Welcome to the Sawston Parish Council Website
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The Cemetery meeting for 2nd March has been cancelled due to lack of business. The next meeting is Full Parish on Tuesday 9th March 7.15pm. Everybody is welcome.
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Covid-19 update – 11 February 2021
The big announcement this week has been the change in message about the vaccination programme: anyone who is over 70 and who has not yet been invited for the vaccine is now being asked to book their vaccination appointment online or by calling 119. The rollout is still on track to offer the vaccine to the top four priority cohorts by the middle of February.
There is also a focus on encouraging as many Frontline Health and Social Care Workers in our area to take up the offer of a vaccination – there are FAQs specifically for this group on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s website. Also, the vaccination is now available to all frontline health and social care workers, both within the NHS and in private provider organisations. Please signpost any frontline health and social care workers to this page for advice on how to access the vaccine.
Meanwhile, our case numbers in South Cambridgeshire continue to decline – but slowly – so we all need to keep doing all the right things to keep the numbers going down. For those of you who are looking ahead to a half term break – whether from home-schooling or work – I wish you a restful time. I am sure that everyone who has not seen their friends for some time may be itching to do so, especially young people, but we all need to continue to pull together at half term and ensure that the lockdown is fully complied with.
Half term food vouchers
Cambridgeshire County Council will be providing vouchers to all children who usually receive Free School Meals for use during February half term. The £15 supermarket vouchers will be issued automatically by 12 February, ready for use during the half term week. Vouchers will be sent by email and text message to parents/carers.
Vouchers will be provided to families via the government-funded Winter Grant Scheme that we are working on with the County Council. For further information about the Winter Grant Scheme and the other support available during this challenging period, please visit the County Council’s website.
Laptops for Children Appeal by the County Council
Businesses and local residents are being asked to donate spare laptops to support young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who do not have access to a computer or the Internet at home. During the pandemic, many young people can keep up with online lessons and schoolwork at home. However, there are many who are far less fortunate. Despite government investment, a survey of schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has identified around 8,000 pupils that still lack suitable equipment or internet access at home, meaning they are unable to benefit from online resources, support from teachers, or even interact with classmates.
The County Council is now asking businesses and residents to consider donating any spare or unwanted laptops, or making a financial donation, to make sure no pupil continues to go without and is able to engage with their teachers and peers. Find more information via the website, including where to donate an unused device (local libraries are accepting laptops as part of this initiative), how to check technical requirements, or how to make a financial donation (gofundme portal).
Cambridge Online Winter Support Grant
In addition to the appeal above, I want to remind you that South Cambridgeshire District Council awarded Cambridge Online a £5,000 grant to help digitally excluded children to get online. To apply or ask questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01223 300407.
Local testing for people without symptoms who go out to work
There are six new rapid testing centres in Cambridgeshire where key workers, or other people who cannot work from home, are invited to book twice-weekly lateral flow tests. These tests are for people who do not have any symptoms of covid-19.
With 1 in 3 people who have the virus not displaying any symptoms, this regular testing of people without symptoms will help us to break the chain of transmission, giving workers more peace of mind and protecting others in the workplace. Find the latest information about testing sites and how to book on the County Council’s website. The six current sites are:
- The Hub, High Street, Cambourne
- Queen Mary Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech
- Soham Town Rangers Football Club, Julius Martin Lane, Soham
- The Coneygear Centre, Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon, PE29 1PE – opens today (11 February)
- The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catherine’s Road, Arbury – opens tomorrow (Friday 12 February).
Each site will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday. The lateral flow test takes about 15 minutes and results are available within an hour.
People with symptoms will not be tested at the rapid testing sites. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus
The Government has updated the guidance to help organisations and groups understand how they can safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. The update includes new information on political campaigning and volunteers eligible for vaccines.
Practical grief advice
The Good Grief Trust brings together many different organisations and types of advice for bereavement and loss. Many of us may have lost someone or know someone close to us who has. The current government rules may clarify some aspects for the bereaved but finding the right type of help can be difficult, especially during the pandemic, whether logistical or emotional. On the Good Grief Trust site there are a number of useful links and resources.
Last week Cambridge County Council launched their new campaign called #StandFirm which focusses on the personal testimonies of local people who have been impacted by Covid-19. They will be encouraging people to Stand Firm against Covid, stay home, protect families and protect communities.
This week they launched our video of Andy – watch his story here: https://youtu.be/kIwtXYElckE
The campaign was launched with a video of Kim, watch her story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnwqh8vwQns
COVID-19: VACCINE FRAUD TEXT MESSAGES
People are asked to press a number on their keypad or send a text message to confirm they wish t receive the vaccine, doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. Please click here for full poster.
A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council. Please click here to see attached advert. If you are interested in joining the Parish Council, please contact the Clerk – email@example.com
Stage One of the Babraham and Sawston Community Governance Review has now commenced and submissions are invited between 6 January 2021 and 3 March 2021: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/community-governance-review-of-the-civil-parishes-of-babraham-and-sawston/
At the request of Sawston Parish Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review of the parish boundary between the parishes of Babraham and Sawston. The Review will consider whether the parish boundary should change following two new developments:
- The development north of Babraham Road (called H/1:b) consists of 3.64 hectares and is entirely within the parish of Babraham, abutting existing Sawston properties. Planning permission was granted on 28 August 2019 for 158 homes.
- The development H/1:c – South of Babraham Road consists of 11.64 ha and spans the parish boundary of Sawston and Babraham. The Council is anticipating an application for around 260 homes. The site is allocated within the South Cambridgeshire District Plan, 2018.
Sawston Parish Council has proposed an alternation to the Babraham/Sawston parish boundary to incorporate both of these new developments into the parish of Sawston
Have your say
You can find further details and have your say online: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/community-governance-review-of-the-civil-parishes-of-babraham-and-sawston/
Hard copy documents (submission forms and Terms of Reference) are available on request from:
- Babraham Parish Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sawston Parish Clerk email@example.com
Hard copy documents (submission forms and Terms of Reference) can also be collected from:
- Sawston Post Office 50 High St, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BG
- Spar Shop, Sawston High Street
Webinar: Community organisation and social enterprise leaders
The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) is running free zoom sessions for leaders of community organisations and social enterprises. The focus of conversations is generated by the participants, who can shape what this needs to be, to ensure that the sessions are useful for them. Past attendees have valued hearing other leaders’ experiences, having a safe space to offload and time to pause and reflect. These sessions are available throughout the winter and into early spring.
Webinar: Fundraising in rural communities
Cambridge Council for Voluntary Sector (CCVS) is running a free webinar aimed at fundraising for community groups working in rural areas on Thursday 10 December, 6pm to 7.30pm. The Co-op will talk about their role in creating local forums to share resources and support communities to make things happen. And the event will also touch on social finance and community share schemes which some communities have been able to utilise to save community assets. You can book via Eventbrite.
Hearing aid maintenance in Cambourne and Fulbourn
Cambridgeshire Hearing Help has limited re-opening hours for its hearing aid re-tubing service (for NHS hearing aid users). If you know someone who needs their hearing aid cleaning/maintaining, they could use the new drop-off and pick-up 30 minutes later service, by appointment.
- Cambourne Hearing Aid Maintenance Centre, The Hub, High St, Cambourne, CB23 6GW – open every Tuesday, 10.30am to 3.30pm
- Fulbourn Hearing Aid Maintenance Centre, The Swifts Meeting Room and Library, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn, CB21 5HD – open every Thursday, 10.30am to 3.30pm
For further information or to book an appointment call 01223 416 141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING SOON – A NEW Community Warden Scheme for Sawston, Whittlesford, Hinxton, Ickleton, Duxford & Pampisford
Please click here to see promotional poster
New bus stop and shelter on Babraham Road
Please click here to see resident letter
Completion of Annual Audit – Year Ended 31 March 2020
Please click here to see the completion documents for the annual audit year ended 31 March 2020
Following Government Guidelines, Sawston Parish Council have taken the decision to close the Parish Office until at least 31st March 2021. Office staff will be working from home, usual office hours. We will endeavour to operate business as usual, but there may be a delay getting back to you whilst we settle into working from a new environment. You can still contact the Parish Council by phone or email. The Clerks will be checking the post at the office so you can still pop letters through the letter box at the office.
All Council meetings have been scheduled to be virtual, public meetings, hosted online – see above for joining.
These measures are being taken to protect both our residents and staff and to enable the Parish Council to continue to function and offer support to those who may need it.
Contacts : 01223 832470 or email@example.com
Cllr Kevin Cuffley 07940 859660
Cllr Brian Milnes (District Councillor) 07971 886113
Bonfire/Fireworks Event November 2020
It is with regret that the Parish Council has made the decision to cancel this years bonfire event due to the current situation with Covid-19. We hope the event will be able to continue next year.
Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund
This fund is to support for organisations helping communities to recover but you need to be quick as the deadline for an expression of interest form is 19th August 2020.
Please click here for the link
Publication of unaudited Annual Return 2019/2020
Please click here to see the Audited accounts for 2019/2020
Following the Government guidelines all the play equipment in Sawston will be open from 4th July but please remember this virus has not gone away. Please enjoy the parks but please stay safe and consider others on the park.
To help reduce the risk of infection, for you and others, please be considerate and:
- Wash or sanitise your hands often
- Avoid touching your face
- Wait until equipment is free
- Help each other to keep a safe distance
Cambridgeshire Libraries Update – July 2020
Cambridgeshire Libraries can now accept new referrals to the Revised Library@Home Service. This service is open to Cambridgeshire Residents who fit a set criteria: –
The service is for anyone who usually relies heavily on reading books or listening to audiobooks AND who is housebound, shielding or isolating due to age or health conditions under the current COVID-19 Government guidelines.
People accepted for this service will be contacted by a member of the Library@Home Team who will arrange a doorstep delivery of specially chosen books/audiobooks. Deliveries will be monthly (by prior arrangement) and previously loaned books/audiobooks will be picked up when new ones are delivered.
To enquire about the Revised Library@Home Service you can contact us: By email – firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone – 07442 022 926 or 07342 700308
A member of Library@Home team will respond to the referral.
UPDATE FROM SAWSTON PARISH COUNCIL – CORONAVIRUS
With the Covid19 pandemic Sawston Parish Council will be carrying on with business as usual within the limitations of Government legislation.
The Parish Council initally held ad hoc emergency meetings to discuss the Coronavirus and what the Parish Council needs to do.
Government legislation was passed in April to allow us to make decisions during and to hold online “remote” meetings.
The Parish office has been closed for the health and safety of the staff and members of the public visiting. The Parish Clerks are currently working from home and can be contacted by using the details at the end of this report.
The Parish Council took the precautionary action to cordon off all play equipment and benches around the village to impede the spread of Covid19.
The Parish Council has been in contact with the District Council, Granta Medical Practice, JHC and the churches to assist.
We would like to thank all the volunteers for their help and support for the vulnerable and isolated residents, and for the retail shops offering free deliveries. We strongly urge that all residents adhere to the Government’s advice including Social distancing and self-isolation.
Contacts : 01223 832470 or email@example.com
Councillor Kevin Cuffley 07940 859660
Councillor Brian Milnes (District Councillor) 07971 886113
Click here to see the latest guidance and to see what constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live
If home isn’t safe, support is available
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can get help:
Cambridge Women’s Aid (City, East, South Cambridgeshire): 01223 361214
Refuge (Fenland, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough): 07787 255821
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
LGBT Helpline: 0800 999 5428
In an emergency call 999
For more information visit www.cambsdasv.org.uk
Click here to see full poster
DO YOU NEED ANY HELP OR ADVICE DURING THIS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?
Help with finance?
Help with food?
Help if you are self-employed?
John Huntingdon’s Charity (JHC) is a local, friendly charity in the heart of the Sawston community and are there for you.
They can help children and families, young people and the elderly.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact them on:
John Huntingdon Centre
189 High Street
Cambridge CB22 3HJ
Telephone: 01223 492492
How is Coronavirus impacting your business?
Help us help you
Are you a sole trader, home-based business, community enterprise or charity needing more support?
South Cambs District Council want to ensure they can put in place, as quickly as possible, appropriate support to help businesses through the next few months, and fill the gaps around the central government support offer where they can. They will be proactively contacting businesses to find out what they need – but they may not know about your business.
To make sure you are included and contacted, please let us know about your business by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for more information
Sawston Play Areas
Sawston Parish Council have decided to close off all the play equipment in the village (including benches).
This decision taken is to protect the health and welfare of our staff and visitors by restricting any potential spread of the coronavirus. The good weather, school closures and extra pressure from other local park’s closing means we are concerned we could have more numbers than we feel is manageable under the Government’s social distancing recommendations.
We strongly believe that green spaces are vital to our health and well-being and that they will play a very important role in our recovery, for this reason the recreation ground green areas will remain open for the time being.
Keep up to date with Cambridge Constabulary by following their website:
Sawston police are carrying out regular patrols of the village and ask we report anything suspicious. You can also report to the Parish Clerk by emailing email@example.com
If you see a business that is open that should not be (ie: a pub) then you must report this to SCDC (South Cambs District Council) on 03450 450 500.
Do you own an allotment?
Please click here to see latest guidelines.
COVID-19 update from County Council
30 March 2020
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council communications team will be providing a daily media update with a round-up of any changes to council services arising from the Coronavirus. Please note – this information is correct at the time of publishing.
Monday, 30 March 2020
Refuse collectors praised in Peterborough – City residents have been leaving messages of support for our Aragon Direct Services bin collection crews. The drawings and messages appeared on wheelie bins last week, which have been welcomed by the crews who are key workers doing a vital job. The crews are sharing pictures of these message with each other, and they are even being printed and put on a “Wall of thanks” at the depot to keep everyone’s spirits up.
The structure and nature of the duties carried out by key workers means there are times when they need to be in closer proximity to people to carry out their work, as is the case for doctors, carers and police officers. For example, crews must travel together in the same refuse collection vehicle. As detailed in this media briefing last week, extra safety steps are being followed by the crews to limit the likelihood of spreading Covid-19 as much as possible, while ensuring they can still provide an essential service to residents.
Councillor Marco Cereste, cabinet member for waste at Peterborough City Council, said: “The overwhelming support that our Aragon refuse collectors have seen from city residents is very much appreciated by the crews. They are key workers doing a fantastic job during the Covid-19 outbreak and it’s great that they are being supported so much by their local community.”
Supporting local businesses – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards offering free advice.
After the Government last week ordered the immediate closure of all businesses that are not providing essential services as a way of minimising the spread of the Coronavirus.
Trading Standards in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are offering free advice to support local businesses who have been affected.
Any business that is unsure whether the rules apply to them should contact Trading Standards urgently for advice free of charge.
Councillor Steve Criswell, Chairman of the Communities and Partnership Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “This is understandably a difficult and uncertain time for businesses but it’s essential that we follow the Government’s advice and do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus. I urge any local business, large or small, that is unsure if the mandatory closure applies to them to contact Trading Standards as soon as possible.”
Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities at Peterborough City Council, said: “No part of our society is unaffected by the Coronavirus. We need to make sure that we all help to stop its spread, including those businesses who have sadly been instructed to close until the virus is under control.
“Please contact Trading Standards as a matter of urgency if you’re not sure whether the new rules apply to you.”
Consumer concerns, increase prices – There have been reports that some businesses have been increasing the prices of goods during the Coronavirus outbreak. Whilst local businesses are free to set their own prices, the Competition and Markets Authority has set up a taskforce to examine the scale of the issue and are asking people to report instances via an online reporting form or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools ensure the show goes on for our vulnerable children and those of critical workers – While the majority of children across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are now at home, many of our schools are still pulling together and adapting to cater for our vulnerable children, and those of critical workers.
Whilst they may have less staff on site, everyone is working hard to ensure the children attending are safe, and have an environment that is as familiar to them as possible. This means everyone is digging in and helping out – teachers, cooks, office staff and in the case of Little Paxton Primary in St Neots, even the school dog!
Please note – those in the picture were adhering to social distancing, which may not seem apparent due to the camera angle.
Cambridgeshire Customer Services Contact Centre – in order to re-direct our resources to critical services, the Library and Trading Standards phone lines closed on Friday (27 March). This will allow us to focus and prioritise critical services which need to remain open.
You can keep up-to-date with any changes to our services on our websites:
Coronavirus: what you need to do
- Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Anyone can spread the virus.
Green bin collections suspended
Green bin collections across Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire will not take place between Monday 23 March and Monday 4 May.
The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, has made the decision in order to support staff and the recycling and waste service as a whole during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The suspension of green bin collections will allow crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks. It will also assist with any future staff sickness or self-isolation issues.
As always, residents are being encouraged to waste as little food as possible, so they minimise the amount they need to throw away. For this period only, the advice to residents who do have food waste will be to put it into the black bin.
Residents who enjoy spending time in the garden and growing their own food are also being asked to consider home composting as much of their garden waste as possible.
Residents who are subscribed to the additional green bin collection scheme, and therefore pay for more than one green bin to be collected, will see a reduced fee for their permit upon renewal in the October.
The bulky waste collection service, which collects large items from residents’ homes, will also be suspended during this period.
Recycling points closed (Message from SCDC)
Due to the impacts of the virus and restrictions on movement, many of the operators who empty clothing and other recycling banks at our recycling points are unable to collect from them. To avoid them overflowing and making a mess, and the items being wasted, please can you help us to discourage residents from taking their items to the banks at this time. Some of you have already shared our social media posts relating to service updates, which is really helpful. You can find them all at:
South Cambridgeshire District Council:
Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service:
Greater Cambridge Local Plan: The First Conversation
Ever walked past a building and wondered how it got planning permission? Worried about climate change and how we are going to adapt? Trying to buy a house and finding it really difficult?
The Council’s Local Plan is the document that shapes our area’s future and answers these big questions. It covers the key themes of climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, wellbeing and social inclusion, and great places. It will affect what kind of new homes get built and where, where businesses can grow and how buildings, streets and spaces should be designed. As a result, the Local Plan affects all of us – yet most people have never even heard of it.
But things are changing and we want you to be a part of it.
For the first time ever, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are preparing a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area: and this time we want to do better than ever before at working with you all to make it happen.
We will be starting a big conversation with the community, with many different ways to get involved, online and offline, on Monday 13 January. Please look out for more information nearer the time, and get in touch at www.greatercambridgeplanning.org
Help shape our future together!
DEFIBRILLATORS IN SAWSTON
There are 5 Defibrillators in the village that are accessible 24/7, they are at:
Sawston Parish Council Office, Link Road, Sawston, CB22 3GB
Spicers Sports Pavilion, Cambridge Road, Sawston, CB22 3DG
Lynton Way Pavilion, Lynton Way, Sawston, CB22 3LH
Mill Lane Pavilion, Mill Lane, Sawston, CB22 3HZ
Sawston Annual Bonfire night
We hope you enjoyed this year’s fireworks even though the weather was poor.
Thanks to everyone who gave a donation, this year we collected £650.67
All the money donated will be given back into the village via requested donations.
Building work on Sawston Community Hub is set to get underway this summer.
Sawston Library burnt down in 2012 and Cambridgeshire County Council has been working hard to progress plans for its new home ever since. A temporary library building has been on site since the fire but now the Council can announce that all legal agreements have been signed, allowing work to begin on site.
The building has been designed as a community hub, housing other services to benefit the residents of Sawston. It will include the relocated Children’s Centre, multipurpose spaces and an outdoor play area.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Local Member for Sawston and Shelford, Councillor Kevin Cuffley said “It has been a lengthy and complicated process to get to this stage, and we’re very grateful for the patience the local community has shown whilst we worked hard to invest in a brand new fit-for-purpose library that will also accommodate other services.
“We are in no doubt that the new building will become a much loved and well used community asset and we’re excited to see it start to take shape later this summer”.
Let’s S.C.R.A.P. Fly-tipping
Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste. It can be anything from a bag of waste to a truckload. We all have seen abandoned items in the countryside, villages and towns. But leaving items by HRCs, charity shops or by bins are all fly-tipping too.
Around two thirds of fly-tips come from households, so it is crucially important that you understand your Duty of Care to avoid £400 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.
Together with other partners in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP) we have launched the S.C.R.A.P Fly-tipping campaign to help residents to understand their responsibilities. Follow the S.C.R.A.P. code below to make the right choices when asking someone to remove your waste.
To help us deal with fly-tipping incidents efficiently, please report them to us.
Here is how:
By phone: 03450 450 063
If you witness fly-tipping, call 999 to report crime in action. Please do not put yourself in harm way.
When reporting fly-tipping, please note as many details as possible
– the exact location
– the size of the fly-tip
– the type of waste dumped
– the date and time you spotted or witnessed the fly-tip
– photos of the fly-tip and fly-tippers if you have witnessed it
– the vehicle registration number and details
– the description of people involved
– the direction they were travelling
Sawston Village Design Guide – South Cambridgeshire District Council are consulting on the draft Sawston Village Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document. The Village Design Guide has been developed with the input of many members of your community so far, as part of a ground-breaking initiative.
It explains what makes Sawston special, and how new development in and around the village should reinforce and enhance the character of the village.
Please click here to go to SCDC website link.
Update on the Cambridge South East Transport Study
Please click here to see the update from Tony Orgee, Chair, CSE TS Local Liaison Forum
What is the Timebank?
It is a way for people to help others in their community and be rewarded for it – in time. For every hour of time you give helping someone, you receive one-time credit in your personal Timebank account. The Timebank will also be running fun, free activities in partnership with the local community.
What can you do with your time credits?
You can ‘spend’ your time credits when you need help from someone else. You can give them to another person who needs some help. Or you can save them to use.
Who can join the Timebank?
Anyone can join. Age, ability, lack of finance or limited mobility are not barriers to participating in the Timebank.
If you are interested, please come to our meet and greet coffee and cake drop in session, to learn more, on Mondays at the Parish Council office between 10am – 12
Click here to visit the Sawston Timebank website.
Sawston Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018/2019
Click here to see our Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return – Year ended 31 March 2019.
Sawston Fireworks 2018
Thanks to everyone that gave a donation on bonfire night. This year we collected an amazing £1,251.48. All the money donated will be given back into the village via requested donations.
Next year’s event will be on Saturday 2nd November 2019.
DEFIBRILLATORS IN SAWSTON
There are 5 Defibrillators in the village that are accessible 24/7, they are at:
Sawston Parish Council Office, Link Road, Sawston, CB22 3GB
Spicers Sports Pavilion, Cambridge Road, Sawston, CB22 3DG
Lynton Way Pavilion, Lynton Way, Sawston, CB22 3LH
Mill Lane Pavilion, Mill Lane, Sawston, CB22 3HZ
Price Bailey Chartered Accountants, High Street, Sawston, CB22 3TG
Sawston Neighbourhood Plan
The designation of the Sawston neighbourhood area has now been confirmed by SCDC and can be seen on https://www.scambs.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plans
Please see the Neighbourhood Plan page for more information.
Year end Audit 2017-2018
The Audit of accounts for Sawston Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has now been completed. Please click here to view.
Please note that all Full Parish Council Meetings will be held at Spicers Pavillion, Cambridge Road
Greater Cambridge Partnership – Update on Rural Travel Hubs feasibility study
To find out more about the possible Rural Travel hub in Sawston please click on link below
Sawston Annual Bonfire/Fireworks Night 2017
We hope you all enjoyed this year’s display. Thanks to everyone who helped on the night and also who gave a donation, this year we raised £1230.33 which will help towards local charities within the village.
Pelican Crossing on London Road
The Parish Council has recently been asked to look into the possibility of converting the zebra crossing on London Road to a pelican crossing (signalled crossing). The Clerk contacted the Highways department and has received a response which can be seen by clicking on the link below.
A major new settlement at Gt. Chesterford
In late June, Uttlesford District Council, published its new draft Local Plan as part of the agenda for the Uttlesford Local Plan Working Group meeting on 22nd June. We were very concerned to see that the plan includes a new ‘garden community’ at Great Chesterford. This would comprise up to 5,000 dwellings located on a 256 Ha site, South East of the A11 and West of the A1301, just South of Stump Cross. 1,900 of these dwellings would be delivered by 2033. The site boundary is immediately adjacent to the boundary between Uttlesford and South Cambridgeshire and the proposal would have very significant effects on traffic on the A1301 and A505 creating even greater pressure on the A1301/A505 ‘McDonald’s’ roundabout and on M11 Junction 10. An accompanying traffic report suggests some improvements at these junctions It assumes that there would be a ‘modal shift’ from car to public transport, cycling or walking of 15% (currently 71.8% of journeys to work in Uttlesford are by private car or van; Source; 2011 census statistics at http://bit.ly/2t0GYRu ). Disappointingly, there are no proposals in the Uttlesford Local Plan to upgrade M11, Junction 9 to enable traffic travelling North to Cambridge to join at that point. So the main access to the M11 travelling North would be via the A1301 and A505 to Junction 10 at Duxford and the preferred route to Cambridge would be via the A11 and A1307.
The Local Plan is to be put out for consultation from 12th July to 4th September. A number of respondents including South Cambridgeshire and Sawston Parish Council have pointed out to Uttlesford that four weeks of this coincide with the August Summer holiday period and asked for an extension of four weeks into September (South Cambridgeshire gave a four week extension when its Local Plan consultation fell during August). Uttlesford responded by extending the consultation period from 29th August to 4th September.
The Local Plan can, be accessed and representations made online at http://bit.ly/2td5n1A The relevant policy is SP7. The background documents including the transport assessment are included in the agenda papers for the Planning Policy Working Group meeting of 22nd June http://bit.ly/2ualukE .
Proposal for Sawston Trade Park (Pampisford)
Click the link below to see the proposals from the Howard Group who own both Sawston Trade Park and adjacent vacant land as well as the adjoining Iconix Park.
Is parking a problem in Sawston?
Parking Enforcement Request
Is there a parking problem in Sawston? Answer the following questions and Cambridge Constabulary will do they’re best to deal with it. NOTE- do NOT use this form to report a dangerously parked vehicle or abandoned vehicles: please call 101 to report these. This form is for parking related issues only.
Please go online to http://tinyurl.com/SouthCambs-Parking and answer the following questions:
- Which village are you referring to?
- Which street is a particular problem?
- What specifically is the issue? Please give as much detail as you can (e.g. parking on double yellow lines, parking on pavements and if there is a specific day/time when the problem occurs).
Groundsman of the year 2016
Congratulations to our Head Groundsman, Alan Poole who has received the award from Cambridgeshire FA of Groundsman of the Year 2016.
Do you need to renew or apply for a bus pass?
Residents can renew their bus pass on line if they are able to do so by going www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/buspass
and following the link ”Renew your bus pass”. Applicants who do not have the experience and/or
Cambridge City Deal
From Monday July 11 to Monday October 10 2016, the County Council are seeking people’s views on a planned package of measures to tackle peak-time congestion in Cambridge which will significantly improve public transport, cycling and walking journeys.
Your feedback will be used by the Greater Cambridge City Deal to help shape and improve the approach, which was approved in principle by the Executive Board in June.
Final recommendations are due to be considered in January 2017.
Want to know more about trees?…
There are many questions about trees and hedges that are answered on the Council’s website by following this link: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/trees-faqs
The Parish Council has now installed four defibrillators in the village, one at the Parish Council Office, Spicers Pavilion, Lynton Way Pavilion and Mill Lane Pavilion.
The more people that know these are installed in our community, the more chance there is of saving the life of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
If you have any queries please contact the Parish Clerk.
Sawston Library re opened on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at Sawston Village College in a temporary building on the grass in front of the Arts Centre on New Road, please see below website for opening times and more information.
Wreath laid at War Grave in Sawston Cemetery – 11th November 2016
Aircraftsman 2nd. Class No. 26751, John Samuel, Royal Flying Corps – Born 1881 – died 1916.
This is Sawston’s only official War Grave commemorating one of its own who died following repatriation.
For an update on the Local Plan please visit:
The 5th Annual Awards by South Cambridgeshire District Council
Village Hero – Recognising outstanding individuals who have made a significant and voluntary contribution to their local community
Mick Roughead (Sawston United) – 2nd Place
Parish Councillor of the Year – Parish Councillors who have made a significant contribution to their local community in the past year
Eugene Murray – 2nd Place
Community Pride: Youth Group or Initiative – Celebrating local youth groups and initiatives that provide positive activities for young people and encourage young people to play a part in their community
SYG Youth group – Paul Whitmell SYG – 1st Place
Community Pride: Local Services and Amenities -Celebrating community run shops, post offices, recreational facilities or libraries, for example
JHC were nominated
New Pedestrian Crossing
The County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee met in January and agreed its Transport Delivery Plan. This Plan included the successful Local Highways Initiative (LHI) bids for 2015-16.
We are pleased to be able to report that Sawston Parish Council’s LHI bid for funding for a pedestrian crossing at the Queensway / Churchfield Avenue end of Babraham Road has been successful and the Parish Council has been awarded £5,000 towards this scheme.
Orchard Park Play Equipment now open
The new play equipment at Orchard Park, Tannery Road, is now open, we hope you enjoy it.
The Local Plan was presented for public consultation last summer, for the proposed 540 new homes for Sawston on three sites all with sole access from Babraham Road with two of the sites in Green Belt. Sawston Parish Council acknowledged the need for some additional homes but considered the village schools, health centre and other amenities could not cope with this amount of development and the increased volume of traffic it would generate.
The Parish Council mounted a campaign to persuade SCDC that this scale of development was excessive. Our efforts were unsuccessful and at a meeting in March SCDC voted to accept the plan.
Sawston Library re opened on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at Sawston Village College in a temporary building on the grass in front of the Arts Centre on New Road, please see below link for opening times