FRIENDS OF MITCHAM'S CORNER
Mitcham's and Merrier Christmas Market – now in its second year, the Christmas market will
be held in the car park and terrace of the Boathouse Pub on Chesterton Road, between 12 and 5 pm
on Saturday 10th December. There will be street food, gifts, music and activities for children.
Stroll around the market eating unique and tasty food from the food trucks, including many of the
regulars at Thirsty. Shop for everything from traditional Christmas decorations to stocking fillers,
accompanied by music from local bands and choirs. End the day by taking part in the Festive Lights
Switch On (6 pm at Hawthorn Way). For more details see www.visitcambridge.org/whats-on.
The future of Staples? – According to recent news reports, Staples has been sold off to
Hilco Capital and the brand will disappear from high streets. Hilco claims it wishes to “build a
plan for success for the business”, but clearly Staples stores are at risk. The store at Mitcham’s
Corner might continue under a new name and management, but it could look and be very different.
But equally, someone might regard the site as an opportunity for yet more student accommodation
or aparthotel rooms. Everyone interested in Mitcham’s Corner will have to be watching carefully.
A Development Framework for Mitcham’s Corner The Council's public consultation
on a proposed Development Framework for Mitcham’s Corner has now closed. The proposals are an
important step towards the regeneration of the area, based on removing the gyratory road system.
FMC has submitted a response which was favourable and made several suggestions based on your comments: you can view
our document here.
The main features of the proposals are:
- Replacement of the gyratory with a two-way road system and a staggered T-junction ("dog-leg")
between Milton Road and Victoria Avenue.
- No traffic lights on the junctions, nor any segregation of buses, cars and cycles: an
innovative "shared space" approach that has been implemented successfully elsewhere.
- New urban space, street and public realm improvements, and downgrading of parts of the gyratory
to local streets only.
- Specific guidance for the eventual development of Henry
Giles House and the Staples site, and more general guidelines for other developments in the area
(e.g. the Tivoli site).
- Costs could range between £2 million and £4 million, funded from future tranches from City Deal,
the Local Centres Improvement Programme and planning obligations funding ("Section 106" contributions).
Work can be done in phases e.g. road system first, public realm enhancements second.
- “Any future developer will have to agree the details of planning obligations [in line with
the Master Plan] at planning application stages”.
Rebooting the City Deal Smarter Cambridge Transport recently held a public event discussing
alternatives to the large engineering solutions being proposed by the City Deal. Speakers presented
ideas on on light rail, better bus journeys and the potential of cycling, while MPs Heidi Allen
and Daniel Zeichner both called on the City Deal to ask the government for a pause to rethink the
approach and get it right. Videos of the presentations and panel discussion, plus various documents,
are available on the site of
Smarter Cambridge Transport.
Sounds Around the Corner 2016 and the Mitcham's & More Festival took place in September,
with over a dozen acts including JezO's spectacular magic show, as well as food
and drink stalls, crafts and children's activities. See photos on our
Sounds Around the Corner page.
Local Liaison Forums are being organised by the City Deal to gather local people's views
ahead of the second period of consultation on the proposals for Milton Road and Histon Road. The forums
will discuss the details of the planned highway development, and will be an opportunity to offer
alternatives to some of the controversial proposals. A Milton Road forum will take place on
Tuesday 9th August in Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road. Details of a Mitcham's
Corner forum will be announced shortly.
The future of The Tivoli is in question following Wetherspoons' decision not to rebuild the pub
due to the costs involved. The company is expected to sell the site for redevelopment, and this will
clearly have a major impact on Chesterton Road. FMC's initial view is that the original facade should
be kept, and that any redevelopment should be 'mixed use' – i.e. incorporating some retail and/or
commercial units which will continue to contribute to the public life of Mitcham's Corner. There are
a number of approaches FMC could take, including lobbying for the addition of The Tivoli to the Master
Plan for Mitcham's Corner which is currently being developed by the Planning Department.
email us with your views – the more comments we get, the stronger our position.
- Findings from the City Deal consultation on Milton Road were published on 24th May.
A summary can be seen on the City Deal website. More details are provided on our
Milton Road Scheme page, but in summary the reports recommend a modified form of the 'Do Something'
– three-lane carriageway with single bus lane, and cycleways on both sides
– both inbound and outbound bus lanes (staggered) at all major junctions
– junction changes at Elizabeth Way and Union Lane, but no banning of turns
– major changes to Mitcham's Corner are likely to be included in the second tranche of City Deal projects
(after 2020) after more detailed planning.
- Recommendations for Histon Road are also available on the City Deal website. In this case the "Do Maximum" option is recommended, including
the controversial closing off of Victoria Road from the Histon Road junction.
- Results of the Cambridge Access Study have been published and are available on the
City Deal website. This is a very important study looking at traffic, parking and congestion
issues across Cambridge, and makes recommendations to deal with these issues.
A summary of the report, prepared for the City Deal meetings listed above, is available
- This year's Mitcham's Models event, with mannequins decorated
by artists and featuring poems by local poets, will soon be coming to an end. The models which have
been displayed in shop windows around Mitcham's Corner will be auctioned in support of local children's
charity Blue Smile. Details of the auction will be posted here; meanwhile you can follow the models