Allens Close Items Left on Grass

Parish News

Does anyone know anything about the items left on the grass at Allens Close near the footpath? It does not look like fly tipping but looks more like items someone wants to get rid of for free. If you do know anything about this please contact the Clerk.

EWR Clampham Green to The Eversdens rescheduled

EWR Co Webinar (Clapham Green and The Eversdens) 15th April 2021

On behalf of the team at EWR Co, I want to extend my sincere apologies for issues with our public webinar this morning, held as part of our current consultation.

Technical difficulties meant many participants were unable to properly see or hear the presentation, causing it to be cut short. We understand that this will have been frustrating to those who took the time to attend and I extend my unreserved apologies.

The webinar has been rescheduled for next week and an additional evening session organised:

  • Tuesday 20 April 4-5 pm
  • Wednesday 21 April – 7-8pm

We will promote the new dates with the public and will reach out to people who attended where we have contact details. However as a representative of the community for whom we organised this event I hope you are able to help us promote the revised timings.Dates and time for all other public webinars and livechats are on the EWR Co. website.

If you have any questions about these events or the consultation please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Hannah Staunton
Head of External Affairs

HRH Prince Philip

A statement from Buckingham Palace said:

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Barton Parish Council express their deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, members of the Royal Family and the extended members of the Royal Household on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

If you would like to add to our obituary page, please send memories, photos and any comments to the clerk.

 

 

 

Anthony Browne Statement on EWR Consulation

Anthony Browne MP

What we have before us today is a classic case of two steps forward, one step back.

In many ways, I can already see the impact of our community’s campaigns. In particular, the news that a station to the north of Cambourne is now not only being considered but has become part of East-West Rail’s emerging preference shows what can be accomplished with proper scrutiny. This is something I have been deeply involved with, including writing letters and taking meetings with ministers, and it is good to see that East-West Rail can and will listen.

There has also been clear consideration of the impact on communities, people, and property. I welcome the exclusion of any option which would lead to the demolition of homes in the Shelfords, which has been a cause for concern locally. It is a shame that the same thinking did not extend to the call for a clear consultation on route alignment.

While residents finally have the reassurance that a northern route alignment has been assessed, including a backcheck with proper consideration of a station north of Cambourne and the chance to comment on this proposal, it is clear that East-West Rail does not consider this a credible option. I am deeply disappointed that there is not a more open consultation presenting a clear choice between routes. Residents must not only be fully informed on such matters but free to weigh up the pros and cons of any scenario to decide for themselves.

I also recognise the concerns residents in Harston, Hauxton and Haslingfield may have regarding the potential impact of new railway infrastructure proposed as part of the southern route, particularly the potential new railway junction near Harston. This will need very careful consideration and I will be looking to engage personally with residents and campaigners on this matter while urging them to read and respond to this consultation.

I will be taking meetings with East-West Rail, campaign groups, and parish councils over the next ten weeks. I know from my own surveys that our community will engage with this debate, and I hope everyone in South Cambridgeshire will offer their views, as I will certainly be offering mine.

To take find out more or part in the consultation, click here. 

Ultrafast Broadband

Parish News

Ultrafast broadband is being rolled out across the country with main players such as Openreach and small players such as County Broadband installing full fibre into villages nearby. Currently there is no one committed to providing full fibre in Barton. All companies need a minimum number of customers in each community for commitment. For example, County Broadband require 25% of households to sign up before going ahead with installation.

If you are interested in full fibre (fibre into the house), we suggest that you register interest with companies that are installing full fibre. The more people that do so, the more likely that an installer will focus on Barton.

Also look out for Gigabyte voucher scheme. This is a Government scheme providing help for installation costs. My understanding is that vouchers can be pulled to support installation in villages.

 

 

EWR Consultation Open

East West Rail News

Today we are launching the next stage of public consultation on the East West Rail Project. The comments and ideas received will feed into the design, construction and operation of this once in a generation opportunity to provide frequent, fast and reliable rail links for communities between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge, connecting people with the things that matter most to them.

Key areas of focus for the consultation include:

  • How we could improve Oxford Station and its supporting infrastructure - including Oxford Parkway and Bicester Village stations
  • Options for avoiding lengthy periods of delays at the London Road level crossing, Bicester
  • How to ensure that communities around Bletchley and the Marston Vale Line get the most from East West Rail
  • Options for new stations at Bedford, to support regeneration in the town centre, as well as at Bedford St Johns and their supporting infrastructure
  • Five route alignment options for the section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge, with an emerging preference for alignments via Cambourne North
  • Opportunities to improve the experience for customers such as better facilities both at stations and onboard the train

We are passionate about developing a railway that best serves people living and working between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge, so please get involved with the consultation and help us create the right railway for your community, to connect you with the things that really matter.

Please visit our website to learn more about our proposals, where you will find information on each section of the consultation, including a full list of documents and maps. You can do so by selecting the blue button below.

Consultation website

Ways to find out more

Your views are important and will help us design the best possible services that meet everyone’s needs. There are lots of different ways you can find out more and get involved in this consultation, including:

    • A library of consultation documents and interactive maps
    • Virtual consultation rooms – open from 12 April 2021 until 9 June 2021
    • Online public events – we are holding fourteen online events for communities right the way from Oxford to Cambridge starting on Tuesday 13 April. There will be two lots of six events covering geographical areas along the route as well as two Customer Experience and Railway Operations events. The full schedule of public events is available on our website
    • Live chat events open to the public – a series of ten, two-hour live chat sessions will be held via the virtual consultation rooms starting on Tuesday 13 April. Participants will be able to discuss key topics directly with members of the project team. The full schedule of live chat events is available on our website
    • You can also call or email the team for more information by emailing us at  or by calling us on 0330 134 0067
    • A hard copy of the Consultation Summary document will be landing on the doormats of everyone within the consultation zone over the next week or so
    • More information about the consultation and these events can be found on the East West Rail website

How to respond to this consultation  

You can share your views using the online feedback form available on our website at www.eastwestrail.co.uk, by emailing your comments to us at  or writing to us via FREEPOST East West Rail.

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy of the feedback form to be sent to you online at www.eastwestrail.co.uk, by emailing us at  or by calling us on 0330 134 0067.

The closing date for the consultation is 9 June 2021. 

South Cambridgeshire District Council News

As the Government’s cautious road-map out of lockdown continues, people’s health, safety and wellbeing remain of paramount importance. While infection and death rates are decreasing, transmission of Coronavirus is still an extremely serious threat and we all have a role to play in doing our utmost to stop its spread.

 

This can best be done by continuing to take precautions against catching or transmitting the virus and closely following the Government’s rules for each step of its COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

 

This means continuing to abide by the guidelines for social distancing by:

  • Washing your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds;
  • Covering your face in enclosed spaces (especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet);
  • Staying two metres apart where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.
  • It is also essential to stick to the rules around travel and holidaying.

Our Council team continues to provide essential services and support to the residents most in need in our district. They are working in conjunction with many dedicated volunteers who have played a crucial role in helping this work and we are immensely grateful to them.

Residents who need to carry on self-isolating during this time can rest assured that all the support previously available will continue, including financial help.

Our Reopening the High Street team is supporting local small to medium businesses as they reopen and work towards recovery. This includes helping them to carry out comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessments to keep customers and their workers safe; providing signage and aiding the implementation of the two-metre rule in the workplace; and advising on cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with current guidance.

 

As more Government financial packages are announced for the business sector, our Business Support Team is also there to support the recovery and help struggling firms to access much-needed Government grants to address some of the financial impact of the lockdown and to fund recovery activities. We are also offering support and grant aid to local communities to get voluntary projects and services back on track after months of lockdown.

 

Everyone across the district is working extremely hard to put plans into place for when affected services are able to gradually and safely welcome everyone back. Until then, please continue follow the guidelines to help protect the NHS and our families, friends and colleagues. By keeping infection rates low, we will all be able to get back to doing the things we love sooner.

 

To access advice and support see https://www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus/

 

For more information on the Government guidelines in the COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 roadmap, see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Useful links:

Government Coronavirus restrictions: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

South Cambridgeshire District Council Coronavirus information: www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus

Information on financial support to self-isolate: www.scambs.gov.uk/isolation

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Reopening High Streets Safely Team: www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/reopening-the-high-street

Support for local businesses: www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses

Recreation Ground Car Park Extended Opening

Parish News

From 1st April 2021, the Recreation Ground Car Park will be open earlier in the morning and later in the evening.

Opening: 7:30 am

Closing: 9:00 pm

Visitors to Barton are encouraged to park here to avoid on-street parking congestion.

East West Rail and Mayoral Candidates

Parish News

Eversden EWR working group has been collaborating with the Eversdens’ parish council to create an online event with the three candidates standing for election as Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on Wednesday 7 April 2021, between 19:00 – 20:30.

The focus of the event will be on the East West Rail project and related issues of importance to South Cambridgeshire communities, Cambridge and the wider region and as such will be open to all local residents of affected parishes that wish to attend.

This will be your chance to listen to what the candidates have to say about the proposed route. We are providing pre-announced questions for the candidates to answer first followed by a chance for attendees to submit questions on the evening.

Further details about the event and the zoom joining details are on the Eversden website linked below.

 

https://www.the-eversdens.co.uk/mayoral-candidates-event-on-7-april-2021/

 

Could you disseminate this information throughout your parish and beyond please – it really should be a fascinating and entertaining evening.

School Lane Temporary Closures

School News

As part of the School Streets project, Cambridgeshire County Council have implemented a scheme to temporarily close School Lane during drop off and pick up beginning next term from Monday 12th April 2021. The scheme is for the safety of children and parents. Letters have been sent by CCC to residents and to parents at the school.

School volunteers will be operating the road closure barriers:

Morning from 8.35 am to 9.00 am
Afternoon from 3.05 pm to 3.30 pm

By temporarily closing the road during these times outside the school, this will help to implement social
distancing and encourage active travel, with the added benefit of reducing congestion and pollution at
the school gates and most importantly improving safety for the children on their way to and from school.

This is being arranged by Cambridgeshire County Council using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order
which will run from the start of term 12th April 2021 until the end of summer term in July 2022.