Elections are being held on Thursday 3rd May 2018 to elect a new Parish Council for Hardwick.
Nominations open on 26th March and must be lodged by 4:00 on 6th April. See the previous News item for advice about standing. Nomination forms are available through the SCDC website or through our Parish Clerk (contact details elsewhere on this website).
There are positions available for up to nine councillors. There will only be a contested election if there are more than nine nominations in which case electors can cast up to nine votes to choose the candidates of their choice.
There is more going on in the village now than for many years. New housing developments, related planning obligations on education, health, transport, and community facilities e.g. new community centre, and the proposed busway. We all have views on what we think is best for the village but it is the Parish Council that takes the decisions on behalf of the village. If you want to have a more effective way of making your views known and acted on then consider standing for election rather than complaining or criticising. It can be hard work at times – and its totally unpaid – but it can also be immensely rewarding to see improvements made to the quality of life in the village.
Here are some links which help further explain the role of a Parish Councils and Parish Councillors.
Standing for Election as a Parish or Town Councillor
I will be standing again and I hope to be re-elected but I hope many others will put their names forward to create a healthy tier of democracy within the village.
Hardwick Parish Council
All South Cambridgeshire District Council residents will be able to vote on 3 May 2018, electing 45 District Councillors to represent 26 newly revised wards. Elections will also be held for all of the parishes in South Cambridgeshire.
Notice of Election will be published on 26 March – this will open the period during which nominations may be submitted. All nominations must be submitted by 4.00pm on 6 April.
Anyone who wants to stand in the district or parish elections must submit a valid nomination paper to the Returning Officer. If you have any questions about standing you can contact the elections team for advice and guidance on email@example.com or by calling 03450 455214.
Hardwick Parish Council Report January 2018
The meeting opened with an open session where there were concerns about the additional details of a cycle/footpath from Sadlers Close through to the development proposed for Grace Crescent.
The Parish Council knew nothing more than the red line marked on the plans but was equally concerned that the path would be shared with a current in-use farm track.
Primary Healthcare provision for Hardwick continues as Martin Cassey has delivered another briefing paper to Heidi Allen recently.
The PC has been notified about improvements to street lighting in Hardwick as part of the details using S106 money from new developments. However the £15,000 designated for upgrades and addition to current lighting to benefit the south of the village, where the development will be, has now been allotted for improvements to the WHOLE village. The PC voted to hold onto this £15,000 for Main Street improvements only, but would welcome SCDC upgrading to LED lighting for the rest of the village.
There has been a request by a resident for speed stickers for wheelie bins for some roads in the village. The PC will obtain quotes for 30 and 40mph stickers, 4 per household for St Neots Rd, Cambridge Rd and Main Street.
Caxton PC will be borrowing the Speedwatch equipment for a fee of £500 while not in use by us at present. We cannot find volunteers to run it ourselves, should anyone be interested and be free during busy morning and afternoon times please contact the clerk.
Elections for District Council and Parish Council seats will take place on 3rd May 2018. The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 17th April 2018 and the PC meeting for May on 15th May 2018. The Parish Council warmly welcomes new applications to join the council. There are a total of nine seats available.
The gas is due to be disconnected on the corner of St Neots Rd on 31st January.
The Playparks next step of improvements is complete and the additions to the park on Egremont Rd look wonderful. The PC would like to commend Clare McGowan and her team for their tireless work to complete this second stage.
A new perspex panel is needed for the bus stop on St. Neots Rd opposite Millers Way.
The next meeting is the Budget meeting on Tuesday 6th February at 7pm.
Parish Council meeting November 2017
Hill the developers attended the meeting and gave an update on the proposed 98 dwellings for behind Grace Crescent and the late addition of a cycle way and footpath through to Sadlers Close. It is possible work on the houses may start in late Summer or Autumn 2018.
A new wider gate for triple buggies will be fitted to the play park on Egremont Rd alongside the next phase of the upgrade which is due between mid December and the first week of January.
Steve Rose will take on the role of webmaster while the role is vacant.
The consultation for the new bus route must be filled in by January and the PC will write a response in the interest of the route for the benefit of the residents of the village.
Speedwatch volunteers are needed again, training by the police takes an hour and a half, 3 are needed at any time to operate the scheme.
The Hardwick Village Plan will publish a presentation of the results of the village survey within 6 months. Every household will get a copy which will contain photographs and some village history.
Parish Council meeting December 2017
Paper caddies will not now be emptied by the refuse collectors and all paper should be put in the blue bins.
Street lighting will be improved with money from S106 through new developments. All the sodium lights (yellow) on St Neots Rd and Cambridge Rd will be replaced with new design LED ones. We will be the first parish to have the new greater spread lights.
Heidi Allen is to lend her support to getting a healthcare provision in Hardwick. Martin Cassey has been attending meetings on transportation around Cambridge with regard to the village minibus scheme that is planned.
The PC took a vote after a discussion on its response to the consultation on the bus route from Cambourne to Cambridge. There were 7 votes, 4 votes for route C and 3 votes for route B with the Park and Ride being preferred at Scotland Farm. A letter was sent to the Greater Cambridge Partnership.
Residents are encouraged to reply individually to the taxi permit consultation.
The area around the back of the scout hut will be cleared of all the rubbish and furniture in the next month.
Budget meeting will be held on February 6th 2018.
Hill are holding a public exhibition at the school of their latest detailed proposals for new housing off Grace Crescent between 3:30 and 6:30 on Tuesday 28th November.
Hardwick Parish Council
Hardwick residents should all have received a consultation brochure entitled Cambourne to Cambridge Better Bus Journeys. The consultation seeks views on two alternative locations for a new Park & Ride site and three alternative routes from Madingley Mulch to Cambridge. The decisions that will be taken will affect everyone in Hardwick and residents are encouraged to consider the alternatives and make their views known to the Greater Cambridge Partnership [GCP]. The Parish Council will also consider the alternatives and make its response in due course to the GCP.
The consultation is now “live” ready to be filled in on-line and will stay open until Monday 22nd January 2018. If you prefer you can fill in the questionnaire on pages 23 to 25 of the brochure and mail it using the free post provided.
In addition to the brochure GCP is staging a public exhibition at Hardwick School next Thursday, November 23rd from 2:45 pm to 4:30 pm about the consultation and presumably some members of the GCP will be there to answer questions.
Hardwick Parish Council
Hardwick Parish Council met as usual in October on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the school starting at 7:00pm. Here are some items of general interest.
Great West Walk
Dr Treacy from Coton attended the meeting to seek support for the Great West Walk which is a proposed 13 mile circular walk of the villages to the west of Cambridge, including part of Hardwick. She hastened to add that the walk could be done in sections. The indicative route stopped short of Main Street and it was suggested that it should extend to take in the attractions of the Blue Lion public house and St Mary’s Church.
Hardwick Play Parks
There was some great news from the Hardwick Play Parks Group who had received an offer from WREN of £19,000 of funding to assist with phase 1 of a new play park on the Egremont Road site. This will now go ahead in the next few months. A separate item on the agenda dealt with the difficulties of accessing the school through the new play park gate which is too small to allow access for a triple buggy. The Council agreed to investigate the cost of installing a wider gate.
We have all seen activity around the burnt out building at the corner of Cambridge Road and St Neots Road. District Councillor Grenville Chamberlain gave an update but cautioned there were still issues to be resolved before this work can be completed. In the meantime he urged parents to warn children against entering the site for safety reasons.
Cambridge to Cambourne busway – impact on trees along St Neots Road
There have been fears of wholesale destruction of the trees should a new proposed busway be built along St Neots Road. The Parish Council has sought clarification from the Greater Cambridge Partnership. The Parish Council has received a reassuring response (see item 5.1 of the meeting papers on the village website) which explains that any plans would seek to minimise the impact of proposals on the environment but if there was unavoidable impact on the environment this would be mitigated e.g. by new planting. It is not yet possible to identify which, if any, trees will be impacted as this will depend on the detailed design, which will be subject to local consultation.
Litter behind the Scout and Guide Hut
The Scout group had offered to clear and keep clear the area behind their hut. The Council decided that this would present legal issues and their preferred course of action was to get the area cleared of rubbish and brambles themselves.
In common with the experience in our own gardens this year the grass on the recreation field just keeps on growing and has needed extra cuts. The Council has approved the additional cost of providing the extra cuts and is pleased with the improvement of the sports pitches in response to the three year maintenance programme which started two years ago. Such is the quality of our pitches we are now getting requests from teams from outside the village to use them.
For those interested in Parish Council issues there is more detail provided on the village website. For those who would like to offer their services on the Parish Council they should note that there are currently two vacancies for Councillors.
Hardwick Parish Council
Gas works, which are a necessary prerequisite for demolition of the eyesore, are underway with the layby outside closed for a few days. The section of the building nearest Cambridge Road has been demolished. Unfortunately the gas contractor has discovered a problem which will force a delay in the disconnection of the gas supply of about 6 weeks whilst a particular piece of equipment is sourced and delivered to site.
Officers at SCDC are in direct contact with the respective parties. Rest assured that every effort is being made to remove this blight on our village once and for all.
The meeting was held in the Sports and Social Club with 6 councillors and about 20 residents attending. During the public session at the start of the meeting residents and councillors shared their views on the proposed routes for the Cambourne to Cambridge bus way but as there is still no more or new information on a decided route this item will appear again on next month’s agenda.
A report was read out from District Councillor Chamberlain, who was at a meeting about the bus way in Comberton, outlining the proposed Park and Ride sites and bus routes emphasizing the disarray that the local government is in at the moment over these decisions.
The Parish Council encourages residents to visit the following websites and read all the information available to help their decision making during the public consultation easier.
Unfortunately the current webmaster, Robert Cassey, who has transformed the village website is retiring from the position so we are searching for anyone else who feels that they could help the village with their skills. It might be a student, retiree or anyone in between! It is a paid position up to about £600/year. Please contact the clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank Robert for a great job.
Meeting closed at 9.25pm