Slow Ways

Hilton Parish Council has passed a formal resolution to support Slow Ways.

Slow Ways is a project to create a network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages.

Using existing footpaths, people will be able to use the Slow Ways routes to walk between neighbouring settlements or combine routes for long distance journeys.

During lockdown 700 volunteers from across the country collaborated to produce a first draft of the Slow Ways network, creating a stunning Slow Ways map in the process. This incredible effort has led to the creation of 7,500 routes that collectively stretch for over 110,000km.

They are currently working on building a website that will host all of the Slow Ways routes and plan to launch that at the end of January.

Further information can be found on their website: www.slowways.uk

London Luton Airport stack relocation consultation

A public consultation has been launched as part of a proposal to change the arrival routes into London Luton Airport. This proposal is jointly sponsored by London Luton Airport and NATS (Air Traffic Control).

Currently, Stansted and Luton airports share arrival holds and routes.  It is unique for two major airports of this size to share arrival routes, and the two airports are now handling much more traffic than the airspace was designed for.

The ‘AD6 arrivals change’ proposal will separate the arrival flows for the two airports and establish a new hold for Luton traffic.  Both Stansted and Luton currently suffer from knock-on delays where any delay at one airport, either in the air or on the ground, impacts the other and can cause further delay, noise, and emissions.  Separating the routes will maintain a safe and predictable path into each airport and reduce these knock-on delays.

Despite the current crisis this airspace is some of the busiest and most congested in Europe, and the proposed change will ensure Luton airspace operates effectively and efficiently into the future.  This consultation is an opportunity for residents to help shape that proposal.

As the proposed flight paths are to the south, there is likely to be little impact in Huntingdonshire. However, the plans also include a new holding pattern for the airport which is intended to be over the south-western corner of Huntingdonshire (broadly circling round the line of the A1 from St Neots to Alconbury). The intention is that aircraft in the holding zone will be flying at a height of over 8,000 feet and the consultation document sets out a position that this will not present a nuisance, either in terms of noise or pollution.

NATS stakeholder mapping indicates that Hilton may be affected by this proposal.

This consultation will run until 5th February 2021.  The formal consultation website can be accessed at https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/

Further information can be found within the Virtual Exhibition, in which there are videos, banners, downloadable materials, and a postcode look up tool. Individuals can also sign up to live webinars through the virtual exhibition.

Hilton Parish Council have sent letters to Jonathan Djanogly MP, NATS, Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire District Council. A copy of these letters is attached to this post.

Letter to NATS 17 12 20

Letter to JD MP 17 12 20

Letter to HDC 17 12 20

Letter to CCC 17 12 20

Hilton Parish Council would like to urge parishioners to respond to this consultation with their views.

Planning Application – 20/00164/OUT Land West Of Wychwood Church End Hilton

This is an Outline Application for Rural Exceptions Housing for up to 18 Dwellings with all matters reserved, except access.

Hilton Parish Council has received an amendment to this planning application.

A copy of the letter that Hilton Parish Council have sent to HDC is attached to this post. A copy of the original letter that was sent in February is also attached.

The Hilton Parish Council planning committee urge parishioners to submit their views to HDC using their online planning portal

Traffic Petition to achieve a 24hr ban on HGVs travelling through Hilton

All residents should now have received a hard copy of the petition from Hilton Parish Council. Unfortunately there is a slight mistake in the leaflet, the figures mentioned for vehicles through the village are daily, not weekly, numbers.

The full text of the petition is below:

In 1998, Hilton started discussions with Cambridgeshire County Council to prevent heavy goods vehicles
travelling through the village. This was opposed by several large hauliers who insisted that the B1040 was
an essential route for their lorries, however the night time ban was then approved.

Since then the new A14 has opened, the Papworth bypass has opened and one of the main objectors in
Fenstanton has closed their site. There now exists an excellent “bypass for Hilton” using the A1307 and
the A1198 to connect St Ives to Papworth.

The number of vehicles using the B1040 has increased and in July 2019 CCC recorded 8705 vehicles
using the road in a week (correction: day) with 1115 of these being HGVs. The new A14 was supposed to reduce traffic
through Hilton, but there has been a 50% increase since 2000. According to CCC data, between 07:00
and 17:00, 1 HGV goes through Hilton every minute. Redevelopment of the A428 could result in
increased traffic volumes through the village.

The B1040 has listed buildings (some with no pavement between the home and the road), a nursery with
an outside play area next to the road as well as 80 residential houses.

The Parish Council is part of the joint traffic committee discussing the Diamond Area Heavy Commercial
Vehicle Study. We applied unsuccessfully for an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order earlier this year to
encourage cycling on the B1040. We successfully submitted a Local Highway Improvement bid in 2020-
21 for a feasibility study to remove Hilton from Cambridgeshire County Council’s (CCC) Advisory Freight
Route (AFR) on the advice given by CCC in 2019. However, this has stalled due to a re-evaluation of the
AFR. In 2019, we also completed a Non Motorised Users (NMU) feasibility study for routes leaving Hilton,
but we are still waiting for the outcome.

We have a great deal more information about how traffic affects the lives and health of Hilton residents. It
is the main topic of discussion in every forum.

We would like the County Council to fully understand the situation with so many different departments
discussing the different initiatives. We have now applied for a 24 hour ban on HGVs using the B1040
through Hilton and this will be decided upon at a meeting of CCC’s Highways and Transport Committee
in Spring 2021 and we are advised that presentations to support our bid will be within the next few weeks.
Our aim is to have healthy streets, with safe walking and cycling routes and Heavy Good Vehicles
directed to use the existing A roads, rather than the B1040.

Your explicit support of these endeavours will be a powerful addition to our case.

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY SIGNING THE PETITION AND RETURNING IT EITHER VIA THE DROPBOX IN
THE VILLAGE SHOP, DIRECTLY TO NICOLA WEBSTER, CLERK TO HILTON PARISH COUNCIL AT 10 CHURCH END, HILTON
OR YOU CAN EMAIL THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TO NICOLA AT

I SUPPORT THE HILTON PARISH COUNCILS CAMPAIGN TO ACHIEVE A 24 HOUR HGV BAN

Please reply as soon as possible as the Parish Council may need to submit
the results early in the New Year in support of the bid to ban HGVs.
The petition is open until 6 January 2021 and can be signed by all members
of your household. Every signature counts.

Thank you for your support.

Notice of Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Hilton Parish Council

 

Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to the resignation of Councillor Laura Chorlton there is a vacancy on the Hilton Parish Council.

 

If, within 14 statutory days after the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Huntingdonshire District Council, Pathfinder House, Huntingdon PE29 3TN by ten electors of the Parish an election will be held.  If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

 

If any member of the Parish would like to be considered for co-option please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.

Weekly Policing Report

Happily, there were no offences and incidents affecting your community reported to police during the period 6th to 12th December.

New date for Huntingdon station access opening

As part of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme works in Huntingdon town centre, we are pleased to confirmed the new station access road for Huntingdon train station will now open from 8am on the morning of Friday 11 December.

Both the new access via the A1307 and the existing access via Brampton Road will remain open over the weekend, but from 10am Monday 14 December, the existing access will close.

We have attached a map to illustrate where the new access will be and also the area where we will be working.

From December 2020 to Spring 2021, work around the station will include:

  • Continuing work to remove the A14 viaduct
  • Starting station car park improvements
  • Working to divert utilities, such as gas, water, etc

UPDATE:

Further to a meeting this morning with Govia Thameslink, there has been a slight change to the opening time for the new Huntingdon station access on Friday 11 December.

The new access from the A1307 will now open at approximately 11am. Please note, the existing access will now close shortly after, at approximately 12pm on Friday 11 December.

 

Nottingham Knockers

“Nottingham Knockers” have been operating in the village recently. Please see information below from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership:
“We recently received reports that ‘Nottingham Knockers’ have been operating in different areas of the county. Nottingham Knockers are traders who sell items from a bag on the doorstep, typically cleaning products such as dusters, sprays etc. They usually tell a story that they are former prisoners who are rehabilitating themselves and getting back into work in order to appeal to residents’ emotions and get them to purchase their wares.
Items are usually overpriced and often just shy of ten pounds each so that if anyone does agree to buy, they have to find a note to pay. This helps criminals to identify addresses where cash may be kept in the house and therefore prime targets for future distraction burglaries and other crimes.
Please spread the word about this to any vulnerable people you may know. And please remind them that it is not impolite to not answer the door to cold callers. It is best not to engage with doorstep traders at all. ‘We’re Not Buying It’ door stickers are available to deter cold callers.”

Weekly Policing Report

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 29th November to 5th December:

Barnfield Lane, Papworth St Agnes – Police searched the area between Papworth St Agnes and Hilton on Sunday 29th November, following a report of hare-coursers seen on land off Barnfield Lane. Two males with two lurchers had been seen in the fields and a further three males in an off-road vehicle. Unfortunately no trace of the suspects was found, but Countryside Watch was notified of the incident. (Ref CC-29112020-0280)

And Finally – Covid Restrictions over Christmas:

The Tier-2 Restrictions that now cover the whole of Cambridgeshire will be relaxed over the Christmas period from 23rd to 27th December. During these 5 days it will be possible to form a ‘Christmas Bubble’ made up of a limited number of friends and family.

There are three main rules about Christmas Bubbles:

  • You can only be in one Christmas Bubble;
  • You cannot change your Christmas Bubble;
  • Your Christmas Bubble must not include people from more than 3 households.

Full details are on the Government website at –

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family

London Road Re-opened

Message received from Cambridgeshire County Council:

Resurfacing work along London Road, St Ives, has now been completed ahead of the weekend and the road has re-opened.

 

Our highways team were on site early this morning and have finished resurfacing the road and it re-opened at about 2.30pm today.

 

Due to the weather, the road markings cannot be added today and the crews will return in the next few weeks to complete this work and carry out repairs to the footpath and traffic lights.

 

Councillor Ian Bates, local member for The Hemingfords and Fenstanton at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Having visited the site this morning I’d like to say thank you to our highways team and partners for carrying out the work so the road could reopen so quickly. I’d also like to thank local residents for their patience whilst this was ongoing and diversions were in place.”