This is probably the most pathetic post I’ve ever put on this site, but I have to write something about what’s going on at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout, even though I don’t understand it at all. Perhaps this might act as a catalyst for somebody to step up and explain …if anybody truly does understand what’s happening.
All residents could be fully briefed on what was happening in these sorts of developments if the council would only update us, in plain English, perhaps through a blog explaining what’s going on. I’ve always found it unacceptable that they choose not to do so. Until that day, we have to try to work out what’s happening ourselves.
Anything to do with Addenbrooke’s roundabout is not trivial. It handles a massive amount of traffic, yet has to cater for some of the most vulnerable members of society, as well as some of the most urgent vehicle movements. It needs to be fit for a vital purpose.
What’s going on?
Now, from what I can make out, there was a significant redevelopment of the roundabout ordered as part of the expansion of the site. Despite its importance, the plan went largely un-noticed by the public – yet another example of the abysmal quality of communication offered by the council. As has been widely reported, even local councillors claimed not to know what was going on. An honourable exception is Councillor Tim Moore, who appears to have spent a huge amount of time on the issue, talking to residents, expressing concerns and proposing new ideas. Somehow, enough concerns had been raised by a few weeks ago that a second plan was proposed. At least this time, more people seemed to have been made aware of it, although the explanations and visualisations on offer are still appalling. There was a consultation event, but many people say they weren’t aware of that.
Now, if I’ve got this right (and I’m really not sure that I have), the development will be discussed at a council planning committee meeting on 1 April. It is to be hoped that the councillors concerned understand what’s going on. I have been told (but I can’t find the information myself), that public comments are being accepted until 23 March. Again, I’d appreciate confirmation of that.
An unstructured mess
What is for certain is that many people seem concerned that even the revised plans have major failings, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists heading to the hospital. I can direct you to the council’s public documentation website, although as ever, it’s just an unstructured mess of paperwork which would take anyone the patience of a saint to wade through. This is the link to the documents page, although I know from past experience that the IT architecture of the site is strange enough that these direct links are unpredictable. If you have problems, go to the home page and copy + paste 14/1691/S73 into the box. Click “search” and then “documents”.
I’d start at the bottom, if I were you, because much of the stuff at the top is no longer current. You’ll see some civil engineering plans, which are hard to visualise, and some rather folorn images of how the crossings might look, as well as a few residents’ comments sent in by email and post. Those comments sent in through the website can be found under the “comments” tab at the top of the page.
I’m sorry I can’t illuminate you on the situation, what’s proposed, or its advantages or failings. Please join in the discussion below. Especially if you know things that the rest of us don’t.