Archive for 2018

Cambridge Area Bus Users – Rural Services cutbacks

Cambridge Area Bus Users have been concerned about cutbacks in rural bus services which have left many people feeling isolated. We are aware that parish councils, being especially close to their communities, have been active in opposing cutbacks and in seeking service improvements.

We are a relatively-recently founded organisation, independent of any political party, seeking to represent – and campaign on behalf of – bus passengers in and around Cambridge.

Our Executive Committee wanted to explore how we can collaborate. To that end I am contacting parish clerks throughout what might be broadly defined as the ‘Cambridge Area’.

I would be greatly obliged if you could draw your councillors’ attention to the existence of Cambridge Area Bus Users and also to our forthcoming General Meeting (details in the hyperlinks) and ask them how, in their view we might collaborate.

All intending members and supporters are cordially invited to the General Meeting.
Date & time:     14:00 – 16:00 Saturday 6 October 2018
Location:                      Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ

On behalf of our Executive Committee, I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Best regards,

Richard Wood
Secretary, Cambridge Area Bus Users

33 Perowne Street
CAMBRIDGE
CB1 2AY

House: 01223 504813
Mobile: 07930 345402

Email:   secretary.cabu@gmail.com
Web:    https://cbgbususers.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @CBGbusUsers
F’book: @cbgareabususers

Cambridge Area Bus Users, an affiliate of Bus Users UK:
• seeks to represent – and campaign on behalf of – bus passengers in and around Cambridge;
• is independent of any political party.

 

Application for Tree works 3 Church Lane

Application Ref:

S/3634/18/TC

TPO No. (if applicable):
Applicant:

Mr Smith

3, Church Lane

Elsworth

Cambridgeshire, CB23 4HU

Agent:

Mr Paul Dracott

West Barns Design Ltd

1, West Barns

Shepreth Road

Barrington, Cambridgeshire, CB22 7TB

Tree(s) Location:

3, Church Lane, Elsworth, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 4HU

Proposal:

This application is for the removal of a small Taxus baccata (yew) to the side of the house. This is part of works to use this space and open up light to this side of the house.

The tree is growing from a base of a small retaining wall to the boundary of the property and is likely to be a self set specimen as it has several small stems.

 

The tree has outgrown its space and will soon start to impact on the structural integrity of the wall. It planned to remove this tree and replace with a more suitable deciduous tree such as a multi stem Amelanchier landmarkii

 

Planning Application received Land east of Caxton Gibbet Park

Proposal: Proposed use of land as a car park to extend the existing car park.
Application Ref: S/2715/18/FL
Location: Land east of Unit 2, Caxton Gibbet Park, Ermine Street, Caxton, CB22 3PE
Applicant: Mr Andy Brand, The Abbey Group Cambridgeshire Limited

 

Planning applications may be viewed and commented on  the Planning portal South Cambs District Council.  https://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/search-planning-application

Planning application received 14 Brook Street

This planning application is for information only

 

Proposal: Discharge of Conditions 3 (Materials), 5 (Foul Water Drainage) & 6 (Surface Water Drainage) of Planning Permission S/1229/18/FL
Location: 14, Brook Street, Elsworth, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 4HX
Application Ref: S/2590/18/DC
Applicant: Victoria McNeill

Planning Application received 3 Church Lane.

The following application has been received and will be considered by the Parish Council

All applications many be viewed on the District Council’s Planning portal

Proposal: Replacement of existing garage
Application Ref: S/2634/18/FL
Location: 3, Church Lane, Elsworth, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 4HU
Applicant: Mr & Mrs  Smith

Pathfinder walk RAF 100 year celebration which came through Elsworth

As part of the RAF 100 celebrations, the annual Pathfinder March took place on Saturday 23rd June, continuing the RAF Wyton tradition of commemorating the Pathfinder Force (PF) that operated during WWII.

Just under 170 participants braved the heat across the 46 mile route with 17 running the event individually or as part of a relay team. The walkers set off in the early hours with the runners following a few hours later.

First to receive their medals were runners Simon Margot and George Margot, completing the course in a total time of 6 hours and 22 minutes. The first walker back was Colin Arnold in a time of 11 hours and 20 minutes. For the relay entrants, first running team back were the Traffic Light Harriers and first walking team back were the True Blue Squad.

Participants and volunteers were supported at checkpoints by the WWII Pathfinder Veteran Flt Lt (Ret’d) Colin Bell, a Mosquito pilot on the PF from 1943-1945. He was joined by RAF Wyton Station Commander, Wg Cdr Rachel Dixon, and family members of other PF veterans. Vicki Michelle from the famous 1980s sitcom Allo Allo joined the celebrations, supporting marchers and volunteers at RAF Wyton and across the course.

We were extremely fortunate and humbled to have WWII Pathfinder Veteran Flt Lt Bell at the finish line to present medals and certificates. Colin said: “The Pathfinder March is a fitting celebration of the men of the Pathfinder Force and participating or volunteering is a great way of commemorating those that served as part of it; I look forward to being here next year for another great day”.

The march was also supported by local businesses and marked by a Dakota fly past.

During WWII there was a cluster of PFF airfields in our area. The PFF were target-marking squadrons in RAF Bomber Command. They located and marked targets with flares, which a main bomber force could aim at, increasing the accuracy of their bombing.

The Pathfinder Force operated out of RAF Wyton, RAF Gravely, RAF Oakington, RAF Warboys and their satellite bases from 1942 to 1945. Flying Halifaxes, Lancasters, Mosquitos, Stirlings and Wellingtons, the Force had twenty squadrons and flights in the three years of its existence including the Light Night Strike Force.

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