A1307 Local Liaison Forum @ Sawston, 26 September 6-8 pm

There will be a meeting of the A1307 Local Liaison Forum at Sawston Village College on Tuesday 26th September at 6pm. The various ideas for improving the road, including a proposed Park and Ride in the local area, and improved links to Cambridge, will be discussed. Members of the public are welcome. Babraham Parish Councillors will also be in attendance.

More information can be found here: https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/a1307-three-campuses-to-cambridge/a1307-local-liaison-forum-26-09-17/

Local Highways Improvement Scheme

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that we have successfully applied to the Local Highways Initiative for funding to perform various work on the junction of High Street and the A1307. We have been awarded £7,000 that will go towards the work which will include much improved pedestrian access between the far side of the road and the village, and improvements to the bus shelters on both sides.

Black Barn Project – update

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.

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New Village Hall opportunity

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.

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