Parish Council Survey, strategic planning and a good day out

Dear All,

  1. Your Parish Council still wants to hear from you

The Parish Council is still open for your comments on their mini village survey, until close of play on 25th November. Collated comments will then be considered at the next Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 20th December. The questions are listed on page 8 of the November Dry Drayton Village Newsletter) and relate to introducing CCTV into the village, planning issues especially regarding new housing near the school, preventing dog fouling and how the Parish Council communicates. You can e-mail your responses to the questions to the Parish Clerk  clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk and/or to Councillor Sylvia Pryer sylviapryer@aol.com , or if you prefer, you can complete the questionnaire online at the Village Website http://www.drydrayton.net

2. Minutes of the last Parish Council Meeting

The draft minutes of the November meeting of the Dry Drayton Parish Council are now available on the Parish Council’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk – The minutes include a discussion on a more strategic approach to planning issues in future – you might like to read this before completing the mini village survey question on planning.

3. A good day out in Cambridge 3 Dec.

And if you fancy a good day out, the Mill Road Winter Fair is fast approaching. It takes place at Mill Road, Cambridge from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 3 December 2016. Mill Road is closed from East Road to Coleridge Road, meaning that everyone can enjoy the day in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. The sight of thousands of people calmly flowing up and down the road has to be seen to be believed. The Fair is known for its special charm and atmosphere with over 10,000 people participating in different ways and enjoying all that the Mill Road area has to offer. Full details are here:  http://www.millroadwinterfair.org/

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DDPC, P & R and PCC

Dear All,

1. Your Parish Council wants to hear from you

Next Tuesday, 15th November, the Parish Council meets. Their agenda is on the Parish Council’s website www.drydraytonpc.org.uk . The meeting starts at 8pm, members of the public can speak only at the beginning of the agenda. There is still time before the meeting to give the Parish Council your views on the four questions they posed in their mini village questionnaire in the November Village Newsletter. The questions (see page 8 of the November Dry Drayton Village Newsletter) relate to introducing CCTV into the village, planning issues regarding new housing near the school, preventing dog fouling and how the PC communicates. You can e-mail your responses to the questions to the Parish Clerk  clerk@drydraytonpc.org.uk and/or to Councillor Sylvia Pryer sylviapryer@aol.com , or if you prefer, you can complete the questionnaire online at the Village Website http://www.drydrayton.net

2. West Cambridge Park and Ride, Scotland Farm Dry Drayton

In case you had not heard about the proposal to site the West Cambridge Park and Ride car park at Scotland Farm – this is on the Parish Council’s agenda for Tuesday. You will find material on this on the Greater Cambridge City Deal website http://tinyurl.com/hddnxw

3.  Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner (former Dry Drayton resident Jason Ablewhite) has just published his latest Newsletter which you can read on his website at http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/whats-new/newsletters/. He has just signed a rural crime concordat with the Police and Crime Commissioners of Norfolk and Suffolk  promoting closer cross border cooperation on rural crime. Incidentally, following the recent spate of burglaries in the village,  there is advice for you on security from our Village Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and from the Cambs Constabulary on the village website www.drydrayton.net

Burglaries, A14 and Bag2School

Dear fellow villagers,

Burglaries in the Village

There has been a spate of four burglaries in the centre of Dry Drayton (Scotland Road, High Street and Cottons Field) during the last 48 hours, details not yet received from E-Cops. Entry at the unlit and unobserved  rear of premises, some during the daytime, some after dark, possibly part of a wider pattern of burglaries in local villages. What can we do about this? Greater vigilance, awareness that the stranger you have seen getting out of a parked car or walking around the village may be someone who has come here to steal. Show an interest, let strangers feel they have been seen and make a note afterwards of anything you see which is suspicious. Don’t make your own property the easiest target in your street; a darkened house in a secluded unlit garden obviously unoccupied when you are not there. And in the longer term perhaps our Neighbourhood Watch and Parish Council will need your support in any forthcoming debate about the possibility of a CCTV scheme in the village.

Contact – with information or for information – Graham Carver, Dry Drayton Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, grahamcarver@aol.com 0r phone 01954 781806

A14 – What’s going on

As you use the A14 you will see surveyors in fluorescent jackets everywhere, archaeological trenches and new fencing in fields and lots of heavy plant moving earth. Things are really happening – there will be a new A14 road open in 2020 – if you feel that you have lost the plot and are not sure how the A14 of the future will look or how the works are going to progress over the next 3 to 4 years, then how about an update and the chance to ask questions? There are a number of public information meetings taking place where you can drop in to get up to speed with  developments. These are at: Milton All Saints Church Hall Tues 11 Oct 2-8pm, Oakington Pavilion Sat 15 Oct 10-4.00pm, Swavesy Memorial Hall Wed 19 Oct 2-8.00pm, St Ives United Reform Free Church Thur 20 Oct 2-8.00pm and Judith’s Field Hall Godmanchester Mon 24 Oct 2-8.00pm. If you can’t get to any of these then the Highways England website for the project has maps, policies, newsletters etc to keep you briefed. It is here:  www.highways.gov.uk/A14C2H

Bag 2 School

Please help the Dry Drayton School and Village Association raise money for our village school – Bag 2 School bags will be delivered to you all for a collection taking place on Thursday 13th October.  Please use this as the opportunity for a good clear-out of your unwanted clothing, shoes, bags, belts, handbags, jewellery, soft toys etc. Fill the bags (you can add your own bags too) and drop them off on 13th at the School or Village Hall. Full details in the Village Newsletter. Contact – Anne Deane 01954 789622

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Brexit, democracy, thieving and art

  1. Brexit

We circulated details of the public meeting held by Heidi Allen MP on 2nd July on what Brexit might mean for us. A number of people from the village attended and found the meeting useful. Heidi has posted a full video, photos, and texts from the meeting on her site at: http://www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk/saturday-2-july-public-meeting-0 . Events have obviously moved on since 2nd July and Heidi will be holding a similar meeting on Saturday 16 July – 3-5pm at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Doors will open at 2.30pm. If you wish to attend, please send an email to heidi.allen.mp@parliament.uk and confirm your full name, residential address and postcode. Confirmation of your place along with full directions and a map describing how to find the venue will then be sent to you by email. Entry to the meeting will only be available for pre-registered guests.

  1. Have your say on…..

Here is another chance to have your say on the way the country is run. South Cambs District Council are holding a public consultation on the proposed Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal. This proposal follows initial proposals by Government for a devolution deal covering the whole of East Anglia. You can have your say at: www.scambs.gov.uk/devolution or www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/devolutionsurvey. The consultation pages take about ten minutes to complete. Consultation closes on 23 August 2016.

 

If you like contributing to public consultations there is another one here, the Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) Survey. It is about a scheme which helps vulnerable people and families under exceptional pressure who have little or no money. The survey is here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/OWM84/ . There is more about the scheme itself here: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/clas. This survey will only take just 5 minutes and it closes on 3 August 2016.

If you want even more involvement in democracy at work, Dry Drayton Parish Council Meets on Tuesday next – the agenda is on the Parish Council’s website at www.DryDraytonPC.org.uk, where you will also find the Council’s recently agreed Emergency Plan.

  1. Thieves are still about in the village

The latest Dry Drayton crime notified by E-Cops is the attempted theft of a horse trailer which was parked overnight in Scotland Road 02/07/2016 22:00 – 03/07/2016 09:00.

  1. Art and Crafts

Just a reminder that this coming weekend, 16th-17th July, is weekend No 3  out of 4 for Cambridge Open Studios so there is still time to visit some of the 300 or so artists  before this year’s programme is over.

Another reminder – there is no Dry Drayton Village Newsletter for August – deadline for the September issue is 20 August – e-mail copy to  sylviapryer@aol.com

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Brexit and Coffee

Worried about the EU Referendum result? Want to find out where Brexit might take us?

Our MP, Heidi Allen, has received an unprecedented level of emails from constituents who are greatly concerned about their future and that of the UK. In order to facilitate a discussion Heidi has arranged an open meeting to enable residents of South Cambridgeshire to express their concerns. The meeting will take place on Saturday 2 July 2016, 16.00 – 18.00 at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA. Parking is available, entry free. Due to the number of emails Heidi has received she will be posting more information in response to current events on her website shortly at http://www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk/

Meanwhile on a more positive note – somewhere nearby to calm down, relax and chill

Many of you will know the lovely Cafe Abantu, the People’s Tearoom, just down the road from us at Bourn – excellent coffee and food and always a special welcome. Well their lease at Bourn is ending and they close on the 2nd July. But, great news, the Cafe Abantu will be re-established from 11th July at Wysing Arts in Fox Road Bourn. The special combination of refreshments and art will make it even more worthwhile to visit. Opening times at Wysing will be 9-4 M to F and 10-4 Sat.

 

Art Exhibition, Thieving, MP’s Surgery, etc

  1. Ploughman’s Lunch and Art Exhibition

Dry Drayton may be leaving the EU, but life goes on.  There will be a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch in the Village Hall 12.30 Tuesday 28th June 2016 plus an ART EXHIBITION by local artists. You can view, maybe buy art – or even commission a local artist to do an original, just for you.

2. Thieves are still active in the village

Between the 20/06/2016 and the 21/06/2016 unknown offenders removed ladders from the top of a van in Oak Crescent, Dry Drayton.

Cambridgeshire Police are investigating a burglary where the suspect made off leaving a bag behind. Police believe from enquiries carried out that the suspect may be living rough sleeping in a tent in the general area around South Cambs. Police request that any sightings of persons sleeping rough are called in on 101 quoting ref no. CF0263100616. Local officers will then check the location. The Burglary occurred around midnight on the 21st of June 2016 in Milton.

3. Our MP – local open Surgery

Heidi Allen MP will be holding a surgery at Tesco Community Room on Saturday 9th July from 10.30am–12.30pm. No appointment is necessary to see her. South Cambs District Councillors Bunty Waters and Roger Hall, and County Councillor Lynda Harford will also be there. Contact 07734 690580 if you have any questions.

4. Anyone interested in starting a local Repair Cafe?

Following the hugely successful Repair Café in Histon on Saturday last, there is another opportunity to find out what’s involved in setting one up in our village. Perhaps one village coffee morning per month should become a repair cafe? There is an open meeting on Monday 4th July at 8:00 pm in the small lounge at the Rose public house, London Road, Stapleford. Nicole Barton from Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Chris Lee of the Royston Repair Café, Kate Bournsell of Cambridge Transition and Siobhan Mellon will share Repair Café experiences and you’ll be able to ask questions and meet others also interested in setting one up. All are welcome.  Please drop Siobhan Mellon Siobhan.Mellon@scambs.gov.uk a line if you intend to attend.

5. And the best chippie is…..

In the last DryDrayton.net e-mail we mentioned the temporary closure of the Bar Hill chip shop until 27 July and we asked your views on the best of the alternative chippies nearby. All of the votes cast in our mini EC (Extra Chippie) Referendum went to the Barry’s Plaice at Fenstanton – which also has some excellent reviews on www.tripadviser.co.uk.

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Coffee and Chips

There will be a Village Coffee Morning on Thursday 23rd June

The thought that residents of Dry Drayton are being deprived of their customary Thursday morning coffee & cakes by a mere Referendum was too much to contemplate. Hugette Jenkinson is going to provide coffee & cakes in the church at the usual time of 10.30 onwards.  The money this time will be given as sponsorship to her grandson Luke who  will shortly be attempting a 100mile cycle ride raising funds for the CBM (the Christian Blind Mission – an overseas disability charity).

The Bar Hill Chip Shop is closed

The Bar Hill Chippie is closed for refurbishment until 27th July. Luckily there are alternatives at Toft, Longstanton, Histon, Milton and Cambourne. Is there anywhere you would like to recommend as your favourite local spot for the perfect take-away fish and chips?

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