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Active since 18 May 2021
A pilot of delivery robots may be coming to Cambridgeshire.
What are our views/policies about delivery robots?
What do we know about other places they have been trialled?
(Demolition of existing garages, relocation of existing sub-station within the site, and redevelopment to provide 8no. residential dwellings (Use Class C3) with associated infrastructure and landscaping)
Land Rear Of 5-17 New Square Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 1EY
A friend recently smashed her shoulder by cycling into the car trap which awaits anyone who misses the "Except guided buses" sign and then misses the "Car trap" sign, while heading from North Station towards Milton Rd.
In the dark, this is actually an easy mistake for an inexperienced rider, since
a) you believe that you're on a road when actually you're on a piece of Guided Busway
b) these signs can appear to belong to the cycle path, where they are mounted.
Someone appears to have dumped large rocks and rubble into the pot holes in Daws lane. This might make the area more passable to cars that use it to access the allotments but poses a severe danger to cyclist given the size of the rocks, and that the area is poorly lit and frequently flooded.
I tried reporting the issue to the council but received the response:
The issue you raised with us is the responsibility of the landowner. Unfortunately we do not have records of who is responsible for this location and we are therefore unable to take any action.
I run 1-day Wheel Building Courses in Cambridge
These are well-established intensive 1-day practical courses offered at 'level 1 (beginner) and level 2* (refresher/intermediate) level.
You learn how to build strong and durable bicycle wheels in a controlled, supportive environment. Group size is kept small to ensure a high student-teacher ratio. All equipment is provided, but you can bring your own components to build if you want to.
For fully information, dates and booking details please visit http://www.cambridgewheelbuilding.co.uk/
* dependent on demand.
Application reference & documents: 21/04952/FUL
Erection of new 2nd floor to provide two new dwelling units with balconies.
208 - 208A Cherry Hinton Road Cambridge CB1 7AW
Change of use from residential (C3) to 6bed HMO for 6 persons (sui generis).
5 Britten Place Cambridge CB1 3TS
Application reference : 21/04935/FUL
Demolition of existing garage and erection of two 3-bed semi-detached houses on 2.5 floors with car and cycle parking and bin storage on land adjacent No 1 Greville Road, Cambridge
Land Adj 1 Greville Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 3QJ
Application reference : 21/04756/FUL
Conversion of existing house to form 2 studio flats.
84 Ramsden Square Cambridge CB4 2BL
Application reference : 21/04865/FUL
Erection of 2no. dwellings following demolition of existing bungalow
200 Perne Road Cambridge CB1 3NX
Application reference : 21/04797/FUL
21/04769/FUL | Two storey side extension to create a one bedroom, a two bedroom dwelling and a detached two bedroom dwelling in the garden. | 3 Forest Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 9JA
Convert and extend existing garage to rear to provide 1no. 1bed studio dwelling.Proposed dwelling with have its own parking bay and rear garden while maintaining a rear garden for the existing dwelling (No.11) with roadside parking to the front of the existing dwelling. proposed dwelling to meet minimum standards. neighbouring approved scheme on same build line No. 1 Latimer Close.
11 Peverel Close Cambridge CB5 8RW
Application reference : 21/04757/OUT
First floor and single storey rear extensions of existing bungalow to create 3no. flats.
538 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8LL
Application reference : 21/04852/FUL
The busway path is currently closed south of Cambridge station - with a lorry parked on the cyclepath, a set of barriers right across the path and the bus tracks, and the driver standing there to obstruct traffic.
Erection of 2no flats with associated works and landscaping on unused land behind The Seven Stars Public House
The Seven Stars Public House 249 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8JE
21/04396/FUL | Erection of one three-bedroom dwelling with associated access, parking and landscaping. | 24 Elfleda Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8LZ
A new thread for discussions related to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the strategic transport authority for our region.
Change of use from agricultural land for the construction of an A10 bridge structure with associated earthworks embankment bridge landing, construction of a shared use route for non-motorised users between the Waterbeach Barracks site and Green End including a 3m shared footway cycleway and 2m grassed verge for equestrians and 1m grassed verge, hard and soft landscaping, lighting, construction compound and temporary haul roads
Land Between Green End And The Waterbeach Barracks Site Waterbeach Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB25 9PA
Application reference : 21/04625/FUL
sound+fury // 1 thread
Part demolition of the existing Romsey Labour Club building with retention of the BLI historic frontage and erection of 44no. serviced apartments (sui generis use class) along with a cafe, gymnasium, community space, and associated infrastructure and landscaping.
Romsey Labour Club Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3NL
Application reference : 21/04559/FUL
Change of use from a small HMO (use class C4) to a 9 bed large house in multiple occupation (use class sui generis).
49 College Fields Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1YZ
Application reference : 21/04425/FUL
Change of use from B1(a) (offices) to Class C3 (11no flats) with changes to external elevations including new balcony structure and dormer windows
620-622 Chartwell House Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8LP
Application reference : 21/04350/FUL
Change of use of a vacant office (Class E, previously Class B1) to Hostel (Sui generis) and use of the roof space as external amenity space.
49 Sidney Street (First And Second Floor) Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3JF
Application reference : 21/04260/FUL
Sunday 26th of September 10.15pm I was cycling from Cambridge North to Histon. I collided with a fence immediately after exiting the A14 tunnel and sustained a dislocated shoulder along with other injuries.
There is definitely a hazard here because
1) the busway and tunnel from Cambridge North are brightly lit. The busway after the tunnel towards Histon is unlit.
2) about 30m after the tunnel the width of the busway tarmac surface suddenly reduces due to the introduction of the gravel strip (approx 1m wide). There is also a fence near the start of the gravel strip (I assume for the small animal tunnel)..
I cycled through the tunnel and noticed a cyclist coming in the opposite direction (without lights), so I took avoiding action by moving to the left. I may have then glanced at my mobile phone on my handlebars. When I looked up I saw the fence in my headlight. I then hit or clipped the fence.
Replacement of an existing building with a development of 3 no. self-contained flats
21 Sandy Lane Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1HZ
Application reference : 21/04212/FUL
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Proposed route along the rail corridor through Cambridge, part of which is in the Cambridge Local Plan.
I've visited Riverside to Waterbeach with William Rayner of county cycling team. He's revising signage here and providing it along the St Ives corridor, with the old NCN 51 being renamed Regional Route 24 (blue patch). We've decided finally to continue to sign NCN 11 from Riverside Bridge to Waterbeach Station, and he's looking at suitable (hopefully temporary) wording to advise to follow NCN 51 to Bottisham for destinations beyond Waterbeach, which will hopefully eliminate misrouting those from outside the area.
Our inspection of existing signs showed that only one new signboard was provided on completion 5 years ago of Riverside Bridge. Signboards still send people via Green Dragon. Sustrans considers signage is an important part of any route project.
The intention is to sign Milton Country Park as a destination, not as part of the route, removing route signs within the park, and probably retaining Coles Road as the signed route through the village, though it would be much preferable to have improvements past the shops and the village green, pubs etc.
Retaining the route to Waterbeach as NCN will help keep the gap in people's awareness.
I am planning to contact again the landowner of the missing link between Bottisham Lock and Fen Road, Lode with a suggestion for a low-level route, southeast side of the Bottisham Lode floodbank which is the route of the public footpath, where signs forbid cycling. It might be considered more visually acceptable. All parish councils are for the route, including the one of which he is a member.
Our campaign for safer walking and cycling to/from NWCambridge now has a petition and a first video (of five) summarising our position.
See our new video summarising our petition:
I’d be delighted if you could promote this to your networks. Time is of the essence because a Senate House discussion is coming up [3 Nov 2015], and I will report the number of signatures on our petition there. (But signatures after the date will still be useful.)
Anyone is welcome to sign the petition; we ask people to use the Comment field to let us know if they are University Member / University employee / City resident / SouthCambs resident / etc.
For twitter purposes the recommended hashtag is #EddingtonSafety and there is an @EddingtonSafety account too.
Thanks very much
David J C MacKay FRS
Regius Professor of Engineering,
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Girton resident and parent.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign Member
My employer is planning to relocate from central cambridge to the Cambridge Business Park (near Waterbeach). There is currently no decent cycle (or footpath!) access to this business park which avoids riding along the A10. I am a confident cyclist but I am not looking forward to riding to work along sections of the A10.
Are there any plans for cycle route construction which the campaign can, perhaps, help accelerate?
There is a campaign for a cycle route between Bar Hill and Cambridge, also connecting Dry Drayton, Madingley and Coton to North-West Cambridge.
Currently cycle provision for these villages is poor. Bar Hill has lower rates of cycling than other villages that are closer to Cambridge.
The campaign site is: http://www.bhddmadcycle.com/
The Reach Fair ride takes place on the early Bank Holiday Monday (May Day) in May.
The web page for it is:
The planning overview is summarised:
I've created this issue to help plan this event.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
The permeability gate between Hooper Street and Kingston Street is obstructive as it only allows passage in one direction at a time.
Given the ever-increasing amount of cycling in areas like this, it's time to get this replaced with a simple bollard arrangement that would allow two-way passage whilst still enable the emergency services to unlock for access in an emergency.
The A14 is a very hostile, dangerous road for cycling.
Improvements to it, as well as broader changes to the national framework for cyclist crossings of major roads, are needed.
The County appointed an officer back in June to review parking policy across the County, starting with the City.
Vehicles are continually abusing cyclists who use the road here because the bus lane on the other side forces the carriageway to be narrow.
Although there is the cycleway, it has the usual problems of loss of priority at sideroads, bins in the way, people going in and out of driveways, etc.
Milton Road, like other main roads in the city, is a mix of typically bad bits of cycle infrastructure. There is considerable scope, possibly within the City Deal funding, to rework the whole streetscape to Dutch standards.
There's a very poor dogleg right-angle with barriers at the entrance/exit from the West Cambridge site to Clerk Maxwell Road.
This should be turned into a wide splay with good visibility.
The Cottenham to Histon cycleway needs improvement.
The current Barton to Cambridge off road cycle path starts at the White Horse in Barton. During term time Cambridge bound traffic is now backed up and slow moving throughout Barton along the A603. This leaves no clear safe route for cyclists. The road has white hatchings down the middle and would be wide enough for a proper on-road cycle lane to leave a safe passage past the queuing vehicles.
Has there been any improvement in the "new" NCN 11 route from Waterbeach to Lode since last summer? Last time I went that way I had to wheel the bike across fields and carry it over two or three stiles.
Any information, including a forecast date when a proper route is likely to be built, welcome. Thanks.
Starting a thread about this application here so we can continue on from the previous planning list discussion.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 10 threads
Major planning application here - c. 10,000 homes
The railway line from Cambridge to Newmarket turns out across Coldham's Common and right through the middle of Cherry Hinton, and then carries on passing to the north of Fulbourn.
There are currently (2013) two main routes from the east of Cambridge to Cherry Hinton - the Tins and Snakey Path. However both have long very narrow sections involving pedestrian conflict.
The railway line is single track - but satellite images show the bridges crossing Barnwell Road and Coldham's Lane were both built for dual track. So this means there should easily be enough room to accommodate a cycleway alongside the railway.
This route could then connect up with the Chisholm Trail and provide a direct fast cycle route to and from the city and the Science Park area.
London Cycling Campaign has reorientated its policy towards a 'Go Dutch' approach.
This aims to learn from best practice abroad rather than continuing with the 'hierarchy of provision' that, in 20 years in the UK, has arguably failed to deliver meaningful change.
This is an overarching issue for conceptual discussion of this issue.
The Landbeach Parish Council would like the bridgeway from Landbeach to Cambridge to be upgraded to a cycleway.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
Cherry Hinton Road is currently mainly typical 'blue sign on a pavement' provision, despite having the edge-to-edge width in places for proper cycle provision. A longer-term objective should be to upgrade this.
At the moment it is possible to cycle from Cambridge Road, near Madingley, to Girton, on a bridleway that crosses over the A428 and then passes under the M11 at the Girton Interchange. You can then cross three roads (A1307) and reach a pavement on the North-East side of the Interchange. Using the pavement you can then reach Washpit Lane and cycle up towards Girton. (The pavement is marked as a shared-use route on the OSM Cycle map, although I am not sure that it really is.)
Apart from having to be careful when crossing the A1307 junction it is a rather pleasant route to ride.
The Girton Interchange is being "improved" to reduce the bottleneck for cars. Does anyone know what plans there are to ensure that the current route through remains open and whether there are plans to improve the bridleway route through? Or will this be another example of roads being developed to the detriment of footpaths/bridleways.
There are some evil short grey posts on the busway cycleway that are really hard to see in the dark. I have heard of a number of people hitting them with disastrous consequences
Project Orange is an attempt develop our general strategy during the year 2013.
1) Should Cambridge Go Dutch (or Copenhagenize)
2) A more assertive stance in our interactions with agencies: Demanding of them to make feasible what seems infeasible
3) focus on a regional area 10 miles (15 km) around Cambridge and a dartboard network structure to connect villages,
4) the development of a Bicycle Infrastructure Assessment Tool (BIAC) which will allow us to grade and praise provision
5) Priority over sideroads as part of a Dutch-style approach
5) Development of Visualisation Tools for major projects (Chisholm Trail, Newnham to Newmarket Rd, Mitcham's Corner)
Because of queuing for the Grand Arcade car park, amongst other things, the mandatory cycle lane on Pembroke Street and Downing Street is routinely abused by motor vehicles – one every 66 seconds on a Saturday afternoon http://www.cyclestreets.net/galleries/221/.
The corner at Free School Lane is a particular concern because vehicles traveling east can't see oncoming cycles.