Susan van de Ven

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Meldreth and Whaddon Learn more

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Bassingbourn report

Bassingbourn County Councillor Report Oct 2019

A1198 speed survey – A report was received from Derek Crosby for Cambs Police, in conjunction with the Local Highways Initiative application.  This has been forwarded on to Traffic and Travel Working Group.

 Pavement Parking – I am back in contact with the police with new pavement parking issues.

A10 noise following resurfacing – for information – Eighteen months ago the A10 was given a surface dressing, for the purpose of extending the life of the road by about ten years.  The grade of material used was deemed the most advantageous for an A-road, but this has resulted in higher noise levels for drivers and nearby residents.  We’ve received complaints especially from people living near the Melbourn bypass but also from parts of Shepreth.   The same exercise has been replicated on about a dozen roads around the county, and two have resulted in noise complaints, including at Papworth.

We raised the matter with County Highways, who asked their contractor Skanska to carry out detailed noise monitoring – this took place in July.  Because noise levels were not measured before the surface dressing was applied, it’s difficult to measure any change in noise levels so far. Nevertheless, County Highways accept that there is a problem, and have agreed to return in March to ascertain whether, with further bedding down, there has been any improvement.  If noise disturbance remains problematic, the remedy would be a new ‘dressing’ with a different material (which would initially cause renewed noise disturbance before it beds down), or a more permanent type new surface layer.  Any remedy would cost money, and would have to compete with the many demands on Highways’ limited budget.  A noise barrier is not an option because County Highways cannot afford maintenance costs.

So, Highways accepts there’s a problem and will ask their contractor to monitor it; and they are willing to consider a remedy if required, but can’t guarantee funding. 

Mind CPSL – free local service for all at the Melbourn Hub  Melbourn Hub has been chosen by Mind CPSL as a venue to host their weekly ‘Good Mood Cafe’ – an informal weekly session within the Hub’s Bookmark cafe, to offer wellbeing support from Mind CPSL professionals. People don’t have to be in a good mood to come along but the objective is that everyone should leave feeling better than when they arrived. The session will be held every Friday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm, open to anyone and is free to attend.   

The Hub is also a host venue for Mind CPSL’s weekly ‘Open Door’ sessions to be held soon in the Hub’s Austen room, where people who feel overwhelmed and need some space and tranquillity can come. These two-hour sessions also offer guidance on self-help techniques to ‘ground’ people and help them feel better both in the moment and in the future. Attendance is free. For more information call Mind CPSL on 0300 303 4363.  This is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council as part of their Adult mental health support services.

Dementia support at the Melbourn Hub

A whole range of dementia support is available at the Melbourn Hub.  Please do pop over any time if you’re interested to learn more.

NHS Services in Cambridgeshire: ‘The Big Conversation’: The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has launched what it is calling The Big Conversation – not a formal consultation but a discussion on how to proceed in buying health services for our area, against the reality that it is currently spending considerably more than it can afford.  You’ll recall a mention in our July parish council report about likely CCG cuts especially to the voluntary sector; this was pulled back and the Big Conversation is a relaunch of the overall attempt to decide where ‘difficult decisions’ need to be taken. This runs until mid-December, and it’s important to respond.