FOLLOWING on from last year and these items are still on our agenda as ongoing projects to be completed:
1.The Skate Park – a Quantity Surveyor has been engaged and employed by LPC and they have been invaluable in their assistance to the project. As a result, the initial tender specification has been completed and this has now gone out to contractors. The closing date for the applications of interest is the 24th June and following this, the designs will be put to the Parish Council who will be holding a public meeting at this point to allow residents and user groups to provide detailed feedback on the designs.
LPC are also currently receiving quotations for the site mapping, geographical survey and topographical survey which will all need to be carried out prior to work commencing. It is a long and complex process with many elements that have to be considered, however the process is now well under way and Linton Parish Council are looking forward to being able to present some designs to the public shortly.
2.Benches – You may have seen that the new bench has now been installed on the Horseheath Road at the bottom of the footpath through to Dolphin Close. This was the first bench to be installed with the remaining two bench installations currently being reviewed by the Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) Street Works Team, due to their closer proximity to the highways.
3.Traffic –LPC have tried to focus upon the main areas of concern within Linton pertaining to vehicular transport. One item is the concern of speeding, and LPC are now pleased to say that this is being tackled by an active Speedwatch Community group- set up by the Council and run by residents with the assistance of Cllr Kate Kell leading the project.
Road safety and access; The junction from Green Lane onto the High Street, next to the Co-op has been a safety concern for some time. Cars and lorries often park in the loading bay directly outside of the Co-op which impairs visibility as cars enter and exit Green Lane. LPC recently put forward a PFHI proposal to improve the safety of access at this junction by moving the loading bay back 5 meters to allow for clearer visability, with the Parish Council agreeing to fund the works to the requested value of £6456.00. Details of this work can be found posted on the lamp posts near the Co-op.
Another area of the village focused on is Hadstock Road, near the Grip Industrial Estate. Cars often speed when entering and exiting the village so LPC recently paid for a 7-day traffic survey to be performed by CCC which monitored the speed and volume of traffic. As a result of this, and the support and hard work from the residents of the Grip who have petitioned to have this reviewed, LPC has recently been awarded a grant through the Local Highways Initative run by CCC to allow for £15,000 of work to be carried out to improve the safety of this road and prevent speeding as people enter the village.
So, what will the Council be focusing on this year?
This time, following on with a similar exercise of asking Councillors to assess what they think residents would like to see tackled, the consensus appears to be:
1.Footpaths, Highways and Byways – condition of roads and pavements. Some of the roads and paths within Linton are in a poor state of repair, these impact all parishioners but particularly those with mobility scooters, prams or those of us who are unsteady on our feet. These are the jurisdiction of Cambridgeshire County Council, however, LPC can put together a case and lobby for improvements. This also includes cutting back overgrown shrubs and reducing pavement width, where the pavement is unnecessarily wide to allow for more road space for cars to pass, which is something LPC can manage.
2.Neighbourhood Plan – this has been a long-term project which has been ongoing for several years. To this date, two drafts have been submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), however it is the next draft which will be noted as the first official draft received on record by SCDC. LPC is lucky to have the assistance of a very knowledgeable consultant, Mrs Corrie Newell from CN Historic.
Thanks to her guidance LPC is now making the final adjustments to ensure that all the documentation and policies that have been produced so far are condensed into the correct format and all the necessary elements have been done to allow this to pass the SCDC first stage inspection. LPC are hoping to submit the next draft by the Autumn of 2019.
3.Village Enhancement - Benches ; are something that can make the village environment more pleasurable and can assist those with lesser mobility to travel around the village on foot by allowing for regular stops. LPC would like to continue the project of installing these in prime locations. This will follow on as a further continuation to the current benches project.
Cllr Merrie Mannassi