Local residents are being asked to have their say on draft proposals to improve Cherry Hinton High Street in a public consultation starting today Friday, February 27.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council are working together to improve the layout, look and feel of the High Street, based on feedback received at the public consultation events held in September 2013.

Possible improvements include: widening the existing cycle lanes to 1.5m along both sides of the road; new on-road bus stops; improvements to Rectory Terrace; the creation of a "˜shared surface' in the central shopping area and the removal of unnecessary signs, railings and cycle lay-bys. The consultation is also your first chance to suggest improvements to the Robin Hood junction, which the County Council is looking to upgrade in 2016/7, and information will be available about the upgrade of Coldhams Lane signals.

The aim of these draft proposals is to increase road safety as well as making variety of visual and practical improvements along the length of the High Street which will make the area a more attractive place to live and work. Details are available online at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cherryhinton-highst and leaflets are being delivered to nearby residents.

The proposals are outlined in two phases. Phase 1 indicates what the Councils could do with the money available at the moment and phase 2 suggests further improvements, which would be possible with more funding.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Sandra Crawford said: "Improvements to the High Street are necessary in order to increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and local residents. There are serious problems with cycle lanes that need widening, to prevent use of the pavement and the heavy traffic creates noise and pollution for residents. We need residents to share their views with the Council officers to improve the High Street and make it a safer and more attractive area for everyone.

Cambridge City Councillor Carina O'Reilly, Executive Councillor for City Centre and Public Places, said "We're really keen to hear what residents have to say about these proposals. This is a big chance to transform the look and feel of Cherry Hinton High Street - but we won't be able to do it well without local people's input. I'm hoping we'll get a really strong response to this consultation."

Staff from both Councils will be available to answer questions at three events during March
"¢ Monday, 9th March, 2015, 6.00-8.30pm, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road, Cambridge, CB1 9EJ
"¢ Friday, 13th March, 2015, 2.00-4.30pm, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road, Cambridge, CB1 9EJ
"¢ Tuesday, 17 March, 2015, 6.00-8.30pm, Cherry Hinton C of E Primary School and Nursery, High Street, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, CB1 9HH

For the last week of the consultation period, some of the displays used at the events will be available at Cherry Hinton library. The consultation runs until 29 March, 2015.

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