Minutes of the Highways Committee Meeting held on Monday 17 September 2001 at 7.45pm in the Community Centre Present: RJ Farrington (chair) R Day B Jefferson RLE Waters PK Oldham LC Twinn The clerk SJ Daniels 1 Apologies for absence RT Summerfield 471/01 2 Minutes The minutes of the meeting of 18 June 2001 were approved and signed as a true record. (352/01) A10 Junction /Butt Lane - The clerk reported that WS Atkins were recently conducting a traffic count at the junction. He would find out the progress made by the County Council. (353/01) School Entrance Butt Lane - copy of letter from the County Council to the school advising against installing railings was received and noted (min 384/01 refers). The school governors could not see an easy solution and welcomed any suggestions. (355/01) Footpath Link to Cemetery - Landbeach Parish Council were interested in having a joint approach to a footpath/cycle link between Landbeach and Milton. J Richards felt that the central splitter on the A10 provided an opportunity to cross the road in two stages in relative safety. (356/01) Speed Humps - noted that it was rare for the County Council to recommend a traffic calming scheme involving features such as road humps in residential areas due to the noise problems (letter from P Sharp Area Traffic Engineer CCC). The clerk would send a copy of the letter to the resident who requested road humps. AGREED to recommend that Council take no further action. (357/01) Cycle Scheme - The clerk would write to J Richards expressing disappointment that he had not sent an update as promised in his letter dated 20 July and would include the following: - replacement bollard needed at Bene't Garage - elephant's feet at Fen Road/High Street junction - dropped kerb at Fen Road/High Street junction too high - poor quality red surface at Fen Road/High Street junction - cycle sign at Fen Road obscured by grapevine - drainage problems at Coles Road, Butt Lane and on pavement near Carequest. 472/01 3 Jointly Funded Minor Improvements Scheme Details of the minor improvements scheme were received and bids for funding requested. Those schemes that provided maximum benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users tended to have the best chance of success. Three schemes were considered: 1 Pinch Point Ely Road. The cycle scheme in Ely Road did not help to reduce the speed of traffic entering from the north. 2 Butt Lane junction. This junction was considered dangerous for vehicles entering Butt Lane from the south as it was a blind corner with cars (and skip) parked on the northern side of Butt Lane. Safety could be improved by widening the path on the southern side to change the alignment of the junction entrance 3 Footpath link to cemetery. AGREED to recommend that Council put in a bid for funding towards the three schemes in priority order: 1 Pinch point Ely Road 2 Butt Lane junction 3 Footpath link to cemetery. RLEW would draw plans of the schemes. 473/01 4 Travellers and Landbeach Road Local residents were concerned about travellers and had asked Council to consider 'stopping up' the disused part of the Landbeach Road. It was felt the travellers who stayed at the northern end of Landbeach Road in August had caused little damage and SCDC cleaned up the area quickly. Difficulties of stopping up the road: - Council would have to meet the cost of stopping up the road. - The question of ownership of the land on the western side would need to be investigated. (Caius College, County Council or developers?) The College of West Anglia owned the eastern side. - Stopping up could also pose a problem for the proposed footpath (min 472/01 above). AGREED that no further action should be taken. 474/01 5 Cycle bridge planting Details of the planting had been circulated. Comments: - Will the sight line be impeded by the shrubs at the access both on and off near the Tesco roundabout? - Who will maintain the shrubs and grass? - The access to the grass area must be properly secured against travellers and other unwelcome visitors. The gate appears to be in the wrong location and should be at the beginning of the grass area. - White willow is acceptable if pollarded. Who will do it? 475/01 6 Lorries in access road to Country Park The warden of the Country Park was concerned about the problem of lorries obstructing the road, reducing visibility for other drivers and causing litter. It was agreed that double yellow lines would be inappropriate as policing especially overnight would be a problem. It was felt that parking in an industrial area was preferable to other possible areas in the village. AGREED to ask the warden to monitor and let Council have more information. (Committee visited the site after the meeting to see the problem). 476/01 7 Any other business Church Lane/Fen Road - cars parked on the Church Lane/Fen Road junction usually at lunch times were causing a traffic hazard. PKO to discuss with Jolly Brewers. Salt bins - agreed not to ask the County Council for salt bins for the winter. Noted that gritting routes had been revised to improve efficiency. The County Council would send a leaflet showing the routes in due course. The meeting ended at 9.10pm.