From Your Councillors
FROM YOUR DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
HDC Local Plan 2036
I attended the HDC briefing on the Local Plan to 2036
and am pleased to report that the Plan has been ap-
proved by the Inspector, with a date for formal adoption
on or about 15 May 2019.
This Plan runs for the next 17 years and provides an
agreed framework for development for all HDC Wards.
This will give us more certainty over how we can deliver
well planned and managed growth which includes
homes, jobs, community facilities and the local infra-
structure to support them.
The Plan is very prudent and well-constructed, and great
credit is due to the various teams at HDC who have done
this work. I will continue to work with our Conservative
team to ensure that your issues are heard in the plan-
ning process, and that the needs of Buckden are met as
we continue to grow.
Another new development which I hope will be very
useful to residents is our new online system, the Cus-
tomer Portal. This offers a single view of council services
for customers when they log into the secure area; avail-
able 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can access personalised information, including a
summary of your Council Tax account, and submit re-
quests. Additional services will be made available
throughout the year.
There is also a customer satisfaction widget now live on
the Customer Portal. By clicking on ‘Tell us what you
think’, where comments can be submitted and residents
can suggest services they would like to see added in the
To register, go to: my.huntingdonshire.gov.uk
Since the launch on 30 April 2019, over 1500 people
have registered, and around 50% of registrations have
been completed out of hours, highlighting the need for
digital access to council services.
Taylors Lane Flooding
Residents have raised concerns about the impact of the
Silver Street development on the Taylors Lane stream. I
have followed up on this, and have been assured by the
County Council that the land is capable of being devel-
oped without causing an unacceptable flood risk to sur-
The details of how this will be done (in the form of a de-
tailed surface water drainage scheme) must be a condi-
tion of any outline planning permission granted and
would be submitted at the detailed design stage. I will
continue to monitor the application to ensure they are
aware of the history and the extent of possible flooding.
Councillor HDC Buckden Ward
At its May meeting, the County Council made a deter-
mined response to the challenge of the recent public
concern about climate change. It was agreed to declare
a ‘climate emergency’ which means that the Council
must come up with specific plans for reducing the car-
bon footprint of its activities and leading residents down
a similar path. Of course, in all these discussions, it is
easy to repeat the platitudes and the real challenge lies
ahead when it come to specific policies and actions.
The second motion was a commitment to tackling air
pollution. This is another issue where we all agree that
‘something must be done’ but tackling it is problematic,
so embedded are we in our routines and expectations.
One specific idea is to work on reducing air pollution
near schools and this was of particular interest to the
parish council when I reported it to them.
We also discussed the move of the County Council HQ
from Cambridge to Alconbury Weald. This is being done
to save money though, paradoxically, it might increase
travel for staff and councillors, thereby contradicting the
good intentions of the first paragraph of this article.
Local issues for Buckden residents
I have been working with other councillors to clarify
what is going to happen to Luck’s Lane when the work
needs to be done for the new houses. The village is for-
tunate to have parish councillors and other residents
who are very vigilant about the detail.
In spite of our best efforts, it has still not been possible
to meet the A14 planners and try to change the pro-
posed layout of the road you take when you have gone
through Brampton on the way to Huntingdon. The road
layout proposed by Highways England will make the
traffic jams worse than they already are. I will report
back as soon as I can but I have the nasty feeling that
the die is cast.
If you wish to raise any local matters with me personally
and would welcome a face-to-face conversation, please
write to me at email@example.com or
ring me on 07765 833 486. I can easily get over to Buck-
den to see you if needed.