Welcome to Melbourn Parish Council

Please note: New Parish Office opening hours:  Monday: 10.00am-1.00pm, Wednesday: 1.00pm-3.00pm, Friday: 10.00am-1.00pm (Alternatively, please call to arrange an appointment.)  


FOUND a pair of glasses on the High Street (near the car park). A resident reported that the glasses fell from the pocket of a motorcyclist (7 October at approximately 12.30pm). If you think they may belong you, please contact the Parish Office.


FOUND LEATHER WALLET:  A leather wallet has been found on the recreation ground.  Please call in to the Hub Reception if you think it may be yours.


What’s New 

VACANCY – COUNCILLOR

VACANCY – RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER
(Part Time – commencing on one day per week until job needs are established)
A part time RFO position is required, commencing as soon as available, reporting to the Parish Clerk. Past RFO experience is essential. Closing Date has been extended to Friday 13th October 2017

 

Community Grant Information – Next round November 2017


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.    


 

Temporary Traffic Restrictions : Temporary Traffic Restrictions A10 November 2017


School Caterer Vacancy :
Melbourn Primary School : 


Stagecoach September service changes : 


SCDC recycling collections : 


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.


Message from Great Northern inviting participation in their timetable consultation:
Dear stakeholder
The second phase of our consultation on the 2018 timetable has started – as we work towards finalising plans for the biggest timetable overhaul in a generation – designed to provide more reliable services, with more capacity for passengers.  The cross-London Thameslink network will be expanded to give passengers at 80 more stations across the South East direct access to St Pancras International, Farringdon for Crossrail, City Thameslink and Blackfriars.
This is a central part of plans to modernise services with new trains, new rail routes and updated working practices to future-proof the Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern rail routes where passenger numbers, in some places, have doubled in just 12 years.
Feedback from the first part of the consultation last autumn has been taken on board where possible and detailed timetables are now available to comment on. 
The information can be found at www.transformingrail.com.  At this link you’ll be able to view timetables, search times by station, and there are summary factsheets available by area.  Paper copies of the documents are available on request by writing to:  GTR Timetable Consultation, c/o East Side Offices, London Kings Cross Station, N1C 4AP
The consultation into the weekday timetables runs until 5pm on Thursday 27 July 2017.  Weekend timetables will be shared later in the year.’


Lost and Found: A number of items have been handed in to the Parish Office recently:

– Two bicycles have been handed in – one purple ladies bicycle and a black men’s mountain bike. If you believe one of them may be yours, please contact us.

– We also have a pair of specs. Please call if you think they may be yours.


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.


Letter from Melbourn Village College : 

 

 


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 

Message from Heidi Allen – Boundary Commission Parliamentary Review Phase II : ‘Firstly, a huge thank you to you all for your superb efforts so far in raising awareness about the Boundary Review’s proposed parliamentary constituency changes.   I was delighted to see so much representation from my southern villages on the Boundary Commission website.
The Consultation has now moved to phase 2.  This is a 4 week period in which the Boundary Commission publish all feedback received and ask people to give their views on it (so asking people to comment on other people’s comments!).
On the Consultation website www.bce2018.org.uk, the Commission has separated feedback into comments (green dots) and counter proposals (yellow dots).  I’ve attached a screen grab below to illustrate.  During this phase it’s important to remember that Boundary Commission Guidance specifically asks people to take into account knock on effects to the region when commenting on proposals.  Whilst it’s great to have representations that explain why your village doesn’t want to move, we need to show an awareness of how staying in South Cambs will affect the rest of the region.
With this in mind, I formulated a counter-proposal (yellow dot) that demonstrates how my southern villages can stay in South Cambs without affecting other areas adversely.  The more support this proposal gets, the better chance of success.
If you want to stay as part of South Cambs please could you ask your villagers to log onto www.bce2018.org.uk, input my constituency office postcode of CB23 7QJ and show support for my yellow dot proposal by clicking on it and giving feedback?   The consultation closes on 27th March.
I really don’t want to lose your important villages from my constituency.
Thank you for your help.
Best wishes
Heidi Allen MP


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. 

CLICK HERE


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.