Further expansion of the Biomedical Campus
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Further expansion of the Biomedical Campus
Erection of four dwellings, including a dropped kerb and associated infrastructure following the demolition of the existing buildings on site. | 8 Kings Hedges Road Cambridge CB4 2PA
Retrospective change of use from Hotel (C1 Use) to House In Multiple Occupation (HMO) (sui-generis) | Oakley Lodge 627 - 631 Newmarket Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8PA
The Carter Bridge is looking worse for wear in many ways.
We've had a question about who is responsible for maintenance. Network Rail and Cambridge County Council, Cambridge City Council have apparently denied responsibility and there has been a suggestion that Essex County Council may be responsible.
What do we know about responsibility and previous actions to keep the bridge maintained?
1960s roadbuilding seared through the town. Modern road planners have already provided a good toucan crossing between Wellesley Road and Crouch Street West across Southway/Lexden Road. Providing a better ramp from Wellesley Road would help facilitate this.
Essex Housing is redeveloping the Essex County Hospital site as housing. The company has agreed various cycling measures as part of this scheme. It has allocated £25,000 towards remodelling the Wellesley Road/Creffield Road/Maldon Road junction. Gwyn Owen, head of Essex Housing, has agreed that any money left over can be put towards a new, wider ramp. There may also be funds from the Local Highways Panel.
Of and relating to Essex County Council.
The response to, and effects of the coronavirus pandemic
Of and relating to Colchester Borough Council.
Policy Documents, guidance, consultations etc. from UK Government.
Goverment Review of HWC
sound+fury // 1 thread
From the previous thread:
The establishment of the new JDCC, composed of members from both South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council have now been completed and the previous JDCC has been dissolved...
'In terms of the remit of the new Committee, some cross boundary sites have been included that were not within the remit of the previous Committee ... both Councils have adopted Local Plans which include specific policy designations – some of which overlap the Administrative boundary of the two Councils. Whilst both Councils have created a shared planning service, this does not change the statutory position of the two Councils as distinct “local Planning Authorities” ... The additional sites include the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan areas within both City and SCDC, Cambridge Biomedical Campus/Addenbrookes site and the extension of Peterhouse Science Park/ARM on Fulbourn Road.'
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Site: The Meadows Community Centre, Arbury
Erection of new community hub and 22 council rented affordable dwellings, car parking, replacement multi use games area, new vehicular access off Arbury Road and enhancements to the recreation ground and installation of substation (as part of wider proposal for the full Meadows site seeking permission for the demolition of existing community centre and the erection of a new community hub, 78 affordable dwellings, car parking, a replacement multi use games area, new play equipment, the creation of new vehicular accesses on to Arbury Road, Daisy Close and St Catharines Road, the provision of new landscaping and substation and the installation of drainage to the football pitch and associated land levelling together with land reprofiling).
Capacity improvements are currently underway to the A10/BP roundabout, required as part of the approved Lancaster Way Business Park expansion planning application.
This is a vital development to support economic growth within East Cambridgeshire and expected to generate 2,500+ jobs, 75% will be from the local area. Cambridgeshire County Council agreed to carry out a feasibility study encompassing the A10, BP and Lancaster Way roundabouts to assess the current congestion issues limiting future growth which was completed in October 2018.
This study identified that capacity improvements at the Lancaster Way roundabout would also unlock further benefits of the measures now being constructed at the BP roundabout. The County Council has started to look at what improvements could be made to the Lancaster Way roundabout and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and East Cambridgeshire District Council have agreed to provide funding.
The public have the chance to offer comments for consideration on the proposed design.
This consultation is to share the details with residents and receive feedback. We may share your information with our partners in this consultation (East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority) and with the council analysis team.
You do not have to give us any personal information. We will not publish any personal details you do give us, but may publish our response, and include it in public reports, with personal details removed. Personal data will be held securely, in accordance with data protection legislation. We will only store it for 12 months after the consultation results have been analysed and the consultation report published.
Please view the consultation information prior to completing this survey, online at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/transport-projects/a10-a142-lancaster-way-roundabout(External link)
All surveys should be completed by the closing date of Friday 18 September 2020.
Your views on the project are welcomed.
It's the usual motorist-centric tripe of course, with ridiculous excuses for not building a signalised crossing ("it's rural" - nevermind that Babraham is also rural and they are doing it there).
Following Dft Phase 1 funding arising from the current Covid19 situation, designs are available for cycle lanes covering the approximate 3.2km length from the Haringey boundary to just south of North Finchley.
The design principle has been, where possible, to provide a temporary lightly segregated cycle lane, defined by wands, bolted into the carriageway surface at 4m spacings. In some cases, we have taken a cycle lane width of 2.5m. In other locations, where space permits, we have re-allocated the whole of a current running lane.
At other locations, we have needed to retain a ‘with traffic’ cycle route. In order to mitigate this, these sections of the route will be provided with carriageway cycle markings and signage as is usual, but complemented with the introduction of 20mph limits.
Monitoring of the route will take place (and indeed has already started) to assess cycle and motorised traffic volumes, as well as to assess any changes to the temporary layout that may be necessary.
In developing the design we have engaged with TfL’s cycling sponsors and have incorporated, where applicable, comments and suggestions from their design audit teams and our safety advisors. We have also obtained support from the police in respect of the 20mph limits.
The A1 route requires improvement for safer cycling to provide continuity from the A1000 cycle route in Barnet.
The A1 red route has an unprotected bike lane for the first half of the ascent, although traffic is single file until just before the lights and tends to leave room on the left for most of the climb. However, between the lights at Muswell Hill Road and Shepherds Hill the road has two congested traffic lanes leaving no space for cyclists (see photo). South of this it’s single lane with parking, then a bus lane and then cycle tracks appear at Archway gyratory. The issues south of Muswell Hill Road also affect Haringey cyclists using that road from Muswell Hill.
The A1 route has segregated bike or bus lanes up to Shepherds Hill lights, where it becomes two congested traffic lanes between there and the Muswell Hill Road lights, leaving no space for cyclists. Emergency social distancing provision has led to the left lane being fully cordoned off to provide extra pedestrian space for the shops, which squeezes cyclists into the remaining traffic lane. North of Muswell Hill Road is a fast, single lane descent with parking on the left for the first half. The Bakers Lane gyratory can be navigated to the A1000 without changing lanes, although other traffic is crossing lanes making this hazardous for cycling.
Haringey cyclists heading for Muswell Hill have the added problem of a difficult right turn off the A1 into Muswell Hill Road.
Safety concerns have been raised around Coldham's Lane - specifically, the stretch running from Coldham's Lane roundabout to the Toyota garage.
These concerns ought to help inform proposals for the CL roundabout and the Marshalls land on Coldham's Lane.
We're working towards a glossary of key terms to help members and the public.
20/02871/FUL | Erection of 1no. dwelling adjacent to No.30 Caravere Close - Resubmission of 19/0774/FUL | 30 Caravere Close Cambridge CB4 2UG.
20/02869/FUL | Conversion of single dwelling into two separate dwellings complete with additional rear extensions and loft conversion to main dwelling | 1 Silverwood Close Cambridge CB1 3HA
20/02821/FUL: Change of use from HMO (use class C4) to large HMO (8 person) (sui generis)
4 Moss Bank Cambridge CB4 1UR
Thanks to planning hiccups in the 90s and 00s, there is a missing section of the path between Rouse Way and Meander Mews that prevents it from being used as an alternative for walkers and cyclists to Cowdray Avenue, or as part of leisure routes, e.g. a riverside loop.
Photograph: John Collett, Colchester Civic Society
This is a consultation about Abbeygate House
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19/0261/NMA1 | Non-material amendment with respect to planning permission reference 19/0261/FUL (Erection of 3 no. retail units (2 x use class A1 and 1 x use class A5), 1no. Community Centre (use class D1) and provision of 14 no. dwellings (8 flats and 6 maisonettes) following demolition of existing commercial units and flats).) The amendments sought are the introduction of additional doors to the northern elevation of Block B, and the provision of a new external cycle store to Block B. | 74-82 Akeman Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 3HG
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Waterbeach Cycle Campaign has received a Zero Carbon Communities grant from SCDC for installation of some badly needed cycle racks in the village centre. We have consulted with villagers about their preferences for their location and the Parish Council has approved the installation in those locations.
We need to arrange for the installation
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A northern stretch of Bristol's waymarked "Concorde Way" runs along a quiet residential street, Wordsworth Road. On the newest housing development as Bristol gives way to South Gloucestershire there is a barrier between the end of Wordsworth Road and the start of Eighth Avenue to prevent motor vehicles passing through. There is a raised curb, offset railings and large grey concrete bollards and only a narrow passage either side of one bollard for cyclists to ride through. Tricycles, cargo bikes, or trailers might be to be lifted over the raised curb. In dusk or darkness neither the bollards nor the curb are easy to see. There is a light on the traffic sign offering some help, but a less intimidating arrangements or reflective/high-visibility surfaces could be considered.
Planning application submitted to Stockport Council re. Phase 4 of the "Parklands" development at Three Acres Lane (ref. DC053394). The proposals seem to purely focus on motor transport via the A34 as the means of access/egress. CycleWilmslow have long campaigned, with support from some CycleStockport members plus CTC and Sustrans for a traffic-free route from Cheadle to Handforth. This would go through this site (there is currently a footpath which would require minimal work to upgrade to bridleway standard).
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The path linking Bank Lane to Palewell Fields is currently pedestrian only, with gates across it. Opening this up to cyclists would improve permeability and provide a quiet route to Richmond Park Academy school from Roehampton (east-west); and to Ibstock Place school from Sheen (west-east).
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Initial quietway consultation from Richmond. This is a thread to build RCC's response
A friend of mine had a head-on collision with an invisible , un-lit cyclist on the DNA trail about 2 months ago. The end of his handlebar went through his face, breaking his jaw and many facial bones, and he also had serious damage to his hip and leg. He was in hospital for about 2 months, and was very nearly paralyzed. As many of you know, the trail is narrow and very dark at night, when many people are coming home from the Adenbrookes campus. I am trying to persuade the County Council to make the path wider (there is a total of 17 feet on either side) and have it lighted with overhead lighting (solar powered ones are commercially available). Please let your County Council person know, and also please consider signing the petition at:
I really want to reduce the chances that others will be injured on this heavily used path
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Longstanding issue about 'optimum' design, particularly to reduce conflict caused by vehicles turning from Teviot Pl due to signal phases.
Our campaign for safer walking and cycling to/from NWCambridge now has a petition and a first video (of five) summarising our position.
See our new video summarising our petition:
I’d be delighted if you could promote this to your networks. Time is of the essence because a Senate House discussion is coming up [3 Nov 2015], and I will report the number of signatures on our petition there. (But signatures after the date will still be useful.)
Anyone is welcome to sign the petition; we ask people to use the Comment field to let us know if they are University Member / University employee / City resident / SouthCambs resident / etc.
For twitter purposes the recommended hashtag is #EddingtonSafety and there is an @EddingtonSafety account too.
Thanks very much
David J C MacKay FRS
Regius Professor of Engineering,
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Girton resident and parent.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign Member
I use Scotland road as a lower NOx route. and its easier to join than going on the ring road side of Heathfield primary.
Problem arises from vehicles waiting for the Nottingham Rd & ring road junction at the futurist blocking visibility of the junction. Makes it harder to turn and increases the threat.
Suggested solution: Keep clear markings across the junction.
If agreeable will email KM about it.
Accommodation for 432 students is proposed on land at the rear of the Peugeot Motor Company in Canterbury. This provides an ideal opportunity to link Canterbury Christchurch University's Augustine House Library into Canterbury's cycle network.
Because of queuing for the Grand Arcade car park, amongst other things, the mandatory cycle lane on Pembroke Street and Downing Street is routinely abused by motor vehicles – one every 66 seconds on a Saturday afternoon http://www.cyclestreets.net/galleries/221/.
The corner at Free School Lane is a particular concern because vehicles traveling east can't see oncoming cycles.
There is a Heritage Lottery Fund stage 1 project hoping to progress to stage 2 and work for 5 years from June 2014 to regenerate the "old town" around the Saturday Market Place. The initial draft contains no cycle measures but does mention cycle access policy, so may be persuaded to reinstate lost public cycle parking in places like opposite the old Post Office and might even be a way to fill in the missing link in National Cycle Network Route 1. The consultation papers are online at http://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=26919 and open until 16 December.
A dropped kerb at this point would improve the route that people can take to cycle between Bear Flat and the city centre - making it easier to use Calton Gardens to avoid the section of footpath on the alternative via Holloway and St Marks Church.
Where the quite good segregated cycle lane joins The Ride, DfT advice was certainly NOT followed. As per DfT advice, when cycle lanes are merged with the carriageway, it should be done via a length of dropped kerb that is flush with the carriageway and the cycle lane shouldn't be joined at a 90 degree angle to the road.
Here, the cycle lane runs parallel to the road for a short distance before it loops around a large boulder specifically placed to force cyclists around and then finally joins the road at a 90 degree angle.
The kerb, though dropped, is far from flush and creates a risk for cyclists joining the track from the road.
This junction between the road and the track should be scrapped and redone according to DfT guidelines.
When cycling north-bound along Tavistock Road, there is a cycle lane in places. Once out from under the Crownhill Road bridge the lane turns sharply left, forcing cyclists to yield to traffic joining Tavistock Road from the left.
The Highway Code states you should yield to traffic from the right and this junction is very dangerous to cyclists. It would be far better to simply continue the cycle lane straight ahead and erect yield signs to traffic joining Tavistock Road
On 1 January 2026, historic routes in England that aren’t properly recorded will be lost to the public forever. We are looking for people to volunteer their time to help us identify and register these routes before it is too late.
There is a pair of traffic-calming chicanes/pinch points on The Hollow. The one lower down the hill (where drivers must give way to downhill traffic) has a cycle bypass; the one further up the hill (where ascending traffic has priority) does not.
When I cycle up The Hollow I am probably managing about 5mph; this pinch point brings me into conflict with much faster motorised traffic going up the hill, to the extent that I usually avoid the road completely and take a different route (Southdown Road) that has no traffic islands/pinchpoints.
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The cycleways along the Thames Path and along Ducks Walk are not connected with the south/east side cycleway across Twickenham Bridge and only to the north/west side cycleway via a long detour through Old Deer Park or along The Avenue.
A ramped way down from the bridge would create a useful route for people into and out of Richmond town center that is currently only possible by using two flights of steps.
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There's a very poor dogleg right-angle with barriers at the entrance/exit from the West Cambridge site to Clerk Maxwell Road.
This should be turned into a wide splay with good visibility.
Out side the royal orthopaedic hospital up top 30 cars are parked in the cycle lane every day. Cyclists are forced out into the traffic lane of the A38 over a distance of about 1/4 mile.
This is a good location for "No Entry except Cycles".
The existing Traffic Order allows cycling past the No Entry sign.
The existing "cycle bypass" over the footway, which was rarely used, has been obstructed and largely destroyed by the adjacent building site.
The simplest solution is to add a supplementary plate "Except Cycles" under the No Entry sign.
The A5117 at this point has some sections of non-protected cycle lane, but they are not continuous, and they disappear at a number of pinch points. The road carries a lot of very fast moving heavy traffic, and is dangerous and unpleasant to cycle on. It would be a useful route for people travelling by bike to or from Stanlow Refinery, Cheshire Oaks, the University of Chester at Thornton Science Park, and Ince & Elton villages, but is currently only used by a tiny number of very brave and confident cyclists. This situation could be improved by making the cycle lane continuous along the whole route.
Persistent conflict between cycling and pedestrians on busy crossing by school. This is a downhill section of the path on a major commuting route so speeds are often high. There used to be a bridge over the railway here and could easily be again. Would need to be shared use but people on bikes won't use it much as they're entering or leaving the Railway Path.
Notices have recently been put up by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on the section of the Blackwater Valley Path which passes through Hollybush Lakes near North Camp station.
Although there is a legal agreement to use this stretch as a footpath, there has never been one to permit cycling there and the owner is quite within his rights.
This is not a historic route, there is no sign of it on my 1956 OS map.
The Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership is trying to resolve this but the cycling route may have to be diverted.
Cycle route 42 along Castle Street requires cyclists to make an absurd off-road detour around the castle grounds and through an industrial estate to rejoin the routes east of the town centre at Holywell Road.
This could be avoided if cycling were allowed in a south-west to north-east direction on Lower Castle Street. Ideally this narrow street should be a walking/cycling only street, or a cycling contraflow could be introduced, though the narrowness of the street makes this a second-best solution.
The chicane at the west end of the Magdalene Glen path interrupts the flow when going uphills, particularly unpleasant for people with weak knees. It also forces cyclists uphills often to stop and start when there are other people going through, as it's not wide enough to pass.
It doesn't serve any useful purpose at it is on the top of the slope where cyclists are very slow anyway. As it's uphills, there is little danger that e.g. kids run out onto the wide pavement of Duddingston Pk South. Cyclists from the West are slow at this point anyway as they turn into the path.