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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

Click here to view the online petition

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.

Outcomes of the City Deal Public Consultation

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 https://issuu.com/ribacaa/docs/ca71, or you can download the pdf here Download PDF