South Cambridgeshire District Council

There has been a boundary change in South Cambridgeshire and there are 12 fewer seats than before.

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Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 30 Total councillors 30 Change+20


Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 Change-16


Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 2 Change-5


Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 2 Change+1
Councillors change compared with 2016

Most Recent

  1. Hotel approved for Imperial War Museum site

    Proposed Hampton by Hilton hotel

    A 168-bedroom hotel is to be built at the site of the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

    Planning permission for the Hampton by Hilton hotel was granted by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee.

    The six-storey, L-shaped hotel, which will feature a gym, bar and dining area and employ 40 staff, will form part of a complex which already boasts a conference centre.

    The museum's executive director of commercial services and operations, John Brown, said the hotel had been "a long held aspiration of ours" giving visitors the option to stay overnight.

    The council's lead Cabinet member for planning, Dr Tumi Hawkins, said it makes "perfect sense" to build a hotel so visitors can see the "spectacular displays" which take place at the war museum.

    It is expected to open to guests in spring 2022.

    Imperial War Museum site in Duxford
  2. Hot food being served to vulnerable people

    Hot meals are being delivered to vulnerable people who are unable to attend their usual day centre.

    Money has been given to Over Day Centre, so it can feed people in Over and Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.

    It has been made possible because of a grant of £10,000 from developers, Countryside to South Cambridgeshire District Council.

    So far nearly 100 two course meals have been made.

    Karen the cook

    A second food scheme is being set up from a hub in Duxford, with meals being prepared by the C3 Church in Cambridge.

  3. Help on hand for struggling businesses

    A new way to help businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic has been set up.

    The Greater Cambridge Business Forum, aims to explore the concerns of local firms and find out the best way to help them.

    It has been started by South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City councils.

    Sutton Street

    Bridget Smith, leader of South Cambs, said: "We will continue to work with local and national government and the very accomplished business networks in our area to get our business communities through these very difficult times.

    "If we all pull together, Greater Cambridge will recover well and quickly.”

    Lewis Herbert, City Council leader, said: "Getting the Cambridge area economy safely out of lockdown and on to strong foundations for the new normal is the biggest economic and social recovery challenge we have had to face in our lifetimes."

  4. Bin crews say 'Thanks for your thanks'

    Rubbish lorry

    Artwork featuring "thank-yous" to bin crews have been put on the side of refuse lorries.

    Greater Cambridge Recycling, which collects rubbish for South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council, has decided to decorate them with brightly-coloured rainbows and special notes.

    "Your support really does mean a lot to our crews, who are working extra hard at the moment", it said.

    Rubbish lorry
  5. Garden waste collections to resume

    The resumption of garden waste collections from homes continues...

    Green bins are to be collected again from 4 May for residents of the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire districts.

    Collections were suspended in March, to ensure black and blue bins could be prioritised.

    At the moment only one collection a month can be guaranteed, a council spokesman said.

    Green bins waste
  6. Grant funding for local businesses in Cambridgeshire

    Businesses in South Cambridgeshire that need financial support in the current climate will be sent letters by the district council inviting them to apply for grants.

    Paper sign on small business window

    The government has two schemes to help small firms ride the storm during the coronavirus restrictions:

    • The Small Business Grant Fund: A one-off grant of £10,000 for those who pay little or no business rates
    • The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund: Grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 depending on businesses' rateable value

    The council estimates that about 1,700 businesses in its district are eligible for one of the grants.

    Firms are advised to check the council website.

    Cllr Peter McDonald, who is leading council efforts to support small business, said: "Every day I am hearing stories of local companies doing all they can to stay in business and we will support them."

  7. Plans for 'low carbon community' in Cambridge

    A huge brownfield site on the edge of north Cambridge could be transformed into a "low carbon community" of new homes and jobs, councillors have revealed.

    The Greater Cambridge shared planning service - a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council – has published the latest plans for a new suburb on land between the A14, Cambridge North railway station and the Science Park.

    low carbon community plans

    Planners say the creation of new homes would reduce the need to commute, with good links to public transport, creating a "low carbon" area.

    It would mean relocating Anglian Water's water treatment facility, which has proved too expensive to consider in the past, a spokesman said.

    A public consultation will be carried out early next year.

  8. Council looks to borrow £17m for affordable homes

    A bid to increase borrowing by £17m for 149 affordable homes has been submitted to the government by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

    Builders on roof

    It follows a government initiative in June which allows local councils to apply to borrow more money if they show that affordable housing schemes could be delivered quickly.

    Bids under the new scheme must be deliverable within three years, on land the council has control over.

    Since 2014 the council has completed 74 new council homes, including 10 in Gamlingay, seven in Great Abington and 23 in Waterbeach.

  9. Parish councils could be 'sexed up'

    Josh Thomas

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The former leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council has said the role of parish councils could be "sexed up" to attract more people.

    Councillor Peter Topping said parish councils suffered from an image problem and that people think they "debate what colour to paint the cricket pavilion".

    Parish council roles involve considering planning applications, bidding for and deciding on where money should be spent, putting together road safety schemes and producing neighbourhood plans.

    "I think there is a perception they are too obsessed with the small things - we all know that is not the case," said Mr Topping.

    Councillor Bridget Smith, the current leader of the district council, agreed and said that, "leaving out the sex bit", more could be done to encourage more people into positions on their local councils.