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Update on proposals for double yellow lines

Cambridgeshire County Council (The Rowans and Fen Road, Milton) (Prohibition of Waiting) Order 20$$

Cambridgeshire County Council proposes to make the above Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, after consultation with the Chief Officer of Police the effect of which will be to prohibit waiting at any time on the following roads in Milton;

    • The Rowans, both sides at its northern junction with Cambridge Road in a north westerly direction for a distance of 23 metres and both sides at its southern junction with Cambridge Road in a north westerly direction for a distance of 25 metres.
    • Fen Road, Eastern side from a point 13 metres south-south east of its junction with Church Lane to a point 33 metres south-south east of the same junction.

An explanation of the types of Traffic Regulations Orders (TRO) is available at this link.   A copy of the public notice, map, and other supporting documents can be found under the link listing proposed permanent orders.

If you wish to make any comments on these proposals please email County Officers at policyandregulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk no later than the 14th October 2020 quoting reference PR0668.

Community Gritting Scheme

The Community Gritting Scheme is a scheme where Local volunteers can help to keep their community moving in freezing weather. Under this scheme, the Parish Council agrees specific routes in their area which are important to the local community and agrees them with the County Council.  

You can find out what is involved by reading the Community Gritting Training Pack at this link.

If you would like to volunteer to help with gritting in Milton in the vent of extreme cold weather this winter then please contact the Parish Clerk – clerk@miltonvillage.org.uk – by Monday 12th October.

Anglian Water Waste Water Plant relocation

Parish Council have responded to Anglian Water. The following comments are collated from the Agenda and Minutes of recent meetings.

Councillors raised initial questions  to Anglian Water following the July Council meeting including concern about the impact of sites 1 and 2 on Heritage aspect of Mere Way and its use as a cycle route, and on the open aspect of the landscape as well as the Milton Cemetery which is close to two of the sites.

After further discussions at the Council meeting on 10th August Parish Council agreed a further response below, which was also included in a press release.  

Milton Parish Council  object to development of this kind of facility on Green Belt land, in particular where the proposed sites would reduce the separation between Milton and Histon and Impington.  We understand that the existing strong protections for the Green Belt will be reinforced under the new proposals announced by Robert Jenrick MP. [In December 2009 a planning inspector emphasised the importance of the Green Belt in protecting Milton from coalescence with Cambridge.]

We note that the non-greenfield sites that were considered have been rejected primarily on grounds of their cost, that made them unaffordable from the available funds from the Housing Infrastructure Fund. 

It seems that sites that were discarded in the earlier sift caused less environmental impact but required longer tunnels that would incur higher cost; whereas the three retained sites have a more severe impact on the Green Belt but have been accepted on grounds of lower cost. This suggests cost is influencing the decision to such an extent that it brings the ability to build a good quality high tech site into question.

Sites 1 and 2 would have significant impact on local businesses including specialised agriculture businesses, e.g. fruit farming, resulting in many job losses. Should the development of these sites go ahead, how would the affected businesses be compensated?

We have concern about the impact on local roads of additional HGV traffic both during construction and in future operation of the site.

We have concern that if the outflow moves below Baits Bite Lock there would be an adverse effect on water flows and quality.

A wind rose/proximity of population density analysis would strongly support Site 3 to minimise risk of odour impact to residents: Site 3 is distant from major housing population irrespective of wind direction, and even with the prevailing SW winds. Site 2 is much closer to dense population and the wind directions that may lead to impact are moderately common. Site 1 is the closest to dense population.

Please confirm what processes will be in place to manage and compensate for odour issues during equipment failure or maintenance?

We would prefer use of a non-greenfield site, but should one of the Milton sites be adopted then site 2 would appear to be less damaging to the environment and to local businesses.

 

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation: Recovery Fund

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Recovery Fund offers financial support to constituted groups and organisations who can help communities recover from the impact of the Pandemic.

There are two levels of grant available, £10K – £14.9K and £15K- £25K that may be available to any projects that will support communities at this very challenging time.

The timescales for this grant are tight, groups are required to submit a very simple expression of interest by 19th August 2020 and completed applications by 9th September.

More information is available on the CCF website 

South Cambs Community Safety Partnership Survey 2020

South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is made up of representatives from South Cambs District Council,  Cambridgeshire County Council, Police, Fire and Rescue Service and the NHS and Probation Service, who work together to deal with local crime and anti-social behaviour issues. This survey aims to collate information from the public on perceptions of safety within their communities. This survey is extremely important in the current climate where the Covid-19 pandemic prevents face to face community engagement. The results of this survey will directly affect the way in which community safety in certain geographical locations is prioritised among the statutory bodies within the South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SouthCambsCSPSurvey2020

Play Area Update

The play areas at The Rowans, Froment Way, Humphries Way, and the areas managed by the Milton Community Centre Management Committee at Coles Road and The Sycamores (including the exercise equipment) will re-open on Saturday 4th July. The swing seats at Coles Road have been removed awaiting delivery of replacement parts to meet safety requirements.

Guidance for users, carers, parents and guardians is given on notices posted in each area including:

  • Maintain social distancing according to the government’s latest advice.
  • If the play area or exercise area is too busy then please wait or come back at another time.
  • Sanitise your hands before, during, and after using the play area especially after touching the equipment and access gates. Please wipe down exercise equipment after use.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.
  • No food or drink should be taken into the play areas.
  • Please put litter in the bins provided.

Milton Parish Council support for the Country Park

Milton Parish Council has recognised the huge value of Milton Country Park to the village and awarded an extraordinary grant of £10,000 to help the Park stay open in these tough times.

280 people have also donated over £9,000 on the Milton Country Park Crowdfunder page to help the Park stay open, and there are some really warm and grateful comments left by donors on that website, well worth a read. The Park is helping a lot of people to relax and unwind during this lockdown. Last week South Cambs District Council also gave a grant.

The Park gets no regular funding from the councils and having closed for safety on Mothers Day, for the last couple of months it has had no income. In normal times they collect car parking fees and some income from the cafe in the park. Grounds Cafe is now open for takeaways and ice-creams, and with the car park open things are starting to return to normal. However, the extensive range of water-sports, Parkrun, cycling, outdoor children’s parties, the Wild Place, and other group events cannot yet get going. And there will be no large mass gatherings for theatre events, outdoor cinema, concerts or the Autumn festival which are their main fundraising events.

Milton Parish Council received an unexpected cash payment last year when a historic anomaly was sorted out. The Parish Chairman Don Wildman said, “We don’t normally support charities but we are pleased to be able to help Milton Country Park through this situation at no cost to our taxpayers by using some of this money.” District Cllr Hazel Smith said, “We really appreciate the Park just now: Milton Country Park is one of the best things about living in Milton.”

New Parish Council survey

** This survey is closed. The results are being analysed for review by the Parish Council **

Parking is an ongoing challenge around the Village. Many people have raised concerns about the junctions of The Rowans with Cambridge Road, and Fen Road directly opposite the junction with Coles Road. Double yellow lines have been suggested to visually reinforce the existing Highway Code restrictions.

Please provide your feedback through the questionnaire at this survey link

The survey is also available in paper form in the March edition of Milton Village View.  As the delivery of the View had to be delayed, the closing date for survey responses has been set to 8th May 2020. 

Many thanks for your time in completing the survey, your feedback is important in helping us assess the proposals.