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PremierLeague-News.Com- Questions around maintenance, lighting, and how pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders will share the Greenways were all raised by members.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Plans for two new Greenways to better connect Cambridge and the surrounding villages move forward, as councillors and other local representatives quiz officers about some of the details. The Greenways project is being led by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) as part of a plan to encourage people to use ‘active travel’, such as walking and cycling, to travel into Cambridge city centre from the surrounding South Cambridgeshire villages. There are 12 Greenway routes currently being developed by the GCP. A report on the Comberton and Haslingfield Greenways was presented to the Partnership's joint assembly at a meeting yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, November 23). Officers asked the members to consider the proposals for the two Greenways ahead of them being presented to the executive board next month. A report highlighted some of the feedback that had been received and noted some changes proposed. This included a further consultation on the Grantchester section of the Haslingfield Greenway. The report said the Grantchester Parish Council had carried out a survey that showed a majority of respondents would rather the Greenway take a different route than go through Grantchester itself. It said there was “no clear consensus” and therefore a decision on the exact route was proposed to be deferred and for a formal public consultation to be held on this specific part of the route. Read more: Centrebus responds to claim woman, 79, 'slept in public toilet after bus didn't show up' Members raised a number of questions around details for the plans at the meeting, but were overall in favour of the projects moving forward. Some questions were raised about maintenance and who would be responsible for maintaining the Greenways once they were completed.
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. However, he said conversations were ongoing about this process, as he said the Partnership recognised the increased costs the authority would face in maintaining them. Councillor Alex Beckett, from Cambridgeshire County Council, raised questions about areas of the Greenways that would be shared between different users. He said that shared use routes were “causing issues across the city” in particular saying there were areas where cyclists and pedestrians were “coming into conflict”. Cllr Beckett asked that the amount of shared use areas along the Greenways should be limited, but where it was shared for the GCP to go “above and beyond” making it clear to users that the area was shared between different groups. Councillor Simon Smith, from Cambridge City Council, highlighted the issue of lighting along the Greenways, and said that if they were to be “fully utilised in the winter” then lighting along the route would be needed. Mr Blake said the issue of lighting was not “universally supported” and that there needed to be a “balance”, in particular highlighting in the rural areas. He said the routes needed to be safe and that there was a safety process, and said dialogue would continue at a local level to get the ‘lighting balance right’. Councillor Heather Williams, from South Cambridgeshire District Council, picked up on comments made about the potential use of compulsory purchase orders in order to complete the routes. She said that if it was decided that a compulsory purchase order was needed, then she would like the final decision to be made by the elected board, rather than officers, highlighting that it would be a “controversial part of the process”. READ MORE: Centrebus responds to claim woman, 79, 'slept in public toilet after bus didn't show up' Further details for 160 homes on edge of Cambridge reveal buildings' demolition 'How can Cambridge get improved London-style bus service while city struggles with driver shortage?' South Cambs Hall's future use under microscope as less space used by officers Cost of living: ‘Warm packs’ including blanket and thermos part of expanded support in South Cambs