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Community Outreach Lead Matthew Howard, City Councillor Hannah Copley and City Councillor Naomi Bennett (left to right). Let us know if there is anything we can help with, or anything concerning you in your neighbourhood.

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Community Succeeds in Radar Campaign

Matt Howard at newly proposed radar site announced 25 Jan 2021 (Barnwell Drive)
Proposed radar location move (google satellite view looking south from above The Westering CB5)

[Matt Howard]

After 4 months of campaigning, residents near the Marshall Airport site are celebrating the decision to move a massive and overbearing radar structure away from their homes.

On a zoom call on 25 January with Directors of Marshall, other local residents and councillors, Matt Howard Green Party candidate councillor for Abbey who has been a central member of the campaign team said “I think it’s a very sensible and welcome decision that you’ve come to. I think it’s vast majority testament to the work that the residents in our street have been campaigning for, real congratulations to all the residents who have fought for this”

Issues We’re Raising

St Matthew’s Piece Development

[Hannah Copley] A massive student flats development is proposed to be built on St Matthew’s Piece. Please support local residents by also submitting an objection. It’s clear that the tall eight storey building would cause immeasurable damage to this beautiful and secluded city park which I have lived next to and watched people of all ages enjoy for the last five years. The area of blue sky behind me would be completely blocked out and the park (including the children’s play area) would be overlooked by eighteen windows from the student accommodation. I recommend following Friends of St Matthew’s Piece (FoSMP) page: (

Overdevelopment of Abbey

[Matt Howard] There is an absolutely huge amount of building going on right now in Abbey and wider Cambridge – from the Marleigh development north of Marshall’s, to Trumpington, with more plans coming at densities higher than London averages. With the Marshall’s Airport site now looking likely to be completely relocated out of the City, developers are plotting 12,000 homes on the possible newly available land.

Greens say this sort of excessive development MUST STOP! So what would a true Green Project look like?

What Marshall’s could be instead – if only the political will

Matt imagines what a true Green project would look like on airport site

Barnwell Underpass Flooding

[Hannah Copley] Not even two days after being drained, the Barnwell Road underpass had flooded again, exactly as the contractors I spoke to previously predicted would happen. People in Abbey urgently need a proper solution to this problem. I’ve written again to the County Council and am hoping the local papers will further publicise this problem to try and get this fixed before the school term starts again.

Ditton Meadow Paths

[Matt Howard] Inspecting the state of the paths on Ditton Meadows recently, it’s clear the council has neglected the area while the Chisholm trail bridge is put in place. With the project already late, and open space even more valuable during the Pandemic, I have urged the relevant officers responsible to address this as soon as possible. Path lighting will be provided as part of the Chisholm trail – I have proposed this should cover connecting paths for safety, but must be at low level to minimise wider light pollution, be low energy (LED) and not disturb the natural environment.

Parking in Occupation Road

[Hannah Copley] Shoppers and commuters regularly park on Occupation Road. This has led to pedestrians being forced to walk into the road, wheelchair users and parents with buggies blocked, and entrances to some homes made inaccessible. I join residents in calling for restriction of parking to one side of the road only – the Council must follow through on its commitment to make roads in the City more cycle and pedestrian friendly.

We Want to See More Of

Abbey CoFarm

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