Projects update and Priorities from May 2019 to April 2020


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


Linton Parish Council Priorities for 2018


At Linton Parish Council's last meeting, on the 19th July 2018, the council reviewed its general working practices and looked at the ways in which they could be improved.

LPC has identified, with the help of residents, many projects that it would like to action.  Until now these have not been prioritised, and therefore many projects still require the final tasks to be completed before they can be put into place.  Unfortunately many of these final actions require alot of time and resources.  To tackle this LPC has decided to prioritise the projects to enable those which are deemed more time dependent, and most importantly raised by parishioners, are addressed first.

As a result LPC has decided that over the next 6 months the following 3 projects will be undertaken; 

 

The Recreation Ground- it was decided by council that there are a lot of residents in favour of this as a project, so this will become the councils top priority for 2018.   The first step of this prject will be the skate ramp.

Three Councillors were tasked specifically with the role of speaking to contractors to assist with a design that closely matches the specification provided by the youth of the village.  Once LPC have the designs back there will be a public consultation held to allow residents to review these ideas and see which is best suited to Linton.  It is hoped that this meeting will be held in early September so that it is after the school holidays.

 

2. General Appearance and Improvements- It was decided that the most pressing of the projects under this heading is that of the installation of new benches around the village.  This project has been long standing, but has never been reviewed as a whole project rather than being broken down into manageable chunks.  This is now changing, and as such is well underway.  The aim is that there will be 3 new benches installed within the next 6 months, then a further 3 and so on.

 

3. Traffic -  Following the issue of parking on Market Square and in the High Street, a company has been found that can help with the enforcement.  The remit of permits are being reviewed, and LPC is looking into other options to improve the traffic issues particularly on these roads.

In relation to the parking and traffic around the dangerous junction at Green Lane, a meeting has been arround between LPC and an engineer from CCC to review possible proposals to improve safety at this junction onto the High Street.

It has been agreed that there will be a traffic survey for Hadstock Road, and is awaiting assistance from CCC Speedwatch.  This is in the final stages of being set up, but there is still time to become involved, so please contact the office for further information (lintonpc@btconnect.com).

 

Thank you all for bearing with us whilst projects have been stalled over the past year.  We do hope that you will continue to support your Parish Council whilst it sets about actioning the projects that have been prioritised above.

With this new approach LPC believe they are making a positive step into improving and enhancing our beautiful village.