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Univjersity accused of breaking its promise over NW site plans

October 25, 2012 1:07 PM

Cambridge University has been accused of breaking its promise after it changed its mind over lorry access to its new development on the north west site.

The university has decided to use the entrance opposite the NIAB development initially instead of the one opposite Girton College as originally planned.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Belinda Brooks-Gordon, who represents Castle ward, has launched a campaign and is urging angry residents to sign a petition.

She said: "The university is riding rough shod over my residents, and I won't let that happen.

"The university's planning application committed it to a single construction access point. Access from Huntingdon Road from the A14 would mean HGVs would be turning across traffic leaving the city. This would be madness on such a busy road with people trying to get home from work."

Cllr Brooks-Gordon added that a transport assessment carried out on the development site between Huntingdon Road and Storeys Way clearly stated that "levels of flow are anticipated to be limited due to the one access point to the site."

"If the university renages on this my residents should be told," she said.

At a recent meeting of the NW Cambridge Community, residents were given no assurance that lorries would not be travelling along Huntingdon Road despite the earlier promises made by the university.

The university plans to use the entrance opposite NIAB for the initial stage of the development, opening the access opposite Girton College at a later stage.

Cllr Brooks-Gordon fears that this will also mean lorries travelling down Huntingdon Road to make deliveries to the site's new supermarket.

"I am worried for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians and this will mean more congestion for road users and more noise for residents," she said.

"In many meetings I have stressed time and again to the university that there are to be no more lorries through Castle."