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Lewis met the new developers of the Perne Road shops on site early August and is hopeful that work will start by October, beginning with demolition of the existing buildings.  The new building will take 12 months to complete and we have the contacts for the developer if there are any issues to raise. There will be a pathway organised at the front of the site near the road for pedestrians and people pushing bikes.

Lewis

PS: We also welcome feedback on the roundabout area improvements, which should be completed soon.

Perne Road shops work to begin Oct 2014

Lewis met the new developers of the Perne Road shops on site early August and is hopeful that work will start by October, beginning with demolition of the existing buildings. ...

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Coleridge Councillors are delivering this parking survey and we would appreciate any emailed responses from residents too, either emailed or hard copy responses from those who received our paper survey.

We are pressing for the County Council to undertake a survey and, while funding is very difficult currently, we will press for resources where yellow lines etc are needed too.  We will include a look at junctions where anti-social parking causes problems for other residents, blocks bin lorries etc.

We don't know when they will do their survey, after their earlier blocking of useful improvements agreed by the wider neighbourhood the last time issues were discussed in 2011.

We will also press for their survey to include questions that address issues which command support in responses to this survey.

Please send any emailed responses to the survey questions to lewis.herbert@cambridge.gov.uk.

If there are other local issues contact us too.

Cllr Lewis Herbert 

01223 721027

Rustat Road Parking Survey - have your say

                         image: Cambridge Evening News Coleridge Councillors are delivering this parking survey and we would appreciate any emailed responses from...

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A move for the Cherry Hinton Road Post Office has been temporarily postponed.

An alternative site - which would have been much less convenient for many elderly people locally - has now been ruled out.

We will continue to campaign to keep the post office in its current location where so many local people rely on it.

Cherry Hinton Road Post Office saved for now

image: yell.com A move for the Cherry Hinton Road Post Office has been temporarily postponed. An alternative site - which would have been much less convenient for many elderly people...

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The Perne Road shops have been derelict for far too long, but a planning application for this site is currently up for consultation.

Plans are for a vets practice, a McColls Newsagent and some flats.

The developers have told Lewis that they plan to proceed by the autumn and works will probably take 9 to 12 months.

See the council website for more information.

New plans for Perne Road shops?

The Perne Road shops have been derelict for far too long, but a planning application for this site is currently up for consultation. Plans are for a vets practice, a McColls...

You have probably seen this year’s Coleridge local election result, but just in case:

Labour’s Lewis Herbert was re-elected on 22nd May and is busy working for all residents.

  

The turnout was 38.4% - up from 30.5% turnout last year.

Labour also won control of the City Council from the Liberal Democrats for the first time since 2000, winning 6 seats to reach 25 City Councillors and reducing the Lib Dems to 14 Councillors.

Labour also won the largest share of the city’s Euro-vote that day, helping to re-elect Cambridge resident Richard Howitt as one of the East region’s MEPs. The local Lib Dem MEP lost his seat.

LICHFIELD ROAD DEMOLITION HALTED

One of the first actions of the new Labour council will be to halt plans to demolish and rebuild part of the flats on Lichfield Road.  We want this happy community left alone, and residents to know this threat has been lifted.

We will include a fuller account on this in our next ward newsletter, published late June.

2014 election results

You have probably seen this year’s Coleridge local election result, but just in case: Labour’s Lewis Herbert was re-elected on 22nd May and is busy working for all residents.   ...

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The new splash pad at Coleridge Rec is running behind the anticipated opening date of the 26th May and the new date for opening is the week commencing 23rd June, a delay of around 4 weeks.

This is due to the Contractor having to source a new company for the ground works.

In addition, the Council has also just submitted a planning application for the construction of a second hard tennis court on the Coleridge Recreation Ground near Davy Road, with a new 3 metre high mesh style fencing on the perimeter (including one single gate for pedestrians).

Coleridge Rec update

  The new splash pad at Coleridge Rec is running behind the anticipated opening date of the 26th May and the new date for opening is the week commencing 23rd...

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Work is due to start on 5 May on improving safety at the Perne Road/Radegund Road roundabout, where there have been some unpleasant accidents to cyclists in recent years.

The new layout aims to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians by:

  • reducing the width of the roundabout
  • tightening the exits and entries into the roundabout
  • providing wide, direct crossing areas on the Birdwood Road and Radegund Road arms of the roundabout. There will also be a central "overrun area" for larger vehicles.

The work is expected to be completed by September 2014.

Further information and updates on the works will be published on the project's web page.

If you have any questions about the works, please contact your councillor or Cambridgeshire County Council on transport.delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or 01223 699906.

Perne Road/Radegund Road roundabout works

  Work is due to start on 5 May on improving safety at the Perne Road/Radegund Road roundabout, where there have been some unpleasant accidents to cyclists in recent years....

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When the council says they will match with up to £500,000,000 - and talk about a billion - where do they say to you it is coming from? 

... leaving to one side the assumption that the City Deal delivers £500m which is 'achievable' and Labour are determined it will, but it is by no means in the bag.

A useful but overall moderate part of the 'other £500m' can and will be raised from Community Infrastructure Levy on future schemes not started or approved yet, and from other development gain on these new sites but nothing anywhere is a good % of that sum, and all gain on existing consented sites is largely spoken for.

It can be more, but for comparison ... after major effort, £10m to £20m was raised from development towards the guided bus by the County including from the Southern fringe.

Like there, each of the future new developments will also be obliged to fund .... affordable housing, site infrastruture including local roads, schools and community facilities and a lot more.

While we are determined to achieve far better in future years, this year's LEP 'Strategic Economic Plan' bid is useful but limited for Greater Cambridge and at best will only fund a fraction of the annual Greater Cambridge transport fund deficit this round.

And when the three Councils borrow, as they will need to to have at least a good prospect of reaching the two x £200m 'achievable' payments, they will then have to repay those loans out of city deal income, or lose out if targets are missed, and all three councils combined have very limited other reserves.

Cllr Lewis Herbert

City deal: not so spectacular

When the council says they will match with up to £500,000,000 - and talk about a billion - where do they say to you it is coming from?  ... leaving...

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The ‘Med’ on Perne Road has a planning permission that includes a takeaway.  An additional planning application for detailed layout and traffic routing for a drive-through takeaway was turned down by council planning officers on the grounds that:

  • it needed to provide a detailed traffic impact assessment
  • it could result in disturbance to the residential area of Lichfield Road behind the Med.

For more detail, see the full planning application on the council’s website.

We have been assured by the owner that the plans are for a local takeaway and not a national chain.

Drive-through plans denied for the 'Med'

The ‘Med’ on Perne Road has a planning permission that includes a takeaway.  An additional planning application for detailed layout and traffic routing for a drive-through takeaway was turned down...

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Good news - the 114 bus route is to continue!

As your County Councillor for Coleridge Ward and also the Labour Party Transport spokesperson on the County Council I have been lobbying for the retention of the 114 bus route, which frequents the Beehive Centre, Sainsburys, Grafton Centre and other retail outlets.

However, instead of having two buses an hour the frequency of the buses on the 114 route is likely to be reduced to one bus per hour.

This is because a CFT (Cambridge Future Transport) survey revealed the 114 Bus to be greatly under-used.

In my own survey, residents preferred a start time of 9.30 am and they also accepted why the frequency will be reduced to an hourly service.

County Councillor Noel Kavanagh

Number 114 bus route to continue

Good news - the 114 bus route is to continue! As your County Councillor for Coleridge Ward and also the Labour Party Transport spokesperson on the County Council I have...

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