I have written to object as follows:
The cycle and pedestrian route from Warren Road to Eastfield is very well used. I am concerned these proposals will have a negative impact on this route and an opportunity to improve this key cycle and pedestrian connection is not being taken.
Two ninety degree corners are being proposed to be introduced to a currently straight cycle route from Warren Road to Eastfield. A cyclist proceeding from Warren Road would turn right into the estate road and then left into Eastfield, before proceeding down Eastfield towards Scotland Road.
This development should be rejected under policy 8/5 “Pedestrian and Cycle Network” of the local plan. An opportunity to safeguard land for improving the existing cycle and pedestrian link between Eastfield and Warren Road is not being taken. This is a signed cycle route from Milton Road and connects the employment areas of the Science and Business Parks with areas of housing and the city centre. There is currently an, albeit dilapidated, cycle symbol and red coloured marking on the highway where the path meets Eastfield.
Cycle routes in the new development should be made obvious for example with with signage, coloured surfaces, and markings on the ground as needed. I am concerned the proposed development would create confusion about where cycling is permitted.
I am concerned that by having all motor traffic entering the development at the point the path from Warren Road to Eastfield emerges the risk of conflict between cyclists and pedestrians will be increased. I would have thought switching the locations of the cycle and vehicle access to the new developments would be safer, as the vehicle access would then be onto a straight section of Eastfield with better visibility.
I think blocking Eastfield to motor traffic to the west of the junction with the cycle route to Warren Road would improve the safety of the area.
I am a relatively local resident. My property is around 220m away from the proposed development. I regularly walk and cycle in the area, read notices in the area, read material published by my local councillors, and attend the local “North Area Committee”. The developers’ pre-application consultation did not reach me. The first time I became aware of the proposals was when the notices of the planning application having been submitted were placed in the area. I think those assessing the application should consider if the views of those who travel through the area have been adequately considered; I do not think they will have been effectively captured by the consultation carried out prior to making the application. I note the Cambridge Cycling Campaign is not included on the list of consultees despite the quality of its engagement on other developments within the city.
I am disappointed in the performance of my local councillors and MP who did not effectively promote the fact they had been consulted on this development to me.
I am concerned by the retention of an existing shared use pedestrian / cycle path and the introduction of another. Pedestrians often complain about cyclists using shared use facilities at local public meetings of the council’s North Area Committee. Segregated cycle provision should be provided where possible to remove this conflict.
I disagree with the applicant’s description of the site as having excellent connections to the local cycle route network. The injury data provided show that injury causing incidents have recently occurred both on Scotland Road and on Green End Road. The junction between Green End Road, Green End Road and Scotland Road is not one I find easy to cross either by bike or on foot. Cycling along Green End Road, towards Water Lane feels dangerous, and the submission notes reported incidents. The Water Street / Fen Road area is notorious for dangerous driving, this has been reported in the local paper:
and public meetings have been held to discuss the problems:
The connections between the site and the safe, low traffic, cycle paths on Stourbridge Common and along Riverside are in my view very poor and dangerous.
I am concerned about the proposals to include bricks laid in a road to be adopted. Around the city bricks in roads come loose and create a hazard to all road users. One example where a brick road is constantly under repair is Sidney Street in the city centre.