Better Brew Café : this Saturday

The Better Brew cafe will be operating in the barn at Chalk Farm (the pink house by the pub) this Saturday, 20 September, from 10.30 – 12.30pm. Go along and have some lovely fair trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, juice and snacks, home-made cakes and biscuits. There’s also a fair trade stall selling cards, gifts and food. Games and space for children.

This event supports Traidcraft and St Peter’s, Babraham.

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Cycleways : Missing link

At the September PC meeting we learned that plans are well underway for the cycleway through the research campus grounds that will link all our local cycleways. It is not yet clear when work will begin but the intention of all parties is strong and agreement on status and route is near.

The new cycleway from Cambridge to the research campus is waiting for BT to relocate its telegraph poles before it can be finally finished. It is however starting to be used by both cyclists and pedestrians. Like the Babraham Sawston cycleway we are sure use will exceed expectation.

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Cambridge City Football Stadium : Negotiations fail

The PC has learned recently that despite our summer of negotiations with SCDC planners and CCC highways we have failed to achieve a commitment from the football club to finance traffic management and calming measures in the High Street. Both local authorities have decided to disregard our arguments that the stadium and its associated car boot sales will result in significant amounts of extra traffic. The application is now to be decided by the Secretary of State, the PC is not allowed to send him our comments and concerns. We don’t know when this decision is to be made.

Sawston will benefit by the creation of new community sports facilities and traffic mitigation measures, Babraham will get nothing as the assumption is that no traffic will come this way. The PC has no further possibility of changing their minds – sorry.

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11 September 2014

Agenda : Minutes

Summary

Following a busy summer of activity the council met again in September. The meeting learned that Sawston Parish Council have voted to object to the proposed Solar Farm. SCDC will decide the outcome of the application in coming weeks. As is common in many parts of the country applications for solar farms are being submitted ahead of cuts to government funding next year. SCDC are also considering an application in Thriplow for a similar solar farm.

The Local Plan, that proposes major housing developments on our side of Sawston, is about to be reviewed by an Inspector. We have learned that this process will begin in late October. The PC will be represented where possible to press our objections.

Throughout the summer the PC has been attempting to gain some funding for measures to manage and lessen the impact of additional traffic through the village that will result from the proposed Football stadium in east Sawston and its associated car boot sales. Since the meeting we have learned that SCDC planners and the county highways department have chosen to disregard our fears and it seems we will be left to our own devices. It is now up to the Secretary of State to finally decide on the application. The PC is not allowed to make representations to the Secretary of State.

Whilst our super fast broadband is becoming reliable, we as yet do not have any dates on which providers other than BT will be able to offer a service. It should be soon but we don’t know when. It still remains that parts of the parish can not receive the improved service – a situation we are chasing.

Babraham Research Campus reports that their latest new building is to completed by the end of September and that there will be an opportunity to attend the opening. Following on from that the next building phase will begin in January next year. They are also considering a redevelopment of the conference centre area of the campus. Plans will include similar, but improved, facilities that will be made available for the benefit of our community.

Detailed discussions are being held concerning the next phase of the riverside public art project. Two further sculptures are being considered and on the opposite bank, the footpath side, plans for seating and information boards are progressing.

The meeting learned that the cycleway along side the A1307 from Cambridge is waiting for BT to relocate their telegraph poles before it can be finally completed. The path is being used both by pedestrians and cyclists already, it seems likely that, like the Sawston cycleway, use will exceed expectation. The next phase is well underway, in the sense that it is being discussed in earnest by all parties. A linking cycleway from the Campus roundabout through to the village will have to be built on campus land and will affect their security. Negotiations and plans are near completion and once it is built all local cycleways will join up.

 

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Pocket Park Footpath Bridge : There is a reason it is still closed.

Please be aware that the bridge on the path from the High Street through to the Church Road over the river is still closed. It has been taped up since Bertha brought a tree down, but people are ignoring the tape and walking over the bridge. We know the fallen tree has seemingly been removed, however there is a rather large branch hanging above the bridge which is caught up in electricity and phone wires and may well fall at any time.

The electricity board is due on site to turn the electricity off so the tree surgeons can safely remove the branch. The footpath will then be reopened. We know there is no alternate safe route, and we are making this point to the electricity board. We have no firm date for their engineers to come and sort it but are hassling them all the time.

Please be very careful crossing the river by the road bridge. Don’t ignore the closure and assume the branch won’t fall to earth as you cross the footpath bridge (by going under the tape), it is still windy and gravity always wins.

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Recycling Service : County Council Review

Cambridgeshire County Council are holding a public consultation on the future of their household recycling centres, Thriplow is our nearest. They are planning a series of cost cutting measures that will undoubtably affect the service. To this end they are holding a consultation exercise to gather your views. This runs until 26 September.

The questionnaire is on-line, takes just a few minutes and is your opportunity to have your say. Simply follow this link.

The consultation focuses on residents’ current use of the service and their thoughts on the options being considered – which range from closing sites; transferring them to charitable or voluntary organisations; reduction in hours and days of operation across all sites; charging for certain DIY waste streams; and limiting the use of sites to larger vehicles to deter trade waste use.

The consultation will run alongside surveys being undertaken by AmeyCespa on their behalf at all of the nine household recycling centres (HRCs) within Cambridgeshire (Alconbury, Bluntisham, Milton, March, St Neots, Thriplow, Whittlesey, Wisbech and Witchford) to ensure users of the service can have their say.

If you use the service then please respond.

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Broadband stutters

The PC understand, from bitter personal experience, that the planned roll out of superfast broadband in the village is experiencing problems. Some lucky folk have managed to get connected, some not.

BT OpenReach are currently estimating the problems with the cabinet, near Jonas, will be fixed in September.

We hope they manage it. More news as we have it.

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