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.) 

 What’s New 

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).

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

Message from Melbourn Detachment of Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force:

‘We’re going into the Village College for a school assembly on Tuesday 23rd and will be opening up the detachment for a series of taster sessions on Tues 23rd, 30th May and Tues 6th June. All at 1900hrs – 2100hrs. The Detachment will then open up on a permanent basis from the first week in September when a new tranche of Year 8 pupils arrive. Cadets have to be 12 and in Yr 8 to joint The ACF.’

Vacancies for two Councillors:  

Information from Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultations:     

Update from County Cllr van de Ven on changes to the No 26 bus service: I’ve heard back from Andy Campbell at Stagecoach, who writes: ‘We have reviewed all the feedback from the consultation and the split was roughly 50/50 however when we drilled down further into bus users & non bus users there was a clear majority for the hourly service terminating at Trumpington Park & Ride. We are intending to make the change from the 23rd July to coincide with the end of the current school term.

Peak journeys will continue to serve Cambridge but call into Trumpington & off peak journeys will terminate at Trumpington. One journey in a morning & one out on an evening will serve Haslinfield & Barrington.’

Reports of crime in the area: As you may be aware, there have been a number of incidents in the village over the past week or so – the CoOp store has been burgled twice and two private homes have been broken into. Although these incidents are worrying, it is worth noting that they are relatively rare in our village.

What can you do? Take extra care to ensure your property is secure, including garden gates and shed and please alert the police to any suspicious behaviour. Please call 999 in an emergency, if you witness an incident or 101 for non-emergencies.

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

Reminder : Bin days are changing – details of new collection dates can be found at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling 

2017 Precept  It was agreed at the Parish Council meeting on 30 January 2017 to increase the Council’s precept for 2017 by 5% which equates to an increase to bill payers of 4.48% (£4.72 per annum  or £0.47p  per month) for a Band D property – The precept for 2017-18 explained ver 2

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/

No 26 Bus – Changes to service:  We have been notified of the following change to the No 26 service by the County Council.  From 9 April 2017 the 15:30 journey between Royston and Cambridge will end at Trumpington Park & Ride, not Cambridge city centre (Monday – Saturday).

Allotments:  Are you looking for an allotment to rent?  We currently have vacant plots at The Moor.  Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

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. 


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.