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Parish Plan Questionnaire

A small committee of villagers has been meeting regularly over the past six months to discuss the idea of creating a Parish Plan to help guide the future development of the Parish of Rampton.

To this end, we have compiled a short questionnaire which will be distributed to every household within the next month. There will be a separate adult and child questionnaire with a prize draw for each. It will also be possible to complete the questionnaire online.

Thanks to volunteers for cleaning the Rec & Pruning

Thank you to all those who braved the cold and damp weather on 11th February to help with pruning and weeding the fruit trees in the community orchard.

The trees are all growing well and the stakes and chicken wire have now been removed.

The infant play equipment was also pressure washed (thanks to Bingo for the pressure washer loan) as the matting had become quite slippery.

The bench in the infant play area has also been replaced.

Recreation Ground Maintenance – Volunteers needed

The fruit trees in the community orchard need a winter prune and to be weeded around the base.  There is also some cleaning of the playground equipment to be done.  It would be great if villagers could come and help on Saturday 11th February from 10am-12pm.

Village Bulb Planting Days

Some bulbs have been acquired to brighten up our village during the early Spring, and any helpers would be useful to help plant them.

We will also be planting bluebells in the woods.

Collect Daffodils, Narcissi and Bluebells at the Village Hall

Planting instructions provided.

10am – 12 Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016

Village Bulb Planting Days


Some bulbs have been acquired to brighten up our village during the early Spring, and any helpers would be useful to help plant them.

We will also be planting bluebells in the woods.

Collect Daffodils, Narcissi and Bluebells at the Village Hall

Planting instructions provided.

10am – 12 Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016

B1050 Road Closures

Gallagher’s, who are undertaking phase 1 of the Northstowe development , and part of this work involves improvements to the B1050,  this was meant to involve closures to the B1050 midweek overnight for about 20 nights, but the work now seems more complex and they require to close the road for two weekends in addition

Weekend 1

From 2000hrs on Friday 14th August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 17th August, 2015

Weekend 2

From 2000hrs on Friday 21st August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 24th August, 2015.

road closures b1050

Speed Reduction Measures

At the Annual Parish Council Meeting last night several concerns were raised about the current state of the speed restriction measures installed at the beginning of April at the two entries to the village.

The county council have been asked to provide a safety audit and this is a summary of their response: –

Location of eastern build out (Cottenham End)

  1. Average speeds appear to be high, possibly due to the lack of development,
  2. Although no accidents have been reported, it’s a concern locally of drivers misjudging the time available to pass the feature,
  3. Moving the feature to a different location would create new conflict with higher inbound speeds,
  4. Removal of the feature would remove the conflict. This will also remove the traffic calming being achieved on the inbound speeds.

In addition to this I attended site last Friday to observe the traffic movement and behaviours. I also drove this section in both directions to get a 1st person perspective of the situation. From this I agree with the safety audit.

As an immediate response to the matter I am proposing the attached plan 000-005 to be implemented, following Parish approval. Once completed it will then be monitored and further arrangements can be made to slow vehicles speeds if required, through the use of speed cushions/ full width road humps or other methods.

Click here to view the plan 000-005

As a few opinions were expressed last night, anyone with a strong opinion (either way) is encouraged to contact Sophie Parsons as below: –

Please use ‘FAO: Sophie Parsons, Rampton Priority Feature‘ as the subject of your email.

Annul Parish Meeting

Rampton Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall, Church End, Rampton on Monday May 11th 2014, at 7.30pm.


  1. To approve the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 28th April 2014
  2. Matters arising from the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 28th April 2014, not covered elsewhere on this Agenda
  3. Annual Reports & Questions
    • County Councillors – Cllrs Jenkins and Mason
    • District Councillors – Cllrs Edwards, Harford and Wotherspoon
    • The Parish Council – Cllr Eden.
    • New Parish Councillors
    • All Saints Church
    • Friends of All Saints Church
    • Rampton Village Hall Management Committee
    • Townlands & Educational Foundation Charities
    • Rampton Car Care Scheme
    • Rampton 77 Committee
    • Energy & oil buying group
    • Rampton Website
    • Rampton Arts Group
  1. Open Forum – including traffic calming, public transport, Northstowe and other issues and wider discussions of above items.
  2. Any Other Business
  3. Close of meeting

Dog Mess

Unfortunately, there has been a marked increase in the amount of dog mess on the recreation ground, so check your children’s and your own shoes if you have visited.

The Parish Council would like to remind dog owners that dogs are banned at all times from anywhere on the recreation ground. Leaving dog faeces anywhere and especially where children play shows a spectacular lack of consideration. Do as you would be done by.

Rampton Parish Council Meeting December 2013

Agenda – RPC Dec 2013 Ord PC – Public

Minutes – RPC Dec 2013 Ord PC


Rampton Parish Council November 2013 Meeting

Agenda – RPC Nov 2013 Ord PC – Public

Minutes – RPC Nov 2013 Ord PC


Rampton Parish Council Meeting January 2014

Agenda – RPC Jan 2014 Ord PC – Public




Speeding in the Village

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.

A Parish Plan

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 ?

Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership

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 ?

Trees on the Green

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.