Emails & letters about issues in Great Shelford

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I read with interest with John Wakefield’s letter relating to the leaflet from the Great Shelford & Stapleford Parish Council’s leaflet referring to an alternative route for the busway running alongside the railway line. I also read the same report as John which now appears to have been removed from the website it was on.

I am dismayed that the Council is purporting to promote a busway alongside the railway line as a potentially viable alternative route and trying to find a way to make it viable without any consultation with the residents who would be affected by it or villagers as a whole.

I cannot see how a busway running alongside the railway will benefit the village. We have a railway station which will soon stop at Addenbrookes and then goes all the way to Cambridge. In the other direction it goes to London and all the stations in between. Very handy for lots of people. I’m not sure what else we need with all the other buses we already have and the Babraham P&R.

All the proposed busway will do is go to Addenbrookes then it will stop and other modes of transport will be needed for passengers to get anywhere else. A busway running alongside the railway in Shelford will, at the very least, entail demolishing our heavily-used station (and I doubt very much it would be re-sited anywhere else), demolishing an award-winning curry house, demolishing the offices of many businesses in Mill Court (whose employees benefit other businesses in the village by shopping there at lunchtimes) and demolition of residential properties, as well as disrupting the DNA trail and adding to the congestion already present on Station Road and Granham’s Road caused by the level crossing going down. Much of this congestion spills onto the main road through the village at peak times holding up other traffic.

I’m also concerned that a social media pressure group has been created by persons who live in Babraham, not Great Shelford, to promote the route alongside the Shelford railway line. However the route alongside our railway does not adversely affect Babraham residents. I was blocked from that group when I pointed out the detrimental aspects of a busway running through central Shelford. The group does not go into the details of how a busway alongside our railway line will be detrimental to Great Shelford.

I hope the Council removes itself from this cause. I did not make a donation either for the report they were seeking and I’m dismayed that the Council is not consulting with villagers before promoting such schemes. I’m also dismayed that the Council is not being frank with us about what a busway next to the railway line will entail.

Brigitta Naunton

I have recently received a leaflet from the Great Shelford & Stapleford Parish Councils requesting a donation to a fighting fund to stop the proposed Cambridge to Abington busway being built through the green belt mid way along Hinton Way, and altered to an alternative route nearer the village alongside the main Liverpool Street to Cambridge railway line.

What they don't state, is that in a report they have commissioned by transport consultants I Transport, the alternative route would entail demolishing properties including the railway station and Zara restaurant as well as taking a large part of Mill Court to enable the busway to go through this densely populated part of the village.

Further more no considerations has been taken of the traffic congestion, it will entail by having the bus crossing adjacent to the rail crossing. Total madness.

Needless to say I will not be making a donation.

John Wakefield

Leeway Ave

East-West rail link through Great Shelford

I live in Eversden off the A603 but grew up in Great Shelford and my parents live near the rugby field.

I have kept an eye on EWR and attended a webinar run by Cambridge Approaches (CA). Whilst not happy it may run past my village I was horrified to find that CA are lobbbying for routes in Option E most of which run via the rugby field/Westfield Road/Stonehill Road down to the King’s Cross/Liverpool Street line. This means houses would be demolished and as is currently thought a 4 track passenger and freight non electrified line will be built.

I have tried to find out what Shelford is going. The Parish Council’s view that they will lobby once the preferred route is chosen is, with the greatest respect, too late. The villages North of Shelford are organising lobby groups and letter writing campaigns. They may try to push the CambridgeBed Rail Route plans to go round North Cambridge but if that fails and Option E continues to be the way forward then CA appears to be saying the route should track the A428 and M11 into Shelford.

I do not think that many residents are aware of this or the CA view. People need to know.

If no ones speaks up now for Shelford you may find decisions are made with no real input.


Posted Nov 25 2020

Thank you!

Thank you to all the people who left out fruit and veg for others to help themselves in Great Shelford recently. They are usually in baskets outside their gardens. Windfalls, allotment produce etc. One can collect fruit and veg, but it is hard to leave a 'thank you' message. I for one don't carry a notebook. Not sure people want strangers knocking on their doors or ringing them [even if one knew the number] these days to say thank you.

James Goddard

East-west rail link through Great Shelford

The East West Rail Consortium have released a map showing the possible routes of the East West Rail line, all connecting onto existing lines at Great Shelford.

The most contentious one would appear to be the southerly route passing south of Little Shelford and joining the Liverpool Street line just south of Shelford station near the London Road Bridge. This would increase rail traffic over the level crossings at Hinton Way and Granhams Road thus causing severe traffic tail backs due to extra down time of barriers. (A crazy idea).

The other proposed routes would be more sensible as they join the line north of Shelford Village avoiding the level crossings. The most sensible and environmentally friendly route would appear to be the one that joins the Kings Cross line at Harston, thus avoiding the loss of green belt land.

This is the map

John Wakefield

Something that seems to have been missed by the majority of Great Shelford residents is the fast approaching East West Rail project. A lobby group known as ‘Cambridge Approaches’ have put together an excellent web site ( and have arranged several meetings with local Parish Councils - which includes Great Shelford.

They are trying very hard to gather views and opinions from the affected villages in South Cambs.

I hope Great Shelford Parish Council will be sharing this information with the village as soon as possible. The EWR is very likely to cross Great Shelford to link with the proposed Cambridge South Station. This will mean that some houses in the village will need to be demolished to accommodate the lines as well as several years of major disruption for all.


October 6 2020

This the Parish Council response: "The Parish Council website under News Item in September (Cambridge Approaches Group Information) identifies the options being considered. This document has also been circulated to all GSPC website subscribers. Further GSPC consultation can & will take place when EWR proposals are announced."

the Parish Council issued a position statement on October 13 2020 (external link)

Fly-tipping in Hinton Way

Residents at a private garage area in Great Shelford have been the victim of fly-tipping on 5 occasions within a two week period. There is video evidence & photos of the offenders in the act.South Cambs Environmental Officer has all the evidence. But to date there is no conclusion. As the rubbish was dumped on private property the council will not remove it as it now legally belongs to the owner of the property it was dumped on. The offenders could be invited to remove the rubbish they fly-tipped but cannot be forced too. There is a slight chance they may be prosecuted. It’s bad enough to have fly-tippers in our village but even worse when they live just round the corner & don’t give a dam.

Lesley Smith

Posted Oct 1 2020

DNA path weeds

As a regular user of this path on foot I am concerned at the narrowing of this path due to the large amount of weeds growing on either side which makes the problem of moving out of the way of cyclists that think it’s a racetrack, who do we need to talk to, to get the weeds cut down which willMake using the path a lot safer.Kevin Roberts

Posted August 6 2020

Complaint by Great Shelford Parish Council and Stapleford Parish Councils

South East Transport: Parish Councils accuse GCP of maladministration over controversial southern busway

Stapleford and Great Shelford Parish Councils have drawn forces to oppose a scheme through the greenbelt of little economic advantage to them that will dissect the fields adjoining the Magog Down, a unique and valuable landscape rich in biodiversity.

They are suggesting that the GCP have failed to go through proper public consultation by omitting to include the realistic alternative route of following the railway line in any of their public consultations. Furthermore, no actual evidence has been publicly presented to influence the choice of route, nor to demonstrate that appropriate evidence-based decisions have been made. The general public have therefore not been given the opportunity to consider the options of an off-road route and the process is therefore invalid.

Now, just published in the GCP Joint Assembly papers, is the GCP’s first public statement on the alternative (railway) route.

· In it they state that the additional cost would be £29.1m (is this material in the overall context of the scheme and therefore unaffordable?) Where is the environmental and economic cost/benefit argument for this?

· They suggest that there are environmental costs but we how can these be taken into account when they haven’t assessed the environmental costs of their preferred route?

· In terms of overall travel time they state that villagers would walk a kilometre uphill to the busway station rather than the short distance to the existing railway station. Perhaps that could be explained?

· They reject any proposals to make the existing railway station safer, with its current not fit-for-purpose access via the level crossing.

· They want to introduce two additional road crossings for the busway, arguing that the alternative route would create unsafe queuing at the existing level crossing.

· They argue there are pinch-points along the route to navigate due to the risky and unproven bus system being proposed rather than the more compact and high capacity Light Rail System.

The two Councils fundamentally oppose the GCP’s chosen route through the unique and valuable landscape around the Magog Hills and chalk downlands and instead favour the railway alignment through the two villages. The attached plan illustrates this. Other more detailed reasons include:

· The scheme involves loss of greenbelt and creates a new demarcation line for infill development, effectively creating a developer’s charter. Over time there will be no restraint for development of the green fields between the villages and the busway.

· The scheme fails to take into account the significant opportunities for multi-modal transport offered through other planned infrastructure initiatives such as East West Rail and the opportunity to upgrade Shelford Station and make it accessible. The ambition to meet Cambridge’s 21st century needs is underwhelming.

· The preferred route does not serve Gt Shelford or Stapleford since the proposed stations are remote, a kilometre walk up the hill into the countryside. The scheme misses the opportunity for significant economic benefit and sustainability to our villages.

· The stations positioned as they are in the greenbelt will attract commuting by car and the proposed car parks (albeit limited to disabled parking) intrude into the countryside.

· It compounds congestion by adding two more road crossings to an already congested road system and further adding to pollution.

· Finally, in a post Covid world, what will be the impact on travel and transport? I assume new modelling will be required based on the evidence, with new strategies / modes developed.

The two Councils are calling on the GCP to halt its undemocratic preferred choice of off-road route and to consider the alternative off-road solution of the railway route.

On behalf of:

Cllr Malcolm Watson. Chair of Gt Shelford Parish Council


Cllr Howard Kettel. Chair of Stapleford Parish Council

Positive feedback for Boots

“I was very grateful to Richard at Boots for all his help with a prescription for a vulnerable neighbour. In these difficult times it was very reassuring to receive such a great service when the local GP was not available. I hope the team at Boots get more recognition and gratitude in the future for being such a valuable service to our local community!”

Sarah Judges

May 1 2020

I know that you often publish complaints about the local pharmacy at Boots but I would like to offer my support for them. These are very difficult times for them but they are very helpful and

continue to offer advice patiently. During this time for obvious reasons it is not easy to visit the Medical Centre but the local pharmacists are always ready to listen and advise, and to administer over the counter medication as well as issue our prescriptions. Of course there are occasional problems but the community would be much poorer if they were not there.

On behalf of my husband, David, as well.

Gillian Scahill

April 30 2020

Mobile phone deadzones in Great Shelford

There has for some time now been very poor mobile phone coverage in the vicinity of Shelford rail station (Station Road/ Hinton Way and Leeway Avenue). I have contacted my provider 02 and this is their reply. But I would add I have reported this before and they have done nothing about it!

Thanks for contacting Complaint Review Service.Given the highly anxious and challenging circumstances faced by all, we’re doing everything we can to try and make things easier for you. We know people are relying on our network and some of our customers will have an urgent need for support. With this in mind, we’ll be prioritising customers that are without service and experiencing financial difficulty, we’ll endeavour to contact these customers by email, within 7 working days.

Don’t worry if your email isn’t about these issues, we will respond as soon as we can and will give a full response to your complaint within eight weeks.Our website is updated regularly and you may find an answer to your question there, or through My O2.

Thank you for your patience.

I have also reported the matter to our MP Anthony Brown. I would urge other phone users to also make a complaint to their provider as this problem needs to be resolved. I cannot make mobile call inside my house and even in the garden it is patchy and liable to fail during a call.

John Wakefield

Leeway Ave.

April 20 2020

Jim Mundell responded:

Mobile reception, particularly indoors, is quite patchy in several places in Shelford. This applies to more than one provider.

One solution is to have a mobile phone with the facility for “wi-if calling”. Calls indoors are then automatically routed via broadband. Problem solved but, unfortunately, not for all mobile handsets.

What is happening at Boots in Woollards Lane? I tried Monday afternoon after coming back from work (I cannot work from home due to the nature of my job and also I have no broadband at the moment – am in to work today) and still a queue, so gave up. I spent most of Tuesday morning (“working” from home) in a queue to only find that when I got to the counter – my repeat prescription put in last week had not even been made up. Was sent away – checked with the Surgery (receptionist could not have been nicer). Went back joined the queue and then had to wait in the shop (which as only 5 people are allowed in reduced the number of people being seen) I finally got the medicines but the one drug I had asked for at the Surgery they knew nothing of. So will be joining the queue on Thursday to get this drug.

Boots Head Office need to sort this out – possibly other small Boots are having a similar problems. Plus do not ask the Pharmacist for health advice they are too busy sorting out peoples drugs and also if possible do not go for shopping. On a small plus side the Pharmacist did easily swop my Aniseed medication for a peppermint one – very nice young man.

Village very quiet aside from outside of Boots!!!

Sue Tombs

March 25 2020

Sue Tombs makes some good points in her email. Even before the Corona Virus pandemic, Boots were struggling to get prescriptions out on time after the prescribed 4 days stipulated, we often find that Boots have not completed the prescription, with staff searching in the storage area and on line then only to find that the prescription is still awaiting completion by the pharmacy staff. They never seem to be able to catch up, and the fact that they then have to break off and make up the prescription whilst the patient waits only exacerbates the problem.

With regards to "Put your contact details on your prescription. We’ll call you when your medicines are ready to collect." Surely this info needs to go on the prescription from the medical practice.

Back to the immediate problem, clearly a new way of working needs to be in place. ie patient contacted when prescription is ready, and it put into a 'waiting / collection' area with the patients name clearly visible so when the patient goes to collect it, it can be readily found and handed over immediately. This would drastically reduce the waiting time and queue outside the shop, which clearly is most undesirable.

I am sure the the staff at Boots are working to their utmost under very difficult conditions and are not to blame, its the management at Boots head office who need to get their heads around this problem.

John Wakefield

There are problems but in the case of my last prescription which was requested online to the surgery early Monday morning and was not ready by Friday afternoon, I checked with the surgery to be told that it had only been sent across at 12.10 on Friday. I do not know if this is normal.

I went back to Boots who confirmed that this was correct and they promised to have it ready on Saturday. I was able to collect it on Saturday morning.

At all times they were very busy.

Would it help, if possible, to send the prescription details across more quickly?

Paul Stower

This is a response from Boots:

“Our pharmacies are facing unprecedented challenges at the moment and we appreciate the patience and support of our customers at this time. To make sure we can keep our customers and colleagues safe we are following social distancing guidelines. In small stores this means they may only be able to let a small number of customers into the store at any one time. Our colleagues may also need to temporarily close the store during the day, or alter opening times due to staff needing to self isolate, to perform deep cleaning more regularly or take a break so they can safely continue to dispense medicines.

We understand that this may cause some of our customers to have to wait longer, and we thank them for their patience and support.

There are some practical ways that patients can help manage their prescriptions:

• Try to plan ahead. If you have a repeat prescription, please try to order your next one seven days before it’s due. This will help us deal with urgent requests more swiftly.

• Put your contact details on your prescription. We’ll call you when your medicines are ready to collect. Or we can text you if you sign up to our reminder service. Please try not to ring the pharmacy unless it’s absolutely urgent.

• Adhering to the new social distancing measures in stores

• If you can, sign up to our free online NHS repeat prescription service via or the Boots App to arrange to have your medicines delivered by Royal Mail.

• If you are over 70 or have been advised you are at high risk, we can offer free prescription delivery from our stores to those most at need

• And remember, if you have symptoms such as a temperature or new continuous cough please don’t come to the pharmacy.”

You will probably be inundated with comments about the Shelford Health Centre but here’s my comments.

On the website there is only 1 appointment available up to 17th February and that is at Barley

18/2 to 3/3 no appointment in either Sawston or Great Shelford

4/3 to 18/3 4 available at Sawston but none at Great Shelford.

So what they say sounds great but the actual facts are that it is not great for those living in the Shelfords or Sawston.

Even if you phone up – the receptionists (nice as they are) cannot understand what early morning or late afternoon evening means.

It is also not easy to get a blood test at a time that will not interfere with work times.

Members of the PPG have raised this problem at meetings with seemingly no results.

There are late night surgeries at Sawston and Shelford – I managed to book one last year – but the appointment was this year (about a month in advance) but trying to get a follow up appointment on these late nights has been impossible. There are NONE available on the Website for Sawston or Shelford.

Sue T

Letter to the Parish Council about a possible ban on dogs at Great Shelford Recreation Ground

We understand that the Great Shelford Parish Council is considering a ban on dogs being allowed on the Great Shelford Recreation Ground (’the Rec’).

We have no idea why this is being considered after (presumably) decades during which dog owners and non-dog owners have managed to share and enjoy this space peaceably. As responsible dog owners, who live in the village and are daily users of the Rec to exercise our dog, any such ban would have a very significant and negative impact on our day to to day living and the health/well-being of our dog. It is our observation that much of the time, dog walkers are the only group that make regular use of the Rec. If dogs were to to be banned, the Rec would essentially lie empty and unused for a very significant proportion of each day.

If the Parish Council is considering this ban on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, or health and safety, may we suggest that there are much more serious issues to be dealt with on the Rec than the presence of dogs. For example: littering, the frequent use of foul and offensive language at official FA adult football matches (during which we feel unable to take our young children to the Rec for fear of what they will overhear) and intimidating behaviour by young people on the Rec towards runners etc?

On the issue of a possible ban on dogs on the Rec, we would like to lodge our strong opposition to any such measure on the following grounds:

1. UK rates of dog ownership

25% of UK households own a dog (see link here). Assuming that Great Shelford conforms to this trend (there is no reason to think it does not), a ban on dogs on the Rec would negatively impact on 25% of households. This would equate to more than 1,000 residents being negatively affected by the ban. Of those who do not own dogs, how many residents have expressed a concern about dogs on the Rec? We suspect the number is extremely small.

If you compare the number of people that have lodged complaints about dogs being allowed on the Rec with the number of people who own dogs and make regular use of the Rec, we anticipate that this will show that a ban of dogs on the Rec would be an utterly disproportionate response to the scale of any actual or perceived problem(s) caused by dogs being allowed on Rec.

2. Benefits of dog ownership

Dog ownership is beneficial to health (see links here and here). Dog ownership has been shown to improve levels of fitness and general physical health, improve social life, reduce loneliness (particularly in our older population - which is increasing in number), stave off depression and reduce allergies (see here). In an age when physical and mental health are considered to be at risk from lack of physical activity and lack of meaningful social interaction, we should be encouraging and supporting dog ownership, not inhibiting it by reducing local facilities for dogs and their owners.

3. Existing legal protections and enforcement

Presumably, any consideration of a ban of dogs on the Rec is prompted by concerns about anti-social behaviour and/or dog fouling? If so, the law already provides reasonable and proportionate protection to mitigate against these issues (which are entirely caused by a very small number of irresponsible dog owners).

Dog behaviour - Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 states that dogs must not be allowed to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in any place. This applies to any breed or type of dog. Criminal sanctions (including unlimited fines and/or a prison sentence of up to 14 years) apply for breaches of this Act. As such, users of the Rec are already well protected under the existing law and there is no need to impose a ban on dogs on the Rec, which would (as state above in section 1) be a disproportionate response.

Dog fouling - The Rec is already covered by a public spaces protection order, making it an offence not to clean up dog mess. Under this type of order, a person who doesn’t clean up after their dog may face an on-the-spot fine and if they refuse to pay, they can be taken to the local Magistrates Court for the dog fouling offence and fined up to £1,000.

Provided that the existing rules are properly enforced, the risk of any offences being committed by dog owners will be mitigated as far as is reasonably possible. If the existing rules are not being enforced then we would question why not, and how the Parish Council would propose to enforce an outright ban on dogs on the Rec? The fact is that irresponsible dog owners are more likely to break the rules, including a ban on the dogs on the Rec, so unless you have the means to enforce any such ban, you will not solve the problem, but you will make life more difficult for those of us who are responsible dog owners.

4. Proportionality

As stated above, we believe that an outright ban on dogs on the Rec would be disproportionate to the scale of any problem caused by dogs on the Rec. We would suggest that the Parish Council engages in a meaningful consultation period with local residents before making any decision on the important issue. The number, scale and scope of any complaints made about dogs on the Rec should also be made public before a decision is made.

5. Environmental concerns

If a ban on dogs on the Rec is imposed, those of us who live in the village will have no option but to seek alternative public spaces to provide on and off-lead exercise for our dogs. This will necessarily involve travelling to other areas (such as Stapleford, Little Shelford, The Gogs etc) which will require a car journey, adding to congestion and air pollution. For dog owners who cannot drive or do not have access to a car (such as older residents and less affluent households) a ban on dogs on the Rec will have a huge impact on their ability to exercise their dog in a safe public space. This would, in our view, be extremely unwelcome.

We trust that the above concerns will be taken into consideration and that common sense will prevail. A ban on dogs on the Rec is an ill-conceived idea that will do more harm than good to the residents of Great Shelford.

Joel and Alison Melton

2nd letter to the Parish Council about a possible ban on dogs at Great Shelford Recreation Ground

I would also like to add my voice to this discussion. I exercise my dog almost daily on the rec in Great Shelford. It is a fantastic area to share with other users. My dog is well behaved and we have never had any issues with any other users. This is a shared space and should continue to be so. We really enjoy family time (children and dog) on the rec. To lose the ability to do this would be extremely upsetting and very limiting for us as a family . There are very few places in the village to exercise dogs and have the kids with you too. To ban dogs from the rec would be unfair . This is a space for everyone in the village including our canine residents.

If there is a particular concern about poor dog behaviour could I suggest a zoned solution whereby dogs can be off lead at the end of the park , similar to the zones operating at Byron’s pool country park. This would be a better solution than an outright ban .

Many thanks if my opinion could also be passed on to the Parish Council .

Charlotte Russell

Great Shelford

3rd letter to the Parish Council about a possible ban on dogs at Great Shelford Recreation Ground

I understand that there has been some discussion regarding whether dogs + dog owners should be permitted to use the village rec.

I own a dog and walk there most days and I would like to strongly voice an opinion to uphold the permission for dogs to be allowed onto the recreation ground for the following reasons:

It is a valuable resource for us dog owners to be able to walk their dogs in the village and spend a moment in a natural space.

There are currently hardly any dog walks in this area that less mobile community members can reach, (particularly the residents of peacocks.)

As far as I'm aware owners are very tidy at cleaning up after their dogs and I have not heard of any worrying incidents.

Many of our older community members meet and greet round the rec every morning which is great all round and particularly for mental health.

The children's play area has already been fenced off to avoid the issue of dogs and children.

Also rather than being completely banned which is such a shame for a large part of the community who care for dogs, perhaps there could be a sign to recommend to keep dogs on lead if Football or Cricket is being played.

I understand that some other rec users might be personally afraid of dogs and respect this, however this is a public space designed for multi purpose use and do not agree that the dogs should be removed completely - if there is a particular concern perhaps it would be better addressed by setting time limits on recreation usage eg Dogs on leads between 9 -11am so there is a time where nervous users can feel supported.

Finally, I think it's important to remember that anti-social dogs are much like anti-social humans, whilst they do exist, common sense needs to prevail - we can't necessarily ban habits from places, but we can educate on better behaviour. If owners have dogs with bad manners. eg. jumping up at runners etc. then the onus should be on the owner to keep them on a lead. The dog is the owner's responsibility - perhaps clear signage at the entrance to the Rec on this point + 'dog walking etiquette' would help?

Many thanks for listening to my opinion,

Woollards Lane resident

4th letter to the Parish Council

I too am very concerned about this proposal. I regularly walk my parents' dog on the recreation ground and my Mum also brings my Dad, in a wheelchair and the dog. There is no where else to go for elderly dog owners. Recreational walking has known health benefits and dog ownership also. What are we proposing? I have never seen badly behaved dogs in this space and I am there at least 3 times a week. Runners have much more choice when it comes to where to run.

A public place with well behaved dogs is a perfect place for nervous youngsters to learn to enjoy being around these animals.

Please can we make a sensible decision about this and not go down the route of punishing all for the behaviour of one. A policy that as a teacher, I believe to be very bad practice.

Yours sincerely

Lucy Barlow

I would add my voice to the majority of people in the village in the form of two questions:

1. Really?

2. Seriously?

Banning the walking of pets on green space in the village is beyond comprehension.

Steve Read

In response to the comments from the Granta Medical Practices group, the problems with local appointments apparently started almost overnight after the merger, so it seems highly unlikely that this is due to national problems, given how sudden the change was. A general view in the village seems to be that it should be attributed to some kind of planning failure.

The question we now have to ask is whether a full analysis of the equality and environmental impacts of the merger ever took place. If such an analysis didn’t happen, or wasn’t extensive enough, that would explain the current apparently chaotic arrangements. Currently we have random patients seeing random doctors in random surgeries in what seems to be the most inefficient way possible, with paperwork going astray and nobody knowing quite what they are meant to be doing, certainly from the patient point of view. I can’t help feeling that we all deserve rather better than this, and I am including the Shelford Surgery staff in that – locally the general mood seems to be that they have been doing their best in very difficult circumstances.

As part of thinking through what the recent changes for residents have meant in practical terms, I thought it might be helpful to analyse the simplest transport options to each surgery from Ashen Green, Great Shelford, for those local residents who are not drivers, including:

those without access to a car,

socially deprived residents,

those with medical conditions that prevent driving such as epilepsy, or recovering from operations such as a Caesarian Section,

elderly people, and

young people over the age of about 12 and able to consent to medical treatment in their own right, who may need to see a doctor while their parents are at work, or confidentially (this is what is known as ‘Gillick competent” and an important aspect of modern medical care).

During the process of analysing the transport impact of the merger, it has become clear to me that minimal thought has been given to such issues. Either Granta Medical Practices has not done any research into this, or it has decided to ignore what is an increasingly difficult situation for many of its patients as they try to make plans to travel across counties in order to see a GP face-to-face, something which is both right and desirable for many people. The assumption is that either everyone drives, someone in their household does, or they are elderly/retired and eligible to use Cambridge Dial-a-Ride (when this service is available).

It would therefore be helpful if Granta Medical Practices publishes its Equality Impact Assessment on its website, so we can see how they took transport impact into account when organising the merger.

In my calculations, I also considered the environmental impact by calculating the increased carbon footprint of the new transport routes. Again, such an analysis has been required for some years in public services when major changes take place, and again, it would be very helpful if Granta Medical Practices publishes its own Environmental Impact Assessment for the purposes of comparison. The carbon footprint is relatively small, but it is still present. I imagine there will be other environmental factors such as increased traffic down country lanes as well, for example, but I can’t include this as I have no means of calculating it. Nevertheless it is something to consider when people are forced into making unnecessary journeys as a result of the unintended consequences of service centralisation, as has happened here.


Bike: 46 minutes, 8.8 miles.

Bus: 58 minutes. Get Citi 7 from Tunwells Lane direction Addenbrookes (Bay A). Change at Addenbrookes (Bay C) for the 13A Gold service direction Haverhill. Get off at the Cemetery, from where it is a 2 minute walk. Stagecoach Cambridgeshire Dayrider Plus bus ticket, £7.

Taxi: 20 minutes, £65.32 return

Carbon 0.3 metric tons per 100 (bus) 0.42 metric tons per 100 (taxi)


Bike: 58 minutes, 11.2 miles

Train: 54 minutes. Walk to Shelford Station. Get the train to Cambridge (6 minutes) and change here for the train to Royston (18 minutes), from where it is an 18 minute walk. £8.30 return.

Taxi: 30 minutes, £71.74 return

Carbon 0.15 metric tons per 100 (train) 0.58 metric tons per 100 (taxi)


Bike: 54 minutes, 10.2 miles

Bus: 1 hour 45 minutes. Get 31 bus from Ashen Green direction Fowlmere. Change near Church Road, Hauxton for A The Busway (Stop 2) Barkway Street, Royston. Change for the 18 bus direction Buntingford to Picknage Road, Barley. From here it is a 5 minute walk. £5.40 (A2B Bus and Coach Ltd) + Stagecoach Dayrider Plus £7 + Centrebus Network Day £8 = £20.40.

Taxi: 20 minutes, £66.16 return

Carbon 0.34 metric tons per 100 (bus) 0.49 metric tons per 100 (taxi)


Bike: 16 minutes, 3 miles

Bus: 18 minutes. Get Citi 7 from Woollards Lane. Stagecoach Cambridgeshire Dayrider Plus bus ticket, £7.

Taxi: 10 minutes, £34 return

Carbon metric tons 0.1 per 100 (bus) 0.15 per 100 (taxi)

Routing information from

Taxi prices from and change daily.

Carbon footprints from and calculated per 100 return trips.

All fares are for single adult return, off-peak from Shelford Surgery, Ashen Green.

Of course, if local residents find the transport to the various Granta practices too onerous, three alternative GP surgeries are all available within a three-mile radius of Ashen Green, with simpler and often cheaper transport and taxi links. It begs the question as to why our surgery didn’t do more to form a group with these convenient local practices, rather than remote ones scattered across different counties. I can’t imagine there would have been many complaints about having to choose from five surgeries within a three-mile radius, all on handy bus and cycle routes and within the Panther Cabs metred zone.

Trumpington Medical Practice, The Clay Farm Centre, Hobson Square, Hobson Avenue, Trumpington , Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9FN OPENING SOON Currently at: 17 Beverley Way, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9JS Tel 01223 845185

Queen Edith Medical Practice, 59 Queen Ediths Way , Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 8PJ Tel 01223 247288

Cornford House Surgery 364 Cherry Hinton Road , Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 8BA Tel 01223 247505

Shelford Surgery used to be part of the same group as Trumpington Surgery prior to the retirement of Dr Tony Bateman? (If I recall correctly)? Recreating that relationship would have been a more logical merger by far.

Finally, residents may be interested to know that I have asked to be a member of the Patient Participation Group, so I can lobby for more appropriate arrangements for Shelford Surgery users in the future.

Best wishes,

Dr Sandra Leaton Gray

Having emailed the parish clerk listed in the grave yard with no reply I thought I would try yourselves.

Although I have not yet taken up my place in the grave yard my dad has. I have the grave at his feet and over the past year have seen the grave next to mine become more and more overgrown.

I am not sure if the grave owner has no family to tend the grave or they are unable to because of age or health reasons but this needs some attention.

I am more than happy to cut it back into some order with the concent of the owners family or yourselves.

Please do let me know if you wish me to do it or if the parish council will be doing it.

Thanks in the hope I can get an answer.

R, Great Shelford

I just wanted to bring your attention to the Cemetary maintenance, prior to the landscaping men arriving to cut the grass, I have to say I have never seen the Cemetary grounds look so neglected and looking like a jungle. When they did arrive to cut the grass, I found one of the men lying on the grass using his phone, when I left I asked them to leave my Mum and Dads resting place alone as my sister and myself have now taken it upon ourselves to cut the grass etc as every time they cut the grass they leave the excess grass all over the surrounds and if some flowers are in the way they cut those too with no thought of our loved ones resting there.

I find this absolutely disgraceful and upsetting, they have no thought or respect of those who are caring for our loved ones.

Thank you for taking time to read this from a very disappointed resident.

Jane , Great Shelford

There was no comment about the letter from Great Shelford Parish Council.

Please can you place something in the newsletter about the cemetery down Cambridge road, it is a disgrace...whoever cuts the grass has no respect for our loved ones, my sister and I are always cutting the grass (which I purchased) and clearing up free them.

Some of the graves up there are hair raising as people do not look after their loved ones, surely they can be sent a letter and if no reply put back to grass or shingle them.

The person who looks after the cemetery on the parish council does nothing after endless calls, it is really upsetting. Could the feast donate some money to our loved ones who have lived in the village most their lives......please can you help! Thank you in advance.

Julie Zamikula

Dear Shelford Website,

As a long standing resident of Shelford (on and off for 65 years) the experience of waiting 3-4 mins for each train to pass (and sometimes much longer) is not a new one. However the problem is getting worse and I imagine will further deteriorate as more trains are scheduled on the Liverpool Street line.

I recall that the excuse that the old British Rail network came up with in years gone by, was that the main road was too short a distance from the level crossing. It was meant to be a safety issue. However, the current long lines of built-up traffic caused by these excessive delays is probably a safety hazard in itself. Has the PC ever contacted Network Rail to discuss this matter?

There may well be a good reason why we all have to suffer. However there might also be the possibility that it is the way it is, because no-one has ever complained. Just a thought.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Hyde

I was looking for information on what is happening at the Recreation Ground. A workman told me it is for electric points as well as toilets for the Shelford Feast which lasts one week a year.

A lot of disturbance and expense when one can hire porta loos!


Mike Winter, Parish Clerk for Great Shelford Parish Council said: "The current work programme on the Recreation ground is to provide alternative safe operational services for drainage, power, water and internet to a more suitable area of the Recreation Ground during the Feast and for use by other planned events or Recreation Ground improvements

The project has been widely discussed with potential users, subject to a formal tender process and is fully approved by Great Shelford Parish Council."

I wrote as follows to my GP at the Shelford Medical Practice about the change in their policy about prescriptions. After two weeks I have had no reply. Others in Shelford may like to know that the BMA’s advice goes against the change.

I am writing about the practice’s new policy of giving out prescriptions for only 28 days. As I’m sure you are aware, this is a serious inconvenience for patients such as myself who are on long term medication.

I would like to draw your attention to the BMA’s advice on this matter, to be found on their website.

It reads: “A report on prescribing durations recognises that blanket instructions to only give 28 days’ supply are associated with significant increases in dispensing and other transaction costs, together with reductions in compliance in previously stable patients, and an increase in dissatisfaction amongst patients because of travel costs and time to obtain regular medicines. It can also place significant and unnecessary workload on the doctor and surgery staff.”

This is clearly at odds with the statement on the practice’s own website that 28 day prescribing “has been proven to reduce wastage of medicines (£100 million annually) by 15% .” I hope you and your colleagues will consider a change of policy.

With best wishes

Professor Nicholas Humphrey

Great Shelford

It would have be nice if customers were informed of the closing of the Shelford Health Centre Website or at least been redirected to the Granta one. Instead we get a “Ops” type of message with no help.

Luckily I found a way round this and was able to order my medications which were running low. But was unable to book an appointment unless I wanted to go to Barley or Royston.

This Practice has a problem with communication or is it just me – perhaps I expect too much.

Sue a Great Shelford Resident

Shelford Medical Practice website response

Since the merge on 1st July 2018 we have been trying to get our website redirected to the Granta Medical Practices website. Unfortunately, on Friday 26 October 2018 our hosting company made the decision to take down the Shelford website without informing us first. Now, when our patients go to the Shelford website they see a standard default message, which apparently cannot be amended.

We are currently working to resolve this problem, with a view to setting up an appropriate redirection of Shelford Medical Practice’s website to the Granta Medical Practices website.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this sudden closure may have caused our patients. Please be assured that we are aware of this problem and are working towards a prompt satisfactory solution.

Sandra East

Communications Officer

Granta Medical Practices

Any chance of getting a dog waste bin between high street/high green to Granhams Road. There are a lot of dog walkers who do this walk but no bins between high street opposite plough pub and the cycle paths near the railway. Would be appreciated

Jeanette Gee

Great and Little Shelford Primary School

With regard to the traffic situation outside Great and Little Shelford Primary School, I wonder if we are ignoring a potential elephant in the room? The real problem may be that the school is too small and located in an unsuitable place. What might have suited the villages perfectly well 150 years ago is clearly not necessarily going to be the case now, given that there has been huge expansion in the population, and employment, transport patterns and daily schedules have varied so much. It might be possible that the villages could now support a larger primary school with two-form entry, if the right site could be found. There might even be the possibility of developing on-site accommodation for some younger staff, to help the local teacher recruitment and retention problem. It would be interesting to know what other residents thought about this as a long-term strategy and ambition.

Sandy Leaton Gray

Church Street traffic

I have just read a discussion about Church St traffic. I would like to know where exactly the new traffic speed signs will be erected on Church St and how big will they be. Presumably they will be switched on and off after school times.

I do not think it will make any difference to the poor driving skills plain to everyone, not least people driving cars who have no idea how wide they are and whether there is enough room to pass, and the impatience of people in general.

The other problem is speed and the only way to slow it is to have parked cars obstructing half the road. They protect the children and the very occasional bad word or slanging match however unpleasant will hopefully educate the children how not to behave.

The light pollution outside 29 Church Street is such that at night when the street lights are switched on, the whole front garden and house are illuminated all night. When the new street lights were erected an extra light was added outside The Old Thatch which is exactly opposite number 29 driveway and front door. Three street light are visible from the house. The school driveway has lights which switch on and off when anyone goes up the school drive. The church yard has a light on the tower which turns on and off especially when it’s windy and we are anxious as to the placement of the new signs and flashing lights. This is one of the prettiest parts of the village, a conservation area and next to green belt.. Are there no planning regulations on this subject?

We have lived here for thirty four years. I do not think the problem of traffic is a twenty four hour problem. It ceases at about six to seven pm apart from odd cars. At weekends and holidays it is quiet and peaceful as during school holidays. The problem is being exaggerated. If anything it is better since the new Addenbrookes Road and because the parents are sensibly bringing their cars less and their children on scooters. Sometimes problem arise during deliveries to the school when parking at the bottom of the school drive during deliveries causes obstruction of sight lines. Large vehicles cannot pass at all either way if a large vehicle is passing through, without sensible giving way. Parking round the bend opposite The Lawns proposed as allowable in the new plan, obstructs the bus and following traffic, after it has passed the narrow obstruction outside the church, and often during during a busy time.

Jenny Morris

Congestion on the A1307.

My idea to alter the amount of traffic build up from Park & ride to Addenbrooke's.

Build a roundabout at the bottom of Granham's Road.

Build a link roadd from the new roundabout that skirts around Knightly Ave to join on to Dame Mary Archers Way.

Install traffic lights to allow traffic to flow one way only in peak traffic times. To Addenbrooke's in the morning and from Addenbrooke's in the evening. Just think of the congestion it will cut out on Babraham Road and Addenbrooke's roundabout.

Its only an idea.

Ian McLeod.

This large development (some would say a blot on the landscape, the word 'Shelford Marque' has been suggested) has now been signed off by developers and residents are moving in. Towering to three story's the development has an 'underground' car park accessed through a 'tunnel' with two rising bollards (how long before a vehicle becomes impaled on them?) Also there appear to still be a few issues to complete, including a missing window sill above the tunnel access.

One wonders what the traffic situation will be like once it becomes fully occupied, looks like accidents are waiting to happen as cars exit the tunnel onto a busy Station Road, particularly just after the rail barriers have gone up. I expect a lot of inpatient motorists & horn honking.

John Wakefield

Your item about an attack on the bike path (October 2017) prompts me to ask why it is that the beautiful DNA bike path has fallen into such bad repair that 80% of the lights are now completely covered by undergrowth. This makes the track a real hazard to navigate after dark. I wonder who it is that is responsible for the upkeep?

If no one from Addenbrooke's or elsewhere is prepared to cut back edges I suggest a small group of Shelford vigilantes armed with strimmers could do the job in a morning.

Robert Hyde

Woodlands Road

I have some real concerns about vehicles parking in Spinney Drive. This small cul-de-sac off Woollards Lane is very narrow and access to resident’s properties are often blocked by vehicles who's drivers park their cars whilst they go shopping in the village or visit the nearby deli. This is especially a problem during bin collection days because on several occasions the bin lorries have been unable drive through the narrow gap and have to mount the grass verge. There are several families in Spinney Drive with small children who often play outside their house and the parked vehicles are causing a real visibility problem for them, it will only be a matter of time before there is a serious accident due to inconsiderate parking in this very narrow Road. The problem is at its worst on weekdays from 10am to 4pm.

Please please can we request double yellow lines are painted on this road before somebody is seriously hurt.

David Gooch

An ugly out of character building that has already been branded 'The Shelford Marque' has recently had EIGHT television aerials installed, making it look look like some form of communications tower, are GCHQ moving to Shelford?

Surely in this day of high technology the complex could have been served by ONE communal aerial with the signal then being fed to each apartment. There was no sign of these aerials on the computor generated pre publicity photos. Are the South Cambs. planners going to let this through?

John Wakefield

These photos - from June 20 2017- show a typical day in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, and the chaos that is caused by bad parking and deliveries.

Illegal parking in Great Shelford

I would like to place the state of illegal parking in Great Shelford on the agenda for at the next Parish Council meeting.

Last Tuesday (13 June 2017), I attended an accident which had occurred on Robinson Close by Barclays bank at approximately 16:30, when a car turning left from Woollards Lane into the Barclays Bank car park knocked a 4-year old boy off his scooter. Whilst the boy was subsequently taken to Addenbrookes by ambulance, I understand that fortunately he is making a good recovery.

At that time, there were vans and cars parked illegally on double yellow lines and the disabled parking bay stretching (almost bumper to bumper with few gaps other than those for access to the car park behind McColls) from 30 Woollards Lane to McColl’s Newsagents, and at least 1 parked on the pavement outside Barclays bank. Irrespective of who is to blame for the above accident, I am certain that a contributory factor was the distraction caused by the number of vehicles around, obstructing the driver’s view and forcing every driver onto the same side of the road, meaning that the driver in question was probably also thinking about the oncoming traffic in a frustrated state.

Unlike the above incident I have not personally witnessed an accident on Church Street, but the same factors are still at play. These are both areas where little people go in large numbers. We want them to use the recreation ground; we want them to go to school, and whilst doing so we want them to be happy and feel safe. Unfortunately, though, I believe the current circumstances pose a serious child safety risk; and perhaps we want, as a village and a community, to consider whether that risk is worthwhile, and if the risk is not considered to be reasonable whether merely redrawing road markings on those 2 streets is sufficient; or whether a different course of action is required - we know that the current street markings are being ignored, and the Police have insufficient resources to deal with it. Are new street markings likely to be treated any differently?

Richard Davies

After months of stop & start, the work on upgrading the traffic lights at 'Freestones Corner' (the junction at London Road, Woollards Lane, Tunwells Lane & Station Road) is now complete.

The only real difference is that there is now only one set of traffic lights per road (previously two), and areas now marked out for cyclists to form up in front of motor vehicles on the London Road & Tunwells Lane approaches.

The pedestrian crossings are largely the same as before except the one in Tunwells Lane has been moved a couple of metres to the North, and the displays have been duplicated on each pole, with one containing the activation button, & a second, display only box, above it.

Can anyone explain the logic & added expense of that?

John Wakefield

The Parish Council would like to make the following points:

· Traffic Lights are the CCC responsibility and are part of a technical upgrade roll out across many areas

· Previous traffic lights were dumb (timed changes) with no traffic sensing

· New lights fully traffic sensing and smart thus reducing unnecessary delays

· Filter right from station road is to prevent build-up of traffic to railway crossing

· Cycle boxes are for road safety at suitable junctions and have not been applied to unsuitable road space at Freestones corner

· Pedestrian Crossing time is now longer

· Pavement surfaces have been improved and slopes reduced for wheelchair users

· The upgrade is at the full cost of CCC no Parish Council funding is provided.

Mike Winter

Parish Clerk

Is this to become the Great Shelford 'Marque'?

The 'Barley Mews' development on the old Railway Tavern site is now well under way but is it likely to be Great Shelford's 'Marque', the building on the corner of Hills Road & Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge that has been branded one of the ugliest buildings in the UK.

Barley Mews appears to be much taller than shown in the plans & computor generated pictures displayed on the hoardings, and looks as though it will become one of the tallest residential buildings in Great Shelford with an over powering effect on neighborhood properties.

John Wakefield

I own solution hairdressers and I do not agree with permits as people using it as a railway car park does not help shop owners .

As 300 pound a year for comuters is a drop in ocean for them and employers staff need to park for work in village .

Are you really trying to get all shops in Great Shelford closed

Gary Footman


Today I went to the Great Shelford Post office with my 7 yr old daughter and son of 8 months. I walked in intending to send my parcels and letters , my daughter wanted to look at the cards as a friend of hers is having a birthday and she was hoping to buy one.

To my shock the lady behind the cashier shouts to me "is that your child ?" To which I say " yes" she shouts back " supervise her please !" To which I replied " she's just having a look , she's fine" my daughter was carefully picking the cards up having a read and placing them back, I couldn't see the problem!

She then came out from behind her desk and told my daughter to leave the cards!! I told the lady she was not doing anything wrong! She plainly ignored me . When I got to the service desk I kindly asked the man for a complaints form. To which he replied " No! This is a private premises and it's owned by myself and you can't complain, if you don't like it take your business elsewhere !!!" I was stunned!! This is the second time I've used this post office and the same lady shouted at another child , I remember the poor child's mother looking very perplexed!

Who gives these people the right to treat our children this way?! My daughter was so upset she thought she was at fault!

I would hate for this to happen to any other families and think the Great Shelford Post office owe my daughter and myself an apology.

Kindest Regards

Mrs A Mitchell

This is a response from Mr Duthie Smith.

It is a one-sided complaint from a young woman we have had problems with before (& things did not occur as she described).

We feel it has nothing to do with the village website - if a customer doesn't like the way we operate our business they are free to shop elsewhere, and that should be the end of the matter.

We typically serve around 2000 people a week and rarely have any problems - people who come onto our (private) premises treat the place, other customers, and ourselves with courtesy and respect. Unfortunately there are a tiny minority who don't share those values, and understandably, they are not welcome.

The telephone box in Hinton Way has now been redundant for over a year, when is something useful going to be done withit? Other villages Little Shelford, Shepreth & more recently Great Wilbraham have converted their redundant call boxes into mini libraries/book exchanges which seems one of the better ideas for them. Why does Great Shelford not do the same? In fact we could have two, as the other one in Church Street now looks dowdy having outlived its current use with a mannequin dummy installed, and would benefit the wider community if also converted into a mini library or book exchange.John Wakefield

Susan Hedges said: "The idea of a book exchange like Little Shelford is a good one but there is already a well used one in Shelford Station booking office. I was in Bristol recently and a telephone kiosk near the main housing areas had been used as a defibrillator store. handy as it doesn't close at night as Tesco does....."

How long before there is an accident due to the pot holes in Church Street? I took this picture today (3rd May) of my 80cc Yamaha scooter with its front wheel in this large hole near the Peacocks entrance. When are the County Council going to do a proper job & sort these potholes out once and for all. There is supposed to be government money now available, so why dont they get on with it? These potholes are lethal to cyclists & motorcyclists.John WakefieldGreat Shelford

I expect many of you have already heard about the massive delays being caused by the temporary 3-way lights at the junction of Granhams and High Green. At 8am this morning (Tuesday, April 26) the hold-up was back to the bridge into Stapleford from Sawston. At 4.45pm this afternoon the back-up from Trumpington was well before Scotsdales.

Frustratingly, throughout the day, there was no sign of anyone working where the hole has been dug at the side of the road.

Is there anything that can be done by one or more level of local government to press the contractors to alleviate the delays that are occurring especially during rush hour periods?

The actual area that has been dug up is not large. Surely, when no work is taking place the amount of surrounding space that is at present barricaded off could be much reduced to allow more traffic to pass through?

I hope something can be done. Thank you.

Ian Kydd

Praise for 'Lay Electrical'.

Last Thursday morning our fridge freezer broke. After phoning John Lewis, they couldn't deliver a new one for a week, we visited Lay Electrical, in the village. In the shop stood a fridge freezer.

For £260 it was delivered within half an hour! How's that for service.


Diana Haines

Post Office comments

I am disappointed to see the community being asked to comment on the Great Shelford Post Office as our local businesses need all the support they can get to continue. I do not think websites should be used in this way and I am horrified by the comments, some of them slanderous, about the nice couple at the Post Office. Running a Post Office when services are gradually being withdrawn, and people buying their postage online and simply dropping off their parcels, must be a 'kick in the face'. I have witnessed them stuck behind the glass when 'little fingers' fiddle with and soil their goods, the parent totally ignoring, and it must be very frustrating. I am not surprised they say something. So many people will loose out if they give up and we no longer have this facility in Shelford. I was rather hoping Streetlife would take this comment stream off their website but now I fear more people will join the backbiting.


I would just like to say how appalled I was to read the comments about the people who run the Great Shelford Post Office.

Do any of those people remember the previous Postmaster? And how totally surly and unhelpful he and his wife were? They scarcely cracked a smile in the 20 or so years when I used the post office during their tenure.

I have never, ever found the current Postmaster and his wife to be anything other than helpful or polite – but I have seen some customers who were anything but pleasant – mercifully, I did not recognise them, so assumed that they didn’t live in either Great of Little Shelford.

Susie Fraser

Phone box

The telephone box in Hinton Way opposite Chaston Way has now been decommissioned and equipment removed, but has recently been repainted in Royal Mail red! So what is to become of it now? Will it be removed by BT, or left in place for some other function such as a Mini Library like the one in Little Shelford?

John Wakefield

Dog waste in the cemetery

Walking around the perimeter of the cemetery is an area of dog poo. Why can't dog walkers pick it up - they are so lazy. Can signs be put up.

Mary Whiting

Parking changes at Great and Little Shelford School

I do not think just removing the parking spaces is a good idea at all – it will only increase speeds through there. And move the problem of school drop offs further into Gt Shelford.

I previously suggested traffic lights to Catherine - which have worked well in temporary utilities work.

However, that may not be allowed with parking in between as those wanting to move out will not know whether the lights allow them to do so!

If the parking goes (which the residents will very reasonably reject) then some form of serious traffic calming would be essential.

The ‘problem’ and resulting mini ‘road rage’ is caused by the fact that it’s difficult to see beyond the parked cars whether anything is coming.

A more radical suggestion for that: a screen at each end of the parking with a web-cam view showing what if anything is coming from beyond the parking. Different – but must be possible!

Richard Patterson

New pedestrian bridge for Shelford station?

With reference to the website report that Gt Shelford Parish Council are pressing Network Rail to install a footbridge at the station I make the following comments:

Great Shelford is the only station on the Cambridge/Liverpool Street Line without a footbridge.

The reason for this is that there is a controlled road crossing adjacent to Shelford station. Stations like Whittlesford, Gt Chesterford & Audley End do not have an adjacent crossing so require a footbridge to enable passengers to cross from one platform to the other.

In 2014 Network Rail constructed a footbridge at the Webster’s Crossing, about half a mile from Shelford Station, where only a handful of walkers previously used an uncontrolled crossing point.

The reason for this is that there is a public footpath crossing the line at that point, so Network Rail were legally obliged to put in the bridge on closure of the crossing to maintain footpath access.

"If you are prepared to spend several hundred thousand Pounds for such a few walkers, how can you ignore the situation at Shelford Station where the track splits the village, where gates are often closed six to ten minutes at a time for two and sometimes three trains, where passengers are prevented from reaching a platform to catch a train that is about to arrive/depart, and where youngsters regularly cross the tracks between the platforms when the crossing gates are down," said a letter to Network Rail from the Parish Council.

"The chances of a fatality will increase considerably with additional train services (potentially, from 6 to 12 per hour) being introduced.

The road crossing is a safe full barrier crossing controlled by the signal box with CCTV cameras. The signalmen can visually see any obstruction and therefore not give the train a green signal if the line is not clear. Passengers need to arrive at the station in good time to avoid being held up should crossing barriers come down. With the many steps required to negotiate the bridge, this will not be suitable for the elderly or disabled. A footbridge will not stop youngsters 'jumping the barriers' this needs to be controlled with CCTV cameras & fines for offenders.

"It should be possible to “land” a footbridge using the platforms. Alternatively, a footbridge might be located on the non-platform side of the level crossing, but the opportunity for this could be lost as a planning application is imminent which will envisage using the land for housing.

It is unlikely that there would be sufficient room on the non platform side of the station as the barrier mechanism blocks this on the West side. As stated the adjacent land (the old Railway Tavern car park) is ear marked for housing development, so a bridge on the platform would seem the only option.

Do we want another monstrosity like the Websters crossing bridge so near to the village centre?

John Wakefield

Woollards Lane parking problems

I have always thought that after the Tesco shop opened that traffic has got worse and worse. It seems logical to me to make Woolards lane one way, from any direction will do just make it one way.

This should alleviate the problem straight away (hopefully)

Ian Mcleod

More traffic problems at Shelford school

I've lived in Shelford my whole life and the traffic situation outside the primary school before and after school is getting worse every year. Earlier today I saw two buses mount the pavement as this was the only way they could get through - something which is definitely not safe whilst schoolchildren are walking around! Someone suggested elsewhere on this page that traffic lights are put in place to control the traffic during peak periods - why can this not be done? Or alternatively is it possible to put lines all along that road so that nobody can park, and therefore two lines of traffic can move at once.

Tasha Hill

Great Shelford

Great Shelford jogging group?

My girlfriend and I recently moved to Great Shelford from Histon and are hoping that you might be able to post a message or let us know of someone we can get in touch with to go jogging with, as currently she jogs on her own.

She is basically looking for a few people who would be interested in meeting up a couple times a week and going for a short run with. Back in histon she was part of the Histon Hobblers Ladies Running Group and loved it so ideally would like to find something similar down here, or even start her own group, but just needs the help to get the word out to get it started.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, and please feel free to pass my details on to anyone who might be interested.

Kind Regards,

Adrian Granger- Brown

How to speed up your broadband

A quick note on broadband in the village. We live at the end of a 100 yard long laneway behind the post office. We have been using ADSL provided by Zen Internet which travelling by copper wire from the exchange to Great Shelford gave a poor result of around 1.5 MB/second. Streaming Iplayer was ever stilted more often than not. I asked Virgin to survey which they did – and to quote which they did ‘big time’. To connect to the green box opposite the post office they quoted £8,800 and then wanted to bill us for the survey! We offered to dig & refill the trench down the laneway ourselves to their specifications but they refused. When we complained they dropped the approx £30 fee they’d tried to levy.

I was advised by Mike Nettleton of Eagle Analysis that there is a compromise which works well. This is a fibre to copper variant provided for a bit more each month by Zen. Essentially it involves switching from copper to fibre between the Trumpington Exchange and the nearest green box and copper from there. I have just switched and wished I’d done so eons ago. My speed is now between 60 & 80 MB/Second. It requires a BT engineer switching the green box and fitting an additional modem/router.

This may be of interest to others in the village suffering a naff download speed.

And yes, the level of traffic in the village has massively risen. I’ve been here 33 years and it must have grown more than tern-fold.

I hope this is of help to some other villagers.

Charles Malcolm-Brown FRSA

Is our traffic getting worse?

Can we look into the sudden traffic problems? The early morning traffic is regularly queuing from Cambridge right back to the Great Shelford Post Office now, for no apparent reason, and I think we're all keen to know if this is going to be a permanent problem. it really started happening a fortnight ago with no warning at all. Traffic won't have suddenly doubled or trebled overnight so is this something to do with the new development, or roadworks, or dodgy traffic light sequencing?

Sandra Leaton-Gray

A small bus shelter that will seat a max of 6 people has been erected on the forecourt of the Babraham Rd. P&R site.

My question is, how much money been spent on this & why is it required when there is an inside waiting room that will seat 16 people in the warm & dry? There is already outside seating for about 8 people outside under the awning of the building. According to passed statements by the council the new car parking charges were put in place to fund a full time attendant at the sites thus allowing the waiting room & toilets to be open during bus running hours. So why is this additional shelter needed? Is this more tax payers money wasted?

John Wakefield

A follow up to your item about the planned parking restrictions in Church Street near the school. We have only just heard about these restrictions as new subscribers to the newsletter. Although we own a property there, nobody has consulted with us about this. We recently rang one of the councillors to find out what was going on, and left a message, but nobody has responded. Consequently we are not exactly sure where the new restrictions will be, and we have serious concerns about the ability of residents to park, which is important if people need to unload a supermarket shop, or have young children or elderly relatives, for example. We are also worried about speeding up the flow of traffic there, as it can be surprisingly dangerous at certain times of the day for residents, something other Shelford residents may not be aware of, with cars and lorries travelling much too fast and not being aware that it is a residential area with houses very close to the kerb. The parked cars may look like a nuisance to those only visiting the area during the school run, but they act as an important mechanism in slowing down cars racing through the village. The Local Authority provided bollards on the residents' side to help further with the speeding/safety problem, a few years ago, but it is still an issue for people living there.

In 1999, with the full support of the Local Authority, we asked the Parish Council to review this with a view to arranging residents' parking directly outside numbers 15-21 to improve safety further, particularly for residents in those house with young children or elderly relatives, but this was blocked by the Parish Council on the grounds that a) a library bus apparently needed access to Shelford School from time to time, and b) elderly people needed to be on the opposite side of the road to be able to get into the church easily on Sundays. The needs of occasional, or even very occasional, visitors therefore effectively trumped those of local residents. Once again, it seems we now have local councillors who are equally happy to disregard the day to day needs of residents in favour of occasional visitors, councillors who consider it quite acceptable to press forward with the idea of removing all parking, including residents' parking, without proper consultation, or considering the impact on residents other than in the most superficial manner. They have no mandate for this.

Sandy Leaton Gray

Posted Jan 16

The Parish Council has told the website that the number of places for local residents will not be affected by the changes.

Dear Great Shelford Community Website,

I am surely not alone in looking forward to the opening of the new pavilion on Great Shelford rec, and look forward even more to the opportunity to use the new facility. Once we have got used to its size and location, the modern design and wooden exterior can only impress.

But can the Parish Council let us villagers know exactly how much it has cost compared with the original estimate, and whether they have managed to raise all the money. Will they be adding something to the Shelford Council Tax bills?

Also, how much will it cost to run and who pays for that?

I ask in the spirit of openness and honesty. If the new building is to be a genuine community facility, it is of the utmost importance that the community is kept fully aware of all the financial considerations.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Chittenden

Station Rd.

Great Shelford

Posted January 7 2014

I was disappointed to read Cllr Dr Gail Kenneys offensive comments made at the Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Meeting about the proposed move by Arthur Rank to Shelford Bottom.

Arthur Rank approach me about a year ago, I gave this my full support, I can't see a better use for a redundant Farm yard which is surrounded by other commercial business's (ie the Park and ride)

I have also obtained the support of South Cambs Chief Executive that we as a Council will advise on planning.

Had this opportunity for Arthur Rank been missed it would have been a sad day for Cambridge.

We should grateful for all Arthur Rank do and have done for so many this is something we should support in the hope we never need it.

Cllr Charles Nightingale

Chairman Gt Shelford Parish Council

District Councillor for Shelfords

For years I have watched frustrated drivers try and get past Great and Little Shelford primary school, normally from my bike, and each year it seems to get worse. I suspect 2014 may hit an all time low as new housing will be built on the farm next door. Why not install traffic lights a hundred yards either side of the school, to alternate the flow of traffic and peak times e.g. 8 till 9.30 and 3 till 5 school hours and maybe longer when construction is in progress. I can’t imagine it would make things worse, where parking is allowed will need to be considered, but it might just reduce the blood pressure of some motorist.

Brie Lury

High Street

Little Shelford.

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