Plea for a school, but give art a miss

A WISH-LIST for Cambourne has been topped by a secondary school, a new parish office and a permanent youth facility, as well as better bus services. But the village is adamant that no further public works of art are needed. South Cambridgeshire District C

A WISH-LIST for Cambourne has been topped by a secondary school, a new parish office and a permanent youth facility, as well as better bus services.

But the village is adamant that no further public works of art are needed.

South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Cambourne Consortium of developers are in the process of drawing up a new Section 106 agreement, a document that requires builders to provide community facilities.

Another 950 homes are planned for Upper Cambourne, which will bring the total of homes in the whole of Cambourne to 4,250.


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As part of the process, Cambourne Parish Council has been asked to put together its own wish-list, debated at the monthly council meeting last Tuesday (August 7).

High on the parish council's agenda was a secondary school, and a request that £95,000 being proposed for public art should be spent on a more worthwhile project.

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Also being considered was an extra floor for The Hub community centre, an extension to the burial ground, and improved staffing at Monkfield medical practice.

John Vickery, parish council clerk, said: "The parish council and district councillors are in the process of deciding what community facilities and financial contributions the developers will be required to provide.

"The parish council's recommendations will be passed to [South Cambridgeshire] district council who will then go to the developers with a list of things we need."

Parish councillors were not enthused by SCDC's suggestion to spend £95,000 on art. Council chairman, Cllr Ruth Poulton, said: "The money could be put to better use. It could be spent on a stained glass window or a tower for the church.

"Lots of people want to get married or have their children christened in Cambourne and the money would be put to better use if it was given to the church. The art work in Cambourne already has designer rust and we do not need any more."

INFORMATION: What would you like to see in Cambourne? Send your views to editor@huntspost.co.uk or write to The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TB.

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