Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Parking Review Closes But Residents Still Wait For Action

Two months after the consultation ended on parking restrictions in Cambridge’s Queen Edith’s residents are no nearer finding a solution to their parking problems.

Residents have been waiting years for the Tory-controlled Cambridgeshire County Council to take action to prevent commuters and visitors parking in residential streets while visiting Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the nearby sixth form colleges.

Some of the proposals, for yellow lines in Hinton Avenue were in response to a petition six and a half years ago and others for Godwin Close, designed to give primary school children a safe route to and from school, were advertised following a petition a year ago.

Now Liberal Democrat campaigner, Amanda Taylor, of Holbrook Road has asked Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Tony Orgee to take a walk with her through the streets to see for himself the extent of the problem and he has agreed to do so.

She also asked Cllr Orgee during yesterday’s (Monday, February 18) Cabinet meeting to explain why there had been no progress on the parking restrictions nor on the broader parking review after its consultation period also closed two months ago.

He could only tell her that there was a lot of work to do and there would be a meeting with ward councillors in two to three weeks’ time.

Amanda said: “Residents have suffered for years through inconsiderate visitor parking and we are constantly being fobbed off by the Tories on Cambridgeshire County Council who don’t seem to care.

“When residents feel so strongly that they need to raise a petition to keep their children safe the county council should be listening. And as the education authority it has a duty of care to ensure a safe route to school for its pupils. But we have seen the consultations close and still nothing happens.

“I am looking forward to taking Cllr Orgee on a tour of the area so he can see the problem for himself and meet some of the people affected; maybe then he will act.”