Census 2021 will help shape your community for the next 10 years


The census is coming. By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes.


It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales.


Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.


The ONS have reviewed the digital-first Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely.


Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know.


If you need help, you can visit where there’s a wide range of support services available.

Walking in Cambridgeshire

Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in Cambridgeshire is the website for you!

With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Cambridgeshire (part of the Walking in England suite of websites ( – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

John Harris

Proposed New Holding Stack: Consultation

London Luton Airport & National Air Traffic Services have published proposals to create a new holding stack to the west of Huntingdon.  The proposed changes would separate routes between Luton and Stansted, create a new hold for Luton arrivals and ensure operations at Luton and Stansted do not impact on each other.  Holds are used when flight approaches are busy.  There are no plans to vary the final approaches to Luton.   The closing date for responses to the Consultation is 5th February 2021.

Your Parish Council has objected formally to the proposals and encourages you, as residents of Great Paxton, to consider their impact on your village and to respond individually to the Consultation too.

A link to the consultation process and explanatory documents and videos follows –

An ‘Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS) Working Group’ linked to Perry Parish Council has been established and this Working Group now has a website and social media presence detailed below.  They would welcome your interest in their campaign.





Support For New PAXTON Bridge

Would you like to see a bridge reinstated over the River Ouse?

Many years ago, there used to be a chain link bridge over the River Ouse called the Wrey Ferry.  Children from Little Paxton would use it to attend school in Great Paxton.  As it becomes increasingly important to walk and cycle and to avoid use of the car,  there is recognition that Great Paxton needs to enable residents to take other ways out of the village.  Of course, a chain link bridge wouldn’t get pass a modern health and safety check, but there is a possibility that with community support, the village could secure funding from Highways England or from other agencies and business towards the building of an arched metal bridge.  It won’t be easy because the village will have to demonstrate the benefit that could flow from the investment for both Great and Little Paxton, other local villages and clubs and societies in the area and that, most importantly, that there is a real demand for it.

To help get the bridge underway the Project need your support.  Please sign the ‘support’ books that have been placed in the Community Shop and The Bell Pub.

So far the following organisations/individuals have expressed their support –

Great Ouse Valley Trust

Friends of Little Paxton Pits

Hunts Ramblers & Public Rights of Way Officer

Great Paxton Primary School

Great Paxton Community Shop

The Bell Pub

Great Paxton History Society

Great Paxton Rainbows/Brownies/Guides; and so far

244 residents of Great Paxton



An Alternative View of a Persistent Problem



The purpose of this ditty

 Is to say – it’s such a pity

 We let litter and poo bags despoil our ground.

 It takes but a moment

 To care for our environment

 And transfer both safely to containers that abound.

  We live in a lovely village

 And each thoughtless spillage

 Can easily be remedied one step at a time.

 The birds will salute you

 The creatures say thank you

 And all can walk safely … without stepping in poo.





Firstly, the Parish Council offers its sincere apologies to all residents for the current problems with regard to emptying of the Dog Bins around the village.   The Parish Council is working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the Parish Council regret having to raise this issue again – BUT dog nuisance is becoming a problem again in various locations in the village. Please remove your dog faeces (poo) and carry a suitable bag for picking up and disposing of it. Remember, offenders may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.