Busway Closure

Information received from Cambridgeshire County Council:

Following the report of a lifting beam between Windmill bridge and Longstanton Skanska have checked the area and we have a total of 3 lifting beams which need re-setting.  We have mobilised emergency crews to come in to do this work between midnight Friday 23 October and 05:00 Monday 25th October.

Both tracks and the maintenance track will be closed in this section during the above times.

Both Swavesey stops will be closed.  Alternative stops in both directions are situated in Over Road and signage will be placed at stops for passengers.

Cycle and pedestrian diversion will either be via Swavesey high street and Ramper road into Longstanton on the B1050 or New Road Over, Longstanton Road, Gravel Bridge Road onto the B1050 into Longstanton.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Hilton Bonfire Plans – 7th November 9am – 1pm

Although this year’s bonfire & fireworks display have been cancelled due to the current government recommendations, Hilton Parish Council will still be allowing residents of the village to dispose of any suitable burnable garden waste as they have done in previous years, this is aimed at those who are unable to dispose of it in other ways and rely on this service.

The gate to the wilderness will be open on Saturday 7th November from 9am to 1pm to allow residents to drop off their garden waste. During this time we ask that people adhere to any current social distancing measures and be courteous of others in the area. There will be members of the Parish Council in attendance to help and to ensure any material is suitable to burn.

Please note, the fire will not be lit on the 7th and will be dealt with as appropriate on a different occasion, unfortunately we cannot allow people to gather when the fire is lit due to COVID restrictions.   Any queries please contact Sharon Walker 07984 232424 or Rob Collard.

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no offences or incidents affecting your community to mention in our Policing Summary this week, covering the period 6th to 12th October.

However, here are details of a police appeal, and a link to the latest information on the Coronavirus situation that might be useful:

Police Appeal For Information:

Police are appealing for the public’s help in identifying three people who were involved in an attempted burglary at a shop on Market Hill in St Ives on Monday morning, 5th October.

Two men were seen getting out of a white Seat car that drew up outside the premises of ‘St Ives News’ at around 10:30 pm, and began trying to smash the doors and windows. However, they fled back to the car and drove off when passers-by shouted at them.

More information and pictures are on the police web-site at:

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/cctv-appeal-following-attempted-burglary-2

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police using any of the methods listed at the end of this report, quoting Reference 35/67898/20

And Finally – Latest Coronavirus Information:

The Government’s new three-tier Covid Alert Structure comes into effect on Wednesday 14th October. At the time of writing (Tuesday afternoon), Huntingdonshire falls into the MEDIUM alert category.

Information on the new structure and the restrictions that apply to each level can be found on the Government web-site at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know

Weekly Policing Update

There is one item to mention in our summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, covering the period 29th September to 5th October:

Hilton – Police stopped a suspicious black Audi car in Hilton late on Saturday evening, 3rd October. When officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis a search was carried out and one person was found to be in possession of four small bags of a herbal substance believed to be cannabis. (Ref 5/67352/20)

Trim Trail Survey Results

Hilton Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to thank those parishioners who completed their recent survey regarding the trim trail. A copy of the survey results can be viewed below.

Hilton Parish Council Survey Analysis for website

In light of the results of the survey, the council have resolved to take this proposal no further.

Experimental Traffic Regulation Order Detailed Update

The following information has been received from Cambridgeshire County Council:

 

As the conversation with the DfT (Department for Transport) on the matter of compliance with the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) guidance was by phone, I have confirmed with them by email that my understanding of their position in detail in relation to the guidance was correct before responding to you.

 

The root of the problem with this proposal in the context of the EATF is in relation to the statutory guidance for local authorities at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reallocating-road-space-in-response-to-covid-19-statutory-guidance-for-local-authorities, which sets out the expectations of government and the types of measures that they expect to see coming forward with the funding that they have provided.

 

The “Reallocating road space: measures” section of the guidance starts “Local authorities in areas with high levels of public transport use should take measures to reallocate road space to people walking and cycling, both to encourage active travel and to enable social distancing during restart… …Local authorities where public transport use is low should be considering all possible measures.” It then goes on to list the types of measures that can be implemented from the EATF. Limited restrictions to vehicular access such as HGV bans are not included on this list. The expectation is that measures to improve conditions for cyclists on road will reallocate road space with physical segregation, or very significantly reduce vehicular traffic by use of measures such as modal filters that prohibit through movements by all motor vehicles.

 

The emergency procedures document that you link to in your email below sets out amendments to the procedures for Traffic Regulation Orders in the context of implementation of schemes under the EATF. It does not add to or amend the statutory guidance. The third bullet you note is applicable to proposals covered by the statutory guidance that would need a Traffic Regulation Order to restrict traffic, such as a modal filter or bus gate. It does not broaden the guidance to cover any traffic restriction that would require an order.

 

In terms of the underlying reason that this type of intervention is not included in the guidance, the EATF is expecting local authorities to “make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians.” An HGV ban does not do this, and leaves the majority of traffic on the B1040, meaning the benefit to cyclists is marginal at best. It does not reallocate road space, segregate cycle movements or significantly reduce vehicular traffic. Other potential benefits of an HGV ban on the B1040 locally are not covered by the aims of the EATF funding.

 

The above does not remove the local imperative to look for ways to improve traffic conditions in Hilton, but it does confirm that DfT do not consider that the EATF would be an appropriate funding source for measures needed to implement an HGV ban. I hope that this clarifies the position in relation to the EATF.

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no offences or incidents affecting your community to mention in our Policing Update this week, covering the period 22nd to 28th September.

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no offences or incidents affecting your community to mention in our Policing Update this week, covering the period 16th to 21st September.

Bonfire Night & Fireworks

Regretfully, Hilton Parish Council have decided not to hold a Bonfire Night event this year due to the regulations regarding large gatherings of people and the social responsibility implications.

Community Gritting Scheme

Cambridgeshire County Council are looking for volunteers to participate in the Community Gritting Scheme. This is a scheme where local volunteers can help to keep their communities moving in freezing weather. Please find further information in the documents below.