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Residents turn out in force to see the next Hills Road Cycleway plans

Unfortunately, many were unnecessarily disappointed. A couple asked me if they’d missed the presentation, so I had to explain that there wasn’t a spoken ‘presentation’, they were just supposed to look at the engineering drawings on the display boards and the rest was up to them. Sam Davies from the Queen Edith’s Community Forum said that it is very clear that the best we can do has been to ask them to look again what seemed to us to be the most dangerous elements of the design, while also urging the County Council to live up to commitments previously made on finishing off Phase 1, including completing the review of that work; and to deliver an acceptable public realm.…

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City Deal Update: Deadlines, Delays and Devolution

In this last of my five part series on the streets and transport, I’d like to bring you an update on where we are with the City Deal, because things have changed even since Monday. Thursday evening saw a meeting of the City Deal ‘Executive Board’, and the main item on the agenda was to decide on the next stage of the “A428 Cambourne to Cambridge Better Bus Journeys” scheme. Bear with me if you think this hasn’t got much to do with Queen Edith’s. As I mentioned before, they’ll be turning their attention to the A1307 Babraham Road soon, so forewarned is forearmed.…

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Pavement and Cycle Lane Proposals for Queen Edith’s Way

Today the council published plans for cycle lanes on Queen Edith’s Way, including one idea which transplants the grass verge by the houses to separate the pavement and cycle lane. There’s also a plan for an innovative replacement layout for the Fendon Road/Queen Edith’s Way roundabout.…

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All eyes on the plaza at the Leisure Park

In the latest example of “Quick – there’s a space – let’s build on it!”, competing parties have their eyes on the plaza in the centre of the Leisure Park. First out of the blocks, in the black corner, are the owners of the site, X-Leisure (themselves owned by Land Securities), who want to build a new restaurant building between the Travelodge and The Light Cinema.…

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Residents’ Parking for the north-west of Queen Edith’s?

Car parking is a growing problem in several parts of Queen Edith’s, most notably in the roads nearest to Addenbrooke’s and in the roads opposite Hills Road Sixth Form College. In Rathmore Road, Hartington Grove, Marshall Road and Blinco Grove, pavements are regularly blocked and gridlock can ensue as two-way traffic tries to fit into a single carriageway. One solution might be a residents’ parking scheme.…

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Local Plan modifications include more Green Belt loss

It’s clear then that the proposed extension of the Biomedical Campus is not good news for wildlife. But according to Aidan Van de Weyer of the South Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats, “No one has demonstrated that there is any demand for the development of this land, let alone made a case that benefits of development would outweigh the damage that it would cause.”…

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Resident’s letter demolishes case for Wort’s Causeway development

An excellent letter from local resident Jeremy Jones takes the council’s case for building on the Green Belt to task, on the grounds of it being based on bad data, misinterpreting national guidelines, and conceding to demands too easily.…

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Campaign objecting to development on Wort’s Causeway gathers momentum

The local campaign to “Save the Green Belt” and specifically to object to housing development on Wort’s Causeway is gathering momentum. A meeting of many of those concerned was held on 30 January, and I’ve paraphrased the minutes here for the benefit of anyone who couldn’t attend or who would still like to get involved.…

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Boundary Commission revisions make Queen Edith’s position more illogical

The arbitrary allocation of Queen Edith’s ward to the South Cambridgeshire parliamentary constituency, rather than the Cambridge city constituency, looks even more ridiculous in light of the latest boundary commission proposals.…

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