Lane closures A505

The above link gives details of lane closures around the M11 junction and beyond.  From August 16th, lanes will be closed and lights operating between 20:00 and 06:00

DPC Response to Uttlesford Local Plan NUGC Consultation

In the link below you will find the DPC response to Uttlesford District Council regarding the new town, submitted prior to the consultation closing date on Monday 13 August.

DPC letter to UDC under Regulation 19

Friends of Duxford Green Spaces

Following advice from the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS), we have set up the “Friends of Duxford Green Spaces” (FODGS) Association, which is not affiliated to the Parish Council. The current membership is Gillian Heath (Chair), Roy O’Grady (Treasurer) and Emma Lowndes (Secretary). The minutes and agreed constitution of the FODGS inaugural meeting are provided in the links below.

Membership is open to all who wish to join for a nominal fee of £10 joining fee, plus a £10 annual subscription. Members will be kept up to date on progress and will be consulted on any issues arising. We hope that many parishioners will support the project by joining the group, even if unable to give any time. All membership fees collected will go directly towards moving the project forwards.

The FODGS constitution has been drawn up in line with that required for charities, should we wish at some time in the future to change status. By doing this, if the annual income is regularly greater than £5K, we can easily convert to charitable status at a later date. The group has been set up to cover all of Duxford green spaces, but will initially concentrate on fundraising for the landscaping works on Brewery Field.

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FODGS Agenda Jul 2018

Minutes of FODGS Jul 2018


Road Closures for Remembrance Sunday 11th November

Message from Duxford Parish Council

On Remembrance Sunday each year, Duxford Parish Council makes arrangements for the following roads to be temporarily closed (in part) between 10.50am and 11.10am:

  • Hinxton Road
  • Chapel Street
  • St. Peter’s Street

Diversions will be in place at various locations within Duxford Village whilst the Remembrance Ceremony takes place at  Duxford War Memorial Green, close to St. Peter’s Church.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

August 2018 Chatterbox article – corrections as confirmed by DPC

  1. Attendees: Cllr Gillian Heath (FRG&B Committee Chair) omitted
  2. Matters Arising: Peter Harris should be Cllr Ed Harris.
  3. Planning: Cara Homes should be Cala Homes.
  4. Footpaths: Needles in footpaths – the only drug paraphernalia discovered was in the (unlocked) pavilion toilet on the Rec, none elsewhere in the village.
  5. St. John’s Street: DPC have applied for a Local Highway initiative on the Moorfield Road / St. John’s Street junction, asking for either a roundabout or suitable alternative. It is already understood that a roundabout would be unsuitable, but DPC were advised to ask for this initially, so as to receive a professional opinion from Highways.
  6. District Councillor – No attendee said that The Wellcome Trust were “not really bothered about local opinion”, nor “they don’t really care about the locals…” Indeed, there is evidence of extensive local communication and efforts to find compromise in respect of the recent planning proposal.

Thunderstorms and Electricity Network

You may have seen the forecast of unsettled weather over the next few days with heavy rain and lightning affecting parts of the East and South East of England.

We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead and underground power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.

You will be able to find regular updates on our website and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit for the latest updates
  • Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.

If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website:

If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of the current extreme weather. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit for more information.

Community Affairs Officer – East of England

UK Power Networks

Need to improve your digital skills?

Digital Inclusion Directory

Cambridge City Council’s Digital Inclusion Directory provides details of local groups and organisations that can help all types of learners from absolute beginners to those looking to develop their existing digital skills.

This publication has been produced in response to demand from local organisations and the general public and has been compiled in collaboration between Cambridge City Council and other local services.

The directory provides information on where to access support for a variety of digital issues or how to raise greater awareness of digital issues across the City and the surrounding areas. The City Council hope it will be used to help refer people to appropriate sources of assistance for their digital needs and as a handy list of local digital projects and services.

It can also be used to recruit volunteers or Digital Champions and promote some of the existing collective work on digital access.

You can download the Directory from the City Council website here

Living sport – activities for people with disabilities

Activity Interactive Map

Lots to do!
If you are ever looking for sports and physical activity opportunities that are suitable for people with disabilities, whether it is inclusive or disability specific; Living Sport keep a map of over 150 activities on their website as up to date as possible.

There are activities on there for all ages and all disabilities covering the whole county. Some recent updates include Tennis, including wheelchair Tennis at City of Peterborough Tennis club, a national lottery funded Satellite Club with Little Miracles in Ramsey and there is a number of football opportunities for all impairments with Cambridge United Community Trust. These include manual wheelchair and powerchair football at Impington Sports Centre, Visual Impaired and Blind Football in Cambridge and Amputee Football in Bottisham.

To access the map and more on the Living Sport website click here

Hot Weather Advice For Dog Owners

The extraordinary heat of summer 2018 is set to continue, but we’re offering words of advice to dog owners.  As the temperature in the region is set to rise above 30 degrees, we have to think about how the heat is affecting our furry friends. 

  • A little known fact about dogs is – they can’t sweat.
  • The few sweat glands that they do have are usually found on the pads of their paws.  Those paws can easily be burned on hot concrete.
  • The only way your dog can expel heat is by panting.  For long haired dogs, the hot weather can be particularly dangerous.
  • Your dog will still need exercise and want to go out – but you should choose to do it early in the morning or in the late evening when the temperature has fallen.  We are still observing dog walkers taking their best friends out in the midday sun.  This is a dangerous thing to do and should be avoided.
  • Being left in a car – even with the window open a bit – is a lethal situation for dogs and no responsible dog owner should ever do it.  Please don’t leave your dog in the car”.
  • Officers continue to attend vehicles where dogs have been left unattended – and regardless of how long for – we won’t hesitate to break a window to rescue an animal.
  • Dogs rescued from cars will be handed into the care of the RSPCA and won’t be returned to the owner until the question of prosecuting the owner for neglect of the animal, or animal cruelty, has been resolved.
  • If you see a dog trapped in a car, do not hesitate to call the police or the RSPCA to save the animals life.