Archive for the ‘Town Facilities’ Category

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.



The Tesco Bus Shelter – Following Up

8th December 2015 by Phil Comments Off on The Tesco Bus Shelter – Following Up

Following up on the immediately preceding post – last Wednesday, Royston Lib Dems issued the following statement:

Today, the 2nd December, Royston Liberal Democrats took chairs for the convenience of bus travellers who use the bus stop at Tesco. The shelter has been refurbished to a poor standard overall, but in particular without seating.

“Having written to Tesco on a number of occasions since the summer, we felt we should draw attention to the fact that they have not bothered to reply. We hope that by offering seats and a seasonal chocolate to waiting passengers, we made their trip more comfortable, ” said former Lib Dem Councillor Elizabeth Freeman. “We hope that our action will shame Tesco into some response.”



Press Release: Tesco Bus Shelter Seating

30th November 2015 by Phil Comments Off on Press Release: Tesco Bus Shelter Seating

29th November 2015

Standing Room Only

Tired of waiting for the seating in the refurbished bus shelter at Tesco’s to be reinstated, Royston Lib Dems have decided to draw attention to the plight of the elderly waiting for the bus at Tesco’s.

Local Lib Dems have written to Tesco to ask why the seating has not been put back, and have not had any reply. The Town Council have confirmed that responsibility lies with Tesco, not with Highways or local councils.

So on Wednesday 2 December at 1pm, local Lib Dem activists will be at the bus shelter offering chairs to waiting passengers.

Ex councillor Elizabeth Freeman said “It is a disgrace that Tesco shoppers have to stand waiting for the bus. We have seen young people sitting on the pavement, but that is not an option for the elderly.”

Local Lib Dem Chairman Caroline Coates said “In the season of goodwill we hope that drawing attention to Tesco’s lack of action in providing seating in the bus shelter, something will be done. It is lamentable that Tesco will not address the problem and choose not to make their shopping experience more convenient for those visiting them using public transport.”

For Further Information:
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Tesco – The Bus Shelter Again

8th October 2015 by Phil Comments Off on Tesco – The Bus Shelter Again

The bus shelter at Royston Tesco has now been restored following the accidental damage it suffered – but it has not been replaced like-for-like, as it still lacks seating.

We’ve looked into this, and although Tesco tried to claim that this is a council matter, it does seem to be up to Tesco to deal with the problem, as the shelter is on their property. However, they don’t seem interested in making things easier or more comfortable for their customers.

We can only suggest that people write to Tesco’s manager – or to their head office, who may have responsibility for this.


The New Royston Burial Ground

21st July 2015 by Phil Comments Off on The New Royston Burial Ground

Several members of the Royston LibDems committee attended the public meeting on the 28th of June at which the choice of location for the new Royston Burial Ground was explained, if not usefully discussed. We have considerable sympathy for the opponents of the choice, which is seemingly being presented as a fait accompli rather than being properly, democratically discussed, but we cannot see any clear alternatives at present.

We’d love to see some discussion of this, here and elsewhere; if a better choice is possible, it needs to be presented quickly.


Standing in Line for a Bus

by Phil Comments Off on Standing in Line for a Bus

The Royston Liberal Democrats are looking to raise the issue of seating at the Royston Tesco bus stop, which is currently inconveniently absent. Given the amount of use this stop gets, we would expect the responsible parties to want to rectify this. Please feel free to comment here, especially if you agree; the more people we can quote as being concerned, the more chance we have of getting something done about the problem!


Royston Market and Parking Safety

13th April 2015 by Phil Comments Off on Royston Market and Parking Safety

Market days in Royston are not what they were. The marketplace used to be a “No Parking” space; now, as the market is shrinking, that rule seems to be shrinking too. Members of the Royston LibDems party have seen cars endangering pedestrians who don’t expect vehicles among the stalls. We feel that the Council needs to get a grip on this before someone is hurt.


Royston’s Proposed New Cemetery

by Phil Comments Off on Royston’s Proposed New Cemetery

There is much disquiet being expressed in Royston about the proposed new cemetery at the Wicker Hall site at the top of Briary Lane, Some residents are concerned about funeral corteges trying to get up the hill when there are cars parked along almost the full length of the road. There are also concerns about the effects on local wildlife, the tarmac that is proposed to be laid on the ancient bridleway, and possible effects on the town’s watercourse.

Are you concerned? Please feel free to comment here and tell us what you think. Do you believe that Wicker Hall is the right location? And should the public know more about alternative sites that were ruled out?