Greater Cambridge Local Plan – The First Conversation

Greater Cambridge Local Plan: The First Conversation

Ever walked past a building and wondered how it got planning permission? Worried about climate change and how we are going to adapt? Trying to buy a house and finding it really difficult?

The Council’s Local Plan is the document that shapes our area’s future and answers these big questions. It covers the key themes of climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, wellbeing and social inclusion, and great places. It will affect what kind of new homes get built and where, where businesses can grow and how buildings, streets and spaces should be designed. As a result, the Local Plan affects all of us – yet most people have never even heard of it.

But things are changing and we want you to be a part of it.

For the first time ever, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are preparing a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area: and this time we want to do better than ever before at working with you all to make it happen.

We will be starting a big conversation with the community, with many different ways to get involved, online and offline, on Monday 13 January. Please look out for more information nearer the time, and get in touch at

Help shape our future together!


From the District Council:

Thank you for recycling right

Most of us recycle right but there still some items that cause issues when taken to Materials Recycling Facility to be segregated for further recycling.

It costs Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service £10,000 every month to remove and dispose incorrect items from recycling collected from blue bins. 

When the wrong items are put in the recycling, this reduces its quality and, if there are a lot of incorrect items, can cause large quantities of materials to be rejected and not recycled. This means your Council Tax money is wasted, instead of being spent on improving local services.

These items do not belong in your blue recycling bin:

  • nappies, wet wipes, sanitary towels – place in black bin
  • tissues and kitchen roll – can be put in green bin for composting
  • black bags – place in black bin
  • clothes, textiles, shoes – donate, swap, place in a textile / shoe bank, Household Recycling Centre
  • food and liquid remains – remove any food and rinse containers, and empty all liquids from bottles. Squash and replace caps before recycling.

More information on what can and can’t be recycled can be found in the south Cambs magazine or on the website at:


From the District Council

Let’s S.C.R.A.P. Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste. It can be anything from a bag of waste to a truckload. We all have seen abandoned items in the countryside, villages and towns. But leaving items by HRCs, charity shops or by bins are all fly-tipping too.

Around two thirds of fly-tips come from households, so it is crucially important that you understand your Duty of Care to avoid £400 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.

Together with other partners in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP) we have launched the S.C.R.A.P Fly-tipping campaign to help residents to understand their responsibilities. Follow the S.C.R.A.P. code below to make the right choices when asking someone to remove your waste.

To help us deal with fly-tipping incidents efficiently, please report them to us.

Here is how:


By phone: 03450 450 063

If you witness fly-tipping, call 999 to report crime in action. Please do not put yourself in harm way.

When reporting fly-tipping, please note as many details as possible

–              the exact location

–              the size of the fly-tip

–              the type of waste dumped

–              the date and time you spotted or witnessed the fly-tip

–              photos of the fly-tip and fly-tippers if you have witnessed it

–              the vehicle registration number and details

–              the description of people involved

–              the direction they were travelling

Bank Holiday Bin Collection Days

Bank holiday bin collection changes

Here is advance notice from our waste team of the Easter and May Day 2019 bin collections and how they will be altered due to bank holidays.

Usual day Revised day
Good Friday 19 April Tue 23 April
Easter Monday 22 April Wed 24 April
Tue 23 April Thu 25 April
Wed 24 April Fri 26 April
Thu 25 April Sat 27 April
Fri 26 April Mon 29 April
Mon 29 April Tue 30 April
Tue 30 April Wed 1 May
Wed 1 May Thu 2 May
Thu 2 May Fri 3 May
Fri 3 May Sat 4 May
Mon 6 May Tue 7 May
Tue 7 May Wed 8 May
Wed 8 May Thu 9 May
Thu 9 May Fri 10 May
Fri 10 May Sat 11 May
Mon 13 May Back to normal

Christmas Bin Collections

Changes to bin collections this Christmas and New Year

South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge residents are being asked to double-check their bin collection dates during the Christmas and New Year period – and recycle as much as possible during the festivities.

Many regular collection days will be changing due to the bank holidays. The collection for Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December, has been brought forward to Saturday 22 December.


Date of usual collection Revised collection date
Monday 24 December No change
Tuesday 25 December Saturday 22 December
Wednesday 26 December Thursday 27 December
Thursday 27 December Friday 28 December
Friday 28 December Saturday 29 December
Monday 31 December No change
Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday 2 January Thursday 3 January
Thursday 3 January Friday 4 January
Friday 4 January Saturday 5 January
Monday 7 January Back to normal collections

Collections return to their regularly scheduled days from Monday 7 January.

Possible disruptions to bin collections due to adverse weather


Good afternoon

 The MET Office has issued a severe weather warning for possible snow this evening and for the next two days.

 Some information has been posted on our website here to let people know in advance that blue and black bins will be prioritised over green if the crews are not able to complete all the rounds.

 Additionally, more information will be posted on when the team are aware how the weather is impacting them.

 We would be grateful if you could share these links with your colleagues and on your social media groups.



District Council Contact Numbers

Ways to contact us

Do it online

You can use one of our self-service forms to pay for itapply for it and report it online. If your query doesn’t fall under one of these categories you can also contact us 24 hours a day using our online form.

Have you received exceptional service, If yes, please be aware we have a staff recognition scheme, which you can use to nominate a member of staff and they may receive an award.

Other ways to contact us

If you couldn’t find what you were looking for online, you can contact us using the details below. Our contact centre is open between 8am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Benefits 03450 450 061
Fraud hotline 0800 7311 892
Building control 01480 388 240

– Council tax

– Business rates

03450 450 064




Rents 03450 455 216
Environmental services

– Refuse

– Licensing

03450 450 063



Elections 03450 455 214
Housing / homelessness 03450 450 051
Housing repairs

(24 hour service)

0800 0851 313


Planning 03450 455 215
Automated 24/7 Payments Line

(Council Tax, Rent, Business Rates, Sundry Debt Invoices)

03450 455 218


Press Office (for media use only) 01954 713289
Facilities management 01954 713067
For all other enquiries 03450 450 500

Emergency Out of Hours Numbers (after 5.30pm):

07799 691 010 – Dangerous Structure Enquiries (Building Control)

0845 609 5437 – Environmental Health Emergency

0845 609 5438 – Homelessness Emergency Service

Complaints and feedback

If you wish to contact us to make a complaint, please view our complaints and feedback information.

If you need to send something to us, here is our postal address:

South Cambridgeshire Hall
Cambourne Business Park
CB23 6EA

Christmas Bin Collections

Changes to bin collections this Christmas and New Year

15 December 2017

Residents of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire are being urged to check their bin collection dates this festive season, as the regular collection days are changing due to the extended bank holidays.

Date of usual collection Revised collection date
Monday 25 December Wednesday 27 December
Tuesday 26 December Thursday 28 December
Wednesday 27 December Friday 29 December
Thursday 28 December Saturday 30 December
Friday 29 December Tuesday 2 January
Monday 1 January Wednesday 3 January
Tuesday 2 January Thursday 4 January
Wednesday 3 January Friday 5 January
Thursday 4 January Saturday 6 January
Friday 5 January Monday 8 January
Monday 8 January Tuesday 9 January
Tuesday 9 January Wednesday 10 January
Wednesday 10 January Thursday 11 January
Thursday 11 January Friday 12 January
Friday 12 January Saturday 13 January

The Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council Shared Waste Service will resume normal service from Monday 15 January. From that day, collections will return to their regularly scheduled day.

Cllr Rosy Moore, Cambridge City Council’s Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre, said: “It’s vital that most of us recycle at Christmas as we use enough corrugated cardboard to cover The Eden Project Biomes over 11,000 times. So, all those boxes that presents have been delivered in can be flattened and broken-up to fit loosely in a blue bin. We can also recycle cardboard toothpaste boxes, toilet roll inner tubes and toothbrush packaging plus boxes for face cream and other toiletries.  Christmas cards without glitter can be recycled in the blue bin and glittery bits can be cut up to be re-used as gift tags next year, otherwise they have to go in the black bin.”

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “It’s a really busy time of year, but amongst all the festivities I’d urge people to double check their bin collection days. If you’re unsure, just head to our website where you can find your collection date using your postcode, or check the middle of the Winter 2017 edition of South Cambs Magazine. I’d also like to remind residents that we no longer need them to use paper caddies, and all waste paper should now be placed straight into the blue wheelie bin. It means recycling things we get more of this time of year, like envelopes and non-metallic wrapping paper, is now easier.”