Cambridge velodrome considered for 'cycle capital'

A velodrome, outdoor theatre and Prisoner of War memorial are some of the ideas being considered by Cambridge City Council as it looks to spend about £550,000 on community projects.

Twelve other schemes could also be funded by the Section 106 money, given by developers to offset building work.

A public consultation ends later, after which a shortlist will be drawn up.

The council said approved ideas would need to be "both affordable and achievable within available funding".

More than 250 ideas were initially put forward following workshops with community groups a year ago.

'Prioritise projects'

Some of those now being considered include an indoor ice rink, creation of a new nature reserve, and improvements to a number of sports clubs and grounds.

The pot of cash, which could turn some of these into reality, comes from a legal obligation on developers to contribute to community schemes once a council gives planning permission for new developments.

Andrea Reiner, executive councillor for public places on the Liberal Democrat-led council, said: "We recognise there are a number of very big projects on the list, but it's all part of the process to generate ideas and not stifle residents' wishes."

Lewis Herbert, leader of the council's Labour opposition group, said it was important to draw up a timetable for any approved projects, and "not make promises to communities that the council is unable to keep".

Mrs Reiner added: "The whole system is set up to prioritise the projects and we will do that by limiting the number of those put forward."

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