A new vision for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – but what of the old vision?

You can have a look at their new document here. You can have a look at the original 2020 Vision document from the early 2000s here. The people behind the Cambridge Biomedical Campus must fund a proper evaluation of their original document and the aims/objectives within it. After all, there is room for improvement whenContinue reading “A new vision for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – but what of the old vision?”

The Cambridge Market Square ‘Concept Design’

Our fountain in Market Square is looking unloved these days. In fact, it has been looking like that for decades. This was one proposal from 1995 to improve it. Recognise the artist? This week is the last week of council meetings before councillors and activists head off for the local election campaigns. One of theContinue reading “The Cambridge Market Square ‘Concept Design’”

Cambridge Great Park – which politicians will back it in their 2021 manifestos?

We’ve not had much news of late, but with elections coming up, time to switch on the spotlight once again? You can read the article from the Cambridge Independent of 14 April 2020 here. If you are interested, Mike Scialom of the Cambridge Independent has pointed people to studio [@] bcr-infinityarchitects.co.uk. Personally I’d like toContinue reading “Cambridge Great Park – which politicians will back it in their 2021 manifestos?”

A decade of austerity makes the Home Secretary’s controversial Policing Bill harder to deliver on. Plus the county climate report

And the decisions by police commanders at Clapham Common a couple of days ago ended up amplifying a very noisy alarm bell around the right to protest – something that has led to further spontaneous street protests despite lockdown – which is in the process of slowly lifting. You can read the Police, Crime, SentencingContinue reading “A decade of austerity makes the Home Secretary’s controversial Policing Bill harder to deliver on. Plus the county climate report”

Improve transport access to Cambridge United Football Club – or build a new stadium elsewhere on the edge of town

For those of you that follow football locally, Cambridge United FC are doing quite well – with more than a good chance of promotion to League 1 of the Football League. And just before lockdown, plans for a new stadium near Teversham and Bottisham were announced. In my early years of secondary school in theContinue reading “Improve transport access to Cambridge United Football Club – or build a new stadium elsewhere on the edge of town”

The Romsey Labour Club – what’s going to happen to it? Another empty unused former community building still lies empty

Image: Opening of the Romsey Labour Club, 10 Oct 1928, Cambridgeshire Collection You can read the Mill Road History Society’s building report here Last we heard it was taken off the market. It was the subject of a hotly-contested planning application which the property owner ultimately won. …hence writing a blogpost titled: £3million price tagContinue reading “The Romsey Labour Club – what’s going to happen to it? Another empty unused former community building still lies empty”

Greater Cambridge is failing its young people. The 2021 elections must result in a substantial collective response

It’s not just me that’s saying it, but expensive, in depth, independent reports for the North East Cambridge redevelopment of the Cambridge Waterworks Site. You can read the in-depth report by consultants LDA Design here. At 142 pages long, and really needs to be at least browsed through if not read in detail by aContinue reading “Greater Cambridge is failing its young people. The 2021 elections must result in a substantial collective response”

Does anyone evaluate past housing developments?

And do such evaluations feed back into the systems of planning development and public policy? Dolly Theis of this parish wrote the following in an exchange about the availability of fresh healthy food, and the obesity crisis, something that she is researching at the University of Cambridge for her Ph.D: “…Must ensure … that weContinue reading “Does anyone evaluate past housing developments?”

Reinventing Cambridge’s ‘area committees’

Did you know Cambridge had them? If so, have you been to one? What was it like for you? When I first found out about these, I took them literally. Well…they did invite everyone! https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/get-involved-at-your-local-area-committee. You can also see the calendar of monthly meetings here. Unfortunately this is only for Cambridge City Council meetings. IdeallyContinue reading “Reinventing Cambridge’s ‘area committees’”