Issues

This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

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Listed issues, most recent first:

  • South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)

    Created by Steven Moseley // 0 threads

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were set up by Government in 2011 to identify and support local strategic growth priorities, encourage business investment and promote economic development. This approach puts businesses in the driving seat and empowers the private sector to determine its own priorities.

    The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a genuine partnership for growth between business, government and education. We put the role of enterprise – as the driving motor of the economy – at the heart of everything we do; and we work in partnership with central government and its key agencies to pursue and attract major investment into the South East to deliver significant economic growth.

    One of 38 LEPs established by the government, our role is to forge a partnership which properly understands the economic challenges and opportunities of our area, encourage an environment which delivers prosperity and to be directly accountable to local people and local businesses. LEPs decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings, and facilities in the area as part of an integrated approach to growth and infrastructure delivery.

    We represent the largest LEP area in England outside London, in terms of population and economic output, and cover an area encompassing the local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

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  • Transport East, Sub-National Transport Body

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    In March 2018 Transport East was launched, as a new Sub-National Transport Body to deliver a collective vision for the future of transport in Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

    As a partnership, we bring together the local transport and planning authorities, and business leaders with Network Rail and Highways England. We enable the region to speak with one voice on the transport investment needed to drive transformational growth and improve the quality of life for all that live and work in the region.

    Why do we need Transport East?

    As one of seven Sub-national Transport Bodies covering England, Transport East will develop a Transport Strategy and Delivery Plan for the region which ensures that transport fully supports its members shared ambitions for economic growth, quality of life and prosperity.

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  • 71-73 Fen Road

    Created by Chris Howell // 1 thread

    The City Council through Cambridge Investment Partnership are running a consultation (pre-planning application) for their proposed redevelopment of 71-73 Fen Road, including improved cycle access to the 'Five Trees' open space. This potentially supports an improved new cycle route from Green End Road/Cam Causeway to the Chisholm Trail on Fen Road.

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  • Camden Park Road and Torriano Avenue Safe and Healthy Streets

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is proposing the following changes intended to improve bus journey times, cycling and pedestrian facilities:

    • A northbound 24/7 bus lane on Camden Park Road and Torriano Avenue
    • An advanced stop line and early release for cyclists on Camden Park Road, at the junction with North Villas and Cliff Road, to improve cyclist priority at the junction
    • Removal of parking bays on Camden Park Road and double yellow lines within 10m of South Vilas junction
    • Wider footways for an increased waiting area for parents outside Torriano School, to aid social distancing
    • Remove parking bays to provide more footway space for parents/carers and children accessing Torriano School
    • Additional speed reduction measures along Torriano Avenue, such as more signage and improved speed bumps, to improve pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety

    But they have forgotten to consider removing the speed cushions in Camden Park Road

    The drawing also mentions the potential for vehicle activated speed signs on Torriano Avenue.

    BUT

    • No changes to the junction with Camden Road (the nearside lane will be used by left-turning motor vehicles). People cycling into Torriano Avenue need to be at the front of the ASL and go as fast as they can to reach the bus lane which starts again soon after the entry to Torriano Avenue (in the same place the cycle lane starts now).
    • There is the same left hook risk when passing Busby Crescent which urgently needs a filter (at least a ’No Entry’ but a closure would be better).
    • They don’t mention the railings outside the schools

    Drawing here

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  • Arlington Road Area LTN - Scheme Amendments

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council recently implemented an LTN in the area around Arlington Road. Following feedback on the scheme, they propose two major amendments

    1. No entry into Arlington Road from Inverness Street (i.e. southbound movements restricted to allow only emergency vehicles and bicycles).

    This filter will be enforced by

    • An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera,
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs
    • Planters.

    Parking and loading will be forbidden within ten metres of this junction.

    Drawing here

    2. New filter on Mornington Place at the junction with Clarkson Row/Mornington Terrace (instead of the filter at Mornington Crescent.

    This new filter will allow cycles to pass and will be enforced by

    • Removable bollards and planters
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs

    The junction of Mornington Place  with Mornington Crescent will revert to two-way operation

    Drawing here

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  • Chalk Farm Road and Harmood Street Area - parking and filtering

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is currently installing Pop-up cycle lanes on Chalk Farm Road .

    To facilitate this, they are proposing to make new parking changes to the existing Chalk Farm Road scheme affecting the following streets: Hawley Street, Hartland Road, Harmood Street, Ferdinand Street

    Drawing here

    Harmood Street: Through-traffic restriction scheme

    Camden proposes a filter (that allows cycles and emergency vehicles to pass through) on Harmood Street just south of the junction with Clarence Way.

    Enforced by:

    • An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera,
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs
    • Planters.

    Drawing here

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  • York Way: Road safety changes

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council has recently installed Pop-up cycle lanes on York Way. They are now consulting on proposals for three of the signalised junctions.

    Agar Grove / Brewery Road junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown* on all arms
    • Addition of an Advanced Stop Line (ASL) for cyclists on Brewery Road

    Drawing here

    Freight Lane junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • New pedestrian phases added to the southern and western arm (currently there are no dedicated pedestrian phases at this intersection)
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown on all arms
    • New or extended ASLs on all arms
    • Protected junction ‘bypass’ for southbound cyclicts
    • New advisory lane marked through the intersection for northbound cyclists, with coloured tarmac

    Drawing here

    Handyside Street / Copenhagen Street junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown on all arms
    • Lengthening of ASLs on the northern and southern arm
    • Advisory lanes marked through the intersection for north and southbound cyclists, with coloured tarmac

    Drawing here

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  • Close passes

    Created by Stephen B // 1 thread

    Unfortunately the road I travel a lot on in Littleport is badly pock marked and muddy from frequent farm machinery use. 

    In these circumstances close passes are even more critical than on better roads if they exist. Many cars give a decent safety pass adhering to the new directives in the Highway Code but many do not. I was shocked to be close passed by a police vehicle this morning and have reported it. I did not want to make a particular complaint but wanted it logged in an incident forum. The call handler suggested I would have to make an official incident report so I had to go down that route.

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  • Colchester Business Improvement District (BID), "Our Colchester"

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) is an organisation that represents more than 400 businesses across Colchester town centre and aims to make a difference to our streets. By building relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders across the town, we see Colchester moving in a positive direction through Invigorating, Imagination and Connecting.

    Our projects over the next five year will be targeted towards making Colchester a better place to work, live and visit. We will add value through business support, making Colchester cleaner and greener, town centre marketing and events.

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  • Camden Council review of parking permits and parking charges

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on a review of its parking permits and parking charges

    Motivation: diesel vehicle ownership and trips have not reduced sufficiently to address the AQ impact.

    The proposed changes are from April 2021 unless stated otherwise.

    Residents Parking permits

    The diesel surcharge to be raised from 21.5% to 50% of the petrol vehicle permit price  (surcharge ranging from £65 to £237 per annum).

    The petrol vehicle permit price depends on CO2 emissions and ranges from £130-£274 p.a.

    Electric vehicles get free permits.

    Visitors permits

    Not mentioned in the consultation document so presumably remain the same e.g. £1.12 per hour.

    Car clubs

    The current permit price is £289. This will change to a price based on CO2 emissions with a diesel surcharge.

    The price for electric cars will be £86. The lowest CO2 emission polluter pays £289.

    Doctors’ permits

    The same charges as for a  Car Club vehicle.

    Paid for parking sessions

    Currently, the borough is divided into four areas each with different tariffs. The areas with the two lowest tariffs will be merged.

    CO2 emission based charging will be introduced and the diesel surcharge will be raised from 21.5% to 50%

    Electric vehicles pay from £2.40 to £4.14 per hour in areas 1 to 3 while the charge for petrol cars range from £3.43 (lowest polluter in the cheapest area) to £5.15 (highest polluter in most expensive area).

    Increased price for coaches £13.82 per hour.

    Maximum stay of 1 hour where there is currently no maximum and in CPZs with only 2 hours of operation.

    South of Euston Road maximum stay reduced from 2 to 1.5 hour. From April 2022.

    Motorcycle parking

    Discount electric m/c residents’ permit (to £22 p.a.) and increase the price of petrol ones (to £130 p.a.). They also have business permits and visitor permits.

    Convert all dedicated solo m/c bays to shared use with one of the various permits. No more free parking for m/cs.

    Paid for parking £3.42-£5.92 per hour for petrol and £1.72-£2.96 electric per hour.

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  • Liveable Streets Old Ford Road West

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    Liveable Streets is a multi-million pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. It aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. Tower Hamlets would like to hear your views on the proposals for the Old Ford Road West project area.

    We've listened to your concerns on issues including:

    • The volume and speed of vehicles in residential streets, impacting safety, air and noise pollution.
    • The need for better, cleaner and greener public spaces.
    • Hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

    What is proposed and why are the proposals important?

    Four schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public space, reduce through-traffic and improve air quality.

    We are proposing traffic changes and calming measures to make local streets safer for everyone. This includes crossing improvements, better street lighting, tree planting, and School Streets.

    Every day thousands of vehicles are travelling through the area and not stopping. These vehicles are contributing to the already unacceptable levels of air pollution on your streets, outside your schools and around your local shops. These proposals are also planned to work together with the approved Bethnal Green scheme and proposed changes in the Bow Liveable Streets area. This scheme in the Old Ford Road West area will provide essential links by creating improved active travel routes for everyone.

    The Liveable Streets proposals will help improve road safety, public spaces, and air quality. However to achieve this some local residents who want to drive may have to travel longer distances.

    All properties will still be accessible by vehicle, but people will also have greater choice on how they get around by removing barriers to walking and cycling.

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  • Planning app: 20/04514/FUL - student flats on stilts above Howard Mallett Centre

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    20/04514/FUL | Erection of a building comprising student accommodation (C2)(113 rooms in 14no flats), including an ancillary reception building, part change of use of existing building from non-residential institution (D1) to cafe (A3), including outdoor terrace with associated landscaping, open space, car and cycle parking and infrastructure. | St Matthews Centre Sturton Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 2QF.

    Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date: Wed 23 Dec 2020
    Standard Consultation Date: Wed 25 Nov 2020
    Standard Consultation Expiry Date: Wed 23 Dec 2020

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  • Dangerous hidden stakes on cycle path off Madingley road

    Created by Richard Folley // 1 thread

    This is a long term issue for me - at the beginning of the 1st lockdown in March I turned into this path and my bike wheel hit a small solid wooden stake hidden under plants. Although I managed to remain upright the sudden jolt caused a sharp pain in my right upper arm. Since then, despite physiotherapy, the arm muscle has not recovered & has remained painful & weak. 

    I guess that the stakes were placed there by a local resident aiming to protect flowers/plants. I wonder if anyone else has noticed or experienced a similar incident?

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  • 20/02998/FUL: 4 x modular homes, land at Dundee Close, Cambridge

    Created by Rosamund Humphrey (Admin Officer) // 1 thread

    20/02998/FUL: Demolition of existing garages and hardstanding to provide 4no. flat roofed modular homes to provide specialist single accommodation for local homeless persons.

    Land at Dundee Close, Cambridge

    Permission is also sought for associated works, including landscaping and the erection of bike, refuse and plant storage.

    6no. cycle spaces are proposed for use by residents and visitors.

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  • Colchester General Hospital

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    The General is Colchester's District Hospital and has an A&E department.  Over time it has agglomerated services from the various sites across Colchester that have closed, including those on Lexden Road and on Severalls.

    The transport challenges the Hospital faces include that:

    • its main vehicle access is on a residential road
    • although it is serviced by bus routes it is not near or well integrated with transport hubs
    • local cycling provision is poor and in particular the junctions around North Station amount to a significant barrier to cyclists travelling from South Colchester

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