Just a reminder that this only includes works that are due to start between 16th – 31st October and longer term works that are still in progress will have been included on previous reports. Alternatively please refer to http://www.roadworks.org which will include details on emergency roadworks.
This weekend, there will be a closure of the A14 eastbound between St Ives J26 and Bar Hill J29 from Friday 10pm until Monday 5am. Once the closure is lifted on Monday morning, the eastbound exit slip for Swavesey J28 will use part of the new local access road as an exit slip road. (Green line on photo attached).
The new slip road is located well BEFORE the junction and bridge, and will be signposted in advance. At the same time, the eastbound entry slip will also change. Entry to the A14 will be from the roundabout at the top of the Swavesey overbridge. (Yellow line) The old eastbound exit and entry slips will be closed as of Monday.
Welcome to October’s Highway Events Diary which highlights all known events that will have an impact or take place upon the public highway. The diary features events across Cambridgeshire and you are able to sort and filter the diary to show events in your immediate area by using the down arrow in the title bar.
12th – 17th, St.Ives Michaelmas Fair. The historic annual fair returns to St.Ives town centre, as it has done for the last 800 years. The tradition of throwing new pennies to the children continues during the opening ceremony. Road closures and restrictions will be in place to include the setting up, and dismantling of the fair.
20th, Cambridge Town and Gown . Returning for its 8th year, the popular 10k run takes on an orange theme raising money for Muscular Dystrophy UK. Road closures will be in place for the event, so please bear this in mind if you plan on visiting Cambridge.
14th – 17th , Anglian Ruskin University Graduations, Cambridge. Intermittent, temporary road closures will be in place in the City centre due to mass crowd movements during the graduation ceremonies.
5th November, Cambridge bonfire and fireworks. The popular event returns offering a funfair, food stall, fireworks and bonfire festivities. Although the event is held for one day / evening with road closures, it is worth noting that footpath closures will be in place between 31st October and 7th November for the setting up and dismantling of the equipment.
11th November, Remembrance parades and services will be taking place across the County so please expect road closures to be in place during this time.
8th March, Cambridge Half Marathon. The popular running event returns, taking in the scenery of central Cambridge. Road closures will be in place for the event, so please bear this in mind if you are planning on visiting Cambridge.
3rd May, Sawston Fun Run returns following its best attended run last year. The 2020 Fun Run will be celebrating the VE Day anniversary, and will be raising money for charity. Road closures and restrictions will be in place throughout the event.
23rd & 24th May, Duxford Air Festival returns for the Battle of Britain. With the event being so popular, the routes around the event location will be busier than normal.
6th & 7th June, The Tour ofCambridgeshire returns meaning numerous road closures and restrictions along the route. For more information please visit: https://www.golazocycling.com/Tour_of_Cambridgeshire/Gran_Fondo_UCI_Tour_of_Cambridgeshire.php
*Please remember details of all highway events can be found on https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/highway-events/
James Broder from County Highways attended the September meeting. When pressed about the appallingly dangerous state of the B1050 Shelford Road he was only able to offer further patching, with a vague reference to a ‘permanent solution’ at some distant time and no prospect of a lorry ban. The council reiterated its deep concern.
As detailed in last month’s piece a big topic at recent meetings has been dog walking, arising from the closure of the set aside field. Dogs and their owners had enjoyed use of this space for many years as an easily accessible safe area. The council enquired about purchasing or leasing part of the land but that was not possible.
Dog owners then lobbied the council to allow dogs onto the recreation ground or part of it. Rec users lobbied just as hard not to allow this. Clearly, whichever way the decision went a sizeable number of residents would be upset. The council decided on the status quo and not to allow dogs on the Rec on the basis of health and safety and the fact that the village already has a shortage of sports space. A working party set up to look at alternatives is due to report back in October.
Another hot topic was the Meadow Road site. For readers that do not know the background, this was once a traveller site set up by the county council that was eventually abandoned. The parish council leased it with the objective of creating an open space. The intention is that it will be a woodland area for parishioners to enjoy with or without their dogs. It is open for anyone that wishes to visit but is far from finished and the ground is very uneven.
Plans are now beginning to take shape. We are looking at an area next to the Bowls Green of 34 m x 37 m, which can accommodate two tennis courts, a 5 a side football pitch and a netball court. Catering for different sports on a single surface requires compromise, and sand-dressed artificial grass is the best option. We are drawing up detailed specifications and collecting information to make a pre-planning application to SCDC. As the recreation ground is in a high flood risk area the Environment Agency’s input is key.
There have been three resignations, including the Chairman. Derek Law has stepped up from Vice Chair and Phil King has returned from the back benches. If you feel you can help fill the vacancies then please do contact the Parish Clerk for more information. The duties need not be very onerous and you will be able to judge at first hand how well your council performs. The closing date for applications is noon on the 30th October.