Your feedback so far

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the East Barnwell conversation so far. Since launching the conversation, we’ve received loads of feedback from local people and from other people across wider Cambridge on how we can improve the area.

The conversation was open to the public through Facebook and our website. We also organised numerous face-to-face community meetings where we spoke to local people and groups about their thoughts on East Barnwell. We met with Romsey Mill Youth Group, organised a lunch with Cambridge United Seniors’ Club and held a networking event with volunteer groups from across Abbey to name a few.

With the COVID-19 outbreak and the introduction of necessary social distancing measures, we were unable to complete our full programme of public meetings and sadly were unable to hold our planned events at Mondays Together and Coldhams’ Common Parkrun. Nonetheless, we have had some very positive feedback over the past few weeks that will shape the next stage of the project.

We’re now in the process of collating and analysing the feedback we received from everyone, and these ideas will guide the next step in the process. By June 2020, we will be showing you more detailed proposals for future development and regeneration in East Barnwell. Stage 2 will allow the public to comment on our detailed proposals, to help guide us toward creating the final masterplan design for the area. We look forward to collaborating the ideas of local people and creating something exceptional based on what you truly want to see.

To give you an idea of the feedback we received, we have sorted the data into this diagram. This is an overview presentation of some of the key suggestions and ideas you had, so that you can understand what we’re working with in preparation for stage 2 of the project. Remember, you can still give us your thoughts so if you can’t see your suggestion below, go and have your say here.

How did we categorise feedback?

For this initial stage of data analysis, we used categories to identify key themes in the feedback. We decided on these themes as they covered all of the topics mentioned – allowing us to fit everyone’s feedback into at least one category. If your feedback discussed multiple topics, do not worry – we have used a tally system to ensure that each new suggestion or input within a comment is considered.

What do the key themes mean?

To give you an idea of the feedback we received, we have sorted the data into this diagram. This is an overview presentation of some of the key suggestions and ideas you had, so that you can understand what we’re working with in preparation for stage 2 of the project. Remember, you can still give us your thoughts so if you can’t see your suggestion below, go and have your say here.

  1. Road Improvements, Parking and Traffic – feedback that related to road resurfacing, on-road parking problems, the need for more car parking facilities, congestion relief measures including roundabouts and traffic lights, potholes, road lighting, wider roads etc. were all sorted into this category.
  2. Community Local Amenities – this was a popular category, with many of you requesting the development of more community facilities. Suggestions in this category include: more community spaces, a new community centre, improvements to the existing library facility, more play parks, expansion of the Abbey pool and more youth facilities including a skate park.
  3. Housing – Comments in this category related to the following: the need for more social/private/affordable homes in the area and improvements to existing homes in the area. Many of you also stated that you want to see more family homes in the area, with 3+ bedrooms.
  4. Travel – Travel is also a key theme in the local area, with many of you keen to see the development of better and cleaner transport options. Feedback in this category included: improvements to public transport services (more regular, more reliable and expanded routes), cheaper public transport, better sustainable transport options (including car-pooling and park and ride schemes) and improvements to cycle lanes and walking routes.
  5. Commercial Local Amenities – This category relates to any comments mentioning commercial facilities. Some of the suggestions included: a local pub, more cafés, cheaper supermarkets, more retail space, a new shopping centre, more local produce shops and eateries. A leisure park was also a popular suggestion, with many of you requesting family fun spaces including a cinema, ice skating rink or roller-skating rink.
  6. Open & Active Space – Comments relating to outdoor spaces were sorted into this category. Popular suggestions included: community sports facilities (e.g. tennis courts, AstroTurf space), more green spaces, new wildlife zones and protection of existing spaces such as Ditton Meadows and Coldham’s Common.
  7. Environment – Many of you were also keen to see sustainable development in the area – ensuring that any new developments are fitted with the environment in mind. Feedback included: new homes built with sustainable features (solar panels, smart lighting, home insulation etc.), increased use of renewable energy and pollution reduction measures (e.g. low emission zones).
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