Many of you have complained to us about visitors and staff parking on nearby roads. One particularly bad delay was due to a burst water main in Turner Road.
Cllr Anne Turrell helped get that resolved swiftly. Anne, David King and Martin Goss have also met recently with a senior manager from the Hospital Trust. The good news is that the Trust are thinking ahead. They are looking to improve their services. More importantly – and we pressed hard on this – they have added 180 spaces to the public car park. Some of this has recently been used by their contractors, but they will now have their own temporary parking facilities.
They are also introducing a permit system to encourage staff to leave their cars at home. And they will be helping them to use buses and or the park and ride.
They will be building a new travel centre in 2018. They have streamlined entrance and help arrangements at the hospital. We are encouraged by the attitudes, the new facilities and the investments in the hospital (and by their improved recent performance).
We hope you will see rather less congestion and more parking on site and less nearby. If the problem persists we will push the trust for more radical solutions.
We will see them again early next year and will feed-back to you then.
David King, Mile End Focus Lead
Essex County Council are adding a bus gate camera that will definitely be in operation so fines can be levied on anyone who drives through the gate either way. It will go into operation in November 2017.
It is worth being aware of this as Essex County Council will pursue anyone who uses this entrance.
A bus lane camera was recently added to the lane outside the Norfolk Pub in North Station Road and fines have since been issues.
We don’t want to see anyone receive a fine.
David King, Dominic Graham, Phil Coleman, Martin Goss & Anne Turrell
Colchester’s new Chief Inspector Shaun Kane will be introducing new initiatives to stamp out low-level crime.
When asked by Cllr Coleman at a recent Scrutiny meeting about the non emergency number 101 he made it clear that ALL crimes should be reported.
All reported crimes are recorded and whilst police resources are limited these reports will create a picture of what action is needed in areas of the borough. He made it clear that it was his priority to make communities safe and will be deploying officers where they are needed based on community feedback.
Please report all crimes such as AntiSocial Behaviour, dangerous parking, theft etc on 101.
Following another summer and more incursions on to both council land and private land requests have been made by your Mile End councillors to make secure the sites known to be visited by travellers. A borough-wide Public Space Protection Order to stop Travellers setting down in the borough has not been allowed by the authorities.
We will continue for better security across all Mile End sites where incursions occur.
David King, Phil Coleman, Dominic Graham, Martin Goss & Anne Turrell
Mile End Lib Dems
The bus lane in North Station Road past the Norfolk Pub has now been fitted with enforcement cameras. From North to South is for buses only whilst from South to North is for buses only and for ACCESS ONLY for residents living in that part of North Station Road.
The road has been abused for a long time particularly South to North and ECC have installed cameras to stop this abuse.
Essex County Council are the authority responsible for the implementation of these cameras.
David King, Martin Goss, Phil Coleman, Dominic Graham & Anne Turrell
Mile End Lib Dem Team
Mill Road outside Myland School is being resurfaced from Monday 28th August 2017.
Anne Turrell, County Councillor for Mile End and Highwoods said “I am really pleased that this stretch of road from the Dog and Pheasant Pub to the Northern Approach Road junction is being resurfaced. The state of the road is appalling and thankfully this has been done just in time for the new school term at Myland School. I have been on at Essex County Council about the appalling state of this road for a long period of time.”
Mill Road from the Northern Approach Road junction to Myland School end is being resurfaced in August.
Turner Road will be getting partial resurfacing later this year to deal with the continually sinking road.
Spring Lane and part of Bakers Lane is going to be resurfaced later this year.
We are still pushing for resurfacing to occur on Bergholt Road, Three Crowns Road and Kingswood Road (off Turner Road).
Following the Essex County Council elections on May 4th Anne Turrell was successfully re-elected as Cllr for Mile End and Highwoods.
Anne was re-elected with 2104 votes and was 555 votes ahead of the Conservatives. She increased her vote share for the Lib Dems.
Anne said “I am deeply humbled to have been successfully re-elected by the residents of Mile End and Highwoods once again. I promise to continue working hard for our area and ensuring congestion, pot holes, road resurfacing and places for our children to go to school are at the forefront of the work I carry out in my next term.”
A recent meeting was held by Anne Turrell with Essex County Highways to get an update on the traffic calming along Mill Road. Essex County Council responded after the meeting with a written update which is below.
We will keep residents informed as this project progresses.
A study was commissioned for the feasibility of traffic calming measures along Mill Road in Colchester. All traffic calming measures are to be considered from the Severalls Lane junction all the way down to the Nayland Road junction, a length of some 2.3 km
The purpose of this study is to recommend measures to be taken on to the detailed design stage
The measures available have been separated into three categories
· Vertical road humps; cushions and rumble devices
· Horizontal narrowing by island, pinch-point or build-out; chicane; gateway; mini-roundabout; give-way point or priority section and
· Visual vehicle activated devices; road markings; traffic signs or street furniture
The study looks to:
i) record the existing conditions and constraints
ii) give a brief discussion of the options considered and
iii) provide indicative cost estimates for each viable option
A draft report has been received and will be reviewed this week and a further update and detail will be provided to you.
We have been chasing Essex County Council concerning the new lights along Boxted Road which were installed in the Summer of 2016.
Cllr Anne Turrell has escalated the issue and we have now been told by Essex County Council that the lights should be operational around March 6th after UK Power Networks have made some final electrical connections. We will await to see if this target date is achieved.
We have also been chasing for a new date regarding the works for the new pedestrian crossing at the end of Boxted Road with the Northern Approach Road junction. This crossing is being funded as part of the development works for Severalls Phase 2. We will update you once the new date is agreed.
We have also had a replacement litter bin installed at the entrance to Boxted Road as a contractor removed it and lost it. We are currently pursuing costs from the contractors.
You should also have seen a general improvement regarding the cleanliness of Boxted Road.
Anne Turrell, Martin Goss, Dominic Graham &Phil Coleman