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Cambridge City Council

Hobson’s Brook footpath gates consultation

Consultation open from 10 August to 27 September 2021.

Hobson’s Brook footpath gates consultation response [PDF, 0.2MB]

We propose to install gates on the footpath at Hobson’s Brook, and want to hear your thoughts about the project.

The footpath is intended mainly for pedestrian use, and many young people use it to walk to local schools and colleges. The purpose of installing gates is to improve walkers’ safety by slowing down cyclists, and to reduce the impact of bikes on the fragile footpath.

An application to our Environmental Improvement Programme to install the gates was approved by the South Area Committee in March 2020. The application was supported by the Hobson’s Conduit Trust, Cambridge Past, Present and Future, and Clare College.

Have your say

We plan to install a timber ‘kissing gate’ at the Bentley Road end of the footpath, and a steel self-closing gate at the bottom of the steps near Brooklands Avenue.

We want to make sure that the proposal has the general support of the local community and footpath users. You can find out more about the proposal and have your say on our online survey:

Hobson’s Brook footpath gates survey

The consultation closes at 11.59pm on 27 September 2021. Contact us at if you have any questions about the proposal or the consultation.

Next steps

We will consider all your responses and assess whether public opinion supports the installation of the gates. If we go ahead, we expect to install the gates at the end of October 2021.