An Historic Parish In Cambridgeshire

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Cream Teas at Wisteria Cottage hosted by Tony and Lynda Raymond for Friends of St James, July 2001        Photo: Ian Jack

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Travelling Library Service

The travelling library visits Waresley every first Friday in the month. 10.40 am outside the Duncombe Arms.
This is part of the Cambridgeshire library service, so books from the travelling library can be returned to any other Cambridgeshire library and vice versa. Books can be renewed on-line. You can also request books on-line - to be collected from the travelling library. There is a wide selection of books including large print and there is a large childrens section.
The next visit is scheduled for Friday December 7th.

A428 Consultation

An upgrade to the A428 between the Black Cat Roundabout to the Caxton Gibbet has been proposed and there has been a consultation on three options, Of these, only the northern route has an access point east of St Neots. For the 2 southerly routes traffic from St Neots to Camborne and Cambridge (and vice versa) would still have to use the old single carriage road. Furthermore, the most southerly (pink) route would have a serious effect on Waresley, cutting through some of the Tetworth estate and crossing the back road to St Neots in the dip beyond the junction with Green Lane.
The pink route comes very close to the village

For more details go to http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a428-black-cat-to-caxton-gibbet/
The consultation is now closed with the preferred route originally to be announced in the summer of 2017. The decision keeps slipping from autumn, to December and now into 2018, as the Highways England website says that further analysis is required. Representatives of the parish council attended a meeting hosted by Highways England in early June for an update on progress and were told that Highways Emgland hopes to announce the preferred route in 2018. Following this there will be a further consultation on the details of the route.

The aim, according to Highways England, is to start construction in 2021/22, which will enable the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme to be completed before work starts on the A428.

East-West Rail Route

Public consultationh has not yet opened on the Bedford to Cambridge leg of the East-West Oxford to Cambridge rail link. While orignally expected in 2018, it has now been put back to 2019. We understand that there wil be a non-statutory consultation in early 2019 with a statutory public consultation around June 2019.

A number of routes have been proposed but the preferred routes to be included in the consultation have yet to be announced. It is however a matter of great concern that one of the proposed routes (C1-9) passes very close to Waresley, coming between Gamlingay Wood and The Avenue and crossing the Wildlife Trust Reserve of Sugley Wood. It is also of concern that none of the proposed routes serve St Neots or any of the current and planned new centres of population such as Cambourne or Wintringham. The existing proposals would therefore do nothing to solve the serious traffic congestion in this area.
However a new think tank CBRR (CamBedRailRoad), chaired by Sebastian Kindersley has designed a sensible and effective route which does address local needs. This route goes from Bedford to Wintringham (the new development to South of St Neots) and then East to Cambourne and Northstowe.
It is important that this route is one of the preferred choices in the forthcoming consultation and that the route through Waresley is not.

To find out more about CBRR go to www.cambedrailroad.org

Forthcoming parish council meetings

The next parish council meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 24th 2019
Waresley Village Hall. 8pm. All welcome.

Vacancy for Parish Clerk

Sylvia Sullivan has been acting as temporary parish clerk for three years now, and has reminded us that we need to appoint a clerk on a permanent basis. If you are interested in this important and fulfilling post please contact Sylvia (clerk.waresleypc@gmail.com) or Eleanor (jack.eleanor@gmail.com)