Update 24th November 2019

Dear All,

Update 24 November, 2019

Reminder: Friends of Cambridge Market Cobbles celebration tomorrow, 25 Nov, 7pm

Friends of Cambridge Market invite everyone to a party in the market square tomorrow to celebrate winning protection for the historic cobbles.


Tortoise Discussion events

Drinks from 6pm, ThinkIn 6.30-7.30pm

Tuesday 26 Nov, Cambourne Community Hub, (chaired by Matthew D’Ancona, former editor of the Spectator and Evening Standard columnist

Tuesday 10 Dec, The Blue School Cambourne  (chaired by Ceri Thomas , former editor of BBC Panorama and the Today programme)


Tortoise, a news organisation that takes a longer, slower-paced look at the forces driving the news, is holding a series of ThinkIn events in the region. These events allow members of the community to discuss the key local issues that matter to them, and help Tortoise identify important stories to cover.

You can register for free tickets through Eventbrite



River Cam

Many of you are very concerned about the River Cam and the wildlife and ecosystems that depend on it and have asked us what you can do. Water supply is not a planning issue but the river is in the Local Plan. (See

the informal Q and A session with Stephen Kelly, Director of Shared Planning, Q 9 about the river)



If you are concerned about what is happening to the River Cam we suggest you write to the papers, and your parliamentary candidates and ask them what they plan to do to return the River Cam to its natural flow.

If you don’t know much about this issue, this article from the Observer gives a good summary.


See also FeCRA statement to the Water Crisis Forum 5 November, 2019


Cam Valley Forum have given a number of briefings on the River Cam crisis see:


and https://camvalleyforum.uk/blog

Best wishes,


Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA





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