Although it seems like local government has ground to a halt due to the General Election and the constraints of the ‘purdah’ period, a crucial meeting took place on Friday which is important to anyone following the progress of the housing estates planned for both sides of Wort’s Causeway.
In an ideal world we would all have relationships in our lives which would bring us the benefits of bonding, bridging and linking networks – but sometimes bringing people together requires a bit of help, in terms of infrastructure or opportunity. In Queen Edith’s we have examples of where this is working well and making a difference; but also where unnecessary obstacles are getting in the way. Continue reading “Bridging, bonding, linking”
Queen Edith’s is spoilt for choice when it comes to people running consultations on things, and so I thought it might be worthwhile capturing a few thoughts about the Cambridge South East transport consultation. Continue reading “Time to speak up over local transport plans”
It’s now three weeks since Fendon Road roundabout was closed. I am continuing to ask questions about the details of the construction phase – and the answers demonstrate yet again the lack of any #JoinedUpThinking when it comes to the implementation of traffic schemes in our neighbourhood. Continue reading “Further ruminations on Fendon Road roundabout”
We are now just over a week away from the start of the latest major infrastructure project to affect the streets of Queen Edith’s. The works associated with the redesign of Fendon Road roundabout start on 9th September and are set to last for eight months.
This has been a long time in gestation and the chosen design has generated considerable controversy, with competing claims about its safety, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians. I don’t intend to re-hash those arguments here, though I will be watching carefully and crossing my fingers and toes that the most alarming predictions are not proved correct when the roundabout re-opens, supposedly in April 2020. Continue reading “Round and round in circles – the Fendon Road Roundabout Redesign”
Following on from my last post about what lessons regarding transport should be learned from the Southern Fringe survey, today I’m turning my attention to community. Continue reading “What can we learn from the Southern Fringe (2): Community”
I’ve spent some time looking through a report which was recently published about the Cambridge ‘Southern Fringe’ development, comprising Trumpington Meadows, Great Kneighton, Glebe Farm and Ninewells. Continue reading “What can we learn from the Southern Fringe (1): Transport”
On Wednesday evening (5 June 2019) I attended two events which, taken together, demonstrate why I am constantly arguing for Joined Up Thinking across the organisations involved in our local government. Continue reading “Why the Cherry Hinton Road design process is rubbish”
Many local residents went along to the engagement event held last week by the developer of the GB2 ‘Newbury Farm’ site (Wort’s Causeway) and several of you have subsequently been in touch to give me your thoughts. One big concern is about where the children who will live on that site (and GB1 too, when it is developed) will go to school. Continue reading “Where will the children of GB1 and GB2 go to school?”