Cambridgeshire County Council Transport Strategies 2022

The Transport Strategy team at Cambridgeshire County Council has developed three draft transport strategies that will set the County Council’s transport policy approach for the districts of Fenland and Huntingdonshire, and for active travel across the whole county. They are now consulting with all stakeholders and the public on the draft strategies to give you the opportunity to input into them before they are finalised and recommended for adoption in Spring 2023. They would welcome your comments on the following strategies, and also ask for your help in spreading the word.

–              Draft Fenland Transport Strategy

–              Draft Huntingdonshire Transport Strategy

–              Draft Cambridgeshire’s Active Travel Strategy

 

The public consultation survey is now live and can be accessed on the consultation website here https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/. Please select which strategy you would like to find out more, read the draft strategy and provide your views by completing the online survey. The survey will close on Monday 7th November 2022. They welcome your response for any combination of the three strategies dependent on your interest.

 

A paper version of the survey is below if this is preferred, and please return a copy by reply to this email to by the deadline. If the this will not be possible, please inform them when they should receive your response to consider if they can accept a late reply.

Active Travel Strategy – 2022 survey

Fenland Transport Strategy – 2022 survey

Huntingdonshire Transport Strategy – 2022 survey

CCC Transport Strategies consultation 2022 – A5 flyer

2023/24 Local Highways Improvement (LHI) Fund Bid

Hilton Parish Council has reviewed the responses to their recent consultation and you can view the summary below:

LHI Consolidated Responses

The Parish Council has resolved that they will submit a two-part LHI bid for improved signage regarding the 7.5t weight limit on the A1198 approaching from Papworth Everard and for a raised Zebra crossing on Potton Road.

They would like to hear your opinion on this decision and invite you to complete this form: LHI Decision Form

Further information can be found on the LHI page.

The closing date for responses is 17th October.

Help Shape the District Council’s Climate Strategy

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is calling on residents to take part in dedicated ‘Climate Conversation’ focus groups that will help shape the District Council’s Climate Strategy.

 

The focus groups, which take place online from Monday  3 October, will build on the results of the Climate Conversation survey  completed  by local residents  and businesses  at the start of the year.

 

We will be exploring two key topics the relationship between climate change and where we live for example how can we prepare the places where we live and work for the impact of climate change? As well as the impact of how we live exploring themes including how we reduce how much energy we use, how can we reduce  the impact  of how  we get  around, and how we can reuse and recycle. The focus groups will be an open discussion about what support  local people need to make changes and tackle climate change. The sessions  will also cover what changes residents would like to see from the District Council.

 

The findings of these focus groups will also help support Huntingdonshire Futures – a new strategy that will shape a vision for the future of the district by incorporating  People, Place, the Economy and Environment.

 

Focus groups will take place on:

 

 

Monday 3 October at 7pm Where we live: How can we prepare the places where we live and work for the impact of climate change?
Tuesday 4 October at 7pm Where we live: How can our  natural environment, our green and blue spaces, help us tackle climate change?
Wednesday 5 October at 7pm How we  live:  How  can  we  reduce  how  much  energy we use? How can we reuse and recycle to reduce the amount of waste we create?
Thursday 6 October at 7pm How we live: How can we reduce the impact  of how  we get around?   How can we work together  as a community to tackle climate change?

Anyone who would like to join a focus group session  should  visit  the Huntingdonshire Futures Eventbrite page and register. The session will last about an hour, and as a thank you for their time all participants will be entitled to claim a £10 shopping voucher.

 

Executive Councillor for Climate and Environment at Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Lara Davenport-Ray, said: “We all want to live in an environment  that is green and clean, so we are urging our residents to  get involved in these focus groups  and have their say to help us shape the Climate Strategy for Huntingdonshire.

 

“By developing this new strategy, we are laying the foundations for a stronger future for everyone across the district. It’s really important that we develop the Climate Strategy as a shared endeavour through ongoing and meaningful engagement with the community.”

 

If you don’t have access to the internet or would prefer to engage in a different way please contact Israel from the project team on 07498449747 You can find out more about the Huntingdonshire District  Council’s  approach  to tackling climate change and moving towards a net zero Huntingdonshire by 2040 here.

 

To find out more, visit the Climate Conversation page of HDC’s website.

Change in Waste Collections

Waste collections will take place one day later than usual next week.

This is to reflect the fact that the State Funeral following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place on Monday 19 September – which will be a Bank Holiday.

Collections scheduled for Friday 23 September will take place on Saturday 24 September. Bin collections will return to their normal schedule on Monday 26 September.

Usual collection date Revised collection date
Monday 19 September Tuesday 20 September
Tuesday 20 September Wednesday 21 September
Wednesday 21 September Thursday 22 September
Thursday 22 September Friday 23 September
Friday 23 September Saturday 24 September
Monday 26 September Back to normal

 

London Luton Airspace Changes

As you may be aware, NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and London Luton Airport have enacted the Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme,  which separates the Stansted and Luton arrival flows and extends the flight path for the approach into Luton into airspace above the Cambridge area. This has led to an increase in air traffic over Hilton, with the resulting increase in noise.

The implementation of the Programme is now at its final stage, with the Civil Aviation Authority conducting a 12-month Post-Implementation Review examining how the airspace change has performed, and whether the anticipated impacts and benefits have been delivered.

Anyone with a noise complaint can use Luton airport’s TraVis system to make a report online, whether about noise in general or a specific noise incident. To report other environmental disturbances, phone 01582 395382 or email .

County Broadband Rollout

Hilton now has sufficient pre-orders for the County Broadband installation of full-fibre hyperfast broadband. This means that the project will now go ahead and will hopefully be completed in 6-12 months. The deadline for pre-orders (which includes free installation and a router) is Thursday 8th September.

Draft Masterplans Available for Feedback

Huntingdonshire District Council has published draft masterplan documents for three of its market towns to allow residents and local stakeholders to give their views on the potential vision and future projects for the town.

The market towns of Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives now have draft masterplans published which can be viewed on the council’s website, alongside a feedback form for local people to have their say on what is most important for their towns, what will have the greatest positive impact and which types of projects should be prioritised. 

Executive Councillor for Jobs, Economy & Housing, Cllr Sam Wakeford, said: “It is crucial to highlight that these masterplan documents for each town are just drafts at this stage. The council has been working with designers and analysts over the last 12 months to create a future vision and aims for the three towns. The masterplans equip the council to access funding opportunities, as they arise, to explore potential projects which can provide meaningful impacts locally as well as maximising value for money.

“As these documents are currently in draft, we are very keen for local people to look and help us to shape them into the most suitable vision for each of these unique market towns. Please have a look through the masterplans and provide your feedback through our form so that we can capture your thoughts and utilise your feedback to create future visions for each town.”

The draft masterplan documents for Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives can be found by visiting, www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/masterplans. There you will find background information on the masterplans, baseline reports for each town and the opportunity to submit feedback and share your thoughts on the district’s towns.

The District Council will be holding meetings with local councillors, town councils and parish councils to have in-depth discussions about the future of their local market towns, as well as encouraging feedback through our feedback form.

St Neots has already been through its own masterplan process which culminated in the District Council successfully applying for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Future High Streets Fund, funding from National Highways and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority as part of the major programme of investment in St Neots.

Have Your Say on Huntingdonshire’s Future

Huntingdonshire District Council is running a series of focus groups for local people to have their say on the future of the District.

As part of Huntingdonshire Futures – a new strategy that will shape a vision for the future of the District by incorporating People, Place, the Economy and Environment – local people are encouraged to join the conversation and take part in focus groups to explore the ‘what if’s’ that will define the area’s future.

The focus groups will be an open discussion about what Huntingdonshire’s vision, aspirations and ambitions for 2050 should be, and what initiatives and changes need to be made for this to happen. The sessions will last about an hour and refreshments will be provided.

Focus groups will take place on:

  • Monday 5 September, 6pm, at Bury Village Hall
  • Tuesday 6 September, 6pm, at Alconbury Memorial Hall
  • Thursday 8 September, 6pm, at Huntingdon Town Hall
  • Friday 9 September, 6pm, at Queens Park Hall, Yaxley
  • Monday 12 September, 8pm, on Zoom

Anyone who would like to join a focus group session should visit the Huntingdonshire Futures Eventbrite page and register. The session will last about an hour, and we will provide refreshments. As a thank you for their time all participants will be entitled to claim a £10 shopping voucher.

Other ways that local people can get involved and join the conversation can be found on www.huntingdonshirefutures.net

Avian Influenza

Defra has confirmed a number of cases of avian influenza (bird flu) in the wild bird population of Huntingdonshire, centred on the River Ouse.
Bird flu is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low.
If you are visiting our open spaces, please consider:
🔹 Keeping to footpaths
🔹 Keeping dogs on leads
🔹 Do not feed wild waterfowl
🔹 Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
🔹 Do not touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings
For further information and advice, visit -> www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/birdflu

Hilton SpeedWatch Needs Your Help

Hilton Speedwatch is looking for volunteers to join their group. The Community Speedwatch scheme trains volunteers from members of the community to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding has been identified as a priority at quarterly neighbourhood panel meetings.

Speedwatch are now also able to monitor HGVs that are breaching the weight limit and can be more effective with a larger team.

Community Speedwatch is operated by Cambridgeshire Constabulary in partnership with your local council and other agencies. The scheme itself is run by the Police and the community volunteers supported by the County coordinator.

If you would like further information, please contact the Clerk at