Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of questions that the Council gets asked on a regular basis. Here we provide a number of them, and the answers.
Telephone 232423 to book and make arrangements for collection of key and token for floodlights (if required). At weekends an alternative number is offered to callers.
Yes. There is a policy not to take teenage or 21st birthday parties but telephone 232423 to discuss your needs with our staff. The function room comes with fully fitted kitchen and tables and chairs are available.
The Council does not provide a catering service. There are a number of caterers in the Yearbook who can assist.
The office is open Tuesdays 12 noon to 4 pm or Thursdays 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Other times by appointment. Please telephone 235906 for details.
Histon Parish Council meet monthly at St Audreys Community Centre, on the second Monday of the month. The Council does not usually meet in August.
Impington Parish Council meet monthly at St Andrew's Church Hall, Burgoynes Road, on the third Monday of the month. The Council does not usually meet in August, nor occasionally in December.
Committee meetings take place regularly throughout the year at the Parish Office on the Recreation Ground. Details are available on the Councils' calendar on the website.
ALL Parish Council meetings are open to the public.
There are a wide range of ways that Councillors find out what local views are:
In addition, Impington Council publishes (and distributes via Parish Councillors) a regular newsletter - both reporting matters of interest but also seeking feedback on specific issues.
Parish Councillors do not cover a specific area of the village. All Councillors can be contacted regarding problems and contact details are available on the website or via the parish office. However, it may be easiest to talk to a Councillor who lives closer to you.
This can vary enormously. Monthly meetings are an absolute minimum, with at least one other Committee monthly to be expected. A substantial amount of time can be involved for those who wish to become involved in multiple issues.
Yes - the Councils welcome the support, time and expertise of rsidents.
Committees can co-opt members of the public, or help and advice can be on a single issue basis. Residents regularly help with areas of expertise such as noise, traffic, planning.
In addition, residents get involved in Impington's bulb planting work, and Histon's work at the Green.
Most of the income is from Council Tax. One of the components of the money collected by South Cambridgeshire District Council, and shown separately on the bill, goes to meet Parish Council costs.
Charges are made for sports facilities, and at the Burial Ground, but these do not cover the full costs involved.
Histon Parish Council contract out to Buchans Landscapes to cut the grass at the Village Green, War Memorial and area of land adjacent to the bus shelter at School Hill.
All other verges and areas of grass are cut by Cambridgeshire County Council, or if part of the Council housing stock land,
Impington Parish Council carry out all grass cutting in Impington, contracted out to Herald Contract Services, except for the Recreation Ground and Homefield Park which is carried out in-house, and Council Housing stock land, carried out by South Cambridgeshire District Council
Contact Matthew Pickering, Cambs County Council, South Highways Division
Cambridgeshire County Council, South Highways Division can approach landowners to ask them to cut back any overhang affecting the public highway. High hedges should be reported to South Cambs District Council but a non-refundable charge of £450 to investigate the complaint will be made.
South Cambridgeshire District Council Tel 03450 450 063
Yes. Both Councils review donations to local causes in June and again in December/January. A small budget is set each year for this purpose.
In addition, the Councils may be able to suggest other sources of funding to explore.
Yes. Contact the Clerk if you wish to go on the waiting lists
SCDC empty these weekly, apart from those on Parish Council land which our own staff clear regularly
South Cambridgeshire District Council on 03450 450 500
Telephone 235906 to book a date. There is no charge
There are lots of ways: