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Next two ‘greenways villages’ announced

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Barton and Haslingfield have been named as the next two ‘greenways’ cycling routes for community feedback.

The greenways project, funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, proposes up to 12 high-quality cycling, walking and equestrian routes connecting surrounding villages and the city.

The scheme will support wider ambitions to encourage more people into sustainable modes of transport as Greater Cambridge continues to grow – as well as providing new leisure facilities to local communities.

In all, 12 new greenways routes are currently being explored and - with the project still at its early stages - public feedback is being sought on anything and everything about the proposals.

Over the coming months, community views will be gathered for all 12 routes with a view to developing more detailed proposals for consultation.

Following successful workshops held in July at Waterbeach and Fulbourn and in consultation with local parishes and residents, the Partnership has set out the schedule of community engagement events for the remaining 10 schemes, as follows:

  • Autumn 2017 – Barton and Haslingfield
  • Winter 2017/18 – Comberton, Melbourn, Sawston, Linton, Horningsea
  • Spring 2018 – Bottisham and Swaffham
  • Autumn 2017 to Spring 2018 – a series of smaller engagement events for the St Ives route, focusing on specific links between the St Ives busway and nearby villages, such as Rampton, Oakington and Fen Drayton.

Project Manager Simon Manville said: “Working in this way will allow us to take the time to focus in detail on each route, looking at the issues that matter most to the local and wider communities.

“From this early phase, and shaped by the people who know the area best, we can develop more detailed concepts for public consultation in 2018/2019.”

The Partnership has invested £480,000 to explore the potential routes with a view to building business cases for further investment over the next two years. The total cost to construct all 12 routes is estimated at between £10million and £20million with future funding to be considered.

The details of all greenways engagement events, when confirmed, will be promoted locally, via community networks, in the local press and found on the Partnership’s website.

Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Executive Board Cllr Francis Burkitt said: “I’m delighted that this programme has now moved onto the next pair of studies, and that residents now know the full programme.  

“The community engagement on the first two has gone very well, including with feedback from District Councillors and a posting on Lucy Fraser MP’s Facebook page. We want as many views as possible, from everyone, so please keep your comments coming.”

To find out more about the greenways project and contact details visit www.greatercambridge.org.uk/greenways