Winning Art to Brighten Bus Shelters in Milton

Photograph: Winners - David May, Chris Thomas, Alison Hullyer with Milton Parish Council Chairman, Hazel Smith and Paul Ellwood, Parish Councillor and Lead Member for the Bus Stop Art Project

A competition ran for several weeks in Milton to find 3 suitable pieces of artwork to install in 3 bus shelters in the village. It ended on Monday 24th January with final judging, following a public vote. The Parish Council who launched the competition in November 2021 held a public exhibition in January where members of the public were able to vote. All the pictures were displayed in large format and visitors were able to vote for up to 3 of the entries. The exhibition received many visitors of all ages who were able to make their choices during the event which was open for 4 hours. There was also the opportunity to vote online.

Parish Council Chairman Hazel Smith said, ‘We had 22 entries to the competition and the standard was very high. It has been good to see the village coming together on this project and producing some impressive artwork. The entries from the children were lovely. We are using money given to us for public art to fund this project and to help us brighten up the village.’

Parish Councillor and lead member on the Bus Stop Art Project, Paul Ellwood said ‘It’s been fantastic. We had a good number of entries and people were able to choose from a range of vastly different art and photography. It will be great when the winning art is finally displayed in our bus shelters in the next few weeks once they are refurbished. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their enthusiasm and for entering the competition.’

New play equipment on Sycamores Recreation Ground

Milton Parish Council and Milton Community Centre have been working together to upgrade and refurbish the Sycamores play area. At last, we are pleased to announce that it is open for use. Since the grass around the roundabout still needs to grow a little more this piece will remain shut but will also be open just as soon as the grass grows. Amongst the new equipment is a new wide slide on the bank and refurbishment of some of the older equipment has also been carried out.
The whole project has taken rather longer than anticipated mainly because of supply issues and Covid restrictions. Also midway through the project it was felt the surface needed additional refurbishment and so extra work was required to lay protective grass mats and of course it had to be re-seeded as well.
The cost for this project was shared equally by Milton Parish Council and Milton Community Centre. This sort of thing does not come cheap these days with just over £30,000 being spent on the project. However, we hope that it will give enjoyment to the children of Milton for many years to come.
If you have any comments on this story or anything else please contact the Milton Parish Council office by email or phone.
Tel: 01223 861447
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Milton Covid-19 Support Group

The group was formed last year by representatives from the local Councils, the Village Church, Milton Online, local parents, Milton Surgery Patient participation group & Community Café formed the Milton Covid-19 Support Group to co-ordinate support for people in the village during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Volunteers are available to help people who are ill and/or self-isolating in the village who may need support with:
– a friendly phone call
– grocery shopping
– picking up medications
– posting mail
– dog walking

If you are ill or self-isolating, and you need support at this time, please contact with your name, address, contact number and what you need help with, or telephone 07933 550 989. We will try to put in you in touch with a volunteer who can help you.

Traffic restrictions through Milton – 8th July to October 2021

We have been notified of upcoming traffic restrictions in Milton for the laying of a new gas main from Milton and onwards through Waterbeach.  

There should not be any full closures, but the work will involve one way traffic working with 2 or 3 phase lights and closure of the cycle lane.  Access for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians should be maintained throughout.  Active work on the trench and pipeline is expected to be during normal working hours Monday – Friday.

The trench is expected to be on the North bound carriageway so cyclist and pedestrians may be diverted onto the East side of the road at times.

We understand that the work will be done in four phases each approximately 6 weeks in duration beginning in July starting on Cambridge Road between Bene’t Close and the Northern end of The Rowans, from there to Butt Lane, then to the junction of High Street/Ely Road, and finally along Ely Road onto the A10. The work is expected to be on the North bound carriage way so cyclist and pedestrians may be diverted onto the East side of the road at times.   

The pipes are joined above ground before lowering into the trench.  Each phase will be reinstated on completion of the section.

Work is expected to start on 8th July from Bene’t Close.  We await confirmation of the subsequent phase dates.

Stagecoach Service changes from 20th June

We have been asked to share the following message from Stagecoach which includes reinstatement of the Milton Park and Ride service-

“Please find attached a route-by-route overview of service changes being introduced on our Cambridgeshire network from Sunday 20th June 2021. A full set of timetables can also be found on our website here:

Link to Service Change Overview attachment

CWWTPR – Drone Use for Topographical Survey

The following notification has been received from the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation Project Team.

“We are writing to inform you of some survey work that will be taking place over the weekend at some proposed construction areas for the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation project.

The survey works will involve the flying of drones, so that we can get better ground level detail to feed into our designs for the plant. The work will help us produce an accurate digital terrain map and digital surface map.

We can confirm that the accredited drone pilots are working with operational authorisation granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. There will also be several surveyors walking around the area to establish ground control who will be carrying theodolites and/or prisms. All data gathered is fully compliant with GDPR regulations.”

HRH The Prince Philip

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The Parish of Milton expresses deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and the extended members of the Royal Household.

The Prince and Queen Elizabeth have been married for 73 years and between them have seen 14 Prime Ministers in office during the Queen’s time as Monarch.

On the Royal Family website, members of the public are asked to consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral and other tributes in public spaces. An online book of condolence is also available for the public to post their personal tributes.