£100,000 funding for Fenland road safety improvements across Wisbech, Doddington, Manea, Whittlesey, Gorefield, Christchurch and March

Alex Miscandlon.Whittlesey. Benwick, Coates and Eastrea. (Con)

Alex Miscandlon.Whittlesey. Benwick, Coates and Eastrea. (Con) - Credit: Archant

More than £600,000 of funding has been allocated for road safety improvements across the county.

Fenland is to receive almost £100,000 and East Cambridgeshire just shy of £80,000 to carry out the schemes, which were prioritised by council panel members in terms of importance.

The scoring system assessed four categories: persistent problem, road safety, community improvement, and added value.

Each category was scored out of five and the average across all panel members was then used to rank applications.

Parish, town councils or community groups across the county could apply for up to £10,000 of funding – as long as they pay at least 10 per cent of the total cost of the scheme.

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Here’s how the money is being spent across Fenland:

The top-rated scheme, costing Cambs County Council £10,000 and Parson Drove, Wisbech St Mary & Gorefield Parish Councils a further £1,000, is for lining/coloured surfacing enhancements to Bellamy’s Bridge junction.

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Installing movable speed activated signs within the villages, costing the county council just over £5,000, is second on the priority list. The scheme was put forward by Cllr Alex Miscandlon, costing his local council in Eastrea and Coates £1,071.

Third on the list is a gateway feature and 40mph buffer on Doddington Road costing the council £7,343 and the applicant Benwick Parish Council a further £816.

Movable speed activated signs are also coming to Station Road, Manea, costing the council £4,800 and the applicant Manea Speedwatch Group £536.

The existing double yellow lines on Ramnoth Road, Money Back, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Copperfields and Mansell Road are to be extended costing CCC £2,826 and a further £314 to be footed by the applicant Wisbech Town Council.

The exiting crossroad warning sign at Upwell Road, Christchurch, is to be upgraded as well as a gateway feature installed costing the county council £3,492. Christchurch Parish Council will pay a further £615 of the cost.

Seventh on the list is reduced localised speed limit with 40mph buffers and traffic calming for High Road, Wisbech St Mary costing the council £10,000. Wisbech St Mary Parish Council will pay an additional £1,118.

Bollards and a kissing gate are to be installed at the footpath between Suffolk Way leading to Eastwood Avenue costing CCC £2,053. March Town Council will pay a further £1,000 for the scheme.

The drain and footway on the B1165 High Road near the junction Goodens Lane is to be widened costing CCC £10,000. Newton in the Isle Parish Council will pay the extra £2,421.

Movable speed activated signs for Kirkgate outside Tydd Manor in Tydd St Giles are also planned, costing the county council £4,001 and the parish council an extra £1,334.

Further down the list are improvements to roads in Gorefield, Wimblington, Whittlesey and Wisbech taking up a further £25,921 of the Fenland budget for 2018/19.

The highways and community infrastructure committee of Cambridgeshire County Council is to agree the budgets at their meeting on Tuesday (March 13).

The budget for 2018/19 Local Highway Improvements (LHI) was approved by the Highway and Community Infrastructure Committee and the Environment and Economy Committee in December 2017.

The county council has already spent £8,790 on feasibility studies and £7,192 in East Cambridgeshire.

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