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I'm the local councillor for 12 villages in the south of Cambridgeshire - Duxford, Fowlmere, Foxton, Great & Little Chishill, Newton, Heydon, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford, Shepreth, Whittlesford and Thriplow.

 

Whittlesford train station - the village decides the remedies

Whittlesford train station - the village decides the remedies

Whittlesford Parish Council (and residents living on and around Station Road and along Royston Road in particular) have been offered two solutions to the problems the village has of increased commuter parking in and near the station.  

One of these solutions is from the applicants (Smithson Hill) who want to build an agri-tech science park at Hinxton, and who propose a bus-turnaround and cycle store on land running east along the A505 away from the station.

The other proposal is from the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), who are looking at locations for rural travel hubs that make better connections between villages and public transport. The Greater Cambridge Partnership report for Whittlesford seems to have got a bit carried away, as it proposes a car parking area at the end of Royston Road. This is something that looks unviable, generating an awful lot more traffic along Duxford and Royston Roads. The parish council is going to meet this month with the GCP (and their traffic consultants) so that whatever solution is looked at, it takes in local views, and in particular whether the county council land near the highways depot could be considered.

I wrote to the Greater Cambridge Partnership and have got their commitment to carry out a masterplan for the whole A505/Station area, so that we get a coherent plan for that fast-growing end of the village, and not just piecemeal proposals on a bit of land here and a bit of land there.

There is expansion at Granta parks, the Genome Centre, and the Babraham Institute, plus Iconix Park at Sawston and the likely development of the old Spicers site. Then we can also expect commuters looking to travel from Whittlesford into Cambridge South Station for the bio-medical campus and Addenbrookes. So it’s clear our small loo-less station needs some major surgery -  but we as a village need to sign the consent form.

Heathfield roundabout - a sense of place

Heathfield roundabout - a sense of place

Draining the swamp at Hinxton!

Draining the swamp at Hinxton!