Glad to say it looks like the Council are about to get around to sorting out several of the potholes along Hallfields Lane and Derwent Drive, that have been in need of repair for some weeks now!
Its been reported that the amount of people using buses in England each year has fallen to its lowest level in a decade – down to 4.38 billion passenger journeys across the country in 2016/17!
You may have recently read in the local media, that local bus prices recently increased, with the price for a single ticket going up by around 3.5%?
The Peterborough Telegraph recently reported that “Cyclists caught riding their bikes on Bridge Street have been hit in the pocket at court.”
Is it me, or does that seem a tad contradictory for a local authority that claims, it wishes to be “regarded as the UK’s Environment Capital“?
- It seems even more hypocritical when you note that in Peterborough City Council‘s own Environment Action Plan, states an aim to become a “pedestrian, public transport and cycle first city and 90% of all journeys will be zero emission.“
- The position becomes even more demented, when you note read that the Council’s Environment Action Plan – City-Wide document, says they want to “encourage more people to reduce their reliance on cars and instead walk, cycle…”
- You may remember that in 2012, I put forward the suggestions for a cycle lane along Bridge Street?
- I even ran a petition that received hundreds of supporters for the idea.
- I went to the effort of putting a formal motion at a meeting of Full Council calling for the Council to introduce a cycle lane along Bridge Street, but sadly the Tories all voted against the idea.
Rohan Wilson, area manager for Cambridgeshire Sustrans, a group which campaigns for improved cycle networks, pointed out that at Cathedral Square and Long Causeway, pedestrians and cyclists co-exist, adding “We believe that could be repeated in Bridge Street.”
What do YOU think?
Would you like to see car drivers issued with penalty notices, if it can be proved litter was thrown from their car – even if it was not the driver who discarded it?
The City Council are always keen to tell people that they are fining pedestrians, especially within the city centre, as detailed in the local media, but what about dealing with irresponsible motorists throughout the city?
At a meeting of Full Council last year, I stood up (once more) and raised my concerns about Gunthorpe Road, and asked Tory Councillor Peter Hiller, Cabinet Member for Growth, Planning, Housing and Economic Development, the following question:
“I have been contacted by local residents about the issue of speeding along Gunthorpe Road. Could the relevant Cabinet Member tell me if:
A meeting of the City Council’s Cabinet, has agreed to create a Working Group, to look at:
“Whether it is technically and financially feasible to reassign the proportion of the overall budget allocated to demolish the footbridges to instead make significant repairs to the bridge at Junction 18 (Rhubarb Bridge)”
You may remember, the Tories at the Town Hall received something of a backlash, after they announced plans to spend up to £30,000,000 on removing the bridge, and even signed an agreement with Skanska, before seeing what local residents thought?
Some interesting points from the latest report (page 377) include:
- Approximately 60,000 vehicles use the junction daily, 1,260 pedestrians and 540 cyclists.
- The Council still claim that not “carrying out an improvement scheme would lead to a significant increase in congestion at this junction associated with the growth of the city and increasing revenue repair costs for the existing network of bridges given their physical condition.”
- Membership of the group will consist of one elected Member from each of the political groups to ensure cross party representation.
- It’s expected the group will hold around three meetings. With the first one to be held before the end of the year.
My big worry, is that given the huge amount of money involved, there’ll certainly be one or two peeps who want to get their hands on it! And will be devilishly determined to go ahead with the original concept.
Therefore, I personally do hope is that this working group also includes one or two local residents, like those who led on the petition, a rep form the local cycling forum and Sustrans the cycling charity. This has yet to be confirmed.
What do YOU think the Council should do? Please let me know below!
As detailed in the Council’s latest budget proposals, in March 2017 the Growth, Environment and Resources scrutiny committee endorsed the Verge and Pavement Parking Policy Document and agreed that any associated funding requirements be given priority.
Parking on grass verges is a persistent problem, and something I’ve certainly been contacted about a lot over the years.
It can reduce the verge to an unsightly state, and can also obstruct the highway preventing pedestrians and wheel chair users from accessing roads and foot-ways if there is no other pathway.
In order to implement this scheme, the Council plans to make additional funding of £22,000 per year from 2018/19.
Apparently, this will pay for:
- the establishment of a city-wide Traffic Regulation Order (TRO),
- associated signage
- and an additional Prevention and Enforcement Service officer to
enforce the TRO once individual areas of the city are activated.
The questions I myself have of course, are:
- Will we see more Enforcement Officers if the number of TRO’s increases?
- How much will the fines be?
- What efforts will be made to ensure fines are paid?
- What ever happened to the little white car with the camera on its roof?
Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts on this latest piece of news, by posting below!
- For further advice and information about parking on grass verges email firstname.lastname@example.org.