Our Main Objections

Our main objections to a new bridge over Ditton Meadows

The group believes that the consultation process was flawed and biased. An independent review is recommended 

The need for a bridge in this location has not been accurately demonstrated. There is a bridge already at the Green Dragon. The small (cycling) time gain from a new bridge would not justify the damage to the meadows

There are several issues with the proposals, including the size and impact of access ramps, route of the paths and the pinch point under the railway bridge. The surrounding infrastructure could not cope with the projected traffic without significant upgrade of cycle paths at considerable additional expenditure

The poorly thought–out plan has not considered the impact on a village in a conservation area, listed in several city documents, including the 2014 City Council Local Plan. Policy 67 lists it as a Protected Open Space and it is also listed as a City Wildlife site in Policy 69. What is the point of this recognition if, when it suits, it can later be conveniently ignored?

There are better and more needy ways of spending 4.5 million pounds

The ecological impact of the bridge on the meadows, including lighting, access roads, construction vehicles and plant storage area, would be devastating and costly to rectify with a likelihood of some irreparable damage

The likelihood of quad bikes and motorbikes using the bridge and then driving on the meadows, causing untold damage and  the need for expensive restoration work, particularly when the meadows are boggy 

The likelihood of cars being parked in Fen Ditton’s narrow and already crowded village streets, in order to avoid paying the car parking fees at the new railway station 

The Meadows are one of the few remaining wild spaces close to Cambridge and the long views are enjoyed by people from throughout the city including joggers and ramblers, oarsmen and dog walkers, not just residents of Fen Ditton. It would be reckless to ruin an area of such natural beauty that should be preserved for future generations.

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