the same number as the rest of the site combined - although these are actually all in one place at the south of the site.
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Out of the A1307 Linton Greenway consultation has come a plan for the section between Addenbrooke's roundabout and the Babraham P&R, which the county/GCP are keen to move forward. There was an initial invite-only consultation event on Thur 31st Jan for local residents/residents associations to comment.
South Worple Way is signposted as part of LCN 37; but the western end of it is blocked off with this obstruction; which leaves only a very narrow gap for bikes to get through. Could you get a cargo bike or a trailer through there?
This junction has often been suggested a prime site where a continental-style 'all green phase' signalling scheme could be tried.
Downing College are cracking down further on people cycling through the area. Gate now moved and is locked.
Hackney Council removed southbound buses from the Narrow Way recently. Having made these changes permanent, they are now proposing to redesign and improve the streets.
They propose 'removing the existing conventional road layout and replace it with a new, accessible pedestrian friendly street.
'Simplifying the street by removing the current clutter and providing new seating and cycle parking.
'Creating a new public spaces that are flexible and adaptable, and will allow for events and other activities to be hosted.'
The proposals shown here do not address difficulties people cycling have accessing the Narrow Way from the south.
Please let us know your thoughts - all contributions will help us formulate Hackney Cycling Campaign's formal response to the council on the issue.
The Local Implementation Plan (LIP) sits underneath the Local Plan and sets out our commitments to make the changes outlined in the Local Plan a reality.
This LIP also identifies how the London Borough of Redbridge will work with Transport for London (TfL) towards achieving the Mayor's Transport Strategy goals of:
I have just posted a blog about Bristol's Strategic Cycling Network, which I wanted to share with you. I would in fact very much welcome some feedback, and I hope this blog generates a bit of discussion.
Merry Christmas all.