South Cambridgeshire District Council

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


To work out change, our experts have analysed previous results to say what the seats would have been in other elections.


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Election 2018 Results

LD GAIN FROM CON
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 30 Total councillors 30 Change+20

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 Change-16

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 2 Change-5

PartyLabour

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

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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
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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.

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.

South Cambridgeshire District Council lends out sweeper for public use
Residents can take a road sweeper out in their village if they want to top-up the council runs.

Council street sweepers loaned to communities for DIY litter clearing

Residents keen to keep their little bit of Britain clean can now do so by borrowing a street sweeper or a leaf blower and doing it themselves.

South Cambridgeshire District Council is making some of its equipment available after requests from some parish councils and community groups.

Street sweeper
South Cambs District Council
Some volunteers have already been trained to use the sweeper

The first area to benefit is Melbourn, where volunteers have already been trained to operate the ride-in sweeper.

They'll be able to use it on paths and cycle-ways, and when it's not being used by them it'll be housed at a local garden centre so other groups can pick it up.

That, and a leaf and litter vacuum, can only be used by people who have been trained by the council.

In addition, communities are being provided with tools like litter-pickers, gloves and bags to help them run their own "big clean" events.

The council said the initiative was "in addition to the currently scheduled and reactive clean-up work carried out by its operatives".

Melbourn councillor Philippa Hart said "the sweeper and our volunteer drivers will help enormously" in the effort to keep the area clean.