by Amanda Taylor on 1 July, 2020
Our regular South Area meeting was cancelled due to Covid-19, yet we were hit with a bombshell by the Greater Cambridge Partnership when they announced experimental road changes, with no consultation with the public or with local councillors.
As our local councillors, we put on a “Meet Your Councillors” event in Nightingale Park to do what the Council have not done: listen to
And it was really well attended. Due to social distancing, it was necessary to form multiple small groups. We embraced this “break-out” format to ensure everyone had their opportunity to speak.
The feedback was very illuminating. The Queen Edith’s community proved themselves above polarised debate, with the vast majority in favour of compromise. Many people are both drivers and cyclists and favour improved cycling facilities. But a clear majority feel that simple road closures are a blunt instrument, “all carrot and no stick”.
We have had talks with GCP officers to propose compromise solutions but it is likely that officers will push through the original proposal to close Nightingale Avenue to through traffic (after the completion of the Fendon Road works), as well as Luard Road. We then have six months to provide comment