Cambridge City Football Stadium : Approved by SCDC

The planning application for a new Football Stadium for Cambridge City behind Dales Manor Industrial Estate have been approved by SCDC Planning Committee. The Parish Council objected to the application however Sawston PC voted in favour in return for community sports facilities.

The application received a unanimous 12-0 vote in favour.

This recommendation now goes forward to Mr Eric Pickles, Local Government Secretary, for final approval as the plan involves Green Belt land.

The planning application reference no. is S/2239/13/FL – click for all the details.

The Cambridge Evening News report on the decision features an interview with the club chairman – read it here

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Proposed Solar Farm :
North of Dales Manor Industrial Estate, Sawston

A significant planning application has been lodged with SCDC for a Solar Farm on land between Babraham and Sawston. There is to be a Public Exhibition of the proposals on Thursday 12 June at The George. Everybody is invited to attend between 4 and 7pm. This is your opportunity to look at the ideas in detail and talk to the applicants directly.

According to the applicants, Sawston Solar Farm Ltd, “the site offers excellent levels of existing screening, is flat and does not present any significant environmental constraints. There are very few residential properties located nearby and this was a key consideration in the selection of this site for development. The solar panels will not have any significant visual impact, with a maximum height of 2.7 metres.”

The Parish Council urges you to take the time to see their ideas and then to let us know your views.You can use the Contact Us form on this site to do that easily.

This is the Site Plan they have sent us in advance of the exhibition.

PVF-CB2-15 Site Location Plan (2)

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Public Art : Installed

The sculptures have now been installed, and very wonderful they are too. Take a walk down to the weir beyond the church, it is delightful. See if you can spot all five animals and birds. If you can’t get down there or just want a sneak preview you can have a look at a gallery of the first photos following the installation on the 14th May.

Public Art Gallery – May 2014

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Report your flies

The Parish Council are trying hard to ensure that we do not have a re-occurrence of the flies which plagued the village last year. We have been in contact with the Environmental Health officers at South Cambridgeshire District Council and I am copying a letter from Susan Walford, the operational manager, below. The Russell referred to is Russell Watkins, who was the case officer last year. I suggest that, if you have any concerns whatsoever about flies in your property, you should phone the number given below. If you are in contact with Environmental Health it would be great if you could drop me an email so that the PC can keep track of potential problems and make contact with Joice and Hill (the operators of the poultry units).

Dear Ms Macpherson

Thank you for your e-mail regarding your concerns about potential ongoing problems with the flies which were associated with Home Farm last summer. I have consulted with Emma Trollope, Russell’s line manager who was involved with one of the site visits last year so she is fully familiar with the history of the case.

Emma witnessed first hand the seriousness of the infestation and I spoke to a number of complainants therefore we fully understand the level of concern felt by residents following last year’s problems. We have reviewed the actions taken by Russell and also had discussions with him to confirm the situation as of now.

• All of the recommendations in terms of structural works to the hen houses have been completed, this was confirmed by his visit on 17/3/14 and his subsequent e-mail to yourself. These works are internal and so would not be visible to anyone outside the site.

• All farm supervisors/managers underwent training in February on fly monitoring techniques.

• The hen houses are monitored every 5 days and this involves both sampling of manure for maggots and pupae and monitoring for live adult flies. All results are recorded and available for inspection by Environmental Health. The last samples taken were 100% clear for both maggots and flies.

• Any required insecticide treatments will be informed by this monitoring programme and carried out when necessary (you will recall from last year that the use of insecticides is heavily regulated and controlled and therefore needs to be applied under strict control).

I note that you have requested that Russell carry out surprise visits to the site this year, including sampling. We support Russell’s view that this is not an appropriate intervention in such circumstances. It is the company’s responsibility to manage pest control at it’s site. Last year monitoring was carried out by an experienced entomologist (financed by the local authority) in order to inform and advise the company on how to manage the infestation and our role was to verify that his recommendations were implemented by the company. The actions listed above have evidenced that the infestation was brought under control and the training staff have received together with the new monitoring programme put in place will mean that should the fly problem begin to establish itself, treatment will be applied at a very early stage before the adult flies emerge thus precluding the infestation experienced last year.

Flies are common place in the rural village environment and vary in numbers dependent upon weather conditions throughout the year. I would ask that if resident’s feel that there are an unusually large number of flies and wish to report this then they can do so via our contact centre by calling 03450 450063. Emma will ensure the contact centre manager is briefed on the history of the case so that residents do not have to give a lengthy review of the issue. We will then undertake to investigate further.

I hope that this helps to clarify our position and to allay some of the fears concerning a repeat infestation this summer.

Best regards
Susan

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Cycleways

The network of cycleways is growing. With those from Cambridge to the Babraham Research Campus, from Granta Technology Park to Whittlesford and from Babraham to Abington, we hope to see an extension from the Research Campus into the village to join them all up.

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Cambridge City Football Stadium Proposal, Sawston

This planning application is yet to be determined. While the PC opposed the proposal along with many residents, Sawston Parish Council have voted to support it in return for a larger community recreation space with better facilities. If the application is granted we should expect more traffic at certain times. The PC will try to make sure as many mitigating measures as possible are included and financed by the development.

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SCDC Local Plan

Following an extensive public consultation the draft plan has been submitted to government for examination in public. A planning inspector will consider both the proposed District Local Plan and the Cambridge City Plan at the same time – a sensible move. Our objections to the proposed housing developments on this side of Sawston remain and will continue to be pressed. One of the landowners has stated that they are opposed to access over their land on the grounds that it contravenes their charitable aims. This throws into question the viability of 200 of the proposed houses. Final decisions are unlikely until 2015.

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Flies 2014

After the horror of last summer the PC, with the local Environmental Health officers, has ensured that the necessary structural improvements to the chicken houses have been made. These should significantly lessen the likelhood of a similar fly plague this year. The situation is being closely monitored. We ask that if anyone notices an increase in flies to let us know straightaway so action can be taken – fingers crossed for a fine, fly-free summer.

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