Mill Road – A Street for People is a group of local residents working on a non-partisan basis to achieve the best Mill Road for everyone. The group runs with a flat, non-hierarchical structure – so there is no committee or people with officer roles.
Some thoughts about Mill Road from some of our members and supporters are shown below. Some are happy to have their full name published. Others are more wary, concerned about the abusive threatening language that’s been used in some social media posts that we’ve seen over the last few months.
We have no wish to unnecessarily conceal the identity of anyone who’s involved with the group: if you’re interested in finding out more about us please contact us and we will happily arrange to meet with you.
Really excited to hear the proposals being discussed by @MillRoad4People for improvements to Mill Road.
I like the idea of making the bridge accessible for businesses making local deliveries and adding loading bays to keep vans off the pavements.Andrew, The Garden Kitchen
As a resident of Romsey Town I care deeply about my area and I think that this campaign, and its goals, can help us come together in pursuit of an improved Mill Road.
I believe that by working together we can solve problems and deliver benefits to our community, including our minorities and those who may be disadvantaged.”Paul Saunders, former Liberal Democrat City Councillor for Romsey Ward and former Mayor of the City
As a former Director of Planning at Cambridge City Council and now an independent adviser on city planning and design I very much support this initiative. I have lived in Petersfield for 30 years, and Mill Road lies at the heart of the community. It has huge potential as a cycle and pedestrian-friendly street that learns from the best national and international good practice. The debate about the bridge closure should not be seen as a battle between residents and local businesses. A visionary and collaborative approach can accommodate everyone’s aspirations and I am happy to offer whatever support I can to help.Peter Studdert
We moved into this area 25 years ago because of its diversity and strong sense of community. One down side though was the difficulty travelling around freely on foot or by bike because of constant traffic congestion on Mill Road.
Closure of the Mill Road bridge to traffic has been a transformative improvement – and with the Ironworks and Devonshire Gardens developments imminent, couldn’t have been more timely.Debbie Allen, Romsey resident
There’s not much to dislike about these ideas for Mill Road. Resolving issues with deliveries should make life easier for traders while keeping Mill Road a pleasant place for people visiting shops and cafes.Neil Bharadwa, Director, Cambridge Fruit Company
I’ve lived in Cambridge for over 30 years. Mill Road has always been a special place. It is so much better without all the through traffic – safer and less polluted. But more needs to be done to make changes that work for everyone – traders, residents, and all those visiting the great shops, restaurants and pubs. This is a great campaign full of practical suggestions – I’m happy to be a supporter.Chris Howell, former Conservative City Councillor
The closure of Mill Road bridge [to motor vehicles] has meant that Devonshire Road is no longer the dangerous rat-run it once was.
As residents we campaigned for many years for a reduction in speeding, congestion, noise and air pollution, which has now largely been achieved.Bettien, Devonshire Road resident
I think it’s essential to have low-traffic, low-pollution areas wherever we can, for our health and the health of our children.Liz Walter, long-time Romsey resident
I love the Mill Road community’s vibrancy, independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés but am concerned about the road’s increasing traffic jams and air pollution this century.Richard Wood, local activist and campaigner with two local organisations, Mill Road Bridges and Cambridge Area Bus Users, contributing here in a personal capacity
I’ve lived in Romsey for just over 30 years and can’t now imagine living anywhere else in Cambridge.
Being unable to drive because of problems with my eyesight, I have to rely on public transport in order to make longer journeys. In the near future I’d love to see an improved, less polluting transport infrastructure on Mill Road.Andrew Allsworth, Thoday Street resident
Mill Road used to be a dangerous and polluted road which I often had to avoid. But since the bridge change, I’m now spending twice as much here as before, as it’s now safer and more convenient to access. What is needed now are lots of simple, practical changes, like adding cycle parking, planters, delivery bays, and disabled parking, that will improve the street.Martin, long-term Petersfield resident, cycle user and campaigner for independent shops
I’ve lived on Mill Road for over 30 years. I have always loved the sense of community and this has been enhanced beyond all measure by the decrease in traffic. To be rid of the danger, the pollution and the noise is life enhancing, peaceful and green. I use local shops much more now, the traders have so much to offer and Mill Road residents are surely fortunate to have such local shops and cafes. To transform a thoroughfare of constant traffic into the haven that we now have makes me feel that we are surely a very fortunate community indeed.Dodie Carter, local resident