Hardwick Sites survey for Greater Cambridge Local Plan (closes 14th February)


Update 15/02/2021: This survey is closed now. Many thanks to all residents who contributed. The feedback will be consolidated and sent to Greater Cambridge.

Dear residents,

The Parish Council would like to give the opportunity to residents to provide any comments/feedback on the 5 sites submitted to the Greater Cambridge Local Plan, through the form below. These will then be collated, consolidated (where possible) and then submitted through the online survey form, which the Parish Council has access to.

Please use the form below to provide your feedback/comments/inputs – Deadline is 14th of February

UPDATE: Roadworks – M11 junction 11, Mill Bridge: bridge maintenance

Update from Highways England: M11 junction 11 Mill Bridge: bridge maintenance


Due to weather conditions, we now plan to complete this work with following closures for each phase, as detailed below:

Phase 1: M11 Mill bridge, north bridge closure, starting  8pm Friday 22 January to 6am Monday 25 January

  • Traffic on the A10 / Cambridge Road will be diverted via the A505 at Royston, before joining the A1301 to head towards Trumpington.
  • Traffic from the A10 wanting to travel on the M11 southbound at junction 11, will be diverted northbound on the M11 to junction 12, A603 roundabout before returning southbound on the M11 to continue your journey.
  • Traffic wanting to leave the M11 for Cambridge will stay on the M11 to junction 12, A603 roundabout before re-joining the M11 southbound to exit at junction 11 to join the A1309 / Hauxton Road.

Phase 2: M11 Mill bridge, south bridge closure, starting 8pm Friday 29 January to 6am Monday 1 February

  • Traffic on the A1309 / Hauxton Road wishing to join the A10 will be diverted via the A1301, A505 westbound before joining the A10 at Royston.
  • Traffic from the A1309 / Hauxton Road wishing travel northbound on the M11 will be diverted southbound to junction 10 to turn around and continue their journey northbound.
  • Traffic wanting to leave the M11 for the A10 southbound from Trumptington will be diverted via the M11 junction 10 and return northbound to exit at junction 11 onto the A10.

Vaccine Hub – Urgent request for volunteer support

Message below from Cambridgeshire Council:

Due to the large number of Vaccine Hubs, urgent support is required at 1 of our testing hubs within the region.

The roles range from queue management, registration assistant (welcoming people to the testing site), test operative (actually processing the testing sample, in full PPE, training provided), result logger (logs result), evaluation (asks people why they’ve come, would they come again) and general role (would include cleaning).

Fen Road, Cambridge
The test site is open Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st 10- 6pm.  Staff would be expected to arrive by 9.15/9.30 latest.  The last test is 5.30pm, so we would hope staff could finish by 6.15-6.30.

If you are in a position where you can help support the testing hub, please contact Nikitta Vanterpool – Nikitta.vanterpool@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Greater Cambridge Local Plan – site information (update)

Update 18/01/2021

Dear residents,

The Parish Council received an update about the above, from The Greater Cambridge Local Plan team, as per below:

As you are aware, over 650 sites were submitted to us through the ‘Call for Sites’ for consideration as part of developing the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan.

The  sites submitted are currently being assessed by officers against a rigorous methodology, as part of the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment. We gather topical information about the sites from sources including the Environment Agency, Natural England, the local highways authority, the Councils’ Environmental Health teams, Historic England and other bodies.

We would now like to give you the opportunity to supplement our information gathering with any knowledge you may hold about any of the submitted sites in your Parish or area covered by your Association.

It is not compulsory in any way to provide this additional information at this point in time and you may wish to wait to read and comment on our assessments at the next stage of plan-making, when we will present our proposed list of sites to take forward through the Local Plan.

….the survey is only open to Parish Councils and Residents Associations…to be completed by 5pm on 1 March 2021

If you have any comments, queries about the above, please contact the Clerk.

Hardwick Community Centre Working Group update

Dear Village Resident,

It seems to have been a long time since our last update to residents about the new Community Centre but throughout the pandemic the work has been progressing and we are now at a point where we can ask the architects to seek planning permission for the project.

We have had several Zoom meetings with the architects to adapt and refine the plans displayed at our last public meeting. See the latest plans of the proposed building and a few key things that have happened since our last public meeting and display are represented below. An elevation of this drawing will be available in a few weeks and will be circulated later.

  • The building has now been sited between the Sports and Social Club and the play area taking up the majority of the footprint of the existing hard tennis court area. The building has been orientated so the cafe will also have potential outdoor seating with views across to the play park.
  • Total expected build cost will be approximately £1.13 million which will include changes to access points, landscaping and extra parking.
  • S106 monies from the two major developments in the village will cover the cost and will be coming on stream in sections as and when the new houses are sold. This is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 with all monies released to the Parish Council, by that time, to cover the cost of the new building.
  • An extra £30,000 has been added to the build costs to provide match officials (football and cricket) with changing facilities attached to, and with access to, the new Community Centre.
  • Various room size options have been included to increase the variety of activities The Community Centre can cater for.
  • There is still an opportunity for us to make minor changes to the internal layout of the building so if you have any ideas there is still time to send them to us for consideration.

As a group we are also pursuing ways to make The Community Centre as eco-friendly as possible and are looking for grants towards helping to achieve this goal.

We look forward to hearing your views and opinions which can be sent to: Alan.west10@btinternet.com

Can we also take this time to wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Covid-free New Year.

With best wishes


See latest plans for the proposed building


New affordable homes at Grace Crescent – Hardwick

Dear all,

Please find information below from the South Cambridgeshire New Build team:

The New build Team at South Cambs District Council is shortly to acquire new affordable homes from Hill Residential at Grace Crescent Hardwick.

In total 27 rented and 12 shared ownership properties will be acquired by SCDC and will be transferred to them as they are completed – in four phases between 29 January 2021 and Summer 2021.

If there are any residents who would be interested in any of the homes, please see the next action steps to take.

  • Any applicant will need to be registered with Home-link so that they are on the council’s list. If they have not registered as yet, here is the link below:


  • If applicants are registered already and are interested in the affordable homes for rent, they will need to forward their enquiry directly to the Allocations Team at the inbox below:


For the shared ownership homes, they should email  sales@domovohomes.co.uk

Parish Council Meeting Papers 2021

19 January 2021 – AgendaMinutesApproved Budget

26 January 2021 – AgendaMinutes

23 February 2021 – AgendaMinutes

9 March 2021 – AgendaMinutes

23 March 2021 – Agenda Minutes

30 March 2021 – AgendaMinutes

6 April 2021 – AgendaMinutes

27 April 2021 – Agenda (additional papers)- Minutes

4 May 2021 – Annual Parish Meeting (APM) Reports

11 May 2021 – Agenda Minutes

25 May 2021 – Agenda (additional papers) – Minutes

22 June 2021 – AgendaMinutes

13 July 2021 – C2C Public Meeting Notice

20 July 2021 – Agenda

27 July 2021 – Agenda

Hardwick Community Centre awarded an Energy Efficiency Support Package

The Hardwick Community Centre Working Group is delighted at the news that it has been awarded an Energy Efficiency Support Package in the latest set of awards under the Zero Carbon Communities scheme.

The Zero Carbon Communities grants were announced in early December by South Cambridgeshire District Council as part of its drive for the district to become net zero carbon by 2050. In particular it provides funding for projects to support communities to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels

The Hardwick Community Centre Working Group is working on plans for a new community centre in Hardwick with a target completion date for 2022.  The grant will help with the installation of energy efficient systems in the new building.

Nicky Kerr, a leading member of the Group, put together an application in August and September.  She says “I am excited to say that we were successful in our grant application and we can hopefully soon get the ball rolling on this.”

Cambridge Water – help and support available for people struggling to pay their water bills

Cambridge Water calls for customers to ask for help, if they have been financially affected by COVID-19 or any other reason.  
The call follows research published by CC Water which states that about a third of customers have little awareness that water companies offer support and are less likely to contact them for help. 
Cambridge Water offers a range of support, from payment breaks for people with a temporary financial issue to special tariffs for people on low incomes, as well as payment flexible plans for anyone who needs to budget their payments.  
The figures come from the CC Water annual Water Matters survey report published in August, which also states that under 25s, over 75s, Black Caribbean and minority ethnic groupsand those with no internet access are most at risk of missing out on financial support with bills. 
Rachael Merrell, service delivery director at Cambridge Water, said: 
“We’ve seen a growing number of customers seek help since March when lockdown hit us. 
We have over 1,540 customers benefitting from our Assure tariff, which offers 60% discount for the first year and since March there has been a 10% increase in customers claiming it.  
“We know that people are still finding it hard, so we want to make sure that anyone who is struggling contacts us. They can visit our website, contact us through Facebook or Twitter or give us a call on 0800 587 7701. We’re here to help.” 
More information can be found online at https://www.cambridge-water.co.uk/covid-help.