Ickleton: bus stop worries but a wildlife win
At Ickleton Parish Council on Weds evening there was a good discussion about how to reduce the impact of traffic using the village roads as a convenient run-thru from the major roads. The village has successfully introduced a lot of traffic calming schemes, with advice from the county council, although much of the funding for the schemes has been from the village itself. These include traffic calming at the entrances to the village and a 20 mph scheme in Abbey Street in particular.
One specific issue that came up was the risks to children waiting at the bus stop beacuse the narrowness of the street there causes drivers to pull over onto the pavement, with the alarming consequences that you can be standing on the pavement and see a vehicle driving towards you - also on the pavement. I have asked the highways team to come for a site visit to see what can be done. We would look to the saftey budget from the county for this, not the Minor Highways Initiative Scheme.
I updated the meeting on the plans to bid for govt funding to improve the road infrastructure and that I would use a meeting at the Wellcome Sangar Institute the following day with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to make the point.
Later in the meeting, all present where cheered by a report that an otter has returned to the River Cam as it flows through Ickleton, after many years. Eradication of mink has helped to enable otters to return to the natural habitat. It was a good end to a busy meeting.