Walkers, cyclists and horse-riders must not lose out in A10 junction changes

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have supported proposals to fix the problem of the A10 traffic bottleneck at the BP roundabout at Ely – but say this must not come at the expense of safer provision for walkers, cyclists, and horse-riders.

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At the County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee this morning (Tuesday 16 June) Lib Dem councillor Ian Manning supported proposals for improving both the A10/A142 BP garage roundabout and the A142 Lancaster Way roundabout, but pushed for action to overcome the lack of safe walking and cycling provision. He proposed an amendment to ask contractors to come up with proposals alongside pushing ahead with the roundabout upgrades, but the majority Conservative group signalled that they would reject this.

Cllr Manning said, “It’s shocking that, while there is real momentum nationally to encourage walking and cycling, the County Council are determined to proceed with two road improvement schemes that make no provision for walkers, cyclists or equestrians to cross the A10 and A142 in safety. Indeed senior councillors have admitted the changes will make matters even worse for non-drivers.

It will benefit everyone if, at the same time as we build in improvements for existing traffic, we also ensure that travellers in future can access jobs and services safely by bike or on foot.”

 In response, the Conservative committee chair agreed to write to the Combined Authority requesting Cllr Manning’s suggestions were looked into. Cllr Lorna Dupré, who represents Witchford on the County Council, commented, “Under the current proposals, the Lancaster Way business park, A10 leisure centre, and the North Ely developments, Ely railway station, the centre of Ely, and villages west of the BP roundabout will be even more cut off from each other for anyone without a car.

“The Mayor and councillors on the Combined Authority promised in their Local Transport Plan to prioritise walking and cycling. Now we need to ensure they are held to their promise.”

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Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire: figures to 8 June 2020

This week’s headlines, courtesy of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Public Health intelligence team.

  • There have been 1,230 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire – an increase of 34 since last week. The rate per 100,000 population is still less than the England average.
  • East Cambridgeshire still has the lowest rate in the county, and Huntingdonshire the highest. However, cases in Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire in the week starting 1 June grew more rapidly than in the previous week.
  • Almost half (49.6 per cent) of Cambridgeshire care homes have reported an outbreak – more than the average for the East of England. This figure varies between one-third of care homes in East Cambridgeshire, to four-fifths of care homes in Cambridge.
  • 22 deaths related to Covid-19 occurred among Cambridgeshire residents in the week ending 29 May – 10 of these occurred in a care home. 10 of the 22 deaths occurred in Huntingdonshire, and one in East Cambridgeshire. 80 deaths from other causes occurred in the same period.
  • Overall there have been 357 Covid-19 deaths in Cambridgeshire between 27 March and 29 May. 225 of these have been in hospital.
  • There have been no Covid-19 related death notifications in care homes in Cambridgeshire since 2 June.

Recent planning applications

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The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

20/00408/FUL
Little Downham
Head Fen Farm Head Fen Pymoor
Change of use from agricultural barn to residential storage (retrospective).

20/00670/FUL
Sutton
102 High Street Sutton CB6 2NW
To erect log cabin in garden of dwelling to be used as an annexe.

20/00677/FUL
Witchford
27 Common Road Witchford CB6 2HY
Single storey extension to side and rear and re-location of existing conservatory as a greenhouse in rear garden.

20/00364/FUL
Wentworth
Sunny Acre Main Street Wentworth
Construction of one four-bed bungalow – resubmission of previously withdrawn 19/01319/FUL.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access web page (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

Guide to local shopping as stores reopen from Monday

Banking, Business, Button, Card, Cashless, Commercial

Many non-essential retail businesses will be reopening their doors from Monday 15 June – and Enterprise East Cambs has published an online guide to help shoppers plan their trips.

The guide offers general information about how to shop safely, as well as details of which businesses will be reopening in Ely, Littleport and Soham along with their opening hours, contact details, how many people are allowed in at once, and whether contactless payment is available.

Histon Road (Cambridge) closure

Works on Histon Road Cambridge have reached their next phase which will require the closure of Histon Road to inbound motor traffic from Monday 29 June.

While the temporary closure is in place, Histon Road will be one-way, outbound only for all motor traffic. Cyclists and pedestrians will still be able to travel both ways on Histon Road throughout the roadworks period.

The road will be closed from just south of the King’s Hedges Road junction. This will allow inbound traffic to access King’s Hedges Road, and construction and farm traffic to enter the Darwin Green site.

Access to properties along Histon Road and its side roads will remain open at all times. For residents and businesses on the closed side of the road access will be permitted via site access points.

While the road is closed the diversion route will be via the A14, Milton Road and Victoria Road and will be signposted along the route as well as on the wider road network.

For more details about these works by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, visit https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/histon-road/histon-road-construction

Bus pass time changes in Cambridgeshire

If you live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough and have a bus pass, the times you can use it will change from next week.

At the start of the lockdown in March, both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council worked with operators to allow concessionary bus passes to be used before 9:30AM. This meant bus pass holders were able to get to supermarkets early, and older residents were able to take advantage of the the reserved shopping slots offered to them at the time.

However, many more businesses will be reopening on 15 June. With more people likely to be using the buses, which are fewer than they were before the pandemic, along with the need to maintain social distancing, bus operators will no longer accept concessionary passes before 9:30AM from Monday 15 June onwards.

In addition, wearing face masks on public transport will become compulsory from Monday 15 June. Further details are on the Government’s website.

Recent planning applications

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The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

20/00649/FUL
Coveney
2A & 2B Main Street Coveney CB6 2DJ
Pair of wooden five bar gates across shared access to Plots 1 and 2 – see 16/00965/FUL (retrospective).

20/00591/FUL
Little Downham
Land rear of The Rectory Main Street Little Downham
Conversion and extension of existing buildings to form one dwelling and construction of four new dwellings.

20/00653/OUT
Mepal
Land north of The Old Barn 13 Bridge Road Mepal
Outline for appearance, layout and scale of three-bedroom, 1.5 storey, detached dwelling.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access web page (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire: figures to 2 June 2020

This week’s headlines, courtesy of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Public Health intelligence team.

  • There have been 1,196 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cambridgeshire – an increase of 74 since last week. That’s 183.6 per 100,000 population, still considerably less than the England average of 273.2. East Cambridgeshire still has the lowest rate in the county, with 113 confirmed cases – and has had the lowest rate in Cambridgeshire since the week beginning 2 March. (Of course this only relates to tested and confirmed cases – the real figure will be far higher).
  • The cumulative rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population in Huntingdonshire is still the highest in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and higher than the East of England average.
  • The trend in ‘all cause’ deaths is down overall and in every district in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Trends in Covid-19 deaths alone are also down, though the trend in Fenland and Huntingdonshire is flatter than elsewhere in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  • 31 deaths related to Covid-19 occurred among Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents in the week ending 22 May. 10 of these occurred in Fenland, nine in Huntingdonshire, and seven in Peterborough.
  • Of all the districts in Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire have had the highest number of care home outbreaks, at 34 and 33 homes respectively, but Cambridge has the highest proportion (73.3 per cent) of care homes reporting an outbreak. The overall percentage of care homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough reporting an outbreak is higher than the East of England average.
  • The Care Quality Commission was notified of 309 deaths from all causes in Cambridgeshire care homes between 10 April and 29 May 2020, compared to 277 up to the end of the previous week. 99 of those deaths were Covid-19 related.

Widen My Path

Bicycles, Bikes, Cycle, Row, Cycling, Baskets, Retro

Where should the Council make more space for walking & cycling, for physical distancing?

CycleStreets, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Cambridge, has created an interactive map for residents to suggest where safer provision for cyclists and pedestrians is needed. You can add your own idea for your village or a nearby village or town, or upvote an existing idea.

I’ll be encouraging the Council to consider these suggestions, as well as the results of its own recent bus, cycling, and walking surveys.

Widen My Path is at https://www.widenmypath.com/