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

The full planning application has been submitted to SCDC for this proposed development. Your comments are invited by SCDC and the Parish Council by 28 August.

Full details of the proposals are available on the SCDC web site – follow this link. If you would prefer to look at printed copies of the plans and all the associated reports covering the impact on ecology, landscape and so on, they are available to look at at Ian’s house at all reasonable times.

The Parish Council has already discussed this application and will be objecting to it on the grounds that it is an inappropriate industrial development in a rural environment, is in the green belt and will erode the space that keeps Babraham from merging into Sawston.

Continue reading

Broadband Arrives

We are sure you will have heard that Superfast Broadband has recently been made available in Babraham. The Connecting Cambridgeshire website has more information, specifically about how to actually get it. The advice it gives is sensible and timely – please follow this link. The essence of their advice is to check your current contract with your Internet Service Provider, and if needing to change then assess a whole series of factors before deciding on which provider to switch to.

Whilst the speeds we will now be able to enjoy maybe not the same as in cities at least it is a major improvement on what we have endured for years. The County Council has worked hard and diligently to roll out faster broadband across the rural parts of the county, a job that is ongoing.

The PC can offer general advice if you have any difficulties or queries but cannot deal with specific problems relating to your service provider contracts.

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading