This project was started phototo bring to life a unique site that has long held exciting potential for Cambridge. Just a 10-minute cycle ride down Mill Road from the town centre is a large piece of land that contains three peaceful lakes currently off-limits to the public. These former chalk quarry pits have the potential to be an urban recreation area where Cambridge residents and visitors can enjoy activities such as picnicking, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, dog walking, and birdwatching. The proposal for an Urban Country Park on the site has been approved for the local plan, which is currently undergoing independent inspection. We expect to get the final go-ahead for the Park when this process is complete next year. Meanwhile, we are communicating with the city and the developer to ensure that the community’s hopes for the Park will be realised.

We are a group of local residents and business owners eager to see the Lakes developed in a creative and responsible fashion. To help the project, please contribute to the Anderson Group consultation on the project (March 2015) and let them know what you would like to see in the site. The more often we say we want the site open for swimming and other recreation, the more likely it is to happen.

Take a look through our website to find out more about the history of the Lakes and Our Vision for the site. Check the blog for examples of similar reclamation projects, and for news and updates on the project. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @camlakes.