Can we maintain sustainable high growth in Cambridge?

On Wednesday 30 January, four students from CCSS attended a community lecture at the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre. The talk was given by the Hon Matthew Bullock, Master of Edmund’s College and Vice-Chairman of Cambridge Ahead, and was titled ‘Can We Maintain Sustainable High Growth in Cambridge?’.

The talk focused on the challenges that Cambridge is facing due to its high growth rates as a result of Cambridge’s success as an economic, technological and business centre within the UK. Whilst this success is to be continued to be encouraged, the growth rates pose numerous problems as the city struggles to cope with the demand. Some of these challenges include the high levels of congestion and pollution, as well as the inability of the housing market to keep up with the influx of employees and employers, leading to many being unable to afford housing. Mr Bullock talked about the work that Cambridge Ahead does to promote economic growth in sustainable ways, and explained some of the ideas that could counteract the current strain on the city.

The talk ended with a lively debate with the audience which demonstrated the views of the local community on these issues. One of the key debates was about which part of sustainability to focus on first, and in what forms.

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