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NEWS IN WHADDON

Updated Thursday 16 March 2017

This page contains links to News Items which do not otherwise fit onto one of the special pages on this site. Thus, if you are looking for news in the following major categories, please use the menu items at the top of your device: Parish Council, Village Hall, St Mary's Church. The proposed development at Marley Eternit has its own tab on this page.

Whaddon has a newsletter, the Whaddon News, which appears four times a year. The editor is Joan Pascoe who can be contacted on 01223 208062.

See the calendar for upcoming events.

The selection of news below consists only of the items with an enduring interest that have appeared here since January 2013.

  • Dear all,

    Firstly, a huge thank you to you all for your superb efforts so far in raising awareness about the Boundary Review’s proposed parliamentary constituency changes. I was delighted to see so much representation from my southern villages on the Boundary Commission website.

    The Consultation has now moved to phase 2. This is a 4 week period in which the Boundary Commission publish all feedback received and ask people to give their views on it (so asking people to comment on other people’s comments!).

    On the Consultation website www.bce2018.org.uk, the Commission has separated feedback into comments (green dots) and counter proposals (yellow dots). I’ve attached a screen grab below to illustrate. During this phase it’s important to remember that Boundary Commission Guidance specifically asks people to take into account knock on effects to the region when commenting on proposals. Whilst it’s great to have representations that explain why your village doesn’t want to move, we need to show an awareness of how staying in South Cambs will affect the rest of the region.

    With this in mind, I formulated a counter-proposal (yellow dot) that demonstrates how my southern villages can stay in South Cambs without affecting other areas adversely. The more support this proposal gets, the better chance of success.

    If you want to stay as part of South Cambs please could you ask your villagers to log onto www.bce2018.org.uk, input my constituency office postcode of CB23 7QJ and show support for my yellow dot proposal by clicking on it and giving feedback? The consultation closes on 27th March.

    I really don’t want to lose your important villages from my constituency.

    Thank you for your help.

  • South Cambridgeshire District Council are changing the dates our dustbins are collected, from Friday to Wednesday, with effect from the end of February--so our first collection under the new schedule will be the black bin on Wednesday 1 March. The dustbin type will alternate every week from there on.

    These changes are being made due to the need, as ever, to save money due to the government’s desire to cut back on money to local councils. Collections are now to be shared with Cambridge City Council, and the need to merge some routes that are close to the two area boundaries has been the driver of the change.

    The SCDC web site has yet to be fully updated with the details, but you should all have received a flyer through the door recently.

  • At last it would appear that the future of Bassingbourn Barracks has been decided. The following is taken from a statement in Parliament yesterday, recorded in Hansard:

    Heidi Allen (South Cambridgeshire) (Con)

    I thank the Secretary of State very much for his statement. May I just clarify whether the barracks at Bassingbourn in my constituency, which has been closed for some time, will now receive personnel from Burgoyne barracks in 2019, RAF Henlow in 2019, Weathersfield in 2020 and Chilwell station in 2021? I understand that from an email that has just arrived on my phone. If that ?is the case, that is an enormous and very welcome uplift in the number of personnel at Bassingbourn. May I have a contact in the MOD, so that the local authority can start to plan education, schools, GP surgeries and so on?

    Sir Michael Fallon

    Yes. This is good news for Bassingbourn. I can confirm the gist of what my hon. Friend said. Bassingbourn will be one of the key receiver sites for some of the units that are now on the move. She said that she would like a contact in the Ministry of Defence, and I suggest that she contacts the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes North (Mark Lancaster).

    Full Hansard report

  • As published in the August issue of the Whaddon News, a number of data recorders were placed around the village for a week in May. These data have now been analysed. Below are links to various PDF files giving the original report, and extended versions of the three analyses in the report.

  • A reminder that we shall be holding the Whaddon Annual Parish meeting on Monday 18th April 2016 at 19:30 for 20:00 in the Village Hall. It’s not a Parish Council meeting but will be chaired by myself. Light refreshments will be available and the agenda is as follows:

    • Update from the PC
    • SCDC Councillor reports
    • Eternit housing proposal
    • Neighbourhood Watch/Speedwatch
    • Whaddon Archives
    • Broadband
    • Alfred John Palmer’s Trust
    • WVH&RGT update together with reports about activities at the hall (Table Tennis, Cricket, coffee mornings and Mostly Gardening clubs)
    • Questions & Answers

    I look forward to seeing you there.

    Lee Ginger

    Chair, Whaddon Parish Council

  • Stay well this winter

    In the past year as many of one in four residents in Cambridgeshire visited A&E when they could have used an alternative service or looked after themselves at home.

    Each visit to A&E costs the local NHS £87, and that’s before any treatment is given. When you look at the figures, this costs the local NHS over £4million a year. In turn this is the equivalent cost of 677 hip replacements, or 287 liver transplants or 115 more dementia nurses.

    Using A&E when you don’t need to can also have a knock-on effect to the rest of the hospital, as busy A&E departments resulted in 500 cancelled operations and procedures because a bed was no longer available, and longer waiting and referral times.

    But you can help
    · Stay healthy – get a flu vaccination if you are eligible
    · Look after others – check on elderly friends, relatives and neighbours especially in spells of cold weather, help them to keep warm and have the medication they might need
    · Be prepared – get your prescriptions in early before the holidays and see your pharmacist or GP for any issues you might be putting off
    · Choose the right service – your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.

    For help with finding local NHS services visit http://www.cambsandpeterboroughchoosewell.co.uk/

  • Cambridgeshire ACRE was commissioned to carry out a Housing Needs Survey in Whaddon Parish in March 2015. This survey was carried out on behalf of BPHA (a local Housing Association), South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Parish Council.

    The document is now available on the village web site.

  • Whaddon Parish Council is looking for a new trustee for the Alfred John Palmer Trust.

    Interested persons should download the full announcement.

    What is the Alfred John Palmer's Trust?

    The Trust was established in 1927 with an endowment from Mary Palmer’s will. Its original purpose was to purchase coal for distribution to poor widows of Whaddon Parish. More recently the remit has been widened to include financial assistance
    with other forms of heating costs.

    What would a Trustee do?

    The Trustees are responsible for administering the Trust Fund itself. The Parish Council will also be asking them to review the terms of the Alfred John Palmer’s Trust and to make recommendations regarding its future. In particular the Trustees will be asked to consider if the original aim is still relevant today and whether the beneficiary group should be widened. The workload associated with these duties is not anticipated to be large. The Trustees currently meet annually although it may be necessary to hold a few additional meetings while the terms of the Trust are considered.

  • The Local Government Boundary Commission is opening a consultation on some proposed changes to the boundaries for Cambridgeshire with 2020 in mind. You can find the basic page here, along with a history of the changes, and opportunities to comment. It also includes interactive maps of the changes.

    http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/eastern/cambridgeshire/cambridgeshire-county-council

    [Updated Jan 2017 to reflect the latest state of the page]

  • Annual Parish Meeting Monday 20th April at 7.30pm

    Just a reminder that we shall be holding the Annual Whaddon Parish Meeting next Monday (20th).

    It's not a Parish Council Meeting but will be chaired by myself. It's your chance to hear reports about the work of the Parish Council, District and County Councillors, Neighbourhood Watch, Speedwatch, The Palmer Trust and the Whaddon Village Hall and Recreation Ground Trust, as well as updates from a number of the regular clubs who use the hall and playing field.

    There will be opportunities to discuss any points from the meeting.

    The meeting will be held in the Village Hall and light refreshments will be available.

    Best wishes

    Lee Ginger
    Chair, Parish Council

  • The recent high winds resulted in many wheelie bins being blown over and, on at least one occasion, a bin was blown on to the road in Church Street. A motorist trying to avoid the bin hit the curb resulting in the tyre having to be replaced. Potentially something worse could, of course, have happened.

    This was raised at Monday's Parish Council meeting (13 Jan 14).

    If your circumstances allow, please try to takes your bin(s) in as soon as possible after they have been emptied. If you are working perhaps you have a friendly neighbour who might help.

  • A new vicar has been appointed. Please go to the St Mary's web page for more information (link at top of page).

  • The following update regarding the search for a new vicar for St Mary's has been provided by the Archdeacon:

    The Parish Representatives and Patronal Representatives met on Friday for interviews at Whaddon, and we hope to be able to make an announcement soon.;

  • Further to the news of the change in speed limits in November, here is the press release sent then to the local media about the change.

    SPEED LIMIT REDUCTION IN WHADDON

    Motorists driving through Whaddon will notice that the speed limit has been reduced from 40 to 30mph. Villagers have for many years sought to have the limit dropped but bureaucracy always got in the way. Faced with a high level of speeding commuter traffic cutting through Whaddon en-route to the Meldreth, Melbourn, the A10 and the A505, the village chose not to take this lying down. Two paths were seen as the way ahead: the first was to collect speed data using the Speedwatch monitoring system. Whaddon and Bassingbourn were the first local villages to use this equipment back in 2009 and in the intervening years the data collected has been invaluable in understanding both the scale and location of the speeding problem.  The second was to understand the rules and to identify the people at Cambridge County Council level who had influence on village speed limits. Finally, the government’s localism agenda has played a part by giving parish councils a greater say over their affairs  The local view is that while rules and regulations rightly have a continued role to play in traffic matters so does the people’s voice which, in the case of the change in Whaddon, has been clearly heard.

    The new 30mph speed limit will probably come as a shock to the commuter traffic that cuts through Whaddon but the residents have no doubt that the change is a blessing. The hope now is that motorists will observe the 30mph. Certainly Whaddon’s Speedwatch team will be monitoring the situation.

Most villagers of Whaddon will know that Marley Eternit are proposing the redevelopment of part of the Eternit site in Meldreth for housing. This page has been added to enable you to keep up to date with the latest news on this.

  • In November, a number of revised documents were added to the South Cambs planning site. They can be viewed by going to the SCDC planning site and using the same reference as before, S/1901/16/OL.

  • At its meeting of 8 September, the Parish Council agreed to comment to SCDC opposing the development in its present form. Please go to the Minutes tab on the Parish Council page to read them.

  • The village survey on the proposal has now been delivered around the village. Please have your paper questionnaires completed for collection around 2 September. If you wish to complete it online, please go to this link:

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MPCME

    Please note that the online survey says Meldreth PC, but Whaddon will get the relevant data from them.

    For those who would rather fill out a paper questionnaire, and where more than one copy is needed, a PDF version of the Parish Council's questionnaire is now on the web site.

  • An outline planning application has now been submitted by Marley Eternit.

    This may be accessed on the SCDC web site via the reference S/1901/16/OL. Here is a shortcut to it:

    Link to planning application

    Whaddon Parish Council encourages interested individuals to look at the online application as it is complex and there are a lot of documents. Any resident may submit comments on the proposal directly to SCDC by the deadline of 6 September.

    The PC has been formally asked to review the proposal and will be holding a special meeting on 8th September 2016 at 20:30 to discuss the application and provide comments and a recommendation to SCDC.

    In order to understand the views of the residents, a questionnaire to all houses will be circulated in the next few weeks and then collected around the beginning of September.

    We encourage everyone to take an interest in this application.

    Lee Ginger
    Chairman, Parish Council

  • [See next panel for a set of photos]

    With a development of 170 houses being discussed as an option for the redundant part of the Marley Eternit site, Amy Walker and Nigel Strudwick were able to get a tour of the site courtesy of Eternit's property agent, James Munnery, of Footprint Property Services. We thank him for his time and for answering lots of questions.

    [We should stress that this is what we were told at Eternit and we are aware we are just getting one side of the story. Other perspectives will doubtless come forward as this potential application develops.]

    We had a tour of both the redundant area and the active area, both of which were extremely interesting from the historical and industrial archaeological point of view.

    But to the proposed development. This web site shows some of the aerial maps and the different areas.

    http://footprintdevelopments.co.uk/meldreth.html

    The images are a bit too small and the PDF link at the bottom doesn't work although we have reported it.

    Part of the current site is still intended to be kept operational, and indeed there is going to be one small expansion at the further end. However, there is no possible use for the remaining brownfield area, empty for at least five years now despite attempts to find new users. The company needs some returns on its assets so they feel they have to do something. There are two schemes:

    A takes the brownfield site and uses it for housing, after the mandatory clean-up. The clean-up will involve some residual asbestos removal, although most has been taken away already; otherwise there is some normal industrial clean-up.

    B is largely in response to the comment that the site does not involve the village envelope. This proposal would use one of the adjacent fields owned by Eternit to make it slightly closer to the village.

    A is Eternit's preferred option, since it does not damage green land but just concentrates on a site for which no other use can presently be found. B has the added danger of opening the can of worms of development on non-Eternit green land.

    The landfill site adjacent to the main area has been used for some asbestos but we are told is monitored regularly by the environmental authorities.

    Any housing development would be a mixture of properties, with about a third being affordable in nature. There will of course be S106 payments for local infrastructure and amenity improvements. Access to the site would be separate from that to the factory and will be shielded from it to minimise noise.

    James Munnery will be present at the exhibition in Meldreth Village Hall on Saturday 27 February between 14:00 and 20:00 to present the development, answer questions and take feedback.

    It is intended to put this brief report on the email, web and Facebook media, along with some photos.

    Amy Walker
    Nigel Strudwick

  • Pictures taken on the Eternit site in February 2016