Welcome to Melbourn Parish Council

Please note: New Parish Office opening hours:  Monday: 10.00am-1.00pm, Wednesday: 10.00am-1.00pm, Friday: 10.00am-12.00am (Alternatively, please call to arrange an appointment.)   

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.    

Acceptance of Resignation Letter from The Clerk – 4th December 2017

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 :  

Boundary Commission :  The boundary commission has published the revised proposals.  The three wards of Bassingbourn, Melbourn and The Mordens are still recommended to be in the North East Hertfordshire constituency with the addition of Meldreth.  


‘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.

Communication received from Affinity Water :  Affinity Water

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.

The 2017 Annual Report of the Parish Council is now available – MPC Annual Report 2017

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

The Repair Shop – New BBC2 show looking for sentimental items: BBC2 is make a new programme called “The repair shop”; the show looks into repairing beloved and interesting possessions for people who would like to see them restored or repaired back to their original working order – repair shop flyer

Public Consultation : Have your say on local pharmacies and dispensaries –  draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for Cambridgeshire

News Archive

Council Meeting Agendas

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

Note: These are placed online on the Thursday 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.