MUGA Granted Planning Permission

Despite initial indications that the MUGA application might be rejected due to Highways England objections, the Parish Council has been able to convince the Local Authority of the robustness and safety of proposal and have committed to a couple of small changes to ensure that the Tweener Lighting has minimal impact on passing traffic.

We will be installing a green mesh cover along the sides of the courts that face the road. This is standard in many such facilities and you can see examples of this at the Shelford Tennis Club already. This mesh will dissipate/minimise most light pollution. Post construction, we have also committed to planting a screen of evergreen hedging midway between the MUGA and the road (probably laurels) which will further act as a block to light impacting any drivers. The installation firm were able to show that light levels from the MUGA to the road (which is 15m from the road) will diminish rapidly without these aids but it is best to be sure when it comes to road safety. We have also been required to show how we will protect the existing trees in the vicinity during the work and ETC Sports have committed to producing those plans, which is a pretty standard thing for them to need to do.

More details will follow in the coming months on how you and your family can access the facility, what the schedule will be and how much it will cost. Tennis can be played by either joining the Stapleford Tennis Club or on a “pay-to play” basis. Netball, Basketball and Football will all be pay-to-play initially. The Parish Council will endeavour to keep costs low and competitive (compared to other venues) so that we maximise usage and uptake of this significant investment in our community. Please see the tennis club website for their plans with regards to this facility. Tennis club members will be able to use the tennis courts whenever tennis is playable in the schedule. We will have an online booking system so people can book the time slots that best suit them.

The MUGA work will start in late February/early March dependent on the weather. The new surface requires a sustained minimum temperature to be laid safely (so they last!) and as such we expect the work to complete in April allowing us to open the venue in May 2021, all going well.

Cambridge South Train Station public consultation

Cambridge South station
We first spoke to you about our proposals for a new station south of Cambridge in January 2020 as part of the first round of public consultation. Since then, we have engaged with businesses and stakeholders and taken on board consultation feedback that has helped us to select a location for the new station.

All the feedback has informed the selection of a location closest to Addenbrooke’s Bridge which carries the Guided Busway as our preferred station site (known as the northern option in the first round of consultation).

The northern option was favoured by the majority of stakeholders and connects most directly into the heart of the established Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The new station will improve connectivity across Cambridgeshire and provide more sustainable travel options for patients, visitors and employees when travelling to and from the Biomedical Campus. Improving connectivity to the rail network will support growth by improving access to a growing area of high-quality employment and give people travelling to/from South Cambridgeshire and beyond greater choice of where they can travel to/from.
Your feedback is critical
We are extremely proud of what has been achieved since the location was selected and want to share these developments with you.

From Monday 19 October, we will begin our second round of consultation on our proposals to provide the new station and the necessary enhancements to maintain performance of train services for passengers.

Although we are unable to hold public exhibition events at the moment, we have been working hard to put in place ways for you to contact the project team and provide us with your feedback.

From 19 October when you visit www.networkrail.co.uk/cambridge-south-station you will find a link to our dedicated consultation webpage where you can find details of timings and dates for our dedicated consultation hotline and online live chat facility, as well as our consultation booklet, Frequently Asked Questions, Stakeholder Information Pack and numerous proposed drawings.

Have your say
For more information about the proposals and details on how to take part in the consultation, please visit our project webpage: www.networkrail.co.uk/cambridge-south-station/

The consultation will close on 29 November 2020.

Pavilion Open Again For Bookings

Stapleford Jubilee Pavilion will be available for hire from 1 September 2020.

Bookers are asked to abide by the ‘Special Conditions of Hire during COVID-19’ as well as the Pavilions ordinary Terms & Conditions of hire, and to abide by the Parish Council’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment. Regular bookers are asked to provide their own Covid-19 Risk Assessment.

To make a booking please contact the Assistant Parish Clerk on assistant.clerk@staplefordparishcouncil.gov.uk

All documents required can be found using these links:

SPC Covid Risk Assessment

Special Conditions of Hire during Covid

Pavilion Booking T&C

Pavilion Booking During Covid

Pavilion Block Booking During Covid