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.

You can create a new issue using the button on the right.

Listed issues, most recent first:

  • 18/1470/FUL Ventress Close - 12 affordable flats and 3 affordable houses

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    15 affordable dwelling units providing 26 bedrooms, with 26 cycle parking spaces, and 17 car parking spaces.

    Block A cycle parking (2 areas) has some substandard dimensions:

    * detached area (8 spaces) has a substandard door less than 90cm

    * integral area (9 spaces) has door positioned badly such that the first cycle parking space may occlude over 30cm of the entry, and there is a 90cm pinch point along the aisle

    There are also 3 detached houses with 'garden sheds' for cycle parking:

    * access to the gardens is through substandard 90cm doors

    * insufficient detail is shown about the sheds to determine their layout, except that they appear to be about 200cm by 250cm in width and length, which should be OK and details can be secured through condition, although the shed doors may also be 90cm, which is substandard.

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    Demolition of existing flats and erection of 12no affordable apartments and 3no affordable dwellings with associated access, car parking and landscaping.

    9-10A Ventress Close Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 8QX

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PF79SPDX0BI00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1470/FUL

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  • Harrow draft LIP

    Created by Anoop // 1 thread

    Harrow's draft Local Implementation Plan sets out the transport strategy for the next 3 years.

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  • Camcycle quarterly magazine

    Created by Anna Williams – Comms Officer // 5 threads

    From its humble beginnings as a four-page black and white newsletter to the current award-winning magazine full of colour photos, the bi-monthly Camcycle publication has been a key campaigning tool over the last 23 years and 140 issues.

    To continue and build on this success, the magazine will be changing to a quarterly publication from December 2018 and published seasonally in Spring (March), Summer (June), Autumn (September) and Winter (December). The format will expand in terms of the number of pages so that, overall, there is no loss of coverage. Additional email newsletter and local campaign newssheets will be produced where additional, time-critical communications are needed.

    The aims of the new magazine are to:
    – Continue to provide an update to our members and supporters on Camcycle's recent work and campaigns
    – Continue to cover all aspects of cycling from planning application to personal stories and build on this foundation to make sure we are giving a voice to people of all ages and backgrounds
    – Continue to strike the balance between a professional-looking magazine with a grassroots feel
    – Proactively set the agenda for decision-makers, clearly communicating our vision through in-depth features on aspects of our policy and manifesto
    – Develop and showcase our work with local partners including businesses and organisations who support our charity's aims and/or provide examples of best practice in working for more, better and safer cycling in and around Cambridge
    – Drive forward bold and successful campaigns for cycling, providing all who read the magazine with clear calls to action so that they can get involved and amplify our voice
    – Provide rewarding and sustainable roles to volunteers; attracting new members to the team and recognising long-term contributors.
    – Appeal to non-members of Camcycle and even non-cyclists; taking them on the journey from awareness to action. Join. Donate. Volunteer. Share our vision. Support our work and help create a vibrant and people-friendly city.

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  • Tea wagon opposite Cambridge North station - dangerous obstruction

    Created by David Green // 1 thread

    I cycle commute to the Science Park every day, riding Northbound on new cycle path past Cambridge North station. Over the past few weeks I've noticed a mobile tea wagon set up on the grass beside the new cycle/foot path directly opposite the station. I have no idea whether this has been sanctioned by the station authorities, or is just a trader using his initiative.

    I'm concerned that the position of this mobile wagon is making my commute less safe:

    - location obscures the view for cyclists as they ride towards the station. Location is on a curve in the path and it obstructs the otherwise clear view in both directions for cyclists, obstructing the view of cycle traffic approaching from opposite direction.

    - location restricts the path width, particularly when pedestrians are buying refreshment. There are a couple of 'bar stools' set up and the wagon itself encourages pedestrians to cross the a busy cycle path.

    - the fold-up roof of the wagon protrudes out over the path. It is a thin flat roof hard to see even in daylight. (As mornings get darker it will be invisible.). Tall cyclists, or any cyclists standing up on the pedals, could easily collide with this roof. There is a danger of serious injury/decapitation.

    Last week I stopped and politely mentioned these matters to the owner. I have asked him to instead set up in the wide lay-by 50 m further up the path but he has not moved yet.

    The roadway has double yellow lines. I believe this means that Please note that yellow lines apply from the centre of the road to the edge of the highway. This means that you cannot park on the pavement or verge either.

    Does the CCyC have any contacts at Cambridge North station who we can take this up with on safety grounds? If not, how can we get this waggon moved? It is only a matter of time that a Science Park cycle commuter has a serious accident here.

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  • Markhouse area

    From the council site:

    The Enjoy Waltham Forest programme is about making our streets work for everyone, and our borough a better place to live, work and travel around.

    The Markhouse Area is one of the residential areas we are investing in and it is the final residential scheme identified in our original funding bid to Transport for London. The Markhouse Area scheme aims to build on the changes already introduced in some of the neighbouring areas, including Walthamstow Village, Hoe Street-Wood Street Area and Leyton Town Centre, and will complement the improvements currently taking place along Lea Bridge Road and at Walthamstow Central.

    Summary of proposals

    The Markhouse Area scheme is framed by Hoe Street, Selbourne Road, Markhouse Road and Lea Bridge Road. The area consists of almost 5,000 households and businesses, and includes six schools, a children’s centre and learning centre, which are attended by more than 4,500 pupils.

    A key feature of the scheme involves returning the streets to local people by discouraging non-local traffic from cutting through the area, making the streets safer, quieter and more enjoyable for everyone. The scheme will help create a better environment for walking and cycling, will support the local economy by making the shopping experience more pleasant, and aims to improve the overall look and feel of the area with more greenery and planting, which the community can take pride and ownership of.

    The Markhouse Area scheme aims to:
    Reduce the non-local traffic
    Improve the look, feel and safety of the streets for everyone
    Improve routes to and from local schools, shops and places of interest
    Encourage people to use sustainable, active and healthy modes of transport.
    The proposals combine a mixture of timed and permanent road closures, traffic direction changes, safety improvements and environment enhancements. To ensure the proposed improvements are effective, some of them have been combined into Series of proposals. This is because the proposed improvements in each Series are reliant on each other to be effective and need to be delivered together.

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  • Kensington High Street to Holland Park Roundabout Quietway

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    In response to resident requests to reduce vehicle speeds and to provide a continuous low-traffic cycling “Quietway” route between Shepherd’s Bush and Kensington High Street, the Council is proposing some changes on Russell Road and other local streets.

    Possible changes and implications

    On Russell Road, where our surveys confirm that traffic speeds are high, we propose removing the existing chicanes, as these do not work well. This will mean we can create a small amount of additional resident parking. Instead, to reduce traffic speeds, we propose seven sinusoidal humps along the length of Russell Road. They would be spaced in line with national guidance on the optimum spacing to encourage drivers to keep to a consistent speed, thereby minimising accelerating, braking and associated noise and emissions. Sinusoidal humps are designed so that, when driven over at lower speeds, they are noticeably more comfortable to drive over than traditional humps. We have recently introduced sinusoidal humps in St James’s Gardens and we also use them when we resurface roads that have traditional humps - for example, in Abbotsbury Road near Holland Park.

    We also propose to remove the centre line to encourage drivers to slow down and take more care whilst driving. In addition, in response to reports of vehicles cutting the corner at the sharp turn onto Russell Gardens, we propose hatching markings, to encourage drivers to position themselves correctly when making the turn.
    Other proposed measures

    At Russell Road’s junction with Kensington High Street, a new pavement build-out on the west side and introduction of a raised table across Russell Road to slow turning traffic and provide a shorter crossing distance for pedestrians.
    Removal of the island at the north end of Elsham Road to provide more space to exit from the cycling contra-flow lane.
    Removal of the cycling feeder lane and introduction of an advanced stop line at the junction of Lower Addison Gardens with Holland Road to improve cycle safety.
    Removal of approximately three metres of parking to improve entry into the existing segregated cycling facility on Addison Gardens bridge and to provide a safe waiting space for cyclists wishing to turn into Hansard Mews.
    Permit contra-flow cycling through Hansard Mews, providing access to Shepherd’s Bush and Holland Park Avenue.
    Alterations to the surface of the inclined section of Hansard Mews (approximately 30 metres) to reduce the slip hazard, especially in wet conditions, while minimising the change in appearance.
    Introduction of wayfinding signs and road markings along Russell Road, Russell Gardens, Elsham Road, Lower Addison Gardens and Hansard Mews at points where a change of direction is required. We estimate there would need to be around 15-20 signs and symbols across the area.

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  • S/3440/18/OL Bourn airfield - outline app for 3,500 homes

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Outline planning permission for a new mixed use village comprising residential development of approximately 3,500 dwellings; mixed uses comprising employment, retail, hotel, leisure, residential institutions; education, community facilities, open space including parks, ecological areas and woodlands, landscaping; engineering for foul and sustainable urban drainage systems; footpaths, cycle ways, public transport infrastructure; highways including a principal eastern access from the roundabout on St Neots Road and western access with Broadway including first section of strategic public transport route; associated infrastructure, groundworks and demolition; with all matters reserved except for the principal highway junctions from the St Neots Road roundabout and onto Broadway with some matters reserved except for access. This application is subject to an Environmental impact assessment.

    Bourn Airfield, St Neots Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TQ

    http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3440/18/OL

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/3440/18/OL

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  • Northfield Avenue Crossing

    A new Toucan crossing to link Dean Gardens with Mattock Lane. This will replace the present Toucan crossing. This route is part of the London Cycle Network Route 41. The plan was included in the West Ealing Liveable Neighbourhood Bid, but the council intends to install this as a separate project - probably in the financial year ending March 2019.

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  • Dulwich Village Quietway 7 monitoring

    Created by SallyEva // 1 thread

    council wants feedback to the newly implemented Dulwich Village road layout as part of its Quietway monitoring and evaluation plan. Is this any better than what was there before? previous adaptions for cycling on other junctions have not been subject to this "monitoring and evaluation".

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  • Enfield Transport Plan - Local Implementation Plan

    Created by Clare Rogers // 1 thread

    "The Enfield Transport Plan (ETP) outlines what we will do over the next few years to improve those parts of the transport network which the Council is responsible for. Alongside this there will be continuing maintenance and, at the other end of the scale, delivery of strategic projects, such as the new Meridian Water station.

    The core of the ETP is Enfield’s third Local Implementation Plan (LIP), which is a statutory document setting out how the Council proposes to help implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy. The LIP also details how we propose to spend funding received from Transport for London (TfL).

    At the heart of the plan is improving people’s health. Our local priorities reflect this, with a focus on making travel more sustainable, active and safe:

    • Making active travel the natural choice, particularly for those trips less than 2km in length.
    • Making more school trips safe, sustainable and healthy.
    • Reducing the impact of private vehicles on our streets.
    • Making the public transport network more accessible and the
    natural choice for longer trips.
    • Maintaining our assets for the benefit of the public."

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  • Vision for Mill Road

    Created by Liz Irvin // 3 threads

    In a recent newsletter edition, CamCycle presented a vision for Mill Road with reduced through traffic, allowing more room for cycling, pedestrians, buses and 'people parking'. Now that this vision has been presented, we would like to organise two public consultation sessions to get the views of people who live, work and travel in the area. The plan is to hold one session of each side of the bridge so we cover Petersfield and Romsey.

    The Petersfield event will be held at St Barnabas church on Tuesday, October 16 from 4-7pm (to capture the after school, after work crowd). The Romsey event will be held at St Philips church hopefully the following week, but I am yet to confirm a date.

    It would be great to get some input into these events, as I am new to the area so getting some historical/planning background would help. And if anyone would like to help with organising them that would be great as well. We're planning on printing off big maps of Mill Road and having them spread out for people to draw and write on. We will also have stickers for people to add to points they agree with.

    It would be great if we could have an online method of contributing as well, as I know sometimes turning up in person isn't possible. I think an interactive map that people can add comments to and then other people can 'like' would be a good way to do this. So if anyone has ideas about building something like this, that would be very useful.

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  • 18/1427/FUL 51-53 Elizabeth Way - 12 flats

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Still has high low stands as applicant indicated in prior correspondence.

    ...

    Demolition of 51-55 Elizabeth Way and construction of a new three storey block of flats comprising twelve apartments, associated amenity space and cycle parking provision (Resubmission of application 18/0532/FUL)

    51-55 Elizabeth Way Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1DB

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PEOMLSDXG2B00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1427/FUL

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  • partial filter on Champion Hill to improve Q7

    council says:
    traffic surveys show that most of the traffic on Champion Hill is through traffic, avoiding Grove Park, Champion Park and Denmark Hill, particularly north-bound in the morning peak. The trial is intended therefore to restrict the morning through traffic, travelling westwards/northwards through Champion Hill to Denmark Hill, so that the area is safer and more pleasant for walking and cycling creating Healthy Streets for everyone in Champion Hill. We believe this will also reduce traffic dominance on Grove Hill Road around Dog Kennel Hill school.

    From a cycling POV this will improve safety on Q7 in the evenings.
    Experimental traffic order 6-12mths

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  • ASLs at Dulwich Common/Lordship Lane junction, nowt else

    This is a junction on the south circular by the (now closed) Harvester pub.

    Notoriously frightful it had no pedestrian crossings whatsoever -- just scurry across folks -- and naturally cyclists were expected to take their lumps.

    Proposal is to give pedestrians on two arms green man crossing and cyclists on all three arms ASLs. Nothing else.

    No re-configuration for cyclists, no advance release lights. For a mayor committed to clean air and active travel it is pathetic. Real un-reconstructed token-gesture TfL traffic engineering.

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  • 18/1414/FUL Colville Road - demo garages & build 3 affordable units

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    3x 2BR semi-detached houses.

    Cycle parking provided by 'sheds', unclear on detail, except that they appear to be 1.5m by 2.1m in dimension.

    Access to plot 1 is open, access to plot 2 garden is via a 0.8cm gate, and access to plot 3 garden is via an 0.7m gate and 0.7m corridor of 8.5m length.

    6 car parking spaces, which exceeds the limit.

    The driveway narrows to 3.5m for a significant length, although they claim to have discussed this with Highways already.

    3 houses on Drayton Close have their rear gardens abutting this site and apparently gain access to their rear gardens through it. There is proposed laneway access to maintain that, at 1m width. This may pose an issue for the people living in those 3 houses.

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    18/1414/FUL | Demolition of garages and erection of 3no. affordable dwellings, partial widening of access and associated works | Colville Road Garages Colville Road Cambridge CB1 9EH

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PELE04DXG0G00

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  • Consultation on Proposed changes to footway, crossovers, zebra crossing and park

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Hawley Road (+ southern end of Castlehaven Road) runs one way eastbound and is on the north side of a small clockwise gyratory on Kentish Town Road, Hawley Crescent and Camden High Street. Hawley Road is just to the north of Regents’ Canal.

    The Camden Lock area has recently been redeveloped to provide a new school for Hawley Primary as well as housing. During this development the southern footway and adjacent parking places were closed.

    The scheme under consultation tidies up and widens the southern footway and permanently removes the former parking places.

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  • Sudbury Court Drive | Proposed Safety Improvement Measures

    Created by Sylvia Gauthereau // 1 thread

    Over a three year recommended study period, 12 collisions have taken place causing 17 personal injury within the selected area (see enclosed plan). Which includes 1 serious and 25 slight injuries. 16 of these collisions involved vulnerable road users such as pedestrians.

    Concerns were raised by the local residents, local ward member and Police regarding speeding and illegal vehicle access on the dual carriageway particularly at gap between central reservation and the pelican crossing which is dangerous to other motorists. Therefore, the Council has proposed measures to address these issues are given below.

    It is envisaged that introducing traffic calming and regulatory measures which are designed to be self-enforcing - will create a safer environment for all road users and would reduce accidents. Thus, they would support National and Local Road casualty reduction targets.

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  • S/3405/18/RM Northstowe Parcels H5 & H6 - 240 new dwellings

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Just a quick look over reveals some serious problems.

    Planning Statement Section 2.3 - 'main' cycle/pedestrian route is somewhat indirect and appears to run within the blind-spot of several driveways.

    Planning Statement Section 4.4 - a litany of how NOT to design cycle parking.

    Layout - missing pedestrian crossings at several minor junctions - although there also appear to be some continuous footways at others, curiously enough.

    ...

    Approval of reserved matters for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale following Outline planning permission S/0388/12/OL for the erection of 240 dwellings along with garages, roads, sewers and all ancillary, the outline application was subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

    http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3405/18/RM&theTabNo=3

    S/3405/18/RM

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  • 18/1355/FUL Change of use to Student Accommodation. Hillcross Bells School

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Change of use from Office (B1(a)) to Student Accommodation (C2) with associated works.

    Hillcross Bells School Red Cross Lane Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 0QU

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PDYJPCDXFPZ00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1355/FUL

    Space for 20 students to stay there buy only 'up to 11' cycle parking spaces provided.

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