Welcome to Orchard Park Community Council

Orchard Park Community Council came into being on 1 April 2009 although the elections to the Council took place later, in June 2009. The most recent election was in May 2011 and the next elections are due to be in May 2015, apart from any election which may be called for a casual vacancy.

A 'Community Council'  is another name for a Parish Council - the first level of government closest to the people and representing the concerns of the local community.

The council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at The Orchard Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend any meeting with the opportunity to ask questions at the start of each meeting.



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Gallagher’s, the Developers of the retail Centre are in the process of negotiating further retail tenancies for the shops at Unwin square. One of the interested parties is a Pharmaceutical chain; the potential owner is exploring the idea of a consultation room on the premises. The Community Council feel this would offer huge benefits to our residents particularly as the medical practitioners available to our residents have been less than ideal in terms of accessing with the poor public transport links available. Unfortunately SERCO who issue the licence for this facility have declined, on the basis there are accessible Pharmacy’s available for us.

If you want to support this application which has now gone to appeal please send a letter supporting the proposed Pharmacy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it please copy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so we may also forward letters to NHS England. For further information please call the Clerk on Tel: 01223 420750.


Road adoption and lighting issues

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The main roads through the development have now been adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council, with exception to Neal Drive and the section of Topper St from Neal Drive to Chieftain Way. The adoption of Chieftain Way imminent. This means that most streetlight issues are with County Council although some remain the responsibility of Gallagher’s. Please follow the procedure for reporting street lighting faults in the County Council website: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20081/roads_and_pathways/10/roadworks_and_faults

The parcels of land developed by independent home builders such as Persimmon, Martin Grant and Taylor Wimpy, remain the responsibility of those developers. These roads do not have a section 38 agreement for County Council to adopted, however County Council would be happy to adopt them subject to satisfactory maintenance, if put forward for adoption.

If you have maintenance issues including streetlight, it is the responsibility of the developer to repair. The Community Council will be able to advise you of who to contact if you are unsure who your developer is.





Orchard Park Community Coffee Morning

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Coffee mornings are held on the first Tuesday of every month, 10:00 till 12:00. Why not join us for a Free coffee and chat, share ideas with others   This as an opportunity for you to meet our new Centre Manager and share ideas for our community.

Next Coffee Morning's:

Tuesday 7th April 2015 - Topic of the day Zumba

(A taster session for a potential new activity)


All welcome


Dog Fouling

Many people are concerned about dog fouling in public places which has increased recently. It is the legal responsibility of dog owners to clear up after their dogs. As well as being an unpleasant eye-sore it also presents health hazards, including toxicariasis, a roundworm which can cause stomach upsets and blindness. Children in play areas are especially vulnerable. If you walk your dog on Orchard Park please make sure you clean up afterwards.

The Community Council has a contract with SCDC to empty the dog bins provided, every two weeks.  It is not the responsibility of the Community Council staff to clear away dog fouling, please adhere to the Council signs on our open space facilities.

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