Public open day this Sunday at East Cambridge Lakes

News release from 04/06/2018

CAMBRIDGE City Council is hosting another open day for the public on Sunday 10 June at East Cambridge Lakes, the flooded chalk pits at the end of Mill Road.

It is proposed in the Local Plan for Cambridge that the lakes be developed into a new country park for residents and visitors.

Residents are being invited to visit this urban oasis, which is not usually accessible to the public, between 10am and 3pm and enjoy a stroll around the lakes.

During the open day, a team from the council will be on hand to introduce the site to visitors and explain some of the plans for its future development as a park.

An unmade 1.7km circular path goes around the lakes, so stout footwear is recommended, but there are currently no visitor facilities.

Visitors can access the site at the end of Burnside – which is at the eastern end of Mill Road – or from the Cherry Hinton direction by using the ‘Snaky’ path or the Tins Cycle Route.

There is no onsite parking, so visitors are encouraged to travel to the site by foot, bicycle or public transport.  Anyone with special access requirements should contact parks@cambridge.gov.uk in advance.

Visitors are asked not to bring dogs in order to avoid disturbance to breeding wildfowl, and children should be supervised at all times.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “Following the success of our first open day earlier this year, we’re very pleased to be opening up this beautiful and ecologically important site again.

“Many local people have shown a great interest in developing the lakes as a public park, and this open day is another important step to making them a natural resource that will be available for all in the community.

The site is jointly owned by the council, Anderson Group and the University of Cambridge.

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