Queen Edith’s News

weekend edition, Friday 7 August

Netherhall Sports Centre & Fitness Suite reopens

Good news for those needing to step up their exercise: Netherhall Sports Centre and Fitness Suite reopened yesterday. To begin with, opening hours are 3.30pm to 9pm Tuesday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm Saturday. The centre is open for badminton, tennis and football. More details about the fitness suite here. Please call the centre on 01223 712142 for more information.

George Pippas retires

Our local councillors have announced that long-time Queen Edith's city councillor George Pippas has had to retire due to ongoing ill health. George had already planned to retire at the elections last May, but these had to be cancelled and councillors' terms of office were extended for a year. All of us at the Queen Edith's Community Forum wish George the very best, and thank him for his service. The law has been amended to prevent any elections being held during the current coronavirus pandemic, so we will have one councillor fewer until next May.

Free family science fun next Wednesday

We're delighted to announce that Cambridge Science Centre is bringing its 'PopUp Science' show to Queen Edith's next Wednesday. If you have children between 7 and 12 years old, make a note in your diary now and bring them down to Wulfstan Way Shops for one of three free shows: Gums to Bum at 10am, Stronger by Design at 12pm and Could it be Magic? at 2pm. More details in the next few days – there's a poster here if you'd like to print it out and display it locally.

More work at Fendon Road roundabout

The night before the new Fendon Road roundabout fully opened, a Belisha beacon on the Fendon Road side of the roundabout was hit by a vehicle. The driver immediately drove off, having sustained considerable damage to the car. The Belisha beacon was made safe but now contractors must assess the extent of the damage below ground and undertake necessary repairs which may include new kerbs on the island. Cambridgeshire County Council tells us that in order to carry out the works safely, a night time closure of the roundabout will be taking place from 8pm until 6am for three nights, starting next Monday (10 August). The council's contractors hope that the works can be finished by midnight each night but need some leeway, hence the closure until 6am. They assure us that all efforts will be made to restrict the noisiest work to before 11pm.

Luard Road changes next week

The experimental measure to prevent cars, vans and lorries from using Luard Road as a cut-through will be introduced from next Wednesday (12 August), according to Greater Cambridge Partnership notices. Motor vehicles will be prohibited from crossing a point just to the west of the Luard Close junction. This means that access to and from the lower numbered houses in Luard Road – and to Luard Close) will only be from Hills Road, and access to the higher numbered houses and to Sedley Taylor Road will only be from Long Road. Physical barriers will be installed soon after the measure begins. This is a trial closure for up to 18 months, and through travel for pedestrians and cycles will be unaffected. The official notice is here.

Nightingale Avenue changes next week

The similar experimental measure to prevent cars, vans and lorries from using Nightingale Avenue as a cut-through will also be introduced from next Wednesday (12 August). Again, physical barriers will be installed soon after the measure begins. In this case, motor vehicles will be prohibited from crossing the point on Nightingale Avenue where it meets the parallel, set back part of Hills Road. This means that motor vehicle access to and from all houses on Nightingale Avenue and Rotherwick Way will now only be from Queen Edith's Way. Motor vehicle access to the road in front of nos. 321 to 355 Hills Road will only be from the main Hills Road and from Wort's Causeway. Again, this is a trial closure for up to 18 months, and through travel for pedestrians and cycles will be unaffected. The official notice is here.

Neighbourhood Watch for Red Cross area

The RedCross Areas Residents Association is helping to start off a neighbourhood watch scheme for Greenlands, Stansgate Avenue and Red Cross Lane. If you're a resident, you can join here. Neighbourhood Watch is also running its first ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey, open to all members of the public, which looks at concerns surrounding crime, fear of crime and the increase in neighbourliness and community spirit. It takes about 3 minutes and can be completed here.

Pig Passage closed

UK Power Networks tells us that Pig Passage will be closed and dug up to install cabling from Monday 10 August for approximately a week. Access to Glebe Allotments will be on foot only, by the gate between 20 and 22 Glebe Road.

Hills Road 'pop-up fruit stand' returns

The Hills Road fruit stand will be open again tomorrow (Saturday 8th) on the driveway of 253 Hills Road from 10.30am until all the fruit has gone. Not-for-profit, it helps residents taste seasonal produce from a local fruit farm. This will likely feature varieties of plums plus other fruits - depending on what has been picked. Cash only and please bring a bag.

Food Hub open tomorrow morning

The Queen Edith's Community Food Hub is open as usual tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 10.30am to 12.30pm at St. James Church in Wulfstan Way, with fresh and packaged food supplies and household goods. New users are always welcome; we know times have become increasingly difficult for many families. There's a great selection of food on offer, all free, no questions asked. More details here.
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