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Vote approves next stage of Waterbeach new town plans

Campiagners protest outside Council offices in Cambourne Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors in Cambridgeshire have voted to move forward with a controversial plan to build up to 9,000 homes near Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

Campaigners argued the development around the former army barracks site would destroy the countryside and put a strain on local services and roads.

But South Cambridgeshire District Council says it would provide much needed housing and is part of a local plan designed to meet growing demand in the area.

The vote means the proposals will go to the next stage of the planning process.

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Protest against Waterbeach new town

Councillors in Cambridgeshire are today voting on controversial plans to build up to 9,000 homes near Waterbeach.

Campaigners argue the development around the former army barracks site would destroy the countryside and put a strain on local services, as well as roads such as the A10.

South Cambridgeshire District Council says it would provide much needed housing and is part of a larger local plan designed to meet growing demand in the area.

Click below to watch a short clip from Jane Williams fro Keep Waterbeach Rural.

Peaceful protest over new town plans at Waterbeach

Council offices in Cambourne, campaigners against new town at Waterbeach Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners fighting plans to build a new town in Cambridgeshire have held a peaceful protest ahead of a council vote.

Councillors at South Cambridgeshire District Council are voting this morning on whether to push forward with the New Town Proposal, which includes plans to build up to 9000 homes near Waterbeach.

Peaceful protest outside South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne Credit: ITV Anglia News

Ahead of the meeting, members of Waterbeach Voice and Keep Waterbeach Rural gathered with placards outside the Council's headquarters in Cambourne.

The Council says the development would provide much-needed housing, but campaigners argue it would destroy countryside and put a strain on local services.

Cambridgeshire: Campaigners organise exhibition to raise awareness of new town plans

A new town could be built near Waterbeach.
A new town could be built near Waterbeach. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An exhibition designed to raise awareness about plans for a new town close to Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire is opening today at the Salvation Army Hall in the village.

It's been organised by local campaigners who oppose plans for hundreds of new homes to be built in the area.

A meeting on the proposal is due to take place next week.

Cambridgeshire cyclist comes forward

A woman has come forward after a public appeal for information into an incident at Waterbeach level crossing.
A woman has come forward after a public appeal for information into an incident at Waterbeach level crossing. Credit: British Transport Police/PA Wire

The British Transport Police have confirmed that a woman has come forward after a public appeal for information into an incident at Waterbeach level crossing.

Footage was released earlier this week of a cyclist stepping through the closed barriers and onto the line at the Cambridgeshire crossing.

The woman was then forced to brake hard as a train narrowly avoided her.

A woman has since contacted the British Transport Police and will now be speaking to officers on a voluntary basis next week.

You can watch the dramatic incident by following this link.

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Cambridgeshire cyclist narrowly avoids train collision

by Stuart Leithes

The British Transport Police have released shocking footage of the moment a cyclist from Cambridgeshire narrowly missed being hit by a train after dodging a level-crossing barrier.

Network Rail says the incident at Waterbeach near Cambridge is one of the closest shaves ever caught on camera.

Now transport police want to identify the woman involved and highlight the dangers of ignoring railway barriers.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

PC: "Cyclist inches away from death"

A British Transport Police PC says that a cyclist caught on CCTV trying to get over a level crossing was "inches away from death."

The force today released footage of the moment the cyclist risked her life to encroach onto the line at Waterbeach near Cambridge.

PC Matt Mildinhall says that he was "astounded" by the woman's actions and believes that everyone involved was lucky to get away injury-free.

Route manager: 'One of the closest incidents of near-miss we've seen"

Network Rail's route managing director Richard Schofield has spoken of his shock after footage was released of a cyclist in Cambridgeshire narrowly avoiding being hit by a train.

The woman is seen approaching onto the line and subsequently braking hard as the train passes.

"This is one of the closest incidents of near-miss we've seen.

The person using the crossing not only didn't hear the train but ignored the warning lights and barriers, putting her life, the lives of passengers and the train driver in danger.

"Warning systems at level crossings are there for a reason, to protect users from the railway.

I hope the release of this footage will highlight the importance of following the safety advice at level crossings."

– Richard Schofield, Network Rail
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