City Deal News

Petition Presented To Cambridge County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council required at least 3000 Cambridgeshire residents' signatures to debate the petition as part of a full council meeting. The online petition, along with our paper petition, has surpassed this goal. On 19th July 2016, the Milton Road Residents' Association Chairman presented the petition for discussion to the County Council.

A video of the meeting can be found here

Cambridge 105 Radio podcast interview with Milton Road Residents' Association

By the end of the meeting the councillors voted in favour of a motion from Councillor Jocelynne Scutt for the following recommendation:

'We want a commitment from the City Deal Assembly and the City Deal Board that if, in the end, construction requires removal of any single one of the trees in Milton Road, then the City Deal monies return to Milton Road mature trees lining Milton Road’s verges making Milton Road the impressive vista it should be, a lead-in to Cambridge of which we – all of us – whether Cambridge City or from the County as a whole can be proud.'

A further motion by Councillor Ian Manning recommending the City Deal to consider other options for Milton Road was rejected by the councillors:

'This council wishes to express its opposition to any plan that will result in the removal of the majority of trees on Milton Road. Further the council believes that measures contained in the City Deal do not represent an efficient or desirable way to tackle congestion and ask that more options be considered in the public consultation.'

Supersize Cambridge

On July 4th 2016, people from all over greater Cambridge were invited to come along to give their views on the supersizing of Cambridge, its consequences for this beautiful City of Cambridge and its villages, its impact on those left behind in the rush for growth and to express their views on what they see as the singular lack of vision and lost opportunities in the City Deal's proposals.

Find more details on the poster: Poster PDF

Video playlist of the event's speakers by Antony Carpen can be found here

Current City Deal Proposals

The executive Board has approved the road layout recommended by the City Deal. Watch the full video of the meeting here where the proposals were unanimously approved.

The City Deal has proposed 3 lanes and in some places 4 lanes of traffic along Milton Road. They are also proposing to close Union Lane at the junction with Milton Road, banning right turns into Elizabeth way and also remove the Elizabeth way roundabout. More details of their recommendations can be found at the Milton Road Proposals section of this site.

Yellow Ribbon Tree Appreciation

To show how much we appreciate the trees along Milton Road, we have tied a yellow ribbon to every tree on the road. We do not want the City Deal to remove over 100 trees on Milton Road and we hope the ribbons will get the trees some extra attention as they burst into bloom this summer.

Save The Trees Poster Campaign

The trees along Milton Road have been adorned with posters demonstrating how the local residents feel about the trees. Children and adults have got creative and hand made a whole variety of posters to advertise that we want to Save the Trees.

Current City Deal Proposals

Milton Road Proposals

Outcomes of the City Deal Public Consultation

As a result of the public consultation, officers have recommended a ‘Do Something’ option. This will include the following:

  • Three lanes of traffic
  • In-bound and out-bound bus lanes on major junction approaches
  • Intelligent traffic signals
  • Segregated cycleways on both sides of road
  • Floating bus stops considered
  • Removal of Elizabeth Way/Highworth Ave roundabout and replaced with traffic signals
  • No banned turns at Gilbert Road, Arbury Road and King's Hedges
  • Closure of Union Lane with Milton Road
  • A huge loss of trees

Find the full report here and a much shorter summary by the City Deal can be found here

The City Deal held a briefing on this topic for the 'Stakeholders' to attend. Unfortunatly the public was not invited, however, you can watch the full video of the meeting here, thanks to Richard Taylor.

Cambridge Association of Architects Gazette

Cambridge Association of Architects Gazette, Spring/Summer 2016 article on Milton Road by Kieran Perkins.

This article talks about urban design and ideas for Milton Road. You can view this article on pages 14-15 from their website, or you can download the pdf here Download PDF

Milton Road Hustings

Thursday 28 April 2016 7-9pm Chesterton Community College, CB4 3NY

In preparation for the Local Government Elections on 5 May, along with Hurst Park Estate Residents’ Association (HPERA) and the Friends of Mitcham’s Corner (FMC), we invited all 15 candidates standing in Kings Hedges, West Chesterton and East Chesterton to a public meeting to hear their views on the Greater Cambridge City Deal proposals for Milton Road and the impact on the surrounding area.

A full video of the hustings can be found here courtesy of Richard Taylor. A written summary of the evening can be found here.

Hustings Format:

  • Brief introduction by the Chair
  • A 90 second presentation by each candidate to state their main priorities if elected
  • Prepared questions on City Deal issues, based on their responses to a questionnaire recently sent out by HPERA. Written answers can be found here on the HPERA website.
  • Open questions from the floor

On Street Parking Controls

Smarter Cambridge Transport

Smarter Cambridge Transport have come up with a proposal which does not require bus lanes to deal with congestion, but focuses on parking controls in Cambridge.

They have suggested a 6-month experimental city-wide residents parking scheme, with options for locals to choose how it would work in their area. This could be a valuable way of measuring the impact of such a scheme not only on free commuter parking in our neighbourhoods, but on congestion generally (which could argue against bus lanes).

We have the local elections coming up in May, so if you support this approach, please write to your local City and County Councillors and let them know. Find their contact details on our 'Who Can I Contact' page

The First Stage of Consultation is now Closed

You can read our response by visiting the Our Response section of the website.

We have also handed in the petition, as described in this Cambridge News article, so that it could be taken into consideration for the first stage of the consultation process. However, we are still collecting signatures and the petition is still open.

Petition: Save the Trees and Verges on Milton Road, Cambridge, UK

If you haven't signed one of our paper petitions yet, you can sign our online petition instead! We have created an online petition on which can be quickly and easily signed online.

Please send to anyone you know who would like to sign this.

Click Here to Sign the Petition

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting to ask questions, there was a full house with every seat taken and many people having to stand at the back and along the sides.

The meeeting was filmed by Richard Taylor, and can be viewed at

There are Alternatives to Bus Lanes

MRRA meeting on Thursday 21st January 2016

Click here to download the poster for this event

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting on Thursday. If you missed the meeting, you can still watch the presentations on Youtube, filmed by Antony Carpen by clicking the following links:

Although the opportunity to put forward your views in response to the The 'Call for Evidence' sessions (as part of the Cambridge Access Study) has now closed, the presentations are still available to view. So before you complete your questionnaires and send your replies to the Milton Road Consultation, please consider the ‘call for Evidence’ hearings. For a summary of the ideas, please see the ‘Notes of the Call for Evidence Sessions’ under ‘Evidence Session’, including the power point presentations, via the following link:

If the congestion situation in Cambridge can be improved, there will be no need to expand the bus lanes. We do not want to transform our beautiful tree-lined streets into ugly concrete highways, or divert more traffic through the small residential side roads.

Milton Road Questionnaire from The Greater Cambridge City Deal

We feel the questions on the Milton Road questionnaire are misleading and weighted towards turning Milton Road in a treeless wide highway with banned turnings.

The deadline for the questionnaire was on 15th February 2016.