- Please vote on this proposal – A new zebra crossing for Arbury Road East?
Your residents’ association is seeking to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety on the eastern end of Arbury Road (between Arbury Court play area and the Milton Road traffic lights).
We are currently exploring local support for a new pedestrian crossing on Arbury Road East. This could be funded out of the County Council’s Local Highway Improvement Programme*. This invites any group that represent the local community to apply for funding. The schemes are community driven and give local people the opportunity to put forward proposals for highway improvements in their area, https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/improving-the-local-highway/local-highway-improvement-funding
A new crossing could improve safety for children walking via Leys Road to local primary and secondary schools, those living in Maio Road, Havenfield, Twickeham and Marfield Courts using Arbury Road shops, as well as all those who live and work on our street.
Two locations for the crossing have been suggested.
Would you support the provision of new zebra crossing on Arbury Road East?*
* Go ahead would be dependent on the funding arrangements offered under the Local Highways Improvement Programme
PLEASE HELP OUR APPLICATION
TO THE LOCAL HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME BY ANSWERING THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
Thank you for providing this information. The results of the survey will be included if an application is made to the Local Highway Improvement Programme for funding.
- Arbury and Kings Hedges Design Code Survey
Members of ARERA are encouraged to participate in this survey which is looking for residents’ views on a design code for our locality. This is intended to provide ideas and recognise the opinions of local people when new developments are proposed which will affect how we live and get about.
Inspired Living – A design code to enhance design in Northern Cambridge neighbourhoods
Phase 2: Articulating the vision and emerging principles of the design code
Our latest survey closes for submissions on Sunday 5 November.
We need your views on five proposed principles as we begin to develop the draft design code.
- Make space for nature
- Prioritise walking and cycling
- Thriving public spaces
- Enhance character
- Increase sustainability
The principles are explained in full detail on our phase 2 project page, where you can have your say by participating in our latest survey.
- ARERA AGM Invitation Reminder
Arbury Road East Residents Association
AGM, Wednesday, 5th July 2023
Arbury Baptist Church Hall, 7.00-8.30 pm
- Introduction and Welcome
- Approval of the Minutes of the 2022 AGM
- Chair’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report and accounts
- Election of Committee and Officers for 2023/4
- Proposed expenditure and collection
- Jim Smith’s illustrated local history talk
From Milton Road to Arbury Camp: The History of Hurst Park and Arbury Road
We will try to complete the formal business of the AGM in 30 minutes to allow plenty of time for Jim’s talk and any questions you may have for him.
If you do want to nominate yourself or someone else as a committee member, please use the contact link below.
And, if you have any issue you want to raise under AOB, please do so before the meeting
again using the contact below.
- Annual General Meeting – Wed, 5th July 2023
Arbury Road East Residents’ Association (ARERA) was set up in December 2019 to represent residents and businesses in Arbury Road (and its cul-de-sacs) between Arbury Play Area and North Cambridge Academy at the western end and the junction with Milton Road.
Its day-to-day business is managed by a small committee. Because of people moving away, there is space on the committee if you want to join us. Please email us if you’d like to or want to nominate someone else at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hold a public Annual General Meeting (AGM) once a year to report on ARERA’s activities. Please come and hear what we have been doing on your behalf and let us know what you’d like us to do next.
This year, as an added attraction, our guest speaker will be Jim Smith who specialises in the local history of our area.
From Milton Road to Arbury Camp: The History of Hurst Park and Arbury Road
Jim will present an illustrated talk on the history of our road and its relationship to the development of the surrounding area.
In 1840, Chesterton’s open fields and common land were enclosed and development spread east from Huntingdon Road towards the old Chesterton village.
By 1914, Highworth Avenue and Leys Road were laid out and housing had spread round the corner from Newman’s Cottages in Milton Road towards Leys Road. Beginning in 1927, Cambridge Estates Ltd laid out four new avenues between Milton and Arbury Roads.
The area had a history of horticulture, farming, laundering, milling, coprolite digging, brick making and, from 1934, scientific instrument making. It was home to a nurseryman, a missionary, a grocer, a notable dentist, a bankrupt confectioner, and the couple who gave their name to Cherry’s Corner.
Jim’s talk will bring to life those activities and those characters who link Hurst Park to Arbury Road.
- Candidates of May 4th: their views on what should happen in West Chesterton and Arbury
To all members of ARERA.
The local elections happen on May 4th.
Camcycle have been asking our local candidates about local cycling
You can see what each of the candidates to represent West Chesterton on
the City Council have to say at:
And, although it isn’t our ward, those standing to represent Arbury on
the City Council also have interesting things to say about our area,
including whether Arbury Road should have a ‘bus gate’,
see Question 2 on
and for the County Council at
If pedestrian and cyclist safety and parking are issues for you, you may
find the candidates’ answers helpful in deciding who to vote for on May
- Consultation meeting announcement
Milestone / GCP monthly consultation on Milton Road Improvements
The next meeting has been confirmed as on Monday 6th March. Again from 11am to 12.30pm at Milton Library meeting room
Here is a summary of the first meeting, held on Friday 3rd February from 11am to 12.30pm.
Last minute reschedule
Present up to 10 local residents
3 members of Milestone contractors include Jake and Naomi
These sessions were planned for their site at Woodhead Drive but they ended up restricted on office space so last minute changes to Library and on the Friday 3rd.
Tom Porter (who took over as Project Manager from Paul van de Bulk) from GCP couldn’t make!!!
So lots of questions for Tom next time.
This meeting was advertised as a drop in session but more of a discussion round a table, so worth being there from the start really.
More regular updates of work being done and closures etc were asked for on public noticeboards – they promised to get back on this to help with finding suitable sites.
The issue was raised about the closure of the pedestrian/cycle route through Oak Tree Ave – they will try and improve the signage at the Elizabeth Way pedestrian crossing.
They were also asked if they could have some “live” information about the buses -it seems unlikely this will happen, but the timetable is still “live” on the old Union Lane bus stop – though it was hard to get across the road to read it!
They have been informed that a lot of people want the modal filter on Union Lane to remain. They already knew this!
They were asked about the future for Arbury Road – it will have a similar system as Union Lane when the work is done on the northern side of Milton Road. Official diversion will be via Kings Hedges Road – but there will be nothing to stop locals using Hurst Park Ave rat run, as at present.
Pothole filling still responsibility of highways dept. Even within roadworks like outside library. Milestone say they are reporting them daily too. There has been filling in subsequently but poor standard.
Much discussion about the status of GCP and its undemocratic set up.
Also about who is liable when accidents occur, as there have been, particularly cycling related.
- Your experience of the temporary road closure
Results of Union Lane survey
In January, we surveyed residents of Union Lane. We asked you about your experience of having the road closed to through traffic due to the Milton Road improvement works. We distributed 100 survey forms to residents whose front doors open directly on to Union Lane. We got 21 replies.
Here Is what you told us.
The results show consistently divided opinion about whether specific conditions imposed by the closure have been an improvement or not. Despite this, two thirds of you would like to see the closure made permanent.
Almost all of you (6 out of 7) think that Union Lane has been quieter than usual and more pleasant to live on during the road closure. Nearly two-thirds you of told us that traffic using Union Lane has been going more slowly than usual. Less than a third you said that it hadn’t. Almost all of you suggested that the number of cars and other vehicles using Union Lane has been reduced during the construction work.
Almost all of you reported that the road closure has made it more difficult to access your homes on foot. Three quarters of you didn’t know whether it has made it more difficult for those using mobility scooters, with none one suggesting that it has. Almost all of you (again out of 7) said that the road closure has not made it more difficult access your home by bicycle. Nearly two thirds of you reported that it has made it more difficult to access your home by car. But nearly a third said it hasn’t. More than a third of you said that the road closure hasn’t made it more difficult for delivery vehicles to access your homes. But a third said it has. The rest of you don’t know whether it has or not.
Nearly three quarters of you said that you have found using Union Lane safer during the closure for construction work. Only two of you reported that it was more dangerous. Almost a fifth of you don’t know. Almost two-thirds of you reported that you have found it easier and more pleasant to walk and cycle to Milton and Chesterton Roads. Only a minority reported that it isn’t. You were almost equally divided about whether arrangements put in place for crossing Milton Road have been satisfactory. Just over half of you suggested that they have: slightly less than half that they haven’t.
About three-fifths of you suggested that the modal filter closing Union Lane has had an effect on your regular car journeys, making them longer: just under two-fifths reported that it hasn’t. But over two-thirds of you told us you have been able to find a reasonable alternative route for you regular car journey while just under a third said you haven’t.
Just over half of you reported that you haven’t walked or used a bike more frequently while the modal filter has been in place, with just over a third saying you have. Just over three-fifths of you judged that the modal filter has had a positive effect on parking on Union Lane but a third of you disagree.
Despite the differences reported above, two thirds of you would like the modal filter at the Milton Road end of Union Lane to become permanent. A third of you wouldn’t.
If you feel strongly about whether the modal filter should stay or not, let your local councillors know,
https://arera.org.uk/local-democracy/ for contact details
If you want to contact us, go to https://arera.org.uk/contact-arera/
The Greater Cambridge Partnership has just released a set of FAQs about the residents’ parking schemes that it is introducing.
The FAQs appear to be generic.
And so it is likely that the answers given will also apply to us if/when we get included in the Hurst Park Estate residents’ parking scheme.
The questions are worth reading in full.
Some are particularly pertinent to us on Arbury Road East – for instance, about on pavement parking and front garden parking if you don’t already have a dropped kerb.
You can see these below, and visit link above for all.
Please let us know if you have any issues, comments or queries that any of this raises for you.
What about parking on the footway alongside the road?
The Council receives a lot of complaints about parked cars blocking footways for pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchairs. We cannot introduce a parking scheme that allows parking on the footway and forces vulnerable road users to walk in the road. The exception to this is in streets where such an arrangement is already in place and spaces have been formally marked as such.
Will we have to have signs and road markings in the street?
It is essential that drivers are aware of where they can and cannot park. Generally speaking, where parking is permitted, the areas will be marked out as white boxes with upright signs alongside. Where parking is not allowed, yellow lines are used. In some schemes it is not practical to mark out bays on the road. In such areas, there will be zone entry signs and repeater signs but no bay markings. These schemes are known as Permit Parking Areas (PPA).
How will the scheme affect the use of my private driveway?
You do not need a permit to park on your driveway or any other private areas of land.
If you have a constructed access with dropped kerbs, we will not mark a bay across it.
However, if you use your garden to park on and do not have dropped kerbs this is an unauthorised vehicular access, and we may allow parking across your frontage. In this situation, you may wish to consider applying for dropped kerbs. You can obtain more information here: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk and enter Dropped Kerbs in the search bar.
- Announcement of Drop-in Sessions with Milestone about Milton Road Improvement Works
Are you interested in questioning/talking to Milestone, the contractors, about the Milton Road Improvement works?
They have just posted this announcement of the launch of their drop-in sessions at Milton Road library, see below.
Commencing public drop-in sessions at Milton Road library
We are pleased to announce the start of our public drop-in sessions. These are scheduled for the first Friday of every month from 11:00-12:30 in meeting room 2 at Milton Road library.
There will be no need to pre-book a time slot, but please be aware you may have to wait if the team are already discussing concerns or questions with another member of the public.
We will review the frequency of these meetings as we continue the project and may amend them if needed.
If you have any concerns during the construction, please do get in touch with Milestone’s project team on MiltonRoad@milestoneinfra.co.uk or telephone the 24 hour contact centre on 0800 023 4762
- Consultation by Cambridge City Council on what you think it should cut in its budget
In case you haven’t seen it, here is a ’new year’ notice circulated to us by the local Lib Dems …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
1st of January 2023
As Christmas turns to New Year, Cambridge City Council is approaching some controversial decisions in its budget.
At risk of disturbing your festivities, I wanted to alert you to some of these – as there is an opportunity for residents to express their point of view before decisions are taken. Three items we have singled out are:
Closing Public Toilets These are an essential, if not glamorous aspect of what a council provides – because no-one else will! Labour councillors want to close the conveniences on Quayside (the only ones on the west side of the city centre), Chesterton Road (without any plan to improve the inadequate block on Jesus Green nearby) and Mill Road (where there are no nearby alternatives). They also want to limit opening to weekends on the recreation grounds at Chesterton, Coleridge, Romsey and Midsummer Common. In a city which thrives from its shoppers and visitors, how come public loos are such a low priority that when cutbacks are in the air, they come to the fore? Apart from their use to everyone on occasion, public loos are especially important to the elderly, pregnant mothers, those with disabilities, parents of small children and those making full use of public open spaces.
Reducing the Environmental Enforcement Team Where there are rules for the benefit of the community, there needs to be an effort to enforce them – or they don’t get taken seriously. This applies to dropping litter, fly tipping, controlling dogs in public places, lighting BBQs on the grass, punt touting and commercial ‘A’ Boards on pavements. Few could claim these are all well under control, but Labour’s proposal is to reduce the officers from 7 to 6 and have those remaining only patrolling in pairs. When you take account of the size of the city and the need for weekend and summer evening patrols, we can expect only negligible attention anywhere – including where we need it locally and across the rest of the city! This is another core council responsibility: cutting it back is sure to result in lower standards.
Discontinuing the ‘Big Weekend’ This free annual summer event on Parker’s Piece brings the whole city together in a way little else does. The way it integrates and celebrates the city’s Asian community through the ‘Mela’ is especially valuable. It is natural for the cost of the event to come under scrutiny in times like these, but it seems shortsighted simply to abandon it, without a serious attempt to seek sponsorship for it, or failing that, to commercialise it whilst avoiding high cost entry.
If you feel more thought is needed before these measures are agreed, please say so in the council’s consultation survey – focusing on Question 10. But do act now, as the opportunity closes on January 10th at noon. Go to: https://cambridge.citizenlab.co/en-GB/projects/draft-budget-2023-24