A call for more joined-up discussion on Cambridge’s Chisholm Bridge project to make sure residents have the full picture has been made by East Chesterton’s County Councillor, Ian Manning.
Cllr Manning is concerned that the project is being discussed by different committees across three different councils and residents have to attend meetings across the district to hear all the arguments.
He wants a temporary committee set up which would include councillors from the three authorities and an opportunity for parish councils to attend.
“The problem is this project just doesn’t quite fit into existing council structures” said Cllr Manning.
“If a resident wanted to hear the opinions from all relevant councillors on this project, they would have to go to at least four meetings, in Cambridge North and East, Fen Ditton and Milton, and then to Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet.
“I want to form a new, temporary meeting for this project alone. It’s really important that all residents know where all councillors stand on this important project.”
The concept for a bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton, part of the so-called Chisholm Trail, has recently been the subject of a £10,000 County Council-funded technical feasibility study.
Cllr Manning’s proposal would bring together councillors from Milton and Fen Ditton on South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Councillors for East Chesterton and Abbey and Cambridgeshire County Councillors for the wards concerned. Parish councillors for the relevant areas would also be invited to attend, as will the portfolio holders for City, the County and South Cambs District Council.
He added: “Some councillors have given a lukewarm response to the bridge concept but are now supporting it because they see the public interest and realise it might be a vote winner. It’s important that residents know what each councillor is thinking about this important project.”
The full proposal Cllr Manning submitted can be found here: 20131212_C-A_Bridge_feas_consult_proposal