Category Archives: Events

Protest March 2nd September

The officers of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (formerly the City Deal) appear determined to push on with the Option 3A off-road busway with a Park+Ride on Madingley Hill. The latest details can be found here.

Help us protest at the march on 2nd September. It is vital that you come and shout now if we are to stand a chance of stopping this act of environmental vandalism. We also remind everyone to write to the new mayor, James Palmer, to urge him to keep his election promise to stop the off-road busway.

The Happy City

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-18-11-56Cambridge and its villages are changing fast. Cambridge has been dubbed ‘the most unequal city in Britain’. So what makes for a happy city? Do we need a different vision for change?

FeCRA’s (Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations) AGM Event, ‘The Happy City’, Wednesday 22 March, will tackle this subject matter with a great panel including  Kim Wilkie, widely regarded as the UK’s leading landscape architect & urban designer.  Kim Wilkie’s works include: developing a landscape strategy for the Thames in London, a strategy that was all about genuine public engagement; the V & A Gardens; the Natural History Museum’s civic realm; the designs for Irfan, a new ‘smart city’ in Oman and the pedestrianisation of Oxford’s Broad St.

At last year’s event with Dame Fiona Reynolds on ‘The Fight for Beauty’ there was a good attendance & lively Q & A discussion.

Details of the programme are on the Eventbrite listing.  http://bit.ly/2k5NsH6  Please register in advance.

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Hundreds turn out to protest

Hundreds of impassioned Cambridgeshire residents turned out to join the protest march against the proposed West Cambridge busway. Demonstrators processed from the Backs, over Garret Hostel Bridge before completing a lap of the market square. There were speeches and songs outside the Senate House, the nominal centre of the University, before the march continued along Kings Parade and Silver Street, returning to the Backs.

The Christmas shoppers heard our message. The slightly bemused tourists heard our message. City Deal, have you heard the message?

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  • We are here to protest against these idiotic proposals for the busway…
  • There are excellent alternatives using existing infrastructure and it’s a scandal that they have not been properly assessed. Cllr Helen Bradbury, Coton Parish Council and chair of West Cambridge Local Liaison Forum
  • This is a fight and we need to be a strong voice against the City Deal’s campaign to put a bus route across the West Fields. Cllr Rod Cantrill, Lib Dems – Newnham
  • People don’t demonstrate when things are going well and when they are being listened to. Cllr Bridget Smith, Lib Dems – Gamlingay
  • Although we want to see improvements in public transport, this can not be done at the sacrifice of the local environment and the important green spaces for the people of Cambridge. Stuart Tuckwood, Cambridge Green Party

The speeches, filmed by Anthony Carpen, can be viewed here.

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