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Traffic Problem? What Traffic Problem? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2015 13:39

rooftruss truckRemember Duxford parish Council recommending refusal of planning permission for an in-fill house in Green Street because of the resulting traffic problem?

Highways said there wouldn't be a problem and on their say-so SCDC granted planing permission.

Take a look at Green Street this morning. The road is completely blocked by an artic delivering roofing trusses. There is also a crane due to position them. This is on top of a dump truck dumping a load of sand straight into the road.

"I told you so" is a bit ineffective now that planning permission has been granted but we need to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Last Monday (23rd Feb.) over 80 residents turned out to voice their opinions about the potential Greenacres development. Most cited traffic problems as their main concern. Again, we're told there won't be a problem. Don't wait until we actually have the problem. Make your concerns known now and write to Andrew Phillips  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before the 13th March 2015. and also to our MP Andrew Lansley This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   and while you're writing to Mr Lansley demand that the government ensures that all 'loop hole' developments, like Greenacres, can only be approved by a government planning inspector after a local referendum (paid for by the developers) votes to agree to them.

 
Thefts from vehicles in Duxford PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:13

There have been a few incidents of thefts from vehicles in and around Duxford recently...

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A theft from a vehicle was reported, Royston Road, Duxford. This occurred on Thursday 19th February at 8.00am. Offenders have entered an open window to a van and have taken various tools. Two other vehicles were also interfered with.

 
A theft from a vehicle was reported, St Johns Street, Duxford. This occurred between Saturday 21st February and Sunday 22nd February. During the hours of darkness, offender(s) have stolen the rear number plate from the vehicle. 


A theft from a vehicle was reported, Blakeland Hill, Duxford. This occurred between Monday 23rd February and Tuesday 24th February. Offender(s) have removed the rear passenger side window to a Transit van and gained entry. Various high valued tools were taken.


A theft from a vehicle was reported, Markby Close, Duxford. This occurred on Monday 23rd February at approximately 6.30pm. Offender(s) have unscrewed the front and the rear index plates. Nothing was seen or heard. 
 
As usual, if you know anything report it on 101 or to Crimestoppers (You don't have to give your name and you may earn a Community Action Trust reward).
 
Greenacres - The Next Step PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:47

Greeacres2 2015I am pleased to report that last night at an extraordinary meeting of Duxford Parish Council we voted unanimously to recommend rejection of the unpopular plan to demolish the dwelling and garage at 8 Greenacres, Duxford and the erection of up to 35 dwellings.

However this is only the first step. A parish council can only make a recommendation. The actual decision lies with the District Council.

My thanks go out to Andrew Phillips who is the SCDC Case Officer handling this application and Paul Mumford who is the SCDC Team Leader for New Communities for attending and giving valuable information on how this application will be handled.

Andrew explained that in spite of Duxford being a Group Village in which developments are limited to eight dwellings and where expansion beyond the Village Envelope should not be permitted, these two factors alone cannot be considered enough for automatic rejection of the scheme. This is because a planning inspector has determined that South Cambridgeshire does not have enough new builds to satisfy the five year plan. We are arguing that this is undemocratic as the two councils were elected under the Representation of the People Act and the planning inspector is unelected, but this is unlikely to have much influence at the moment.


The developers are trying to push this development through before the new regional plan comes into effect. When that happens their window of opportunity will close.

Last night a great number of contradictions and misinformation were found in the documents presented by the developers. The planners took great interest in these and requested that they be reported in detail to them. You will recall this started with incorrect information being published in the first leaflet that Countryside put out in Duxford last year and continued throughout the process. For instance their traffic report states that the development will not adversely affect the traffic situation, but their information was from data gathered in other locations which were suburban or on the outskirts of towns, not country villages. Their documentation states that Duxford school has capacity to cope with an influx of children but this is contrary to what the Board of Governors says and the developers did not consult or even contact the school.

This is the sort of thing we need to convey to the planning department.

The documents submitted by the developers can be found at...  

http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/0276/15/OL&theTabNo=3. 

The application is number S/0276/15/OL and it is dated 2nd Feb. 2015.

You can submit your comments and findings to Andrew Phillips at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  before the 13th March 2015.


My thanks also to Heidi Allen, who also attended last night. Heidi is the Conservative candidate hoping to take over Andrew Lansley's parliamentary seat when he steps down at the forthcoming election. She has spoken out against these 'loop-hole' developments and has promised to support villages like ours if elected. Regardless of your politics what she has to say about these developments is worth reading, as it is making news and spreading the message all over the county. You can find her comments at http://www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk/


Finally a big thank you to everyone who attended the meeting last night or wrote to the parish council, to South Cambs District Council, to Heidi Allen, to Andrew Lansley and to Eric Pickles. The planning officers and Heidi Allen praised the way that everyone behaved and focused on the matter in hand and displayed exceptional solidarity in their comments. Well done all. Duxford can be proud of you.

Now for step two. Please read those documents and make your thoughts known.



John Paulding
Chairman, Duxford Parish Council

 

 
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:25
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