Get involved in the big conversation about the future of Greater Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 06:01 30 September 2017

City Deal Executive Board at Cambs Glass Stadium, Newmarket Rd, Cambridge, from left Dave Doggett from Cambridge United, Rachel Stopard, Councillor Ian Bates, Councillor Kevin Price and Francis Burkitt. Picture: Keith Heppell

City Deal Executive Board at Cambs Glass Stadium, Newmarket Rd, Cambridge, from left Dave Doggett from Cambridge United, Rachel Stopard, Councillor Ian Bates, Councillor Kevin Price and Francis Burkitt. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Pop up events will be held in the city over the next few weeks so people can have their say.

Where and when to join in

Wed Sep 27

Grand Arcade, 8am-4pm

Tue Oct 3

(GCP cycling team) CUSU Fresher’s Fair Parker’s Piece, 9am-4pm

Wed Oct 4

(GCP cycling team) CUSU Fresher’s Fair Parker’s Piece, 9am-4pm

Wed Oct 4

Meadows Community Centre, Cambridge, 10am-12noon

Thu Oct 5

Babraham Road P&R, 7.30am-9.30am

Thu Oct 5

Addenbrooke’s Concourse, 12noon-2pm

Fri Oct 6

Meadows Community Centre, 1pm-3pm

Sat Oct 7

Cambridge Market, 9am-1pm

Tue Oct 10

Madingley Road P&R, 7.30am-9.30am

Wed Oct 11

The Hub, Cambourne, 11.30am-1pm

Thu Oct 12

Milton Road P&R, 7.30am-9.30am

Sat Oct 14

Sainsbury’s Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, 9am-1pm

Mon Oct 16

Babraham Research Campus, 10am-2pm

Thu Oct 19

Newmarket Road P&R, 7.30am-9.30am

Tue Oct 24

Trumpington P&R, 7.30am-9.30am

Sat Oct 28

Tesco, Milton, 10am-2pm

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has this week launched a ‘big conversation’ to ask what kind of future Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire people want to see.

Throughout October there are community pop-up events springing up all over the city so that people can have their say.

The GCP launched the conversation on Monday at the Cambs Glass Stadium in partnership with Cambridge Utd.

Chair of the GCP, Cllr Francis Burkitt, said it was fitting to launch the month-long event from the heart of the city’s community.

He said: “We desperately want to find out what people want in the area. The danger is that you only hear a subset of people, the articulate people, the particularly concerned people, the people who usually write to a local councillor with a problem. We want to hear from people who haven’t previously contacted.

“People who don’t want something built in their backyards of course are going to talk, but what you also want to hear is from the people who will benefit but who don’t necessarily write in. We also want to learn more about work patterns – where people have problems or blockages and how they can be solved. It’s public money, we must talk to the public. It’s absolutely the right thing to do.

“And so we’re going out to them with all these pop-ups to ask what they want out of better public transport, out of housing, skills and technology and get much more of a discussion and debate going between the decision makers and the guys with the money and people on the ground.

“The second thing is that the need to sort out transport in Cambridgeshire and the fact that we have the money to do so is a relatively new thing and has gone up people’s consciousness, because we’ve had the City Deal and then the combined authority come in.

“Two years ago people in the wider community weren’t talking as much about this. Now is the right time to take a month out and have a conversation. The time is right because everyone is deeply aware of what’s going on now.

“I hope people come up with completely random ideas – there’s a set of traffic lights that they want changed because it would make a great difference to their morning, or they really think tunneling is a great idea and would be happy for council tax to go up £10 if that paid for it, or tunneling is mad, get real. Or maybe people think the traffic isn’t actually too bad.”

The conversation will aim to seek people’s views, online and face-to-face at a series of business and community events across the area, on what improvements in transport, housing, skills and technology would most help them in the future.

It will run until the end of November with people able to find out more and offer their views face-to-face at more than 25 business and community events, via an online survey and through social media chats.

During October, and in association with Travel for Cambridgeshire, a travel survey will be launched seeking information on people’s travel habits, preferences and priorities, to supplement existing data for decision-making.

A full list of events can be found on the GCP website.

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