We have been liaising with our County Councillor, Tim Wotherspoon regarding the ongoing issues with standing water on our village roads. Tim is trying to gather evidence so that he can try and get some action taken to address these issues. Please read the post from Tim below and help him to help us.
Tim writes: Increasingly many complaints have been percolating through to me as chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Flood Risk Management Partnership about gullies that are not just slow to empty but even blocked solid. The resulting standing water is being blamed on the flood risk team, but it’s a highways issue. Vehicles moving at speed through large pools of water standing in the roads throw up spray which not only soaks cyclists and pedestrians but also splashes on to walls and damages brickwork. Irate residents themselves have been resorting to digging silt out of completely blocked road gullies and posting photographs of the piles of detritus on social media. This is not good.
I suspect that cyclical maintenance may have been deprioritised in favour of filling in potholes, given the fuss created two years ago over the state of the roads after the repeated freeze-thaw damage of the 2017-2018 winter. However, we may be experiencing an unusually wet autumn (with 3 October the overall wettest day ever across the entire country), and episodes of prolonged rainfall may become increasingly common – with a corresponding chorus of complaints.
There has been some gully emptying and drain jetting in Willingham, but if there are any instances of persisting problems, as well as logging the issue on https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/, it would be really helpful to me in making the case for regular maintenance if you could take photographs and send them to me. Please include a note of time and location, and if possible how long the puddle lasted.
Please note from the 27th to 29th November the Planning Public Access System will be unavailable due to an upgrade as part of a Planning service wide project. This project will deliver improvements to resilience, ensure continued compliance with Public Sector security standards, will ensure ongoing support from the system suppliers and will bring new features to our staff and members of the public.
This is a three phased staged project of which this upgrade is part two. The 3rd and final phase is schedule for the 22nd – 25th January and further communications will be sent near to that time.
There are several new features included in the latest public access system.
Mapping enhancements include:
- New look and feel to the base map
- Quick and easy tool to limit the display of applications within a selected time period
- New measurement tool allowing to measure area, distance and show longitude/latitude of point
- A new button to allow a large map to be available on the screen
- Saved searches function allows users to save an extent search or circular search based on a set radius
Other enhancements to Public Access include:
- Filter searches by Local Authority on simple, advanced and weekly/monthly lists
- When a comment is successfully submitted to the Council the comments page clears down ready for selecting the next application.
- Title field now set as optional
To compensate for this interruption to introduce the upgraded system, the consultation dates on applications that are open for comment during this downtime have been extended by 5 days.
We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.
A small set of keys has been found at the QEII Field play park.
Please contact the Willingham Parish Council office on 01954 261027.
OWLS Community Car Scheme
Is Operating a restricted service through the current lockdown in Willingham, Swavesey, Over and Longstanton.
Passengers make a contribution of 30p/mile with a minimum charge of £3
If you need help getting to medical appointments or would like further information on how the scheme works or how you could help, then please call on 07505 254363
Please find attached the roadworks bulletin, detailing works and events that are due to start between 1st – 15th November 2020.
Please let me know if you are unable to open the attachments or if there are others to whom this should be sent.
Just a reminder that this only includes works that are due to start between 1st – 15th November and longer term works that are still in progress will have been included on previous reports. Alternatively please refer to https://one.network/ which will include details on emergency roadworks.