WARESLEY-cum-TETWORTH

An Historic Parish In Cambridgeshire

News And Events

 

Cream Teas at Wisteria Cottage hosted by Tony and Lynda Raymond for Friends of St James, July 2001        Photo: Ian Jack


Village news...

New Parish Council Chairman


At our parish council meeting on May 6th, Richard Jerman took over from Eleanor Jack as chair of the Parish Council. Eleanor replaces Jonathan Lawton as  Vice-Chairman. After 20 years in the Chair, Eleanor was delighted to hand over to Richard.


Coronavirus

A support group of volunteers has been set up headed by Shelley Frost (shelleyaf@hotmail.co.uk), working with the parish council to offer help to those who may need it. The group has distributed leaflets round the parish to give details. If you need help, please contact Shelley or one of the parish councillors.

The parish council runs an email list, to which most residents of the parish have enrolled, enabling us to get important information out as fast as possible. This email list is confidential and recipients' email addresses are not revealed. If you would like to join this list, please contact Eleanor Jack (jack.eleanor@gmail.com).


The latest government advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
 

Travelling Library Service


The travelling library has resumed normal service and we are now allowed inside the library van to choose books, but we must wear a mask.

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 Friday June 4th at 10.40 am.

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and colleagues of David Hamilton, our mobile librarian, who tragically died recently. David has been faithfully visiting us with the library for many years, providing a dedicated service and he will be greatly missed.


A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

 

Following the choice of the Northern orange route, Highways England opened a public consultation on the details of the new A428 route from the Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet. The consultation has now closed but the comments can be found at

 

www.highwaysengland.co.uk/a428

 

There is also a “fly-through” video at

https://highwaysengland.co.uk/a428-black-cat-to-caxton-gibbet-about/

 

WPC councillors attended a Highways briefing on 21st April, 2021. Construction 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.

Highways England submitted the application for their DCO at the end of February 2021 and we are now in the pre-exam stage, with the examination expected to las from August to Jan22. The road is expected to be open by 2025-26.

 

East-West Rail Route


Route E was chosen as the preferred route for the Bedford to Cambridge leg of the East-West Oxford to Cambridge rail link.

This route involves a station at Tempsford or to the South of St Neots and then cuts across country to a station at Cambourne, then heads SE to enter Cambridge from the South.

Waresley-cum-Tetworth Parish Council supports Cambourne Town Council, in their campaign to site the station at Cambourne to the North, where there would be easy access to the A428, as opposed to the current proposed siting to the southwest.

A new consultation has now opened, inviting the public to comment on 5 different routes, mainly within the swathe of Route E.
WPC strongly supports Route 1 which proposes a station to the South of St Neots and follows a route similar to that of the A428 via a station to the North of Cambourne. Our second choice would be Route 9, which follows a similar route, but has a station at Tempsford instead of St Neots. However we feel it important that there should be a station as close to St Neots as possible. Both these routes avoid our parish completely, as does Route 2, but this goes to Cambourne South.

We strongly oppose Routes 6 and 8 which go cross country cutting between Waresley and Abbotsley to a station to the South of Cambourne. 

All the proposed routes cut across country from Cambourne to enter Cambridge from the South. However, there is an opportunity in the consultation feedback form to comment on a possible Northern route entering Cambridge from the North via Northstowe. This is similar to the route proposed by CamBedRail Road (CBRR) which WPC supports and which makes a lot more sense, given a station to the North of Cambourne.
To find out more about CBRR go to www.cambedrailroad.org

The consultation is open to all and can be accessed at www.eastwestrail.co.uk. Response can be via a feedback form or email to consultation@eastwestrail.co.uk. Deadline June 9th.
We will be sending out further informaton on the village email list shortly.
 

Luton Airport Stack


NATS (National Air traffic Services) is proposing a holding stack for Luton airport sited over Grafham Water. The proposed route for aircraft leaving the stack takes them over Waresley at heights of 8000-7000ft. 
A consultation is currently open (deadline 5th February) but both alternatives bring the flightpath over Waresley. The parish council has objected strongly and has asked that the consultation be relaunched with a genuine choice of routes.
The consultation is open to all at
https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/
 

Forthcoming parish council meetings


The government dispensation for parish councils to hold online meetings expired on May 7th and so we return to face to face meetiings, as long as we can conform to COVID19 guidelines.

Our next meeting is the parish open meeting, which is scheduled for May 27th at 8pm in the village hall, to be followed by a brief parish council meeting.
Agendas may be found on the Parish Council Page under Minutes and Agendas.
All welcome, but please wear masks and observe social distancing.