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Orchard Park Community Newsletter

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Autumn 2011

Chairman's Report for Autumn 2011 Hello Orchard Park residents, Firstly, let me thank all the Council members and staff who helped make our Community Fun Day the success it was, and to all those who attended on the day, giving your support; I hope you and your families enjoyed the day as much as I and the councillors and staff running the event did. Those of you who arrived early will have enjoyed seeing the Mayor of Cambridge open the event and walking round each stall. Cllr Nimmo-Smith said he was delighted to have been asked to do so and later wrote to us to say: ‘We both enjoyed it very much and look forward to future opportunities to support Orchard Park events. Please thank all your colleagues and organisers for a very lovely occasion - albeit our visit was a bit brief. We were very well looked after’. Broadband We know that many residents are concerned at the slow broadband speeds on Orchard Park. Virgin was approached by a group of residents and councillors but the outcome was not favourable leaving us with continuing broadband failings for now. BT plans to upgrade their service across the north of the City in the next 2/3 years. There are other providers such as Rutland Telecom though the charge for the cabling would have to be met by each household. Further details can be found at: We will continue to look at this important issue.

This was the second year of the Fun Day and we believe that with community support it can continue to grow. We will start planning for the July 2012 event now and would welcome interested residents onto the Steering Group so if any of you wish to participate with the planning stages or help on the say, please contact our Clerk, Gini Wood, on 01223 420750 as soon as possible and help us make next year’s event bigger and better than before! You will find a full report from the Planning Committee in this newsletter. At the current rate of build we expect developers to be off Orchard Park within 2 years. Travelodge has now opened and another key recent consultation has been the local retail centre.

Staffing News The Community Council are pleased to welcome Abid Dinn to the team as our sports development co-ordinator. Abid has joined us on a volunteer basis though we hope to make it a more permanent role when possible. For further information regarding organised sports activities or if you have an idea regarding a new sports activity on Orchard Park please contact Abid at:

The Guided Bus has finally opened but I do urge parents to discourage children from playing close to the Guideway as buses travel fast along the route and are very quiet. Do please all take care. You will also find a transport survey with this newsletter. Please fill it in and help us improve Orchard Park.

Councillor Yemi Macaulay Chairman: Orchard Park Community Council


Letter from the Clerk Dear Residents, What a busy summer it has been! In addition to my usual administration role, the summer has seen me helping, ‘hands-on’ with the Fun Day, reviewing our landscaping contracts, liaising with Play equipment providers to replace broken apparatus and organising the repair of art features within the ‘local areas for play’ to name just a few. Let’s start with the ‘Fun Day’ on the 23rd July: we had fairground rides and entertainment for the children, excellent displays such as ‘birds of prey’ flying display, Martial Arts display, not forgetting the band and the bar to help the grown-ups ‘chill out’. It was a great day for those who came, so if you missed it this year make sure you put it in your diary for next year: the date (still to be confirmed) will be announced in our next newsletter. This summer has also seen the long awaited opening of the guided bus, which has brought more concerns with regards to safety when crossing the guideway. I have at the request of several residents contacted the Guided Bus Management team with regards to the lack of barriers at the Buchan St crossing; they agreed and a pedestrian guardrail has now been installed; they have also promised that the hedgerows will be cut back shortly. However now that the Guided bus is in operation Stagecoach has removed the commercial bus service within Orchard Park. The Community Council is working very hard with the District Council either to get a commercial service reinstated or to look at other community transport options, but for the time being please be aware that no buses come on to Orchard Park. Keep checking our website or future newsletters for updates on this situation. Travelodge has now opened after a long summer of construction work. Complaints regarding Sunday working contrary to planning conditions were reported immediately to the planning department, however due to timescale before completion enforcement action was difficult. Orchard Park remains an active construction site, developers must remember that it is where residents live and be considerate in how they work. Sadly Orchard Park has seen a lot of vandalism over the summer particularly near to our sports facility. Unfortunately this takes up a lot of my time and that of the Centre Manager’s. Repair of vandalism also uses council budget which could be better spent on other community needs so please be vigilant and report anything you see to me or the police. Also parents please be sure you know where your children are and what they are doing when out in the evenings; peer pressure can be very influential with young people. So to finish with something positive; ‘your Council needs you’! Seriously we do have a vacancy on our Council which we need to fill, it will take up a few hours of your time each month but could be very rewarding knowing you are contributing to the community with which you live; make your voice heard. Full Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, if you feel you could join our members please contact me as soon as possible.

Gini Wood - Clerk


Orchard Park Family Fun Day 2011 everything ready but it was fantastic to see it all coming together on the day

The second Orchard Park Family Fun was a great success. The day dawned bright and clear though the wind certainly blew hard and at times help was needed to keep gazebos anchored into the ground. The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Ian Nimmo - Smith opened the event at 11.00 am and enjoyed meeting stall holders You can read his thoughts about the event on his blog at:

OPCC had the main information tent and many visitors came to look at the interesting display of historical photographs of Orchard Park from Stephen Harper Scott or to pick up information about the Community Council's activities. d-parks-second-family-fun-day/.

There were many stalls, children’s rides, food and entertainment in the arena. The live music was appreciated as were the martial art, bird of Prey and cheerleading dance displays.

As the day progressed and the events got underway a steady stream of visitors from Orchard Park and North Cambridge enjoyed a varied timetable of events. Football and tennis were very popular as was the Skateboard Jam where a constant stream of young people took the opportunity to improve the skateboarding skills and enter the competition.

The Community Council wish to say a big thank you to our main sponsors Cotman Housing Association, Land Improvements Ltd and Gallagher Estates Ltd This was the second event and the Community Council is already starting to plan the third one. If you have any thoughts or want to join the steering group for the 2012 event, please contact:

The Family Fun Day team - mainly your local parish councillors along with council staff and led by Amanda - were visible in their stewards T-shirts and had been on the ground since 7.30 am. It has taken months of preparation from the Council to get

Clare Blair, Community Councillor

Official opening of Travelodge

The official photographer has fun organising the group Travelodge was finally opened by South Cambs Deputy Leader, Cllr David Bard and the CEO of Travelodge, Guy Parsons. 4

Recycling in Orchard Park Local Recycling Facilities

Items which are not reusable such as fabric and worn out clothing can still be placed in the bank for recy cling, just make sure they're clean and dry. Cotton can be turned into rags for wiping and polishing. Car insulation and stuffing can be made from knits and woollen materials. And other materials find their use Compared with materials accepted in the blue bin in a variety of other ways, such as building materials, (e.g. card and plastic bottles), you may find that you reprocessed upholstery fibres, and home insulation. do not have items such as unwanted textiles or old CD's on a regular basis. Even if you only throw away Media recycling bank a small amount textiles or books it makes a big From time to time every household may have ol difference if you choose to take them to a recycling videos or books they no longer need or want and bank. Your local recycling area provides an easy and wonder if they can be recycled. The answer is now yes, with the new media bank at Sports convenient way to recycle these items. Ground accepting the following items: Textiles and shoe recycling bank ∙ Books In South Cambs we hope to reduce the amount ∙  CD's of textiles and shoes sent to landfill. Residents ∙  DVD's living in Orchard Park can use the local recycling ∙  Video Tapes bank the Sports Ground car park to recycle ∙  Cassettes conveniently wide ranges of items such as: ∙  Computer Games ∙  Clean and dry clothing Items that cannot be used again can still be placed in ∙  Shoes the media bank and will be separated from reusable ∙  Bags items. Books unsuitable for reuse are pulped and ∙  Belts made back into paper. Plastic from CD's, DVD's, ∙  Towels cassettes and video tape is granulated into pellets ∙  Blankets and made into new items such as buckets, trays ∙  Duvet covers and stationery items. ∙  Pillows ∙  Sheets For more recycling information please visit ∙  Curtains or ∙  Fabric email: Unwanted clothing and shoes are often perfectly wearable and can be used again, providing affordable and much needed clothing for others. Following the successful introduction of the new blue bin service, South Cambridgeshire District Council has been looking at new ways to extend the range of materials which residents can recycle.

Local Research Project - Parents of Children aged 14-19 Wanted for Local Research Project Babcock Research, an independent social research agency, is looking for parents from the Cambridge area to take part in group discussions on their views about careers advice for young people. The discussion groups will be relaxed, informal and enjoyable, roughly one hour, with refreshments, and will take place in September or early October. Each person taking part will receive £25 of high street shopping vouchers for their time. The research agency would like to hear from parents who have never been to university and who have a son or daughter aged between 14 and 19 who has passed or predicted good grades at GCSE or A Level.


Trading Standards, a spotlight on energy We all want to do our bit to save energy around the home - to be ‘green’ and to save money. However, at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service we have seen an increase in queries from residents about ‘cold callers’ selling energy saving schemes, particularly loft insulation and solar energy, so below we offer some advice to help you.

Loft and cavity insulation When it comes to insulation, the Energy Saving Trust can provide information on grants and offers that can help you cover the cost of it. They can also provide a list of installers. It is advisable to use a member of the National Insulation Association, the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency or the British Board of Agreement, ideally who has signed up to a professional code of practice and provides a 25 year guarantee.

Solar Energy Before you start it’s worth taking a look at the information provided by the Energy Saving Trust on or speaking to an advisor on 0800 512012.

Reducing your energy bills Start by checking with your current gas and electricity supplier that you are on their best rate. Then compare the prices of other suppliers in case you can get it cheaper – switching supplier could save you around £237 a year if you haven’t changed before. You can compare prices on Consumer Focus’s weekly pricing factsheets at or by contacting Consumer Direct on 0845 4040506 for a paper copy. Also, most suppliers offer cheaper tariffs for ‘vulnerable’ customers, so it is worth enquiring about these ‘social tariffs’ if you are over 60, are on means tested benefits or are on low income. In addition, your District Council could offer you advice on how to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home by offering a home visit, or you can get tips by calling the Energy Saving Trust.

For supplier/installer information, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme can provide a list of members online or by calling 0207 0901082. Membership is not compulsory, but you will need to use a member if you plan to use the Feed-in Tariff scheme (a government-backed initiative paying you for the electricity you generate). Obtain three quotes to ensure the price and projected savings are competitive and realistic. Arrange a technical survey, rather than a sales visit, so the quote is accurate, and ensure all quotes are in writing, detailing what’s included. Once you’ve chosen your installer read the contract carefully and ensure their claims about savings and maintenance costs are included before signing so that you have evidence of what you were told.

Support if you are struggling to pay your energy bills If you are struggling to keep on top of energy bills, seek help from your local Citizens Advice Bureau, either in person or on the phone on 08444 111 444.

Remember! If you sign an agreement at home for solar energy, you should be given 7 days to cancel. If you need advice on this, ring Consumer Direct on 0845 4040506.

Finally, if you feel that you have been mis-sold any product or service – energy or otherwise - or have any other kind of consumer issue, contact our partner Consumer Direct for advice.


Orchard Park Community Church Rooted and grounded in love

NEWS FROM THE GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH Everyone is welcome to join us for our services. At our 10 am Sunday service we have a crèche and groups for children of different ages and, on the first Sunday of the month, we have an All Age service.

Beyond Belief

We would love to welcome you to any or all of these services and events and we are a friendly lot! Come along and see. There is plenty of up to date information on our church website

Monday 24th – Thursday 27th October 2011 A Week of Activities at Orchard Park Primary School

P.S. We are the Church near Budgens in Arbury Court

Messy Fun for Families every afternoon

Special autumn events at the Good Shepherd Church, Arbury.

Jumble Sale

10.30-12 noon on Saturday October 10th

Service of Remembrance

Saturday October 29 at 3.30 pm

Shoebox Sunday

10 am Sunday November 6th

Christmas Market

2-4 pm Saturday November 19th

Come and Sing Carols

2 pm Monday December 12th

Community Carol Service

6.30 pm Sunday December 18th

Crib Service

3 pm Christmas Eve (especially for young children and their parents)

Midnight Communion Service

11.30 pm Christmas Eve

All Age Christmas Service

10 am Christmas Day

Drop-in Café every evening with a chance to explore life and faith

Part of the citywide Beyond Belief Mission with Cambridge and District Youth for Christ ( 7

Orchard Centre Activities Weekly events Monday !!! An opprtuntity for you're activities !!! Tuesday 9:30 - midday Children's Crèche 2:00-2:30

ballet for preschool children


poppets for preschool children


cheerleading for ages 5-10


street dance for ages 4-8


street dance for ages 9-16


break dance for ages 9-16


break dance for ages•6-8


cheerleading for ages 11+

6:00 9:00

Church of Christ


ReSound Choir


Pilates class

If you are you interested in joining an Orchard Park yoga group with tuition available. Please contact Marlita at


7:00-10:00 Kerrom board club Thursday 9:30-1:00


10:0012:00 Tai Chi 7:30-8:30

Yoga Class







Zumba dance lessons


Church of Christ


Sunday 10:30-1:30 Faith World Ministries Worship 4:00-6:00

Orchard Park Community Church

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Kid’s Tennis camps October Half - Term 2011 Booking NOW OPEN

Contact: 07766 223528

Please see:

Tai Chi instruction every Thursday morning at the Orchard Community Centre. Phone Margaret Guy for info on 01223 249 847 or email: TinyTalk Baby Signing classes near you! Teach your baby to communicate before they can speak with TinyTalk baby signing!We sign to well known nursery rhymes and songs, then there’s a chance for a hot drink, a chat and a biscuit for adults while little ones play. Classes on Mondays at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Richmond Road, CB4 3PS. Contact Freya: or telephone: 07969 575680


District Councillor’s Report The District Council continues to progress a number of issues as the build out of residential development continues. At September 13th there were 739 dwellings occupied out of an original planned total of 900. However since the start of the development the Local Development Framework Inspector has directed that a further 220 dwellings would be required to meet government housing targets. Pre application discussions are being carried out for a number of vacant sites. Residents can view any registered planning applications on the district council web site and they may make representation during the consultation period. (usually within 21 days). The Council continues to press the developers and house builders concerning completion and adoption of roads and drainage by the County Council and Anglian Water Services Ltd. Respectively.

Council. Residents wishing to check if their name is on the register may inspect this document at the Community Council Office during opening hours. The recent opening of the Travelodge Hotel has again highlighted the withdrawal of the former Citi4/Orchard Park B bus service. This was brought to the attention of the district council at their meeting in July. Whilst the Guided Bus B does give a faster service to the City centre, the walking distance to the two replacement bus stops, is unacceptable and is difficult for many residents. The interchange facility at Cambridge Station and lack of a through service to Addenbrookes for double decker buses, means that the promised improvements to public transport have yet to happen at Orchard Park.

The new electoral register is now being compiled for next year. New and existing residents are required and urged to complete the registration forms as soon as possible. This can be done on line or by filling the form that comes through the post. If residents have not received this in the welcome pack, or have Mike Mason mislaid the postal application, they should contact South Cambridgeshire District Councillor electoral services at South Cambridgeshire District

Orchard Park has 3 South Cambridgeshire District Councillors – Cllrs Mike Mason, Edd Stoneham and Jonathon Chatfield. We will be inviting them to report to residents regularly through the newsletter.

Orchard Park staff Gini Wood -

Abid Dinn - Sports Development Officer

Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer

Gary Crick - Ranger

Peter Wickham - Centre and Sports Manager


John Balaam - Caretaker

Jackie King - your Police Community Support Officer Hello All

for offences committed. I am continuing to do a door to door surgery so that you can meet me and tell me of any policing concerns you may have. You can also sign up for ecops where I give regular updates If you see me walking around please come and say hello. If you want to report anti-social behaviour or

The summer is now behind us and we are heading into Autumn with (unfortunately) darker evenings approaching, so please, as always, be mindful of your security precautions. Also be aware that we have seen an increase in burglaries which have involved the theft of cars keys and subsequently the cars. This has involved high value cars such as Audi and Mercedes etc. Please ensure that you can keys are not on display particularly near the door and particularly if you have a high value vehicle. On a lighter note there have been no reported burglaries over the last couple of months. There has been a lot of vandalism at the skate park over the summer, including breaking the safety fencing surrounding the ramp area. If there are any areas on Orchard Park which are experiencing ASB (antisocial behaviour) please report it. Anti-social behaviour means a wide range of unacceptable activity and includes things like vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting, nuisance neighbours and intimidating groups taking over public spaces. Antisocial behaviour can ruin lives and create an environment where more serious crime can take hold. By coming forward and reporting anti-social behaviour you may prevent the same problem happening again and you will help make your community a safer place. Evidence from victims and witnesses is important because it demonstrates the distress and annoyance of anti-social behaviour, and shows how it damages the community. There are other things you can do to help the police, your local council and other agencies-for example by joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or a resident's association, by becoming a Special Constable or a volunteer for victim support. You could also attend one of the monthly neighbourhood panel meetings. As an update regarding motorbikes riding along the guided busway. Myself and PC Crabb attended a report of this behaviour and although the offender did not stop for PC Crabb he returned to the scene to meet up with his mates (minus the motorbike) where we both recognised him and PC Crabb is now in the process of dealing with him

crime that is not an emergency, you can contact the Police on 0345 456 456 4. Remember, in an emergency always dial 999. Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass on information about crimes to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via Information is taken 24 hours, seven days a week. By playing an active role in your community you can really help make a difference and create a place where anti-social behaviour is tackled and not tolerated. I would like to thank you for your continued help and support. PCSO Jackie King


Planning Committee News As ever it has been a busy time for the planning committee over the summer. Gallaghers are preparing to submit two applications – one for the site in front of the primary school and the other a fresh application for the retail site beside the Premier Inn. They have held some consultation with residents and are now considering the feedback they got from that and from the Community Council.

from inside Orchard Park. The Community Council thinks this a very poor return for all that investment. We will be asking the County Council, who have also more than £6m so far in transport contributions from Orchard Park, to use some of the transport S106 money from the new applications to work with the Community Council and SCDC to develop a community transport scheme. You will find a detailed transport survey with this newsletter and please do fill in Residents will have noticed that the plans for the and return it as it is only with your help that we can local retail centre now include far less retail space find out what we need on Orchard Park. than the previous consented scheme. We all want shops here on Orchard Park but the size and number The public art at the new Travelodge was formally need to be right for current and future needs on opened on 23 September by Cllr Tony Orgee, Vice Orchard Park, and so when the formal plans are Chairman of SCDC. Terry Cook and Severine Leclair submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council were community council members on the public art who are the local planning authority and will decide steering group – also including Travelodge representif the plans can go ahead, the Community Council will atives and Andy O’Hanlon from SCDC - that chose be looking very closely at the long term viability of the artist Kenny Hunter and his sculpture. The Comthe proposed retail space. munity Council believes that where public art contributions are required by the planning system, It was though good to see that Gallaghers have al- developers should include a scheme in the applicaready taken on board the comments from the Com- tion site, enhancing the public realm, rather than munity Council about providing an enlarged flexible commuting the money, and that they should involve open space at the retail centre so that we can look at, the community in the design and commissioning for example, hosting regular small farmers or craft process. Some ideas we will be putting forward to markets. We know many people like to support local- Gallaghers to take on through their new applications ly produced food and goods but currently that means include a public Orchard Park clock and a parish sign. a trip into the hectic City centre for residents. New planning applications also bring with them complex negotiations about S106 – often called developer contributions – where the County Council look for money to support transport and education needs and the Community Council for money to support community needs for public open space, play and community facilities. We are working very hard to make sure that we get the best deal for Orchard Park, though we also rely on help from SCDC in going up against the large legal teams developers field and unravelling the arguments they put forward.

The next Persimmon development

Autumn looks set to continue to be busy. Persimmon have also been developing plans for another of their sites and the school will be consulting on their plans for expansion to a full I Form Entry Primary School as The Guided Bus is now up and running but we know well. Planning committee meets the last Friday of that it only provides a service that meets a limited every month at 4.00 pm and meetings are public so need on Orchard Park. Stagecoach has had almost £1 please do come along and listen to the debate. million of subsidy so far from Orchard Park and yet first changed and then removed all public transport Clare Blair, Chair of Planning Committee


Ring Fort Road play and sporting area. We are continuing to develop our sporting facilities on Orchard Park though the sad incidences of vandalism there over this summer has led to the Community Council agreeing to install CCTV to cover the play and sporting areas. Together with the high costs of utilities, this means that a significant amount of the Community Council’s money is spent on running the sports facilities annually. We are constantly looking for ways to ensure that we can continue to manage and maintain our facilities to the highest standards whilst offering great value for users and, wherever possible, discounts for residents.

New for 2012 - Tennis memberships We are introducing tennis membership schemes and hope shortly to be able to provide a range of payment options, including online payment and standing orders. Membership can be taken up at any time, Members can use the courts without further charges though all games will need to be booked through the Orchard Community Centre office and will be subject to court availability. Membership will include floodlighting costs when required but we will review this aspect in a year. We know that many young people like to play tennis and so our membership scheme is one which offers all family members resident at the same address the ability to use the courts but the lead member will remain responsible for ensuring our conditions of use are met, including appropriate footwear and our court security processes.

Sports Prices Venue

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Limited weekday evening availability

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Good availability

Use of Changing rooms

£5 per event per changing room

Orchard Park residents get £1 per hour discount on tennis bookings

Tennis - Seasonal Memberships Family Membership

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Monthly payments (annual contract by DD)


Voluntary opportunities with the Community Council Community Newsletter Editor Are you reading this newsletter and thinking of how it could be improved? Do you have IT skills? If so then come and talk to us. The Community Council is looking for someone on Orchard Park to take on the role of editor of the newsletter, pulling together copy from contributors, shaping the format and helping make our quarterly newsletter reflect all the news on Orchard Park. We can print and deliver it, and some renumeration will be available. To discuss the role further, please contact the Centre Manager.

Community Café Volunteer The Orchard Centre is very keen to open a small café on some days of the week. If you are interested in talking about this opportunity please contact the Centre Manager.


Fancy being a reporter? The Community Council is looking for someone to be the regular correspondent for an Orchard Park weekly column in the Community News part of the Cambridge News, preparing and submitting to them by email a short column on events and activities in Orchard Park. The News will pay you per line published so if you fancy being our Orchard Park reporter for the Cambridge News, please get in touch with the Centre Manager.

Community Grants Do you have an idea for a new group on Orchard Park but need a little help to get it started? If so, the Community Council may be able to help you make it a reality. We can help in various ways – from a small grant to help you with the basics to advice and guidance on how to take your idea forward. So if you have a good idea and want to make it a reality, get in touch with the Centre Manager.

Council contacts

Council Office

Your Community Councillors

The Orchard Community Centre Central Avenue Orchard Park Cambridge CB4 2EZ

Yemi Macaulay, Chair 07872 97076 Severine Leclair

Clare Blair 01223 423332 Terry Cook 07900 366355 Fred Oboloje Dave Warren 07807 968301 Yolanda Wegrowski The full Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Community Centre. Everyone is very welcome to attend any meeting with the opportunity to ask questions at the start of each meeting. 01223 420750 (07825 132059 for parish emergencies) Clerk:

Gini Wood

Centre Manager:

Peter Wickham (07825 132069 for Centre & Sports facilities emergencies)

The office is usually open to the public on Monday to Thursday 10 am to 1 pm. All other times by prior appointment. The council is responsible for running The Orchard Community Centre and Orchard Park Sports ground, as well as the maintenance of the public open spaces.

Orchard Community Centre is available for functions parties and other events. Contact Peter to arrange it. Remember local residents get a discount.

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