Whaddon Parish Council May 2018, County Councillor Report
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 tomorrow’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.
Whaddon Gap: A request will be made to resurface the length of this road, following a tour of the village with Highways lead officer Evan Laughlin.
White Lines – apparently on the way.
Whaddon Gap A1198 junction: Lee Ginger and I met the Council projects officer who will give us a more detailed estimate on the various things that could be done to improve safety here, including a right turn lane into Whaddon Gap and a reprofiling/simplification of the junction that clarifies the visual field. There is no money for these projects but it seems sensible to get ducks in a row to anticipate future opportunities.
Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group
A new ‘Meldreth Shepreth Foxton Rail’ Facebook page has been set up as a forum for local rail users, having received feedback in the past month from Meldreth station 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.
I attended the opening of London Bridge Station last week to learn more about opportunities to get the best outcomes for our area. The timetable starting on 20 May will be a work in progress; GTR were well aware of the concerns from London commuters from Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton and will be expecting our feedback as tweaks are made within the overall timetable structure to try and ease individual problems.
Community Rail Partnership: A new cycle of meetings to involve parish councils will start in September. Would Whaddon PC be happy to join as an active participant? Meetings will be roughly quarterly.
Cam Vale Bus User Group – We met last month at the Elin Way Meldreth 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.