You can now download the newsletter for October 2019.
The next event will be Halloween, with games and and activities at the corner of St Thomas’s Square nearest to Walpole Rd. At 6 pm there will be a judging of the best costumes with prizes. Do come along and join in!
There is a provisional list of events we wish to hold next year, as usual all ideas are welcome.
We have an update on the community library and buses as well as information on how to help hedgehogs, and to apply for a tree.
There is a residents survey in Coleridge ward funded by the city council. The survey – Love it! Hate it! Shape it? Intends to find out what people like and dislike about the Coleridge area, what we would like to see happen in the area and encourage us to become active participants in making something new happen.
They also have a specific youth survey to try to capture the thoughts and ideas of young people.
The survey will last until the end of October and will be followed up with a community meeting where people will be able to find out the results and to suggest ideas and get involved. The meeting will most likely be in the early New Year to catch some of those New Year resolutions.
Paper copies of the survey have already been posted through some people’s doors and can also be picked up at Perne Road Co-Op, Balzanos and The Cambridge Junction, where completed survey forms can also be dropped off.
Just as we're coming to the end of the Mill Road bridge closure we now face having to contend with Queen Edith's Way being closed as the roundabout is redone.
This means that the number 2 bus will not be going to Addenbrooke's from 9th September for 29 weeks. If you need to go to Addenbrooke's you will need to change on Cherry Hinton Road, at the Derwent Road stop, to a number 1 bus. To return, you'll need to take the number 2 to Cherry Hinton and then switch to the number 2 in Queen Edith's Way at the Strangeways stop.
The information provided by Stagecoach does not yet show the timetable. We will post it here when it becomes available.
The image below shows the route of the number 2 as it goes anticlockwise down Wulfstan Way, Queen Edith's, Cherry Hinton Road and back to Walpole Road and the three stops in the loop.
Update 26 June: there will be no side bridge built for pedestrians and cyclists. Instead, the bridge will be demolished in a way that allows for a path to remain. However, this will be closed completely (from 8.45am to 8.45pm) on Friday July 5 to Monday July 8, Thursday July 11 to Saturday July 13, Sunday July 28 to Wednesday July 31 and Saturday August 3 until Monday August 5.
Edit 4 June 2019: Stagecoach have announced the timetable for the disrupted period from 1st July. This will be supplemented by free Dial-a-Ride services for those in need.
Further to our post from 7 May (Mill Road bridge closures July/August 2019), the Cambridge Area Bus Users group have provided an update.
They report that Stagecoach will be bringing in three 15 seater buses, one for each side of the bridge and a spare for breakdowns. They plan to run every twenty minutes, one from the city centre to the bridge and one from the bridge to Sainsbury's.
The day with the skips and the rubbish collecting – plus things to do in St Thomas’s Hall
Skips will be in Ancaster Way all morning. Please take your items there on foot or by car.
Need large or heavy items removed from your home?
Make a booking. This is vital! Last date for booking is 10th June.
We will need: your name and address, what the item is and where it is.
Either email email@example.com or leave a note at 52 Birdwood Rd.
If the item is inside your house you will need to be home as we cannot guarantee timings of collections. Please bag any dirty items.
No Fly Tipping! If your item is not collected (ie you haven’t made a booking) and it is outside your home after the clear-up has finished, the City Council may see this as fly-tipping! So please do ensure that all your items on the pavement have gone by 1pm.
Can you make a cake or serve teas? Or are you strong – even just a bit?
If you can help please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note at 52 Birdwood Rd.
We couldn’t do this without Cambridge City Council and volunteers from the Cambridge Community Church who we will be working with throughout the morning. There is always room for more help though.
In St Thomas’s Hall – BARA AGM – please come and support us
12.00 BARA AGM
We need to amend our Constitution to include what will happen to any money if we cease activity. We’re not expecting to! The committee thinks any remaining money should be shared equally between the charities we have supported in the past. More details at the AGM.
The newsletter for May 2019 is now available to download.
In it you will find information on the Community Action Day on 15th June (see the next post for more information).
Also, the coach trip now has a date and destination. We're going back to Norwich again - it proved a good option. Save the date: 21st September 2019.
Other items included in the newsletter:
We would like to draw your attention to the ongoing consultation on the future shape of Cherry Hinton Road.
Cherry Hinton Road is a key local commuter route, which sees on average 2000 cyclists and 1500 pedestrians travelling to Cambridge Train Station, city centre and locations along Hills Road each day.
The walking and cycling improvements, which also include options for parking and bus stop layouts, have been designed to help reduce congestion in the area.
The consultation will run from Tuesday 8th May to Tuesday 18th June, with two drop-in events at Rock Road Library on 21st May and 5th June.
Hard copies of the consultation document will be available at Rock Road Library and Cambridge Central Library or for more information and to fill out a survey online, visit:
The Cambridge Area Bus Users have posted a round up of a report by Over Mill Road Bridge of a public meeting held on 29th April. There is a slide you can download to look at what is intended, which seems to be removing a section of the bridge entirely and rebuilding it.
At the moment, the gist of it seems to be that it's all a bit of a shambles for bus users. The good news that there is an intended shuttle bus both sides of the bridge, one into town and one (unfortunately) to Sainsbury's. For BARA residents this would mean you could take a bus to Sainsbury's (assuming the diverted number 2 will stop there) and connect to the shuttle bus.
However, the shuttle bus route when it reaches the bridge is causing concern as the people in charge of the route obviously have never been to Mill Road and have scheduled the bus to turn by going down narrow one way streets the wrong way. In fact, the map shows the shuttle on our side of the bridge turning via Stockwell Street and Cockburn Street, which are both one way in the same direction and have a barrier between them on Argyle Street. Easily amended by going down Argyle Street and up Stockwell Street but it shows a lack of attention to detail that is worrying.
Also of note is that they will be closing the replacement foot/cycle bridge for one week.
Good news: you will be able to get to Sainsbury's on the bus.
Bad news: the Coldhams Lane diversion is going to drive everyone mad and it will be hard to get to Mill Road.
Image taken from page 11 of the powerpoint presentation on overmillroadbridge.org.uk.
Some Future Events:
Pavements. £160,000 additional funding has been granted by the County Council and Birdwood Rd is one of the roads that has been included for work. Yippee! If you need to alert the County Council to any other highway problems in your road, call 0345 045 5212 (charged at local rate). Or on-line at https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/
Review of City Council Ward Boundaries by the Boundary Commission. We put in a submission that the whole area covered by BARA should remain in Coleridge Ward. It will. We will continue to have three City Councillors and be in Coleridge Ward for City Council elections. As they were not looking again at County ward boundaries, we remain in Cherry Hinton Ward for County Council elections.
The Community Library in the phone box in Birdwood Rd (just near the Gray Rd junction) has been a great success. We have had books in several languages and non-fiction and fiction books for both adults and children. It provides a fascinating snapshot of the varied population here and its eclectic tastes. Please continue to bring and take.
In November Jane (Chair BARA) had a third meeting with Stagecoach and it was another waste of time. No more meetings are planned. They say they now have a full complement of drivers and all problems of reliability are outside their control e.g. through congestion. They will not revert to a 10 minute service.
If you want to give feedback to Stagecoach, contact Nigel Tarrant
Telephone: 01223 433 250 between 08:30 and 17:30, Monday to Friday.
Address: Stagecoach, 100 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DN
An alternative for some could be Cambridge Dial-a-Ride. If you think you might qualify due to age, infirmity or disability, do contact Cambridge Dial-a-Ride. It is a non-profit organisation which provides local transport services that are safe, affordable and accessible to individuals who have difficulty in accessing public transport.
Call: 01223 506335
The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme is a local charity which provides a service to older or vulnerable people by improving home security to reduce crime or fear of crime. If you are over 60 and have been a victim of crime the visit is free. If you are over 65 and have been fortunate enough not to have been a victim but want to upgrade your security, there is a small fee. Phone 01480 413311 for more details.
And on the subject of crime – we have had reports of cars being broken into on people’s front drives with thieves being on the lookout for valuables.
Cycling and students
Following some difficulties with teenagers on bikes on Birdwood Rd pavements, and some near-accidents, Sandra Crawford and Noel Kavanagh (County Councillors), Lewis Herbert (City Councillor) and the Head of St Bede’s are trying to find ways to reduce danger to cyclists and pedestrians both on the road and on the pavements. It is agreed that Birdwood Rd is a dangerous road for cyclists and there seems to be no simple solution. Work is ongoing to try to find solutions to this problem.
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