Mill Road to be properly repaired!
Keeping the pledge: Dave has now completed an initial visit to every side road in Romsey looking into potholes (8-6-14). These are now catalogued and whilst they may not be a definitive list they are a very good representation of the situation in Romsey.
Dave is also concerned about the condition of Mill Road and he is arguing for this to be treated as a priority for a major repair.
Dave's first success with potholes since becoming a councillor (9-6-14)
"On Monday 9th June 2014 I met with two members of Cambridge County Council’s highways team, Evan Laughlin and Andy Barham, to discuss the roads and pavements in Romsey. Whilst these areas are a County Council remit, Evan and his team recognise that City Councilors also have a place in this process. In this regard I have sent Evan and Andy a copy of my audit of the potholes in Romsey.
Every year there is a Highways Annual Inspection when the majority of our roads and pavements are inspected by a team member physically walking them. Other roads such as Mill Rd is walked once a month and Coldhams Lane, Brook and Perne Rd are also inspected once a month.
Local Highways Officer Andy Barham can authorise local repairs, intervention levels occur when a hole on the highway is 50 mm but if in the wheel track it is 25 mm. These repairs can involve plugging, which is when asphalt is put into the pothole and hammered down. Pat
ching is a more sophisticated process (and more expensive) and can be easily identified by the regular oblong shape. This work is undertaken by a contractor, and is more complicated than simply putting some asphalt in the hole and moving on. Quite rightly involves a need to provide proper health and safety for the person working in the road: defending them with a vehicle and bollards in its simplest form and with traffic signals if the repair is larger.
Cyclic maintenance used to be undertaken as a routine measure but now the team have to put in bids for County Council money to get work done and this is judged on priority. Top dressing roads with a veneer of hot pitch and granite chip, which can only be done from May to September because the road needs to be warm, has been a preferred method for extending the life of a road surface and this involves. However, the County Council is currently using Micro Ashphalt a more durable material and this can be seen on Montreal Road.
As suggested above, this planned procedure involves prioritising. I shall be pushing to get this approach adapted to provide a more predictable programme that will let each street know where they are on a ‘to do’ list. This will need to involve the County Councillor who by now should be aware of my suggestion.
In our discussions I have pushed for roads in Romsey to be part of next year’s bid be top dressed with micro asphalt. I have also asked for some potholes to be given priority and as a result of this one has already filled in Catharine Street and one in Seymour Road that is soon to be done.
Mill Road causes residents and me a concern; at several points the surface is breaking down and in some places the road is visibly collapsing. I believe this should be dealt with sooner rather than later and I have spoken to Evan about this. What is needed is a major refurbishment and I hope this will happen soon.
In regard to those annoying problems where a road is repaired and it often seems like the very next day a contractor turns up to dig a hole, Evan explained that ‘Street Works Teams’ (providers of utilities) as statutory undertakers have authority to work on the roads and pavements although they have to inform the council. Nonetheless, there are emergencies and these are unlikely to be known about before a road is resurfaced
Maintenance of yellow lines, street signs and trees and bushes overhanging the pavement are also Evan’s responsibility, but new restrictions and crossings have to be initially started by the County Councillor. Parking is also an area dealt with by the County Councillor but I am sure that in both instances they would respond collegiately to requests from City Councillors.
Streetlights though are not Evan’s responsibility and they are now subject to a PFI bid (accepted under the previous administration).
In all it was a worthwhile opportunity to talk with the people who do the day to day and year on year maintenance. This experience made clear that City Councillor’s views are recognised as legitimate by County Council Officers."
Dave calls on County to tell us when we can expect our roads and pavements to be repairedWhen Dave Baigent was Romsey’s Labour Candidate for the City Council election he called for a greater emphasis on getting the money that Cambridge Council Tax payers give to the County Council spent in the City.
Dave said (5-2-14)
"Our pavements and roads are a disgrace. We are worrying about potholes in the roads that are a danger to cyclists and car drivers. The County Council are chasing their tails filling in holes and it shouldn’t be like this. What we need is a proper programme of maintenance: a rolling programme to top dress Cambridge’s Roads. The target roads need to be listed with dates published so that residents know when to expect a proper repair. So for example if you live in Catharine or Ross Street you should know the date the refurbishment will take place.
The people of Romsey have a right to cycle on safe roads and to walk on safe pavements. We also have an equal right to know when we are going to see a return on what we pay to the County Council."
This raised pavement nearly threw a woman out of her wheel chair. Dave has reported the problem (30-3-14). What I need is to be the councillor for this ward so people will pay more attention to me.
News from Le Tour Cambridge
Start planning now for the arrival of Le Tour
With the biggest annual sporting event in the world set to come to Cambridgeshire on Monday 7 July, the first road closure information for the Tour de France was released today.
With such a large scale event - residents, businesses and visitors are being given advanced notification to help get ready, plan and enjoy a unique day in Cambridge’s history.
The roads on and connected to the route in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and when they will close are revealed below:
- In order to allow for the set up of the start by Parkers Piece, Gonville Place and Parkside will close on Sunday 6 July from 530pm.
- At 4am on Monday 7 July, the following roads on the route will be closed: Regent Street, St Andrew’s Street, Sidney Street, Bridge Street, King’s Parade and Trumpington Street.
- Also at 4am, roads which link directly to the route will close. These are: Park Terrace, Parker Street, Emmanuel Road, Victoria Avenue, Jesus Lane, Drummer Street, Emmanuel Street and Lensfield Road.
- Then at 7am, Trumpington Road and the A1301 will be closed.
These road closures will remain in place until 3pm when a phased reopening will begin, with the last roads in the heart of Cambridge expected to open by 6pm.
With the roads closed, teams will get to work on preparing the route. This includes putting in place all the necessary infrastructure and then removing it afterwards, to allowing the Tour’s publicity ‘caravan’ of vehicles to begin its journey and providing for the safe movement of spectators.
Further work is now being carried out to develop the plans for the roads which access the route and how they will be affected on the day. An announcement on this work is expected later this spring.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “It has been said many times but hosting Stage 3 of this year’s Tour de France is going to be a day like no other for Cambridge and the county. It will be a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s best cyclists parade then race through our region. With such a huge sporting event coming to Cambridgeshire, there will clearly be significant impact to our road network on the day. This is why we are now telling people about this now so residents, businesses and visitors can get ready, plan and enjoy the day.
“Many have already started to make arrangements for Monday 7 July and we have been working with our partners to ensure they are aware of the impact of the race. Over the next month, we will be working hard with organisations such as bus operators, train companies and others to ensure people can make the most of this historic day. As we finalise these plans later this spring we will ensure information such as revised bus timetables and stops as well as wider information on the impact on access roads are published along with all the other special arrangements for the day. There is still a lot of work to do but we are all dedicated to delivering the best start of the Tour de France we can.”
The route will need to be clear of all public vehicles prior to the road closure time, with pedestrian access available while the roads are closed through stewarded crossing points. There will also be parking restrictions in place on the route and on some access roads.
The Grand Départ will race from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, York to Sheffield on July 6, and a third stage will travel from Cambridge to London on July 7.
Exact details of the route can be found at online at www.letour.yorkshire.com.
In the build up to the arrival of the Tour, detailed information will be given to residents, businesses and visitors regarding the impact of the race on Cambridge and the county. This will be made available online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3 www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge as well as through leaflets, roadshows and events.
Information will also be made available via Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeTourCambridge or Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeTourCambridge.
Notes for editors:
Graham Hughes, Executive Director: Economy, Transport & Environment at Cambridgeshire County Council will be available for interviews between 11am and noon on Friday 19 March. Please contact Tony Taylorson in the Communications Team on 01223 699285 or 07824 367401.
Cambridgeshire County Council: Councillor Mac McGuire on 01480 450482 or Mobile phone 07843 394402.
For further comment, contact: Lib Dem Cllr Susan Van de Ven (01763) 261833 or Cllr David Jenkins on 01223 236232 or 07739 758859; Labour Cllr Noel Kavanagh 07790 972323; UKIP Cllr Paul Bullen on 01480 462735 or Independent Cllr John Hipkin (01223) 564126.
Cambridge City Council: Cllr Sarah Brown – Executive Councillor for Community Wellbeing
T: 07775 762480; Cllr Zoe Moghadas – Opposition spokesperson for Community Wellbeing
T: 07813 700986
The crossing has now been repainted and the zig zag lines that were causing the confusion have been painted so as to make clear their intent - well done the council officer who met with us you actually did what you said you were going to do.
Following concerns raised by residents about the safety of the crossing in Vinery Road - particularly how difficult it is for drivers to see people, particularly children, who may be preparing to cross and how difficult it is for children to see if the road is clear before they cross - Dave and the team at Romsey Labour knocked on every doors in Vinery Road and collected signatures for a petition calling for a safety audit.
As a result of your concerns we collected over 100 signatures and this Tuesday 4th February I was able to meet with an officer of the council and he suggested a number of improvements that have now been implemented and this is both impressive in the way the council officer acted and in the terms of how dangerous he must have believed the crossing was. It also goes to show that when we knock on your door to listen that we actually do.
The crossing at school time - now clear and real visibility both for cars and for pedestrians.
What has been done
• all crossing markings are repainted
• on the park side of the crossing a small barrier is set up to prevent cars mounting the pavement
• the zigzag lines now make clear that it is illegal to park anywhere in the approach to the crossing
Before: parked cars obstruct the view of the crossing and those who want to cross
After: a clear repainted crossing that is visible
Despite the consultation some people were unhappy at the loss of car parking spaces.
It is important to point out that some people have complained about the lost parking spaces and lack of consultation - this is sad because this was an accident waiting to happen and in regard to consultation I knocked on every door in Vinery Road to collect the signatures for the petition and delivered two street letters to update people. This is a difficult issue that points to the second biggest problem that people bring up on the doorstep - car parking.
Whilst the official was on site we were also able to discuss the lack of street cleaning in the area and the two spots close to the crossing where a depression has meant large puddles of water accumulate.
It is anticipated that all these difficulties will be overcome ASAP - if not in this financial year then the next.
Dave Baigent, Romsey Labour Organiser AND Candidate - Fighting for Romsey!
96 Cavendish Road,
Cambridge, CB1 3AF
Dave.Baigent@fitting-in.com Tel 07802 495 329
We are having an open meeting on the 24th March at Ross Street Community Centre at 7.30 pm about the student accommodation for 331 students proposed for mill road - follow this link
Next Ward Meeting is 13th March
There is a lot going on this month including viewing of the Co-op site, quiz and pizza event and canvassing - contact Dave for details
Mill Road Winter Fair
The team at Romsey Labour Party are not only about politics we also join in community events. For example we ran a tombola at Mill Road Winter Fair. This was largely supported by the shop keepers in Romsey who provided prizes. Not only did we have a fun day we also raised over £240 for Romsey Mill.
Thanks to everyone who supported us. :)
Thanks to the following shopkeepers for your support
The Barbers Shop CUT & BLOW DRY
Halls of Cambridge (Locksmiths) 3 Keys Cut
Tanning World One Session
Earl of Beaconsfield Pizza and two drinks
Black Cat Coffee and a cake
The Broadway Florists A Cyclamen Plant
Bush 1 Bottle
Claud Butler Bike Service
Tax Assist Accountants 1 Bottle
Coop Supermarket 2 Tins of Sweets
Coop Chemists Beads
Romsey Town Post Office Banana Sweets
Broadway Dry Cleaners 1 Pair of Trousers (cleaned)
Snakatak/Broadway Buttery 1 Coffee and a Sandwich
Fabu Tan Spray Tan
Chicken Rush 1 Meal
Limoncello Bottle of Limencello
Otto Café 2 coffee and cake
Inspirations Shape and Polish Nails
Frameworks £10 voucher
Romsey Action Book
Cut Price Carpets Seasonal Mat
Mill Road Butchers £10 voucher
ROMSEY LABOUR PARTY Bottle Sparkling Wine, 2 boxes chocolates, 2 soaps and skin oils
Romsey Labour Party are always keen to hear the views of residents. Our aim to listen, think and act is personified by City Councillor Zoe Moghadas, Dr Dave Baigent (Romsey candidate for the next election) and the rest of the team.
Dave is a doer and he has earned that reputation as Romsey's Labour Organiser. We hope Dave can win Romsey at the next election and take his very considerable skills into the council chamber.
Zoe's reputation speaks for itself through all the important work she has done for Romsey since being elected.
Dave and Zoe are joined by Daniel Zeichner on their monthly street stall outside the Co-op on Mill Road.
"Romsey Labour working for all residents while prioritising projects and policies that will make a real difference to those who need our help the most."
The Labour Party in Cambridge put a high store on democracy. Each Ward has a committee that meets at least monthly to consider local issues and then send representatives to the Constituency Party that also holds monthly meetings. There are also a variety of sub-committees but all of them have roots in their ward meetings.
Canvassing is an important part of our organisation, as it is through our weekly door knocking and talking to residents that we are able to update our knowledge of what the electorate in Romsey are thinking.
NO OTHER POLITICAL ORGANISATION IN ROMSEY HAS THIS LEVEL OF DEMOCRACY.
We listen to your views and decide policy through our Ward Committee
County Councillor - Zoe Moghadas
Romsey Labour Councillor for the City - Dr. Dave Baigent
Romsey Labour Councillor for the City - Anna Smith
Ward Secretary - Gavin Morgan
Ward Chair - Andy Kennedy
Treasurer - Len Freeman
Newsheet - Liz Walter,
Romsey's IT person Andy Kennedy
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