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Welcome to Orchard Park Community Council

Orchard Park Community Council came into being on 1 April 2009 although the elections to the Council took place later, in June 2009. The most recent election was in May 2015 and the next elections are due to be in May 2019, apart from any election which may be called for a casual vacancy.

A ‘Community Council’  is another name for a Parish Council – the first level of government closest to the people and representing the concerns of the local community.

The council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at The Orchard Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend any meeting with the opportunity to ask questions at the start of each meeting.

Recycling

The Community Council thank all of you who participate in the recycling program, this is of huge benefit for our County and district Council’s and the UK in general, saving from excessive landfill. Please ensure that you separate dry paper and place it in the paper caddy which fits inside the blue bin, further information regarding all recycling procedures can be found at www.scambs.gov.uk/recycling.

CRIME IN ORCHARD PARK

Sadly, reported incidents of crime in Orchard Park has increased over the past year and continues to do so. House burglary, theft from garden sheds and bikes left chained in any open space are prime targets.  Although the first point of contact for such criminal offences is the Police, the Community Council are doing what we can to reduce this statistic.

We have been in discussion with the Cambridgeshire Police and as they have identified that we are a high crime area they are looking to increase patrols in the area.  They have drawn up a draft micro beat and once approved will be introduced to the area.

However we ask that you all look at your personal security and be aware of the targets.

The Community Council would like to hear from anyone who feels they could offer resources to a neighbourhood watch scheme.


PUBLIC NOTICE

SPORTS FACILITY EXTENSION

Following the permission granted by SCDC to proceed with the sports facility extension Orchard Park Community Council invite trade persons to contact us with the view to formally quote for tender.

  • Structural engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor/cost consultant
  • Drainage/Civil engineer
  • Mechanical and Electrical engineers
  • Landscape architect

Please contact the Clerk on 01223 420750 or e-mail gini@orchardpark.gov.uk

if you would like further details.


Newsflash

Post Box

Request for a Post Box on Orchard Park is declined with the following comments:-
The nearest box situated in Buchan Street CB4 2XF is approximately around 0.3 miles approximately 6 minute walking distance, from where you are proposing, this distance is within the required national specification of any new installations. Sadly, I regret to inform you that a new box cannot be installed on this occasion, if things do change in future we will be more than happy to review.

Remedial works

At last we see the roads in Aster and Sweetpea Way finished, work is on-going in Stanley Ave and further finishing still to be completed in Iceni Way. However progress has indeed been made at last.

Road adoption and lighting issues

The main roads through the development have now been adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council, with exception to Neal Drive and the section of Topper St from Neal Drive to Chieftain Way. The adoption of Chieftain Way imminent. This means that most streetlight issues are with County Council although some remain the responsibility of Gallagher’s. Please follow the procedure for reporting street lighting faults in the County Council website: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20081/roads_and_pathways/10/roadworks_and_faults
The parcels of land developed by independent home builders such as Persimmon, Martin Grant and Taylor Wimpy, remain the responsibility of those developers. These roads do not have a section 38 agreement for County Council to adopted, however County Council would be happy to adopt them subject to satisfactory maintenance, if put forward for adoption.
If you have maintenance issues including streetlight, it is the responsibility of the developer to repair. The Community Council will be able to advise you of who to contact if you are unsure who your developer is.

Dog Fouling

Many people are concerned about dog fouling in public places which has increased recently. It is the legal responsibility of dog owners to clear up after their dogs. As well as being an unpleasant eye-sore it also presents health hazards, including toxicariasis, a roundworm which can cause stomach upsets and blindness. Children in play areas are especially vulnerable. If you walk your dog on Orchard Park please make sure you clean up afterwards.

The Community Council has a contract with SCDC to empty the dog bins provided, every two weeks.  It is not the responsibility of the Community Council staff to clear away dog fouling, please adhere to the Council signs on our open space facilities.

Please help us protect our children by keeping dogs off play areas and grassed sporting areas and please use poop bags to clean up and dispose of your dog’s waste in the dog bins provided.

If you witness dog fouling you can report details to South Cambs District Council on 03450 450 063.

Dog fouling can lead to a fixed penalty of £75 or a fine of up to £1,000