Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner paid a visit to An-Lac House on Friday 12th April, accompanied by Romsey County Councillor Noel Kavanagh.
An-Lac is situated on Coldhams Lane in Romsey Town, Cambridge, and provides a unique service for vulnerable elderly people of Vietnamese heritage. But as a result of the Tory County Council’s proposal to cut all funding, An-Lac’s future is now in doubt. See this article for more on the history and purpose of An-Lac House.
Daniel spent time with both trustees and residents. He gained a better understanding of the special place that is An-Lac House, and the valued and valuable service which it provides to its elderly residents.
The County Council Adults Committee meets on Wed 22nd May when it will decide An-Lac’s fate. Councillors will review the proposed cuts during this meeting. Following his visit, Daniel Zeichner has written to the Committee chair calling for councillors on the Committee to reject the cuts. He has asked them to restore the relatively modest amount of funding needed to sustain An Lac House and the unique service which it delivers.
A demonstration in support of An-Lac will be held on Wed 22nd May, the day of the crucial meeting. Can you come along for an hour or so to show your support? It will start at 1pm outside Shire Hall, Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AP. You can register your interest in attending at https://www.facebook.com/events/595722390913631/.
The Trustees will also be delivering a petition to the Committee on the day of the meeting. You can sign it here.
What’s been going on since the end of March Public Meeting?
Here’s a quick update on progress since we held our public meeting at Romsey Mill:
We’ve got volunteers working on both Arts and Music themes, and we’ve had a couple of meetings with County Council Officers re highways issues. There’s some good news and bad news re Highways:
- Good news: we’re working with CCC Highways to get permission to shut a short stretch of Mill Road near the Bridge to all traffic each weekend, giving us an outdoor venue for events, not a done deal yet but we’re persisting 🙂
- Good news: Stagecoach will be running a shuttle service to and from the bridge on both sides
- Bad news: there’s a gas utility that wants to take the opportunity of Mill Rd being quiet to replace the gas main over the entire length of Mill Road, a project that may take up the whole period of the closure. We’re awaiting a meeting with them. We’re going to tell them we want a rolling program which will allow us to continue with events and activities for most of the closure period
We’re also meeting with Govia Thameslink again shortly and will give you an update with anything of interest which comes out of that.
Meantime please contact us if you can offer us any time, whether a little or a lot. Celebrate! can only be a success with your help.
Andy – Over Mill Road Bridge
- 92,336 vehicles were logged over 7 days, with 14,308 vehicles driving above the speed limit (= 15% of the total)
- max speed recorded was 73 mph
- 55 vehicles were clocked doing more than 50mph
Coldhams Lane in Romsey Town is a busy arterial route linking the many and varied pleasures of the Newmarket Road retail parks with the Cambridge inner ring road running down the eastern side of the City.
Late in 2018 a number of residents of Coldhams Lane and the adjacent streets raised concerns about speeding. County Councillor Noel Kavanagh contacted our friends at Cambridgeshire Community Roadwatch to see whether they could help us get some data about vehicle speeds along that stretch of road.
We’re now seeking residents’ views about possible options for speed reduction measures.