The former Spicers Site – development proposal

Huawei is seeking to develop a new research and development facility at the site on unused shrubland to the west of the existing buildings.

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted in September 2018 and has allocated the former Spicers site in Sawston as an Established Employment Area which means an appropriate development for employment use is permitted.

We would like to invite you to view the proposals and share your views before an application is submitted to the Council.  We look forward to meeting you at the exhibition.

Click on this link to find details of the exhibition.

Stay stronger for longer

‘Stay Stronger for Longer’ highlights how strength and balance exercises help lots of people to keep doing the things they enjoy – for longer.

There are several ways you can improve your strength and balance:

Attend a fun and sociable strength and balance exercise class.  Find Stay Stronger for Longer courses near you.



If you would like to speak to somebody about a strength and balance class and live in Cambridgeshire, contact Forever Active on 07432 480105

You can do a combination of any of these at least twice a week, the more the better.

New Charges for Additional Green Bins

Since 1 April 2019, residents have to pay a small annual fee to have their additional green bin(s) collected.

  • In case of any delays with dispatch, we will continue to empty bin without a permit until the end of the April. Crews leave a card advising residents about the policy change and to prompt them to pay.
  • Anyone who now orders an additional green bin is automatically asked to pay for the permit at the time of ordering.
  • Bins and permit can up to 14 days to arrive.
  • After the 30th April, we will not empty additional bin unless it has a permit displayed.

Every household in South Cambridgeshire is entitled to one green bin for food and garden waste, which we collect fortnightly from March to November and monthly from December to February.

You can pay to have up to a further three green bins, which we’ll empty along with your first green bin. The fees for extra green bins are:

  • £20 from 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019 for each additional bin
  • £35 from 1 October 2019 for each additional bin

You may subscribe and pay for permits at any time but we will charge the full amount. There are no discounts or concessions.

You will receive a reminder in September asking if you wish to remain in the scheme and pay for the next year. If you renew in September, the charge for a full year is £35 per additional bin.

Is your sewage treated by Huntsman?

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Sewage treatment by Huntsman

Dear Neighbour

If you are one of the Duxford households whose sewage is treated by Huntsman on behalf of South Cambridgeshire District Council or Anglian Water this message is for you.

Over the last few years the sewage pumps on our site have been regularly blocked by disposable nappies, nappy bags, rags, towels, wet wipes etc which we think are being flushed down the domestic toilets.

This is creating a difficult and unpleasant job for our staff who have to physically remove the soiled items. This has from time to time led to blockages in the street sewers with the risk of raw sewage backing up into your street drains, houses and gardens.

Disposable nappies must never be flushed down a toilet, they should be disposed of in the black wheelie bin. Wet wipes are often claimed to be ‘flushable’, however, these get caught up in the pipework and very quickly lead to blockages so please refrain from putting them down the toilet.

Remember the “3Ps” ie. the only thing to go down the toilet is Paper, Poo and Pee.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Craig Dunnett

Site Environment, Health & Safety Manager

Telephone 01223 493084

E mail

Need a Helping Hand?

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Keep Your Head website is a central point for information on children and young people’s mental health and well-being in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  Find the link to their adult webpages here.

The Citizens Advice Bureau can offer help and advice on the following subjects – follow the links below to find out more on individual topics:



Prescription Service

When I decided to start a weekly prescription service from Sawston medical practice in 2015, I had no idea of the impact on, and need for, community participation.  We decided to ‘piggyback’ on the time Nick, our travelling postmaster is open for business at the United Reformed Church in the hope of complimenting each other.

In that time, we’ve collected over £2,400 for many local charities with our voluntary contributions for refreshments. The charities to have benefited so far are: Children in Need, East Anglian Hospice, Marie Curie, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Arthur Rank Hospice, ACT, Encephalitis Society, Duxford appeal, Macmillan, Alzheimer’s research, Aid for Syria and the Duxford community centre.

A surprise added bonus is our merry band of men who also join our ladies for coffee although they draw the line at knitting with us!

Our knitters circle started when it was suggested we make something useful instead of idly chatting and sipping coffee. So far many blankets, twiddlemuffs, clothes for children in Syria and premature baby clothes for the Rosie have been made.

Naturally, those not conversant with a knitting needle are more than welcome – as long as you enjoy good company and a laugh, you’ll be warmly received.

  • The prescription service is for any resident in Duxford to use as long as you’re exempt from payment or have signed up for a pre payment card;
  • Sadly I’m unable to take payment at the URC;
  • …and of course you need to collect from me on a Wednesday between 9.30 and 12 noon;
  • Unclaimed medication will be returned to the health centre.

Our coffee morning is open to anyone so please pay us a visit sometime, you’ll get more than just a smile.

Have your say about Policing in South Cambridgeshire


Please help us shape the way we do things by completing the attached survey via the link below.

It takes on average 6 minutes and it will provide us with a framework to ensure that we are fully sighted on what our communities want.

PCSO Chris Wiseman

Partnership and Prevention team

Sawston area

South Cambs

T: 101| M: 07734068158

Sawston Police Station| 4 Cambridge Road | Sawston | Cambridgeshire | CB22 3DG

TCS Litter Pick a Great Success!

This morning’s litter pick was a great success, supported by our MP, Heidi Allen.

There was a good turnout from Duxford village – and even from nearby Elmdon – sincere thanks to everyone who attended and especially to our very own superhero TCS and his tireless support team!

The resulting haul of many black bags could only just be crammed into the support vehicle.


Call for Development Sites

On 13th March, Duxford Parish Council received a request for a meeting with Gonville & Caius College, who own substantial areas of farmland next to the village – see attached map.

The college said they are “preparing proposals for the latest ‘call for sites’ and want to discuss these with the Parish Council and if possible reflect the village’s views in these proposals”, with the aim being to “develop a better understanding of Duxford’s current and future needs”.

DPC still hopes to meet G&C before the 25th March deadline for submission of sites to the County Council (, leaving little time to consult parishioners.

We nevertheless invite your views and comments using the ‘contact us’ tab or by email to your parish clerk

Click on the link below to see the extensive landholding of G & C (pink areas)

G & C A48089 Duxford Holding