March Parish Meeting Report

All 9 councillors were present along with Grenville the District Councillor and 3 members of the village. Councillor Chamberlain reported that the burnt out building on St.Neots Rd will eventually be demolished and made clear this summer. It is not clear however what the owner intends to do with the site. In the public session Simon Gibson informed the PC that he hopes to put in a planning application for land next to the DVLA for a cider production unit and a newly planted orchard. The WI informed the PC that their commemorative plaque will go onto the village sign very soon and that 40 people turned out to collect 60 bags of rubbish in the ‘Clean for the Queen’ initiative last month. St.Neots Rd was particularly littered with rubbish and this is a problem as the paid village litter picker is not allowed to pick on that roadside, which is Highways responsibility. Mrs Jones requested a litter bin at each bus stop, a team of volunteer village litter pickers and a dog bin at number 1 St.Neots Rd. Later in the meeting it was resolved that we would look into buying and fitting the litter bins ourselves. The dog bin request was discussed at length and as the PC is often asked for more bins and have to pay for their emptying the one already along St.Neots Rd would be sufficient for the time being.

A small amount of fly tipped rubbish will be removed by the councillors themselves and planning and tree works were also discussed at length. A Neighbourhood Plan now looks to be more likely than the Village Plan that is lead by Martin Cassey, taking longer it will legally protect the village more than a Village Plan and will have the same committee and objectives. 2 new swing seats will replace the current ones at the Egremont Rd play park as the rubber is crumbling around the waist guard.

The meeting finished at 10pm.

The Parish Council would like to ask if there are any volunteers to take part in training for the Speedwatch programme to use speed monitoring equipment to reduce speeding along Cambridge Rd and Main Street. Please contact the clerk if you are interested.

Written by Jane Humphries

Work to Repair the A428 at Madingley and Cambourne

Road works are being carried out to repair the A428 at Madingley and Cambourne.

We are working on behalf of Highways England to repair and maintain the A428 near you. This work will repair the A428 at two sites – the Cambridge Road bridge by Madingley, and the A428 eastbound from the A1198 roundabout at Ermine Street to the entry slip road for Cambourne.

Subject to weather conditions, we plan to start work on the Cambridge Road bridge on Monday 11 April, finishing by July. We will be working between 20:00 and 06:00. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will have lanes closed both east and westbound, though not in both directions at the same time. These closures will be in place 24/7 for the duration of the works, for five weeks in each direction. These lane closures, which will also have a 50mph speed limit in place, will be from Cambridge Road and Madingley to the A1303.

We will close the A428 between the two junctions to install the lane closures. The road will be closed westbound on Monday 11 April and eastbound on Monday 25 April. When the A428 is closed westbound, drivers will take the A14 at junction 31A for the A428 west, then take the A14 to junction 24, the A1198 south to the Caxton Gibbet roundabout, where the diversion ends. When the A428 is closed eastbound, drivers will be diverted off in advance at the Caxton Gibbet roundabout, head north on the A1198 to junction 24 of the A14, the east to junction 31, where the A14 merges with the A428. Drivers missing the pre-divert route will turn around the Madingley roundabout and return to take it.

We plan to complete the surfacing work on the A428 at Cambourne between Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 April. We will be working between 20:00 and 06:00. To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, we will close the A428 eastbound between these junctions while we are working.

Drivers wishing to travel east on the A428 will be diverted north on the A1198 to the A14 junction 24, then head east on the A14 to junction 32 where they will leave and return west on the A14 to junction 31A, where the A14 becomes the A428. Drivers will continue heading west to Cambourne, where the diversion ends

This may result in slight delays for local road users and through traffic, as well as additional noise in this area while we are working, for which we apologise

Important, please read Details about road works

We would be grateful if you would publicise the works to your parishioners through newsletters and other communications where appropriate. We would advise drivers to allow extra time to complete their journey.

We will do our utmost to complete the works as quickly as possible, avoiding disturbance and keeping noise to a minimum. Once complete, this work will ensure the bridge is safe for drivers and provide a safer road surface to enable smoother journeys.

To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england to register for the latest alerts.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Yours Faithfully,

Steve Smith,

Project Manager,

For and on behalf of Highways England