South Cambs News July 2019

A14 expansion works

Following a huge number of complaints by residents affected by the works, especially at night, the Lib Dem-run South Cambs District Council took the unprecedented step of introducing stricter thresholds for noise and vibration under Section 61 of the Highways Act 1980.

SCDC is extremely disappointed that Highways England has now opted to appeal against these conditions but it will be standing firm. Read more

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SCDC's new Local Plan has allocated Bourn Airfield to a community of around 3,500 homes with accompanying facilities and transport links.

The council's vision is of a sustainable, low-carbon village with plenty of green spaces and plenty of practical alternatives to using the car. The village should also have good schools, shops and a focal point where people can enjoy meeting for recreation as well as retail.

The council is now consulting the public on the development’s Supplementary Planning Document, which provides details and guidance on how the village will be built. Please get involved and have your say.

Meanwhile the Combined Authority is consulting on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Transport Plan. It is disappointingly road-focused when there is the opportunity to strive for better, more sustainable, public transport. We know that building bigger roads just encourages more cars onto them, especially when there is no alternative.

The consultation runs until 27th September 2019. Consultation events are taking place at Cambridge Central Library on Wednesday 24th July, 2pm - 9pm and Saturday 14th September, 10am - 3pm. Please do take part in the consultation to share your views.

Affordable housing fund

Part of the devolution deal was £100 million for affordable housing, to be targeted at areas where housing is least affordable. Based on this, South Cambs should have received a significant amount of money in grants, but instead the Mayor has ring-fenced £40 million for a rolling fund of loans, about 90% of which has gone to East Cambs so far.

Our SCDC leader Bridget Smith voted against a loan of more than £4 million for a developer to turn an office block in the centre of Ely into flats. Only four of the 25 flats will be in any way ‘affordable’ and four are described as penthouses. 

Continuing to pursue green initiatives

The Lib Dem council is investigating how it might be able to switch our diesel bin lorries to electric ones, as well as planning how it will reduce the amount of printed council documents.

It is also consulting on a new policy to make the district's licensed taxis greener - find out more about the proposed new licensing policy and comment 

And we are excited about supporting a new green initiative to recycle used coffee grounds, collected from cafes to be turned into biofuel.

The council has pledged to generate 25% of its income from investments, and the greener these are the better. Battery storage, solar panels and electric-vehicle charging points are all possible investment opportunities to be explored.

An overview of all our green initiatives

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