Road: from brownfield to green!
The Meadow Road site, now under the stewardship of
the Parish Council, has had a chequered past. It was a good example of a brownfield site because
of its past industrial use. Since acquiring
the site the Parish Council has invested considerable time and effort in the
regeneration of the land. The site has
been levelled. Rubble, hardcore and other
waste material have been covered with the topsoil the levelling produced. All visible holes have been filled and old tree
stumps and rubbish removed. The Parish
Council now considers the site ready for recreational use by villagers – please
To commemorate the 2020 Anniversary of VE and VJ
Day and assist in the regeneration process the Parish Council is considering
planting a wood along with sowing poppy seeds this autumn. These would be in flower in June 2020.
The future of Parkside Police Station in
Cambridge is being considered. The building
no longer meets the current needs of the police. One option would be to develop a Southern
Police Station in Milton. A public
consultation about this proposal is now underway and you are invited to take
part in this by completing an online questionnaire at: https://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/your-views/have-your-say.
The police are warning car drivers about a new
credit card scam. Individuals posing as
police or traffic wardens approach car drivers and advise them that they are
parking illegally. The car driver is
offered the chance of paying a small fine ‘on the spot’ by credit card. The victim is directed to a previously
tampered machine for payment which then refuses to return the card. The police advise the following three steps: check
with the local council if you think the fine is not authentic, always shield your
PIN number, contact your bank immediately if your credit card is retained by an
The Parish Council has decided to take a robust
approach to any fly-grazing incidents on its land. A new streamlined approach is now available
allowing land owners to remove fly-grazing stock more quickly.
The Parish Council is making two funding bids for
highway improvements on Earith Road. The
first was to the A14 Community Fund and asked for funding to complete the
pavement along Earith Road as far as the Community Orchard. The second, a Local Highways Improvement
Scheme application, would introduce a speed reduction ‘buffer’ zone along
Earith Road so that drivers traffic entering the village would not have to
reduce speed from 60 to 30 mph in one step.
A 40 mph zone would be introduced
to encourage speed reductions both in and out of the village.
South Cambridgeshire District Council Enforcement
Officers have been serving enforcement notices on developers in Northstowe
about breaches of condition on working time.
Our District Councillors are planning to meet with their Enforcement Officers
to discuss the flows of construction traffic for Northstowe which travel
through Willingham. Complementing this,
discussions are ongoing with the County Council to place signs advising heavy
goods traffic for Northstowe not to travel through our village.
The Parish Council has also been submitting
proposals and making representations to our MP and the Combined Authority Mayor
about fen-edge village bus services. It
wants better connectivity between these villages and the Guided Busway. The Combined Authority Mayor acknowledges the
need for innovation and is aware of our local demands but notes that his
authority has limited funds to provide support.
Long Pond – long wait
The County Council is responsible for the fencing
around Long Pond. It was originally
placed there despite the objections of the Parish Council. The fencing is in poor repair and the County
Council has been asked to repair this many times! The County Council is moving very slowly to
deal with this request.
The Ploughman Hall
and Recreation Field
The area around the Ploughman Hall and Recreation
Field has been well used by the community and visitors in recent weeks with three
well-supported local events taking place – the Willingham Wolves Football
Festival, the Beer Festival and the Fen Gallop.
Councillors were also invited to visit the ‘pop-up’ café
being trialled by Willingham Youth Trust from its premises. It can be reported that an excellent cup of
coffee is available! The opportunity was
also offered to observe the Trust’s Coding Club. This allows younger members of the village to
develop their computer skills in an informal environment. Perhaps there could be a similar opportunity
for older village members?
The Parish Council thanks all the organisers of these events and their teams of helpers for their voluntary efforts in making sure activities run smoothly and safely and raising the village profile throughout the region. It would also like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the MUGA Survey. This has now finished and the results of this exercise are awaited.
Willingham News – June 2019
The major overhaul is complete and the clock is running very
well. It is taking a little while to fine tune the regulation so that the
mechanism runs accurately. As with Big Ben the pendulum swing is adjusted with
small weights that make a difference of only a few seconds a day. Good progress
is being made and by the time this issue of Willingham News is published we
hope to have the clock accurate to within half a minute throughout the day,
just as it would have been when originally installed in 1887.
If like me you are
just an ordinary, law abiding, citizen you will not have been amused to have
been told that your internet is about to be cut off due to improper use unless
you pay a fee or that your bank details have been compromised and that you need
to immediately contact a nice man in Nigeria who will sort it all out. These
are just a few of the scams that we get frequently by phone, text or email.
Most of us are confident that we are too wise to be caught but the scammers are
getting more and more sophisticated and the problem is growing into an
international multibillion-dollar business. Please be careful and if you would
like some advice, there is a very good website at cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/CAPASP.
all of you who responded to our survey regarding a Multi-Use Games Area on the
recreation ground (and if you are reading this before the closing date of
30 June there is still time to fill one in on the PC website or pick it up
from the Post Office or Library). The results will give us a good picture
of the sports that should be included, and we can then move ahead with
detailed plans. It will be partly funded by money from the new developments in
the village, and we will be applying for grant funding to make up the rest.
The play facilities
on the QE2 field are proving a great attraction for families from Willingham
and other surrounding villages with many bringing along a picnic. They are most
welcome to do so but, sadly, a few, are spoiling it for others by leaving litter
lying around, including dirty nappies. Please enjoy the open space and ensure
others can enjoy it too by using the bins for your litter or taking it home. If
you see anyone who is not treating the area with respect then tell us and, if
we can identify them, we will take action.
Our thanks are due
to our District Councillors, Dawn Percival and Bill Handley, who have helped us
with several tricky problems over the last few months. They are very
approachable and hold quarterly surgeries in the Ploughman Hall. The next one
is on Saturday 6th July between 11 am and 1 pm. Pop in and see them
if you have a problem with which you think they might be able to help. Our
County Councillor, Tim Wotherspoon, is also hoping to be in attendance.