Tree Planting on Brewery Field

We have recently planted almost 100 free trees as well as some bigger trees on Brewery Field – with the help of volunteers from the parish including some provided by local company SMT – thank you!

See the photos and read all about it on the Friends of Duxford Green Spaces Blog: https://friendsofduxfordgreenspaces.org/blog/

Please think about becoming a “Friend” – you can join or make a donation on the website.

Duxford Parish Maintenance Contracts out for tender

The current maintenance contracts for Duxford Parish Council run until the end of March 2020. The updated contracts are attached, together with their associated maps to clarify locations and a guidance document.

The new contracts are intended to run for 3 years, but will be reviewed each year, with either party able to withdraw from the contract without penalty, following the annual review.

If you are interested in tendering for any or all of the attached contracts, please submit your tender/s to Clerk@duxfordvillage.com by close of business on the 10th December. Email the Clerk if you require further clarification.

Citi 7 changes

For those with normal eyesight (!), journeys that currently start or end at Sawston Medical Centre will extend to start or end at the White Horse
07:02 journey between Stetchworth and Whitehill Estate will operate 6 minutes later between Stetchworth and Tesco in Fulbourn only (Monday to Friday). 
No change to departure times between Tesco in Fulbourn and Whitehill Estate.
Full details and copies of the timetable can be obtained by contacting Stagecoach directly on 01223 433250 or Cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Or contact Passenger Transport Services Phone: 0345 045 0675
Email: passenger.transport@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Post: Passenger Transport Team, Box SH1013, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP

Whittlesford Transport Master Plan presentation

This Thursday’s October 10th Duxford Parish Council meeting will open at 8pm with a presentation of the Whittlesford Transport Masterplan from the Greater Cambridge Partnership Project Manager. This will be followed by a Q & A session and then the usual open forum and Parish Council Meeting.

You are welcome to come along even if you don’t wish to stay for the DPC meeting.

Let’s Get Moving!

Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire aims to improve the health of the Cambridgeshire population, specifically by increasing levels of physical activity. This will be done by promoting existing opportunities, developing new opportunities, and supporting individuals that require support to achieve their goals.

Examples of successful activities happening within South Cambridgeshire District due to LGM,

Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire is supporting Buggybootcamp, which is an exercise class for mums with their babies. There are three sessions currently taking place in South Cambridgeshire at Waterbeach and Melbourn.

Walk for Fun, friendly groups lead by volunteers, allowing for all speeds of walkers, is an excellent way to meet people and get fit while enjoying the local environment and is happening at Fulbourn as well as other places. We are always happy to help start walks in other South Cambs villages.

Walking sport, including Walking Football at Sawston -ideal if you haven’t played for a long time, if you have never played before or if you have had to stop playing due to injury.  

The latest activity in popular demand is New Age Kurling, it’s an adapted version of the original curling game which can be played indoors on any flat surface. The game can be played standing or sitting .

Find additional information on the LGM website: https://www.letsgetmovingcambridgeshire.co.uk/ or see what’s happening on the SCDC website under the Sport, Health and Wellbeing section  at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/sport-health-and-wellbeing/

Duxford Burglars Charged

Two men from Kent have been charged with robbery and ABH following an aggravated burglary in Duxford last week. 

The burglary happened on Tuesday (3 September) where two women were assaulted at a property in St John’s Street.

The men appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court this morning and have been remanded to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on 18 October.

Gonville & Caius proposals to develop Duxford

Concept planning proposal from Gonville and Caius:    Duxford Parish Council would like to thank all residents who attended the 13th June DPC meeting, at which representatives from Gonville & Caius shared a draft proposal of possible development on their lands surrounding Duxford Village. These included commercial (aviation linked) commercial premises along the A505 (Duxford side), and extensive residential development – up to 800 new houses – to the north and west of Duxford Village.  

This was in response to the “Call for Sites” for the next iteration of the SCDC Local Plan (being created in conjunction with the City Council).  Gonville &Caius land would have to be selected by SCDC as a suitable site for development in the new local plan, however, current local plan favours discrete large developments, like Cambourne West, Northstowe and Waterbeach, rather than lots of small developments. Large as it may seem this is a small development in comparison to those three.  

It was made clear in June that a planning application had not been submitted (expected after the local plan is published +/- 2 years’ time), and that key preparation such as transport studies had not taken place.  Public questions at the meeting included the following topics:  

* Transportation (A505 issues in particular)
* Infrastructure
* Village character
* IWM flight path safety
* Marshall’s potential relocation
* Volume of housing v. affordable housing needs  

Gonville & Caius have requested a workshop with DPC, which DPC have agreed to in the event of progress / changes to their proposals.   In the meantime, Duxford’s District Councillor, Peter McDonald, will be meeting with G&C to discuss concerns directly.   DPC would very much welcome your views and opinions in this respect, that these can be shared with Duxford’s District and County Councillors, thank you.  

Duxford Parish Council

Bat boxes at the Biggen


As someone who has lived and grown up in Duxford, it’s a pleasure to walk the dog around our beautiful countryside and down by the river. Bats are common at dusk and dawn around the village and especially enjoy foraging along the river edge. With this in mind I thought it would be lovely to see what species we have roosting in and around the village. As a professional ecologist it’s been lovely to have been given permission to place some bat boxes down the Biggen which will be regularly monitored. All species of bat in the UK are protected and can only be disturbed under licence. Whilst putting up the boxes, otter spraint was discovered on the river – so keep an eye out for passing otter!

Katie Dalton

Willy Brown

http://www.hinxton-pc.org.uk/community/hinxton-parish-council-7847/news/willy-brown-27868

It is with great sadness that Duxford Parish Council has learned of the unexpected passing of Willy Brown, Chair of Hinxton Parish Council.

The above link takes you to the page on the Hinxton Parish Council website. Willy will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Duxford PC has sent condolences.