Friends of Mitcham's Corner

News

  • The Mitcham's & More Festival will take place for the first time over the weekend of 5–6th September. On the Saturday there will be a Wine and Food Fair, while on Sunday will be a Family Day with family-friendly entertainment and activities. Over the whole weekend, Sounds Around the Corner will provide a wide programme of music events, with free performances from local bands and musicians. The main venue will be Barclays car park, off Chesterton Road, but other venues will also have events. For details, see our Events page.
     
  • Overlapping with all these events, the Mitcham's Triangle Beer Festival – now expanded to involve seven pubs – will run from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th September.
     
  • A Vintage and Preloved Fair (including tearooms) will be held in the courtyard of the Trumpington Gallery at Mitcham's Corner on Sunday 20th September between 10am and 6pm. This is the first in a series of events to raise funds for Mitcham’s Models at Christmas, and Paddy Mannion is collecting donations of good-quality clothing. For details, see our Events page.
     
  • Planning for Real Workshop On June 23, the committee attended a “planning for real” workshop on Mitcham’s Corner organised by Glen Richardson (City Council) and Polly Plouviez (Mitcham’s Corner Coordinator), with FMC support. Following up some of the themes explored in our public meeting in February (see below), the workshop included brainstorming sessions to come up with concrete ideas for improvements at Mitcham’s Corner, and principles for the development of the two largest sites, Henry Giles House and Staples. The event was attended by 36 stakeholders and formed part of the consultation process to develop a Masterplan for the area. For more details see our Meetings page.
     
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  • Plans are under way for Mitcham’s Corner and Chesterton Road to have festive lights over Christmas, and Polly Plouviez has been working with a lighting designer from e-luminate festival studios. We have also entered a competition with Thrive and Strive to win £10,000 worth of christmas lights.
     
  • On June 16 there was a meeting of the Mitcham's Corner and Chesterton Road/High Street Traders Association. There was a discussion of parking for local traders, and a catch-up of recent developments in the area and plans for the autumn and Christmas (see above). For more details see our Meetings page.

  • A public meeting was held in February to present the results of our survey on the future of Mitcham's Corner. We also heard presentations from Glen Richardson (Urban Design and Conservation Manager at the City Council), and Brian Stinton (Highways and Infrastructure Officer at the County Council), who explained about the City Deal and the Milton Road Bus Priority Scheme. The meeting was very well attended, and the question-and-answer session at the end covered a wide range of topics. For further details, see our Meetings page. The results of the survey will be used as part of the consultation process on the future development of the area.
     
  • Polly Plouviez, Chesterton Road and Mitcham’s 
    Corner CoordinatorPolly Plouviez – Mitcham’s Corner Coordinator Polly's role is to act as a champion and facilitator in promoting the vitality and vibrancy of the area. She has been talking to local traders and residents to build a picture of which issues are the most important. She will then hold a meeting to discuss these concerns, and form a Partnership in which local businesses, groups and organisations will be able to work together to address them. We will be looking at imaginative solutions to tackle the problem of empty shops, make environmental improvements, as well as obtain external funding to support these projects. You can contact Polly via polly.plouviez@cambridge.gov.uk.
     
  • The County Council has finally decided to to include Victoria Road in the 20 mph zone. We understand that this will be implemented in the summer.
     
  • The auction of Mitcham’s Models earlier in the year raised a total of £3660 for the local charity Tom's Trust. A huge thank-you to all the many people who made this very successful event possible! To view the thank-you letter from the charity click here.
     
  • FMC has been lobbying the local bus companies to increase the number of bus services stopping near Mitcham's Corner. Stagecoach have agreed to run a six-month trial during which the Park-and-Ride service will stop in Milton Road, opposite the Westbrook Centre. A starting date is expected to be announced shortly.
     

Planning for the future of Mitcham's Corner

A week-long workshop was held in 2012 to brainstorm ideas for the regeneration of Mitcham's Corner. The event, involving multi-disciplinary teams of 40 young professionals, was organised by FMC and Dr. Sebastian Macmillan under the auspices of the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE)programme.

After a walking tour of the area, and presentations by city and county council officers as well as FMC Chair Anne Cooper, the students were split into two groups: one team was asked to take a more conservative approach in their planning suggestions, while the other was urged to be more imaginative. Interestingly, both teams believed that the most urgent requirement is to replace the gyratory system with a much simpler road layout, and improve facilities for shoppers, residents and visitors. You can view extracts from their final presentations, and read the report of the event in the Cambridge Evening News, using the links on the right.

Cllr Damien Tunnacliffe said: "These ideas would restore the area to people rather than motor vehicles." FMC is proposing that some of these concepts be included in the forthcoming Local Plan, to provide a guiding plan for the development of the Mitcham's Corner area over the next planning period. Our view is that the IDBE event further strengthens the arguments we put forward recently in our inputs to the upcoming Local Plan.

Map of area around Mitcham's Corner