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Consultations – Bedford to Cambridge Rail route and Cambourne to Cambridge

The Greater Cambridge Partnership public consultation for the phase 2 section of the Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport project opens in February. Please see
There is a real possibility of one of the proposed routes of the Bedford to Cambridge Rail link impacting greatly on Elsworth.
East West Rail is creating a new rail connection between Oxford and Cambridge. This will connect communities, making it faster, easier and cheaper to travel in the local area, as well as opening up job opportunities, supporting local business and helping the economy to grow. You can read more about the scheme here.
While the Western Section between Oxford and Bedford can be built by reinstating and upgrading old rail lines, for the Central Section between Bedford and Cambridge an entirely new rail line will need to be built.
About this consultation
Public consultation will run from 28 January to 11 March 2019. While it is several years from starting to build the railway, this is your opportunity to have your say on the route options at an early stage.
More information and how to have your say go to : PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONSULTATION VENUE SCHEDULED FOR Cambourne on Saturday 2 March, 10:00pm – 2:00pm
states that it will be in the Cambridge Belfry, Back Lane, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6BW. This hotel has been renamed “Doubletrees by Hilton”
Five route options have been developed and EastWestRail would like to know:
• what your views are on their challenges and opportunities
• whether we are right to focus on route options that approach Cambridge from the south
• what you think of the overall approach we have taken to developing route options.
They will be holding eight public consultation events across the corridor between Bedford and Cambridge. Come and meet the team to find out more about route options, and to have your say.
• Email us:
• Send us a message online:
• Write to us: Freepost EAST WEST RAIL
• Call us: 0330 1340067

Urgent Tree works Meadow Drift January 2019

Application Ref:


TPO No. (if applicable):

Mrs & Miss E Davison,

Davision & Co (Barford) Ltd

Childs Farm House

Rogues Lane

Elsworth, CB23 4JB

5 day notice submitted by:

Elsworth Parish Council Clerk

Mercia Cottage

6, Brockley Road


CB23 4JS

Tree(s) Location:

Land belonging to Davison Farmers opp 8 Broad End and adjacent to 15, Broad End, Elsworth, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 4JD

Proposal: 5 Days Notice to Remove one Large dead and dangerous ASH Tree in Conservation Area.

PC for information only as consent has already been granted.


Public Meeting – November 7th – Meadow Drift Appeal



Meadow Drift Appeal – Public Meeting – 7 November


All parishioners are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, 7 November at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the School Hall concerning the appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the Meadow Drift development off Broad End. Further information is set out in the latest edition of the Elsworth Times. This meeting will be an opportunity for parishioners to be brought up to date about the proposals and to express their views and listen to the views of others.

The Parish Council is also keen to encourage input from parishioners who cannot come to the meeting or who want to make their views known after the meeting. A mail drop box will therefore be available for this purpose in the Village Shop for 5 days after the date of the public meeting; alternatively, parishioners are welcome to email the Parish Clerk (  The confidentiality of submissions will be respected though they should carry the name of the persons making them if they are to be given their proper weight.

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

House: 01223 504813
Mobile: 07930 345402

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.


Air Source Heat pump presentation The Cade pavilion, Eltisley, pe19 6tg

There will be a presentation at the Cade pavilion(Eltisley), explaining the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) available for anyone installing an air source heat pump.



Where:  The Cade pavilion, Eltisley, pe19 6tg 

When:   tuesday 21st November 2017 – either 2.30pm or 7.30pm


 This talk will last around an hour and explain:        

* Just how reliable, easy and efficient modern heat pumps can be (in new and older homes)  

* Why the government will pay you to replace your oil, LPG and electric boilers   

* How you could halve your energy bills and carbon emissions  

* Why you can heat your home 24hours/day and still save money 


 For more information        

 call 07767 831 763


A14 Closure again Sept 4 and possibly 5th

As you may be aware, this week we installed our temporary bailey bridge over the A14 near Swavesey.  This temporary bridge will allow us to move material across the A14 to build the north side of the new Swavesey junction without taking vehicles on the A14.


Whilst the structure is now in place we were not able to completely finish all of the work to make it safe for use to use, consequently we will need at least one, or possibly two, further closures of the east bound carriageway only, between Fenstanton (J27) and Swavesey (J28).  If all goes well on Monday night we will not need Tuesday.  As with the previous closures they will be in place from 9pm to 6am.


We acknowledge this is short notice and signs will be erected on the A14 to notify drivers.  Our social media channels will also be used, but if you could also use your own mailing lists, websites etc. to alert your residents we would appreciate your support.


Kind regards



A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme

Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW



Harvest Supper and Collection 7th October


Saturday 7th October 2017

Elsworth Pavilion 7.15 for 7.30pm

Tickets – £10pp (£5 concessions)

Family Ticket £20

Available in Elsworth Shop NOW!

EVERYBODY is welcome.

Profits from the evening will be given to a local charity


 All are welcome. Please feel free to bring foodstuffs and goods suitable to be given to a local Foodbank. If possible, please buy them in the village and support your local community shop!

 For more information contact:

The Revd Nigel di Castiglione – Team Rector

Tel: 01954-267241 and 07770697240


Application for Tree works in a conservation area Cotterell’s Lane





TPO No. (if applicable):

5/75 – C/11/17/025/03



12, Cotterells Lane



CB23 4JR


Charlie Vince Tree Surgery

Casadorma, 2, Friends Close


St Neots


PE19 6SF

Location of proposed works: Trees in front of 10 and 12 , Cotterells Lane, ELSWORTH, CB23 4JR


Proposal: (T1) Cedar – fell (T2) Lime – lift to 2M and remove major dead wood.

Comments by Trees Assistant:: Lime is a TPO tree and the Cedar is a CA tree.


Consultation on changing the governance on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire and rescue Service

Message from the Chairman of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority, Cambridgeshire County Councillor Kevin Reynolds:


Dear colleagues


You will be aware that the Police & Crime Commissioner (P&CC) for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Jason Ablewhite, has recently launched a consultation about changing the governance of the Fire & Rescue Service in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.  He proposes that the Police & Crime Commissioner becomes the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner and has overall responsibility for the governance of both Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire & Rescue Service and Cambridgeshire Constabulary.  The consultation can be found at the following link:


Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are the statutory consultees in this process.  The County Council and Peterborough City Council will be considering their responses at their full Council meetings next Tuesday, 18th July, and Wednesday, 19th July respectively.   However, responses from all parts of the community are welcomed, and I would urge you to respond, and to encourage your residents, Parish and Town Councils to respond too.


The 17 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority Members have met over recent weeks to examine the Police & Crime Commissioner’s consultation document, the Local Business Case, in depth.  At a special meeting of the Fire Authority yesterday, they finalised the attached response, evaluating the P&CC’s Local Business Case, which I hope you will take time to consider.  Please note that this response was unanimously approved by the Fire Authority Members, and crucially it questions and negates many of the arguments put forward by the Police & Crime Commissioner. 


I do hope you will take time to read it, and please feel free to incorporate any part of it if you respond to the consultation.  If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact either me or one of my Fire Authority colleagues directly.


Many thanks


Cambridgeshire County Councillor Kevin Reynolds

Chairman of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority


Tel: 01480 496006



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