Members Update – 9th September 2017

FeCRA Members Update 9th September 2017

From Wendy Blythe, Chair

It was standing room only at last week’s Cambridge Deserves Better event addressed by Mayor Palmer and city and village reps. The organisers of the event want to thank you for your support and help in making the event such a success and for the generous donations which meant that all costs were covered. There were 228 attendees. The same concerns drew people from all over Cambridge and the villages. FeCRA filmed the event for you.

Introduction and Mayor’s address

Cambridge Connect re Light Rail

Panel presentations

Questions and Answers

In our last mailing we said the event “Cambridge Deserves Better” was timely because in addition to concerns about transport plans many of you are sharing with us details of the ugly piecemeal developer led growth impacting so many neighbourhoods. We attached the leaflet concerning the proposed demolition of 18 Panton Street, a Cambridge Conservation area. North Newtown RA have asked us to thank those who have written to object and to say that the case officer is willing to receive comments until 15th September.

The Hills Road Area Residents Association and Queen Edith’s Way Residents Association have produced  a leaflet under the same theme of ‘Cambridge Deserves Better’ with reference to the demolition planned for “Raylands”, 291 Hills Road (attached) .The leaflet  includes a comment from David Jones, author of the prize winning, Hideous Cambridge, A City Mutilated . As he points out this decision will set a precedent about the speed and nature of change in the city.

Friday 15 September is the end of the consultation period for “Raylands”, 291 Hills Road but the Council say they will consider all comments received by Friday 13th October. The reference to quote is 17/1372/FUL. Please write and object and circulate the leaflet to all your networks.The organisers of the leaflet have set up an email address for concerned citizens to keep in touch about this and other Cambridge development.


Cambridge Past Present and Future have responded to these two key applications with guns blazing. Check out their responses on the planning portal and on their website and twitter. A very big thank you to the team. They have also asked us to share with you the  letter they have sent to Greater Cambridge Partnership. It calls on the GCP to set up a working group to commission consultants to undertake a feasibility study of how a pollution charge could be combined with fiscal demand management to deliver the three wins – cleaner air, reduced congestion, and a sustainable income stream,

Please let us know what you think.

We will be in touch again to ask for your views on the transport plans for the A1307. The 3 options impact Gogs views and the city’s green belt setting and the attractive Babraham Road approaches. There are similar issues regarding development and Omissions sites as for the A428 Cambourne to Cambridge busway options.

A reminder that the next Greater Cambridge Partnership Assembly Meeting is Sept 13 (note deadline for public questions has passed)

We have written to the GCP to point out that their Minutes of 13th July 2017 do not include the public questions and responses . We have asked them to forward a copy of the questions and responses and also update the Assembly Agenda pack on line.

Greenways Project  Manager Simon Manville Project Manager  has agreed to attend the North Area Committee meeting at 18:30 in Chesterton Community College on 14th September to explain the background and status of the project. If you recall there were concerns about the status of the consultant’s report. This is still on the website.

Best wishes

Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA


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