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Burglaries, Northstowe, the Village Plan and the Parish Council

Latest DryDrayton.Net Village E-mail, circulated today

Three items of local interest.

Message from ECops – cambourne.npt@cambs.pnn.police.uk about recent rural burglaries

For the first time you can report suspicious activity online through the Cambs Police website or via email. The facility is part of Operation Twist, the crackdown on rural burglaries in Huntingdonshire and South Cambs, where there have been 228 burglaries since November 2011.

They say that offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. It’s at this point that people are most likely to notice something unusual but may not think it is worth reporting. The police want descriptions of these people and any vehicle details that may be linked to them. They appreciate that not everyone may want to phone through with this type of information and hope the online facility will provide an effective way of doing this. To report suspicious activity or any information about burglary visit the ‘Operation Twist’ page of the force website – http://www.cambs.police.uk/news/OpTwist/ . Or email – burglarycrackdown@cambs.pnn.police.uk

However if you suspect there is a burglary in process then you should always dial 999.

They say that patrols continue to be increased in rural villages, as well as investigative and forensic work to target those responsible. Anyone with information should use the online facility or call police on 101. Or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Things are moving again on Northstowe. A planning application for the first phase (1500 homes) was submitted on 27 February 2012, and South Cambs District Council has now published the plans and is consulting residents. The plans are available at http://www.scambs.gov.uk/pressreleases/pressrelease.htm?mode=10&pk_press_release=1599 and the consultation closes on 16th April

There are two local exhibitions about the proposals:

Saturday 17th March – Longstanton Village Institute, 24 High Street from 10am to 4pm and

Monday 19th March – Oakington Methodist Chapel, Coles Lane from 2pm to 8pm

Northstowe is one topic on the agenda for Dry Drayton Parish Council at their meeting at the Village Hall commencing at 8pm on Tuesday 20th March. All are welcome, the agenda is here: http://www.drydraytonpc.org.uk and as usual and there will be an open discussion session at the start of the meeting.

Dry Drayton Village Plan

There will be a meeting of the Village Plan Implementation Sub Committee on Tuesday 20 March in the Village Hall at 6.45pm. All are welcome. Topics to be discussed include: review of the document, affordable housing, flooding, footpaths, safer cycling, vehicle ban,  recreation field, first aid, biodiversity survey action plan and reports from groups.

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An Exciting Summer Ahead

It looks like there will be an exciting summer ahead for Dry Drayton.

On 30th and 31st May there will be at least 25 gardens in the village open to the public. Dry Drayton goes on display to the rest of the world. This is a fantastic response – most village open garden events operate on around half this number of gardens – so expect this to be quite a draw, bringing people into the village from a distance around. The proceeds are for phase 2 of the church restoration, so please support neighbours who are already putting so much effort into making their gardens even more special this year. Let’s hope for good weather and a great turn-out.

We also have the outline programme for Feast Week in the Village Events, which looks packed with interest.

We are eager to learn what happened with the Village Plan discussed at yesterday’s Parish Council Meeting.

As if this isn’t enough – there is also the excitement of elections shortly for the County Council and the European Parliament – that is if anyone feels motivated to support any of our political parties this summer.

The Village Plan

There was a point last week where I didn’t think I’d be writing another entry to this blog. In fact the way that a dark blue Seat overtook four cars coming towards Dry Drayton along the Madingley Road on a completely blind bend may have left more than one of us unable to do anything at all! This road is potentially lethal as you cannot see round the bends through the hedgerows and as it still attracts large vehicles and idiot fast drivers who overtake on bends. The only safe thing to do is to keep your own speed down and be prepared for the unexpected on every bend.

Anyway – enough moaning – on to the two exciting developments in the village this week. First the grass has been cut again at long last. But of far more significance is the arrival with our June Newsletter of the first draft of the Dry Drayton Village Plan, prepared by Neil Harris, Nick Irish and Roger Swain. There are some interesting and no doubt controversial proposals contained therein – especially on allowing the village to grow by 50%, encroaching on the hallowed greenbelt, and introducing a range of attractive new ideas which will no doubt lead to an increase in the Parish precept. There is much to commend the draft plan, which will no doubt lead to a greener and more interesting Dry Drayton. The writers are seeking our views from now until 1st September – you can contribute to the debate by giving feedback on this item or contacting the writers – their e-mails are in the draft document – if you need another copy of the document, it can be downloaded from www.drydrayton.net

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