South Cambridgeshire District Council

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South Cambridgeshire District Council
Leader of the Council
Peter Topping (C)
Seats 57
36 / 57
14 / 57
6 / 57
1 / 57
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2016
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 57 councillors, representing 34 electoral wards, the Conservative Party currently has a majority on the council, having gained control in the 2007 local elections. Prior to this, no party had overall control of the council, although independents formed the majority of the council from its formation in 1973 until 1992. Councillors are elected to four year terms, and elections for a third of all councillors take place in three years out of a four-year cycle, with one year without an election.

Party Councillors Change
(from 2015 election)
Conservative 36 −2
Liberal Democrat 14 +3
Independent 6 −1
Labour 1 0
Total 57


Office Name[3] Party
Leader of the Council Peter Topping Conservative
Finance and Staffing Portfolio Holder Simon Edwards Conservative
Housing Portfolio Holder Lynda Harford Conservative
Environmental Services Portfolio Holder Mark Howell Conservative
Planning Portfolio Holder Robert Turner Conservative
Corporate and Customer Services Portfolio Holder Nick Wright Conservative
Strategic Planning Portfolio Holder Tim Wotherspoon Conservative
Greater Cambridge City Deal Portfolio Holder Francis Burkitt Conservative

Councillors and Wards[edit]

Ward Parishes[4]   Councillor[5] Party
Balsham Balsham, Carlton, Castle Camps,
Horseheath, Shudy Camps, West Wickham,
West Wratting, Western Colville
  Andrew Fraser Conservative
  Richard Turner Conservative
Bar Hill Bar Hill, Boxworth, Dry Drayton, Lolworth   Roger Hall Conservative
  Bunty Waters Conservative
Barton Barton, Coton, Grantchester, Madingley   Francis Burkitt Conservative
Bassingbourn Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Litlington,
Shingay-cum-Wendy, Whaddon
  Nigel Cathcart Labour
  David McCraith Conservative
Bourn Bourn, Cambourne, Caxton,
Croxton & Eltisley
  Simon Crocker Conservative
  Mervyn Loynes Conservative
  Des O'Brien Conservative
Caldecote Caldecote, Childerley, Kingston, Toft   Tumi Hawkins Liberal Democrat
Comberton Comberton   Tim Scott Conservative
Cottenham Cottenham, Oakington,
Rampton and Westwick
  Simon Edwards Conservative
  Lynda Harford Conservative
  Tim Wotherspoon Conservative
Duxford Duxford, Ickleton   Mick Martin Conservative
Fowlmere & Foxton Fowlmere, Foxton   Deborah Roberts Independent
Fulbourn Fulbourn   Graham Cone Conservative
  John Williams Liberal Democrat
Gamlingay Arrington, Croydon, Gamlingay,
Hatley, Little Gransden, Longstowe
  Sebastian Kindersley Liberal Democrat
  Bridget Smith Liberal Democrat
Girton Girton   Tom Bygott Conservative
  Douglas de Lacey Independent
Hardwick Hardwick   Grenville Chamberlain Conservative
Harston & Hauxton Harston, Hauxton   Janet Lockwood Liberal Democrat
Haslingfield & The Eversdens Great Eversden, Harlton, Haslingfield,
Little Eversden
  Doug Cattermole Liberal Democrat
Histon & Impington Histon, Impington, Orchard Park   Christopher Cross Conservative
  Neil Davies Independent
  Edd Stonham Independent
Linton Bartlow, Hildersham, Linton   Henry Batchelor Liberal Democrat
  John Batchelor Liberal Democrat
Longstanton Longstanton   Alex Riley Conservative
Melbourn Great Chishill, Little Chishill, Heydon,
  Val Barrett Conservative
  Jose Hales Liberal Democrat
Meldreth Meldreth, Shepreth   Philippa Hart Liberal Democrat
Milton Milton   Anna Bradnam Liberal Democrat
  Hazel Smith Liberal Democrat
Orwell & Barrington Barrington, Orwell, Wimpole   Aidan Van de Weyer Liberal Democrat
Papworth & Elsworth Conington, Elsworth, Fen Drayton,
Graveley, Knapwell, Papworth Everard,
Papworth St Agnes
  Mark Howell Conservative
  Nick Wright Conservative
Sawston Sawston   David Bard Conservative
  Kevin Cuffley Conservative
  Raymond Matthews Conservative
Swavesey Swavesey   Sue Ellington Conservative
Teversham Teversham   Caroline Hunt Conservative
The Abingtons Babraham, Great Abington, Hinxton,
Little Abington, Pampisford
  Tony Orgee Conservative
The Mordens Abington Pigotts, Guilden Morden,
Steeple Morden, Tadlow
  Cicely Murfitt Independent
The Shelfords & Stapleford Great Shelford, Little Shelford,
Newton, Stapleford
  Charles Nightingale Conservative
  Ben Shelton Conservative
  David Whiteman-Downes Conservative
The Wilbrahams Fen Ditton, Great Wilbraham,
Stow-cum-Quy, Horningsea,
Little Wilbraham & Six Mile Bottom
  Robert Turner Conservative
Waterbeach Landbeach,
Waterbeach (including Chittering)
  Ingrid Tregoing Liberal Democrat
  Peter Johnson Independent
Whittlesford Thriplow (including Heathfield),
  Peter Topping Conservative
Willingham & Over Over, Willingham   Brian Burling Conservative
  Pippa Corney Conservative
  Ray Manning Conservative

External links[edit]


  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. ^ "Committee details - Cabinet". South Cambridgeshire District Council. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  4. ^ Electoral Wards, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  5. ^ Your Councillors, South Cambridgeshire District Council