County Council Services over the Christmas Period

Over the festive period Cambridgeshire County Council staff will be working and on call to supporting our communities.

Social Services staff will be on duty and care will continue to be delivered over the Christmas and New Year period.

Highway Teams will also be on standby to grit the roads, deal with emergencies and help out partners such as the Police to keep Cambridgeshire on the move. The Council’s Emergency Management Team are also on standby in case they are needed.

Park and Ride have had Christmas helpers in since the start of December to help people get their buses, pay for parking and even carry the odd large present.

Recycling centres and Libraries will be open at various times around the Christmas and New Year time too as well as various Public Health services.

There will be no Camquit clinics or phone service on 25 or 26 December or 1 January, and a reduced schedule between 24 December to 2 January. All services resume as normal on 5 January.

Sexual health clinics are only closed on the bank holidays and more information can be found at Appointments for all clinics can be made by calling 0300 300 3030 then press 2 for Cambridgeshire.

Both the EnergiZe and CHiP programmes will resume the weeks of 5 January for EnergiZe and the 27 January for CHiP. The contact line 01480 376300 continues to be available through-out December and January for booking on to any of our Spring sessions.

For the full list of opening times for services and contact numbers go to

Speeding at the High Street/ Green End Road Mini-Roundabout

After a serious incident back in August, Ian was contacted about dangerous driving around the mini roundabout at the junction of the High Street, Green End Road and Water Lane.
This is an especially bad area for dangerous driving due to the close proximity of Whitefriars, as well as the nearby bus stop.
Local campaigner Shahida Rahman explains:  “Ian and I have request CCTV to be deployed temporarily in the area to collect evidence of dangerous driving.

CCTV is a tool which should be used in moderation, and can sometimes do more harm than good; however in this case, looking for a specific crime, we feel it
could help.

We’re pleased to say our request has been granted, and the cameras will go up around the end of November. Depending on other requests they could stay up as long as January 2015.”

Local Job Opportunity: Church & Hall Manager, St George’s Church

Local Church St George’s are advertising for a new hall manager, details below:


We are currently looking for a:

Church and Hall Manager

for St George’s Church, Chesterton

Are you someone who could help to engage with and add value to our local community?  To help us to make the best use of our buildings and to develop strong relationships with those around us?

The PCC of St George’s Chesterton is seeking to appoint a Church and Hall Manager (0.5 FTE, 18 hours per week) for two years in the first instance, from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post holder will manage the hall and its activities as well as coordinating bookings and managing the day to day work required in the church.  They will provide a certain amount of administrative assistance to the Vicar and play a key role in planning, taking part and drawing together the results of a community consultation, which will help to determine the church’s future.

 Salary – NJC scale point 26 – 28 c. £22,000 pro rata

Hours per week: 18 hrs

For any enquiries or further information about this post please contact the Vicar, Ruth Adams on 01223 423374 or


Lib Dems fear moving too quickly could risk bridge project

Liberal Democrats fear that moving too quickly to narrow the options for Cambridge’s £4.5 million Chesterton-Abbey cycle and footbridge could risk its success.

They are worried that councillors are being asked to accept one proposal for discussion over an initial five assessed in a feasibility study.

But Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats fear the move could risk support for the project and its success after it was agreed previously that more work and consultation would be carried out with local residents before options were narrowed.

Cambridge’s East Chesterton Cllr Ian Manning expressed disappointment with the move.

He said: “I’m a big supporter of the bridge proposal, which is vital to the station project, to make cycling and walking easier and to make sure East Chesterton isn’t swamped with commuter traffic, but we cannot move so quickly to narrow options.

“Up to this point, I’ve been really pleased with how officers have responded to my calls for the bridge proposal to be developed with local communities.”

The issue will be discussed at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy Transport and Environment Committee on October 21.

Committee Vice Chair and Lib Dem Transport Spokesperson, Cllr Ed Cearns agreed with Cllr Manning’s concerns.

“Have we learnt nothing from the flawed process followed in the Ely bypass consultation, in which narrowing of options at an early stage led to legal challenges later on?” he said.

“If we don’t want projects bogged down, we must show clearly that we respond to concerns – not just attempt to move to a ‘preferred solution’ as quickly as possible. We are raising these concerns in order for the project to move forward not to slow it down”

The Chesterton-Abbey Bridge is part of the Chisholm Trail project and would provide a pedestrian and cycle link between the existing railway station and the proposed Science Park Station.

Liberal Democrats will move to overturn the officers’ recommendation at the committee meeting, pushing on with the project but keeping options open and doing more public consultation.

Help plant the new Nature Reserve extension!

We’ve received this from the City Council, about the completion of a project started by the Liberal Democrats when we  ran the City Council:

The earthworks are nearing completion and we are soon to let the river flow into the newly created back water and reedbed habitat on Logan’s Meadow Local Nature Reserve.

We’d like to invite you to come and lend a hand planting young reed on the Saturday 18th October 2014, between 10.00a.m. and 4p.m. Meet at the base of the Swift Tower on the sports pitches, accessed via the white cycle bridge or Logan’s Way.

We’ll provide the plants, tools and gloves, you’ll need to bring your wellies!

Please let us know if you intend to join us at or simply turn up on the day, you are welcome to stay for as long or as little as you are able.

Folk will be on site to explain the project and instruct where and how to plant the reeds.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to friends, colleagues, local groups and residents. We hope to see you there.

Riverside bridge – maintenance and cleaning (at last!)


riverside bridge

riverside bridge


After a lot of chasing and pushing, we’re pleased to announce that, as part of maintenance work, the Riverside foot/cycle bridge will be cleaned.

Repairs will also be made to the structure and replacements to the wires thatt were recently vandalised.

Cllr Ian Manning said “Many residents have been chasing getting the bridge cleaned up for a while.  It’s very difficult to clean the upper structure in a cost effective manner, so combining with maintenance works seemed very sensible.

It’ll be great to see the bridge looking clean as new again!”.

Manning acts on safety fears as work begins on underpass

Fears for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists as long-awaited work begins on Cambridge’s Milton Road underpass today (Tuesday, July 28) have been expressed by Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning.


Cllr Manning, who represents East Chesterton, is worried that vulnerable road users could be put at risk as an alternative route means pedestrians have to cross the busy road at several points. The work also leaves cyclists competing with traffic for restricted road space.


He will visit the site tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29) with County Council officers to see how traffic management is working and will push for a safer alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists.


The underpass is being demolished and rebuilt as part of plans to build the new Science Park station on the site of the old Chesterton sidings. Work is expected to finish in December.


“Clearly, this is an important project and naturally there will be disruption to traffic, pedestrians and cyclists while the work is taking place,” said Cllr Manning. “But I am worried that motor traffic has been given priority leaving those people that use the underpass vulnerable.


“I have gone into detail with officers and the contractor, Balfour Beatty. It seems that we are restricted as to what can be done by national legislation. We have to have a road width of 6.75 metres and the rest of the road is needed for machinery.


“But it is vital that we do everything we can to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe. I want to check to see whether we can find a safer and more convenient route for them and maybe free up some of the restricted road space.”

When is a house not a house – long campaign to clean up Chesterton Fen gets a win!

This week Cllr Hazel Smith, Lib Dem representative on South Cambridgeshire District Council for Milton, was able to report to local residents that they were one step nearer to getting the new sewer they have been waiting for, for over 30 years.

Along with East Chesterton County Councillor Ian Manning, Cllr Smith submitted plans to the Welsh consultation, knowing it would influence guidance for the rest of the UK.

Now that new guidance has been issued in Wales, and requires water companies to take into account permanent caravan sites in their calculations to determine whether or not a sewer should be provided. Following the Welsh lead it is expected that Defra will recommend that the same guidance be adopted in England – this would eventually improve the environment for the whole community and especially those living at Fen Road, Chesterton.

Cllr Manning explained the importance:  “Every year I get complaints about foul smells at Grassy Corner and along the River Cam.  Providing proper sewerage facilities will stop this blight on our area.”

Cllr Smith said: “This is really good news. We made submissions during the review and we’re happy to see that these have been fully taken into account. When the water companies decide whether they will provide a sewer for residents where there is environmental damage occurring, now permanent caravans and utility blocks will be treated like buildings.”

“Unfortunately nothing will change very quickly – the guidance in England may come out fairly soon, but the next step after that would be another petition like we presented in 2007. If it is successful the water company would then be duty-bound to provide a sewer within seven years.”

Chesterton Fen residents have reacted positively to both the changes in Wales and the prospect of future changes in England.

Fen Road resident Nelson O’Connor said: “This is good news! We just can’t wait for this sewer. It’s ridiculous to have waited so long, we have lived here for 30 years, and if we had been living in a house this would all have been sorted out a long time ago.”

Chesterton Fen Road has an extensive Traveller site where, earlier this year, Cllr Smith conducted a survey which counted 274 toilets – all of which currently feed into septic tanks, cesspits and small treatment plants.

Cllr Smith said; “Given the large number of residents and that this is a low-lying area with a relatively high water table it’s good for the whole of Chesterton and everyone who uses the river to see progress like this.”

The Welsh guidance says:

“For the sake of clarity, buildings should include mobile homes and caravans on permanent sites, such as holiday parks, and permanent facilities blocks containing toilets and washing facilities.”