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Council Office


Vacancy for Assistant Clerk

16 hrs per week – Flexible but must be able to work Thursdays

LGS scale 1 (point 16) £17,419 pro-rata

(You will be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme after 6 months probation)

Duties to include producing of minutes, agendas, reports and correspondence, dealing with enquiries/problems from the public and general office duties, to be responsible for all paperwork for burials, tenancy agreements for the allotments and for the hiring of the Pavilions.  Possible evening meetings.

Further details are available from The Clerk, Parish Office, Link Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3GB.  Tel:  Cambridge 01223 832470


Applications to be made by email by Friday 20th October with a full C.V. and name and address of two referees


Planning Meeting

The next Planning meeting for Sawston Parish Council is Tuesday 26th September, please note this has now be postponed until Tuesday 3rd October.


Sawston, Babraham & Pampisford Neighbourhood Planning Meeting

The next meeting on the development of a Neighbourhood Plan and the area boundary will be on Thursday 19th October, 10:00am at the Parish Council Office, Link Road, Sawston. All welcome


Resurfacing work planned for six locations in Cambridgeshire

 Overnight resurfacing work is due to start next month on three major routes in Cambridgeshire.

 The proposed work includes resurfacing and new road markings on the A505 Whittlesford, A505 M11/Duxford Interchange, A505 Duxford, A505 Flint Cross, A1303/4 Stetchworth Roundabout and A10 Hauxton/Harston.

The contractors will carry out the work overnight to reduce the impact on road users, and it will vary in duration from four to 14 days spread over the next three months. The resurfacing will be carried out Monday to Friday between 8pm and 6am.

The first part of the work will commence on Thursday 7 September 2017 along the A505 Whittlesford. The last scheme will be the A10 Hauxton/ Harston, ending in November 2017.

Drivers are advised to follow the signed diversion route during the road closures and allow extra time for their journeys.

 Joshua Rutherford, Project Engineer for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “We need to resurface these roads as they have deteriorated. We have worked hard with our contractor – Jackson’s CE to forward plan and reduce the impact the work will have by working off-peak and not during the day. We are working closely with local residents and businesses to find solutions that minimises the impact of the work. We will be using several innovative materials and processes throughout the works which should increase the overall lifespan of the resurfaced areas.”

 This is part of the County Council’s investment in regular maintenance of our roads to ensure they are reliable for drivers.

For more information and live updates follow our dedicated twitter page @CambSurfacing


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 .



Please see the attached link with details of the road closure due to Rail  Track renewals at Duxford Level crossing and  Hinxton Road

01.00hrs Saturday 16 until 05.00hrs Monday 18 September 2017

Road Closure for Duxford LC 16-18 September 2017



Annual Return 2016-2017


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.

Sawston Campus


Blue Bin Paper Caddy

There are a number of residents in Sawston who received a letter stating that until Autumn 2017 their bins will be collected by a Cambridge City truck and they do not have the facility to tip a paper caddy separately. The letter was to inform residents that should they wish to continue using the paper caddy, to just be aware that the crews will tip any contents into the blue bin before tipping.

As Cambridge City do not have paper caddies, their loaders are still adapting to the changes and have on some occasions tipped the bins whilst the caddy is still present. The supervisors are aware of this and have discussed with the crews to be more careful going forward.


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).

Cambridgeshire Constabulary


Sawston Annual Bonfire/Fireworks Night

Thank you to everyone who gave a donation, this year we raised an amazing £941.19 which will be given to local charities.

Congratulations to all the winners of the colouring competition and the best dressed guy.

This year’s Fireworks will be on Saturday 4th November.


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 2016equipment to apply on line can do so by calling an advisor on 0345 045 1367 to make an assisted application.


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.



Audit/Accounts 2015/2016


Annual Return Section 1

Annual Return Section 2


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


Community Defibrillators

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.


Public Library

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.

War Memorial 




Chairman’s Reports

Annual report 2016-2017

Annual report 2015-2016

Annual report 2014-2015

Annual report 2013-2014

Annual report 2012 – 2013


For an update on the Local Plan please visit:



The 5th Annual Awards by South Cambridgeshire District Council

Sawston Nominations

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

Anunal awards 2015



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.




Local Plan                                                    

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.



Public Library

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