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Cambridge residents and commuters invited to join citizens’ assembly

Residents and commuters are being invited to get involved in a citizens’ assembly – the next step on the journey to transforming public transport, cutting congestion and improving air quality in Greater Cambridge.

Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer. Picture: Keith Heppell. (13520885)
Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer. Picture: Keith Heppell. (13520885)

The citizens’ assembly follows the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Choices for Better Journeys campaign to which 82 per cent of respondents said they supported it's vision for public transport and options to reduce traffic.

This week, letters will arrive at homes selected at random from across Greater Cambridge and the travel to work area to invite them to apply to be part of the assembly.

The 60-seat assembly will be chosen through a ‘civic lottery’ process so that it fairly represents the population. A dedicated website has also been set up so anyone can put forward ideas about what evidence the assembly should consider in the autumn.

The GCP’s executive board has agreed the principles by which a scheme will be developed and these proposals will be considered by the board with the recommendations from the assembly in December.

Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer, chair of the GCP’s executive board, said: “The citizens’ assembly is a unique opportunity for people who travel in or around Cambridge to consider the evidence, discuss the challenges we face and put forward ideas to help tackle the problems we face with congestion and public transport.”

Visit the Greater Cambridge Partnership website to find out more information about how you can get involved in the Citizens’ Assembly.

Households that received a letter inviting them to apply have until July to register their interest. Only one person, who must be 16 or over, is eligible to register per household.

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