Meldreth Parish Council May 2018
County Councillor Report
I’m sorry to miss this meeting – apologies as I’d not factored in the date change. Congratulations to all after last week’s elections. It was wonderful to note that Meldreth was one of just a few parish councils in the district to have enough candidates to trigger an election.
The County Council has been quiet during purdah with all decision-making meetings generally postponed. We’ll now have a flurry of activity.
Pot holes: I’ve submitted a formal question to next week’s County Council meeting about pot holes and repair techniques – please see attached PDF.
I have received many reports from people who’ve sustained expensive damage to their bicycles or cars, due to pot holes. So far, no one I have spoken to has felt it worth their while making a compensation claim, often saying that they don’t trust the council processes to yield a satisfactory result. I’ve inquired; it is true that if a road has been inspected according to agreed schedules, and no pot hole has been reported, compensation is ‘less likely’. Therefore, it’s in the public interest to report pot holes (using the on-line system is best). Having said this, I’m told that the number of compensation claims made this year is about 4-5 times higher than last year.
Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group and Community Rail Partnership: Our new project officer Sarah Grove has set up a new ‘Meldreth Shepreth Foxton Rail’ Facebook page as a forum for local rail users, having received feedback in the past month from Meldreth commuters facing a more difficult commute under the new Thameslink timetable. Other commuters have said that the new timetable with its direct service to London Bridge will suit them well – so there are obvious pluses and minuses. The new timetable takes effect May 20; trains will run to King’s Cross until December 2019 when they will run through St Pancras.
The Community Rail Partnership meets formally on 17 May, and an invitation has been issued to Meldreth, Melbourn, Shepreth and Foxton Parish Council chairs, as well as district and county representatives, Govia Thameslink, Network Rail, Railfuture and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. The purpose will be to agree a line action plan and community-based projects for the coming year.
Cam Vale Bus User Group – We met last month at the Elin Way Community Room, with the bus operator, Royston and District Community Transport and the County Council, and agreed timetable changes to the service now to be called the 127, not 128. Since then we’ve been invited by a Cambridge area-wide bus user group to work together to lobby the mayor to exercise his franchising powers in a way that would inject significant support to rural bus services.
A10 Annual Awareness Ride – This took place on Sunday and was wonderfully supported by Meldreth residents, in particular pupils from Meldreth Primary School who serve as ‘Travel Ambassadors’ and have urged as many people as possible to support Walk to School Week. I hope we can work together to explore more ways to help persuade more people to walk/scooter/cycle for short distance trips around the village, year-round. It is now possible to cycle to Cambridge completely off road, along the alignment of the A10.