Nichola Grant writes:
We use the paddock area daily and love this small piece of countryside within sight of the city. I cycle past the horses every morning on the way to work and love the space and the wildlife this area attracts. The kids enjoy walking our dog over at the paddocks and the older two choose this area when dog walking on their own. Our beautiful city's green spaces are shrinking and are now overlooked by an urban sprawl. The kids are acutely aware of this as the North West Cambridge cranes tower over their beloved green field full of green grasses and nettles and they ask me why does all the green have to go?
Nicki, James (13), Lara
(11), Phoebe (8), Emily (6) Grant.
Alexander Reeve writes:
You have only to look at
the intense use of Jesus Green, Christ's Pieces and Parker's Piece to see how
valuable large green spaces are when embedded into the city. They have multiple
uses: providing somewhere for a sandwich lunch, to get together with colleagues
for a game of rounders or football, to read a book in the sun, to exercise, and
to simply lie on the grass and chat. The green fields within our city are always
something that visitors comment on as being a very special part of the town's
character. If the University wishes to remain one of the best in the world it
needs to have an environment to match.
Nichola Harrison writes:
The plan looks awfully
dense and I think it's right to have a substantial area of open space, not least
for kick-around use by the thousands of young people cooped up in labs etc.
Jean Perraton writes:
Strongly support the
propsoal to conserve the paddock as an accessible green space. There is
considerable evidence - much anecdotal, but also some experimental - indicating
how important it is for our well-being to have such spaces in our towns.
Belinda Brooks Gordon (at the East Paddock with her children above) writes:
My little daughter attended
the University creche beside the paddock and if the paddock were to be concreted
over then the children in the creche would be surrounded by little else but
buildings and motorway. I am shocked and saddened that the University would
contemplate building over such a valuable green space.
Alison Thomson writes:
I strongly support keeping
the East Paddock as open space. The existing open space, most of it in the
historic centre, adds to Cambridge's unique beauty. It's essential to keep open
spaces in the newly developed University sites instead of concreting over the
whole of the West Cambridge Site.
Dr Veronica Spooner writes:
I support the proposal to save the East Paddock. I think the incorporation of green spaces and trees are very important for a feeling of well being and are an essential part of any new development. Cambridge Colleges have been built with courtyards, gardens and open space and this new academic campus should reflect those qualities of beauty and peace that characterise the University as a whole.
I think there is evidence
to support the need for green spaces for our mental well being and evidence that
creative thinking goes hand in hand with walking.
Jean Glasberg writes:
I support the proposal to keep this precious area of green space in the middle of the West Cambridge Site. I have enjoyed living and working in Cambridge for the past 35 years, in large part because of the lovely parks and mature trees which make it such a pleasure to walk and cycle around the city.
Many separate studies have
shown the physical and psychological benefits of this green environment. A
recent review of the research concluded that 'active students perform better and
more physical activity boosts overall mental health and well being'. It argued
for more parks and open spaces. Surely Cambridge University should be at the
forefront of putting such research into practice?
Rachel Goody writes:
I am a local resident and
am really concerned that the balance of new build and green space is kept in
proportion and that there is parkland available for future generations on the
West Cambridge Site.
Marianne Irwin writes:
I fully support the reasons
for preserving this green space as a vital amenity for historic and beautiful
Cambridge and the wellbeing of those who live and work in the city.
Richard Barker writes:
At first sight I did not
believe the proposals for the West Cambridge Site. It seems extraordinary that
the value of green space can be so easily overlooked, given its obvious
importance to the distinctive character of Cambridge, indeed to the iconic
nature that is part of the very success of the place. West Cambridge is not 'out
of sight, out of mind' but is instead the location of the University for
increasing numbers of people. I wonder, why not just build on the Backs? It
would be very convenient, making good use of otherwise under-utilised land to
enable vital research.
Edward Cearns writes:
Green space is vital for
health and well being. I am deeply disappointed that Cambridge University - as
one of the guardians of our past, current and future city - has taken such a
short sighted approach on the West Cambridge site and I join those asking them
Lianne Sallows writes:
My children attended the University nursery in recent years and having that paddock space behind was a delight for them, especially when the horses were grazing. Additionally I now work on the West Cambridge Site and I was flabbergasted by the amount of construction that is proposed on the new master plan when I saw it recently. I would be delighted if the paddock area could be saved, mimicking the green space within central Cambridge, which I miss now that I am based out in West Cambridge.