Welcome to Melbourn Parish Council

Please note:  The Parish Office is closed to the public until further notice.  The Parish Clerk can be contacted at parishclerk@melbournpc.co.uk.  Alternatively, please leave a message on 07511 857671.

Important message from South Cambridgeshire District Council re council tax:

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, we will help arrange a payment plan. A form is available on our website to help with this. Please bear with us at this exceptionally busy time. Do also remember that across the county all of the public sector including the Police, Fire Service, adult social care and parish councils are delivering vital services to keep people safe at this difficult time. Council Tax goes towards all of these bodies. If you can pay as normal, please do.


Community Grants : Deadline for applications – April 2020  Application form available here

Please see update below from Stagecoach:

Following the government advice to limit non-essential travel and avoid office, pubs and social gatherings; we’re sad to say we’ve had to make further reductions.

The following Park & Ride services will be suspended from Thursday 2 April until further notice:

Madingley Park and Ride
Newmarket Park and Ride
Trumpington Park and Ride
Milton Park and Ride

Please see press release re suspension of green bin collections across Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire between Monday 23 March and Monday 4 May (click on the thumbnails below to read) :

Beware of scams during this difficult time : 

PLEASE NOTE: In line with current guidance, the following meetings have been cancelled:
Thursday, 19 March – Maintenance Committee Meeting

Monday, 23 March – Parish Council Meeting

Details of roadworks in Melbourn : 16 to 23 March 2020 (please click on the image for further details)

Details of changes to Stagecoach services (please click on the images below for further information)

Community Grants : April 2020 – Application form available here


Greater Cambridge Plan : Have your say!  Deadline for responses – 24 February 2020 :

Opportunity : Sessional youth worker

Coffee with a Cop :  Come along on 24 March 2020 to meet your local PCSO over a coffee at The Hub

Weekly youth club for young people aged 12 – 18 : Monday nights @ The Pavilion. 
Please note: Young people attending for the first time this year, will need to attend with a parent to re-register.   

Information relating to Greater Cambridge Local Plan:

The First Conversation
Ever walked past a building and wondered how it got planning permission? Worried about climate change and how we are going to adapt? Trying to buy a house and finding it really difficult?
The Council’s Local Plan is the document that shapes our area’s future and answers these big questions. It covers the key themes of climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, wellbeing and social inclusion, and great places. It will affect what kind of new homes get built and where, where businesses can grow and how buildings, streets and spaces should be designed. As a result, the Local Plan affects all of us – yet most people have never even heard of it.
But things are changing and we want you to be a part of it.
For the first time ever, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are preparing a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area: and this time we want to do better than ever before at working with you all to make it happen
We will be starting a big conversation with the community, with many different ways to get involved, online and offline, on Monday 13 January. Please look out for more information nearer the time, and get in touch at www.greatercambridgeplanning.org
Help shape our future together!



Royston and District Community Transport – click here to find out more:

A message from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group:
Good afternoon
We would be grateful if you could include the following article regarding the BIG conversation we are having with our local residents in your parish magazine.
Many thanks

Get involved in the Big Conversation about how we shape our NHS
Local residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of local NHS services as part of The Big Conversation.

Funding for healthcare across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is under pressure. More people are using NHS services locally, and resources are limited. At the moment, the local NHS is buying more than it can afford which means that some difficult decisions need to be made about the services it can afford to provide in the future. 

The Big Conversation has been created to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who buy the healthcare services in the local area, to understand what is most important to the local community. Feedback received will be used to create a set of principles that will inform our future plans and help shape our local NHS.

Local residents can give their feedback by attending one of the events taking place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during October and November. Or, by completing a short survey online at https://bit.ly/NHSBigConversation

Find out more about The Big Conversation and local events online bit.ly/NHSBigConversation

Communications and Engagement Team
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
Lockton House, Clarendon Road, Cambridge CB2 8FH
www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk / capccg.contact@nhs.net  01223 725317

Pavilion for Hire :

Communication received from the Post Office Ltd:

‘Dear Sir/Madam
We’re writing to let you know about some changes to the above Post Office.
For further information please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:
Customer information materials will also be available in branch.
Yours faithfully
Audra Mirjah-Clarke
Post Office Ltd’

Temporary Road Closure : Back Lane – 23 September 2019


Let’s S.C.R.A.P. Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste. It can be anything from a bag of waste to a truckload. We all have seen abandoned items in the countryside, villages and towns. But leaving items by HRCs, charity shops or by bins are all fly-tipping too.

Around two thirds of fly-tips come from households, so it is crucially important that you understand your Duty of Care to avoid £400 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.

Together with other partners in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP) we have launched the S.C.R.A.P Fly-tipping campaign to help residents to understand their responsibilities. Follow the S.C.R.A.P. code below to make the right choices when asking someone to remove your waste.

To help us deal with fly-tipping incidents efficiently, please report them to us.

Here is how:

Online: www.scambs.gov.uk/environment/envirocrime/

By phone: 03450 450 063

If you witness fly-tipping, call 999 to report crime in action. Please do not put yourself in harm way.

When reporting fly-tipping, please note as many details as possible
–              the exact location
–              the size of the fly-tip
–              the type of waste dumped
–              the date and time you spotted or witnessed the fly-tip
–              photos of the fly-tip and fly-tippers if you have witnessed it
–              the vehicle registration number and details
–              the description of people involved
–              the direction they were travelling

The Melbourn Short Story Reading Group is currently looking for a new group co-ordinator. The group meets every Tuesday (September-November and March-May) between 10 and 11am at the Hub. As co-ordinator you would be in charge of organising the stories: finding stories or managing the stories that the group members will contribute and making copies for every member (copies can be made at the parish office as the group has been funded by the parish council). 

If you are interested or need more information please get in touch with former group co-ordinator Britta: britta.heinemeyer@gmx.de

Planning a birthday party but want some outside space to let the  children run off steam, then Melbourn Pavilion is the perfect venue. Space for up to 60 inside, an enclosed patio area front and back, kitchen and the beautiful New Rec literally on the doorstep. Contact the Parish Office for more information : 01763 263303

We have received queries about increased light aircraft noise from the airfield in Fowlmere.  Complaints should be addressed to Modern Air UK : 01763 208281 / 208141

Melbourn and Sawston Greenways Consultation – starts 17 June 2019 :  

Details of forthcoming roadworks –

Please see posters for details of activities for babies and toddlers in the local area:

Opportunity to run the village Post Office – see poster for more information:


Vacancies for seven councillors – please contact the Parish Clerk for more information 

Introducing Melbourn Parish Council’s new Time Bank Coordinator 


Please note:  There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Finance & Good Governance Committee on 8 April 2019 (to follow immediately after the Planning Committee meeting scheduled for that date).

Vacancies for two councillors:

We are currently experiencing a spate of unfortunate and unacceptable behaviours in our village:

  • Damage to the wooden train in the toddler area of Clear Crescent Playpark.   
  • Removal of benches in Orchard Road Cemetery and evidence that these are being used as a meeting place .

Although the village wardens have taken steps to make good the damage to the play equipment, unfortunately further damage has been done.

What can you do to help?  If you notice any activity in either of these areas – or indeed any area of the village – that you believe to be unlawful to likely to cause harm or danger to others, please contact the police on 101 to report it.  The police can only respond to incidents if they are made aware.

Part time opportunity for a Youth Worker in Melbourn:


Please see attached information from Royal Mail regarding scam mail. 

You may have noticed large numbers of small bees in the grass to the rear of the play area at The Moor.  These are harmless Ivy Bees – more information is available here.




Information relating to nitrous oxide from our PCSO following recent patrols in the village:

Although nitrous oxide has been legal in the past, since the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on 26 May 2016, it is now illegal to supply or import nitrous oxide for human consumption. Like drinking and driving, it’s illegal to drive if your driving has been impaired by taking drugs. …. it is illegal to sell it to anyone under 18 if you think they’re going to inhale it.’

Invitation to a Public Exhibition : TTP proposed development at Melbourn Science Park

Thanks to the volunteers who gave their time and effort to plant the flower tubs in the centre of the village – they looked beautiful. Our grateful thanks too to James Cantle from Shire Trees for generously donating £50 to replenish the tubs after they were ‘harvested’ and left looking a little less lush! We hope the flower tubs are left undisturbed for the benefit of the whole village. 


Service Update for No 26 Bus

Notice of public rights 2018


Details of changes to No 26 bus service from 15 April 2018.

Full details and copies of the timetable can be obtained by contacting Stagecoach directly on 01223 433250, cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com or www.stagecoachbus.com

Please see information received from Cambridgeshire County Council relating to proposed road closures on the A10 between Royston and Harston.  Further information will follow once this is received.  

Extract from County Cllr van de Ven’s January 2018 report to the Parish Council – to be discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on 26 February 2018

Traffic Diversion issue:
Dear Cllr van de Ven
We are currently working with our contractor Skanska, and their supply chain Eurovia, to establish the program for 2018. As there are five sections of the A10 between Royston and Harston that are due to receive this treatment, I felt that I should inform you of what is being planned.
All works are currently planned for June 2018 although I have no dates as yet. Work will be carried out under restricted hours working, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, using Convoy Stop/Go Traffic Management. We are proposing to carry out the elements of work closer to the level crossing at Foxton, after 7pm. I would at this stage, point out that Surface Dressing cannot be carried out at night and is of course subject to weather.
The largest section of work will be Melbourn Bypass between Cambridge Road and Royston Road. It is estimated that work along this section alone will take 5 days to complete. In order to reduce the timescale and inconvenience to businesses and the public; it has been proposed that perhaps this section could be done under a 7am to 6pm Saturday road closure. The contractor has stated that they are confident that under a full closure and with the weather on their side, the road could be treated in one day not five; with the Sunday being kept back as fall back in case the weather on Saturday prevented completion.
However, in order to do this, the diverted traffic would have to be put through Melbourn village whilst the road is closed. I have spoken to our Streetworks Permitting Manager, and although we both see the sense of this approach, especially as the village road was previously the A10 and is constructed accordingly, we felt that the idea should be put to you for your consideration and input.
I would be grateful if you could let me know your thoughts. Should you wish to speak to me, my phone number is 07824529762.
artin Gowler, Network Management Officer
Highways Service, Cambridgeshire County Council

 Another thread in our correspondence:
 I do appreciate that putting the traffic through Melbourn will increase the traffic flow significantly for the period the road is closed, but by doing it at a weekend, we would hope to reduce the number of HGVs than if it was in a weekday. Also, one day of closure rather than 5 of queues might also be preferable for local residents?
I am of course, happy to discuss this with you and the parish council further if you think there is any chance that this would be an acceptable possibility.’

Something need doing in Melbourn? Is there something not working in Melbourn?  A faulty streetlight?  Grass too long in your local play park?  Please click here for details on who to contact.  For Parish matters, please either call the Parish Office (01763 263303 #3) or email (notifications@melbournpc.co.uk).
Alternatively, you may wish to complete a report form and send it in to the Parish Office – Notifications log sheet.  Please provide as much information as possible to enable us to deal with matters efficiently.    

Final Car Park report : 
Final Car Park Report and Appendices October 2017 – updated with new Appendix 7 231117
Comments from Cllr Regan and Cllr Hales in relation to the Car Park Working Party Report Phase 2 – October 2017

Grievance Report and Decision Notice from The First – Tier Tribunal 

MPC Grievance Report Published 26 October 2017

Grievance Report – Final Decision from First Tier Tribunal – Posted on Website 26 October 2017

Update – Roadworks on the A10 and A505 :  

‘An extract from the Clerk’s report with details of our Facebook and website reach. We would be very interested to hear what you think of our online presence …

 In terms of use of Facebook, the statistics which the Clerks have provided are:
• We are reaching about 550 people on Facebook.
• Getting in the region of 90 likes a week.
• Quite a lot of variation in the amount of page visits and number of people engaged which is probably what you’d expect as the number of postings and the level of interest are going to vary according to what comes up.’

UK BEST PARK AWARD : Stockbridge Meadows has been nominated for the @Fields in Trust, UK’s Best Park Award. You can show your support by voting online at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark  #LoveYourLocalPark

Melbourn Short Story Reading Group : 

Heidi Allen MP : New constituency office

Message from County Cllr van de Ven:  Please find attached draft minutes of the Cam Vale Bus Users Group held on 17 July, including updates on the proposed new post-16 student shuttle service connecting Bassingbourn and Whaddon to Meldreth Station, and uncertainty on the new contract for the 127/128 bus service affecting these and other villages  – Cam Vale Bus Users Group July 17 minutes.
Update on 127/128 bus service:  Confirmation has now been received from the Traffic Commissioner that the 127/128 bus service will run with a new operator commencing July 31. The new operator is A2B Bus and Coach Ltd, and the new timetable is which is currently being printed, is attached – 127 128 timetable (option 1 – revised) .  This means there will be no break in service.
Please note that the 127/128 depends on council subsidy, for which there are no future guarantees, so there will be much work to do this year to ensure that this essential transport service continues.

Flooding:   If you are aware of areas of flooding in the village, please report this to Cambridgeshire County Council Highways  via their online reporting system.

Polite Request to Car Park Users :
If you are waiting in the village car park, please turn off your engine.  This is a residential area and is also situated very close to the Primary School playing field.  We are sure you understand that this request is made with the wellbeing of local residents (particularly children) in mind and especially following recent news reports of very high air pollution levels.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme :  Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.  More information can be found at:
http://www.npms.org.uk/sites/www.npms.org.uk/files/PDF/NPMS%20flyer.pdf  and
– http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true
To sign up please visit www.npms.org.uk or for further information please email support@npms.org.uk or phone 01722 342743.

A message from Chief Inspector James Sutherland, Area Commander, South Cambs with regard to village parking problems and recent media coverage about policing in villages.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary Parking Enforcement Request: Please see the link below which can be used for reporting parking problems in the village. PLEASE NOTE – this form should NOT used to report a dangerously parked vehicle or abandoned vehicles: please call 101 to report these. This form is for parking related issues only.  http://tinyurl.com/SouthCambs-Parking

Melbourn Parish Council is now on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MelbournVillage/  The page will be updated regularly with Parish Council news and information.

Our thanks go to Herts & Cambs Ground Maintenance and Norburys Building Supplies for the kind donation of their time and materials in carrying out essential repairs to the Memorial Garden at 83 High Street.  

Tell us what you think:  The Parish Council is working hard to keep the public areas around the village updated and vibrant.  With that in mind, we are currently discussing the future of the ‘Best Kept Village’ sign dating back to 1991.  Certainly an award to be proud of at the time but should be looking to the future rather than the past …?  We would welcome your viewsparishclerk@melbournpc.co.uk / 01763 263303 (opt 3) / https://www.facebook.com/MelbournVillage/

Consolidated Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way in Cambridgeshire: Maps are available to view :  Protecting unofficial paths map.   See also Definitive Statement for the Parish of Melbourn  and 2016 09 15 Public Notice Consolidation.

Updates on Boundary Issues


Other News


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Council Meeting Agendas

Council Agendas are available to view on line for all Committee and Full Council meetings.

Note: These are placed online on the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Supporting documentation will be published on the website whenever possible.  However, if this is not possible it will be available at the meeting. 


Planning Application Search

The planning application search system has been developed to offer a search facility for planning, listed building and advertisement applications made in the District.

Click here to search for applications.