Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Hundreds of people have had their say on plans for new ‘greenways’ cycling and walking routes from Fulbourn and Waterbeach.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is currently scoping 12 potential routes for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians, linking a number of surrounding villages to the city.
Fulbourn and Waterbeach were announced as the first two to be studied in depth and local residents came out in force to give their views and ideas at a series of community workshops held in July.
Project Manager Simon Manville said the events proved a great success: “We had really useful discussions with hundreds of people over the four events who were able to leave their comments and thoughts.
“In particular, we were delighted to welcome a big group of teenagers at our Waterbeach event, and it was great to see them getting involved in a scheme that they will hopefully benefit from.
“But this is only the start of the process, and we hear from more residents - including those at the city end - to help shape the thinking. That will enable us to draw up one or more suggestions which will then go to formal public consultation some time in 2018 or 2019. So we are still very much at the start of this process, with no pre-conceived ideas”
Among themes discussed at the events for Waterbeach and Fulbourn were potential locations, landscaping, surfacing, signing and wayfinding, links to other networks, facilities, infrastructure and future maintenance plans. The project team will report back to the community on more detailed options after analysing the feedback.
Councillor Francis Burkitt, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership said: “The level of interest and feedback so far has been fantastic, and people have welcomed being able to bring their views, starting with a blank sheet of paper.
“The Greenways scheme will be an iconic addition to the district and city’s cycling network, both a boost for active commuters but also for people who simply want to enjoy our beautiful countryside.”
Additional greenways routes are earmarked for Barton, Haslingfield, Comberton, Melbourn, Sawston, Linton, Horningsea, Bottisham, Swaffham and St Ives. The total cost to construct all 12 routes is estimated at between £10million and £20million with future funding to be considered. The schedule of engagement for the remaining schemes will be announced shortly.
Find out more about the proposals on the Greenways Project Page.