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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

Hinxton Agritech – Petition to Secretary of State

Click here to access the petition

The Conservative Secretary of State has refused to meet local parishes to discuss the AgriTech development. Meanwhile a Conservative MP is lobbying for the development to go ahead.

Parish councils have already written to the Secretary of State to ask him to withdraw from the AgriTech appeal, following the revelation that AgriTech developer holding company Hill Group Services made a huge £20,000 donation to the Conservatives.

Cllr Peter McDonald says “How can the Secretary of State refuse to meet parishes and yet allow Tory MPs to lobby for the proposal?”

Sign our petition to ask the Secretary of State to withdraw from the planning appeal and allow the appeal to be decided by local process.

DPC Precept Increase 2019


2019/20 is the year we need to put in place the loan repayment charge we anticipate with the go-ahead of the Community Centre.  Assuming we draw down the full £700,000 available to us, the annual repayment charge will be £28,000.
Recognising the pressure this places on our total budget, we have managed to partly off-set this charge by achieving a significant reduction of £9000 in our operating budget, as follows:
  • major reductions to our Training and Communications budgets now that the new Accounts, Cemetery and Allotment software is embedded.
  • significant reduction to our Insurance Costs through smarter purchasing
  • reduced Cemetery spend now that the graveyard audit has been successfully concluded and the extensive tidy-up nearly finished.
These reductions partnered with continuation of the £20,000 Community Centre budget put in place last year, would allow us on an on-going basis, to fund the loan with no Precept increase. However, we do need to budget an additional £20,000 in what will likely be this year only, to fund the Professional Fees of the Project Manager who will oversee the Community Centre construction.
Pulling this all together , the Precept will increase from £74,959 in 2018/19 to £93,338 in 2019/20.
If you’d like to see further detail, please find links below to:
  • a breakdown of the individual elements of the 2019/20 Budget
  • an overall Summary comparing 2019/20 to previous years

2019-20 Precept Budget

Precept History Update

If you have any questions, we’d be very happy to try to answer them.

Choices for better journeys – public transport survey

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has just launched Choices for Better Journeys – a public engagement campaign about future travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond.


In autumn 2017, Our Big Conversation asked people about the travel challenges they faced and their ideas for the future. Many people said that a more affordable public transport network, with better availability and reliability, would be of great benefit to them, and criticised the level of congestion in the Greater Cambridge area.

We have looked at how we could significantly improve public transport across the area, alongside continued improvements to walking and cycling provision, to give people better choices for travelling into and around Cambridge.

Your views needed

We are now asking for people’s views on a range of issues and ideas, including:

  • proposals to transform public transport to offer a better alternative to the car;
  • different options for tackling congestion, improving air quality and freeing-up road space; and
  • funding a future improved public transport system.

Choices for Better Journeys will run until 31 March, please complete the survey to tell us your views.

The survey has been developed in collaboration with Cambridge Ahead and in association with Cambridge Network and the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce.

Further information and Next Steps

We are hosting a number of public events across the region that you are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

Choices for Better Journeys will be asking people about ideas and principles for better public transport, reducing congestion and improving air quality. Following this engagement, the GCP Executive Board will consider feedback and next steps.

If you have any questions on Choices for Better Journeys, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing or calling 01223 699906.