Local Information

Orchards East

Orchards East is an exciting new environmental and cultural project covering six counties in
the East of England – Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Landscape Group in the School of History at the
University of East Anglia (UEA) is undertaking a three year project to research, conserve and
promote the region’s orchards, their legacy and their future. It builds on work by partner
organisations including the East of England Apples and Orchards Project, Cambridgeshire
Orchard Group and the Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group.

Orchards East is launching in Cambridgeshire on Saturday 17th February, 10.00am – 3.00pm
at Girton College and Orchard. For more information, view the flyer for the event.


Paper Caddy Recycling Changes from 11 December

South Cambridgeshire District Council is changing the way used paper is collected from residents for

From 11 December, residents won’t need to use their caddies to recycle paper anymore. From that date, residents should place their used paper directly into their blue wheelie bins instead. This used paper will still be recycled after being sorted from other materials at our facility near

Residents can keep their caddy to use for anything they like. Alternatively, they can be recycled by being dropped off at the nearest household waste recycling centre. They should not be placed into wheelie bins.

The decision to withdraw the paper caddy service was taken at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet meeting in September. The decision will save taxpayers money and simplify the recycling process for residents.

Because of this upcoming change, the District Council will not be delivering any new paper caddies. If they are lost or stolen before 11 December, residents can begin putting paper in their blue bin.

More information can be found here: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/recycling

UK Power Networks Upcoming Work and Drop In Session – Thursday 3rd August

UK Power Networks will be carrying out essential construction works in the local area, which involves installation of an underground 11kV cable from Sawston Primary substation, through the villages of Sawston and Babraham, to a connection point located adjacent to the A1307. This is to reinforce the local electricity network.

The works will commence in the next few days and will take approximately 6 months to complete, and will be carried out on UKPN’s behalf by McNicholas. The project should have no impact on your electricity supply. Should you experience a power cut at any time, please call the power cut helpline on 105.

There has also been a Q&A drop in session arranged for villagers to attend to answer any questions or queries you may have. Please feel free to come along to discuss and take a look at the proposed programme, cabling route, site plans, traffic movement and the affected areas, at:

The George Inn, 43 High St, Babraham, Cambridge, CB22 3AG between 3pm and 6pm on Thursday 3rd August 2017

If you can’t make the date above, there will an enquiry phone line set up before the works commence, or please email Julie Seal at julie.seal@mcnicholas.co.uk

If you have any problems or queries concerning these works please do ring one of the following contacts/numbers:

Liam Bradley (Project Manager) 07799471896
Kevin McConville (Site Manager) 07557 232 827

UK Power Networks:
Ian Thirkettle (Project Manager) 07875 118982

Bin Collection Over Christmas

Please note that there are a couple of changes to bin collections over Christmas, in particular:

  • No green bin collection Monday 19th December (this is normal over winter)
  • Black bin collection bought forward to Thursday 22nd December (instead of Monday 26th)
  • Blue/green bin collection Tuesday 3rd January (instead of Monday 2nd)

For more information, and to view the collection schedule at any point, visit https://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/monday

Works In Village – Electricity Supply to Granta Park

There will be some work done over coming weeks to feed a new power supply from Sawston substation to Granta Park which will impact the village. The contractor doing the work will shortly be arranging a drop in session to inform residents of the work being done. See below information from UKPN:

UKPN run the electricity network delivering power to your area & in partnership with their contractor McNicholas, will be commencing trial hole excavation works in your area shortly.  This is to prove the route we will be taking during our main works which are scheduled to be carried out in February next year.  Our works should have no impact on your electricity supply.  There will be approximately 13 trial holes carried out along the route & these will be mainly in the carriageway.  Each trial hole should take no longer than 3 days & will be carried out using stop & go signs.  We have been working closely with Cambridgeshire Council to ensure minimum impact to residents during this time.

If you have any questions please contact either of the following;

Julie Seal – Streetworks & Stakeholders Manager – Julie.seal@mcnicholas.co.uk – 07557232825

Kevin McConville – Site Manager – kevin.mcconville@mcnicholas.co.uk – 07557232827

Roadworks at Sawston

Highways will begin culvert lining works to 5 culverts along the A1301, Sawston Bypass on 17th October 2016 for around 6 weeks (subject to weather and unforeseen conditions).  Traffic lights will be in place during working hours.

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.