FRIENDS OF MITCHAM'S CORNER

NEWS

  • Supersize Cambridge Meeting Supersize Cambridge – a public meeting asking the question "Who benefits from the City Deal?" will be held on Monday 4th July at 7–9 pm in Great St Mary's Church. The event is a protest against the current drive to supersize Cambridge, claiming this is a profit-driven race for economic growth at the expense of affordable housing, green spaces, public transport and people. The meeting is being organised by The Cambridge Commons and will feature a number of guest speakers: for more details see here.
     
  • Findings from the City Deal consultation on Milton Road were published on 24th May. A summary can be seen on the City Deal website. More details are provided on our Milton Road Scheme page, but in summary the reports recommend a modified form of the 'Do Something' option:
    three-lane carriageway with single bus lane, and cycleways on both sides
    both inbound and outbound bus lanes (staggered) at all major junctions
    junction changes at Elizabeth Way and Union Lane, but no banning of turns
    major changes to Mitcham's Corner may be included in the second tranche of City Deal projects (after 2020) after more detailed planning.
     
  • Recommendations for Histon Road are also available on the City Deal website. In this case the "Do Maximum" option is recommended, including the controversial closing off of Victoria Road from the Histon Road junction.
     
  • Two important City Deal meetings will consider these reports. First, on Thursday 2nd June the larger City Deal Assembly will have a day-long meeting to discuss the recommendations. This will be held from 10am in South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne. You can view the agenda here.
    Following this, on Thursday 9th June the City Deal Executive Board will meet and decide what proposals to take forward to the second round of consultation over the summer. This meeting is at 2:30pm at the Meadows Community Centre, Cambridge. You can view the agenda here. The FMC committee will attend these meetings; if you can attend, please come along and support us.
     
  • Results of the Cambridge Access Study have been published and are available on the City Deal website. This is a very important study looking at traffic, parking and congestion issues across Cambridge, and makes recommendations to deal with these issues. A summary of the report, prepared for the City Deal meetings listed above, is available here.
     
  • A hustings meeting on the City Deal Milton Road scheme was held on 28th April, and we heard the views of local election candidates on the Milton Road scheme and the future of Mitcham's Corner. A video of the meeting is available from Richard Taylor's page on YouTube, and a summary can be downloaded from the Milton Road Residents' Association.
     
  • Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 20th April, and the minutes are available here. These include a review of FMC's activities this year, and plans for the future.
     
  • The City Council's planning department has been holding a number of meetings and workshops to discuss how the proposals for Mitcham's Corner contained in Policy 21 of the Draft Local Plan can be implemented. Under the Plan, the Mitcham's Corner area is designated as an Opportunity Area and a master plan will be drawn up for its redevelopment. A member of the FMC committee has attended some of these meetings, and we are lobbying for City Deal funds to be assigned for the reconfiguration of Mitcham's Corner.
     
  • This year's Mitcham's Models event, with mannequins decorated by artists and featuring poems by local poets, will soon be coming to an end. The models which have been displayed in shop windows around Mitcham's Corner will be auctioned in support of local children's charity Blue Smile. Details of the auction will be posted here; meanwhile you can follow the models on their Facebook page.
     
  • The 20 mph speed limit on Victoria Road has now been in place for some time, and does appear to have reduced the speed of vehicle traffic, improving safety and the experience of pedestrians and cyclists.
     
  • 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.
     
Map of area around Mitcham's Corner