County Council Report – May 2016

peterhudsonfrom Cllr Peter Hudson

New Northstowe Traffic Lights
Residents have contacted me re the new lights showing red late into the night stopping traffic on the B1050. Once again I have asked for these to be changed so the B1050 has priority.

Dust from the balancing ponds at Longstanton
Due to residents’ concerns, the contractor has agreed to try and keep this to a minimum and will dampen down as required.

Street Lights at the Park and Ride
Some residents have complained that the lights at the Park and Ride site are kept on when local street lights are turned off or dimmed.

Cambridge Park and Rides have half the lights going out after 2300hrs. Some are retained for security with remainder going off at midnight. I have asked that all sites are checked to make sure this is happening as Longstanton seems to be quite well lit! I am still waiting for the results of the investigation.

Traffic Calming
The traffic calming humps around the village will be inspected and repairs completed as necessary.

Devolution
Positive negotiations continue on Devolution for East Anglia.

The ambitious devolution proposal for East Anglia is taking shape with negotiations ongoing between Government and local leaders to build on the original three county deal agreed in the Spring.

Andy Wood, conducting negotiations on behalf of the Leaders group in East Anglia met with Government representatives on the 26th May. Mr Wood put forward the proposal from Leaders for two deals (Suffolk and Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough) for East Anglia, but with clear links on matters such as transport and infrastructure.

The two proposed deals that will be discussed with Government will be based on the content of the original deal agreement signed in March. Leaders believe having two deals is the best way to get the most out of devolution for the people, places and businesses across East Anglia.

Andy Wood, Independent chair of the East Anglia Leaders Group said: “All leaders remain fully committed to securing an ambitious devolution settlement for residents and businesses across East Anglia. Negotiations with government are positive and progressing well. Government is certainly listening to East Anglia, however, to talk more specifically about proposals at this point has the potential to weaken our negotiating position.”

“The ball is now firmly in our court. Locally we must conclude our discussions and present Government with our proposed deals. Government has been clear that councils will need to approve the deals locally before they will formally agree them. A full public consultation will take place in the summer to allow local people and businesses to have their say on the plans.”

Cambridgeshire Community Fair 2016
The Cambridgeshire Community Fair 2016, organised by local charity, Cambridgeshire ACRE, took place on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at the Burgess Hall in St Ives.

The Community Fair has been set up to help communities think about how they can fund, build and do more in their own villages and towns. The event is completely free of charge to attend and was run from 2pm – 6pm.

Attendees were able to join a range of talks and workshops by local experts, covering topics like funding for community projects, and neighbourhood planning; also available during the day was a ‘pop up’ Volunteer Centre, a one stop volunteering shop.

There was also a marketplace of stalls from voluntary and community sector organisations, funders, local authorities and other local programmes, projects and groups. Stallholders set out what they can do to help communities and were very willing to help people with ideas to explore.

Tethered Horses
This issue is mainly in Willingham, but some residents of Longstanton have spoken to me about their concerns as they often walk or cycle in the area.
This is now moving forward apace. The police (Inspector Drury) agreed to accompany George Hay when he put up the signs warning that the horses will be removed by the council if the owners do not remove them. Also, the police will accompany him if the owners have to be approached and if the horses have to be taken away.

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