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Welcome, Introduction and Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillors Ashwood, Dryden and Page-Croft.


Councillor McGerty said in his welcome address that he had given careful consideration as to whether it was still appropriate to hold a public meeting and expressed the committee’s concern for residents in face of a growing Covid-19 pandemic.



Declarations of Interest






Councillor Ashton


Personal: Chair of Cherry Hinton Resident’s Association.

Councillor McPherson


Personal: Member of Cherry Hinton Resident’s Association.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 229 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 9 September 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Matters and Actions Arising from the Minutes pdf icon PDF 215 KB


The action sheet was noted and an updated copy can be viewed at the following link under ‘Updates to Action Sheet’.




Estate Improvement Scheme pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Briefing item that allows for question and answer session afterwards.


The Committee received a report from the Resident Engagement Officer, Housing Services.


The report outlined the Housing Scrutiny Committee approved £1 million per annum for 5 years of capital funding for improvement to City Council owned housing estate as part of the Housing Revenue Account medium-term financial strategy. The criteria for each proposal need to meet two fundamental principles:

i.      The proposal will add value to the asset (the estate).

ii.     The proposal should not act as a substitute for the planned maintenance programme, but it may be prudent for the Council to consider including works from the planned programme where it makes sense to incorporate them.


South Area Committee Members suggested the following as projects that could be funded:

i.      A broken light in Teversham Drift.

ii.     Designing out anti-social behaviour and vandalism in Gunhild park and Gunhild Close eg CCTV installation.

iii.   Broken lights at Gunhild Court garages.


ACTION: Resident Engagement Officer to check with Estates and Facilities Team how streetlights are serviced and maintained.


iv.   Wulfstan Way:

a.    Canopy for shops.

b.    Fixing light that is permanently on near shops.


Re-Ordering Agenda


Under paragraph 4.2.1 of the Council Procedure Rules, the Chair used his discretion to alter the order of the agenda items. However, for ease of the reader, these minutes will follow the order of the published agenda.


Policing and Safer Neighbourhoods SAC pdf icon PDF 268 KB


The Committee received a report from Inspector Rogerson regarding policing and safer neighbourhood trends.


The report outlined actions taken since the last reporting period. The current emerging issues/neighbourhood trends for each ward were also highlighted (see report for full details). Previous priorities and engagement activity noted in the report were:

      i.          Address youth anti-social behaviour on the Anstey Way Estate.

     ii.          Address youth anti-social behaviour in Trumpington Meadows.

   iii.          Continue work to address serious street-based violence, child criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation.


The Committee discussed the following policing issues:

      i.          Anti-social behaviour and discarded drug paraphernalia in Accordia.

     ii.          Drug use and associated anti-social behaviour (eg dumping of needles) affecting Cherry Hinton Ward.

   iii.          Speeding in Church End.

   iv.          Anti-social driving and parking by the car repair business in Church End which congested the road.


Inspector Rogerson said the following in response to questions from members of the public and committee:


i.      Non-emergency crime could be reported to 101 or on-line.

ii.     He would be happy to provide case studies in future of how the Police had taken action in response to information received from members of the public.

iii.   Cycle crime was a known issue in the city.

iv.   New data interrogation techniques enabled the Police to reunite stolen bicycles with their owners when the owner’s details were not obvious.

v.    The police could take enforcement action against individuals who drove in an anti-social way, the long term solution was to design out issues in the road layout.

vi.   Undertook to meet councillors and residents in Cherry Hinton Ward to discuss perception and reality of drug issues.


The following priorities were unanimously agreed:

      i.          Address youth anti-social behaviour on the Anstey Way Estate.

     ii.          Address youth anti-social behaviour in Trumpington Meadows.

   iii.          Continue work to address serious street-based violence, child criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation.


Update Report on Fendon Road/Queen Edith’s Way Roundabout

Cycling Officers to speak about Fendon Road following September 2019 Open Forum question (minute reference 19/35/SAC).


Presentation to be followed by a question and answer session.


The Committee received a presentation from the County Council Group Manager - Major Infrastructure Delivery and Senior Project Officer.


The presentation outlined:

      i.          The roundabout had been delayed.

     ii.          The roundabout was not expected to be fully open until summer 2020 due to utility cables under it needing to be re-organised and re-routed.

   iii.          Queen Edith’s Way was expected to be open ahead of schedule in the near future ie March 2020.


The Group Manager - Major Infrastructure Delivery and Senior Project Officer said the following in response to questions from members of the public and committee:

      i.          The project costs had increased. A lot of work was going on to strengthen project governance and reduce future issues.

     ii.          £3.5m had been allocated to the general improvement of the area. Everyone concerned had been unaware of the multitude of utility cables under the roundabout before work started. Moving these increased costs.

   iii.          The significant number of utility cables meant these needed to be re-routed which delayed the project. Re-iterated utility companies and the County Council were not aware chambers were located under the roundabout. When these were discovered, utility companies (such as BT) were able to work collaboratively with the contractors to divert cables and relocate the chambers. As such these works were completed within a two month period (rather than the five months that would have been required if the diversion work had been carried out before the main works). The County Council retained a map of utility cables etc in the project area, but it would be too resource intensive to map these for the entire city.

   iv.          The work done by utility companies would future proof broadband in the local area by making cables more accessible and avoid infrastructure maintenance or upgrade work in the near future. This should benefit the community. Old water pipes had also been replaced as facilities were upgraded near the roundabout.

    v.          Utility companies will largely cover the costs of any upgrades to their networks, but the County Council has paid for diversions necessary as a result of the works. They were trying to recoup upfront costs from utility companies where possible.

   vi.          The County Council had undertaken all usual preparatory work, but in some instances utility companies did not have accurate maps of cables/pipes etc, these were only found when digging started.

 vii.          £800k was estimated for the roundabout pre-work commencing. Project costs rose to £1.8m due to the unplanned utility work. £3.5m was allocated for all project work in the area, so the overall project budget for a wider transport scheme/network in the area has not resulted in an overspend. Higher than expected costs had arisen for this part of the project. The project remained good value for money.

viii.          Consultation results led the County Council to believe residents wanted a Dutch style roundabout. The costs were a matter of public record. The cost/benefit analysis could be made available upon request (except any commercially sensitive information.

   ix.          The County Council Economy & Environment Committee approved work on the roundabout in 2016. Information events were held prior to the works so residents could find out details of the works programme, the impact on bus services etc. In 2020 new designs for Queen Edith’s Way would be developed.

    x.          The cycle paths will be separate from the main carriageway of the roundabout. The County Council had liaised with other local authorities to share knowledge on how to integrate cycleways with other infrastructure.


One member of the public encouraged the Greater Cambridge Partnership and County Council to produce a Draft Cambridgeshire Cycle Guide, based on Oxfordshire’s.


Network Rail Presentation: (Proposed) Cambridge South Station pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Presentation by Network Rail Representative on proposals for a new station south of Cambridge to be followed by question and answer session


The Committee received a presentation from the Consultation Manager and Consents Development Manager (Network Rail). This is published on the City Council website. https://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=3717&Ver=4


In response to the presentation members of the committee and public expressed strong concern that the construction site would encroach onto Hobson’s Park.


The Consultation Manager and Consents Development Manager (Network Rail) said the following in response to questions from members of the public and committee:

      i.         The Cambridge Biomedical Campus could use their land as they wished. Network Rail had no control over this.

    ii.         The strategic compound would be located as close to the construction site as possible. This would be the west side of the site, not the east. The intention would be to minimise the impact on the west side/Hobson’s Park.

   iii.         The intention was to use the minimum amount of land for the construction site. Network Rail would regularly liaise with stakeholders regarding progress and construction timetable.

  iv.         The AstraZeneca compound was anticipated to be located on the east side of the site.

    v.         Cambridge South Station could be in place within twenty four months ie 2022. Trains could then service Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 2025.

  vi.         Cambridge South Station was expected to be staffed.

 vii.         Engineers were looking at the advantages and disadvantages of different access routes. Access from the guided busway could not be confirmed at present but the request would be noted.

viii.         Parking enforcement was a council matter to stop commuters parking in the area around Cambridge South Station eg residential areas. The 2018 Local Plan did not allow this type of station to have a car park.

  ix.         There was no plan to close nearby stations (eg Great Shelford or Whittlesford) when Cambridge South Station opened.

Cambridge South Station was designated as a Category C station, it would be expected to service two million people per year. Five million potential users could use it per year. Network Rail were liaising with Cambridge Biomedical Campus and the Department for Transport about this difference in potential user numbers.


Open Forum


Members of the public asked a number of questions, as set out below.


1.    A member of the public raised the following issues:

                i.          Some time ago the Council put forward a consultation about the various cycle routes, and for me that out to Fulbourn was relevant. Could the councillor(s) please provide an update on the results of this consultation and what the next steps in this process are.

               ii.          As a supplementary point, I included in my response to that consultation that work was needed on Snakey Path, beside Cherry Hinton Brook, including the track/road at each end of it. This path is now deteriorating quite rapidly and in places as a result of stream bank erosion the path is badly undercut. I would therefore ask what immediate measures the Council are taking to address public safety on the path.


Councillor Ashton said it had been reported that Snakey Path was in a poor state of repair.


Councillor Crawford said the proposal to make Snakey Path part of a cycle route was rejected due to objections that it would go through a nature reserve.


ACTION: Councillor McGerty to seek update on Fulbourn Greenway.


2.    A member of the public asked for cycles and pedestrians to have signal priority on the guided busway near Clay Farm until a bus came along. The signal control chip could be reprogrammed, no ‘building work’ was required.


Councillor Thornburrow said a survey had been undertaken with CamCycle on the guided busway near the station. The findings had been reported to the Greater Cambridge Partnership and County Council. A follow up meeting would occur to look at how to take action as a result of lessons learnt.


3.    Councillor McPherson expressed concern that the length of time given for pedestrians to cross Cherry Hinton Road and Teversham Drift was too short.


ACTION: Cherry Hinton City and County Councillors to contact Richard Ling (Team Leader, County Council) to compile a list of pedestrian crossings where the timings need to be changed.


Councillor Jones asked for examples from across the city to pass onto County Officers via SAC Chair and County Councillors.


4.    A member of the public said it was hard to travel along Coldham’s Lane in a mobility scooter to access Sainsbury’s from Church End sheltered homes. For example, vegetation overhung the path.


Environmental Improvement Programme pdf icon PDF 271 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report from the Public Realm Engineering & Project Delivery Team Leader regarding the Environmental Improvement Programme. The report outlined changes to the Council’s Environmental Improvement Programme during 2018/19, and reviewed the latest round of applications received within South Area.


Councilor McGerty expressed concern that Environmental Improvement Programme funding had been allocated to Area Committees, then £75k was taken back by the Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces for reallocation into a central pot.


In response to Members’ questions the Public Realm Engineering & Project Delivery Team Leader answered:

      i.                  Within South area there is sufficient funding available within local area budgets to take forward all of the new project aspirations.  Those eligible for centralised strategic or external funding, similarly, are most likely to be affordable at this stage.

    ii.                  For the new strategic EIP funding allocation there are enough eligible projects to adopt a 2 year programme up to 2021, and this is currently under consideration by the Executive Councillor for Streets & Open Spaces.  Further applications for local area funded schemes are expected to be invited later in 2020.


Post meeting note – the list of strategic projects has now been approved by the Exec Cllr, with the projects listed able to progress. [Including Schemes S4 and S11 mentioned below.]


   iii.                  The Officer’s report covered all South Area projects to date. Re-iterated that all could get funding as sufficient was available, with the caveat that projects marked as amber or red required a technical assessment (to be viable). At the initial application and assessment stages projects will not have been looked at in great detail, with some contingency and in some cases caveats included in reporting and suggested funding provisions in order to avoid need to seek further authorisation should, for instance, costs prove greater than anticipated.  Projects marked as green are expected to be reasonably straightforward to develop and deliver, whilst those marked as amber are more likely to have technical complexity or further dependencies.  Any marked as red are unlikely to be recommended for adoption

  iv.                  The whole Environmental Improvement Programme budget had been allocated. Project costs may appear high as they included contingency planned costs. If funding was not fully spent, it could be reallocated to other projects as required.

    v.                  Scheme S4 and S11 were under consideration by Executive Councillor for funding from new strategic EIP block. A decision on this and Year 1/Year 2 combined programme was anticipated March 2020 following consultation with Area Committee Chairs;

  vi.                  Scheme S3 would be funded from the new InterReg/2 Seas/Nature Smart Cities European tree canopy programme.


Councilor Ashton requested project cost and saving information.


ACTION: Public Realm Engineering & Project Delivery Team Leader to provide a summary paper of project costs and savings to date.


Following discussion, Members resolved (unanimously) to:

      i.         Note the operating amendments to the programme agreed by the Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces following Environment and Community Scrutiny on 21 March 2019.

    ii.         Note the allocation of funding to continue with a programme across all areas for the period 2019-21

   iii.         Allocate £4,500 from local area EIP funds in 2019/ 20 towards the provision of 26 summer hanging baskets along Cherry Hinton High Street

  iv.         Note those new South area project aspirations received in the latest 2019/ 20 round recommended to the Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces for funding from the new central, city-wide, strategic EIP allocation

    v.         Consider and approve those new South area project aspirations received in the latest 2019/ 20 round for funding as part of the local South Area programme for 2019/20. (Schemes S1, S2, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9 and S10).

  vi.         Support those projects selected for implementation, subject to them being viable, obtaining consents as necessary, positive consultation and final approval by the Council’s Place Board, Ward and Executive Councillors, where required.


SAC Area Committee Grants 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 295 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report from the Community Funding & Development Manager regarding Community Grants.


Members considered applications for grants as set out in the Officer’s report.


Following discussion, Members resolved (unanimously) to agree the proposed awards detailed in Appendix 1 of the Officer’s report and summarised in the table below:





Award £


Albion Boxing Academy

After school boxing sessions



Accordia Residents Association

Music and social event on Accordia Green



Cambridge Royal Albert Homes

Summer day trip to Woburn Safari Park



Cambridgeshire Older People's Enterprise

Monthly older people's club activities



Cherry Hinton Festival Society

Towards festival costs



Cherry Hinton Residents’ Association

Summer family fun day; volunteer recruitment event




Denis Wilson Court Social Club

Summer trip



Hanover and Princess Court Residents’ Association

Summer outing, September barbecue, Christmas event, monthly craft sessions



Home-Start Cambridge-shire

36 weekly support group sessions



Huxley House Families

Summer trip



Queen Edith’s Community Forum

One-off community event to promote cycling



Romsey Mill Trust

40 after school sessions for 13-18 year olds



Trumpington Community Drama Group

2 rehearsals and 2 performances x 2, theatre trip, scripts and licences



Trumpington Meadows Community

3 community meetings; Christmas event



Trumpington Residents’ Association

Summer trip






South Area Committee Dates 2020/21

Proposed South Area Committee dates for the 2020-21 municipal


·      22/06/20

·      07/09/20

·      30/11/20

·      08/03/21


Venues will be agreed later.


The following dates were agreed:

      i.         22/06/20

    ii.         07/09/20

   iii.         30/11/20

  iv.         08/03/21