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   Parish Council vacancy    12 July, 2017

Following the resignation of Wendy Irvin-Braben, there is now a vacancy on the Parish Council. As no election has been called, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor and would like to be considered or would like more information, please contact the Parish Clerk.

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   Building cladding in South Cambridgeshire    12 July, 2017

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell House in London, the SCDC Housing Portfolio Holder reported within days to district councillors about building cladding in South Cambridgeshire and answered further questions at the Scrutiny and Overview Committee on 6 July. Please click here to read the report.

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   City Deal Greenways drop-in events    12 July, 2017

The Greater Cambridge City Deal are holding a series of interactive drop-in exhibitions on a planned network of 12 walking, cycling and equestrian routes linking local villages and the city.

Please read on for dates and times, and a link to a leaflet with a map of all 12 routes.

 

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   Traffic problems in Fen Ditton?    10 July, 2017

The current weight limit for through traffic in Fen Ditton is 18 tonnes; this includes Horningsea Road, Ditton Lane and High Ditch Road. Government guidance indicates that lorries under this weight limit will never have more than two axles. So there should be NO multi-axle lorries passing through the village (there is an exemption for those needing to access properties within it).

Please read on for how to report overweight lorries and other problems involving the roads to the relevant authorities.

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   Solar studs on Wadloes footpath    26 June, 2017

Following requests from residents, the Parish Council funded six solar stud lights in the surface of Wadloes footpath to replace that ones that had stopped working. The work was completed last week, with all the replacement lights now in place.

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   Saturday 24th June - Event at The Plough    26 June, 2017

Fen Ditton Parish Council had no formal notice of this event taking place. It came to our attention as advanced notice letters were dropped through neighbouring residents’ doors earlier in the week. A very big thank you to everyone who was able to respond to the call for help to best mitigate fall-out from this event at short notice.

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   May Bumps - thank you!    19 June, 2017

The Parish Council and the Recreation Ground Trust would like to join in thanking everyone who helped with the car parking and traffic management during the May Bumps last week, and especially all the residents who parked their own cars off the streets on Saturday. As a result, the traffic kept flowing through the village and the visiting cars were able to leave swiftly at the end of the day without the huge queues that sometimes occur.

The beautiful weather brought in even more visitors than usual, with the car parking over all four days raising a grand total of £2539.82 for the Rec Trust.

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   Fen Ditton 800 calls for votes to bag some funds    3 May, 2017

Fen Ditton 800 is bidding to bag a massive cash boost of £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. It is one of the groups on the shortlist for voting by shoppers at the Haverhill store during May and June. Please use your tokens to vote for your local project!

Please read on for more information about Fen Ditton 800 and the Bags of Help scheme.

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   Shed security    2 May, 2017

There have been a number of shed break-ins in the area recently, include several in Fen Ditton on 26th April. Please read on for advice from the police on ways to help keep your property secure and reduce the chance of your becoming a victim of crime

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   Shed and garage burglaries in Fen Ditton    27 April, 2017

The police are investigating seven shed and garage burglaries that have been reported in the last 24 hours. These all appear to have been committed overnight last night (26th April) in Fen Ditton. Three were in High Street, two in Church Street and two in Green End. Where entry was gained, gardening equipment and tools were among the items stolen.

If you have any information about this, or if you discover that your property was targeted as well, please contact the police by calling 101.

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   Car demolishes traffic light at crossroads    18 April, 2017

A car ran into one of the traffic lights at the Horningsea Road pelican crossing over the holiday weekend. Workman were there all today replacing the light on the west side of the road. Unfortunately the temporary traffic lights caused long tailbacks in the area during the rush hour.

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   Burglary on Church Street, Fen Ditton    12 April, 2017

The police have issued reports of a number of crimes committed locally, one of them in Church Street, Fen Ditton.

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   New play equipment on the Rec    27 March, 2017

The Recreation Ground Trust is delighted that the new and upgraded play equipment, bought with grants from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative and the Parish Council, has been installed on the Rec. Although the zip wire still needs tightening, the rest of the equipment is now open and proving very popular.

There will be opening celebrations from 11am on 8th April, organised by the Fen Ditton Toddler Group. All welcome - bring a picnic!

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   Opportunities for viewing outline planning application for major development at Waterbeach Barracks    10 March, 2017

An Outline Planning Application has been submitted for the redevelopment of the former barracks and airfield adjoining Waterbeach. The proposed development includes up to 6500 dwellings, a secondary school and three primary schools, plus areas for retail, recreation and community uses.

Please read on for details of opportunities for viewing the planning application locally.

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   Parking problems and village policing - a message from the Chief Inspector    1 March, 2017

This message from James Sutherland, Chief Inspector and Area Commander for South Cambridgeshire, gives information about the police's strategies on parking enforcement and village policing, including a new police webpage where you can report concerns over parking in the village.

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   Pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Cam approved    16 February, 2017

The application for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Cam from Ditton Meadows was considered at a meeting of the Cambridgeshire County Council planning committee today at Shire Hall. 

All planning committee members voted in favour of the application. 

Please click here to see the full agenda, including comments from the Parish Council, or the full story in the Cambridge News.

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   Bin collection day change - remember to put out your black bin this week!    10 February, 2017

You will have seen the leaflets and yellow posters that have appeared in the village advertising the change in Fen Ditton's bin collection day from Tuesdays to Fridays as from 27th February. The first Friday collection will be on 3rd March, when the blue and green bins will be collected.

The changes mean that after this week the next collection of black bins will not be until Friday 10th March. So don’t forget to put your black bin out for collection this Tuesday morning, and please remind your neighbours too.

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   March meeting of the Parish Council    7 February, 2017

This meeting will be held on on Wednesday 8th March.

Members of the public are welcome at Parish Council meetings, which take normally take place on the first Tuesday of the month and are held in the Recreation Ground Pavilion, Church Street.

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   Car break-ins in Blue Lion Close and High Ditch Road, Fen Ditton    9 January, 2017

The police have issued a report on two cars being broken into overnight on 5th January.

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   January meeting of the Parish Council    24 December, 2016

This meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th January.

Members of the public are welcome at Parish Council meetings, which take normally take place on the first Tuesday of the month and are held in the Recreation Ground Pavilion, Church Street.

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   Bus route 115 from Newmarket Road Park and Ride to Addenbrooke's    5 December, 2016

The Parish Council has just been informed that this bus service (advertised in the October newsletter) will not be running after 14th January 2017, owing to the low numbers of people using it.

For further information, please contact the County Council's Passenger Transport Team on 0345 045 0675.

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   Securing your home - the Bad Wolf test    5 December, 2016

The police have developed an online test so that people can confirm how secure their property is from burglars.

Please read on for more details and to try the test for yourself.

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   The Bobby Scheme    5 December, 2016

Please read on for details of a local charity which provides a service to older or vulnerable people by improving home security to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

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   Work on footpaths in Fen Ditton    30 November, 2016

First, thank you to the volunteers who recently cleared leaf litter from some of most affected footpaths in the village. The District Council has been notified of the need for mechanical street cleaning on the roads and along Wadloes footpath.

County Council contractors will be working to improve the surface of the public footpath through the first field off Green End soon. The work will start on Monday 12th December and should be completed on Wednesday 15th December. This path was extremely muddy and difficult underfoot last winter so hopefully this will be an improvement.

Please continue to report any problems with roads, pavements and footpaths through the county's fault-reporting page.

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   Success in Tesco's Bags of Help initiative!    30 November, 2016

The Recreation Ground Trust is delighted to have been awarded £10,000 from the recent voting event in Tesco's local stores. A big thank you to everyone who used their tokens to support Fen Ditton's project to improve the play area on the Rec.

Watch this space for more details of the planned improvements.

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   Voting in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative is now under way!    31 October, 2016

The Fen Ditton Recreation Ground Trust’s project to update the play sports equipment on the Rec has been chosen to receive £8000, £10 000 or £12 000 from this scheme, depending on shoppers’ votes at local Tesco stores.

Voting started on 31st October and continues until 13th November. Shoppers receive a token with each transaction, which they can use to vote between the three shortlisted projects. Please use your tokens to vote for your local project and help improve the play area.

Please read on for more information.

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   New village noticeboards?    7 October, 2016

The Parish Council will be discussing a proposal to purchase one or more new noticeboards at its meeting on 6th December, and is holding a consultation to find out residents’ views. Please click here to take part in the consultation, which closes on 28th November.

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   Have your say on the planning application for Phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail - FURTHER UPDATE    11 September, 2016

A formal planning application for Phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail, which includes the section through Coldham's Common, Barnwell Junction Pastures and Ditton Meadows, has now been submitted and is open for comment on the County Council’s website.

The consultation period has recently been extended until Friday 7th October.

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   Ditton Meadows cycle bridge planning application still open for comments    9 September, 2016

The County Council has re-opened the planning application for the proposed foot and cycle bridge on Ditton Meadow for comments, so if you wanted to comment earlier but were unable to, there is still time.

Please click here for links to the application documents and an online form for commenting.

Any comments need to be submitted before 29th September.

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   Have your say on City Deal plans to tackle peak-time congestion in Cambridge    30 August, 2016

The Greater Cambridge City Deal team wants your views on their eight-point plan to tackle peak-time congestion in Cambridge. The package of measures was approved in principle by the City Deal's Executive Board in July and feedback now will be used to help shape and improve the approach, with final recommendations due to be considered in January 2017.

The team is keen to hear any issues or concerns you may have about any particular elements so please click here to read more about the proposals and to take part in the consultation. The closing date is Monday 10th October.

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   Parish Council objections to planning application for cycle bridge on Ditton Meadows    16 August, 2016

At its meeting on 2nd August, the Parish Council discussed in detail the County’s planning application to build a joint pedestrian and cycle bridge near the railway bridge on Ditton Meadows. Although the current proposals have addressed some of the criticisms of the initial designs consulted on in July 2014, the Parish Council took the view that they still have many shortcomings.

Please read on for some of the points that are covered in the Parish Council's comments to the County Council and for details of an online petition to the City Council about the bridge, or click here to see our full response.

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   Have you checked when your concessionary bus pass runs out?    3 August, 2016

The County Council want to remind you that it's up to you to check when it does, and to get it renewed. If you don't and your pass has expired you will be refused free travel.

Passes can be renewed up to 6 weeks before their expiry date - please click here to do it online, or call the number printed on the back of your pass.

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   Contractor working on Ditton Meadows in August    28 July, 2016

Bidwells have advised the Parish Council that contractors will be at Fen Ditton Meadows on Tuesday 2nd August and possibly Wednesday 3rd August to carry out works to the gateways. 

They are filling the holes and levelling them in an effort to stop them getting so muddy and churned up.

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   Funding for cycle path upgrades through FD gets approval    19 July, 2016

In a meeting on 9th June the Greater Cambridge City Deal Executive Board gave unanimous approved to the scheme for cycle paths along Horningsea Road and Ditton Lane along with four other schemes. The scheme does leave a small gap between the existing cycle path from Horningsea and the proposed new path, but in a response to Vince Farrar from FD Parish Council on the point, the Board said they would give consideration to this area as part of Tranche 2 of the City Deal.

The Board has delegated approval of the final scheme layout to the Executive Director of Economy, Transport and Environment at Cambridge County Council.

Here is a link to the full minutes of the meeting. The details are on page 20.

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   Ditton Meadows pedestrian/cycle bridge planning application submitted    13 July, 2016

The full planning application for the pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Cam has now been submitted and is available on the Cambridgeshire County Council website. The application number is C/5005/16/CC.

Please click here for links to the application documents and an online form to comment on the application. The closing date for comments is 18th August 2016.

Some people have had difficulty in submitting the online form. If this is the case for you, you may also send in your comments by email, or by post to the planning department at Cambridgeshire County Council, Shire Hall, CAMBRIDGE, CB3 0AP.

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   Keys found on the Rec    12 July, 2016

Some keys have been found on the Rec recently. If you think they might be yours, please phone 07500 117224.

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   Have your say on a possible devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough    9 July, 2016

Local councils, including South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, want your views on a possible devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. They have proposed a deal to Government that could see more decisions made in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by a new organisation called a Combined Authority, with a locally elected Mayor. Currently, Government makes these decisions on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s behalf.

They have voted to consult with the public on proposals that could impact on residents and businesses. By filling out the online survey your views will be taken into account by councillors and partners who are set to debate the issue later in the year.

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   Have your say on proposed changes to district council wards    6 July, 2016

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has been carrying out an electoral review of South Cambridgeshire District Council. It is now inviting comments on its draft recommendations, which include a reduction from 57 to 45 district councillors and that Fen Ditton would become part of a large ward formed by combining three existing wards, which would be jointly represented by three district councillors.

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   24-hour access to Green End needed by Anglian Water tankers    25 June, 2016

A mains sewage pipe has fractured at the pumping station on Green End, causing raw sewage to flow into Osier Holt. Engineering works have started but will extend into next week.

In the meantime, a convoy of specialist tankers are pumping and removing the sewage from the pumping station in Green End, and an area around Wrights Close has been coned off to ensure these large tankers can turn day and night.

When parking along High Street and Church Street, please consider the need for these lorries to pass through without difficulty on a 24-hour basis until further notice.

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   Public exhibition on proposed changes to level crossings    10 June, 2016

The Parish Council has just learned that Network Rail will be holding a public exhibition of initial options for the possible closure or change to public rights of way at level crossings in the Cambridge area today from 2pm to 7pm at Browns Field Youth and Community Centre, 31A Green End Road CB4 1RU. Network Rail and their consultants will be present to explain the options and take feedback. Please click here to see the flyer, which includes a map on its second page.

There is also an online survey on the initial proposals, which will be open until 8th July, to be followed by a second round of public consultation in August/September.

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   Offenders arrested after vehicle break-in on High Ditch Road    8 June, 2016

The police report that on Tuesday 7th May at around 7am an offender was seen breaking into a vehicle in High Ditch Road. The owner stopped him and he was subsequently arrested at the scene. His accomplice was arrested later in the day.

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   Off peak traffic management Ditton Lane 6 - 10 June    2 June, 2016

Traffic management on Ditton Lane between Fison Road and the Primary School will be in place during off-peak time from the 6 - 10 June. This is to enable trial holes to be dug as part of the investigative work necessary for the Cross City Cycling scheme. The TM will be from 9.30 to 15.30 only. Bore holes will also be made at the top of the bank, within the paddock, south of High Ditch Road.

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   Extra Council Meeting - Cycling Route proposals update    19 May, 2016

Following the City Deal consultation by the Cycling Projects Team at Cambridgeshire County Council, they have now incorporated feedback into their revised proposals. The consultation was on the proposals to improve the cycling route along Horningsea Road and Ditton Lane. 

Prior to them going to a Comittee for approval to proceed they are presenting the changes at a special meeting of the Parish Council on the 25th May. This meeting is open to the public. 

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   Results of South Cambs and PCC elections on 5th May    6 May, 2016

In the election for South Cambs District Council yesterday, Robert Turner was re-elected as councillor for The Wilbrahams ward, which includes Fen Ditton. Please click here for more details.

The votes in the election for a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Cambridgeshire police area are still being counted. Please click here to see the results as they come in.

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   Police seek public?s help over thefts of lead from church roofs    6 May, 2016

Thieves may be posing as genuine workers as they systematically strip lead from church roofs across Cambridgeshire, police believe. Following thefts from at least five churches in as many weeks, Cambridgeshire Police has asked the public to help thwart what are believed to be gangs of organised criminals exporting stolen metal by the container-load.

They are urging communities to be on the lookout for seemingly innocent workpeople in the vicinity of vulnerable churches, and not just in isolated locations.

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   Road closed following accident on High Ditch Road    2 May, 2016

High Ditch Road was closed for a time on Monday following a bad accident in the morning. One car appeared to have ended in the ditch while the other had major frontal area damage. There were other cars on the road but it was not clear if they were involved.

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   Theft of lead from church roofs    23 April, 2016

We have been advised by the police of a number of thefts of lead from church roofs locally over the past few weeks. The thefts are significant and have occurred at night, and it is extremely likely that the thieves will continue to target churches in the area until the price of lead drops.

If you notice any suspicious activity around the churchyard, such as vans or trailers visiting after dusk, please contact the police on 101 (or 999 if it is happening there and then) so that they have the opportunity to investigate.

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   Outline planning application for Wing granted    20 April, 2016

After three hours of presentation and discussion at the meeting of the Joint Development Control Committee this morning, Marshall's outline planning application for the Wing development off Newmarket Road was approved, on a majority vote.

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   Advance warning of temporary footpath diversion    15 April, 2016

The Parish Council has been notified that Marshalls is applying for a temporary diversion of Fen Ditton footpath no. 9, to Newmarket Road, for three months from 6th June 6th September.

Please read on for more detail and a map.

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   Criminal damage at the Pavilion    12 April, 2016

Criminal damage was reported, Church Street, Fen Ditton. This occurred between Sunday 10th April and Monday 11th April. Offenders have attempted burglary at the sports pavilion at location.

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   Good weather for the cemetery tidy-up on 2nd April    12 April, 2016

In a welcome contrast to the dismal weather for the 'Clean for the Queen' event in March, the cemetery tidy-up last Saturday morning took place in bright sunshine. The cemetery is looking well tended and cared for, which is much appreciated by those who visit it. The daffodils, primroses and snowdrops have all looked particularly lovely this year, so thanks to everyone who has been involved in planting them in previous years. The new hedging, which was planted last autumn, is also thriving.

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   Information board NOT missing!    6 April, 2016

Please do not be worried that the information board by the churchyard wall has disappeared. It has not gone AWOL but been removed for restoration as its frame was found to be rotten. We look forward to seeing it refurbished and back in place soon.

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   Inconvenience from bonfires in the warm weather    21 March, 2016

Especially in the warm weather when people may have windows wide open, or be enjoying their gardens or drying washing outdoors, smoke from bonfires can cause inconvenience. Please consider your neighbours before deciding to have one.

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   Burglary on Church Street, Fen Ditton    10 March, 2016

Between 11:00 am and 2:24 pm on the 09/03/2016 on Church Street, Fen Ditton, unknown person(s) have forced the rear patio door off its hinges. Jewellery and electronics were reported stolen.

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   'Clean for the Queen' in Fen Ditton    5 March, 2016

About two dozen volunteers braved the cold dank weather this morning (complete with sleet at one point) to take part in 'Clean for the Queen' in the run-up to the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21st April. We hope Her Majesty would be proud of Fen Ditton's contribution to what was billed to be 'the most monumental of all litter clear-ups’.

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   Posts to be installed at the bottom of High Street extension    26 February, 2016

The County Council has recently reinstated the verge on the extension to High Street. To protect this area from damage by vehicles, the Parish Council has been given approval to install wooden posts to mirror those on the verge opposite. The existing posts that have fallen will also be replaced. The Parish Council intends to allow for natural re-growth of the verge and to maintain it as a semi-wild area.

It is expected that the contractors will undertake the installation of the wooden posts by the end of March 2016.

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   City Deal consultation on Cross City Cycling proposals closes Monday 15th February    14 February, 2016

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for the City Deal’s consultation on their proposed Cross City Cycling projects (including one that would involve changes along Ditton Lane and Horningsea Road and to the junction with High Ditch Road and High Street) is Monday 15th February.

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for the county's consultation on the proposed footbridge over the River Cam just east of the railway bridge is Monday 28 July. If you want to have your say and have not already done so, there is still time to complete their survey online. The link is

http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/newbridge

Do not be discouraged if you see a notice that the website may be unavailable because of maintenance work: the link through to the survey itself was working fine earlier today.

Please do this even if you have already signed a petition about the proposals, as the more people send in their views, the more representative the survey results will be.

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   Fen Ditton Recreation Ground Trust consultation on the Pavilion and the Rec    11 February, 2016

There was a good turn-out for the Fen Ditton Recreation Ground Trust’s consultation event on Wednesday evening, when between two and three dozen residents packed into the Pavilion to hear more about the Trust’s suggestions for refurbishing it and refreshing the equipment on the Rec, and to see and comment on the current drawings.

Please read on to see photos taken at the event, and for a link to view all the drawings that were on show and to give feedback.

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   Dog fouling in Fen Ditton?    3 February, 2016

A number of residents have expressed concern at finding dog faeces on the Rec, especially in the children's play area (where there should be no dogs at all, even on a lead). South Cambridgeshire District Council include the following information about dog fouling on their website:

‘Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 it is generally an offence for anyone in charge of a dog to allow it to foul unless they clear it up. If there is a persistent problem with dog fouling in your area we have a number of options.

  • We can investigate, issue warnings, fixed penalty notices or even prosecute persons in charge who fail to clear up after their dog, providing you know who that person is, have witnessed the incident and are prepared to give a statement and possibly go to court
  • We can assess whether there are adequate facilities for the disposal of dog mess in the vicinity
  • We can arrange for ad-hoc clearances of heavily fouled areas’.

If you wish to report an incident of dog fouling to the district council, please click here.

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   One-day events supporting women in business in Cambridgeshire    3 February, 2016

The Parish Council has just learned of a number of free events being run by the Bratton Group on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council with funding from the Government Equalities Office. The aim is to help women grow or start up their own businesses by providing practical advice on IT and social media skills. To find out more and to book a place at one of the events, please click here. Note that places are limited, and that the events in Cambridge (which are being held on 22 February and 15 March) are already almost fulled booked.

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   Do you use the libraries or the mobile library? Have your say on possible changes    3 February, 2016

Cambridgeshire County Council is reviewing its Library Service, with the goal of making additional cost savings of £0.5 million in 2016–17. Before taking any decisions, they are running a public consultation to find out people’s opinions on the different options. One of the options they are considering is a reduction to the mobile library service, which currently visits Fen Ditton every month.

To view the proposals and complete the questionnaire, please click here. The consultation ends on 15th February 2016.

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   Lorry gets stuck down Field Lane    3 February, 2016

Sat navs have been diverting cars and now lorries down Field Lane, a narrow byway at the end of Green End. There has been a spate of cars and vans getting stuck recently and now a Tesco lorry. It was reported that it took two large tow trucks 11 hours to get the lorry out. 

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   BBC interviews Parish Clerk on litter    28 January, 2016

Sarah Smart our parish clerk was interviewed by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning as part of their feature on the costs to the local tax payer of picking up litter and the volounteers that help to keep Fen Ditton tidy.

There was reporting from around the area including a reporter inspecting the littter along Horningsea Road.

Click here to download the audio file This Is BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.m4a

 

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   Good turn-out for the City Deal exhibition at the Pavilion    15 January, 2016

In spite of the cold weather, a steady stream of residents attended the City Deal's drop-in exhibition at the Pavilion yesterday evening to view the detailed maps of the proposed cycling projects in Fen Ditton.

Whether or not you attended the exhibition, the Parish Council would be interested to hear your views on the proposals, which it will be discussing at its meeting on 2nd February. Please click here to take part in our consultation; the closing date is still 1st February as originally stated.

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   Overweight lorries in Fen Ditton?    11 January, 2016

The current weight limit for through traffic in Fen Ditton is 18 tonnes; this includes Horningsea Road, Ditton Lane and High Ditch Road. Government guidance indicates that lorries under this weight limit will never have more than two axles. So there should be NO multi-axle lorries passing through the village (there is an exemption for those needing to access properties within it).

Please read on for how to report overweight lorries and other problems involving the roads to the relevant authorities.

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   Cross City Cycling proposals for Fen Ditton - find out more this Thursday    10 January, 2016

The Greater Cambridge City Deal team are proposing a number of Cross City Cycling projects, one of which would involve changes along Ditton Lane and Horningsea Road and to the junction with High Ditch Road and High Street. These changes are indicated in the leaflet that has recently been delivered within the village.

The map in the leaflet shows little detail but you can find out more by looking at the detailed drawings online or by coming along to the informal drop-in exhibition at the Recreation Ground Pavilion between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 14th January, at which representatives of the City Deal team will be available to answer questions.

Please read on to find out ways in which you can have your say on the proposals.

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   Ancient Shepherds no longer for sale    9 January, 2016

The Parish Council received notification over the weekend that the Ancient Shepherds pub is being removed from the market as the freeholder and Punch Taverns have decided to retain it within their estate as a licensed outlet. This decision was largely due to the early success of the new tenants but also to the fact that it had been registered as an Asset of Community Value. It is welcome news as it removes the uncertainty as to the future of this pub in the village.

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   Have your say - cycling improvement project, Ditton Lane/Horningsea Road    4 January, 2016

Have your say – Cross City Cycling: Five projects to boost and improve cycling across Cambridge including Ditton Lane and Horningsea Road. 

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   Updated plans for Cambridge's new railway station submitted    2 January, 2016

A new set of plans for the Cambridge North station is on the agenda for discussion at this month’s Parish Council meeting.

These revised plans, lodged on 17th December, are modified from the previous application, with the car parking area relocated to allow for a possible multi-storey car-park in the future.

                     Original layout                                           New layout

The Cambridge News has the full story, or you can find the full application here.

If you have any comments from the Fen Ditton residents’ perspective, please comment here; alternatively, let the Parish Clerk know or come along to the Parish Council meeting on 5th January.

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   Fen Ditton's Christmas tree - now lit up!    10 December, 2015
About 50 people attended the lighting-up event on Wednesday evening. A total of £100.00 was collected for the Church Community Hall restoration fund, which will become £125.00 after Gift Aid has been added.
 

Many thanks to the organising committee and all those who helped on the night, especially Mark Cullen for his electrical wizardry, Lesley Helliar as MC, Lauren Thompson for leading the singing, the church and Geoff Peel for the microphone, Linda Allen for allowing us to use her house and carport, the Parish Council for their financial contribution to the event, Number One Horningsea Road for allowing us to use their electricity, and everyone who parked elsewhere for the duration of the event.
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   Road closures on the A14 for three nights next week    10 December, 2015

Highways England have notified the Parish Council that they will be carrying out essential repair work on the A14 bridge over the River Cam from 15th to 18th December. To minimise disruption they will be working overnight between 9pm and 6am but will need to close the westbound carriageway between junctions 36 (Bottisham) and 33 (Milton) while they are doing the work. A clearly signposted diversion will be in place.

Please click here for more details.

Highways England is planning overnight work on the A14 and M11 during the coming weeks, to help make the roads safer and improve the road surface. Subject to weather conditions, the work will start on Monday 16th November. Some parts of it are expected to take several months.

The work will take place overnight. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, they will be closing the roads during the night with signposted diversions in place, and there will be some daytime lane closures with 40mph speed limits. None of the work affects the section of the A14 past Fen Ditton, but you should allow extra time for your journey.

Please click here to see the details.

- See more at: http://www.fenditton.parishcouncil.net/news.php?id=17#sthash.C4hQ39WA.dpuf
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   Theft from a vehicle on High Ditch Road, Fen Ditton    7 December, 2015

Between 8:30 am on 5th December and 3 pm on 6th December, unknown offenders gained entry to a vehicle and items were stolen.

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   Fen Ditton's Christmas tree    6 December, 2015

Many thanks to the band of volunteers who set up this year's Christmas tree on the Village Green yesterday.

The lights will be turned on at 7pm on Wednesday 9th December. Come and join in the fun - wrap up warm, bring a torch and enjoy carols, mulled wine and mince pies!

There will be a collection in aid of the Fen Ditton Church Community Hall restoration fund.

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   The Ancient Shepherds - Community Right to Bid    30 November, 2015

The owner of the Ancient Shepherds public house has informed South Cambs District Council of their intention to sell.

As the Ancient Shepherds is a nominated Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act (2011), the community is given six months to put together a bid to purchase it in order to keep it in community use. For this six-month moratorium period to be triggered, any community group wishing to express an interest in bidding must first submit an 'intention to bid' form to SCDC, to arrive before 5pm on 5th January 2016.

Please click here for further details with a link to the 'intention to bid' form.

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   City Deal's consultation on the Chisholm Trail ends today    29 November, 2015

Just a quick reminder that any responses to the City Deal's consultation on the Chisholm Trail need to be in by tomorrow, 30th November. If you have been trying to complete the online survey but have had difficulty accessing it from other links, the one here is working.

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   Things that go bump in the night?    28 November, 2015

Some residents have been worried by hearing loud noises of metal being moved in the night recently. However, the police have confirmed that these are not due to anything sinister but to emergency repair work being carried out on the railway. This is going on through the night, probably for the next two nights and then there will be scheduled work in January. The people doing the rail work have apologised for the nuisance, not having expected the noise to carry so far.

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   Hedge cutting along Wadloes Footpath planned for 17th December    26 November, 2015

Gonville & Caius College have informed us that hedge cutting works along Wadloes Footpath have been provisionally booked for 17th December. Signs will be put up a few weeks in advance to ensure that cars aren’t parked there on the day at the Fen Ditton end.

These works are necessary to ensure the pathway remains clear throughout the year, and they will be carried out when the hedges are dormant, outside of the bird nesting season.

Please read on for more details.

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   Latest news on the proposed bridge on Ditton Meadows    18 November, 2015

At their meeting on Tuesday, the county council’s Economy and Environment Committee approved a resolution to progress the proposal to build a foot and cycle bridge downstream of the railway bridge on Ditton Meadows. Please click here and here for reports from the Cambridge News.

The county council will be working further on the plans before submitting a formal planning application, which will then be open for comment in the normal way.

Meanwhile, the public consultation on the Chisholm Trail, which includes questions about the proposed bridge, is still open until 30th November. Please click here for further details.

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   Speed limits and overnight road closures on A14 and M11    16 November, 2015

Highways England is planning overnight work on the A14 and M11 during the coming weeks, to help make the roads safer and improve the road surface. Subject to weather conditions, the work will start on Monday 16th November. Some parts of it are expected to take several months.

The work will take place overnight. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, they will be closing the roads during the night with signposted diversions in place, and there will be some daytime lane closures with 40mph speed limits. None of the work affects the section of the A14 past Fen Ditton, but you should allow extra time for your journey.

Please click here to see the details.

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   Ditton Meadows bridge ? approval to proceed going to county council committee    11 November, 2015

A meeting of the county council's Economy and Environment Committee will take place on 17th November; of note is agenda item 4 proposing 'approval to proceed detailed design and planning application' of the Abbey-Chesterton bridge.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and may speak at the meeting if they register three days beforehand.

Here are more details.

There is a report attached to the linked page which makes interesting reading.

 

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   Almost a record turn-out of volunteers for the Autumn Tidy-Up    24 October, 2015

A huge thank you to all 40 volunteers who braved the unpromising weather on Saturday morning to help with the autumn litter-pick and village tidy-up. In the event, the rain held off till just afterwards, and an impressive heap of binbags were filled – on a rough estimate, between 40 and 50 of them.

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   Number 1 B & B opens on Horningsea Road    21 October, 2015

A new B & B has opened at 1 Horningsea Road, next to the village green. While on the outside nothing appears to have changed, the internals have been fully refurbished to a high standard and are likely to benefit local businesses who need short-term accommodation for their staff and visitors. 

There is a link to their website in the Local Directory (under the Local Information tab above), also here.

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   Have your say on the Chisholm Trail    20 October, 2015

A public consultation on proposals for the Chisholm Trail, a foot and cycleway linking the north and south of the city, is now under way.

This mainly off-road route would link residential areas and big employment sites by a path which closely follows the railway line. The Trail would provide an off-road link from Ditton Meadows to other green spaces including Coldham’s Common via a new underpass below Newmarket Road. Proposals include a path along the edge of Ditton Meadows, close to the railway line and widening the jetty under the railway bridge. The route includes the proposed Abbey–Chesterton bridge; however, the bridge and the Trail are separate projects, subject to decisions by different authorities.

Please click here to find out more about this City Deal project, with an estimated cost of at least £8.4m, and fill in the survey. Further details of the proposals are given in the revised version of the Background Paper, here. The consultation closes on 30th November.

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   Theft from a vehicle, Station Road, Stow Cum Quy    18 October, 2015

A theft from a vehicle was reported, Station Road, Stow Cum Quy. This occurred on Saturday 17th October 2015 between 1.30pm and 2.45pm. The passenger front window has been smashed and vehicle entered. A purse and diary were stolen from inside.

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   Have you lost some keys?    17 October, 2015

A bunch of keys was found close to Fen Ditton on 16th October. If you think they might be yours, please contact Parkside Police Station, Cambridge.

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   Have your say on the County Council's budget    16 October, 2015

Residents across Cambridgeshire are being asked for their input in the setting of the County Council’s budget for 2016/17.

Get involved and fill out the survey here: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation

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   Attempted garage break-in on High Street, Fen Ditton    9 October, 2015

Some time between Sunday 4th October and Thursday 8th there was an attempted garage break-in on High Street, Fen Ditton. The roller shutter doors were found to be broken and twisted. Entry was not gained to the garage.

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   Double yellow lines on High Ditch Road?    7 October, 2015

The Parish Council has revised its proposals for double yellow lines on one corner of the junction of Horningsea Road and High Ditch Road plus two passing spaces to address road safety and traffic congestion after considering residents' responses to the consultation on them, held in August. A map showing the revised proposals can be seen here.

At its meeting yesterday evening, it resolved to apply to the County Council for funding to progress the proposals. If this application is successful, the County Council will carry out further consultation before any work goes ahead.

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   New timetable for bus route 196    7 October, 2015

The timetable for bus route 196 will be changing from 26th October. There will be extra buses from Fen Ditton into and out of Cambridge, and slight changes to the times of the current services. Please click here to see the new timetable.

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   Break-in on Church Street, Fen Ditton    6 October, 2015

The police have issued reports of two crimes committed locally, one of them in Church Street, Fen Ditton.

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   New Fen Ditton sign demolished in road accident    5 October, 2015

The new Fen Ditton village and speed limit sign on High Ditch Road was demolished in an accident in the early hours of 5th October. Only one vehicle was involved and no injuries were reported. The damage has been reported to the County Council via their website.

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   Cambridge East Community Forum meeting cancelled    18 September, 2015

The Cambridge East Community Forum that was scheduled for this coming Monday (21st September) has been cancelled.

The next forum meeting is likely to be in the new year and will be added to the calendar once its date is announced.

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   Wing archaeological excavations due to start    8 September, 2015

Archaeological excavations on the field fronting Newmarket Road, located to the east of the North Works and to the west of the now vacant Peugeot dealership at Teversham Corner, are due to start soon.  The site is being excavated as part of the preparatory works for the Wing project, to identify and record potential buried archaeological remains. This is a necessary requirement of the Local Authorities before any development will be allowed to proceed on the site, and of course subject in due course to planning permission being granted.  

Works are due to commence this week in the south-west corner of the field, which will be the site of the temporary used cars dealership that was approved by South Cambs District Council last week.  Works will then roll on across the rest of the field and may last from two to three months.

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   Public access to riverside footpath - update    2 September, 2015

Agents for Gonville and Caius College have put together a draft permissive path agreement between the College and the County Council, on the terms discussed previously with Parish Council representatives (i.e. the route through the boathouse field will effectively remain as a footpath open to the public, with the College reserving the right to close it when necessary). The agreement should be finalised and completed over the coming days.

The agents will endeavour to inform us of any proposed closures of the permissive route in advance and to erect signs notifying the public. Closures will be for planned events (the Bumps and the Autumn Regatta) and at other times deemed necessary for the management of the meadows, or to prevent damage.

The agents have sought quotes from a contractor to make the necessary alterations to the gates at either end (to allow the main gates to remain locked, while permitting pedestrian access). They hope that the work can take place over the next two to three weeks.

In the meantime, they will need to close the cattle out of the boathouse field from 4th September, ahead of the Dragon Boat Festival and the Autumn Regatta which take place on the 12th and the 13th. Access can remain, but they will need to make sure that people close the gate behind them to exclude cattle. Notices will be erected to that effect, and the Parish Council asks that they not be removed by members of the public. 

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   High Ditch Road prowler charged    26 August, 2015

Following our warning notice about a prowler on High Ditch Road on 19th August, where a man was recorded on CCTV trying to access various cars parked on private property, yesterday he was charged with this and other car-related crimes in Cambridge.

A local policeman attending another reported crime on High Ditch Road recognised the prowler from the CCTV footage during their investigations. Stills from the CCTV footage had been sent into the police with a report of the suspicious activity.

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   Break-in on Clayhithe Road, Horningsea    24 August, 2015

On Saturday 22nd August between 7.30pm and 11.00pm, a Ford Transit van was broken into on Priory Road, Horningsea. It appears it has been searched but nothing was taken.

Between Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd , also in Horningsea, on Clayhithe Road, a house was entered and cash was stolen from a purse upstairs.

Finally, another church has been the victim! This time, St Mary’s and St Andrew’s church in Whittlesford, where four items of altar silverware were stolen some time between 16th and 22nd August.

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   Neighbourhood watch hits a home run    20 August, 2015

An eagle eyed cyclist noticed some odd behaviour of a pedestrian coming out of a driveway on High Ditch Road. Having seen the warning on the parish council's website about a prowler in the area the previous day, the cyclist decided to observe the pedestrian with the help of two other passers-by. 

They also noticed an abandoned bicycle in an odd location and even stranger behaviour from the pedestrian. He had climbed over a fence of the pony field and appeared again like a meerkat from Shepherds Close. Putting two and two together and after a brief discussion with the pedestrian, 999 was called, at which point the suspect ran off, only to be picked up by the arriving police.

Some swift roadside investigation indicated that the bike was stolen and that the suspect may be linked to other recurring criminal activity on the High Street. By coincidence, one of the attending police officers thought he recognised the description of the prowler from the previous night. A quick look at some photographs positively identified the prowler as an offender well known to the police and a city resident, who may be having a visit from them in the near future.

Thank you, observant passers-by in helping us keep our village safe.

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   Prowler spotted along High Ditch Road    19 August, 2015

A prowler was spotted going along High Ditch Road at around 02:00 on 19th August 2015 shining a torch in cars, trying car doors and generally snooping around garages.

He was a tall white middle-aged male with a distinctive nose. He was wearing a flat cap, hooded parka style coat, trousers that were a little too short, working gloves and dark trainers.

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   Yellow lines on High Ditch Road?    18 August, 2015

The Parish Council will be discussing a proposal to install double yellow lines on some parts of High Ditch Road at its meeting on 1st September, and is holding a consultation to find out residents’ and local stakeholders’ views on the proposed course of action. Please click here to take part in the consultation, which closes on 31st August.

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   Distraction Burglary in Whitton Close, Swavesey    18 August, 2015

Dear all,
Please see details below of a distraction burglary that took place yesterday in Swavesey. The victim is an elderly female.  Please be aware of this type of offence and ensure that you secure your property even when you are at home. We recommend that you limit access to you property by having any access to the rear of your property secured by a locked gate in addition to having front and rear doors locked. Please also keep an eye out for any vulnerable neighbours you may have.
 
CF0334840815  (Whitton Close, Swavesey )
Distraction Burglary in a dwelling with intent to commit an offence
17/08/2015 11:00 - 17/08/2015 13:00
Smartly dressed male suspect approached resident while she was out on her driveway and offered to do some work to the driveway, resident refused the offer but then noticed the two younger suspects in her front garden to her right who then made off when she challenged them. Upon returning to property resident noticed items missing from her bedroom which is at the rear of the property.

If you have any information which may assist with the investigation into this crime please call 101, reply to this message or call crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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   Burglary on Meadowlands Road, Teversham    15 August, 2015

A burglary was reported, Meadowlands Road, Teversham. This occurred on Saturday 15th August during the night. Offender(s) have entered the property through the rear garden. It appears they have climbed through an insecure rear ground floor window into the kitchen.  A handbag was stolen from the kitchen.

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   Cemetery tree maintenance commencing 18th August    12 August, 2015

The Council have recently received permission from South Cambridgeshire District Council to carry out the work as applied for and previously detailed to the trees along the cemetery boundary and Stanbury Close gardens.

The most significant work will be the felling of three elms, and reducing the height of the ash by 35% and of the single sycamore by 30%. 

The work is planned to start on Tuesday, 18th August, 2015. The contractors are Hudson Timber of Ashwell. 

If you wish to discuss the above at any time please contact the Parish Clerk on 01223 862687 or clerk@fenditton-pc.org.uk

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   Have your say on the County Council?s Rights of Way Improvement Plan    8 August, 2015

Cambridgeshire County Council is seeking people’s views on the draft update to its Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

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   Message from Lucy Frazer    4 August, 2015

We have just received a message from Lucy Frazer, the new MP for South East Cambridgeshire, following the recent meeting in the Pavilion at which we welcomed her to Fen Ditton. Please read on for the text of her message.

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   Latest on the Chisholm Trail    4 August, 2015

There is now a revised document with the background and project plan for the Chishold Trail, including proposals to widen the underpass under the rail bridge. There are also significant changes to the route around the Leper Chapel compared with the previous version.

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   Planning application for 18 houses off High Ditch Rd on agenda for 4th August    2 August, 2015

The planning application for 18 houses off High Ditch Road is on the agenda for discussion by the Parish Council at their meeting in the Pavilion on 4th August, and a response will be agreed after that discussion. Please click here to see the discussion document and proposed response. Members of the public are welcome and may address the meeting to put forward their views during the short open session starting 7.30pm.

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   Application filed for 18 dwellings on Green Belt off High Ditch Road    23 July, 2015

An application for outline planning permission has been filed with South Cambs for 18 dwellings on land at Fleam End Farm with an access road off High Ditch Road. According to the application the land is outside the village framework and in the Green Belt. The scheme includes up to 60% affordable houses to meet the needs of the local community.

If you want more details the planning reference number is S/1289/15/OL. Here is a link to the full application.

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   Parish Registers talk NEW DATE    22 July, 2015

The talk on the Fen Ditton Parish Registers, which was to have taken place at the church on 16th July, has been postponed and will now take place on Wednesday 22nd July. Please spread the word to other people who might want to come.

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   Survey work on Ditton Meadows commencing on 20th July    20 July, 2015

As part of the preparatory work for the new station, Network Rail needs to carry out ground investigations near to the railway bridge over the River Cam. They will be carrying out the work in the week beginning 20th July and will be accessing the site using the existing vehicle route over Ditton Meadows. Please click here for further details.

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   Meet Lucy Frazer your new MP    15 July, 2015

LUCY FRAZER

A short meeting with the recently elected MP for SE Cambridgeshire

 

 

Fen Ditton Recreation Ground Pavilion

7pm to 8pm, Tuesday 28th July

 

There will be limited time for questions. To be more sure yours will be addressed, please contact the Parish Clerk clerk@fenditton-pc.org.uk or (01223 862687) before 27th July.

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   Catalytic converter thefts    10 July, 2015

Do you own a Mercedes Sprinter van or do you know someone who does?  If so, please read this.

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   Bridge working party progress report    2 July, 2015

For those following the proposals for a bridge over the River Cam on Ditton Meadows, here is a link to the latest progress report from the FDPC working party, which will be presented to the July meeting of the parish council.

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   Fund-raising volunteers needed for the July Town Bumps    1 July, 2015

The recent May Bumps raised in excess of £1600 for the Recreation Ground Trust charity and we are keen to build on this success in the July Town Bumps. 

So yet again we are asking if you could have a look at your calendar and see if you would be able to volunteer on Thursday 23rd July and/or Friday 24th July between 4.30 and 9.30pm, to steward at the car parking. Help will also be needed on the Wednesday and Thursday to drop in notices to residents of Church Street and High Street and to put up directional signs and put out bollards.

The Trustees wanted to give you all lots of notice so that hopefully you will be able to support the charity in raising the funds that are needed to maintain the facilities on the recreation ground.

Please let us know if you can help in any way, and when you would prefer to be allocated a slot on the rota, by emailing fdrgt@fenditton-pc.org.uk.

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   Inconvenience from bonfires in the warm weather    22 June, 2015

Especially in the warm weather when people may have windows wide open, or be enjoying their gardens or drying washing outdoors, smoke from bonfires can be a nuisance. Please read on for some recommendations from the district council on ways in which you can minimise any inconvenience to your neighbours.

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   Watch out for new 'Royal Mail' email scam    19 June, 2015

The police have issued a report of a new type of scam email purporting to come from Royal Mail, which actually contains a computer virus. Do not open attachments or click on links in unsolicited emails, regardless of who they are from. Read on for the full report.

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   Councillor Vacancy    18 June, 2015

FEN DITTON PARISH COUNCIL

Chairman: Councillor Vince Farrar

 

C O U N C I L L O R  V A C A N C Y

1. There is a vacancy on the above Council caused by the resignation of Councillor Susannah Ticciati

2. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if, within 14 days (computed in accordance with the Regulations) from the date below, ten electors for the said parish give notice in writing requesting that an election be held.

3. Such notice must be delivered to the Returning Officer at: South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA

4. If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option. If you are interested in filling this vacancy please contact the Parish Clerk directly.

 

Dated: 17th June, 2015 Signed ……………………………..

Sarah Smart – Parish Clerk

 

Address: Barton Ley Bannold Drove, Waterbeach 

Cambridge CB25 9QQ

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   Cambridge Ice Arena gets planning approval    17 June, 2015

The planning application to build a permanent ice rink next to the Newmarket Road park and ride site was unanimously approved this morning, and it may be open in the second half of 2016. Please click here to see the report in the Cambridge News.

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   Your village needs YOU! Can you help with Speed-watch ?    16 June, 2015

The first steps to setting up a Speedwatch group here were taken last night, with Vince Farrar being trained as a Speedwatch operative. The next step is for volunteers and a parishioner co-ordinator to be identified and trained.

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   Overhanging bushes on Plough Hill to be cut back as soon as possible    9 June, 2015

As you may have noticed, high winds have dislodged the foliage from the wall down to the Plough. This was reported to the County Council last week but has got worse overnight and looks as if it may end up blocking the road. 

The County Council has been notified about the increased risk with the pending Bumps event, and plan to send out a team to cut back the bushes soon. The police have also been notified. 

Access down Plough Hill to Green End may be closed off during the work. We will let you know as soon as we get any update.

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   Can you help to shape the future of flood-risk management in Cambridgeshire?    3 June, 2015

Cambridgeshire County Council is seeking people’s views on the content of the updated sections of its flood-risk management strategy.

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   Cambridgeshire Crimestoppers Tackling Crime on Your Doorstep    29 May, 2015

As part of their June 2015 Doorstep Crime campaign, the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is reminding the residents across Cambridgeshire to be aware of doorstep crime during the long days of summer and autumn, and to report any suspicious activity.

Please read their article about rogue trading and distraction burglary, with tips on ways to avoid it, and pass on their advice to your neighbours.

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   Proposed plan for new station on the agenda    24 May, 2015

The parish council will be discussing the proposed development of a new 450 sq m station building at Chesterton Sidings, Cowley Road, including cycle links and extension of the guided busway, at the meeting on 2nd June. 

All the details are on the South Cambs District Council's website; here is the link.

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 22nd May    22 May, 2015

The police have issued reports of two crimes committed locally, one of them in High Street, Fen Ditton.

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   Help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing    21 May, 2015

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are part of a major survey being undertaken by the National Rural Crime Network into rural crime, and are inviting people who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and ASB has on them and their neighbours, and ultimately to help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.

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   Local Plan needs more work    21 May, 2015

Government inspectors examining plans to deliver thousands of new jobs and homes in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire have said that further work is needed to make sure they are sound.

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   Electoral Review proposal to split Fen Ditton parish in two    20 May, 2015

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has been conducting a review of electoral arrangements for Cambridgeshire County Council. They are asking for people’s views on their draft recommendations, which include new electoral divisions, division boundaries and division names across the county.

The recommendations include a proposal to split Fen Ditton parish into two electoral wards.

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   Another successful Village Tidy-Up    18 May, 2015

To all of you who were able to come along to the village tidy-up on Saturday morning, a very big thank you – and also to everyone who picks litter in between the organised spring and autumn tidy-ups. 

On Saturday 30 bags of litter were collected plus a microwave, a television and a handbag with contents. 

The Parish Council is also grateful to Horningsea Parish Council who lend the hoops, reflective jackets, gloves and the majority of the litter pickers, and to South Cambridgeshire District Council who provide the bags and take away the majority of the litter collected.

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 16th May    16 May, 2015

The police have issued reports of two crimes committed locally.

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   Burglary reported on Horningsea Road    15 May, 2015

A burglary was reported, Horningsea Road, Fen Ditton. This occurred on Thursday 14th May during the hours of darkness. Offender(s) have smashed a rear patio window, to gain entry. An untidy search was carried out.

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   Annual Parish Meeting reports    13 May, 2015

At the Church (Community) Hall, Church Street

This is not a council meeting but an open meeting for the whole parish. Councillors and representatives of other organisations present reports and take questions. Come along at 7.30pm on 12th May and find out what has been happening in Fen Ditton over the past year. 

If you missed the meeting and want to see what was reported please click here 

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   Can you help with the Village Tidy Up?    6 May, 2015

If you would like to take part in the spring village tidy up, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Meet at the village sign at 10am on Saturday 16th May.

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   Have your say on what information must accompany planning applications    6 May, 2015

The County Council is currently reviewing its Local Validation List, which specifies what information, over and above the national requirements, must accompany planning applications submitted to Cambridgeshire County Council. They are seeking the views of all participants in the planning process - applicants and their agents, statutory consultees, parish councils and individual members of the public - on their proposals.

For more information and to view the proposals, please click here. The consultation period ends on 27th May 2015.

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   Electors? right to inspect accounts    6 May, 2015

Under the Audit Commission Act 1998 and the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011, any person interested has the right to inspect the Parish Council’s accounts and annual return. For the year ended 31st March 2015 these documents will be available between 8th May and 5th June 2015. Please click here for more information on how to do this.

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   eCops reports of recent crimes locally    5 May, 2015

The police have issued reports of a number of crimes committed locally.

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   Ice rink planning application on the agenda    29 April, 2015

The full planning application for an ice rink (the Cambridge Ice Arena) next to the Newmarket Park and Ride has been lodged with South Cambridgeshire District Council. As usual the parish council is invited to comment and it will be discussed at the meeting on 5th May. 

Here's a link to the full application if you want (a lot) more information.

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   News from Fen Ditton Church Community Hall    21 April, 2015

Fen Ditton Church Community Hall is having a makeover and is temporarily not available for new one-off events. Longstanding regular bookings, such as theSunday Club, Gardening Club and Baby and Toddler group, are carrying on as usual.

A programme of refurbishment is planned for the Hall, and a small Working Party has been formed (with the blessing of the Parochial Church Council) to guide this process. The aim is to breathe new life into the Hall and to restore it to a welcoming, pleasant and safe space for a host of activities and events available to everyone in the village. In a productive first meeting on April 8th, various options for repairs and redecoration were considered and are being followed up.

More information will be circulated as the situation progresses. In the meanwhile, the working party would welcome suggestions and, in particular, offers of practical help. Please use the Hall email to send your ideas and watch this space for further developments!

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   Rubble on the Green - Updated    17 April, 2015

You have most likely noticed the unsightly pile of rubble stored on the Green at the High Street cross roads. The parish council has complained to the County Council about it, asking that it be moved and any damage to the grass repaired. 

UPDATE - Contractor are due to clear away the spoil and add top soil on 21st April. 


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   A number of caravan and boat thefts    17 April, 2015

Just to make you all aware we have had a number of caravan and boat  thefts in the Cambridgeshire area including South Cambs.   In addition to this generators, power tools and heating oil continue to be a target. 
 
These are the crimes specifically relating to this kind of theft since the 9th April 2015 to date and for the whole of Cambridgeshire. 

 

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   Meet the Parliamentary Candidates, Friday 17th April    11 April, 2015

Fulbourn Forum for Community Action have invited all the parliamentary candidates for SE Cambridgeshire to a public meeting at St Vigor's Church, Fulbourn at 7.30pm on Friday 17th April. Please click here to see the poster.

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   Catalytic Converter theft in Teversham    11 April, 2015

To make you aware of a crime that occurred in Teversham overnight of 27th/28th March. The catalytic converter was cut and removed from a car parked in a car parking area near to Sheppard way. This is a particularly audacious crime and very often this kind of thing is carried out in broad daylight, often in public car parks. There is a quite a high value scrap price for these items. If you see someone working on a vehicle with cutting equipment and you don’t know who it is it is well worth calling the police, we would suggest on 999, and if possible take notice of any vehicles being used by those carrying out the “work”
 
Also, we would like to bring to your attention that there have been an increased number of shed and outhouse burglaries in the Sawston neighbourhood, specifically Great Shelford, Stapleford and Hinxton. With the better weather and lighter nights now is a good time to review your home security.

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   AGM of the Cam Valley Forum, Thursday 26th March    12 March, 2015

Cam Valley Forum’s Annual General Meeting will take place in the Pavilion at Trumpington on Thursday 26 March at 7.15.  

The short formal meeting starts at 7.15 pm then, following refreshments, Jed Ramsay, River Manager for the Cam Conservancy, will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘Europe’s Busiest River?’ This will include a brief history of navigation on the Cam and then focus on current issues and the work of the conservancy.

The Trumpington Pavilion is on the west side of King George V Playing Field, Trumpington, at the junction of Anstey Way, Paget Road and Foster Road. There are cycle racks at the front of the building, and limited space for car parking along Foster Road.
 

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   Can you help with the Pavilion and Rec working group?    6 March, 2015

First, a big thank you to everyone who filled in the questionnaire on this subject, either at the drop-in session on 27th September or since then. A total of 56 were returned, including some with very useful detailed comments. As you can imagine, the responses to some questions were very varied, although there was a clearer consensus on others.

The Parish Council is setting up a working group to look at all the responses and make recommendations. If you would like to be involved in this group, please contact Sarah Smart on 01223 862687 or email clerk@fenditton-pc.org.uk.

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   Off-road motorbikes on Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common    3 March, 2015

There have been reports of an increasing number of ‘cross country’ mopeds and motorbikes (mini-bikes) causing damage on both Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common.

No motorbikes (no matter how small) should be on the Meadows (which are privately owned land) or the Common, or on footpaths or cycle routes. Some guidance is available here.

Please report any sightings to the non-emergency local police number (call 101), providing dates, times, numbers and descriptions – whatever information you can.

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   Open meeting about proposed cycle bridge on 25th February - update    3 March, 2015

People who were unable to attend this open meeting may be interested to see a video of its proceedings, here.

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   Thefts from Ford Transit vans    3 March, 2015

Do you own a business where you use a van for your work and keep your tools in your van overnight?  If so, please read this.

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   Have you experienced any 'near misses' at the pedestrian crossing?    3 March, 2015

A number of residents have reported near misses at the pedestrian crossing near the High Ditch Road / High Street / Horningsea Road / Ditton Lane junction, with traffic continuing through the crossing when the traffic lights are red. The Parish Council is keen to collect reports of these near misses, to find out whether or not they follow a pattern.

If you have experienced this yourself, please could you provide details on the consultation here. Thank you.

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   New speed limit in force on High Ditch Road     23 February, 2015

A new 40 mph speed limit over the old railway bridge on High Ditch Road went live today. The Parish Council applied to have the speed limit along this stretch of road reduced as it is a dangerous pinch point and approaching traffic is obscured by the bridge.

The Welcome to Fen Ditton sign was also moved.

    

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   Have your say on the Environment Agency's plans for the river    10 February, 2015

Over the last six years, the Environment Agency has been involved in improving the local rivers, lakes and river estuaries within England. The aim of these improvements is to make better habitats for people and wildlife in which to live, work and use recreationally - generally promoting the sustainable use of our water resources.

The Environment Agency is currently asking for people's opinions on their current draft plans, including an online consultation and a series of local drop-in workshops.

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   Open meeting about proposed cycle bridge on 25th February    9 February, 2015

We have just received confirmation from the County Council that the meeting on 25th February at Barnwell Baptist Church in Howard Road, from 6 to 7.30pm, will be an open meeting and not just for invited participants as had originally been thought. This is part of the extended consultation on the bridge, and the County is intending that an architect will be present to listen.

If you are interested in the proposal to build a new foot and cycle bridge between the Abbey and Chesterton - either for or against - you may like to go to the meeting to put across your views.

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   Watch out for new ?number spoofing? scam    5 February, 2015

The police have issued reports of a new scam being increasingly used by fraudsters, in which they make the people they are phoning believe they are speaking to a trusted organisation by fooling their phones into displaying any number they choose. The scam, known as ‘number spoofing’, works by fraudsters cloning the telephone number of the organisation they want to impersonate and then making it appear on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them on a landline. The fraudsters then gain the person’s trust by highlighting the number to them, claiming that this is proof of their identity, before trying to scam them in various ways.

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   Think twice before posting on social media sites!    5 February, 2015

Many people are aware that criminals use the internet and social media sites to find out information about them, such as where they live and what they like to do. As a number of people are booking winter-sun and skiing holidays at this time of year, it is a concern that they may be advertising the dates when they will be away, as well as address details, when looking for lift-sharing to major airports or ports.

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   Fen Ditton?s parish component of Council Tax to fall slightly in 2015?16    28 January, 2015

The Parish Council debated its budget for 2015–16 at the meeting on 20th January, and then submitted its precept requirement of £21,518 to the district council (please click here to see the breakdown). Although this was a slight increase in the total over last year, SCDC have now informed us that it represents a slight decrease – about 1.3% –  in the amount that will be charged to each household in Fen Ditton for the parish component of the tax. (There are other components as well, which make up a far greater proportion of the total, and these may well go up.)

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 28th January    28 January, 2015

Our PCSO, Julie Hajredini, has issued reports of two crimes since her last eCops message:

23/01 11:10 & 12:10, Station Road, Stow cum Quy. Theft from motor vehicle.
Window in unattended Volvo XC90 smashed, entry gained and handbag stolen from passenger footwell whilst parked in country lane. CF0030610115

24/01 12:15 & 13:44, Newmarket Road Park & Ride. Theft from motor vehicle.
A vehicle was left securely parked and locked at the Park & Ride, when the owner returned she had found her spare wheel had been stolen. It was reported to Police and the offender(s) have been detained. CF0032280115

If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact the police on 101 and quote the relevant CF number.

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   Warnings over criminals posing as police officers    23 January, 2015

The police have issued two warnings today following recent incidents in which men have posed as police officers, one in Northfield Avenue on 20th January and the other in Fulbourn Old Drift, Teversham, on 21st January. Members of the public are advised to be cautious.

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   Have your say on the Cambridge Northern Fringe East area action plan    21 January, 2015

Cambridge City and South Cambs District councils are considering the regeneration of a large area on the opposite side of the River Cam from Fen Ditton. This extends from Milton Road to the railway, and from the A14 to just beyond the Guided Busway extension, including the St John’s Innovation Centre, the Cambridge Business Park, Chesterton sidings, the former Park and Ride, the golf range, the Nuffield Road industrial estate and Anglian Water’s site.

As a first stage they have produced an Issues and Options Report which sets out the main issues and presents some options to address them, and are holding a public consultation on it which is open until 5pm on Monday 2nd February.

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   URGENT - missing person appeal - She's been found.    20 January, 2015

The police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing teenage girl Jasmine Wells aged 14 who has not been seen since yesterday evening.

Please see her photo and description here and contact police on 101 if you have seen or heard from Jasmine in the last 24 hours.

Thank you.

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   House burglaries including thefts of car keys    20 January, 2015

The police report that there have been three house burglaries in which vehicle keys have been the target since the weekend, in Fulbourn, Little Shelford and Barrington.

Do take precautions to make sure any vehicle keys are not within easy reach of doors or windows, especially on the ground floor. Keep them somewhere secure, or take them upstairs with you at night. The models targeted are often high-powered vehicles such as BMWs and Audis.

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   First stage of consultation on changes to electoral boundaries closes Monday 19th January    15 January, 2015

Just a quick reminder that the first stage of the consultation for the independent Local Government Boundary Commission's review of new electoral division boundaries across Cambridgeshire ends on 19th January. If you want to have your say and have not already done so, there is still time.

Please click here to see more details.

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   Commemorating the end of World War II    15 January, 2015

Next summer will be the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In celebration of this, Cambridgeshire County Council has announced that it will be awarding small grants to local groups and organisations to support community activities linked to and inspired by the 70th anniversary, wartime Britain and the 1940’s era.

If you have any ideas on ways of marking this anniversary in Fen Ditton, or if you would be interested in helping to organise an event, please contact the Parish Clerk before 28th February.

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   Some tips on keeping warm and well during the cold weather    15 January, 2015

A Level 3 cold weather warning has been issued, with the Met Office expecting that temperatures will fall below freezing. During this time, the elderly and those who are vulnerable are reminded of some simple life-saving tips about how to stay warm and well in colder weather. Some of them may seem obvious, but they could help you to stay healthy during the colder winter months.

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   Care Network Cambridgeshire call for volunteers ? could you spare some time to help?    13 January, 2015

Care Network Cambridgeshire is a local charity that runs the Help at Home and Community Navigator services. They are looking for volunteers who want to help older, isolated or vulnerable people living in Cambridgeshire to stay independent and maintain social contact.

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   Help protect yourself and your neighbours against telephone scams     13 January, 2015

There has been an increase in the reporting of telephone scams in the last month, particularly the type of calls in which the caller impersonates either a police officer, or a fraud officer or bank employee, and then either tries to get bank account details off the resident or suggests that they will send someone round to collect their bank cards and any valuable items to ‘keep them safe’.

Please be wary of telephone calls warning you of fraudulent activity on your bank account.

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   Interactive crime prevention from Cambridgeshire Constabulary    12 January, 2015

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have developed an interactive website to help people keep their homes secure. On it you can select specific areas of home security for detailed advice, from general maintenance, installations and tips to British Standards Certifications. There is also a self assessment survey, and links to useful organisations. Here is a link to the site.

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   Traffic cones on High Ditch Road/High Street-Updated    10 January, 2015

Traffic cones have been put out on High Ditch Road and part of the High Street. Notices attached that indicate repair work for BT is due to start on 11th January on Ditton Lane. However, calls to the Traffic Management company to clarify the location were confusing, as they have no records of the work or how long it will take. More investigation is ongoing.

Work is scheduled to be completed on the 11th Jan, but more work this time involving digging up the corner of High Ditch and Ditton Lane, is planned in a few weeks.

 

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   Traffic incident Horningsea Road - High Ditch X-road 18:00-Update    28 December, 2014

Access to High Ditch currently blocked maybe cleared by 19.00. Two fire appliances, an ambulance and police in attendance.

Update - 19.30 High Ditch road now clear. Traffic signs are damaged and some debris remains on the road. County Council are sending a team to finish the clear-up later tonight. 

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   Proposal for the extension of the cycle path between A14 and Fison Road    27 December, 2014

A proposal for the extension of the cycle path between the A14 and Fison Road (along Horningsea Road and Ditton Lane) is to be considered by the Parish Council at the meeting on 6th January. If passed, a request based on the proposal will be submitted to the County Council’s cycle team for inclusion on a list of potential schemes. What, if anything, gets delivered may differ from the proposal, which is just intended to start the ball rolling. The route does not lend itself easily to a cycle route and will no doubt be full of compromises, and a more detailed plan may need to be considered at a later date. As ever, if you want to have any input please come along to the meeting or send us an email. Please click here to view the full proposal.

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   Another burglary in Stanbury Close    23 December, 2014

eCops reported two breakins in the village, one on High Street between the 14th and 19th December and another in Stanbury Close on the 17th. We have just received a report of another breakin last night, again in Stanbury Close. 

Here's a link to the eCops update

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 23rd December    23 December, 2014

The Enquiry Offices at Cambourne,  Sawston and Histon Police Stations will be closed from 24th December until 5th January.
 
There has been 7 Crimes to report since the last ecops message on 9th December.

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   Background info on proposed Ice Rink    21 December, 2014

Proposals for a new Ice Rink next to the Park and Ride were presented to the Parish Council at the December meeting. Here is a link to an overview of the presentation. 

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 9th December    10 December, 2014

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have issued reports of 4 crimes since 1st December, and also that a burglar, Oliver Dalby, has recently been sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment for a total of 19 house burglaries across South Cambridgeshire.

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   New PCSO for Fen Ditton    10 December, 2014

As John Coppard has moved on to the Cambourne beat, our PCSO in Fen Ditton is now Julie Hajredini. She covers all the Fulbourn beat villages, which include Teversham, Great and Little Wilbraham, Six Mile Bottom, Fen Ditton, Stow-cum-Quy and Horningsea.

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   Christmas tree lights switched on to the sound of singing    10 December, 2014

The Christmas tree lights were turned on this evening on the village green, in a very seasonal event. Unfortunately the village's oldest resident was not available to press the switch as planned, so John from the Ancient Shepherds stood in.

A splendid array of goodies were available - mince pies, mulled wine and Laurie's famous chocolate brownies. The mulled wine was specially formulated to free up the vocal cords ahead of the Christmas sing.

There was a charity collection for Macmillan Nurses and the Fen Ditton Church Restoration Fund which raised a total of £145.

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   Warm Homes, Healthy People ? help with keeping warm and healthy this winter    9 December, 2014

In the winter months Cambridgeshire County Council works with the voluntary sector to help address the challenges that the cold weather poses for vulnerable groups. This year their Public Health team has developed some resources to support this work.

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   Sheds broken into on High Ditch Road    8 December, 2014

Two sheds were broken into last Thursday night in gardens on High Ditch Road. Some hand tools were taken from one, and it looks like the perpetrators made several visits, including one during the day to disable the security light, so they may have been planning to return.

Clearly we have some undesirables ‘working’ in the area so be extra vigilant and follow the advice on the eCops website.

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   Fen Ditton's Christmas tree    7 December, 2014

Many thanks to the band of volunteers who braved the cold weather on Saturday to set up this year's
Christmas tree on the Village Green.

At the moment it is looking rather drab but that won't be for long - the lights will be turned on at
7pm on Wednesday 10th December.

Come and join in then - wrap up warm, bring a torch and enjoy carols, mulled wine and mince pies!

There will be a charity collection for Macmillan Nurses and the Fen Ditton Church Restoration Fund.

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   Proposal to plant trees on the Village Green    26 November, 2014

As many will have noticed, the trees on Ditton Lane are in poor condition and two have been removed as they had died. The Parish Council has been discussing what to do about replacing them. A report by our tree warden suggests that the replacement trees should be planted on the Village Green (at the crossroads, by the village sign). The proposal will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on 2nd December.

Please click here to see the full report and proposal.

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   Fibre broadband in Fen Ditton now!    20 November, 2014

Following the installation of the larger green cabinet in the High Street, fibre broadband has recently become available within Fen Ditton. To find out whether your line can be upgraded to this faster service, please contact your internet service provider.

Download speeds are 'up to 72.2Mbps', though some residents on High Ditch Road are reporting actual speeds around 37Mbps.

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   Parish Councillor Vacancy    18 November, 2014

Following the resignation of Mr. G Peel there is currently a vacancy on the Fen Ditton Parish Council. As no election has been called the vacancy will be filled by Co-option. If you would like to be considered or would like more information please contact the Parish Clerk.

A brief resume would be useful.

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   Bridge working party needs you!    6 November, 2014

Following the decision by Cambridgeshire County Council to delay progress on a proposed foot and cycle bridge over the River Cam, the Parish Council is to form a working party to look at the issue in detail. Here’s a link to the story so far.

A proposal was put to the November meeting of the Parish Council with suggested terms of reference for the working party and, after some small amendments, was passed. Here's a link to the proposal before the amendments.

As the proposed bridge would have a major impact on Fen Ditton and the surrounding area, it is really important to get volunteers to form the working party and start looking into this as soon as possible. If you think you can help, please let Sarah our clerk know at clerk@fenditton-pc.org.uk.

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   What are your thoughts on the proposed ice rink?    6 November, 2014

As you may have seen in the highlights from the Community Forum, an ice-skating rink is being proposed near the Park and Ride on Newmarket Road in addition to the Wing. Unfortunately we have very little further information at this time but wanted to give as much notice to villagers as possible and get feedback. We will publish more information as it becomes available but in the mean time if you have any questions please go to our consultation page here

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   Changes to bin collections over the winter    4 November, 2014

In order to make savings, South Cambridgeshire District Council will be collecting compostable waste (green bins) less frequently over the winter months, when far less garden waste is put out by residents. The change is being made for December, January and February collections only, with fortnightly collections for the rest of the year. Crews will be working longer days during the summer when there is more garden waste to collect.

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   Our village?s grass verges    3 November, 2014

The Parish Council’s newly formed  working party, tasked with looking at the village’s green verges, has assessed suitable rural areas of the village to leave for natural controlled growth. The High Street extension grass verges, leading down to the river, have been chosen (this excludes the bank running down the side of the wall of Ditton Hall).

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   Highlights from Cambridge East Community Forum on 28 October     31 October, 2014

There have been delays to granting outline planning permission for Wing, and it will possibly be mid 2015 before permission is granted, owing to viability calculations and S106 negotiations. 

District Councillor Robert Turner and the planning officer pointed out that the work associated with a brownfield site and the relocation of existing businesses both add significantly to the costs of developing the site. This in turn affects the viability and may reduce the proportion of affordable homes that can be built to below the 40% that was included in the original outline application.

As a separate project, Marshall’s is considering the addition of an ice-skating rink close to the Park and Ride site, having been approached by a third party who have been looking for a site for some time.

 

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   Rooftop demonstration at Soda Stream office    30 October, 2014

Demonstrators on Soda Stream office roof at Francis Court, High Ditch Road.

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   Have your say in future electoral arrangements for Cambridgeshire    30 October, 2014

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an
electoral review of Cambridgeshire County Council.

The review will draw new electoral division boundaries across Cambridgeshire.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that 63 county
councillors should be elected to the council in future: six fewer than the current
arrangement.

Now it is asking for evidence on a range of issues to help it decide a new pattern of
electoral divisions for Cambridgeshire County Council.

The consultation closes on 19 January 2015.

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   Planning application for two houses on High Ditch Road     29 October, 2014

An outline planning application for two 4-bed houses behind Orchard House will be considered at the November meeting of the Parish Council. Orchard House backs onto the proposed Wing site but will require the demolition of an existing garage to allow access. The full application can be seen here.

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   Beware of door-to-door cold callers    27 October, 2014

The Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team of Cambridgeshire Constabulary has sent out information about a company cold-calling locally, that residents should beware of.

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   Exception Site back on the agenda    23 October, 2014

The topic of an Exception Site, for Affordable Housing for people with a local connection, is back on the agenda again, for the meeting of the Parish Council on 4th November.

The Parish Council has been discussing this topic for some time and is now in a position to consider a proposal to meet the local housing need.

As usual, members of the public can come along at 7.30pm and have their say before the main meeting starts.

Here's a link to the full proposal.

 

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   Impressive haul of rubbish from the Autumn Village Tidy-Up!    23 October, 2014

In all 34 volunteers, including four children and a baby, helped with the autumn village tidy-up on Saturday 18th October. Once again, we were very lucky with the weather.

An impressive heap of rubbish was collected, including 45 full bin-bags, a rusty bicycle frame, several hubcaps and wing mirrors, and a car exhaust.

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   Double yellow lines proposed for parts of High Ditch Road    22 October, 2014

Following numerous complaints and the online consultation that has been running since March 2014, the Parish Council has put together a proposal for double yellow lines to be put down along some parts of High Ditch Road.

The majority of the complaints have been about inconsiderate drivers parking too close to the Horningsea-High Ditch Road junction, which can reduce the view of drivers and cause them to pull out - sometimes into oncoming traffic - before they can see if the road is clear.

The second complaint has been about the damage caused to verges on High Ditch Road when drivers unable past the parked cars mount the verge on the opposite side of the road to get by.

The third problem is for drivers pulling out of Francis Court, who often have to gamble that nothing is approaching as they are unable to see round the parked cars very close to the entrance.

The proposal will be discussed at the November meeting of the Parish Council. Please note that this is just a proposal at this stage, it may be amended at the meeting and your views are welcome either online or at the start of the meeting.

At this stage the Traffic Department has not been consulted so the proposals may have to be amended at a later date based on their policies.

Here's the link to the full proposal.

 

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   Re-think on the proposed foot and cycle bridge    22 October, 2014

The proposal for a foot and cycle bridge over the Cam on Ditton Meadows was discussed by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee yesterday.

As reported on the parish council web site, there has been strong local opposition to this bridge, including a petition signed by 324 people. There were also many criticisms of the way the consultations so far have been run and reported, and the data used to justify the need for a bridge. These concerns were raised at the meeting by people from Fen Ditton and Chesterton. Our County Councillor, John Williams, gave a detailed outline of all the issues and proposed an amendment that would mean the proposals will not to go forward to a full planning application yet, allowing more time for consultation.

Most members of the committee acknowledged the depth of feeling from local people and the need for further work, and approved the amendment.

More details will be published as soon as the summary of decisions taken at the meeting becomes available. In the meantime here's a link to the story in the Cambridge News. 

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   Cambridge East Community Forum - change of venue    22 October, 2014

Please note that the Cambridge East Community Forum on Tuesday 28 October from 7.00pm – 8.30pm will now be held at Abbey Meadows Primary School, Galfrid Road, Cambridge, CB5 8ND.  Please do come along and find out the latest information for all the developments on the eastern fringe of Cambridge and let us know what you’d like to know more about.
 

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   Are you missing an ornamental metal plate?    22 October, 2014

An ornamental metal plate appeared on a doorstep in the High Street recently. If you are missing one, please contact the Parish Clerk who will be happy to help.

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   What information should the County provide to help you plan for the future?    7 October, 2014

Cambridgeshire County Council is working with its colleagues and partners in health and the voluntary and community sector to improve how it provides information and advice for local people to help them plan for the future. They are running an online survey to find out what information people might look for, and where.

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   Proposed cycle bridge goes to next planning stage in spite of strong local opposition    4 October, 2014

According to Cambridgeshire County Council's web site they claim there is strong support for the proposed foot/cycle bridge over the River Cam, between Abbey and Chesterton. There were 885 responses to an online survey conducted in July this year, with 79% of respondents saying they were likely (25%) or very likely (54%) to use the proposed bridge over the Cam.

This will be very disappointing to the 324 local residents who petitioned against the bridge, and the results seem to have overlooked the flaws identified in the survey and the traffic model identified by the Parish Council, for example the very narrow access under the rail bridge and the poor state of the cycling infrastructure in the area especially between the proposed bridge and the Science Park.

County Council officers are now proceeding to take this forward to the first stage of the planning process.

Here's the link to the survey results.

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   River bank protection work planned at Ditton Meadows    11 September, 2014

The Conservators of the River Cam will be installing some river bank protection on the banks at Long Reach, where extensive bank erosion has taken place over many years. The works will consist of a number of pre-vegetated coir rolls secured along the bank.

The work is being undertaken by the Conservators of the River Cam, with the approval of Natural England, the Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency.

This project will not affect the public access over the meadows. The works will take place in mid to late September and last for only a few days.

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 7th September    7 September, 2014

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have issued reports of 9 crimes since the last eCops update.

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   Impressive display at the Fen Ditton Village Show    6 September, 2014

Impressive display at the Fen Ditton Village Show held at the Church Community Hall on Saturday. 

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   Have your say on the future of the county's household recycling service    28 August, 2014

Cambridgeshire County Council is reviewing its Household Recycling Service, with a view to making savings in costs, and are encouraging residents to complete an online questionnaire. This focuses on people’s current use of the service and their thoughts on the options being considered.

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 22 August    27 August, 2014

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have issued reports of 8 crimes since the last eCops update.

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   Have your say on the county's budget for 2015-16    13 August, 2014

Cambridgeshire County Council is reviewing its annual business plan, which includes looking at the authority's priorities and setting its budget for the year 2015-16, with the goal of making savings with minimal impact on front-line services. Before the County's councillors and stakeholders take any final decisions, they would like to gauge local opinion and have started a consultation process. To view the proposals and complete the questionnaire, please click here. The consultation ends on 30th September 2014.

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   Can you help victims get the justice they deserve?    5 August, 2014

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is conducting a short survey to gather opinion on a future 'Community Remedy', to be introduced as part of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This will give victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of antisocial behaviour offenders through a list of 'options', and offer offenders an alternative to going to court and getting a criminal record, with the aim of ultimately reducing reoffending.

For further information about Community Remedy, please click here, and for a link to the questionnaire click here.

The closing date for responses is 8th August.

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   Bridge proposals questioned by Parish Council    31 July, 2014

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking at creating a new foot and cycle bridge over the river Cam which would link the Abbey area of the City to Chesterton close to the existing railway bridge and the site for the new Science Park Station. The Transport Department has asked for views on two possible locations and designs for a bridge.

In response to this request for views the Fen Ditton Parish Council examined the proposal from all aspects and have provided feedback to the Transport Department in detail. Here is a summary of the findings.

The Parish Council (PC) believes the methodology employed in the consultation process was flawed, and was so biased that the PC recommends an independent review.

The PC believes that a combination of the rail bridge underpass pinch point, having to double back along the tow-path and the projected length of the proposed new bridge/ramps would combine to deter many of the projected trips.

The assumption that the proposed bridge would relieve the traffic over the Green Dragon Bridge is based on inaccurate data as indicated by our quick study.

The PC does not believe the surrounding infrastructure could cope with the projected traffic without significant upgrading.

The PC believes there are more appropriate designs and locations for a bridge that have not been considered in the proposal.

The small (cycling) time gain to traffic to/from the north (Fen Ditton) of the rail bridge, by the proposed new bridge that may be achieved in comparison to the existing route would not justify the damage done to the Meadows conservation area.

Most of Fen Ditton's councillors are cyclists and fully support well planned improvements to the cycling facilities around Cambridge.

This is a poorly thought-out plan that has not fully considered the impact on a village in a conservation area and the impact on its residents.

Some residents reported that they had not received a Survey Form and others reported having problems filling in the online survey form due to site maintenance the weekend before the cut-off date.  

To view the full report click here

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   Proposed cycle bridge a bridge too far for some residents of Fen Ditton    30 July, 2014

Judging by the number of signatures on a petition, the proposed bridge options over the River Cam by Ditton Meadows did not go down well with the locals.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Transport Delivery Team is proposing two locations and three designs for a new foot and cycle bridge to link Abbey to Chesterton, in addition to the existing Green Dragon and Riverside bridges. Here's a link to the details.

But, following what appears to have been a flawed consultation and very unconvincing exhibition, a number of Fen Ditton residents organised a petition against the proposals. The overwhelming majority of the people approached were against this proposal and 324 signatures were collected in less than a week.

The main concerns seem to be that on the north bank there is no clear route from the bridge to the new station, and the restricted width of the access to the bridge for cyclists passing under the railway bridge on the south bank. The proposed size, location and reported 5m width were also concerns, even to those who could see a need for a new bridge.

For others, the thought of an imposing new bridge in an area of outstanding natural beauty was unwelcome – and that’s putting it politely.

It was also reported that a number of residents had not received a copy of the survey and were not aware of the proposals until they were asked if they would like to sign the petition.

The petition was delivered to Cambridgeshire County Council’s offices on the 28th July.

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   Have you experienced flooding since 2011?    28 July, 2014

The County Council is looking for information about previous flooding from surface water sources (e.g. damaged sewage pipes, water pipes and overflowing drains and excess water on the roads - not river flooding, which is well documented) so that they can prioritise work to reduce future risk. If you have experienced such flooding since 2011, please contact the Parish Clerk.

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   County's consultation on new bridge closes Monday 28 July     27 July, 2014

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for the county's consultation on the proposed footbridge over the River Cam just east of the railway bridge is Monday 28 July. If you want to have your say and have not already done so, there is still time to complete their survey online.

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 22 July    23 July, 2014

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have issued reports of 4 crimes since the last eCops update.

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   Home security during the summer - some tips from the police    23 July, 2014

Everyone needs a holiday or some time away, but unfortunately almost half of all burglaries happen when a flat or house is empty. By following some simple tips, you can help to make your home secure while you are away.

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   Village Speedwatch Volunteers needed    23 July, 2014

Fen Ditton has been invited to join the Cambridgeshire Constabulary's Speedwatch scheme, along with some of our neighbouring villages, and needs two more volunteers. Here is a link for more information

If you are interested, please let Sarah know at clerk@fenditton-pc.org.uk

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   Park and Ride charges due to come in from 22 July    17 July, 2014

A £1 car parking charge will be introduced from 22 July at each of the five Cambridge Park and Ride sites.

 

The charge was agreed as part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s budget setting as each year the authority has to find around £1 million to run the sites and facilities.

 

Customers will also be able to later this week purchase parking tickets in advance online via www.cambridgeparkandride.com 

 

The £1 charge applies to any motorist who parks at each of the five sites - Babraham Road, Madingley Road, Milton, Newmarket Road and Trumpington.  

 

The £1 charge will allow motorists to park for between 1 and 18 hours. The first hour is free to allow people to drop off or pick up bus passengers or to collect purchases from the John Lewis distribution centre at Trumpington.

 

The new arrangements also allow for better enforcement of disabled bays to stop people using them who do not have blue badges. 

 

There will be no barriers and parking tickets do not have to  be displayed in the vehicle. The system uses cameras that have automatic number plate recognition on entrances and exits to check who has paid to park. Therefore, making it easy and simple for customers of the Park and Ride site.

 

Daily tickets can be purchased from ticket machines outside the main buildings on the sites. Discounted ticket deals can be purchased online or using mobile phones. 

 

Parking for longer than 18 hours will be allowed but the following charges will apply

 

  • Between 18 and 24 hours     £10
  • Between 24 and 48 hours     £20
  • Between 48 and 72 hours     £30

 

The charge to park also applies to concessionary bus pass holders but they can still use their cards to travel on the buses.

 

The new system of advance tickets from www.cambridgeparkandride.com will allow users to book a weekly, four weekly or annual ticket in advance. There is also the option of pay per usage. This will debit the number of days the customer has used the site automatically at the end of the month and will assist people who may work irregular patterns and therefore not benefit from the weekly/four weekly discounts available. The system will automatically calculate if they have used the sites more than 20 times in a four week period and charge them the discounted £18 rate rather than the £1 per day rate.

 

Joseph Whelan, Head of Passenger Transport for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “In an ideal world we would not charge but every year the Council has to find an extra £1 million to look after these sites. The ticket price that people pay at the moment covers their travel but not the cost of providing or looking after the Park and Ride facilities. With Councils being asked to save millions of pounds from services such as social care or looking after children, authorities are left with a hard choice about where they can spend money or find income. We have tried to make the new system as easy as possible to use and believe using Park and Ride still remains one of the best and cost effective ways of getting into Cambridge.”

 
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   Affordable Housing walkabout    15 July, 2014

A troop of Parish Councillors along with representatives from Cambridge ACRE, Hastoe Housing Association and their architect, had a walkabout in Fen Ditton yesterday. We should probably also mention a very young member of the group (1 year), with buggy, who kept us on pace and presented a few challenges over the rough ground.

The walkabout followed on from the survey of housing needs in the village earlier in the year, conducted by Cambridge ACRE. Councillors have been closely examining potential sites throughout the village that could be candidates for an Exception Site to meet the demand highlighted in the survey. For clarity, an Exception Site is a site that could not be used for normal open market housing, but where rules would allow development of a small amount of Affordable homes for people with a local connection. Councillors have also been on a fact finding tour of Exception Sites in other parishes throughout South Cambs, talking to councillors and residents.

While the survey clearly identified a need for affordable housing for local people, support for further development in the village was understandably mixed, making a decision difficult. The Parish Council will be reviewing the results of the walkabout and deciding if we should proceed further at a special meeting on the 5th August. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 6th July    9 July, 2014

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have issed reports of 12 crimes since the last eCops update.

Cambridge Constabulary have issued reports of 7 crimes since the last eCops update - See more at: http://www.fenditton-pc.org.uk/nhw.php?id=209#sthash.CuhYQCo6.dpuf
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   Cambridge East Community Forum (Wing) meeting cancelled    3 July, 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances SCDC have cancelled the Cambridge East Community Forum that was scheduled for this coming Tuesday (8th July).

They will look to reschedule the meeting towards the end of the summer.

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   County Council proposing new foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam    27 June, 2014

Cambridgeshire County Council is proposing to create a new foot and cycle bridge over the River Cam which would link the Abbey ward to Chesterton on private land close to the existing railway bridge and the site for the new Science Park Station.

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   Cambridge Science Park Station given the go-ahead    26 June, 2014

Cambridgeshire County Council have now granted planning permission to build a new railway station adjacent to the Science Park, with a direct bus link from the Busway to the station, and foot and cycleways to nearby roads. Preparation work will start in July 2014. 

Currently the closest crossing to Fen Ditton is the Green Dragon footbridge. A study is currently being carried out into the potential demand and feasibility of building a new bridge over the River Cam near Stourbridge Common/Chesterton. 

Here is the link to all the details, including a map: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/scienceparkstation

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   An old-fashioned English Sunday playing Cricket    25 June, 2014

The wonderful weekend weather and the Fen Ditton Recreation ground provided the perfect setting for an afternoon of cricket. This was aided by the beer and barbecue. The Fen Ditton Cricket club organised a 6-a-side tournament which was won by Elmdon beating the team from Horsheath.  

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   Bumps go off without a (parking) hitch    18 June, 2014

As most villagers will know, Fen Ditton is a popular vantage point for viewing the Bumps in June (rowing on the River Cam, in case you were wondering), which causes a big influx of cars every year.

As usual, the recreation ground was opened up as a car park and villagers were kind enough to help by parking there to allow two-way traffic along the narrow streets.

A really big thank you to all the volunteers who helped with laying out the traffic cones, manning the car park and helping to get the traffic out of the village at the end of the event.

A total of £1,626 was raised at the car park, which will help in the running of the pavilion, recreation ground and other village facilities. 

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   Fire burns for a second night    8 June, 2014

A burning stack fire can be seen on the Fen Ditton skyline for a second night. The Cambridge News reported that lightning triggered a stack fire at the former barracks at Waterbeach early on Saturday morning. 

Here's the full story http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Waterbeach-stack-fire-sparked-by-lightning-strike-to-burn-for-a-few-days-20140608153039.htm

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   Please help look out for Fen Ditton?s horses!    5 June, 2014

If you live near any of the fields with horses in them around the village, you will recognise the people who look after them. If you notice anyone else taking a suspicious interest in the horses, please report it to the police by dialling 101 at once (or 999 if a crime is actually taking place).

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   Handyperson Services ? Tell us what you think    5 June, 2014

Handyperson Services complete ‘odd jobs’ around the home – mainly for people aged 60 plus or who are disabled. Many of the jobs undertaken are too small for general contractors to want to carry out.

Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are working together to develop a countywide Handyperson Service and would be interested to hear your views about the sort of service you would like to see provided.

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   Big Turnout at the Spring Village Tidy Up    27 May, 2014

There were 33 volunteers, including four children, who helped tidy the village on Saturday 10th May and we were very lucky with the weather.

In all, 30 bags of rubbish and various discarded items were collected, including a rusty bicycle, a tyre, hubcap, bucket, garden shears and a small tent - a large ash branch was also found and was quickly recycled! Teams picked from the eastern end of High Ditch Road to the end of Green End, and from the southern end of Ditton Lane to the A14 access on Horningsea Road, including Musgrave Way, Filly Lane and the eastern footpath to the Recreation Ground. Picking was also done on the Recreation Ground and along Wadloes footpath.

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   Break-in at the Pavilion    17 May, 2014

The Cambridge News reported that

'Raiders ransacked a sports pavilion in Fen Ditton after criminals hurled a brick through a window.

Police are appealing for information about the burglary in Green End which happened over the weekend.

They searched cupboards in the kitchen but nothing stolen and police say the crime will be “filed as no evidence to confirm suspects at this stage”.'

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   Latest information from eCops, issued 14th May    14 May, 2014

Cambridge Constabulary have issued reports of 7 crimes since the last eCops update.

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   Rogue Trading incident(s)    9 May, 2014

ecops have sent out two warnings about rogue traders.

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   Spring Village Tidy Up 10th May    3 May, 2014

Urgent - more volunteers needed - 10th May

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   Found mountain bike    3 May, 2014

A mountain bike has been found in Fen Ditton

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   Annual Parish Meeting 20th May    3 May, 2014

Annual Parish Meeting is to be held on Tuesday, 20th May in the Church Hall.

 

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   Village Tidy Up Re-scheduled for 10th May    22 April, 2014

Village Tidy Up Re-scheduled for 10th May 2014.

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   3 x Burglary from shed / garages + Burglary    16 April, 2014

Latest info from e-cops, issued 16 April 2014

1 x Burglary with intent to commit an offence - occurred between 10 – 2pm on 06/03 on High Ditch Road, entry was gained using a key obtained from the key safe attached to the wall. Once inside an untidy search has been conducted in multiple rooms. Approximately 6 silver engraved drinking tankards have been removed from the lounge of the location. No other items appear to have been taken. CF00851303142 x

Theft from premises at Scottsdale’s Garden Centre, Horningsea  Now identified males was seen on CCTV committing theft of yankee candles from the store on 05/03 and is awaiting court date for sentencing as he admitted crime in interview. The other theft was 45 bags of compost – which has been filed as no CCTV evidence and no witnesses due to time of offence.  CF0091880314 unknown offender/s has gained entry at rear of premises between 6.00pm on the 10/03 and 7.30am on 11/03.

1 x Theft of Motor Vehicle- occurred on 19/03 between 11.30 – 4.30pm unknown person has stolen a motor cycle from the rear car park at the Newmarket park and ride site - CCTV does not show an offender and the victim has now had his motorcycle returned after being found in a close near to where he lives. Crime has been closed and filed.

1 x Theft of pedal cycle – occurred at the Newmarket Park and Ride site between 27/03 -29/03 the cycle lock was cut and left lying on the ground, no witnesses or CCTV has provided Police with and offender and crime has been closed.

1 x Theft – Between 03/04/-04/04 Unknown offender/s have removed bolt and padlock from back gate to THE WHEATSHEAF, STOW RD, STOW CUM QUY. No sign of damage no witnesses or CCTV available crime has been now closed.

1 x Theft – at around 10pm on 08/04 3 dogs were stolen from the Gate house on station Road Stow Cum Quy, from a dog breeder of cocker spaniels, 3 dogs removed by cutting a hole in the wire fence. 2 dogs were found nearby and the 3rd has been found handed into wood green animal shelter. This has now been reunited with its owner. Increased security measures have now been put in place by the owner at location to try and detect any further intruders as this type of crime is on-going across the south Cambridgeshire area.

3 x Burglary from shed / garages occurred on 08/04 on church street Fen Ditton, Unknown offenders were disturbed by resident threats were made and offenders made off in a silver coloured vehicle no registration number known and offenders not identified, CF0128740414

1 x Production of controlled drugs found to in a garage that was broken into in the above crimes resident was found to be cultivating cannabis – crime has been raised and the resident has been cautioned as first time offence as he admitted it for personal use. Now closed and filed.

3 x Theft from motor vehicle/s occurred on 11/04/ between 3.00pm -3.00am on the 11/04 3 vehicle's broken into a Quy Mill Hotel, one of those had a smashed window were a handbag was taken. CF0132880414

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   Gang Targeting High Powered cars    13 March, 2014

eops is warning all South Cambs residents to be vigilant following two attempted  thefts of keys in the last 24 hours. The two attempted burglaries which occurred in Foxton and Harston are suspected to be attempts to take keys to high powered cars on drive ways.

The usual advice remains:
- Keep car keys out of sight
- Never leave key near a door or window

Work is ongoing to identify suspects, who were reported in Foxton to have made away in an older Style 2006 blue Vauxhal Vectra. Three white males in their mid 20's were seen on both occasion.

Please report cars similar to this, with male occupant matching this description if seen in suspicious circumstances to the police.

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   Theft from cars in the area    6 March, 2014

ecops have reported a spate of theft from cars in the area. 

1 x Theft from a motor vehicle, this occurred at the lay-by on Clayhithe Road, Horningsea.  Unknown offender has smashed front passenger window of aggrieves vehicle & stolen handbag from within which was hidden under the front passenger seat.

1 x Theft from motor vehicle, Blue lion close, Fen Ditton, occurred overnight between 26/02 at 8.30pm and 27/02 at 7.30am unknown offender has smashed front nearside window of white Vauxhall Corsa hatchback, index ak62myp, by unknown means whilst vehicle parked on front drive of terraced house. entry gained, handbag stolen from underneath front passenger seat and bank card stolen from glovebox.cf0074160214

1 x Theft from motor vehicle, Quy Mill Hotel, Church Road, Stow Cum Quy, occurred between 6.30 -7.30pm on 03/03 Unknown offender has stolen the aggrieves handbag from her car and has tried to use a bank card to withdraw £100 from her account.

1 x Theft from motor vehicle occurred overnight in a lay-by on the A14 junction with Horningsea/Fen Ditton. Unknown suspects have cut through side panel of a foreign lorry, whereby they have gained entry & stolen 15 packets of compact cleaners. CF0062690214

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   Double Yellow lines for Fen Ditton ?    6 March, 2014

Don't panic, this was just to get your attention!

The parish council just wants to hear your views on the parking problems at the B1047 Horningsea Road – High Ditch Road/High Street crossroads.

Click here for the detail and a feedback form.

 
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   Bogus caller targeting older people    5 March, 2014

We have received this notice from the Histon Police:

We have received a report this morning from about what appears to be a bogus caller targeting older people.  He is going to properties that have solar panels fitted stating that he needs to check the meter and asking the home owner/tenant if they have a step ladder.  He does not offer any form of ID.  He is described as wearing glasses and around 5’ 5” to 6’ no real distinguishing features.  Apparently when questioned he ran off. This incident may also be linked to similar reports in Bassingbourn and Harston over the past few months.
 
Please be aware of this incident and report anything suspicious to the police.

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   High Ditch Road 30 speed limit to be extended    25 February, 2014

The old railway bridge on High Ditch Road can be a dangerous pinch point if you meet a truck coming the other way, or if two cars and a pedestrian or cyclist approach at the same time. As you can see from the photo, two cars and a cyclist would be a tight fit at best, if a driver tried to overtake the cyclist on the blind approach. In spite of this, the speed limit over the bridge is currently a high flying 60 mph - not that many would be mad enough to try.

 

The parish council applied to the Local Highways Improvement scheme to have the speed limit on the High Ditch entrance into the village beyond the old railway bridge lowered. The assessment panel were convinced by the Council’s assessment of the risks and have agreed to extend the current 30 limit. 

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   Theft of Pedal Cycle on High Street    13 February, 2014

ecops has reported the theft of Pedal Cycle –Between 10.30 on 12/02 and 8.00 on 13/02 on the High Street in Fen Ditton unknown offender has stolen a cycle from the rear of car port which was out of sight from the street as victim parks her car in front of it.

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   Flooding Information    7 February, 2014

Sandbags for homes at risk of flooding

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   Community wardens - Do you need help at home?    7 February, 2014

Do you, or do you know someone that needs support at home? 

Cambridgeshire Age UK have a team of wardens helping people in later life to continue to live in their own homes, but need a bit of extra support. Click here for more info.

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   Have you got transport problems, or want to be a volunteer driver?    7 February, 2014

The Cambridgeshire Care Network has approached us to see if there is sufficient demand within Fen Ditton to extend the scheme here. Click here for the details.

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   Prowler spotted along High Ditch Road    1 February, 2014

A prowler was spotted going in and out of property along High Ditch road in the early hours of this morning (02:15). He seemed mostly interested in garages. The prowler was male, wearing a camouflage jacket with a hood, which was up and hiding his face. He was also wearing dark trainers with white soles.

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   Steady stream of visitors at the Wing Drop-in    30 January, 2014

Steady stream of visitors at the Wing Drop-in

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   Do we need more affordable homes in Fen Ditton ?    25 January, 2014

This is an answer Cambridge ACRE has been asked to find out by South Cams DC and a Housing Association. Householders in the parish should have received a Housing Needs Survey form by now. The aim of the survey is to identify if there is a shortage of affordable housing for local people. Any homes built as a result would specifically be for locals or people with a connection to the village.

As any homes built would built on an “exception site” they could be built on land not normally available for development. For full details click here.

The form must be returned by the 14th February 2014. So if you have an interest in more affordable housing in the village, or you are against the idea it is important to return your form.  

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   New Neighbourhood Watch web page    24 January, 2014


We’ve added a new feature on the web site, a Neighbourhood Watch section tab on the main menu bar. The plan is to put any crime related news and notices here, rather than have them on the home page itself.

So if you see anything suspicious in the village, drop us an email as well as contacting the police and we will put it on the web site fairly quickly to warn your neighbours.

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   Burglary in Fen Ditton area - Missing Bronze statue    22 January, 2014

Our local police are appealing for information in relation to a burglary that occurred on the 16/01/2014 at around 9.40pm. in the fen Ditton area. A glass window was broken and unknown suspects have reached into the property and have stolen a few items including a destinctive bronze statue. This piece in particular will stand out if anyone sees it. Click here to view the statue.

If you do remember hearing or seeing anything at the time of the offence please call police on 101 and quote CF0019120114 to report.

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   Paper Copies of Wing Plans available    15 January, 2014

The Parish Council has one paper copy of the Wing Outline Plans available for those who do not have internet access or who find it difficult to read online. It is not a full set but it contains the main documents.

If you want to borrow the plans or know of a neighbour who might be interested, please contact the parish clerk.

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   Identifying heat losses from your home    15 January, 2014

As some of you will know, last year the parish had the loan of a thermal imaging camera and many of us took advantage of this to identify where our expensive heat was escaping from - no doubt resulting in a few trips to the local DIY store. 

Fortunately for those of us who would like to see if our measures worked, or for anyone else wishing to do a heat loss survey, the camera is available again this winter. This usually involves a short training course. If you are interested, please contact the parish clerk for more details.

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   Man fined for Fly Tipping on Low Fen Drove Way    13 January, 2014

Coleridge man, Tarek Aldairy was fined £200 and ordered to pay £370 in costs at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court, after rubbish was dumped in Low Fen Drove Way, Fen Ditton, Derwent Close and Cherry Hinton.

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   Ad Hoc Parish Council meeting called to discuss Wing    10 January, 2014

Owing to the size of the recent outline planning application by Marshall's for 1300 homes between Newmarket Road and High Ditch Road, the Parish Council will be holding an Ad Hoc meeting on Tuesday 21st January, starting at 7.30pm. The budget for 2014 will also be considered at this meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend, as usual.

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   Wing outline planning application goes live    2 January, 2014

Wing outline planning application goes live on the South Cambs web site. Consultation on the planning application will run from 3rd January 2014 to 14th February 2014.

See full story for the link to the South Cambs web site. 

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   Marshall's submits plans for 1,300 homes     19 December, 2013

Today's Cambridge news has reported that Marshalls has submitted the anticipated plans for 1,300 homes. 

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   High winds blow over our Christmas tree    19 December, 2013

Last night's high hinds blow over the Christmas tree.

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   Fen Ditton gets a new street    16 December, 2013

The street sign went up on Fen Ditton's new street recently. 

As the re-development of the old Blue Lion pub site comes to an end, the street sign has gone up. Most of the new houses are now sold, so a big welcome to our new residents.

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   Christmas tree goes up in Fen Ditton    14 December, 2013

Volunteers erected the annual Christmas tree in Fen Ditton today at the Horningsea Road High-street crossroads. See full story for the photo.

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   Fen Ditton village sign to be moved?    11 December, 2013

The Fen Ditton village sign on High Ditch Road may be being moved. Itcurrent position causes a hazard to residents in the nearby houses by blocking their view of the road when driving out of their drive.

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   Chancellor's Autumn Statement mentioned Cambridge area    10 December, 2013

George Osborne, The Chancellor, in his Autumn Statement 2013 mentioned the Greater Cambridge Area –

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   Community Awards - request for nominations    5 December, 2013

The District Council's fourth annual Community Awards are now open for nominations. 

http://fenditton-pc.org.uk/consultations.php?template=2&id=183

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   ITV Series Secret Dealers looking for applicants in Cambridge!    4 December, 2013

RDF Television in Bristol  – makers of The Secret Millionaire and Dickinson’s Real Deal, are now producing the 5th series of the antique series “Secret Dealers.” In the next series they would love to visit the Cambridge area and have emailed the parish clerk, see the attached flyer for all the details. 

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   A14 to go ahead without the Tolls    3 December, 2013

Today's FT reported that the Treasuary is to fund the A14 expanion and has dropped the idea of it being a Toll road.

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   Crime wave hits Waterbeach    3 December, 2013

8 homes hit in one night reported in the Cambridge News. 

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   Wing architectural competition Results    2 December, 2013

Here's a list of the winning entries for the Wing architectural competition. 

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   Police issue postcode hotspots as burglaries increase    30 November, 2013

CB1 and CB4 are burglary hotspots according to Cambridgeshire police. 

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   Wing architect design awards    29 November, 2013

Judges spent most of yesterday afternoon judging the entries of the Wing architect design competition. The Fen Ditton PC chairman was part of the panel. 

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   New Fen Ditton Parish Council website launched    27 November, 2013

The new Fen Ditton Parish Council website has been launched.

The new website includes lots of information about the Parish Council and the local area. Read on to find out more...

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   Ditton Lane footpath widening improvement    27 November, 2013

Fen Ditton won a bid under the Cambridgeshire County Council's Local Highway Improvement Initiative last month. 

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   Cambs County Council Draft new constitution    25 November, 2013

The County Council's Constitution and Ethics Committee is recommending a draft new Constitution for Cambridgeshire County Council.

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   Floating wreck moored on the Meadows    25 November, 2013

A floating wreck has been moored on the Meadows. 

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   South Cambs Community Award nominations    20 November, 2013

South Cambridgeshire District Council looking for nominations. 

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   Break-in on Church Street    18 November, 2013

Break in on Church Street some time between 7-10/11/13

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   Margaret hedges her bets with a RNLI good-bye    17 November, 2013

Good bye to Margaret, we'll all miss you. 

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   Burglary on Green End    16 November, 2013

Burglary on Green End. Entry was forced by breaking a rear window. 

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   Fen Ditton Primary School donate ?85 to Royal British Legion    11 November, 2013

Fen Ditton Primary School donated £85 to Royal British Legion and visited the Fen Ditton war memorial on Remembrance Sunday. 

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