Craft and Coffee Club

The Great Babraham Sewing Bee is about to happen! unlike the version on tv, this isn’t a competition, and it’s about more than sewing…. come along to the George on Wednesdays between 3 and 4 pm and Thursdays between 10.30 and 11.30 am to stitch, chat and have coffee. You can learn to knit or sew – there will be a selection of needles and wool for beginners – or bring along your own craft project. All ages are welcome and we’re starting on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th February.

Any queries, see Clare at 1 Oak Lane.

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Be Careful

We have had reports of a woman being attacked one late afternoon last week on the road to the church near the pocket park. She is fine with no serious harm done, she had her dogs with her. Please be careful and report anything suspicious to the police. They are involved in the case and will be keeping an eye out in the area. The attacker has been described as 5′ 9″ tall wearing a Barbour jacket.

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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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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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