Cambs: village safety schemes get council funding

FUNDING has been found for six road safety projects in north Huntingdonshire villages and Brampton, provided the bidders, mostly parish councils, kick in at least 10 per cent of the cost.

Cambridgeshire County Council has limited its contribution to four of the five districts in the county to a total of �50,000, with no more than �10,000 for any single scheme. There is also a further �50,000 for schemes in the county’s market towns.

Last week it decided to back a �13,200 speed control scheme for the entrances to Pidley-cum-Fenton, a �7,500 speed-reduction scheme in Old Hurst and a �10,000 pedestrian safety scheme on the A1123 in Earith.

Also in the plans are a �6,500 plan to reduce the speed limit in Kings Ripton to 20mph, a �3,500 plan for parking restrictions in Miller Way and Grove Lane, Brampton, and an �8,000 scheme to limit speeds in Humberdale Way, Warboys, to 20mph and extend the zig-zag lines outside the village’s primary school.

If there is sufficient cash, an �11,000 plan for a new footway in Great and Little Gidding will also be funded.

In reserve is a scheme, estimated to cost �3,500, to reduce the speed limit on the B660 in Stow Longa from 40mph to 30mph.

But further minor safety schemes in Somersham, Ellington, Hail Weston, Catworth, Abbotsley, Wyton-on-the-Hill, Sawtry, Little Raveley, Hilton, Great Staughton, Bluntisham, Fenstanton, Buckden and Houghton and Wyton missed the cut.

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The market towns budget means a �16,500 footway extension in Ramsey Heights can go ahead, along with a 20mph speed limit in Ramsey Road, St Ives, and a �350 school sign in Bushmead Road, St Neots. Town councils generally contribute a significantly greater proportion of scheme costs than other parish councils.

County council cabinet member for highways and access Tony Orgee said: “I am delighted that the county council has been able to find the money from its very stretched resources to meet the cost of these improvement schemes.”

A further announcement of the successful bids in South Cambridgeshire is expected in the coming weeks, the council said.