Community-wide and Young People Surveys: Parish Council Actions

Summary of the Parish Council Actions as listed at the end of each section, and in the appendix of, the Cambourne Parish Plan document.

QuestionSection Action – 4.1: Living in CambourneStatusAction Taken
AllPublish on the Council website a timeline of the Developer responsibilities and commitments with regard to their fulfilment of the infrastructure and facilities planning obligations (Section 106 Agreement).
There are a number of actions assigned to the Parish Council that relate to this section. These can be found in the appropriate sections through the report.
 In ProgressReport to be written by the Parish Clerk in conjunction with the Chairman of Planning and typed up by office staff for publication on the website.
QuestionSection Actions – 4.2: Children & EducationStatusAction Taken
1 & 2Carry out a survey of early years’ childcare needs in Cambourne and communicate the results / findings to all relevant parties.Ongoing Activity

Cambridgeshire County Council complete this activity on an annual basis to ensure sufficient places are available. The Parish Council requests updates on this process each year. Further information is available on the County Council website school admissions page.

3Liaise on an annual basis with the Local Education Authorities with a view to understanding and influencing the local pupil / student projection / forecast numbers in schools to ensure adequate availability of places.Ongoing ActivityLinked to 1&2. The Parish Council will work with local school to feed local projections and requirements to the County Council. 
4From the Question 3 action, Parish Council to pass relevant information to the existing Cambourne Primary Schools and in addition feed into the consultation process for the new two primary schools to be provided as part of the Cambourne West development.In ProgressClerk to send most current information to Cambridgeshire County Council. The site provided is large enough for 3 form entry but funding is only for 2 form entry. A statement will be written for the S106 section of the website. 
5Publish current provision of 6th form for Cambourne students and explore the possibility of provision in Cambourne.Complete

The 6th form is due to be provided in approximately 2024 once the expansion of Cambourne Village College has been completed for West Cambourne. See CVC website or contact the school for further information.

6, 7 & 8Invite Cambourne Village College annually to attend a council meeting and report the adult education courses on offer, local resident uptake and the College’s communication efforts with the local community.CompleteThe Parish Council will request that a representative of Cambourne Village College attend the Annual Parish Meeting and/or provide information on adult education and associated communication strategy. See the adult education site for further information.
6, 7 & 8Share the findings of the report with Cambourne Village College.CompleteThe relevant sections of the report have been shared with Cambourne Village College.
Primary Education Action: Parish Council to explore the possibility of a limited school bus service within Cambourne to serve local primary schools.CompleteConsidered. No funds are available for this purpose therefore it is not feasible at this time. The option will be reviewed at future points to determine feasibility.
QuestionSection Actions – 4.3: Social & CommunityStatusAction Taken
1Explore with ‘service providers’ the option to provide evening and weekend entertainment such as ‘pop up’ events.Ongoing ActivityThis is a long term objective of the Community Development Officer (CDO) role. Pop up food agreement has been agreed and completed and is in use between the Parish Council and local food vendors. 

The CDO will research Pop up entertainment and will work with service providers such as the hotel, pub, coffee shop, pop up food stalls, schools and community groups to publicise events and help facilitate increased awareness and participation.

If you have any suggestions or ideas then please contact the Community Development Officer

2Publicise / publish local events listings on the Council website and other media.Ongoing ActivityThe CDO has launched the Community Events Facebook page and Timedrop account. Events are listed on the Cambourne Information community website. The CDO will continue to liaise with local groups to help enable publicity as appropriate.
3Continue to encourage community events and make clear what Council facilities and resources are available to the community to use with such events.Ongoing ActivityA list of Council owned facilities has been published on this website’s Facilities page, with a booking form and cost information on the Bookings page. Further information is available from the Parish Office at the Hub.

The CDO has completed a booklet explaining what the Council does and doesn’t do. This will be published on community noticeboard in the Hub, social media and website, and used at future events to help raise awareness.

4, 5 & 6Consider a communication strategy.In ProgressExisting Communications policy to be reviewed, amended and published by August 2019
4, 5 & 6Develop and launch a new website. As part of this work, the Parish Council will take into account the comments received.CompleteThe new website has been launched and is now the principal source of Council related information for residents. Note that whilst the action is complete the website will continue to be developed. If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding information that could be included on the website then please contact Cllr Greg Thompson
4, 5 & 6Work with the Cambourne Youth Partnership to ensure that the voice of the youth of Cambourne is heard and considered (repeated in Young People section).Ongoing ActivityThe possibility of a Youth Council will be explored as part of a strategy to engage young peopleCDO to look into arranging visits to youth groups and school. To be progressed in 2019.
QuestionSection Actions – 4.3: Social & CommunityStatusAction Taken
1Parish Council in partnership with the Cambourne Youth Partnership (CYP) to submit a planning application, informed by young people, for a bespoke Youth Building by no later than September 2017 to replace the Soul Building.In ProgressCommenced May 2017. Planning application submitted January 2018 and approved in April 2018. Work is now underway to explore the possibility of releasing funding ahead of the scheduled release of S106 funding.

See planning application for details.

1Consider continuing funding the CYP and the provision of a youth programme and worker / officer.Ongoing Activity2018/19 funded.

2019/20 funded but no 2020/21 funding. To be reviewed when budgets are being set and then on an annual basis.

2Conduct a parish wide audit of the dog waste bins and litter bins to establish usage, positioning and waste collection requirements.In Progress

A map showing the location of all litter, dog, recycling and grit bins to be published on the website.

The possibility of putting stickers on bins detailing who to contact if the bin is overflowing is also being investigated.

2Publish information on how to obtain an allotment and the rules and regulations of an allotment tenancyCompleteInformation is on the Facilities page of this website. Additional information is available from the Parish Office at the Hub.
2Make available information on all Council assets on the Council website with a view to providing transparency of cost, explaining responsibility of usage and allocation criteria.CompleteFacilities page on this website lists Council owned assets and Booking page contains cost information. Responsibility of usage information is provided as part of the booking process. To be reviewed on an annual basis.
3Conduct a comprehensive audit of the facilities / buildings with a view to establishing suitable disabled access.Ongoing Activity

Accessibility of buildings is established in the new booklet created by the CDO. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis

4Publish current capacity of existing facilities and future provision from Cambourne West.CompletePublished on Booking page. This page will be updated with Cambourne West related information as the relevant facilities are built.
5Take into consideration the specific comments made in response to the questionnaire when informing the shape and type of future facilities and resources in Cambourne.Ongoing ActivityParish Plan feedback to be taken in to account when considering planning applications and future facilities.
8Ensure an easy to use ‘report it’ function is made available to report street light problems.Complete‘Report It’ function has been included on this website. See the ‘What can I report using this form?’ section of the Report It page. The page also specifies what should be reported to either the District or County Councils and provide links
QuestionSection Actions – 4.5: Commerce & LeisureStatusAction Taken
1Continue commitment to bring a Post Office to Cambourne and provide explanation of the challenges together with regular updates via its website and other media.Ongoing ActivityThe introduction of a mobile post office has been achieved. The Post Office van attends Cambourne on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the Hub car park. The times are currently as follows:

Mondays 13:30-16:15
Wednesdays 12:15 – 16:15

Note that arrival time is approximate due to the van travelling from other locations. Look out for notifications on the Parish Council facebook page for any short notice changes.

The Council will continue to work toward a permanent solution and will post updates along with an explanation of the challenges.

1Reiterate to the community what the situation is regarding commercial buildings.In ProgressStatement to be prepared in conjunction with commercial developers and the District Council for publication on the website.
1Provide explanation on the planning process and share results from Parish Plan with retail developers.In ProgressAn explanation on the Planning process to be requested from SCDC and prepared for publication on the website. Relevant sections of the Parish Plan have been shared with Newcrest and McCarthy Stone and their comments are awaited.
2Outline current position and commit to pursuing swimming pool options in Cambourne.In Progress

The S106 for West Cambourne has a provision of £3.5m for indoor sport. This includes the possibility of a swimming pool. The Parish Council is keen to provide a swimming pool in Cambourne as it recognises the need and desire of the residents, but has to take into account not only the capital cost of building the pool, but also the ongoing maintenance, running and replacement costs. Swimming pools throughout the country are subsidised by the Council that owns them – from £100,000 per year upwards. Even with a £100,000 subsidy this would mean an additional £26.50 per year (Band D) on every household’s Council tax. If we also set aside the replacement cost over 10 years this would add a similar cost each year. The S106 funding is due to be provided by the developers prior to the occupation of the 1000th dwelling in West Cambourne. This is anticipated to be in 6-7 years’ time. The Council will be working on the viability of the swimming pool at the Sports Centre to see if we can make it financially feasible.

2Summarise the list of forthcoming amenities with the Cambourne West development and feed the responses from the Parish Plan into future development considerations.In ProgressThe S106 Agreement will be published as soon as it is made a public document. 

Responses from Parish Plan to be fed into planning process as the appropriate trigger points are reached.

2Share the current plans for High Street with the community.In Progress

The District Council has confirmed it will not be investing in current proposals to develop Cambourne High Street. The Council had been looking at how it could help support the development and the feasibility of investing with the landowners, Newcrest, but decided it was not viable.

It said the current proposals would not have allowed it to achieve “all the objectives in its investment strategy” including “delivering local benefits whilst also generating a moderate return for the Council … to pay for some of the core services people in the area need.”

Newcrest said of the decision: “It hopefully only represents a short delay in delivering a much needed scheme for the High Street and we are already holding detailed discussions with other potential investors.”

2Explore options for a dedicated teen social space.Not StartedFuture project in consultation with CYP, CVC and potential Youth Council/youth representatives.
2Explore with older youth options for outdoor equipment.Not StartedFuture project in consultation with CYP, CVC and potential Youth Council/youth representatives.
2Share current plans on ‘free to play’ basketball courts. Consider providing football goalposts near / on Eco Park.Complete

Construction of the free to play MUGA, next to Cambourne Sport and Fitness Centre, was completed and opened May 2018.

Goal posts in the Eco park was discussed previously by the L & A Committee and it was considered to be an unsuitable area. The new informal MUGA has been equipped with goalposts.

2Invite Morrisons to explain their position on community use of the Market Square and publish outcomes.In Progress

Morrisons will be invited to a Council meeting in 2019 and they will be given the opportunity to explain their position taken on ownership of the Market Square land, to ensure this is clear for residents.

QuestionSection Actions – 4.6: Community SafetyStatusAction Taken
1-5Continue to lobby for an additional PCSO and communicate the outcome.CompleteAs it stands, the Police are unwilling to provide an additional PSCO. There is no dedicated PSCO for Cambourne as resources are spread across many villages and towns. Local police presence is mainly reactive, as in reaction to incidents, rather than having some form of regular or permanent presence. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback to the Police and Crime Commissioner regarding their views on local policing policy.
1-5Continue to lobby the Police and Crime Commissioner on the need of a staffed Police Enquiry Desk.CompleteThere are no police resources to provide this facility and this is unlikely to change. It is possible that volunteers can be trained to staff the enquiry desk. This option will be investigated. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback to the Police and Crime Commissioner regarding their views on local policing policy.
1-5Link to available crime statistics from the Police website.CompleteSee Cambourne crime map. This is part of the Cambourne policing team page.
1-5Launch an appeal for village Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators.In ProgressParish Council/Police to promote the neighbourhood watch initiative at appropriate events.
1-5Continue its efforts to recruiting additional volunteers for graffiti removal.CompletePart of annual volunteers fair and publicised on Volunteering page of website.
1-5Ensure an easy to use ‘report it’ function is made available on its website to report graffiti problems.Complete‘Report It’ function has been included on this website. This can be used to report various issues to the Parish Council, including graffiti, and contains links to external sites where the issue must be reported to a different authority. See the ‘What can I report using this form?’ section of the Report It page.
QuestionSection Actions – 4.7: Health & WellbeingStatusAction Taken
1-8Pass the comments and suggestions from the respondents to the Healthcare Providers and request a response.In Progress

Documents passed to healthcare providers Autumn 2017. Healthcare working group convened Spring 2018 Meetings held with NHS England, the Clinical Commissioning Group for Cambridge, health providers and PC in June 2018. Further meetings to be held.

1-8Ensure the residents’ views are taken into account when funding for extra healthcare services in Cambourne is spent.In ProgressAs above
1-8Maintain and develop partnerships with healthcare providers in Cambourne with a view to supporting funding applications and community healthcare initiatives.Complete

Ongoing activity. December 2017 Healthcare providers invited to Network and Natter meeting and to be invited to future meetings to ensure sharing of information. Monkfield Medical Practice already have patient forums. Reviewed holding meetings but considered that the Monkfield Medical Practice patient forums are the best way of ensuring contact between the practice and patients. The Parish Council will promote if requested and the Council Healthcare working group will continue to work on health related matters.

1-8Run a series of open residents meetings at which healthcare providers will be invited to speak.CompleteResidents can participate in the medical practice Patient Liaison Group/Forum. Contact the medical practice for further information
1-8Share with the community the issues relating to healthcare in Cambourne and the actions taken by the Parish Council.In ProgressInformation to be collated by healthcare working group.
QuestionSection Actions – 4.8: EnvironmentStatusAction Taken
1Continue its efforts to have open spaces in Cambourne protected.In ProgressPart of the work on Local Green Space Designation commenced in October 2016. This was largely successful. Some areas not included but had other protection put in place. This was confirmed when the Local Plan was adopted in September 2018.
3Consider providing an enclosed area where dogs can exercise off leads.In ProgressDiscussed at a L&A Committee meeting. No immediate options. To be further discussed with the Wildlife Trust.
3Ensure all dog bins have clear identification / contact details stickers.In ProgressStickers to be designed, ordered and placed on bins.
3Consider increasing the size of existing signage at the Sports Pitchers.In ProgressThis action can now be progressed as Cambourne status has changed to a Town.
4Seek to expand its volunteer litter picking service.CompletePart of annual volunteers fair.
4Parish Council website ‘report it’ function to enable it easier to report littering in children’s play areas.Complete‘Report It’ function has been included on this website. This can be used to report various issues to the Parish Council, including littering in play areas, and contains links to external sites where the issue must be reported to a different authority. See the ‘What can I report using this form?’ section of the Report It page.
5Continue its programme of installing street recycling bins and communicate their locations.In ProgressRollout will be extended in 2019. Specific details will be provided in due course.
5Request South Cambs District Council to not charge for second blue bin – in line with Cambridge County Council.CompleteSCDC no longer charge for a second blue bin but will charge for a second green bin. Contact SCDC for further information.
5Progress the plans for using the power produced by the wind turbine near the Great Cambourne allotments and publicise the outcomeIn ProgressThe transfer documents for the transfer of the wind turbine have been signed and returned to the solicitors awaiting execution.

Planned to be connected before September 2019.

QuestionSection Actions – 4.9: Transport, Travel & Road SafetyStatusAction Taken
2-5 (bus service actions)Feed the results of the survey as part of their ongoing input into the City Deal process.CompleteMuch of the information has already been taken into account. Information was passed on to the City Deal during workshops. Further information is available on the Greater Cambridge Partnership website and Cambourne to Cambridge project page.
2-5Initiate workshops with service providers with a view to reviewing bus services.In ProgressDiscussions ongoing with developers in relation to provisions required for West Cambourne development. Tied into GCP and Cambourne to Cambridge project.
2-5Obtain permission to install a bus shelter in Broad Street.In ProgressOngoing, but being reviewed as part of the revised bus routes through Cambourne as part of the new bus link between Sterling Way and Broadway.
2-5Lobby the appropriate local authority for subsidised bus service from Cambourne to St Neots.CompleteThe initiative would need to be driven by the County Council given the service is operated by a private company. Residents are welcome to contact the County Council to express their views on local bus services.
2-5Lobby for restricted vehicle exit in Upper Cambourne and share plans with community on what modes of transport can use it (e.g. cyclists, pedestrians).In Progress

The bus lane provision is prior to the first occupation of West Cambourne which is expected Autumn 2019. Planning application submitted January 2019.

2-5Continue to engage with the City Deal process and report updates back to the residents.CompleteMuch of the information has already been taken into account. Information was passed on to the City Deal during workshops. Further information is available on the Greater Cambridge Partnership website and Cambourne to Cambridge project page.
6-9 (cycling actions)Publish comprehensive map of cycle paths around Cambourne.CompleteExisting map showing footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths around Cambourne has been published on this website (see Maps page). Updated versions will be uploaded as appropriate.
6-9Support dedicated cycle routes to Cambridge as part of the Local Plan / City Deal process.In ProgressS106 has provision for contribution towards cycle route to Cambridge with completion to be prior to 780th dwelling occupation date.
6-9Continue to push for the joining up of broken cycle routes in Cambourne.In ProgressThis forms part of the infrastructure agreement for Cambourne West. Programme is being drawn up as part of the infrastructure works for West Cambourne and will be published as soon as completed.
10Influence planning authority on parking provision.In ProgressParish Council has requested that the Design Guide for West Cambourne has adequate parking provision at all developments. The Design Guide is due to be published prior to Summer 2018. Due to be approved February 2019.
10Ensure parking problems can be reported through its website. CompleteThe Police Parking Enforcement Request process has been discontinued
11Feedback to the owners of Caxton House comments from the Parish Plan regarding the design and running of the car park.CompleteMeeting held with Michael Westwood of Carter Jonas and all comments passed on.
11Request funding from the developers to improve the signage to public car parking.In ProgressRequest made to the developers and negotiations ongoing. Some of the carpark signage is covered by the contractor signage around the village
11Publish a car park map of Cambourne.CompleteThe Google maps link on the website does show parking as does the cycle/footpath map. See Maps page.
11Explore the possibility of erecting some ‘You Are Here’ maps around Cambourne.In ProgressTo be progressed now that Cambourne status has changed to Town.
11Investigate the possibility of additional parking for the sports centre and fields.In Progress

To be considered with any extension of sports centre

11Scrutinise planning applications to ensure parking provision is provided to meet the Design Guide and Local Plan.CompleteOngoing activity under the remit of the Planning Committee
11Council and developers to consider lifestyles and location when planning: Off-road space for at least two cars per household, more for larger houses. Garages provided are too small for modern cars.In ProgressThese were in the original 3,300 homes. The ones for the 950 were larger and this lesson will be taken into account in Cambourne West. West Cambourne Deisgn Guide should mirror 950 larger garages as it has become part of the evolving Local Plan requirements. Adopted September 2018. Design Guide to be approved February 2019
13Publish plans for the provision of pedestrian crossings in Cambourne and lobby highways authority for their delivery.In ProgressIn progress via the Council Transport Working Group.

The first Zebra Crossing to be installed prior to April 2019 on the junction of School Lane and Swansley Lane

Second crossing applied for September 2018 and result due to be received April 2019 for installation prior to April 2020.

13To provide regular updates on the latest round of waiting restrictions (yellow lines).In ProgressThe next phase will be proceeded with once the adoption works in Back Lane, Sackville Way and De La Warr Way have been completed Autumn 2019.
15Explore proposals for 20mph zones (around schools).In ProgressThe Council delegated to the Transport Working Group held in September to consider a recommendation on speed limits in Cambourne. This was considered by Council in October where they agreed to request the County Council to implement a blanket 20mph speed limit in Cambourne. 

Submission to County Council made in Summer 2018.

QuestionSection Actions – 4.10: Arts & EntertainmentStatusAction Taken
1 & 2Request CVC to regularly share events with Parish Council.CompleteOngoing activity. Information on events requested and will be shared on Parish Council social media platforms/Cambourne Info website.
1 & 2Parish Council to invite residents’ suggestions on future public arts (e.g. sculpture).In Progress

Public Art Strategy has been published of the Discharge of Conditions for West Cambourne and will be publicised once adopted.

QuestionSection Action – 4.11: Housing & DevelopmentStatusAction Taken
1, 2 & 3The Parish Council, following the granting of Planning Permission for the expansion to the west of Cambourne, will monitor the implementation of the associated Section 106 agreement. We will do all we can, within our power, to ensure that the required infrastructure and facilities are supplied to meet the growing need. The details of the Section 106 agreement will be published on the Parish Council’s web site, along with updates on its progress.In Progress

S106 details to be published once Development Phasing document has been approved Spring 2019.

QuestionSection Action – 4.12: Young PeopleStatusAction Taken
N/AParish Council to work with the Cambourne Youth Partnership to ensure that the voice of the youth of Cambourne is heard and considered. (Repeated in Social & Community section)In ProgressParish Council too explore potential Youth Council or youth representative and continue working with CYP and other youth groups.
QuestionSection Actions – 4.13: Further FeedbackStatusAction Taken
 N/APublish the rules for road adoption and the latest adoption plans.In Progress

Work is ongoing on production of an indexed list and map of adopted roads should be published Summer 2019

Feedback comments regarding the ‘Heart of Cambourne’ to MCA and the retail and employment developers.In ProgressThis is covered under section 4.5. Relevant sections will be shared with retail developers. Meeting being arranged with the retail developers.
Feedback residents’ views to transport providers and request a response.In ProgressRelevant sections will be shared with transport providers.
Feedback comments regarding paths around the lakes to the Wildlife Trust and MCA.Complete

The paths are being monitored by the Wildlife Trust and MCA to assess the repairs required

Encourage BT to complete their fibre optic provision in Cambourne.In ProgressTo be considered by the Council. Residents to be requested to feed in information regarding problem areas. Parish Council to explore other providers.