by Hazel Smith on 7 February, 2018
Chesterton Fen – S101A application
I sent in the residents petition with an application for a sewage connection, in January. Anglian Water are expected to refuse this again as the guidance has not changed since last time. Then we will mount an appeal to the Environment Agency, and hope to get the guidance changed.
Chisholm Trail and Abbey-Chesterton Bridge
At the Local Liaison Forum two engineers from the expected contractors, Carillion, were presenting the latest details of the scheme. This was the day that the news broke of Carillion’s problems and their employees had not yet been told. Some of the audience were aware, so that was awkward. They were employed on a preliminary contract as “Early Contractor Involvement” in which phase the experts work on the design to fine-tune it. They had not been given the main contract yet, and now it seems unlikely they’ll build the bidge. The timetable they presented would have seen the bridge across the Cam being built on the Fen Road side of the river, then lifted by crane into place on one Sunday in November. For the lifting into place they would have to close the railway because they would be working so close to the railway bridge. Getting permission to close the railway takes a lot of negotiation with Network Rail, so those in charge of the project will be worried about not meeting the deadlines they had planned.
The path on the opposite side of the river (through Ditton Meadows and on to Stourbridge Common via the current boardwalk under the railway bridge) is also to change. The path will close for up to 3 months while they build a new pontoon under the bridges.
Homelessness Reduction Act
We had a briefing about this new legislation, which gives district councils a new duty towards potentially homeless people from April. The council already works hard to talk to people who are struggling to afford their rent, and this will formalise that approach, trying to prevent homelessness. Whereas at present single homeless people are unlikely to be found accommodation, the new arrangement gives the council a duty to help anyone who cooperates with them, though young single people will not be offered temporary accommodation. Each person at risk of homelessness within 56 days will have an agreed Personal Housing Plan which details the steps the person must follow. The council has a duty to take reasonable steps to help them get into secure housing on a 6-month tenancy.
Waterbeach Station move consultation
This was in Waterbeach, and showed the plans to move the station as early as 2021. They intend to provide a shuttle bus from the old station to the new one for a while and to have access to the new station from Bannold Road, along Cody Road at least in the early days. Later this would just be a cycle and pedestrian route, and the main access would be from the new town. The platforms will be extended at the current station to take longer trains in the meantime.
Incinerator planning application at Amey
The application is now in for decision by the County Council’s planning committee. There was a lot of activity in Waterbeach this month as people were worried about the application. Many people had attended the consultation days at Amey in the summer, but many others had not realised it was coming. Cllr Ingrid Tregoing asked the County planning dept to extend the deadline for responses to the consultation, and has organised a meeting to give people a chance to ask questions this Monday 29th.
Here’s a thoughtful blog on the issue by someone from Transition Cambridge: