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Great Shelford Parish Council

Great Shelford Parish Council could merge

Stapleford Parish Council is considering merging with Great Shelford Parish Council.


​If this happens, the local share of the council tax bills would need to be the same in both Stapleford and Great Shelford.


​At the moment, a band D precept is £153 in Great Shelford and £96 in Stapleford. A merger would mean an increase of £57 in Stapleford Council Tax bills for the year, £1.01 a week.


​Stapleford should have 11 Parish Councillors. At the moment, they only have five.

Any formal changes could take at least six months. Stapleford residents would be consulted about any proposed changes.

Benefits of a merger include shared responsibility across a greater number of Parish Councillors; a stronger voice with Local Authorities; reduced workload on existing Stapleford Councillors; a bigger budget to work with; and joint decision making on major issues affecting both communities.


Issues include Stapleford has a distinct community and history which may be lost; potential lack of input in decision making processes about Stapleford; significant increase on the precept; the need for both villages to be equally represented; lack of autonomy in decision making.  


Stapleford Parish Council decided at their meeting in July to fully support a joint working partnership with Great Shelford Council on issues which affect both communities.

Posted August 16 2023

Great Shelford Parish Council

Village share of council tax bills increase by 12%


The Parish Council’s share of the Council Tax bills is increasing by 12%.

This compares with a 5% increase in Stapleford and a 16% increase in Little Shelford.

The Parish Council wants to increase its budget to £411,000.

“Councillors considered very carefully if there were any services that they could cut from the budget, for example Christmas lights, hanging baskets and the maintenance of green areas in the village,” said a Parish Council statement.

“After some discussion, it was felt that whilst these areas of activity are not essential, they do add to the village’s appearance and do bring some pleasure to residents.  In order for us to be able to continue to provide them, £47,000 of reserves is being used to balance the books.”


Other projects to be delivered in 2023/24 include:

  • consulting with the community on what they want from their Memorial Hall, allowing for a Feasibility Report to be created to guide designs for refurbishment or potential rebuilding of the hall

  • installation of the Wheelscape (as part of the overall Recreation Ground Masterplan)

  • increasing provision of events for residents

  • trialling some highway initiatives to understand the implications before putting forward any proposals for major highway changes in the village

  • investigations into a cemetery extension as our current site is becoming more limited for space

  • rolling programme of replacement for our bus shelters as our shelters become less structurally sound

Posted Feb 16 2023

Great Shelford Parish Council 2023 headlines from Chair Malcolm Watson

As we enter 2023, I wanted to share with you some of the more strategic projects Great Shelford Parish Council is looking at for 2023 on top of our everyday work.

Traffic Safety
We continue to engage with a traffic consultant looking at ways that we can influence traffic safety within our village, especially on Church Street, Woollards Lane and the High Street.  We anticipate we will further extend our actions to test out some of the proposals and see if they would work before any substantial funds are spent.

Memorial Hall
We will shortly be sending all houses in the village a survey asking what you, the residents of Shelford, want from the Memorial Hall.  Your input will be essential to help guide us into looking at the various uses for the building and how we can make it more sustainable and better meet your requirements going forward.

We would like to look at ways of bringing the community together more often in 2023.  So please watch this space, our website and our Facebook page as we look to engage with you and offer you some home-grown events.

Community Engagement
You may have noticed that we are trying to engage with our community on a more personal level and where appropriate with a little fun along the way.  We will continue to use the methods most suitable for our needs including the website, social media, email newsletters and the Village News to get as much information out to residents as possible.

Neighbourhood Plan

We hope to make substantial progress on creating our own Neighbourhood Plan to allow us to shape the future development of our village to ensure that any development meets the need of our community.

Cemetery Extension
As well as being a great place to live, Great Shelford is also a popular place to be buried. Unfortunately our cemetery on Cambridge Road is becoming full and with only a few years left of space available, we need to start discussions about finding suitable additional space.


We are very aware that the village has few Public Footpaths and we are looking at trying to expand the existing network.

As mentioned, all of this will be on top of the ongoing running of our facilities including the Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Memorial Hall, two sets of allotments and the cemetery.  Where we carry out work on behalf of other bodies, this will carry on in 2023 – including the maintenance of verges and other public open spaces.

We will continue to engage with other levels of local government including our District and County Councils, the Greater Cambridge Partnership, the Combined Authority and where appropriate national organisations.  The communication includes representing your views where we can, in respect of consultations, such as the Sustainable Travel Zone, and dealing with planning matters. 

Posted Dec 22 2022

Great Shelford Parish Council October 2022 update


Updates following the Great Shelford Parish Council meeting held on 19th October:

* Tim Mann was co-opted as parish councillor.

* A new Community Engagement policy was adopted (available on the website). Come and meet with your parish councillors and let them know what you like in the village and voice your concerns.  8pm on Monday 7th November in the Square and Compasses

* It was agreed to apply for the Quality Council Award as the council meets all criteria.

* Members signed up to the Civility & Respect pledge for councils which shows that Great Shelford Parish Council is committed to standing up to poor behaviour, looks to demonstrate good governance arrangements and aspires to be a role model within the local government sector.

* Grants to be made to Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue and Relate Cambridgeshire.

* House martin boxes will be installed at the Memorial Hall and Pavilion.

For more details about what was discussed at the meeting, please visit the Parish Council website.


A little reminder that they still have a vacancy for the role of parish councillor, and it is available to be filled by co-option. If there is anyone interested in becoming a councillor they would love to hear from you. Please contact Libby by email at or call on 01223 616622

Volunteers needed for proposed warm hub


The Parish Council is looking to support our residents over the autumn, winter and spring...but they need your help.

Great Shelford Parish Council is working with several community organisations in the village to see how they can support residents during the colder months knowing that energy prices are so high.

One option is to open community facilities as a 'warm hub' during the week (meaning residents do not have to heat their own homes). But they would need volunteers to help man these.  Without volunteers this will not be an option.

If you have any time that you can spare to help with this, please can you drop them an email Please can you let them know by October 4 as councillors will be discussing this at their meeting on 5th October. Thank you

Libby White
Clerk to the Council

Permissive footpath now guaranteed for 25 years

The footpath at the back of Great Shelford school has been guaranteed for the next 25 years after work by the Parish Council.

The permissive path runs from the Church Street in Great Shelford to Hauxton Mill.

It has recently been visited by Parish Council Chairman Malcolm Watson and the new Public Rights of Way Officer.

The Parish Council has now agreed to pay £1,000 a year for the next 25 years to the tenant farmer for the upkeep of the path.

Posted Aug 30 2022

10% council tax increase


Great Shelford Parish Council is increasing its share of the council tax bills by around 10%.


The Council's new budget is £279,000, and increase of around £28,000.


Stapleford Parish Council has increased their share of the council tax bills by 13%.

There has been no increase in Little Shelford.

Posted March 23 2022


All emails follow the following rule: [forename].[surname]  Please copy in the clerk (details below) in all correspondence.  There are currently 2 vacancies for the post of Councillor.




Committee/Working group


Vice Chair

Vice Chair



Malcolm Watson

Gregory Price

John Stanton

Paula Arnold

Barrie Ashurst

Peter Bassett

Peter Brown

Lyn Disley

All Committees
Chairman: Recreation & Pavilion

Cambridge Biomedical Campus Working Group

Chairman: Cemetery & Allotments
Finance & General Purposes
Recreation & Pavilion

Recreation & Pavilion
Cambridge Biomedical Campus Working Group
Traffic & Transport Infrastructure Working Group


Chairman: Highways
Cemetery & Allotments
Finance & General Purposes
Recreation & Pavilion
Cambridge Biomedical Campus Working Group
Traffic & Transport Infrastructure Working Group

Recreation & Pavilion

Cambridge Biomedical Campus Working Group
Communications Working Group
Traffic & Transport Infrastructure Working Group


Cemetery & Allotments
Traffic & Transport Infrastructure Working Group

Chairman: Planning
Finance & General Purposes

Cemetery & Allotments

Barbara Kettel

Angela Niblett











Ifthinan Shareef

Timothy Mann

Roberto Gherseni




Recreation & Pavilion
Chairman: Communications Working Group


Recreation and Pavilion


Cemetary and Allotments

Clerk/Proper Officer 

Libby White

T: 01223 61 66 22

PO Box 1492, Cambridge, CB1 0YQ

County Councillors

Maria King

07764 609061

Brian Milnes

07971 886 113

District Councillors

Peter Fane

07802 256 861

Member of Parliament

Anthony Browne


Community Association Memorial Hall:

Mrs Sheila Tilbury-Davis                                                                                                              01223 844 384

Nearby Parish Council links and contact details


Little Shelford Parish Council

Beckie Whitehouse


Stapleford Parish Council

Belinda Iron
07840 668048

Hauxton Parish Council

John Hammond

Harston Parish Council

Diane Bayliss



Whittlesford Parish Council

Marian Swann

07815 550308


An A to Z guide to who does what in and around Great Shelford


Abandoned cars

South Cambridgeshire District Council



Great Shelford Parish Council

Bin collection

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Births and deaths

Cambridgeshire County Council



Building regulations

South Cambridgeshire District Council



Bus passes

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Council tax collection

South Cambridgeshire District Council



South Cambridgeshire District Council


Electoral register

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Emergency planning

Cambridgeshire County Council


Fly tipping

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Food safety

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Grants for home improvements

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Guided Bus

Cambridgeshire County Council


Housing/ Providing council housing

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Housing benefit

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Leisure centres

South Cambridgeshire District Council



Cambridgeshire County Council



Great Shelford Parish Council



Neighbourhood Watch



Noise complaints

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Park and ride

Cambridgeshire County Council



South Cambridgeshire District Council



Cambridgeshire County Council


Pest control

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Planning applications

South Cambridgeshire District Council (although the parish council is consulted on every application in the village)



South Cambridgeshire District Council


Roads and traffic

Cambridgeshire County Council


Rubbish Collection

South Cambridgeshire District Council



Cambridgeshire County Council


Social Services

Cambridgeshire County Council


Street Lighting

South Cambridgeshire District Council 


Sweeping the streets

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Trading Standards

Cambridgeshire County Council



South Cambridgeshire District Council


Memorial Hall

Mrs Sheila Tilbury-Davis 844384

Waste and recycling sites

Cambridgeshire County Council

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