Cottenham

Welcome to the Cottenham ward page. The Cottenham team cover the parishes of Cottenham and Rampton.

Local contacts


Eileen Wilson

email-pic.png eileenwilsoncrw@gmail.com  phone-pic.png 07825 770899  fb-pic.png /CottenhamRampton/

Neil Gough

email-pic.png neilgoughcrw@gmail.com   phone-pic.png 07919 990299  fb-pic.png /CottenhamRampton/


You can also get in touch with any of our main South Cambs contacts found here


 

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If there is an issue which you think we should be looking into, then please do get in contact with a member of the team. We are always happy to hear from you.

Waterbeach affordable housing follow-up

A question was raised at the last Cottenham Parish Council meeting as to why South Cambs was not using Combined Authority funding for affordable housing at the Waterbeach development, thereby releasing funds to contribute to the A10 upgrade. The terms under which the Combined Authority was formed did include the promise of significant grants for affordable housing for South Cambs, and some fairly small ones have been forthcoming. But until last month there was an issue about these grants' eligibility for affordable housing, which has now been resolved by the government. 

However, the Mayor has changed the original concept of funding provided as grants, and is instead favouring loans in order to secure a rolling fund. It is also true to say that currently the bulk of the funding is destined for East Cambs. For example a £4.84- million loan was approved by the CA for the conversion of an office block in the centre of Ely into 25 flats. The development will comprise four penthouse flats but only four affordable homes and the plans do not require planning permission.

The cost of any A10 dualling scheme will be about £500 million and there is some doubt whether it will be funded. Furthermore, the dualling will not drive modal shift and may well increase traffic into the city. Cllr Bridget Smith, leader of South Cambs, has pushed the CA to consider an alternative plan of junction improvements, which would be a fraction of the cost, improve the current congestion and be deliverable sooner. It could also reduce the attraction of rat-running through Willingham, Cottenham and Landbeach.

Cycle paths

Oakington to Cottenham

A representative of the GCP Project Team working on the proposed Oakington to Cottenham cycle path attended the Cottenham Liaison Group on 24th July, to discuss how the cycle path could be linked to the new footpaths being constructed by the developers Bellway and Persimmon.

Rampton to the Guided Busway

Work was scheduled between 17th June and 9th August to improve the path on Reynolds Drove between Cuckoo Lane and the Busway. We have now been informed that this work will be delayed until September to allow farmers to carry out the harvest first.

Greater Cambridge Partnership - Choices for Better Journeys

The 6th June meeting of the GCP Assembly received a report on the Choices for Better Journeys survey. 455 of the 5144 responses came from the CB24 postcode.

The top 5 things that respondents said they wanted from public transport were: 

  • a reliable service
  • a faster service
  • accessibility for all users
  • a comfortable journey 
  • cheaper fares

The GCP has received funding from the government to run a Citizens’ Assembly, which will take place this autumn. The Citizens’ Assembly will consider evidence on how to reduce congestion in and around Cambridge and better support public transport to improve people’s daily journeys. District councillors will be attending a briefing session on 16th July to learn more about the proposed assembly and how it will feed into the democratic process.

Meeting with Oakington Transport Action Group

Cllr Wilson met with representatives from the Oakington Transport Action Group and Tom Williams, the Director of Technology and Innovations at Whippet. The meeting discussed options for linking Oakington and Cottenham/Rampton to the Guided Busway by drawing on the various initiatives that employers at the Science Park and the St John’s Innovation Centre are introducing to improve journeys for their staff.

These include shuttle buses between Cambridge North station and the business parks. There was some discussion about how these buses could be used at peak times to extend to surrounding villages and during the day for community use. Tom Williams will be approaching the GCP to discuss how such initiatives could fit in with the Choices for Better Journeys.

Amey appeal

The Planning Inspectorate inquiry into the Amey appeal will be heard at 10.00am on 5th to 8th, 12th to 15th, 19th to 22nd & 26th to 29th November 2019 in The Council Chamber, Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AP. The appeal reference number is 3225123.

 

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Liberal Democrats run local campaigns across the District. We all support each other to do this, pooling our knowledge and efforts. You can view our campaigns on the campaigns page of this website.

Campaigns which are particularly relevant to us here in Cottenham are highlighted below.