The trees in the orchard on the recreation ground need a bit of weeding around the bottom. If you would like to help, please come along on Saturday 8th November at 10am with some shears etc. Any queries please call Linda Cawley on 07773 521275
The previous newsletter had a short piece about the installation of the new street lights. This has now (almost) been completed. The removal of some of the old lamp posts has still to be done. Some of the delay has been due to the steel reinforcing of the old cables connecting the lights. This has been removed from the lights in Cow Lane, but has still to be done in the other streets.
Please will you let any of the Parish Council know if you have problems with the new lighting. Deflectors can be fitted if you find the new brighter lights are intrusive and make it hard to sleep. Similarly please let us know if the making good of the road works has been inadequate.
Speed reduction in the village
One of the most persistent and dangerous problems in Rampton is the speed of some vehicles passing through the village. At certain times of the day it can appear that all traffic is travelling at excessive speed. It was a ‘midnight racer’ that demolished the lamp post and notice boards outside the village hall.
The Parish Council has successfully obtained grant support for new speed control measures through the County Council’s Local Highways Initiative, and intends to tackle the problem in two stages. Stage one will involve putting ‘Give way to on-coming traffic’ signs and lane reduction build-outs at both entrances to the village. The mock-up images below show what the build-outs could look like. These will have no effect on any individual properties on the village roads.
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These build-outs only slow traffic coming into the village, and are very common in some of our neighbouring villages accommodating emergency, commercial and farming traffic without problems. If you have any objections or comments about this proposal please contact one of the Parish Councillors or the Clerk. If the measures are effective that will be it. There will be no second phase, but if speeding remains a problem the Council will consider installing some of the new rubber based speed cushions or other measures. These are less noisy than the hard ones and can be moved to other locations if needs be.
Should the second phase be needed it would be useful to know the preferred options. The short questionnaire can be returned to any Parish Councillor or the Clerk or you can submit your responses online here. Your name is optional, but your response will not be considered if there is no street name; High Street, Green and Church End residents’ views having priority.
Please see the Rampton Parish Council Page for contact details of Parish Councillors.
You may have seen the notice and charts that have been on display in the Parish Council Notice Board. It highlighted the results of a week long survey of traffic speeds on the High Street. In one week in mid October over 8000 vehicles exceeded the speed limit by amount that would have resulted in prosecution had they been caught in a speed trap. Since then the police speed trap has been in use on the High Street. Speeding is a concern of many in the village as was shown by the turnout to a talk on the Speedwatch service at the September Parish Council meeting. Speedwatch provides community volunteer groups with speed monitoring equipment that shows the speed of passing motorists. Despite the concern of many in the village the concern was not reflected in the number of villagers prepared to help monitoring traffic speeds.
- Are you prepared to help Speedwatch monitoring ? A small group of villagers would be given any necessary training.
The future is likely to bring a wide range of changes that will impact on Rampton and its residents. One way to adapt to these changes and coincidentally improve village access to funding and other support measures, is for the village to prepare a Parish Plan. Several villages (incl. Cottenham) across South Cambs have already prepared such plans. The Parish Council has taken the view that Rampton would benefit from having such a Plan.
Parish Plans are not prepared by the Parish Council (who facilitate their preparation) but by the community as a whole. Like the SPEP the Plan would be prepared by a working group from the village and should allow residents and businesses to be fully represented so that the Plan becomes a working document that can benefit all living and working in Rampton.
The Parish Council and Cambridge ACRE (who help in Plan preparation) will shortly hold an ‘Open Morning’ in the Village Hall so that everyone can come along and see what is involved, how they can benefit and how they can participate.
- Have you concerns for your business/home about the future of Rampton ?
- Are you prepared to contribute to the process of preparing the Plan ? Support will be provided so it should not be too demanding.
- How would you like to see Rampton in the future ?
The Parish Council recently enrolled the village in South Cambridgeshire’s Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP). The function of the partnership is to promote greater sustainability and energy efficiency within the village, by highlighting opportunities and organising events like using thermal imaging cameras to show where your house is loosing most heat. There are now 20 villages in South Cambridgeshire in the Partnership. There has been a poster on the Notice Board for most of November that gave details of an event at Comberton Village College on November 27th. The was a wide range of technologies and activities on display, one based on the Village Energy project in Histon and Impington is already organising bulk buying discounts for solar panels and LED lighting.
Although the Parish Council initiated the SPEP group, activities will be organised by the group, not the Parish Council. The group members are John Bateson, Alison Hawtin and Claire Perrot, and Chris Dickinson and Ian McCartney from the Parish Council. The Clerk will provide support for the group’s activities.
- Are you interested in investing in improved energy efficiency for your home ?
- Is discount buying of interest ?
- Are you prepared to get involved, say helping with thermal imaging surveys ?
The Village Green is an attractive focal point of the village and is used for a wide range of events. Recent inspection of the five Horse Chestnut trees on the Green showed they were infected with bleeding canker. Similarly infected trees at Over were recently felled. The Parish Council is investigating how serious the infection is, and options for felling and replacement, mindful of the visual impact such a decision would have. The Forestry Commission says that unless there is an immediate concern about safety, trees with light to moderate bleeding and vigorous crowns can be left in place and monitored. Symptom remission can occur and removal of trees which are still relatively vigorous (although diseased) may be premature. Branches at risk of falling will be removed.