Cambourne Community Clean-Up

Cambourne Parish Council & South Cambs District Council are working together to organise a ‘Community Clean-Up’ day in Cambourne.

There will be skips available on the day to dispose of electrical and metal items in the Hub Car Park. There will also be a ‘take it or leave it’ stall for items that are still in good condition or could be reused.

We are also organising a community litter pick and graffiti cleaning session. We would welcome anybody to attend and take part in the litter pick, all equipment will be supplied and some of our volunteer litter pickers will be on hand to help.

For more information, please phone the Parish Office 01954 714403 or email community@cambourneparishcouncil.gov.uk

Cambourne 10k reminder

School Lane will be closed from 10.30am until 1.00pm at Lower Cambourne, and there will be a stream of runners on Brace Dein in Upper Cambourne from 11.15am until 12.30pm.
It will be possible for cars to cross the line of runners on Brace Dein but there could be long delays particularly when the bulk of runners are going through between 11.20am and 11.45am. The organisers want to thank residents for their patience and suggest that anyone who needs to get away quickly on Sunday April 15th should park their car on the village side of Brace Dein before 11.15am so that they won’t be held up.

Notice of Poll

Please see below the notice of poll for the election of Parish Councillors for Cambourne on Thursday 3rd May.
The polling stations for Cambourne residents will be in the Hub, and will be open between 7am – 10pm.

Vandalism of new outdoor gym equipment

Last weekend, a brand new piece of outdoor gym equipment was set on fire making it unusable until it can be repaired.
This particular piece of equipment is worth around £3000 and was only opened for use on the Thursday before.
A very small minority has ruined the enjoyment for many children as this is the ‘Junior Strider’.
If you have any information on this incident, please report it to the Police, online or phone 101.
Thank you to the emergency services for their quick response and putting the fire out.

Speedwatch

South Cambs has active and very enthusiastic Speedwatch groups and would welcome new volunteers to help them run more sessions.

The Community Speedwatch scheme trains volunteers from members of the community to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood.

Volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which display vehicle speeds. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the Constabulary, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community and asking them to be more considerate.

Volunteers typically offer 1 to 2 hours a month helping to reduce the speed of vehicles driving through their neighbourhood. There is no expected time commitment, volunteers attend sessions when they like, and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, and enjoy the activity whilst benefiting your community.

Volunteers are fully trained and insured by the Constabulary.

Training sessions will be held on Saturday’s 14th April, 12th May, 9th June and 14th July starting at 10am in Cambourne Police Station. If you would like to attend, please book a space via e-mail.

If you would like more information please contact speedwatch@cambs.pnn.police.uk

Email sent from Mike Brooks (Police, Watch Co-Ordinator, Cambridgeshire)

PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

 

The installation of the accessible swings is progressing well with the frames being installed. The actual swings and accessible seats will be installed week beginning 2nd April along with the accessible roundabout on Great Cambourne play area next to Greenhaze Lane. The outdoor gym equipment has been installed on the Great Cambourne cricket wicket, just behind the Blue School and we are waiting for the concrete bases to set before the area is opened.

On the 2nd April, they should have started the construction of the informal MUGA which will be marked for football and basketball. All the works should be completed (subject to weather) by the end of April.

Speedwatch Training at Cambourne Police Station

From Cambridgeshire Constabulary

South Cambs has active and very enthusiastic Speedwatch groups and would welcome new volunteers to help them run more sessions.

The Community Speedwatch scheme trains volunteers from members of the community to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood.

Volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which display vehicle speeds. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the Constabulary, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community and asking them to be more considerate.

Volunteers typically offer 1 to 2 hours a month helping to reduce the speed of vehicles driving through their neighbourhood. There is no expected time commitment, volunteers attend sessions when they like, and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, and enjoy the activity whilst benefiting your community.

Volunteers are fully trained and insured by the Constabulary.

Training sessions will be held on Saturday’s 14th April, 12th May, 9th June and 14th July starting at 10.00am in Cambourne Police Station. If you would like to attend please book a space via e-mail.

If you would like more information please contact  speedwatch@cambs.pnn.police.uk

BUDGET 2018 – 2019

Budget 2018-2019

Cambourne Parish Council has to consider the budget for the next financial year and submit it to the District Council at the end of January each year. This is a challenging process as Cambourne continues to grow and the Council always strives to maintain or improve the services it provides to the residents of Cambourne.

In 2014-2015 the Parish Council considered that it had reached the point when the growth in dwellings offset the inflationary pressures and additional costs to meet the needs of the Community and could maintain the Band D rate with no increment. This was when the Council was in receipt of large sums of s106 monies and payments from the developers to maintain their areas.

The s106 monies have now been or will be spent over the next year and large areas of land have been transferred from the Developers to the Parish Council, so their payments are reducing and the growth in house numbers is starting to slow as the existing planned Cambourne nears completion. This means that the time when growth in houses covers the inflationary pressures is almost over.

As such, the Council has to consider carefully how it spends money on new projects like Pedestrian Crossings and the Skate Park replacement as it has an impact on the Parish precept. The provision of the Crossing equates to £6.38/year and the Skate Park £6.64/year totaling £13.02/year.

When considering the budget for 2018 to 2019, it became apparent that if the Council wanted to maintain the current service level and budget for a Pedestrian crossing and replacement of part of the Skate Park, the Council would have to look at increasing the current Band D.

After reviewing the ongoing costs of maintaining the new and existing services, budgeting for the Pedestrian Crossing and replacing part of the Skate Park, it has had to increase the Band D point by 6.74% to £130.17; an increase of £8.22 per year (68.5p/month). Therefore, Cambourne Parish Council will be levying a precept of £490,000.00 on South Cambs District Council.

Setting the Band D rate at £130.17 will allow the Council to continue to maintain or improve the level of service it provides for the Community. The Council will be working with the County Council to provide further Pedestrian Crossings in Cambourne.