Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all residents of Eaton Village from the EVRA Committee.
Thank you for all your support during a busy 2016 .
It looks like 2017 could be even busier. We will again be running our Spring and Summer Garden competitions. We will also hold our Scarecrow Festival over the weekend of 15/16 July 2017 and plan to organise another Family Fun Day the same weekend. Our first Pumpkin Trail was very well supported and we will run this again in 2017. We are also looking at arranging Dyke Dipping on Marston Marsh for May half-term. Our Spring and Autumn Newsletters will keep you informed about details for these events.
Our Playground project continues to raise money and we hope to install a new piece of equipment in time for summer. Your support and enthusiasm for this project has been essential in achieving the progress we have made. There is a lot of competition for money from funding bodies, resulting in smaller amounts of grants being approved but we have had some success. We now plan to install equipment as funds allow rather that going for a “big bang” approach and are working with the City Council to achieve this.
Rosemary Benton and her team continue to look after the verges along Donkey Lane and would welcome new volunteers to assist with their Wednesday afternoon sessions.
The upgrades to the cycle paths on Newmarket Road start on 4th January and will involve road closures and speed limit reductions during this work which is scheduled to end on 7th April. The Roadworks.org website shows suspension of the bus lane on Newmarket Road as well as temporary closure of Branksome Road, Camberley Roads and Claremont Road junctions with Newmarket Road during these works. Access to these roads will be via Eaton Road and Waverley Road. The junctions at Sunningdale and Elveden Close will also be impacted by the work. It is not clear how the footpath/ cycle path will be affected during this work.
In April the Council will then start work on the new cycleway from the junction with Colney Lane in Cringleford through to the top of the slip road on Eaton Street beyond the Cellar House. These works will be quite extensive and will have a big impact on traffic flows around the area until late July.
We have proposed to the Council that EVRA are the focal point for liaison with residents during these works to deal with any issues and also help to reduce the impact of these works on our community. We await their response.
Details on the proposed works can be found at: https://roadworks.org/ . You then have to enter dates (January 2017 onwards) and zoom in to the Norwich area to see the details.
Chris Stebbing – EVRA Chairman