Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Planned improvements on Cambridge's open spaces

The JGA has raised concerns that the plans recommended for approval at the city council's community scrutiny committee had not been shown to our association, which wasset up to improve consultation with local residents.

In particular, the main proposal for the high-wire adventure area was a source of anxiety as the general view of members was against such large capital projects, which would reduce the open space feel of the green.

We, therefore, requested the plans were deferred.

After several emails to Cllr Julie Smith, we have been assured that consultation will take place on the plans, which best match the section 106 criteria in the open spaces agenda.
They will not proceed either with the plans until the result of the HLF bid is known, which is likely to be in March

To view the relevant section of the committee meeting, see below. There is a link to the full agenda at the bottom of the page (proposals listed in priority order)

The Executive Councillor is recommended to approve the following items:
That the following ideas are to be adopted (in this ward based priority order) for inclusion into the Open Space and Recreation S106 programme.

West/ Central Area
TW019/WC/D 'Natural Play Zone - Jesus Green' Natural play zone, introducing high wire zones & awareness of bio diversity
TW007/WC/A Additional Hard tennis Courts on Jesus Green
TW009/WC/A Expansion/Extension of Skate Park - Jesus Green

Other projects put forward for city-wide approval include: formal picnic and BBQ facilities in larger city-wide parks, exercise stations around open spaces (there is one outside Parkside Pool)
and Signage on green spaces showing distance around the green space .

1 comment:

  1. What's the status of these proposals, are they going to be presented to an Area Committee meeting, or will Clr Julie Smith decide?