South Cambridgeshire District
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||South Cambridgeshire District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)|
|• MPs||Anthony Browne (C)|
Lucy Frazer (C)
|• Total||348.12 sq mi (901.63 km2)|
|• Rank||40th (of 314)|
|• Rank||122nd (of 314)|
|• Density||470/sq mi (180/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||97.1% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||12UG (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
South Cambridgeshire District Council
since 25 May 2023
since 23 May 2018
|5 May 2022|
|South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, CB23 6EA|
South Cambridgeshire is a local government district of Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 162,119 at the 2021 census. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Chesterton Rural District and South Cambridgeshire Rural District. It completely surrounds the city of Cambridge, which is administered separately from the district by Cambridge City Council.
On the abolition of South Herefordshire and Hereford districts to form the unitary Herefordshire in 1998, South Cambridgeshire became the only English district to completely encircle another. South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council work together on some projects, such as the Greater Cambridge Local Plan. Since 2017 the district has been a constituent member of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, led by the directly-elected Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
South Cambridgeshire has scored highly on the best places to live, according to Channel 4, which ranked South Cambridgeshire as the fifth-best place to live in 2006. A Halifax survey rated South Cambridgeshire the best place to live in rural Britain, and sixth best overall in 2017.
In 2010 South Cambridgeshire had the highest median household income in the county of Cambridgeshire.
In January 2023 the council started a three-month trial of a four day working week, with the intention of extending the trial until April 2024. Conservative local government minister, Lee Rowley, ordered the trial be halted, claiming it would breech the Local Government Act.
The new district was named South Cambridgeshire, reflecting its position within the wider county.
South Cambridgeshire District Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Cambridgeshire County Council. The whole district is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.
The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1992–2007|
|Daphne Spink||Conservative||17 May 2001||26 May 2005|
|Sebastian Kindersley||Liberal Democrats||26 May 2005||25 May 2006|
|David Bard||Conservative||25 May 2006||11 Jan 2007|
|Ray Manning||Conservative||25 Jan 2007||19 May 2016|
|Peter Topping||Conservative||19 May 2016||23 May 2018|
|Bridget Smith||Liberal Democrats||23 May 2018|
Following the 2022 election and subsequent by-elections and changes of allegiance up to June 2023, the composition of the council was:
The next election is due in 2026.
South Cambridgeshire District Council's headquarters are located in South Cambridgeshire Hall in the Cambourne Business Park in Cambourne. The district council's headquarters moved from Cambridge to Cambourne in 2004.
Since the last full review of boundaries in 2018 the council has comprised 45 councillors representing 26 wards, with each ward electing one, two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.
Councillors and Wards
|Balsham||Balsham, Carlton, Horseheath,
West Wickham, West Wratting,
|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,||Susan van de Ven||Liberal Democrats|
|Caldecote||Bourn, Caldecote, Childerley, Kingston,
Little Gransden, Longstowe, Toft
|Tumi Hawkins||Liberal Democrat|
|Cambourne||Cambourne||Stephen Drew||Liberal Democrat|
|Helene Leeming||Liberal Democrat|
|Caxton & Papworth||Boxworth, Caxton, Conington, Croxton,
Elsworth, Eltisley, Graveley, Knapwell,
Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes
|Peter Sandford||Liberal Democrat|
|Cottenham||Cottenham, Rampton||Annika Osborne||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,
|Carla Hofman||Liberal Democrat|
|John Williams||Liberal Democrat|
|Foxton||Fowlmere, Foxton, Great Chishill, Heydon, Little Chishill||James Hobro||Liberal Democrat|
|Gamlingay||Gamlingay||Bridget Smith||Liberal Democrat|
|Girton||Dry Drayton, Girton, Madingley||Corinne Garvie||Liberal Democrats|
|Richard Stobart||Liberal Democrats|
|Hardwick||Hardwick, Toft||Lina Nieto||Conservative|
|Harston & Comberton||Barton, Comberton, Coton, Grantchester,
Harlton, Harston, Haslingfield,
Hauxton, South Trumpington
|Michael Atkins||Liberal Democrat|
|Ariel Cahn||Liberal Democrat|
|Lisa Redrup||Liberal Democrat|
|Histon & Impington||Histon, Impington, Orchard Park||Martin Cahn||Liberal Democrat|
|Sunita Hansraj||Liberal Democrat|
|Pippa Heylings||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||Tom Bygott||Conservative|
|Natalie Warren-Green||Liberal Democrat|
|Melbourn||Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth, Whaddon||Jose Hales||Liberal Democrat|
|Sally Ann Hart||Liberal Democrat|
|Milton & Waterbeach||Landbeach, Milton, Waterbeach||Paul Bearpark||Liberal Democrat|
|Anna Bradnam||Liberal Democrat|
|Judith Rippeth||Liberal Democrat|
|Over & Willingham||Over, Willingham||Bill Handley||Liberal Democrat|
|Sawston||Sawston||Libby Earle||Liberal Democrat|
|Brian Milnes||Liberal Democrat|
|Shelford||Great Shelford, Little Shelford, Stapleford||Peter Fane||Liberal Democrat|
|William Jackson-Wood||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
|Whittlesford||Heathfield, Newton, Thriplow, Whittlesford||Richard Williams||Conservative|
The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway passes through South Cambridgeshire.
List of settlements
Abington Piggotts – Arrington – Babraham – Balsham – Bar Hill – Barrington – Bartlow – Barton – Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth – Bourn – Boxworth – Caldecote – Cambourne – Carlton – Castle Camps – Caxton – Childerley – Chishills – Chittering – Comberton – Conington – Coton – Cottenham – Croxton – Croydon – Dry Drayton – Duxford – Elsworth – Eltisley – Fen Ditton – Fen Drayton – Fowlmere – Foxton – Fulbourn – Gamlingay – Girton – Grantchester – Graveley – Great Abington – Great Eversden – Great Shelford – Great Wilbraham – Guilden Morden – Hardwick – Harlton – Harston – Haslingfield – Hatley – Hauxton – Heydon – Hildersham – Hinxton – Histon – Horseheath – Horningsea – Ickleton – Impington – Kingston – Knapwell – Landbeach – Linton – Litlington – Little Abington – Little Eversden – Little Gransden – Little Shelford – Little Wilbraham – Lolworth – Longstanton – Longstowe – Madingley – Melbourn – Meldreth – Milton – Newton – Oakington – Orchard Park – Orwell – Over – Pampisford – Papworth Everard – Papworth St Agnes – Rampton – Sawston – Shepreth – Shingay cum Wendy – Shudy Camps – Six Mile Bottom – Stapleford – Steeple Morden – Stow-cum-Quy – Swavesey – Tadlow – Teversham – Thriplow & Heathfield – Toft – Waterbeach – West Wickham – West Wratting – Weston Colville – Westwick – Whaddon – Whittlesford – Willingham – Wimpole
The council's coat of arms contains a tangential reference to the coat of arms of the University of Cambridge by way of the coat of arms of Cambridge suburb Chesterton. The motto, Niet Zonder Arbyt, means "Nothing Without Work" (or effort) in pre-standard Dutch; the only Dutch motto in British civic heraldry. It was originally the motto of Cornelius Vermuyden, who drained the Fens in the 17th century. The council uses a monochrome depiction of its coat of arms as its logo.
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