Cream Teas at Wisteria Cottage hosted by Tony and Lynda Raymond for Friends of St James, July 2001 Photo: Ian Jack
The travelling library visits Waresley every first Friday in the month. 10.40 am outside the Duncombe Arms.
This is part of the Cambridgeshire library service, so books from the travelling library can be returned to any other Cambridgeshire library and vice versa. Books can be renewed on-line. You can also request books on-line - to be collected from the travelling library. There is a wide selection of books including large print and there is a large childrens section.
The next visit is scheduled for Friday February 7th.
WPC councillors attended a Highways briefing on 23rd September. Constructon on the A428 cannot start until Highways have obtained a Development Consent Order. This process generally takes about 18 months, ending in a detailed examination of the plan by the Planning Inspectorate. Meanwhile geological, environmental and archaeological surveys are taking place along the route and Highways are talking to the landowners affected. The road is expected to be open by 2025-26.
The non-statutory public consultation on the Bedford to Cambridge leg of the East-West Oxford to Cambridge rail link has now closed.
Unfortunately, the consultation did not show precise routes, but instead gave "potential route alignment areas" so it was not possible to see if the earlier route C1-9, which passed through Waresley Park, was still on the table. Five "route alignment areas" had been put forward and of these routes B and E included Waresley, though it was difficult to see this, as village names and most details had been left off the maps.
C1-9 passed very close to Waresley, coming between Gamlingay Wood and The Avenue and crossing the Wildlife Trust Reserve of Sugley Wood, and the parish council had been campaigning to have this route discounted. We were also campaigning for the adoption of a more sensible route, proposed by CamBedRailRoad, which served St Neots South, Cambourne and Northstowe and actually addressed local needs.To find out more about CBRR go to www.cambedrailroad.org
It's not clear whether EastWestRail had taken on board CBRR's proposals, but routes B and E included a station at Cambourne, which was part of CBRR's scheme. However, because of the lack of detail, it was not possible to tell whether a route through Cambourne would also imply a railway through Waresley. But critically, B and E do not link St Neots with Cambridge. Furthermore, B and E both include a station at Tempsford, which would give the go-ahead to unsustainable development there, which in the parish council's view would be disastrous for the area.
As the CamBed RailRoad scheme was not included in the consultation, the parish council is recommending Route A as the most direct route, with the least environmental damage.
In a recent conversation with East-West Rail, we were told that a decision on the route was likely by the end of the year. The route announced would still be described as a broad swathe: they would then get down to closer detail. Before work could commence they would need to submit detailed plans in order to obtain a Development Consent Order, as the scheme has been designated as an NSIP (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project). The East West Rail website is https://eastwestrail.co.uk/latest-news where you can sign up for a newsletter.