Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Cambridge 20Mph Project: North Phase Public Consultation Results

Public consultation on the North Phase of the Cambridge city-wide 20mph Project took place between the 13th of May and the 5th of July 2013. The North Phase area includes Arbury, Kings Hedges, West Chesterton and East Chesterton Wards. A total of 4245 responses were received over the consultation period and the results have now been collated.

The results indicate that, overall the majority of respondents (65.6%) were in favour in principle with 20mph speed limits being introduced on residential and shopping roads in Cambridge. When asked if 20mph should be introduced specifically on the smaller (unclassified) roads in the North Phase area, 62.8% of respondents were in favour. The consultation also listed each of the five C class roads within the North Phase area, and asked if these should be made 20mph in turn. Responses indicate that: 56.7% of respondents were in favour of the proposal being introduced on Chesterton High Street, and 51.2% are in favour of 20mph for Green End Road. The majority of respondents were not in favour of 20mph being introduced to Gilbert Road or King’s Hedges Road (53.7% and 57.6% respectively). There was no overall majority for Arbury Road, with 49.1% in favour, 46.6% against and 4.3% with no opinion. These outcomes are based on the overall responses. The results have also been split into those received from addresses within the consultation area vs those received from outside. Tables outlining these results are appended below. The results will also be uploaded onto the project web page:https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/20mph-speed-limit where further information on the project can be found.

Executive Councillor for Planning and Climate Change, Cllr Tim Ward said; “These results indicate a significant level of support for the 20mph proposals on unclassified roads within the North Phase area. It is good that people took the time to respond to this consultation in such large numbers, which provides a strong foundation for the decision making process”

The North Phase of the project will be discussed at the next North Area Committee meeting which takes place from 7pm on the 1st of August 2013 at Manor Community College, 101a Arbury Road, Cambridge, CB4 2JF. The project will also be discussed and a final decision taken on whether/how to proceed with the North Phase at the next Environment Scrutiny Committee, taking place from 5pm on the 8th of October 2013 in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 of the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge. The public are welcome to attend and speak at either of these meetings.

Should the City Council approve implementation, further authority will be required by Cambridgeshire County Council before a statutory process can commence.

Subsequent phases are programmed to be consulted in the future, with the East of the city due for public consultation in late 2013/early 2014, followed by the South and then West/Central areas.