Public Open Space has proved its value many times over during the pandemic - especially where it is at the heart of the community. Shared open space represents an opportunity to become fitter, a venue to meet friends and a habitat for biodiversity.
But they aren’t evenly spread throughout the city and some communities, especially in the north of the city, are badly under-provided. Also, as the city grows, it's critical we ensure new developments bring with them generous new open spaces fitting for an enlarged population. Failure in these respects impacts the quality of people’s lives, some already underprivileged.
We call on Cambridge City Council to carry out an early review of its Open Spaces Strategy, updating its inventory of what the city has already, re-affirming the requirement for generous new provision integral to future developments and - not only protecting existing open space - but exploring options to provide more where there is insufficient in some of the city's already built-up areas.