Council boasting that it fines cyclists! #EnvironmentalCapitalMyArse

Bridge Street - Peterborough

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“? Read more

Time to tackle car litter louts?

Car littering

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?

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Speeding along #GunthorpeRoad, more of my efforts!

Gunthorpe Road

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:

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Working Group to look at #RhubarbBridge – LATEST

Rhubarb Bridge

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.
Glinton Bridge
One of TWO bridges that enable school children, pedestrians and cyclists a safe passage A15, and to rise above the air pollution!

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!

Is £22,000 enough to deal with verge parking?

Verge Parking

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:

  1. Will we see more Enforcement Officers if the number of TRO’s increases?
  2. How much will the fines be?
  3. What efforts will be made to ensure fines are paid?
  4. 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!

 

Cut speed, save lives in Gunthorpe ……..!

20s Plenty
Even a 1mph reduction in average speeds cuts crashes by 6%.

I want 20 mile per hour speed limits not just in the residential areas of the Gunthorpe ward, but throughout the city!

  • Tests show that 20 mph limits reduce the most toxic diesel fumes.
  • They could help to reduce the 30,000 annual UK deaths from air pollution.

Sadly, all our Tory-controlled city council has promised is to review, evaluate and share their feedback – but to date, I’ve seen nowt from them?

What do you think? Would you like to see 20 mph limits?

Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts or opinions below!

  • Check out the facts, research and details from the 20’s Plenty website, byvisiting here!

 

Is £600,000 for “rusty” Bourges Boulevard barrier a good deal?

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The barrier, which runs along Bourges Boulevard, near to the entrance to the Train Station, has certainly caused a range of comments whenever I’ve spoken about it on-line and in 2015, after recently being installed, it was even hit by vandals.

Some residents then asked me to find out how much it has actually cost, so I did.
At a meeting of Full Council, I stood up and explained that I’d had several queries relating to the so called “art work”, that runs along the central reservation of the Bourges Boulevard, that appeared following the £4.5 million improvement scheme the other year.

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Tory Councillor, Peter Hiller responded:

“I suggest the cost of the safety barrier needs to be looked at in the context of the whole scheme.

“The total cost of this project was £4.5 million of which £2.1 million was government funded and £0.6million was a contribution secured from the rather splendid Waitrose development alongside; approved, he might remember, by the cross party Planning Committee.

“The remaining £1.8 was from the Council, agreed by Members as an integral element of the budget at that time.

“The estimated cost to plant trees directly into the central reservation without the use of planters and the erection of standard specification, somewhat utilitarian, railings was originally priced at about £720,000 whereas the use of planters and bespoke railings now installed cost well under £600,000.

“Quite a saving, I’m sure you’ll agree.”

So ……. do you agree with the Tory councillor? Or do you have another view? Either way, please let us know below!

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Some local people have been very surprised at how much it cost!

What are the chances of a new train station for Werrington?

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Simply answer is “Very slim!”

But that didn’t stop the issue being raised at a meeting of Full Council earlier this year.
It was Liberal Councillor for Dogsthorpe, Cllr Chris Ash, who raised the issue, asking that given the proposals for a new junction at Werrington, whether a new station on the northern side of the city could also be included in development plans.

“… Network Rail and the Government have no plans whatsoever to build a new station in this area.” – PCC

It’s a shame, as I for one, suspect using train lines, will become a viable option over the next 25 years, as a way to reduce the reliance on car usage, as we already face restrictions such as road width, air quality targets etc.

Maybe we could even see the introduction of cable cars along the existing train lines that run throughout the city?

They did that in Mexico City to help address the issues of congestion and pollution.
What we do know about the rail junction at Werrington:

  • Government’s current plans are to speed up travel times on the East Coast Mainline and an example of this is the planned Werrington project.
  • This will take freight trains under the East Coast Mainline, and will improve reliability, journey times and also increase the number of trains.
  • Work at Werrington is set to start in the Summer of 2018 and completion is planned for Autumn 2020.
  • For full details on the Werrington Scheme please VISIT HERE!

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