East West Rail Update and Petition

It’s good to see so many “No EWR Rail Here” signs going up around the village, on the road sides and in people’s front windows.  Our MP Anthony Browne picked up on it in a facebook post here. It is also good to see the opposition to Option E growing fast in neighbouring villages.

Recent discussions with local district councillors imply that EWR Co’s next consultation “early in 2021” will include options  very close to The Eversdens, Harlton, Haslingfield and Harston, even if the Cambourne station is to the north rather than the south. This position is supported by survey activity here reported by the public. Even if your home is not close to the edge of the village consider the effect on access roads. Here is an image of what the crossing of the A10 might look like, it would be a similar picture for other roads (if access is restored at all).

EWR Co. have confirmed the line will be freight capable and the EWR Consortium are on record as saying that the EWR represents a huge freight opportunity – see section 2.2 of this document. Here are some freight trains in the fens. The video and especially audio gives a feeling for what they are like. Contrast this with our recent baseline noise survey in a back garden in Harlton where, over a 24 hour period the loudest noise was birdsong.

Things are not looking good.

If you have not done so already please consider signing this petition it was started by CBRR just before the last consultation, but it is still the right question. It already has more signatures than the number of consultation responses that supported option E in the first place. Let’s push it much higher. Read more

High Speed Broadband Update

Over the last two weeks we’ve seen a big increase in the number of pre orders, putting the village within touching distance of the target required to green light the project. 
Although this is great news, we still need as many people as possible to register for the service actually to make it a reality. If you’ve signed up for the service already please spread the word to your neighbours, friends and family. And if you’re interested and haven’t signed up as of yet, please head over to www.countybroadband.co.uk and enter your post code. 

If you have any questions please get in contact:
Ben Mavely – ben.mavely@haslingfieldparish.co.uk
Harry Stevenson – harry.stevenson@countybroadband.co.uk

Cambridge Approaches Webinar About East West Rail

Cambridge Approaches have made some progress since our last round of webinars back in September. We would like to do an updated webinar initially for residents of The Eversdens, Harlton, Haslingfield and Harston and in conjunction with parish councillors from these villages. Read more

Skatepark Closure

Due to government covid-19 restrictions, the skatepark and basketball court will need to close until at least 2nd December.

NHW – Protect Your Passw0rd National Campaign

Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with 3 quick and easy steps
As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.
If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone. Read more

Advance notice of road closure

An  advance  notice from Streetworks at the  County Council  has  informed  us  that  New  Road  will  be  closed  to  vehicles from  Wednesday 9th  to  Friday  11th December 2020 to  carry out work  on a  new  water connection.  A  diversion notice via High  Street  and  Church  Street will be  placed at each end  of the  road.

NHW – Distraction burglary – Cantelupe Road

On Thurs 29th Oct just before 3pm, a vigilant NHW member had his suspicions aroused when he spotted an unknown man entering the premises of one of his neighbours. The man left the premises around 25mins later. However, the NHW member had the presence of mind to take a photo of the man. As it turns out this man had made a distraction burglary, after having offered the resident gardening services, the man had excused himself and taken the residents wallet. The police were called, the photo of the man is now on the Police FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/SouthCambsCops/ From the photo, the man appears to be middle aged with balding hair and of portly build. Wearing a cream coloured zipped jacket, with a black hood and black breast patch/pocket on the left. The jacket has a black zip fastening, with black zips to the waist pockets too. He wore blue jeans and black/navy trainers with white edged soles. The man is wearing a turquoise blue face mask. If you know this man or have any information please contact the police either by speaking to a web-chat operator on their website www.cambs.police.uk/report quoting 35/73674/20 or, if you don’t have access to a computer, by calling 101. Thank you, Teresa Harrold Haslingfield NHW Co-ordinator

Playground Closure (temporary)

The playground will be closed next week (from Sunday 1st November at sunset)  for essential maintenance and repairs. We are planning to re-open the playground again on Saturday morning 7th November.

NHW – Volunteer Police Cadets – News Story

Pub Quiz This Friday 30th October

The Pub Quiz at the Little Rose is back! It will take place on Friday 30th October with a prompt 7.45pm start as the pub closes at 10pm. Teams of any number, up to a maximum of four, can take part. Cost of entry is only £2 per per person with all the entry fees given out as cash prizes. First Question asked at 7.45pm. Just turn up on the night or book in advance. We can also make up teams from whoever turns up on the night. It’s great fun with a good number of all local teams taking part. There’s 6 rounds covering many topics including a topical quiz round as well as a picture round. The quiz finishes around 9.45pm with a break halfway through. It’ll fully comply with current government social distancing and Covid-19 secure requirements.