Parish Council report from you District and County Councillors
We’ve now started to combine our reports into one – we hope this is helpful! If you have any questions for us, please get in touch anytime (contact details below) or feel free to pop into our monthly surgery at the Melbourn Hub, first Mondays of the month from 3-4PM.
Electoral Registration: South Cambs officers from the electoral services team will be door-knocking at those households in the district who have yet to return their electoral registration forms up until 21st November. It is easy to go online and register the voters in your household (and remove those no longer living in the household unit). Follow this link https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Expansion work at Melbourn and Meldreth Primary Schools is nearing completion. In the case of Meldreth, the wait has been particularly long. Melbourn’s expansion will allow it to accommodate the new population arising from developments currently with planning permission, but the test case of a large speculative application for homes in Cambridge Road Melbourn showed that Melbourn Primary could not accommodate children from further developments – which means that neighbouring schools with extra capacity would be turned to.
Meldreth Primary School Travel Ambassadors addressed the Greater Cambridge Partnership Board meeting on October 11, to put forward the case for improving safe walk, cycle and scootering provision within Meldreth and for connections to neighbouring villages and Royston. This is within the scope of the Melbourn Greenways project, that will go out for public consultation early next year. Archie and Yunus, aged 10, and Iris, aged 7 each logged a public question which they presented verbally within the allocated time slot. Susan will be joining Meldreth School at this week’s Cambridgeshire Junior Travel Ambassadors conference in Huntington to learn more about the role of schools in supporting active travel in their communities, starting with journeys to school.
Bonfires: Please can we remind residents to be considerate and to follow the Council Environmental Health advice at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/environment/pollution/air-pollution/smoke-and-bonfires/. The new Liberal Democrat administration is putting air quality at the forefront of its green agenda. To that end, please can residents also make sure that they burn well-seasoned wood in their wood burners and grates.
Highways urgent works: Jose and Susan are meeting the temporary district highways manager to look at reporting patterns for fault repair works in the parish, and to ensure that pavements and roads in the most urgent state of disrepair are accounted for.
Bus services: The Mayor is expected to announce the results of his Bus Review sometime in November. Our 127 service depends on a funding solution from April 1st. A Cam Vale Bus User Group meeting will be arranged for January to update our residents who depend on the service.
Brexit impact on South Cambs businesses: SCDC hosted a session last week offering support from the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce for South Cambs area businesses, which Susan attended. Main concerns expressed were around EU workforce, supply chains for the EU, and general economic downturn. The FSB said that most small businesses have done no Brexit risk assessment or preparation, because the subject is too complex and overwhelming and requires dedicated staff – as large businesses tend to have. Small businesses are invited to contact SCDC Economic Development officer Johanna Davies for more information: email@example.com.
Home-Start: Philippa attended the Home-Start AGM a couple of weeks ago – the branch serves Royston and South Cambs. Home-Start was one of many organisations supporting young families that is facing more pressure in the wake of the loss of Cambridgeshire children’s centre services. They need to raise £175,000 to maintain their overall operations in the next year. ‘This puts my £2k sponsored swim contribution into sobering perspective’ says Philippa.
Police Surgery Melbourn Hub Cafe: The next drop-in surgery is 11th December 11:00 – 13:00. The Hub is open to all Meldreth residents – and indeed residents from all localities – but is financed by Melbourn residents. Meanwhile the promised Police public information evening will be held on 22 January, 7:30PM, Melbourn Hub.
North Herts and District Citizens Advice Bureau runs the drop-in service at the Melbourn Hub, through funding from SCDC (first and third Mondays, 9:30-12:00). Its Royston walk-in service is open to South Cambs residents. Susan is a member and will be reporting back from their Nov 1st AGM as to key issues for our residents. More at https://www.northhertscab.org.uk/
Mind Wellbeing Service Melbourn Hub: Cambs County Council funds a mental health self-referral service at the Melbourn Hub on the first Thursday of the month. We’ve asked for a funding position update from CCC.
Jose Hales, District Councillor (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07703262649)
Philippa Hart, District Councillor (email@example.com, 07811323571)
Susan van de Ven, County Councillor (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07905325574)