With council elections coming up, all the political parties are claiming ownership of the best ideas around. A lot of these, unsurprisingly, are about transport. You’ve probably had a lot of literature through your letterbox saying: “Support the [insert name of party here] campaign to get [insert name of really obvious transport proposal which everybody wants]”. However, when it comes to the more contentious stuff, most of the political parties get a bit more vague.
A group of residents from in and around Cambridge has got together to try to attempt to come up with some innovative solutions to our transport problems, without having to worry about any effect on political electability. Smarter Cambridge Transport (disclaimer – I am a member) is steadily developing policies and campaigning to have them adopted by the councils or the City Deal organisation. If you’re interested in transport ideas, I’d thoroughly recommend spending some time on the Smarter Cambridge Transport website.
One of the many issues which the members of Smarter Cambridge Transport have already addressed is something close to many of our hearts here in Queen Edith’s – on-street parking. They’ve written a really intelligent paper on the subject, which can be found here. Do give it a read if you have time.
The group is calling for the councils “to work together and adopt a city-wide approach to implementing neighbourhood street parking schemes where needed”. This is not a massive request; it’s not asking for draconian action with no way back, over the wishes of residents. The group is simply asking for a six-month trial of city-wide neighbourhood parking schemes, allowing local communities to choose the most suitable parking controls for each area. This seems eminently sensible, but to demonstrate the obvious to the councils and to the City Deal Executive Board, a petition has to be raised. Take a look, and if you agree with the petition’s requests, do please sign it. I just have, and it only took a minute.
Sign the petition: On-Street Parking in Cambridge: a request for co-ordinated action at the Cambridgeshire County Council website.