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Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Cambridge Cycling Campaign:

  • Short Stay cycle parking

    I work near the station and the area out the front of the new building has short term cycle spaces for the shops there. These spaces are specifically for the retail units (ratios of this is in the planning application I understand). so the racks have to be installed and wont be policed by the retail units (such as the ones by Microsoft which are for employees) yet they fill with commuters who should be using the cycle park.

    I have been thinking that Cambridge CC needs to agree a system (bye law?) to create short term racks. The colour should be different and signage provided but for racks that need controlling like this it is essential to stop antisocial cyclists piling up bikes.

    Of course its difficult to police, and a heavy handed approach should be avoided but I see a growing issue across the city where racks for specific short term purposes are created but then filled with long term cyclists who should accept if they are parked all day that the extra 2 minutes walk for them to a proper cycle park is reasonable to expect. Otherwise this puts people off cycling the short distances as they fear they wont get a rack or will spend a lot of time scrambling for a spot.

    Cyclists could be stickered and if caught again then fined. Or clamped to the rack with a fee to unlock (yes I know that sounds like it defeats the object but it should work after a while).

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  • 18/0140/FUL: Change of use to student accomm. 90 - 92 Regent Street, Cambridge

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Change of use from A2 offices at ground floor with C3 flat at first and second floor, to A2 offices at ground and first floor with C3 flats at second floor.

    40 High Street Trumpington Cambridge CB2 9LS


    Application reference : 18/0140/FUL

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  • S/0012/18/OL: Outline permission for 50 dwellings. Beach Road, Cottenham

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Outline planning permission with all matters reserved except for access for the erection of up to 50 dwellings (use class c3) and associated works, including access, car and cycle parking, open space and landscaping

    Land Off Beach Road, COTTENHAM, CB24 8RL

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/0012/18/OL

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  • S/0030/18/FL: Four x 4 person 2 bedroom dwellings. 14 and 16 Mill Lane, SAWSTON

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Removal of two dwellings to be replaced by four 4 person 2 bedroom dwellings.

    14 and 16 Mill Lane, Sawston are a pair , 14 and 16, 14 , Mill Lane, SAWSTON, CB22 3HZ

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/0030/18/FL

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  • A10 Ely to Cambridge Transport Study

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    The Ely to Cambridge Transport Study is a wide-ranging multi-modal study which has made recommendations on the transport schemes needed to accommodate the major development planned at a new town north of Waterbeach, Cambridge Northern Fringe East (CNFE) and the Cambridge Science Park (CSP). The study has three strands:
    - Strand 1 looks at the overall transport requirements on the corridor
    - Strand 2 looks at the specific requirements for growth at Waterbeach
    - Strand 3 looks at the specific requirements for growth at CNFE/CSP

    The commission has delivered:
    - An options study and Strategic Outline Business Case for the overall package of
    interventions on the Ely to Cambridge corridor;
    - A transport study that identifies the infrastructure package and phasing of that
    package to provide for the transport demand of the development of a new town north
    of Waterbeach,
    - A transport study supported by modelling which provides evidence for the level of
    development which could be supported in the CNFE/CSP area and its phasing, in transport terms.

    The scope of the study was drawn up to incorporate three separate, but interlinked issues; namely the need for a Strategic Planning Document or Area Action Plan for both Waterbeach New Town and the CNFE, hence providing a Transport Evidence Base for Plan Making as required by National Planning Practice Guidance. Early thinking was also required on the requirements of the whole corridor to inform Tranches 2 and 3 of delivering the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

    The study is separate to, but links with the A10 Ely to King’s Lynn Study which was reported to the Committee in September and to the M11-A47 Extension Study which has been commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and is due to report in summer 2018.

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  • 18/0168/FUL: 4 x 2-bed semi-detached houses. 57 Ditton Walk, Cambridge

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Change of use from commercial to residential, following demolition of existing light industrial unit. Erection of 2no 2bed semi-detached houses (4 in total).

    57 Ditton Walk Cambridge CB5 8QD


    Application reference : 18/0168/FUL

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  • 18/0166/FUL: Cycle store to the front garden. 9 St Bedes Crescent, Cambridge

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Hard to tell what they are installing from the application. However, if the applicants are installing cycle parking it should be encouraged.

    Cycle store to the front garden.

    9 St Bedes Crescent Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 3TZ


    Application reference : 18/0166/FUL

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  • 18/0111/FUL: 2-bedroom dwelling. 193 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Demolition of a single storey garage and erection of new two-bedroom single-storey dwelling on land behind 193 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge.

    Land Behind 193 Cherry Hinton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 7BX


    Application reference : 18/0111/FUL

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  • Hit and run by taxi - Milton Rd

    Created by Hilary Costello // 1 thread

    My friend was knocked off her bike by a grey taxi on Milton Road on Friday Feb 2 2018 between 8:40-8:45 am. She ended up in the middle of the road and no one stopped. She went to A&E and is thankfully OK, mostly just shaken up and bruised.

    She has reported the accident to the police who said they will mark it as an incident but not investigate. I've walked out to where it happened and there are cameras at the green end road/milton road intersection and at the guided busway that could help identify the taxi. Does anyone have any advice on how we could push the matter forward? It seems wrong that a taxi driver can hit someone, drive away and not even a little effort is put in to investigate?

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  • Lack of cycle parking in Fison Road Estate council flats

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    We've been contacted by a concerned resident of the Fison Road estate:

    The Freehold of the above 2 storey block of flats (part of the Fison Road Estate) is owned and managed by Cambridge City Council.

    Due to a number of thefts the residents of the 3 upper flats of this particular block secure their bicycles on the first floor landing adjacent to each front door (this is a covered open air space not an enclosed stairwell).

    Following receipt of a recent Fire Risk Assessment, the City Council have instructed the occupants of all the flats to remove all the bicycles from the landing.

    Cambridge Fire & Rescue visited the property on Monday (29 January 2018) and have advised that as the bicycles are secured back to the wall/railings and do not obstruct access to the front doors of each flat then they do not pose any significant fire risk and as far as they are concerned could remain.

    The City Council however have responded that it is a requirement of the Lease that all landings are to be kept clear of all items.

    The City Council were asked (as Freeholder and Management Agent) to investigate the possibility of providing suitable secured cycle parking so that the bicycles don’t need to be stored on the first floor landing.

    There are a small number of cycle racks on the ground floor under the concrete staircase but these only allow the front wheel to be locked, and one bicycle has been stolen in the last month from this rack.

    The City Council have responded that they are “not obliged” to provide cycle storage despite the arguement that they should be encouraging sustainable transport (especially for residents of their own properties).

    Suitable covered secured cycle storage would be a planning requirement of any new block of flats.

    Can Camcylce suggest if there is any support or advice that may be available to persuade the City Council to either relax its position on where the bicycles are currently stored, or for them to provide suitable and reliable secured storage facilities?

    The City Council have given 14 days for the bicycles to be removed (i.e. by next Thursday 8 February 2018).

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  • 17/2196/FUL: Replacement care home. 55 Bullen Close, Cambridge

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a replacement care home (Use Class C2) arranged over three storeys together with associated car parking, landscaping and amenity space.

    Hinton Grange Nursing Home 55 Bullen Close Cambridge CB1 8YU


    Application reference : 17/2196/FUL

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  • Hobson Av / Busway

    Created by Daniel Dignam // 1 thread

    I complained to the council about the recent introduction of lights on the busway at Hobson Av. They're red for cyclists/pedestrians and don't appear to be triggered by bikes. There are 2 buses per hour that use Hobson Av so it seems entirely perverse for the priority to be as it is.

    In the reply justifying the priority for motor traffic it was stated that cars will soon start using this road to access a car park. Has anybody got knowledge about this, as I understood the planning consent access was going to be restricted to buses and emergency vehicles.

    I do think it's an accident waiting to happen, cyclists are going to get used to there being no traffic, and will cross on red (as they're allowed to if it's safe). If it was green all the time then it would be more obvious when they did change.

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  • S/3372/17/CW Incinerator at Waterbeach on A10 opp. Denny Abbey

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Obviously a big deal for Waterbeach and surroundings. I'll restrict myself to cycling-related notes:

    Transport Assessment:

    3.1.6 [Over 600 HGV movements per day, albeit many seem to be already occurring on-site.]

    3.3.4 ... Whilst this is not considered to be a
    significant issue for experienced cycle users, it must be recognised that the
    A10 corridor does operate under 60mph national speed limit controls and is
    used for regular large HGV journeys. Such busy high speed routes typically
    do not represent an attractive cycle option for many potential cycle users

    3.3.5 It is understood that longer term CCC aspirations include the delivery of a
    dedicated cycle greenway route to Waterbeach village & the proposed
    Waterbeach Barracks / Airfield re-development, which could include for
    extensions towards the Waterbeach WMP site. Such proposals are believed
    to still be at a relatively early stage.

    (Site is very close to the Cambridge Research Park, which will have a cycle link built to the new Waterbeach development)

    Cycle Shelter:

    For employees and visitors they are using the same off-the-shelf Broxap cycle shelter with substandard 800mm spacing that we objected to at the Science Park.


    I think that our interest would be in ensuring that they properly integrate into any surrounding cycle network that is created by the Waterbeach development and that people cycling and walking are protected from the HGVs by having separated infrastructure and not sharing space (e.g. the entrance to the site for people cycling should be separate from the entrance for HGVs).

    Application for full planning permission for the construction and development of a Waste Recovery Facility (Waterbeach Waste Recovery Facility – WWRF) at Levitt’s Field, Waterbeach Waste Management Park (WWMP), Ely Road, Cambridge comprising the erection and operation of an Energy from Waste Facility to treat up to 250,000 tonnes of residual waste per annum, Air Cooled Condensers and associated infrastructure: including the development of an internal access road; office/welfare accommodation; workshop; car, cycle and coach parking; perimeter fencing; electricity sub-stations; weighbridges; weighbridge office; water tank; silos; lighting; heat off-take pipe; surface water management system; hardstanding; earthworks; landscaping; and bridge crossings.

    Levitt’s Field, Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road,, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9PQ


    Application reference : S/3372/17/CW

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  • Toucan By University Arms Sequencing

    Created by Chris Howell // 1 thread

    The intended operation of the toucan crossing by the University Arms is fundamentally broken. The crossing sequence starts with cyclists from Parkers Piece being given a green filter to go both left and right onto Regent Street, followed by the left filter going red and pedestrians being given the green light to cross. Except of course literally 100% of pedestrians see the high level green filters, ignore their street level red and start crossing just as bikes turn left into them. How did anyone ever think this would work?

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  • Broxap cycle parking shelters do not meet standards

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    The Broxap 'Cambridge' Cycle Shelter (BXMW/CA/1) is intended and marketed to fit 24 cycle spaces provided by two rows of six Sheffield stands. The shelter is 5,000 mm long, which means that the spacing between Sheffield stands is only 800 mm, with 500 mm spaces on either side of the row:

    500 + 800 + 800 + 800 + 800 + 800 + 500 = 5,000

    The Cambridge Local Plan (2006) specifies that spacing between Sheffield stands should be 900 mm and newer advice suggests 1,000 mm.

    Should we write to the manufacturer and ask that they revise their design, especially if they intend to market this as a 'Cambridge' cycle shelter?

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  • S/4537/17/FL Science Park Unit 306 - new cycle shelters

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Proposal to demolish existing 24-space cycle parking (and a variety of other things) and renovate, including 3 new Broxap BXMW/CA/1 'Cambridge' Cycle Shelters with claimed 72 cycle parking spaces total. SCambs requirement seems to be 76 spaces, so slightly short.

    More alarmingly, it appears that the Broxamp 'Cambridge' Cycle Shelters are specified from the manufacturer to fit two rows of six Sheffield stands at 800mm centre-to-centre spacing, significantly below requirements!

    The applicants are simply installing what they believe are industry standard cycle shelters, but it seems that Broxap does not comply with typical cycle parking standards.

    Two storey entrance extension. External repairs to existing hard and soft landscaping. Erection of bin store and cycle shelter. Internal and external alterations.

    Unit 306,Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WG

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/4537/17/FL

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  • 18/0098/FUL Erection of three maisonettes & cycle store behind Mill Road shop

    Created by Matthew // 0 threads

    12 space ground floor cycle parking room accessible from rear entrance with direct stairwell access to maisonettes. There are 7 bedrooms in the proposed maisonettes and some number of existing rooms to let up front (maybe 4 or 6? not clearly indicated).

    Prior related and approved NMA app shows dimensions in cycle parking area as 2m-long spaces separated by a 1.2 m aisle and doorways being 1.2m.

    For residential purposes this appears to meet the standards quite well by the standards of Mill Road. Unclear whether this will suffice for employee cycle parking as well. And we would prefer some inclusive cycle parking provision but that's not currently required by the local plan.

    Erection of three maisonettes above the rear of the restaurant at 44 Mill Road and change of use of part of rear restaurant to bin and cycle store.

    44 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 2AS


    Application reference : 18/0098/FUL

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  • Poor entrance to Coton Path

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    The start of the Coton Path cycleway at Adams Road has a very awkward double right-angle bend. This junction needs to favour the majority direction, rather than the historical road layout.

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  • 18/0090/FUL New Street: three 2+bed units, six 1+bed units and one studio

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Rightmost two cycle parking spaces appear to be unusable. Don't meet Appendix D standards.

    Building (and existing building) protrudes into footway enough that County Highways is unhappy with the proposed subpar footway.

    Visitor parking proposed to be 2 wall hooks on frontage, though it is unclear where such hooks could possibly be placed.

    Erection of a residential development containing ten flats comprising of three 2+bed units, six 1+bed units and one studio unit along with one car parking space and cycle parking following demolition of existing buildings on site.

    63 New Street Cambridge CB1 2QT


    Application reference : 18/0090/FUL

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  • S/0122/18/RM - Willingham 72 dwelling units reserved matters

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    They promise a 1:1 cycle parking:dwelling unit ratio for the flats. The 10 flats will have cycle parking in a shared shed that appears to be approximately 3.5m wide and 2.5m deep, so it is unimaginable that 10 cycles could fit in there.

    The remaining houses all have 'cycle storage in rear gardens with hard landscaped paths to access it' but not shown in diagrams.

    Reserved Matters application for 72 residential dwellings, includin Parking, Public Open Space, Local Equipped Area for Play, Pumping Station, Swale, Landscaping and associated infrastructure, pursuant to outline planning application S/2833/15/OL. This is not EIA development.

    Land off Rockmill End & Meadow Road, Willingham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 5HY

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/0122/18/RM

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  • 17/2261/FUL - Nightingale Ave: Two 4-BR houses

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Erection of two detached, three storey, four bedroom family homes with single storey elements to the front and rear following demolition of existing detached house and garage.

    45 Nightingale Avenue Cambridge CB1 8SG


    Application reference : 17/2261/FUL

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  • Attacks on people along Trumpington busway and DNA path

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    A group of teenagers has been harassing people on the southern busway and DNA path sporadically. This escalated on 4 January when a Sanger institute postdoc was attacked viciously while traveling north:

    A scientist was left with blood dripping from his head after being attacked by a gang of youths as he cycled home.

    Johan Henriksson was heading along the Guided Busway cycle path in Cambridge when he was confronted by the group of teenagers on bikes.

    The gang blocked the 33-year-old's path, spat at him and tried to push him off his bike before knocking him to the ground.

    Violent kicks left Mr Henriksson with a large gash to his forehead that required hospital treatment.

    Cambridgeshire police are investigating the incident, which Mr Henriksson fears is part of a series of attacks by the gang.

    Mr Henriksson, who is completing post-doctoral studies at the Sanger Institute, had been to the gym and was heading back to his home near Cambridge station on January 4.

    At around 5pm he was heading north along the cycle path connecting the station to Addenbrooke's Hospital when he saw a group of teenagers he estimated were 16 to 18 years old wearing dark clothing.

    "Four to five of them were just blocking the route," he said. "They were just looking for trouble from whoever.

    "I slowed down, they had no lights on and they were blocking the path. We had a discussion. One of the guys was spitting at me."

    Another member of the public cycled up to the group and supported Mr Henriksson's efforts to ride past.

    Both men were eventually allowed to carry on their journeys, but while the other cyclist carried on towards Addenbrooke's, Mr Henriksson was followed.

    "We were just cycling away, but these people were still following me and driving into my bike," he explained.

    "They were pushing me around and I was close to hitting some people on the path.

    "At some point things escalated. I don’t really remember what happened. One guy tried to take me down.

    "Somehow I fell over. I might have run into the fence.

    "I recall being surrounded by them. They were kicking me. They most likely went toward the station after that."

    The attack left Mr Henriksson, who is originally from Sweden, with a cut head and swollen hand. His glasses and bike were also broken.

    "I’m not that easy to scare. I’ve never seen that much blood in my life coming out of me," he said.

    Since sharing his experience on Facebook, Mr Henriksson says he has been contacted by several people about other incidents involving a gang of youths on the route that connects Great Shelford and Cambridge and elsewhere in the city. He hopes that by telling his story more victims will come forward.

    He said: "Given they have probably been there for a few weeks, they are clearly amateurs. If something like this happens you don’t do more crime in the same area.

    "They just go there to see how far they can push you but this time it just escalated."

    Cambridgeshire police confirmed they were investigating the attack on Mr Henriksson.

    A spokesman said: "We have had no reports of other incidents if there have been any."

    Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting CF0008590118


    This has been discussed in a path-specific non-Camcycle Facebook group but I will make an issue here for reference.

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  • 17/1930/FUL Dropped kerb at 16 Green End Road

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    This one is interesting because it has documents from November including a design drawing for the upcoming Green End Road scheme with protected cycleway, and the house in question marked off.

    It is certainly possible to build a dropped kerb here that does not impinge on the cycleway design (e.g. with a Cambridge kerb), and the applicant seems to show some awareness of the ongoing scheme, so hopefully it will all work out. The verge protection here would have been narrow anyway, it appears that there would have been a parking bay.

    16 Green End Road Cambridge CB4 1RX


    Application reference : 17/1930/FUL

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  • 18/0002/FUL Romsey Labour Club (2018)

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Prior application was refused. Previous thread:

    Mixed use development comprising a Day Nursery at ground floor and 37 self-contained 1xbed student rooms at the rear and on the upper floors along with a vehicle drop-off zone, disabled car parking space, cycle parking and associated landscaping.

    48 cycle parking spaces in basement provided by Sheffield stands, at least 3 of which suffer from being too close to a wall. Access is by stairs with a wheeling ramp on one side, similar issues as described last year, although a different placement of the stairwell.

    Romsey Labour Club Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3NL


    Application reference : 18/0002/FUL

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