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Question 33 - we asked:

The Greater Cambridge Partnership plans for Milton Road will create protected cycle lanes, however Mitcham's Corner is not currently within scope. The current gyratory system is dominated by vehicles and remains a barrier for safe cycling and walking. How would you like to see this area redeveloped?

We asked this question only in West Chesterton.

4 of the 4 candidates (100%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Mike HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I often drive around this area ans agree it is obviously tricky for cyclists.If I'm on a bike I avoid it. A solution is certainly necessary but looks very costly. I really can't take a firm view now without all facts and more professional input.

Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Remove "gyratory" scheme - Cambridge's very own Hyde Park Corner, and almost as scary. You see virtually no one cycling there. Far too intimidating.

20 mph limit

Clare KING
(Labour Party)

As said above, Mitcham's Corner needs to have the SPD carried through to implementation. It's currently a pretty hostile environment for anything except vehicles and I strongly believe placemaking should be at the heart of transport planning. It's also important that the Milton Road plans tie into future changes to Mitcham's Corner so joined up thinking by the Greater Cambridge Partnership is important. It's an chance to make this a far more people friendly and greener place and a much better 'entrance' to the core city.

Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I understand that the gyratory was originally built before the A14 and helped heavy duty vehicles travel through Cambridge on their way to ports east of the city. As noted by the Friends of Mitcham’s Corner, times have changed and there is fantastic potential to develop Mitcham’s corner very differently.

I am very excited about the idea of cutting the gyratory and implementing a low speed environment which would be vastly improved for cyclists and pedestrians. The ideas are articulately explained in the Mitcham's Corner Development Framework, which I would be keen to support.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop exploring this idea which used a detailed Minecraft model to engage younger residents in planning. It was a fascinating exercise (partly because I’d never played Minecraft before) but it was not surprising to see younger people looking for green spaces, better access to the river and great community facilities.

Sadly such plans will be more difficult to achieve than they were a few years ago, as derelict buildings have been taken up by shops again. However I think we should be ambitious for Cambridge and seek investment to deliver such transformative projects.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.