Public Consultation on use of article 4 directions to help retain village pubs

South Cambridgeshire DC is currently seeking views concerning the proposed use of article 4 directions to help retain village pubs. Article 4 directions could be used to withdraw the permitted development rights which currently allow their conversion to other uses such as retail or offices, or for demolition. An article 4 direction does not prevent the development but does require planning permission for the development to be obtained first.

You are invited to provide your views on line at:

Hard copies of the forms area also available from Liz Sim Parish Clerk – 01954 267664

Operation Oaklands

Operation Oaklands Phase Two – Tackling crime across South Cambs This week South Cambridgeshire Safer Neighbourhood Team will start a rolling campaign to reduce domestic burglary and shed burglary throughout the district. Op Oaklands will concentrate on one village or town each week with uniform officers mobilised in the area.  They will focus on crime prevention measures, and provide security advice to residents in order to combat burglary, vehicle crime and theft. Officers will be offering residents Smartwater property coding kits for a reduced price of £10, plus shed and window alarms at cost price. Elsworth residents will be visited in December between 03/12/2014 – 07/12/2014

Planning Meeting November 4th 2014

A meeting of the Parish Council’s planning committee will take place on November 4th at 7.30 in Elsworth School Hall Broad End.  Pleased note this is a TUESDAY and not the usual Wednesday on which most parish council and committee meetings are held.  This date has been scheduled to avoid the Guy Fawkes celebrations.

The rights and responsibilities of a riparian owner

If you own land adjoining, above or with a watercourse running through it, you have certain rights and responsibilities. In legal terms you are a ‘riparian owner’. If you rent the land you should agree with the owner who should manage these rights and responsibilities.

Smaller watercourses, ditches and drains, known as ‘ordinary watercourses’ play a crucial role in managing flood risk to people and property in Cambridgeshire. That is why it is important to ensure that they are well maintained and kept free from debris, obstructions and do not become overgrown. Cambridgeshire County Council, under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010), is a ‘Lead Local Flood Authority’, and responsible for regulating ordinary watercourses outside of internal drainage board areas.

For more information please see this document.

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