Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Lib Dems Win Fight For More Say On Bramblefields

Cambridge Liberal Democrats today (Wednesday, December 18) welcomed moves which would allow city residents to have their say on possible access through Bramblefields nature reserve to the city’s new Science Park Station.

They had fought to make sure residents had as many options open to them as possible to protect the reserve, including investment to help improve it. Crucially they argued that city residents should make the final decision on how and if the route through should be included in the plans.

Members of the Joint Development Control Committee listened to the Lib Dems’ concerns and referred the issue back to Cambridge City Council as they gave planning permission for the station project.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning, who represents Cambridge’s East Chesterton has been working to safeguard Bramblefields after the county council suggested it as a major route to the station.

“It was absolutely imperative that we did everything we could to protect the reserve and the committee has recognised our concerns,” he said. “Now the city council must decide on whether to go-ahead with a consultation which would give residents the chance to say whether the route is permitted with substantial investment in the nature reserve.”

The Lib Dems had also fought to get cyclists and pedestrians segregated on a path through the Cowley Road Business Park and protect them from heavy goods vehicles. This has been referred back for further consideration.

And Lib Dem fears over the effect of commuter parking on streets around the station have been taken into account and will be discussed further.

Cllr Manning added: “We campaigned on a number of concessions and I am pleased to see that the committee has listened and taken these on board. We want to make sure that when this station is built it does not cause problems for residents or affect their quality of life.”