A public consultation has been launched today (Monday 2 July) to gather residents’ views on designs for the new St Neots Northern Foot and Cycle Bridge.
Cambridgeshire County Council is asking the people of St Neots to have their say on how they would like the new bridge to look. The consultation contains three design options for the bridge, which will span the River Great Ouse.
During the summer of 2017 a consultation was held for four possible locations of the bridge. The chosen location is just north of the existing Town Bridge, and will provide a connection from Regatta Meadow in the west to Priory Lane in the east, making a direct link from Crosshall Road to the Priory Centre, Waitrose and the main shopping area in the town. This was approved at the County Council’s Economy and Environment committee in December 2017.
This project is part of a wider Masterplan for St Neots, which has been developed in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Huntingdonshire District Council, and St Neots Town Council.
The three design options put forward include an Arch Bridge, a Cable Stayed Bridge and a Suspension Bridge.
Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the County Council’s Economy and Environment committee, said: “This is a chance for locals to have their say on which option they feel best suits the landscape of St Neots.
“The options have been designed, keeping in mind the town’s surroundings, to ensure people’s journeys across the bridge by foot or bike are enjoyable.
“The new bridge will improve connectivity, offer alternative transport options to get across St Neots and encourage more walking and cycling – with the aim to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion, and improve public health.
“I would like to encourage local residents to come forward and let us know their views and tell us if they have any suggestions for other things we can do to enhance their experience while using the bridge.
“Come along to one of our exhibition events, to find out more about the consultation.”
Each of the three bridge designs are estimated to cost around £4 million, and are to be funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Section 106 Developer Contributions.
Councillor Charles Roberts, Deputy Mayor at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, said: “The St Neots Masterplan clearly sets out a bright future for the town. Putting the town centre of St Neots at its very heart, the plans look at a range of improvements that would positively develop this important Market Town, including this new foot and cycle bridge.
“The local community in St Neots has been instrumental to developing these plans and will be involved as the Masterplan continues to move forward to ensure we’re addressing the needs of local residents and businesses alike. Ensuring we support the development of thriving Market Towns is a key priority for the Combined Authority.”
Following this consultation, results will be presented to Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee for final approval.
Find out more about and give your views by attending an exhibition:
Thursday, July 12 / 5pm-8pm / The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
Thursday, July 19 / 1pm-4pm / The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
Saturday, August 4 / 12-3pm St Neots Charity Dragon Boat Fesival, Regatta Meadow, St Neots.
Hard copies of the consultation document will be available at St Neots library and local GP surgeries or for more information and to fill out a survey online, visit our website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/stneotsbridge
If you would like a copy of the text in this leaflet in large print, Braille, audio tape or in another language, please call 01223 699069.
The deadline for completed questionnaires is Friday, August 10, 2018