Friends of Mitcham's Corner
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.
- On September 5 and 6 there will be a Mitcham's and More Festival, which is planned to include
Cambridge Community Circus and films for children from Strawberry Shorts Screening, as well as a variety
of traders and street food vendors. For information please contact
- Also in September, FMC is organising Sounds Around the Corner, a few days of informal
music events and readings held at various locations in the Mitcham's Corner area. More details soon!
- 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
- 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 – 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
- 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
- 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
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.