This article was published in 2017, in Newsletter 134.
Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP)
Following a summer hiatus the GCP Joint Assembly and Executive Board meetings will have begun again in earnest by the time this newsletter is published.
Agenda items for September meetings include:
- Cambourne to Cambridge Bus Schemes
- Western Orbital
- 10 Year investment Strategy
Camcycle encourages members to keep track of these via Cyclescape 608.
The GCP Executive Board has approved recommendations for the ‘Final Concept’ plan for Milton Road. Whilst it incorporates some aspects of the ‘Do Optimum’ proposal, the extremely long bus lanes leave little room for safe bus stops, loading bays, or realistic verges for trees. Camcycle suggests that the ‘Final Concept’ design will raise more questions than it answers. Milton Road Local Liaison Forum workshops will work through the detailed designs.
Cyclescape 3024 (Do Optimum) and 2662 (Milton Road Local Liaison Forum)
A schedule has been announced for a series of events to gather community views for all 12 proposed Greenways routes with a view to developing more detailed proposals for consultation.
- Autumn 2017 – Barton and Haslingfield Greenways.
- Winter 2017/18 – Comberton, Melbourn, Sawston, Linton and Horningsea Greenways.
- Spring 2018 – Bottisham and Swaffham Greenways.
The four events for the Barton and Haslingfield Greenways are:
- Tuesday 17 October at 5.30pm-7.30pm at Barton Primary school, Barton CB23 7BD.
- Wednesday 18 October at 5.30pm-8pm at Cambridge Rugby Club, Volac Park, Cambridge CB3 9ED.
- Friday 20 October at 11am-2pm at Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AJ.
- Wednesday 25 October at 6pm-8pm at Haslingfield Methodist Church, Haslingfield CB23 1JW.
It has also been announced that a series of smaller engagement events for the St Ives Greenway route, focusing on specific links between the St Ives Busway and nearby villages, such as Rampton, Oakington and Fen Drayton, will be held Autumn 2017 – Spring 2018. Details have yet to be released.
Mill Road Depot
The proposed development is a joint project between Cambridge City Council and developer Hill. An online consultation response form sought feedback. Camcycle wrote to Hill following our meeting with them on 10 August, and following a meeting amongst our own members to discuss our policy view.
Phase One of the Chisholm Trail, between the River Cam and Coldham’s Lane, was passed unanimously by the Joint Development Control Committee – Cambridge Fringes.
Phase 2 of the Chisholm Trail will establish a link from Coldham’s Lane to Cambridge Station.
How would you improve Cambridge Station Cycling?
While the CB1 development is not yet complete, it’s clear that there are significant issues for cycling. Camcycle members met in August to discuss how they would fix the public space and cycling routes to, through and around the new station development.
Members of the public can support or object to planning applications if they have concerns about developments in their local area.
You can contact your local councillors and/or search by the reference number on the Cambridge City Council, South Cambridge District Council or Cambridgeshire County Council planning portals to submit responses directly.
Summaries of the applications, discussion about the cycling issues and our final responses can be read on the Cyclescape thread. In this section are just a few from the last couple of months.
Two R&D buildings on Babraham Research Campus S/2917/17/RM
We’re concerned about cycle parking and the facilities provided for cycle commuters. We think that safety improvements for walking and cycling should be made to the roundabout outside the Babraham Research Campus on the A1307.
Two four-storey buildings and multistorey car park, Cambridge Science Park S/2436/17/FL
We objected to this application which involves re-developing the whole southwest corner, including two existing entrances for pedestrians and cyclists: one from the Busway and one from Milton Road. A through-route for pedestrians was shown on plans, but only a destination for cycling: this is a heavily used entrance which must be maintained as a cycle route. We suggested that pedestrians and people cycling should be separated, and the path and entrance wider than the existing entrances.
The cycle parking proposals lacked enough detail to establish whether the double-decker racks were of good quality and that there was enough space to manoeuvre into them. There was no provision for cargo bikes or cycles used as mobility aids.
We commented on the lack of casual oversight of the location inside the multistorey car park, and that cycle parking closer to the building entrances would be more accessible, as well as demonstrating commitment to encouraging cycling.
We noted the importance of maintaining access to the Science Park for people walking and cycling at this location throughout building works.
15 flats at 291 Hills Road 17/1372/FUL
We objected as the planning application had numerous inconsistencies when depicting and describing the cycle parking. Insufficient information was provided about the quality of the cycle shelter and basement cycle parking. The proposed painted cycle lane on the excessively steep driveway with a 90-degree turn would be very dangerous. We would also like to see proposals for improvements made to the junction of Hills Road and Queen Edith’s Way.
Expansion of Chesterton Community College C/5003/17/CC
We objected to the insufficient access to the site after school hours (needed for adult education classes and public meetings) and the concentration of cycle parking in one area making access for visitors very difficult. We also think there is opportunity for additional access from Lilywhite Drive.