The new cycle path was opened through the Babraham Research Campus on the 3rd February. This will allow cyclists and other users to safely link with the cycle path along the A1307 with other local paths towards Sawston, Abington and … Continue reading
The proposed solar farm situated on land between Babraham and Sawston has been refused at planning level, appealed and refused again so will not proceed.
The Parish Council are continuing to try and get the grass cut along the central reservation at the A1307 junction – it is blocking visibility and is possibly responsible for recent accidents. Below is a copy of a recent email sent to county … Continue reading
The owners of the barn, CERN, have told us that they are not prepared to lease the land and buildings to us, rather they are looking to sell the freehold. The Parish Council has discussed the implications of this and decided that as the cost of the freehold and the remedial works far exceed the available budget that they will recommend to the Village Hall Committee that the project be abandoned.
Sadly there has been little interest from residents, and nobody volunteering to help with the project. So it is likely that the Village Hall Committee and Parish Council will decide that seeking additional funding would not be worth it.
The chances are that this was the one opportunity to rescue this building and to provide a community space for the village.Continue reading
An opportunity has arisen for the purchase of the Black Barn, and adjoining Cart Sheds, adjacent to the George. The council are undertaking a comprehensive feasibility study to see if it can be economically restored and converted to become a community facility in the heart of the village.
It is likely to be a complex and expensive project and to succeed will require the commitment and support of the whole village. If the feasibility study shows it to be possible the VHC will work with BPC, combining funds and joining forces to seek further funding and grant aid.
The benefit to the village will be considerable, providing a much needed hall and meeting rooms, with kitchen and handy next door pub and possibly a community shop. The barn and cart sheds have been unused for a long time, the council believe that converting for use as a village facility could be ideal.
For full details and notes on progress please follow the link.Continue reading
An opportunity has arisen for the village to purchase the Black Barn, and adjoining cart sheds, adjacent to the George. It is currently owned by Babraham Farms.
Whilst clearly decrepit and unused for at least 35 years it is an opportunity that BPC and the Village Hall Committee believe should be thoroughly investigated. The council has begun a detailed, professional feasibility study to determine whether it can be successfully and economically converted to a community facility.
Initial sketches have been produced by a local firm of architects and a request for pre-planning advice made to SCDC planners and listed building officers. The initial architects report and sketches can be seen here
The feasibility study is to be completed by 2 July. If the study shows the scheme feasible and affordable then the VHC/BPC will put the scheme to the village seeking approval and commitment. The freehold will, if sufficient community support is forthcoming, be purchased and donated by a benefactor. It is the intention that the VHC funds will be used to return the building to a safe and secure state, and to complete as much of the conversion as can be afforded. Clearly it is an expensive project and will require additional fund raising and a considerable amount of community participation, help and involvement.
Both BPC and VHC believe that the benefit to the village now and for the future is considerable. Having a community hall with meeting rooms and with space for a shop etc. right in the centre of the village will be very valuable, but not at any cost.
This section of the web site will publish details of the plans and ideas, will note progress as it is being made and will be a forum for opinion.
Key areas of the feasibility study.
The window of opportunity we have is limited so the feasibility study is progressing with all speed. The village will be fully consulted before any decision is taken on the go ahead or not of the project. If in the meantime you have an opinion or have anything to say then please contact the council directly by following this email link or use this sites contact form.Continue reading
A bit of a premature invitation – sorry. It seems it was only intended for the actual Parish Councillors. Just look at the perks we get 😉
Sorry again, come for the ride anyway.Continue reading
The Connecting Cambridgeshire Team have confirmed that other suppliers than BT are now able to offer fibre broadband packages to those houses and businesses served from the Babraham junction box, near Jonas.
It seems, however, that Talk Talk have made a commercial decision not to provide the service to their customers in the village. We understand that fibre broadband is available through BT, EE, John Lewis broadband, Plusnet and possibly Sky and others.
The PC would like anyone who either can or cannot be connected with their current provider who is not on the list above to let us know so we can advise others.Continue reading
At the September PC meeting we learned that plans are well underway for the cycleway through the research campus grounds that will link all our local cycleways. It is not yet clear when work will begin but the intention of all parties is strong and agreement on status and route is near.
The new cycleway from Cambridge to the research campus is waiting for BT to relocate its telegraph poles before it can be finally finished. It is however starting to be used by both cyclists and pedestrians. Like the Babraham Sawston cycleway we are sure use will exceed expectation.Continue reading