We are hoping that the Greater Cambridge Partnership will go ahead with the construction of a ‘Greenway’ (a route for cyclists, walkers and equestrians) from Cambridge through Stapleford to Sawston. They are gauging public support for the project by means of a survey; responses have to be in by end of Monday, 5 August. Local residents should have received a hard copy through their door, but you can also complete the survey online here:
and it only takes a few minutes to complete the form.
Details of the proposals are linked from https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/greenways-melbourn-sawston
We are encouraging people to strongly support option 5b over 5a. This is an extract from our Summer 2019 newsletter:
Jim Chisholm writes:
Stapleford: most crucially, a new route ‘B’ is proposed that avoids the difficult section through Mingle Lane and Church St. A roughly similar route was proposed in 2000, but this failed due to landowner objections. At that time, Sustrans did obtain a licence, which still holds, for a 500m strip of land adjacent to the rail line S from Shelford station, under London Road and as far as Wedd’s land off Granta Terrace. The newly proposed Route B would run close to the railway as far as the new Dernford reservoir, before using a path, with public access already agreed, around the reservoir perimeter to rejoin the existing route beyond Dernford Lane. Please strongly support route B from Shelford station.
Without such support negotiations with landowners for access to a 450m strip needed between the agreed Sustrans bit and the reservoir will be difficult.
If a further short link were to be created from the proposed path to the housing development on the old garage site, this would give a route from these dwellings to the London-bound platform at Shelford station, as well as an almost traffic free path to Sawston Village College.
A route alongside the Sawston by-pass to the ‘Spicers’ crossing is also proposed. For this to be a 24/7 commuter route and to be family friendly it will need to be behind a hedge, as routes directly adjacent to busy roads are unsafe in the dark due to vehicle headlights, and difficult for families because of the proximity and noise of heavy traffic. Please support this path, but with a hedge.