Archive for the ‘Town Facilities’ Category

Susan van der Ven Cycleway Talk and Fish and Chip Supper

10th September 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Susan van der Ven Cycleway Talk and Fish and Chip Supper

On Thursday, October the 19th, popular local County Councillor Susan van der Ven will speak about The Royston-Melbourn Pedestrian/Cycle Link: Cracking and Connecting the County Border at Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston, SG8 5PT, from 8pm-9:30pm. Please contact Carol on for tickets, or see the event’s page on Eventbrite (follow that link).

Separated by an administrative county border, Royston and Melbourn sit in close proximity and share a great deal of travel to and fro. A safe off-road connection for walkers, cyclists and mobility scooters would be transformative to daily life.

In 2013 the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign was formed to create a Cambridge-Royston cycle route, with huge support from Royston residents. Even in the age of austerity, most of the route has now been funded or built – with the final stretch to Royston in sight. Key to success is total collaboration, and persuading the funders to see beyond administrative domains to a common cause.

The talk will be accompanied by a fish and chip, chicken and chips, or veggie burger and chips supper. Please email your choice to or we will be unable to provide you with food on the night.


Stop the Brown Bin Tax

25th July 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Stop the Brown Bin Tax

Did you know that Conservative-run North Herts District Council are consulting on whether they can get away with charging residents upwards of £40 to remove garden waste for them? This service is currently covered by our council tax.

Introducing an additional charge for this service could mean that people who cannot pay end up fly-tipping their waste, burning it in harmful backyard bonfires, or just overloading the general, non-recycled waste disposal system. Those who want to dispose of garden waste correctly but who are unable to get to the tip don’t have any option but to pay, and no exemptions for elderly or disabled residents have been discussed.

The implementation of a similar tax in nearby Welwyn/Hatfield has been poorly managed, mistake-ridden, and extremely unpopular. Has NHDC not learned from these mistakes?

Please sign our petition at in opposition to these changes, and help us send the Council a clear message on this latest Tory stealth tax.


Rail Users – Petition and Consultation

by Phil Comments Off on Rail Users – Petition and Consultation

The deadline for the consultation on changes to train services to or through Royston proposed to start next year is this Thursday (27th July). The proposed timetables can be seen at Whilst there are improvements in the service at some stations it is clear that there is a problem with the proposals for Royston.

The biggest problem is that the current evening fast trains will cease to run (or rather, they will no longer stop at Royston). This means that people who work late or return from an evening in London will have a much longer journey home.

There is also a problem in that no morning peak hour trains will start at Royston. Since these are currently the only trains on which Royston people can get seats, this will make many people’s journeys much worse.

There is a simple solution to both these problems:

  • Start the two morning trains that are planned to start at Baldock at Royston.
  • Stop some of the evening Cambridge fast trains at Royston (and possibly Letchworth), as happens at the moment.

Edward Carder, who commutes from Royston (and is a LibDem member), has launched a petition about these changes which you can sign at You can also respond to the train company’s consultation by emailing But please do it today, as the deadline is Thursday!


Our Council Candidates

21st April 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Our Council Candidates

The Local Plan

18th April 2017 by Phil Comments Off on The Local Plan

North Herts LibDem leader Steve Jarvis speaks on the Local Plan for housing in North Herts:


The Number 26 Bus

by Phil Comments Off on The Number 26 Bus

Stagecoach have announced that they are going to reinstate an hourly service for the number 26 bus, starting at Royston and terminating at Trumpington Park and Ride, Cambridge, for off-peak journeys. This trial of a new route is entirely dependent on strong ridership. According to Stagecoach, the previous hourly 26 service would have needed an additional 300 passengers per day to make it commercially viable; the new route could prove more successful. The new timetable will commence at the end of July.


Play Areas Under Threat

11th January 2017 by Phil Comments Off on Play Areas Under Threat

North Herts Council appears to be backing down on plans to close 14 children’s play areas across the area, including those at Betjemen Road, Farrier Court, and Ivel Farm in Royston.

In the face of local opposition and a petition organised by the Liberal Democrats, they are now proposing to keep these play areas open but spend no money on new equipment for them. They plan to ask the Town Council if they will take them over. This of course means that the play areas will eventually be closed when the equipment wears out – unless the Town Council agrees to pay up.

The Council also plans to spend only “limited” amounts on sites at Meridian, Studlands Rise, and York Way.


The No.26 Bus to Cambridge

14th December 2016 by Phil Comments Off on The No.26 Bus to Cambridge

The number 26 bus, which runs between Royston and Cambridge, currently runs hourly. However, Stagecoach have apparently decided that, from January, it will run just once every two hours at off-peak times. This is because the route does not generate a significant profit, because the bus is used primarily by elderly people with bus passes.

This will obviously affect people in Royston and in the villages through which the 26 runs. A less regular service may make it harder for many villagers, including those unable to drive or unable to afford a car, to travel into the city. It may also lead to an increased number of cars being used on this route and may therefore contribute to increased traffic on the A10 and into Cambridge city centre.

See the Cambridge News story here. A local resident has created an online petition to try and stop Stagecoach from cutting the service; see here.