‘Trees must stay’ as part of Milton Road’s upgrade

PUBLISHED: 11:29 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 11 July 2018

Greater Cambridge Partnership Milton Road concepts - Outbound view between Gilbert Road and Ascham Road

Greater Cambridge Partnership Milton Road concepts - Outbound view between Gilbert Road and Ascham Road

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Calls have been made for Milton Road to retain a “proud avenue of trees” as the public is set to get its say on a £16million revamp of the key city route.

The Milton Road redesign has been given the green light to be put forward to a public consultation. Residents will now get to have their say on plans for new junction layouts, cycle paths, and bus lanes.

The proposals to redevelop the road have not always been well received, and have garnered significant criticism for what some residents saw as excessive use of bus lanes, and for removal of mature trees in the area.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) executive board voted unanimously last week to approve the plans for consultation, with the chairman saying he looked forward to seeing trees being retained or replaced as part of the scheme.

Some residents have already made their views known – one said the redesign was a chance to make the area a better place to live, with some even suggesting seating areas and public art installations.

Milton Road resident Maureen Mace said: “Now we are coming closer to a final design, I would like to see some public artwork for Milton Road. It should be paid for from the original budget, and should be chosen by local people. I would like to see a seating area, perhaps with metal figures, at strategic points along Milton Road. Not only would it give a sense of continuity along the road, it would also give a place for locals to sit and talk. I do not know how much this would cost, but I do know it would bring a lot of pleasure to people.”

Cllr Jocelynne Scutt, who chairs the Milton Road local liaison forum (LLF), which brings residents’ views to the GCP, said trees and landscaping had always been vital to the redevelopment scheme, and said the GCP had to deliver the “proud avenue of trees” that had been promised.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, the newly-elected chairman of the GCP’s executive board, said the new scheme was a significant improvement on previous designs.

He said: “This is a different scheme from the scale of the intervention that was originally proposed.

“I think it achieves both the objectives of the public transport, but also protects the environment and, in many cases, enhances it. I look forward to seeing those trees – subject to the results of the consultation.”

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