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Council Office

The Planning meeting due on Tuesday 25th February has been cancelled due to lack of business.

The next  Full Parish is on Tuesday 10th March at Spicers Pavilion, Cambridge Road.

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!


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.

Community Hub

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:

Online: www.scambs.gov.uk/environment/envirocrime/

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

Sawston Timebank

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.

Notice of conclusion of audit for 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.


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.

Click here to see the list of Councillors from May 2018

Please note that all Full Parish Council Meetings will be held at Spicers Pavillion, Cambridge Road

Chairman’s Report 2017 – 2018

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.

Sawston Parish Council Audit YE 31st March 2017

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.

Pelican Crossing

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.

Sawston Campus

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

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.


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 2017-2018

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



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