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As your ward councillors, Ray, Brian & I meet with representatives of Persimmon Homes and PCC Planning & Highways Officers  on a quarterly basis in order that we may discuss the issues you have told us about relating to the new building areas in Cardea and along Peterborough Road.

Please note individual issues regarding your personal property will not be shown here and will be directed directly to Persimmons for resolution.

Please don’t wait for our meetings to report issues, rather contact Persimmon as soon as you become aware of them and let us know so we can check they have been resolved.

If you’d like to bring any issue to our attention, please message me on Facebook or email me at

chris.harper@peterborough.gov.uk

Photographs are very useful and in order to reproduce them on this website, social media or for use when we meet with Persimmon I will need your permission to do so therefore please indicate your permission for use is granted in your  message or email.

31st January – Cardea Street Light Survey

More than 30 lights were found not working during tonight’s street light survey in Cardea. These will be reported to Persimmon on Monday. Know of any more, then please let me have the road, column number or the house number it is outside of, or opposite?

Park Farm, Oakdale and the part of Fletton in our ward has already been done but if you notice any out or on during the daytime in the ward, please let me know.

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28th December – More issues with bins

An additional litter bin I doubt was ever on the list, has been reported as not being emptied since October in Libertas Drive. I’ve brought this to Persimmons attention. Hopefully we’ll see this one added to the new contractors list and regularly emptied from now on.

24th December – Abandoned Tent Removed

Regrettably, we’ve had to ask our PCC enforcement team to become involved and remind Persimmon of their legal responsibilities regarding litter and request they clear the abandoned tent and associated rubbish near the bus stop in Cardea. I noticed this morning that the area has now been cleared.

Our enforcement officers are currently checking that the mess behind the bushes alongside the bypass is abandoned. If it is, they will ask Persimmon to clear it quickly otherwise PCC will clear it and charge the costs to Persimmon.

13th December 2019 – More Issues with bins

The bin near the bus-stop was again reported overflowing so we requested urgent attention and and noted the bin was emptied soon after.

10th December 2019 – Landscaper Causing Grass Damage  

The new landscape contractor has caused some deep ruts in the grass areas and this has been reported.

5th December 2019 – Surface Water – Antonia Grove

Following up concerns about the surface water collecting on the undeveloped land to the North of Antonia Grove I have had this response from Persimmons Engineer and advice on the proposed additional drainage swale planned when this area id developed as Phase 8 & 10.

Dear Cllr Harper

I have been to have a look at this area and it would seem that this is surface water run off from the adjacent land to Antonia Grove. There has been no drainage installed to this affected area yet however our proposal is to introduce a drainage swale along this area which will assist in catching this surface run off water.

For your information I attach a copy of the Phase 8 &10 plan which indicates this drainage feature which is submitted within the reserved matters planning application. Regards Engineering Manager

3rd November 2019 – Cardea Litter and Dog Poo Bins

I’ve finally got to the bottom of the problem of litter and dog poo bins not being emptied in Cardea.
Persimmon have advised they have a new contractor and there have been ‘some’ teething troubles. I’ve asked for urgent attention and a weekly schedule going forward which has been agreed.
Follows is the content of their letter.
“Further to your email, I have spoken with our contractor who has confirmed that he will be attending all bins today.
“Whilst undertaking this, they will also be marking out on a map all bins to ensure in the future that none are missed. From this point on, all general and dog waste bins will be emptied on a weekly basis.
“I can only apologise for any inconvenience caused on this, but as with any transition to a new contractor, there are always a few teething problems.
“Hopefully following today’s survey of the area, moving forward we should have no further issues”.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on them to ensure improvement happens and quickly.

25th November 2019 – Bus Lane Access Peterborough Road & Whittlesey Road 

We have been asked on several occasions as to why the access roads onto Peterborough Road and Whittlesey Road are not going to open to general traffic.
Since the initial outline planning permission was granted for the development on 17 August 2007, it was on condition that all motorised traffic excluding buses and emergency vehicles must enter and leave the development via the bypass.
Traffic surveys disclosed Peterborough Road and Whittlesey Road were already very busy traffic routes during peak periods and the recommendation from highways officers and agreed by the then planning committee at the outline stage, were that no additional motorised traffic should be permitted.
Condition 10 The bus links to Peterborough Road and Whittlesey Road, identified on approved plan shall be designed to incorporate use by cyclists and pedestrians, but to physically prevent use by motorised vehicles other than buses and emergency service vehicles.

19th November 2019 – Liaison Meeting  

Here’s the report of our latest meeting giving details of issues raised and where known, the Developer or PCC officer response.

Junction of Jupiter and Libertas Drive – Road remodel and surface not finishedRemodel is out to tender – expected to be completed within 6 months.

Blocked paved area sinking – Top of Libertas DriveSurvey and remedial work to be carried out.

Several knee high boundary fences are either rotten or have been broken down.  Persimmon have agreed to inspect all low level boundary fencing and repair/replace as required.

The drains are blocked outside No 84 Apollo Avenue with rubble. Survey and remedial work to be carried out.

Footpath yellow stone rough finish,  puddles forming and very muddy when wet. These pose a health & safety risk when walking – One lady has reported real difficulty using wheelchair and another when using crutches. Can these not be top dressed? Remedial work to be carried out with a view to top finishing with a permeable surface.

Bollards along Bellona Drive – Many are broken, cars and larger vehicles now parking on footpath. The concrete bollards are only a temporary deterrent to prevent construction lorries and overnight stops by HGV and are to be removed once the traffic regulation order which allows for enforcement of double yellow restrictions, comes into force.

Manholes are clanking when driven over outside No 83 Apollo Avenue. Remedial work to be carried out.

Shrubbery overgrowing and blocking footpaths – Need pruning back. Landscape survey will be carried out and remedial work as necessary.

Litter & Dog Poo Bins regularly overflowing – Need emptying more often. A review of the schedule will take place. Improvement was agreed clearly necessary.

Ponds – What’s the plan and are dates set? Why are the ponds being filled? The pond & culvert bank sides are considered too steep and  will need to be made much shallower. The plans have now been approved therefore Persimmon have been pushed to report back with a start date.

Street Lights Out

Bellona Drive outside the pavilion and on both sides of the road

Car Park end of Lares Avenue

Car Park 79-85 Jupiter Avenue

Lights near entrance to common land Flora Close

Outside No 30 Pandora Drive – apparently this one has never worked!

All these will be attended to.

Highways

Vehicles parking on verges and paths despite double yellow lines – Verges are becoming very muddy and mud is being deposited on footpaths and on the road. The kerb height on the bend was initially low to allow access for parking at the show house and was supposed to be lifted to the standard kerb height. This has been overlooked and will now be completed.

Can double yellow lines now be considered on main roads on the new side of Cardea. Parking on Bellona Drive is very bad in places particularly on the bends? The aim will be to double yellow the whole of Bellona Drive through to the Park Farm Roundabout.

Double Yellow Line Enforcement This can only take place once a TRO (traffic regulation order) is in place.  Persimmon have agreed to apply for this as a priority for the whole development area through from Peterborough Road to Whittlesey Road.

Entry into Cardea from Peterborough Road and ANPR cameras. Persimmons are waiting on a quote from PCC to complete the entrance and ANPR camera install. Urged to push this to happen asap. This is scheduled for completion in 2020.  

Peterborough Road Pedestrian Crossing. This is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Road Adoption Update  The section of the bypass from the Whittlesey Road to the Cardea roundabout is about to complete which will then allow the section between the bypass roundabout and the Apple Cart roundabout to move on to adoption. After this, the major spine roads and side roads can be considered for adoption, this provided they all reach the correct standards. Persimmon have confirmed they want adoption to take place asap but the council must ensure the highway meets council construction standard including drainage , utility routes, footpaths and street lighting.

What stage are we regarding the completion of the bus lane and footpath through to Park Farm? Parents are risking the shortcut which is dangerous. The planning conditions we lobbied for and were agreed are that once the last house is occupied in Phase 6 (as shown above), the footpath link to the pelican crossing on Whittlesey Road should be installed. This will require some careful thought so as to protect pedestrians from construction traffic during ongoing building works. It was noted that there are currently still several homes up for sale in Phase 6. Persimmon advised completion should be in 2020.

When will the children’s play park be completed on Kronos Close?  Play equipment install date to be advised.

Will the rest of the homes on Valentines Place have trees too? The landscaping is complete and no further trees are planned.

Highways suggestion from local resident

We have a 20 mph speed limit on Bellona Drive although you wouldn’t know if you saw the way drivers tear down the road. Can I suggest we have one of the illuminated signs that shows drivers what speed they’re actually doing, preferably one at each end the road? This would be for PCC to decide and would be subject to a speed survey and if necessary, what other restriction methods are available.

As previously advised , don’t delay reporting an issue to Persimmon and kindly please let us know too so as we can chase it if the problem is still outstanding at our next meeting.