A public event will be held at Shirley School, Nuffield Road in Chesterton on Monday, 7 September to showcase possible designs for a new bridge over the River Cam.

A specialist from Knight Architects will present these ideas at the event which is open to the public and starts at 6pm it is expected to end at around 7.30pm.

As part of the planned growth in the city, Cambridgeshire County Council is looking to provide a new foot and cycle bridge to link Abbey and Chesterton wards and provide an alternative route to get to the Science and Business Parks, as well as the new railway station which recently was given planning consent.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the County Council's Economy and Environment Committee, said: "I am looking forward to seeing the proposed draft designs for the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge. The new bridge linking the communities of Abbey and Chesterton, will help reduce congestion and benefit businesses in the area. It is important that the design of the bridge is well thought out and compliments the local landscape."

An initial consultation was held in Summer 2014, following which Council Officers have been working with a range of local stakeholders to address issues that have been raised and suggestions for improving the overall project. 

Councillor Noel Kavanagh, the County Council's Cycling Champion, added: "I wholeheartedly support this scheme to provide alternative routes to allow cyclists and pedestrians easy and quick access to their destinations. Following extensive consultation the architects have produced three splendid designs, all of which will enhance Ditton Meadow. It is now up to local people to choose their favourite and we can then proceed to a finalised approval of this bridge, which will be an encouragement for people to get out of their cars and to cycle and walk more."

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Manning, who represents East Chesterton, said: "Through the amendment I moved, doing more consultation and gathering more evidence, we've led the Council to show it listens and responds to local concerns.  I'm now excited to find out what residents think of the proposed designs at the meeting."

The bridge is anticipated to cost over £4m and will be paid for by funds from the Department for Transport's Cycle City Ambition and developer contributions.
After the presentation, the possible designs will be made available online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/newbridge


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