On 12 February 2020, nearly 100 local residents packed St Johns Centre to hear three presentations about housing and living in Queen Edith’s. We were fortunate that Antony Carpen helped us record the evening.
In this first presentation, Sam Davies, chair of the Queen Edith’s Community Forum, talks us through the results of our ‘Place Standard’ survey, which was launched in the Winter issue of the local magazine. Over 220 local residents responded, which is terrific and really makes it a representative sample of the locality. Sam’s presentation is just short of 20 minutes, and is well worth watching. Don’t worry if the slides aren’t clear; if you’re interested in looking deeper at the data, the full report will be available here soon.
The second presentation was an interview with Risa Sorkin, co-chair of the Ninewells Residents Association, who talked us through the good and bad points of living in a new community. With more similarly-sized developments on the way, learning from the experience of the Ninewells residents is going to be crucial if the new areas are to be successful communities. The chat between Risa and Sam Davies is about 20 minutes, and was the favourite part of the evening for many of the live audience.
Finally, we were delighted to host Paul Frainer, Assistant Director for Strategy and Economy at the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service. Paul joined us to introduce the next Local Plan for the area, which is a critical piece of work that will determine the nature of the area for the next 20 years and beyond. Have a listen to what Paul has to say, and then you might like to take a look at the Greater Cambridge Local Plan website, where you can start to have your say. The presentation is just over 20 minutes, then public questions begin at about 24:30.