South Cambridgeshire District Council

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South Cambridgeshire District Council
Leader of the Council
Bridget Smith (LD)
Seats45 councillors
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Political groups
Executive (30)

Opposition (15)

First past the post
Last election
3 May 2018
Meeting place
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South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne

South Cambridgeshire District Council is the local authority for the district of South Cambridgeshire in Cambridgeshire, England. Based in Cambourne, it forms the lower part of the two tier system of local government in the district, below Cambridgeshire County Council. The district council provides services such as waste collection and recycling, local planning and housing services, environmental health services and council tax collection.[1] The district was formed in 1973 under the Local Government Act 1972 and took over powers from the former Chesterton Rural District and South Cambridgeshire Rural District on 1 April 1974.

Its motto is Dutch: Niet zonder arbyt ("Nothing without work"), the family motto of Cornelius Vermuyden, a Dutchman who was brought to England to drain The Fens.[2]


The council consists of 45 councillors, representing 26 electoral wards. The Liberal Democrats currently have a majority on the council, having gained control in the 2018 local elections. Prior to this, the Conservative party had overall control of the council since 2007, although independents formed the majority of the council from its formation in 1973 until 1992. Councillors are elected to four year terms. The 2018 elections were the first of the All-out Elections under the new policy agreed in 2015;[3] previous to that, elections for a third of all councillors took place in three years out of a four-year cycle, with one year without an election.

Party Councillors Change
(from 2018 election)
Conservative 11 −16
Liberal Democrat 30 +19
Independent 2 −5
Labour 2 +1
Total 45


Office Party Name
Leader Liberal Democrat Bridget Smith
Deputy Leader Liberal Democrat Aidan van de Weyer
Finance Liberal Democrat John Williams
Environmental Services and Licensing Liberal Democrat Neil Gough
Housing Liberal Democrat Hazel Smith
Planning Liberal Democrat Tumi Hawkins
Customer Service and Business Improvement Liberal Democrat Philippa Hart

Councillors and Wards[edit]

Ward Parishes[4]   Councillor[5] Party
Balsham Balsham, Carlton, Horseheath,
West Wickham, West Wratting,
Western Colville
  Geoff Harvey Liberal Democrat
Bar Hill Bar Hill   Bunty Waters Conservative
Barrington Barrington, Great Eversden,
Little Eversden, Orwell, Wimpole
  Aidan Van de Weyer Liberal Democrat
Bassingbourn Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Litlington,   Nigel Cathcart Labour
Caldecote Bourn, Caldecote, Childerley, Kingston,
Little Gransden, Longstowe, Toft
  Tumi Hawkins Liberal Democrat
Cambourne Cambourne   Ruth Betson Conservative
  Shrobona Bhattacharya Conservative
  Gavin Clayton Labour
Caxton & Papworth Boxworth, Caxton, Conington, Croxton,
Elsworth, Eltisley, Graveley, Knapwell,
Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes
  Mark Howell Conservative
  Nick Wright Conservative
Cottenham Cottenham, Rampton   Neil Gough Liberal Democrat
  Eileen Wilson Liberal Democrat
Duxford Babraham, Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford   Peter McDonald Liberal Democrat
Fen Ditton & Fulbourn Fen Ditton, Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham,
Horningsea, Little Wilbraham,
Stow-cum-Quy, Teversham
  Graham Cone Conservative
  Claire Daunton Liberal Democrat
  John Williams Liberal Democrat
Foxton Fowlmere, Foxton, Great Chishill, Heydon, Little Chishill   Deborah Roberts Independent
Gamlingay Gamlingay   Bridget Smith Liberal Democrat
Girton Dry Drayton, Girton, Madingley   Tom Bygott Conservative
  Douglas de Lacey Independent
Hardwick Hardwick, Toft   Grenville Chamberlain Conservative
Harston & Comberton Barton, Comberton, Coton, Grantchester,
Harlton, Harston, Haslingfield,
Hauxton, South Trumpington
  Philip Allen Liberal Democrat
  Tony Mason Liberal Democrat
  Ian Sollom Liberal Democrat
Histon & Impington Histon, Impington, Orchard Park   Martin Cahn Liberal Democrat
  Pippa Heylings Liberal Democrat
  Steve Hunt Liberal Democrat
Linton Bartlow, Castle Camps, Great Abington, Hildersham,
Linton, Little Abington, Shudy Camps
  Henry Batchelor Liberal Democrat
  John Batchelor Liberal Democrat
Longstanton Longstanton, Oakington, Westwick   Sarah Cheung Johnson Liberal Democrat
  Alex Malyon Liberal Democrat
Melbourn Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth, Whaddon   Jose Hales Liberal Democrat
  Philippa Hart Liberal Democrat
Milton & Waterbeach Landbeach, Milton, Waterbeach   Anna Bradnam Liberal Democrat
  Judith Rippeth Liberal Democrat
  Hazel Smith Liberal Democrat
Over & Willingham Over, Willingham   Bill Handley Liberal Democrat
  Dawn Percival Liberal Democrat
Sawston Sawston   Clare Delderfield Liberal Democrat
  Brian Milnes Liberal Democrat
Shelford Great Shelford, Little Shelford, Stapleford   Peter Fane Liberal Democrat
  Nick Sample Liberal Democrat
Swavesey Fen Drayton, Lolworth, Swavesey   Sue Ellington Conservative
The Mordens Abington Pigotts, Arrington, Croydon, Guilden Morden,
Hatley, Shingay-cum-Wendy, Steeple Morden, Tadlow
  Heather Williams Conservative
Whittlesford Heathfield, Newton, Thriplow, Whittlesford   Peter Topping Conservative


  1. ^ "About the Council". South Cambridgeshire District Council. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  2. ^ "Civic Heraldry of England and Wales – East Anglia and Essex Area". Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Moving to All-out Elections." South Cambridgeshire. Retrieved on 7 May 2018.
  4. ^ Electoral Wards, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  5. ^ Your Councillors, South Cambridgeshire District Council

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