Park and Ride
The proposed development goes into details about the A10 changes - and sheds some light on changes at Milton - but seems to be lacking and details or consideration of the knock on effect that building a town bigger than Ely over 10 miles from Cambridge will have.
Such concerns wre raised by the Parish Councils of many local villages, and are reported in the Planning Committee minutes (PDF document - page 25). Here are a few summaries:
Cottenham Parish Council
The A10, as it is, is totally inadequate to the current demands, continued housing
developments at and around Ely have already added considerably to the number of
vehicles daily using this route. Cottenham also has an increased number of
vehicles using the B1049 as people seek a quicker route to the A14 and the M11.
Cottenham Parish Council are also concerned that there would be additional
vehicles using the Twentypence Road as an alternative to the A10 again leading to
additional traffic flow through the village.
Haddenham Parish Council
Haddenham Parish Council observe that the road infrastructure and network is
completely inadequate to cope with the amount of increased traffic this `community'
would generate. The proposed widening of the A10 would also be a very
dangerous action to take.
Impington (and Histon) Parish Councils
Impington Parish Council have responded jointly for themselves and neighbouring
Histon Parish Council in recommending refusal of the application. The Councils are
unable to support it in any way due to incompatibility with the Structure Plan and
totally inadequate infrastructure.
The Council would further comment that there is no demand for B1 and B2 with
others in area remaining unlet.
Little Downham Parish Council
Little Downham Parish Council objects to the proposed development as it believes it
would have a serious effect on its parishioners who travel to Cambridge for work or
otherwise. The Council does not believe that a simple widening of the road would
suffice to accommodate the increase of traffic that the development would generate.
It also believes that the proposed development would not be sustainable.
Mepal Parish Council
Mepal Parish Council are very concerned at the traffic pressures such a new
settlement would impose, especially given the down grading of the A10 and at the
resultant effect on the quality of life and business opportunity of the present
population of much of the district, including our own residents.
Stretham Parish Council
Stretham Parish Council object in the strongest terms. Having seen the response
given by Wilburton Parish Council they agree with those objections. They feel that
the proposed alterations to the A10 will in no way alleviate any of the existing
problems with congestion on the road. There is a proposal for only one exit from
the Town onto the A10 but there will be two onto the already overloaded A1123,
one for cars and one designed for buses and cycles only which will severely impact
on the congestion at the existing roundabout on the A10 at Stretham and this will
inevitably lead to cars travelling through Wilburton village and onto the B1049
Twentypence Road in an attempt to avoid the A10. The Twentypence Road cannot
cope adequately with the existing traffic and no assessment of the impact this will
have on Cottenham, Histon and Impington appears to have been made.
Haddenham and villages beyond will also be severely affected by any further
development and the provision of traffic lights at the junction near the village green
at Haddenham will only exacerbate the current problems experienced at this
Wicken Parish Council
Their primary concern was the transport links to the settlement. The existing A10 is
already inadequate for the volume of traffic and, even with widening, would still not
be capable of taking the extra volume of traffic generated. Similarly, the A1123 that
passes through the centre of our village is becoming busier and busier particularly
with heavy lorry traffic. This new settlement will exacerbate the problem.