Towards a Safer High Street

Babraham residents express concerns about the speed, frequency and weight of traffic through the High Street at many of the Parish Council meetings and at the Annual Parish Meeting.

The Council has been working to address and resolve these pressing issues.

At the 2019 Annual Parish Meeting we told you about our proposal to introduce reduce speeds by traffic calming in the High Street.

The proposal has been developed into a formal project by Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Department and is now to be reviewed for funding.

The County Council proposal is to install four pairs of speed cushions along the High Street, from 40m eastwards after the bridge, for a distance of 220m, keeping consistent central gap of 1.20m. It will include hump warning signs mounted on black posts. The locations are for guidance and are subject to change, influenced by road widths, lighting, dwellings and other factors.

The total cost is £27,858.11, of which the Parish will contribute £12,858.11, or 46%, from our reserves.

The Parish Council believes this will bring benefits in a safer High Street because of reduced speeds.

If you’d like to express your view, or have any other comment, please email the Clerk, Don Powell.

We continue to pursue projects to address other concerns – reducing traffic numbers and curtailing transit of large goods vehicle through the village.

Parish Council Extraordinary Meeting – Thursday 19th December

The Parish Council will hold an extraordinary meeting on 19 December 2019 at 19:30 in Babraham School Hall.

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We invite all residents to attend our discussion on a proposed agreement between Sawston and Babraham on our shared boundary and financial contributions to the Parishes that might be delivered by new developments under Section 106, the “mechanism [of the Town and Country Planning Act] which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable” (source: Local Government Association).

The meeting has been called by the Chair, Stuart Laurie, to consider a motion proposed by three Councillors:

“We propose that Babraham Parish Council reviews and resolves to take any action on the distribution of S.106 funding deriving from H/1:c development, proposed as an outcome of the joint parish meeting held on 21st November 2019 at Sawston PC offices.”

the essence is to review possible financial arrangements in respect of developments between the two parishes.

Over the past few months, the Parish Council has been discussing the Parish boundary with Sawston Parish Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. The discussions have been prompted by new development locations in our Parish included in the Local Plan: H/1:b, to the north of Sawston Road, currently under development; and H/1:c, to the south of Sawston Road.

With any new development, there is a “mechanism which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable” called Section 106 (its location in the Town and Country Planning Act). The financial contributions are used to mitigate the impact of that development on the local community and infrastructure.

In the Planning process for H/1:b, we reached agreement with the Cambridgeshire County Council that Babraham Parish would be receive S.106 funds of £71,000 towards the cost of building the Village Hub and £20,000 towards arts spaces and facilities within the Hub.

As a Council, we have taken the view that incoming residents of both developments might seek practical activities in Sawston. This view might suggest that the boundary might be moved, with a result that the new developments could be ceded to Sawston Parish.

However, we also recognised the counter argument that the precept (the funds disbursed by the District Council for Parish works) payable to Babraham would be greater if the developments remained in Babraham Parish.

Finally, we have in the past argued that the new residents of H/1:b and c might vote themselves on the boundary and Parish and are aware that Sawston residents have a voice to express.

However, we recognise the practical nature of aspects of the postposed change and have sought terms that might meet needs of Babraham’s parishioners,

Following our most recent joint meeting in November, we have developed a Memorandum of Understanding for the distribution of S.106 contributions for H/1:c.

In this Memorandum, our Parish is granted a defined share of S.106 contributions for H/1:c and acknowledges the change to the boundary to place H/1:c dwellings in Sawston Parish.

The Council will discuss and resolve on action to take in respect of this Memorandum.

 

Remembrance Day

For Remembrance Day this year please be aware of the following events:

Sunday 10/11/19  – Sawston Youth Gruop Marghing Band will be marching from the school car park at 11:45 to the cenoptaph, where Reverend Alan Partridge will do a short service with the Last Post.

Monday 10/11/19 – The Babraham Research will be sounding it’s sirens to mark the begininning and end of the 2 minute silence at 11:00am