Monday, 13 January 2014

Creating Coldham's Common Management Plan

Cambridge City Council's consultation on the future management of Coldham's Common has attracted a lot of interest from the general public, both in the area around the Common and from further afield.

The Council is listening to the views of local people, and others with an interest in the future of the Common, as part of the process of developing a Management Plan for the site which will balance the needs of nature conservation and ecology against those of people using the Common, whether for sport, play, or recreational walking.

A leaflet advertising the consultation has been circulated to homes in the area around the Common, with adverts in local shops and elsewhere. Paper questionnaires have also been made available at community premises, such as the Abbey Pool, the Mill Road Depot, and Barnwell Library. But the main bulk of the response so far has come online, where the Council has received well over 350 responses since the survey opened in November.

Commenting on the response, Cllr Andrea Reiner, Executive Councillor for Public Places, says "We're really pleased with the volume of the response so far. They will be enormously helpful as we look at the best way to manage what is clearly an important and highly valued open space. But we know there are still more people who haven't yet given us their response, and we urge them to do so, to ensure we have a full range of views available for consideration."

The consultation runs until the end of February, and can be found at www.cambridge.gov.uk/current-consultations. For those who prefer pen and paper, copies can be obtained at the Customer Service Centre on Regent Street, the Depot on Mill Road, or by phoning 01223 458520.