CambridgePPF helps get debate flowing about River Cam corridor

18th Sep 2013EnvironmentalPlanning

Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) and the Cam Valley Forum have gathered together a number of key local organisations to develop a comprehensive strategy for the River Cam, its tributaries and riverside land.

Representatives from local authorities, the Environment Agency, the Wildlife Trust and the Cam Conservancy have joined forces with the charities to create an overarching vision for the world-famous waterway and an action plan that will help to protect its valuable features and unlock funding for future projects and improvements.

The stretch of river being assessed by the group extends from Saffron Walden to where the Cam joins the Great Ouse just south of Ely. For the purposes of the study the Cam has been divided into five parts:

  • The upper river, starting in Saffron Walden and stretching to Byron’s Pool
  • The River Cam through the City from Byron’s Pool to Baits Bite lock
  • The lower Cam from Baits Bite lock to Pope’s Corner
  • The Bourn and Bin Brooks
  • The River Rhee and the Granta – the Cam’s two main tributaries.

Some 50 organisations will come together in Cambridge on Saturday 28 September to provide input to the project. They will discuss:

  • The historic / built environment plus development and transport pressures along the river
  • Ecology, fish and the local landscape
  • Recreation, tourism and access
  • Pollution, river flow (abstraction / flood) and river restoration.

Local bodies, groups and associations with an active interest in the river are welcome to nominate a delegate to attend the event by using the “Contact us” link at the bottom of the project’s web page http://cambridgeppf.org/river/.

Professor Peter Landshoff, Chairman of CambridgePPF’s planning committee, said: “When people think of Cambridge one of the first things they think of is the Cam. The river has always been fundamental to the success of the city – bringing in trade and shaping the local environment. It’s also a major leisure amenity for tourists and residents. We believe this important asset and the areas adjacent to it need to be managed as such.  By bringing together a range of stakeholder groups we hope to achieve this, creating a strategy and a plan of action that will feed into the local planning process and maximise the use of this important resource for the benefit of everyone that lives, works and visits the city – now and in the future.”

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