Roundabout Restoration

On Saturday 18th September 2021, the restored roundabout was officially “open for business”. Many thanks to John Boocock and David Hodge for working on this challenging project and restoring the roundabout to its former glory. In addition, the ground has been levelled and reinforced with matting.

Background

In 1953, for the Queen’s coronation, a range of Wicksteed play equipment was installed on the play area on Barton’s Recreation Ground. Only the double swing and the roundabout remain from that time. The solid and popular roundabout has had woodwork repairs many times over the years and an attempt to re-fix some metalwork and with occasional repainting. By 2021, when nearly 70 years old, it had become rather scruffy, and bordering on unsafe. The Parish Council decided that a major refurbishment was required.

Restoration

Refurbishment was started on 27 July and completed on 2 September, needing around 170 hours labour .

The dilapidated timber was removed and the 16 metal holding down plates deemed to be better renewed rather than an attempt at sandblasting before repainting. Machine screws, solidly rusted in to the underframe, proved impossible to entirely remove. So, fresh holes were drilled and threaded, together with the new plate fabrication by Henrich Zelinka the Burwash blacksmith. Meanwhile, all the framework was wire-brushed and red-oxide painted.

New timber, sourced at Millworks Bottisham, was Siberian kiln-dried Larch. The eight sides and eight top triangular board units were carefully made as individual pieces before insertion onto the re-assembled underframe. Timber treatment was with Osmo coatings, and surface metalwork – plates in red and rails in green – with hammerite paint.

The rutted ground surrounding the revolving platform was levelled, covered by a decagon of pre-cut perforated mats, cable-tied together, pegged down and set at a level 100mm below platform rim.

Although the mechanism still runs perfectly, it has had no lubrication for at least 25 years, and probably much longer. So, the bearings were greased through a temporary nipple after removal of the machine screw on top of the central hub.

Thank you

Barton Parish council wishes to acknowledge and thank BRIG and BVCT for contributing to the costs of this project and, once again, thank John and David for all their hard work.

 

 

 

Barton’s Big Litter Pick

Barton’s Big Litter Pick

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time over the weekend to help with the ‘Big Litter Pick’.

Over the course of the weekend, we had good turnout of volunteers; a mixture of young and old (and their pets) giving their time to clean up the village. In total 8 bags of rubbish were collected by the end of the weekend including crates, polystyrene boxes, bottles, cans, gloves and disposable face masks. It was great to see so many people out and about caring for our environment.

We would like to give special thanks to South Cambridge District Council who provided the loan of all the equipment and arranged the collection of the waste bags on Monday morning.

See you again in the spring.

Neighbourhood Policing

Neighbourhood Policing

Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of everything we do and building trust and confidence with our communities is vital in helping us to prevent crime and bring offenders to justice.

We want to ensure our neighbourhood teams are accessible to, responsible for and accountable to their communities.

With this in mind, last month we launched a dedicated neighbourhood policing page for you as the residents of South Cambs.

The pages allow you to see who your local officers are, read the latest news and appeals and most importantly give you the opportunity to tell us your concerns so we can help rectify the issues that matter to you most.

Tell us what concerns you most in your area?

By working together, we can help to find solutions to the local problems that matter to you most. Whether it’s anti-social behaviour, e-scooters, burglary, speeding or bike theft, we want to hear from you.

Your concerns will help us to understand community needs and work collaboratively with partners, the public and communities to solve local problems.

If you have a community concern you would like to raise, contact us here, it takes just a couple of minutes.

Please note that if you wish to report a crime or suspicious behaviour, continue to tell us through our online reporting portal here.

Inspector Shane Fasey
South Cambs Neighbourhood Policing Team

Defibrillator on the Recreation Ground

Parish News

A defibrillator has been installed at the recreation ground on the Bowls Club shed near the playground entrance.

Installation, purchase and maintenance paid by the following:

Barton Parish Council
Barton Village Charitable Trust
Barton Horticultural Society (Barton Gardeners)

Many thanks!

Thanks also to the Bowls Club for allowing us to site the unit there and for the connection to power.

We now have two defibrillators in the village, the other at the school (rear wall facing the Old School House, School Lane). Follow instructions at the site for use of both units.

COVID Community Update

COVID community update – 9 September 2021

Dear volunteer coordinators and Parish Councillors

There are a couple of updates this week that aren’t directly linked to COVID support, but we thought you may find the information useful as you are so well-connected to your communities. After the two brief COVID updates below, you’ll see some information about how people can support Afghan refugees if they wish to, as well as information about flood prevention work the County Council is undertaking.

COVID vaccination update

The government has published information resources on COVID-19 vaccination for eligible children and young people to reflect new information for at-risk children and young people aged 12 to 15 years.

Changes to self-isolation

You are probably aware that from 16 August the rules around self-isolation changed, so that people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, people will now be advised to take a PCR test (which can be ordered for free online or by calling 119). These people are still advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limiting contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. You can see attached a poster from Cambridgeshire County Council to help communicate these changes.

Afghan refugees: donations

Many South Cambridgeshire residents have been deeply moved by the events in Afghanistan and want to donate and help Afghan refugees relocating to the UK through the Government’s Afghan Locally Employed Support (LES) scheme. The Council has made three homes available for Afghan families relocating to the UK. These homes will be fully furnished and up to three months’ worth of food and essential supplies are provided to help the families start new lives. Our latest update can be found here, announcing our partnership with Cambridge City Council to provide wraparound support for the Afghan families.

 

At this time, we are unable to accept donations directly, but anyone who would like to donate their time, goods, or money can do so through the following national and local organisations:

  1. Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group
  2. Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum
  3. Distribute Aid
  4. British Red Cross

County Council flood prevention survey

As part of the County Council’s Community Flood Action Programme, ‘Riparian’ guidance is to be updated to make it more useful for those who have a watercourse on their land. As part of this work, they want to better understand what residents and landowners currently understand about responsibilities of maintaining watercourses (ditches, streams etc.) on private land. A short survey (5 questions) has been published, and we are helping to promote this to residents. If you would be willing to share our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts within your communities, that would be helpful. Alternatively, you can access or share the survey using this direct link. The deadline to respond is 30 September. You can find out more about Riparian ownership on the County Council’s website.

We will send a further community update when there is useful information to share.

Thank you again for all your support.

Best wishes

Bill Handley

Lead Cabinet Member for Community Resilience, Health and Wellbeing

South Cambridgeshire District Council

10th Anniversary Pavilion

Saturday the 18th of September 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the recreation ground pavilion opening. All are invited to come along for BRIG AGM at the pavilion from 5 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday 18th September. Photos and other mementos will be on show and light refreshments served. For more details or offers of help please contact ">Barbara Tomes or ">Margaret Penston.

Wonder of Wood this Weekend

THE WONDER OF WOOD

11th & 12th September, 2021

10am to 5pm at Burwash Manor,

New Road, Barton,

Cambridge CB23 7EY.

 

The Wonder of Wood, Cambridge’s FIRST EVER wood fair, was a wild success in 2019 and will, excitingly, be back again this year.

The Wonder of Wood showcases some of the region’s finest wood workers, crafters and artisans, and the ethos is to introduce children to the joys of engaging with nature, and to entice them away from screen time and back into the great outdoors.

From willow weaving to artisan carpentry, den building to spoon carving, survival skills to tree surgery, plus plenty more, this is a great weekend out. Get the children involved in the many woodland activities that will be on offer such as pond dipping and den building, find out more about the magical fenland wildlife, and listen to captivating stories from our storyteller. There will be plenty of opportunity to marvel at wood workers creating things of beauty in front of your very eyes, and you can even try your hand at these wonderful crafts yourself! Not only this, but there will be locally produced food and drink on hand to ensure you don’t go hungry or thirsty. We hope to see you there!

Adults: £10

Under 16s: FREE

www.thewonderofwoodfair.com

 

Litter Picking Weekend

Parish News

There will be a litter picking weekend coming up (see attached poster).

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September
10am -4pm (Any time you can give is much appreciated)
Pop along to the Village Recreation Ground on the High Street. A Barton Parish Councillor will be there to greet you.

Local Planning

Parish News

There are a number of planning applications that will impact Barton or are within Barton that residents may want to comment on. Please have a look at the website planning page.

You may be aware that an application for a Solar Farm is up for discussion. This is not in Barton parish but close by. The plan is for land owned by the University at the MRAO. Our District Council are asking for opinions and feedback on these plans:

Local Planning Authority: South Cambridgeshire District Council
Proposal: Screening Opinion for the development of a solar farm
Site address: Land East Of Mullard Radio Astromony Observatory Wimpole Road
Reference: 21/03798/SCRE
Public Access Link: https://applications.greatercambridgeplanning.org/online-applications/PLAN/21/03798/SCRE

Greater Cambridge Local Plan is being published online. There will be a public webinar next Tuesday evening at 6 pm. This is for information only at this stage.

Webinar link

Passcode: 423515

Speeding Issues

Parish News

Did you know that Cambridgeshire Police have a “Community Concerns”  crime reporting page? On this page is a reporting form with a drop down menu. A recent news item sent by Neighbourhood Alert talked about a new team of police officers set up to crack down on speeding drivers in Cambridgeshire. The news item points to the community concerns reporting page. I have filed a report on speeding for Barton. Action is more likely if concerned residents also submit reports for their roads where speeding is an issue.

Our MVAS unit has been on Comberton Road and Haslingfield Road recently. High top speeds are still an issue but it does seem that speeds have reduced on both roads. Community Speedwatch has been conducted on these roads with data submitted to the area Speedwatch coordinator. Maybe this is starting to have an impact?

As you may have noticed, it does seem that more vehicles are on the roads. Our MVAS data does show an increase in volume but still no where near the levels pre-March 2020.