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16th November 2011
East Cambridgeshire District Council is over the next 12 weeks inviting the public to have their say on the car parking proposals which are being put forward.

Information regarding the Ely Car Parking Proposals Consultation document and the questionnaire can be found on our website at: click here.

You have until 31st January 2012 to submit your responses, after which the public consultation will have closed.

You can either complete an online form or drop your completed form into Reception at East Cambridgeshire District Council, or send your completed form to:
FREEPOST CB1019, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs CB7 4BR.
If you have any questions on this consultation, please contact the Town Centres Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council on 01353 665555 or email

November 2011
Proposed Bypass - a meeting.

Most of you will know that Alison Morbey held a meeting at The Old Hall on 2nd November to give Stuntney people a chance to express their views about the rail crossing proposals, before the Village Council AGM due to take place this coming Wednesday evening, 9th November, 7 pm in the Social Clubrooms.

The meeting went surprisingly well, and approximately 20 people attended.

In essence there was a near unanimous vote for the Underpass option. The feeling was that the County Council's two main schemes for a southern bypass were too expensive and too far in the future to be realistic options. Concern was also expressed for the visual impact of the elevated roadway where it would cross the low lying land from the A142 to Angel Drove.
Opinion has shifted towards the underpass since the recent exhibition, where such an option was shown to be technically feasible with acceptable disruption to rail traffic. There are. of course, many unanswered questions, the chief one being what part Tesco would play in this. Certainly the Station entrance would have to move to allow the underpass scheme and probably the roundabout by Bentons improved with a possible access to to the station coming from it. There was no support for the lorry stacking option as it was considered that such a scheme would be too difficult to control.

Although Peter Dawe did not attend he sent a letter with a proposal that Network Rail should increase the rail lines to four in the vicinity of the crossing, which he considers would allow more trains to cross quickly and therefore cut down the time the crossing is closed to road traffic.

Estelle Lankester is due to deliver a report of the meeting at the AGM with more details of the discussions, but I thought it might be useful at this time to give a brief summary of the feelings expressed so that you know what is going on. Alison is happy that with this and says she will be away for the AGM and will offer her apologies.

It would be good if the enthusiasm and support that the meeting received could be repeated at our Council AGM next Wednesday. There were several people at the meeting who would make good members of the VC, if they could bring themselves to give up a little time for the benefit of our village.

Rodney (Village Council Committee member)

July 2009. Existing Lay-bys on A 142 near Stuntney.

The County Council have published proposals to close two lay-bys.
One is near the Barway turn (known as the Crooked Drain area) and is extensively used by lorry drivers and others, to take a break and use the mobile snack bar parked there on weekdays.

The other is the piece of redundant roadway near the Ely river bridge which is usally filled with parked vehicles during weekdays.

Several members of the Stuntney Village Council are against the closures as they consider that this would involve the loss of useful amenities. However it is recognised that some expense would be necessary to bring them up to an acceptable standard.

Consequently Wendy Fox, on behalf of the Village Council, as well as individual members of the Council, wrote to the department responsible expressing their objections. The letter below, received on 4th July 2009, is the reply received.

Dear Mrs Fox,
RE: Prohibition of Driving Orders 2009

Thank you for your letter which has been passed to me for attention.

The Authority’s proposal to prohibit the use of the area near High Bridge was made on the grounds that manoeuvring into and out of the main carriageway at that location and the resulting volume of pedestrian movements generated was judged to be unsafe, Imposing a waiting restriction was initially considered, but this would not resolve the afore mentioned concerns and was not supported by the Cambridgeshire Constabulary due to the level of enforcement that would be required.
Several objections have been received to the proposals and these will be presented to the East Cambridgeshire Traffic Management Area Joint Committee for consideration at their next meeting,