South Cambridge Urban Park (Cambridge Lakes)

(25-11-14) Dave Baigent and Patsy Dell are continuing to meet and are still waiting for Anderson to release their feasibility study.  Their last meeting was 20th November and the next is scheduled for the 4th December.

The military are refusing to allow access even to look at their site.

Consideration is being given to sources of funding to kick start the project

The very useful survey by Camlakes is now published 

The long awaited meeting of 'all' the groups associated with the lakes was Chaired by Councillor Dave Baigent last night at the Guildhall (8-9-14).  34 people attended to listen to a review of the Council's Proposal in the City Plan by Patsy Dell and Anderson's representative Craig Rought before a general question and answer session.  




Amongst the topics discussed were:

  • Concerns about fauna and wildlife (Terry Stannard offered to log wildlife sightings and these should be emailed to him)
  • Need for an ecological survey
  • Drawing lessons from Milton
  • CamLakes produced an early readout of data from their survey (can be completed online until the end of September)
  • Protected open space on the City Plan
  • Tin path and the wider green and blue pathway down the south side of Cambridge
  • Staged plan with an early opening of at least some part of the area
  • An early approach to the MOD who own the first lake, with a need to unblocking of any resistance further up the political chain

Ownership of the three lakes is divided between the MOD, City CouncilAnderson and Peterhouse

Anderson. are responsible for an initial drawing up of the Masterplan, this draft will then be subject to scrutiny by the public and will need political agreement by the City Council before any acceptance. 

Dave Baigent's suggestion of a next meeting as soon as Anderson have firmer details on their current feasibility study and the draft Master Plan was agreed.







Monday 8th September 6pm, Committee rooms 1 and 2, The Guildhall Cambridge


  1. Welcome and purpose of the meeting – Councillor Dave Baigent
  2. Introductions around the room – representatives from groups to outline their interests and aspirations
  3.  Update from Planning Services on the Local Plan and the Land South of Coldham’s Lane proposals
  4. Representative from the Anderson Group to discuss the present site conditions/investigations, their development aspirations,  exploration of potential recreation and leisure activities  and draft master planning work undertaken so far.
  5. Questions and Answers through the Chair
  6. Formation of a stakeholder group for the project
  7. Next steps and actions
  8. Any Other Business
  9. Date of next meeting


Romsey Cllr Dave Baigent will be chairing a meeting of local councillors and interested parties to collate views on the old chalk pits that are located between Romsey, Coleridge and Cherry Hinton (8-9-14).


See local plan for further details


Local Councillors and an officer for the council visited the area and became very aware that whilst this is a very beautiful spot there  are very real dangers too (27-8-14).




















Cambridge Lakes held a meeting to discuss their project on Wednesday 16th July @ St Martins Church Hall, 127 Suez Road, 1930 (16-6-14).

They are running a survey to gauge the thoughts of the people of Cambridge about the lakes

Well attended, the hall was full: about 70-90 people from Coleridge, Romsey and Cherry Hinton.

No dissent amongst the audience to proposal for a country park, just discussion about how this would be done, where the access could be, car parking and some thought about impact on wildlife.

Talk of floating swimming pools that make it safer to swim.

The people from Cherry Hinton spoke of being ‘plagued’ by groups of people who trespass and break through their gardens to get to the lakes and cause a considerable nuisance with their swimming, noise and raucous behaviour.  Police reluctant to go in after trespassers due to their numbers and fear of being pushed in the lake: there is an instruction from their inspector that they do not enter unless life is at risk.

There are massive Health and Safety issues here and this is going to be a prime consideration in any attempt to open this area to the public.

There needs to be a discussion between politicians and this group to see if/how the City Council can put some political will behind this project.

LibDem and Tory National Coalition cuts to local authority budgets mean that there is unlikely to be any money available.  What is needed now is discussions between the organisers and the ruling party to organise officer support.

This is a project that needs to be considered and plans put in place for the medium long term.  There are unlikely to be any quick fixes.

CEN did something on this

The TA pit apparently has been set up for swimming etc but only for MOD.

See also






Do you like this post?


Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.