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Great Shelford news from June 2017

Five Shelford break-ins

There were at least five sheds/garages/outhouses that were broken into in Cambridge Road, Great Shelford overnight on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July.

 In some cases nothing was taken although damage was done to the buildings. Where items were taken this seems to be mainly tools and gardening equipment such as lawn mowers and strimmers.

 There was one other reported in nearby Red Hill Close around the same time.
Major new housing development proposed for Great Shelford and Stapleford

A major housing development in Great Shelford and Stapleford is being offered online by an Essex developer.

The 29 acre site would include 180 homes and a care village alongside “low-density residential development”.

The entrance to the development would be off Mingle Lane. Most of the homes would be in Stapleford.

A Facebook campaign has been launched by Andrew Kennedy to oppose the proposals.

The development is being touted by Essex company Scott Properties.

Their website states: “The site extends to 29 acres and is located to the South of Cambridge, with excellent connectivity into the city by road and rail. We are proposing a low-density residential development alongside a care village to address local demand, as well as new green infrastructure and amenity spaces.”

The proposal is on current Green Belt land and does not currently have planning permission.

Scott Properties told Great Shelford Online: “The 29-acre site off Mingle Lane, Great Shelford is currently being promoted through the appropriate stages of the Local Plan. The proposals for the site consist of a substantial area of open space and landscaping, a care village and a low-density bungalow development to address local and district demand.”

Scott Properties describes itself as “a Strategic Land Promoter to Landowners and Local Authorities in East Anglia.”

You can read the full details of the proposal on their website here.

See headlines from the developers report, proposed site maps and read the full report itself on the Stapleford Cambridge website.

*The "Cambridge South" science park proposal behind Shelford Rugby Club comes up for public scrutiny shortly at the Local Plan Hearings.
The proposal is outlined in Appendix 4.

The hearing took place on Wednesday July 12. The outcome will be announced later in the year.

£1,000 grant for Playscape

Great Shelford Playscape has been awarded a Community Chest grant by South Cambridgeshire Council

The £1,000 grant will be used for the construction of a bridge across a ditch on the Rec at Woollards Lane as part of the transformation of the copse into a den building space.

 Newsagents to close

McColl's newsagents in Woollards Lane is closing in July.

The shop has been on the market for some time.

"Our store at 46 Woollards Lane will be closing at the end of trade on Friday 14 July," said a letter to customers from Area Manager Jason Wilton.

Their home delivery service will be moving to Martin's store in Cherry Hinton.

Newspapers will still be available in Great Shelford from the Co-op and Tescos.

The news follows the closure of Matthew Lewis’ hairdressers and Burr Shoes on Woollards Lane earlier in the year.

£70 per pot hole in Great Shelford

Cambridgeshire County Council is demanding £70 for every pothole they fill in in Great Shelford.

The Parish Council demanded action and provided a list of dangerous pavements and roads in the village in 2016.

Despite the comprehensive survey, no repairs were carried out.

Now the county council says it will carry out “emergency pot hole repairs”.

But they have warned Great Shelford Parish Council that any other repairs will cost Great Shelford council tax payers £70 per hole.

Read the other actions and issues from the May Great Shelford Parish Council meeting.

Gravestone for Nazi spy in Great Shelford

A gravestone for a Nazi spy buried in Great Shelford has been given the go ahead by the Parish Council. 

Wilhelm Ter Braak was a Dutch spy who was buried in what was an unmarked grave in the village cemetery in Great Shelford during the second world war. 

Ter Braak was a Dutch espionage agent working for the Germans who operated for five months in England. He is believed to have been the German agent who was at large for the longest time in Britain during the Second World War.

When he ran out of money, Ter Braak committed suicide in a public air raid shelter in Cambridge. It is not known why he was buried in Great Shelford.

The gravestone is being organised by Ter Braak’s family in Holland.

They have proposed the following wording:

Engelbertus Fukken (Ter Braak’s real name)

28 VIII 1914 The Hague, 30/31 III 1941 Cambridge.

A book about Ter Braak, called "Spion tegen Churchill" by Leven en dood van Jan Willem ter Braak was published in April 2017 through a Dutch publisher www.walburgpers.nl

The story featured in the Mail Online, Cambridge News, the Mirror and the Sun. It also featured on Anglia TV.

A fourth estate agents and second barbers for Great Shelford

Another estate agents is moving into Great Shelford.

Redmayne, Arnold and Harris are taking one of the vacant shops in Woollards Lane.

They join Haart, Tucker Gardner and Sharmann Quinney.

And a second barbers shop called Antonio's has opened in the former Matthew Lloyd premises.

Daytime burglar disturbed

A daytime burglar was disturbed by a homeowner in a break-in in Great Shelford.

A house in High Street, Great Shelford was broken into on May 4 at around midday.

The burglar was disturbed by the home owner but not before he had smashed the glass in a back door.

The offender is described as white with short cropped fair hair, about 5’ 5”. He was wearing a dark blue/black baseball cap, dark blue/black jumper, white or light coloured shirt underneath, dark blue/black cotton trousers.

Parking problems

Inconsiderate parking on footpaths continues in Leeway Avenue. These two cars were spotted tonight (Saturday 13th May). One a silver Volvo completely blocking the path, and the second a black Audi parked right on the corner. John Wakefield.

Parish Council Chair Mike Nettleton responded:

We need to split 'inconsiderate' and 'illegal'. My view 

•The Volvo is parked illegally as it is totally obstructing the footpath.

•The Audi may be parked illegally, depending on whether it is within 15m of the junction.

Here is a letter from the area's Police Chief about the issue: 

Village parking problems

I am aware from the many emails South Cambs officers receive and from Neighbourhood Panel meetings that parking is a constant concern for many residents in villages across South Cambridgeshire.

Many of you may know that I cannot prioritise parking patrols over investigating and preventing crime and responding to calls for service. In light of this, it means that my officers might not do as much parking enforcement as many of you would like.

I have been giving some thought on how we can meet your expectations on parking enforcement and I have decided that we are going to try something new. I have therefore set up an online web-page where you can report concerns about parking. The information that you give us will go directly to me and will help us build a picture of the exact hot-spots for parking issues. I will then use this information on targeted 'crack-down' days. There is some good evidence that crack-downs work in other areas of policing so we are going to try it for parking. For obvious reasons I will not be publicising the dates of the crackdowns in advance, but updates will be sent to you by e-cops, twitter and facebook once we have completed a crackdown day

 The web page is now live and you can find it here:


I am not pretending that this will solve all parking problems, however, I do think that it strikes the right balance between dealing with parking concerns and the other important work that we do.

Recent Media Coverage about Policing in Villages

Some of you may have seen recent media reporting regarding our policing of villages. I would like to emphasise that we do prioritise policing of the villages but what I do ask is that my officers prioritise the ‘hottest’ areas within our villages. This does mean that certain areas in some villages get more attention than those villages with very low crime. I believe this is a sensible approach to policing which most of you would agree with. The main benefit of our local policing structure is that you have your own, dedicated local resources that are responsible for policing South Cambs rather than the City.

 I have sought to put as much time and effort as possible over the last three years into crime prevention events in the villages (first Op Oaklands and more recently Op Hunter). Your local officers and I work hard to give you the best, most intelligent policing service we can but if you do have any concerns please do get in touch - or come to our next round of neighbourhood panel meetings where you can join in the discussion.

Chief Inspector James Sutherland - Area Commander - South Cambs

Post Office update

Royal Mail will no longer leave undelivered large items of mail at the new Post Office at the Kash Stores in Hinton Way it has emerged.

The Post Office says there is insufficient storage at the Post Office/Kash Stores. (See the notice, left).

Any items that cannot be posted through letter boxes will have to be collected from the Royal mail depot in Clifton Road, Cambridge or redelivered by the post person at a date & time when someone is at home to receive them. John Wakefield

Award for new hospice

Arthur Rank Hospice’s £10.6 million home at Shelford Bottom scooped the Project Of The Year award at the 2017 RICS East of England awards on 10 May. 36 of the region’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out at the evening hosted by Melissa Porter, best known for presenting the BBC programmes ‘To Buy or Not to Buy’ and ‘Escape to the Country’.

Designed by LSI Architects and constructed by Barnes Construction, the Arthur Rank Hospice was the winner of the Community Benefit category at the region’s ‘Property Oscars’. The building was then subsequently named the East of England Project of the Year at the prestigious construction awards, ahead of seven other category winners.