Bedford to Cambridge Railway line consultation

CamBedRailRoad is a community based, voluntary, think tank led by two distinguished transport infrastructure Civil Engineers, with extensive experience in the UK and the Far East, and our Chairman, County Councillor Sebastian Kindersley. Click here for more about ‘Our People

You may be aware the East West Rail Co has started a non-statutory public consultation seeking views on their five different Route Options (A to E) for the Bedford to Cambridge railway line. We are writing to you to highlight that some of those Route Options include your Parish within their hatched areas of search or lie very close to it, as we have shown on the two more detailed traced maps attached (with our Alternative).



None of them demonstrate any real compatibility with the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Commission (as accepted by Government) which very clearly set down a principle that the trainline should share the East West Expressway (A428) ‘transport spine’, where it could connect both the current and the many already approved future centres of population.

CamBedRailRoad has promoted an alternative routing from Bedford South through new stations at St Neots South, Cambourne, Northstowe and Cambridge South, via Cambridge North and Cambridge Central, reinforced by our Arguments for Northern Approach into Cambridge.  Our route provides transport for almost 54,000 more residents than EWR Co’s Options B & E and over 100,000 more than Options A, C and D.  It has been supported by residents, Parish Councils (including Cambourne), Town Councils (including St Neots) and many of our local MPS and Councillors.

Our further major concern is that the consultation makes no reference to the level of housing development that will come with any railroad. EWR Co considers that Bassingbourn could deliver up to 30,000 new homes (about 5 times the size of Royston) and Tempsford up to 50,000 (about 10 times the size of Sandy).  The remaining infrastructure could not cope with a new development of such a size in our vicinity.

We want to ensure that parishioners are aware of this consultation and exercise their right to respond, by the deadline of 11 March 2019.

Please consult Guidance on completing EWR Co’s Feedback Form . We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver major infrastructure in a sensible and coherent way combining road, rail and housing: the Options currently promoted by EWR Co fail to do that.

There is a great deal more at with further maps and links to a wide range of resources.

£50,000 secured to fund Brewery Field Community Park

  • Exciting news! We heard this week that we have been successful in our application to Amey for a grant of £50,000 to transform Brewery Field into a magical place that the whole community can enjoy! Now we have the promise of funding, we can really get going.

  • The deadline for completion of the project is end of April 2020 so it’s all systems go!

The Amey Community Fund awards grants to support community, environmental and heritage projects run by non-profit organisations based in Cambridgeshire, within 10 miles of a landfill site. The fund is managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and is part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund.

For more information please visit

  • SCDC Planning have now discharged the conditions we were required to meet prior to beginning work – we are now waiting for the approval for the works on the highway and then we will instruct the contractor to go ahead with the construction of the vehicle entrance so that work on the site can begin.

  • We are requesting this month DPC approval (Feb 14th at the school) to pay invoices for the Brewery Field works that Amey have offered to fund, as detailed in the Amey grant offer letter, on the condition that these will be repaid in full to DPC as soon as the Amey grant is made. We need to do this because although DPC has been successful in its application for £50,000, the grant is payable in arrears, only after work is complete.

  • Don’t forget – we have set up an easyfundraising page, where you can raise free donations by shopping on line with over 3000 major retailers. Please consider using this for your on-line shopping – we could raise considerable funds this way. With just a few people using it, we have already raised over £150 – imagine if everyone in the village used it for their online shopping how much money we could raise for e.g. some extra special woodcraft, sculpture, or art installations – your ideas are invited!

  • It’s easy and costs nothing – simply follow the link below:

Government plans to tackle illegal traveller sites

The Home Secretary has (Wednesday 6 February) announced plans to give police tough new powers to crackdown on illegal traveller sites.

Sajid Javid set out draft measures aimed at making it easier for officers to intervene and remove travellers from land they should not be on.

The Home Secretary will also consider making it a criminal offence to set up such camps. It is currently defined in law as trespassing, a civil matter.

In addition, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced it will provide local authorities with practical and financial support to handle unauthorised encampments.

More information in this link

A505 Porsche Aston Martin showrooms – have your say

Porsche Aston Martin Planning application (ref  S/0350/19/FL )

Please click on the link above to access the planning application.  Comments may be made on line.

This car dealership planning application was rejected unanimously by Duxford Parish Council at the monthly meeting of 14th February, with key objections being loss of landscape and traffic impact on the already congested A505.

In the presence of both the District and County Cllrs for Duxford, DPC requested that all of the large planning applications currently on the table (Agritech / Genome / Uttlesford / Whittlesford Hub) be considered in their entirety, to assess the impact they would collectively have on our village and to ensure a coherent approach when examining ways to improve the A505.


New charges for additional green bins

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.

Support Cambridgeshire – Funding Alert

Support Cambridgeshire helps community groups and organisations to strengthen and grow, providing a range of advice, training and support.

The community funding support website for the Cambridgeshire area

The above link will take you to the Cambridge Community Foundation page including links to funding opportunities for community projects.

Become a Community Transport Driver

  • Do you like helping people?

  • Have you a few hours to spare?

  • Hold a clean driving licence?

Then you could be just who we are looking for!

ROYSTON & DISTRICT COMMUNITY TRANSPORT IS LOOKING FOR DRIVERS to help us provide transport for people who are unable to use conventional public transport.

You would use your own car and receive 50p per mile.

Personal accident and public liability insurance is provided through the scheme.

We also need volunteer drivers to drive our minibuses and MPVs, for which you will receive 50p per mile for using your car to get to and from the vehicle.

For further information please call 01763 245228 or email us

Do you know about the Community Transport Scheme?

Royston & District Community Transport offers door-to-door transport for people living in Royston and the surrounding villages of North & East Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire who are unable to use conventional public transport and do not have the use of a car.

Volunteer drivers provide transport using their own cars and the scheme also operates wheelchair-accessible minibuses and Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV).

Affordable Housing Survey – please complete and return

Parishioners will have recently received through the post, a survey about housing needs in Duxford.

Please take the time to complete the survey – if your current housing is suitable for your needs, you need only answer one question.  If not, this is your opportunity to ensure that your housing needs are known and can be taken into account in the overall data and subsequent analysis.

A stamped addressed envelope is included with the survey – just pop the completed form in the post – thank you!

Joanne Depradines-Smith, Clerk to the Parish Council

Huge haul of stolen property – photos