News - Miscellaneous

Up to 18,000 People in a New Community at the End of Milton Road, on Our Doorstep?

There is a plan to relocate the sewage works at Milton and redevelop the whole area south of the A14.This had been called the Northern Fringe Project but it is now the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan. The idea is to have a dense urban development. This would use a new approach to have residences, workplaces and facilities mixed at a small scale of granularity all within walking/cycling distance. The authorities have produced an 8-page summary to explain the development which can be viewed here:

https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/media/7029/print-a5-nec-southcambs-booklet.pdf

There are just two more opportunities to see the exhibition and talk to one of the planning officers, on Tuesday 12th March at the Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre CB4 1RU, 4pm-7pm and Thursday 14th March at Nun’s Way Pavilion CB4 2NR, 2pm-8pm:

Have your say at: www.cambridge.gov.uk/necaap Please note that opportunities to comment ends 5pm 25th March 2019

We urge you to send in your comments to the Council as it is a very significant development. There are a lot of complex issues, but here are some key ones to consider. As one of our local residents has put it:

The Proposed Development will be Very Big - The population will be similar to that of Ely so it is a lot bigger than, say, Orchard Park. It is also planned to include high rise development and no limit has yet been put on how high this will be.

Traffic Congestion - The top of Milton Road sometimes hits gridlock as it is, so the extra traffic does not bear thinking about. The planners have many worthy ideas to minimise car use on the development, but these are unproven.

No Mention of CAM Metro – One year ago the mayor’s consultants published indicative maps showing their proposed underground metro linking with Cambridge North/Science Park. Where is it in these plans?

Facilities - If insufficient facilities are developed there will be an impact locally. It has already been decided not to build a secondary school and to absorb the new pupils into existing schools.

The Edges of the Development - The development borders on to disadvantaged parts of the city and it is not clear that these areas will be upgraded to deal with the new demands.

Developers and Implementation - Developers in Cambridge have been consistent only in always failing to deliver all of the promised facilities. Where they have been provided it has often been too late and too incoherent. It is difficult to see why things will be any different this time as it will take place under the same legislation and even with some of the same developers. These include Brookgate whose CB1 development has been so controversial. If the developers fail to mitigate potential problems then the issues mentioned above could have considerable impacts. See this link for a new example locally: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-darwingreen-huntingdon-histon-barratt-15861830

Concept Map of the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan
Concept Map of the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

MRRA Annual General Meeting 2017

The meeting minutes for this year's AGM are available from the meeting minutes page.

The following information was on the hand out in this year's AGM.

Milton Road Update – AGM

5 th December 2017

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) website:
https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/milton-road/

Milton Road Residents’ Association website:
Link to last news update mailing, October 2017, which also contains video links
http://www.miltonroadra.org/news/posts/milton-road-update-october-2017

Since the workshops in September (Bus Stops and Crossings) and October on Trees, there have been four Design Group Meetings where MRRA representatives have met with the Milton Road Project Manager, Paul van de Bulk and Traffic Engineers to discuss:

  1. Elizabeth Way Roundabout
  2. Cycle Lane between Mitcham’s Corner and Elizabeth Way Roundabout
  3. Mitcham’s Corner interaction with the Milton Road scheme
  4. Bus Lane lengths

See GCP web link above for details of these Design Group meetings.

What Happens Next

The County Officers and WSP Consultants will now work up detailed plans, taking into account the Workshop and Design Group feedback. These plans will then be presented to the Milton Road Local Liaison Forum (MR LLF) at a public meeting in January 2018 for residents and stakeholder comments.

The Officers aim is then to take the Preferred Option design and outline business case to the Assembly and Executive Board in the March meeting. That will mean they need to get all the work done by the first week of February 2018 so the reports can be approved, edited and published in advance. They will be asking for approval from the Board to take this Preferred Option design out to public consultation, probably in May 2018.

Following analysis of feedback from the consultation and any changes that may instigate, they will then need to go back to the Board in the Autumn of 2018 to present the outcomes and ask for approval to go ahead with the Detailed Engineering Design.

GCP Assembly and Executive Board Meetings – Important Dates for Milton Road

The Assembly and Board meetings are open to the public who can ask a question if submitted three working days beforehand. Documents for these meetings are posted on the South Cambs website at least a week in advance, along with protocol for asking questions. See link via the GCP website on the Events Page for all meetings.

GCP Assembly, Wednesday 28 th February, 2-5pm, S/Cambs offices, Cambourne

GCP Executive Board, Wednesday 21 st March, 4-7pm, Shire Hall

What Can You Do?

Keep up to date on developments by following MRRA on Twitter and Facebook, by checking the GCP website https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/events/ and the Milton Road project updates https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/milton-road/ and come to the GCP Assembly and Executive Board Meetings.

But most important is to lobby the decision makers for the best possible design for Milton Road for future generations.

The ‘Final Concept’ plans, approved by the GCP in July 2017, include a full length bus lane, albeit alternating between the north and south side. We believe a bus lane will not bring the desired modal change and at most only save a couple of minutes on the rare occasions when the traffic is queuing, before reaching
Mitcham’s Corner. We are therefore hopeful that we can get these bus lane lengths reduced since we believe that this is valuable space that could be used for safer walking and cycling, segregated by a tree-lined avenue of trees and verges the whole length of Milton Road; a safer and more environmentally worthy landscape for one of the main gateways into our beautiful city.

Just three councillors will decide the fate of Milton Road. Please continue to let them know what you want for Milton Road:

The GCP Executive Board (the ultimate decision-making body)

Non-voting members:

The GCP Assembly (make recommendations to the Exec Board)

You can also contact the Milton Road Project Engineer, Paul van der Bulk, and GCP generally at: contactus@greatercambridge.org.uk

Or write to them at GCP, Room SH1311, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AJ

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