Update 2nd September 2022

Dear All,

Update 2nd Sept, 2022
GCP Joint Assembly Meeting 10 am, 8th Sept 

Council Chamber, The Guildhall, Cambridge, CB2 3Q

The agenda items on the Cambridgeshire County Council website include: Public Transport and City Access Strategy (the proposal for a Congestion Charge); Cambourne to Cambridge; Cambridge Eastern Access: Greater Cambridge Greenways

Congestion Charge 

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is proposing a £5 charge to be introduced by 2026/27, which would affect private vehicles between 07:00 and 19:00 on weekdays.

Cambridge Blogger Phil Rogers has created a zoomable map of the Cambridge congestion charge zone. If implemented, driving a car anywhere in this zone 7am-7pm Mon-Fri would cost £5 per day. Click on link below to see how this might affect you.



People can scrutinise full details of the report from p 30 of the agenda report and email their views to councillors and MPs via https://www.writetothem.com/


Media coverage of the Congestion Charge 





It is short notice but please share the plans with RA members and networks and let us know your views. Public questions have to be submitted to GCP by 10am on Monday 5 September 2022  to: public.questions@greatercambridge.org.uk

Joint Assembly members  



GCP Exec Board members


This includes the new chair of the Mayoral Combined Authority Business Board, Alex Plant, Director of Strategy at Anglian Water (substitute), and the Vice Chair of the Mayoral Business Board, Prof Andy Neely, Camb Univ Enterprise; both are board members of business group Cambridge Ahead ( Alex Plant is the business group’s policy chair).

Cambridge Ahead sponsor the Innovation Corridor (London Stansted Cambridge) All Party Parliamentary Group whose co-chair is Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.

Anglian Water sponsor the East of England All Party Group. Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner is the co-chair.

Update on Anglian Water’s Milton Sewage Works relocation

Save Honey Hill campaigners are aiming to raise £50,000 to fight the plan by Anglian Water to move the Milton Sewage Works to Horningsea


Meanwhile Anglian Water is under fire as figures show water not far from King’s College Chapel is 40% sewage. Link below.



FeCRA objection to the relocation.


Anglian Water Partnerships 


The Cambridge Wildlife Trust who are part funded by Anglian Water are lead adviser on the Cambridge nature fund mitigating building one million houses. See the “doubling nature” vision.


Cam and Ely Use Catchment Partnership (CamEo)

Anglian Water co-host and manage the Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership CamEo on behalf of Anglian Water and the Rivers Trust. See link below for their CamEo partners.



In a recent interview with the Financial Times Prof Dieter Helm, the UK govt’s former adviser attacked the privatisation model and said energy and water are ‘too essential to be treated like any other commodity. He commented that ‘energy & water sectors are prone to ‘revolving doors and pork-barrel politics heavily influenced by vested interests, with an interest in complexity…a lobbyist’s dream’. Link to article.

Utilities and regulators ‘not fit for purpose’, says UK government ex-adviser August 28 2022


Local Plan Parish Council and Residents Association Call for Sites Survey– deadline 5pm, Monday 12 Sept



Have you had the link from the planners for commenting on the additional sites that developers have put forward? If you haven’t you need to contact them at localplan@greatercambridgeplanning.org, using Call for Sites Survey in the subject of the email.


Local historian Antony Carpen gives helpful advice on how local residents can scrutinise the sites submitted by developers featured in the Cambridge Independent.




Great to end with some good news!

Update on Montreal Square residents’ campaign to save their homes

John Caldwell of Mill Road TV recorded Montreal Square RA’s battle with the Cambridge Housing Society. How it began.


The former Chair of Montreal RA, Cambridge college porter Andy Smith was featured on Newsnight in 2019 with BBC Economics Editor Ben Chu. The film “Inequality in the UK” features Liz Truss,.

Andy is on at approx. 6 min 43 secs.


It has been a long haul for the residents of this small Cambridge square, but they have just shared some good news via Facebook.

“EPIC WIN!!!!!

Anyone who wants/needs to know, we have been given good news. Cambridge Housing Society has just informed us that they will not be demolishing Montreal Square! Going to do up the existing housing. Thank you all for your support x”

Cambridge Lab for clever birds saved from closure by public donations



A message to FeCRA members from Prof Nicky Clayton:

‘Huge thank you for all your support’.


Best wishes,


Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA




You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *