Summer Holiday Food Bank campaign. We need your help!
Food donations are needed to cover School Holidays, as children are off school, some who get free school meals may struggle to get their 3 meals a day. The Trussell Trust, which is the Chairman's Charity for South Cambs District Council, run foodbanks nationwide and are warning that based on past years, demand is likely to outstrip supply.
We are running a local foodbank drive and have placed baskets at:
Oakington Village Store & PO
Longstanton Village Store & PO
Oakington Communitea Cafe
Northstowe Parish Forum Update
Northstowe Education Campus
First a presentation on the Northstowe Education Campus which will be on Phase 2 and built by Kier. The details of the school are within the presentation pack which I’m hoping that Jon will be uploading onto the Northstowe Community site shortly but briefly includes a 12 form entry, 1800 pupil school, a 400 place secondary school, a 110 SEN school as well as a 3 form entry Primary School with nursery provision. The sports facilities will include 4 sports hall (that will extend to 8 as the school grows), 2 activity studes, art facilities, gym and a café.
The planning documents have already been submitted and can be found here:
There has been a number of complaints regarding construction vehicles using local roads. There are potentially two reasons for this; HCVs travelling to and from the Northstowe and the A14 improvement works. We met last week with fellow councillor for Willingham and Over, Dawn Percival, to discuss this issue and our response. The Northstowe Construction and Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) illustrates the approved construction routes and is clear that no construction traffic is permitted through the villages.
The political landscape in Cambridgeshire is getting more and more complex. As well as the County Council (responsible for education, health and social care) and the District Councils (responsible for planning, housing and waste management) we have the Greater Cambridge Partnership (formally The City Deal) attempting to deliver transport improvements in South Cambs/Cambridge and now the Combined Authority and the Mayor doing transport, housing and skills throughout the whole county and Peterborough. It will be no surprise that this is proving somewhat challenging to work with especially as there is overlap in what they are all wanting (and in some cases failing) to do.
Following May's elections, history was made as the LibDem group now have control of South Cambridgeshire District Council for the first time in the history of the Council created in 1973. It has been run by the Conservatives since 1992. The two thirds majority of the last year was overturned by a two thirds LibDem majority this year, having won 30 of the 45 seats (reduced from 57). Independents have 2 and Labour have 2 councillors.
District Council AGM 23rd May
South Cambs District Council (SCDC) met for its Annual General Meeting on 23rd May with Cllr Bridget Smith officially taking over as leader of the new Liberal Democrat controlled council. Cllr Douglas De Lacey, an Independent, was elected as Chairman and Cllr Anna Bradnam as Vice Chairman.
Committee positions were also confirmed at this meeting. Sarah has secured positions on the Employment and Staffing Committee, Scrutiny and Overview Committee and as a substitute member of the Cambridge Fringe JDCC. I am a substitute member for the Scrutiny and Overview Committee and for the Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee.
Northstowe Community Forum
Notes from Meeting 16th May 2018
These are notes me and Alex took from the meeting - they are not the official minutes!
Thanks to all those who attended, we thought there was a lot of useful information and opportunity for residents to give their views. Thanks go especially to Mike Hill, Director at South Cambs District Council, for his excellent chairing, especially amongst some very heated discussions.
Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer, who will be South Cambridgeshire’s new Lib Dem representative on the Greater Cambridge Partnership Board, is demanding a rethink on plans for an off-road busway to Cambourne through Coton.
Following last week’s victory in South Cambridgeshire, the new Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, Cllr Bridget Smith, has announced that the new representative on the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Executive Board will be Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer.
We would like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves as the new District Councillors for Longstanton, Northstowe and Oakington & Westwick.
We firstly want to formally thank Alex Riley/Simon Edwards/Lynda Harford/Tim Wotherspoon for their long service to the community. They have committed a lot of hard work and energy to the residents of the Parish and it is appropriate that they should be recognised for their contribution. We are fortunate that Alex Riley has kindly offered to give us assistance should we need it and to tap his extensive knowledge of Longstanton.
We would like to express our congratulations to the elected Parish Councillors both existing and new. We wish you every success and look forward to working with you.
The ongoing saga of the South Cambs Local Plan is limping to its conclusion.
Yesterday Bridget Smith, the Liberal Democrat Group Leader on South Cambs District Council, took part in a debate about the local elections and the future of South Cambs Council.