South Cambridgeshire District
Cambourne, a new town and the administrative centre of the district
Cambourne, a new town and the administrative centre of the district
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyCambridgeshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQCambourne
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodySouth Cambridgeshire District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)
 • MPsAnthony Browne (C)
Lucy Frazer (C)
 • Total348.12 sq mi (901.63 km2)
 • Rank35th (of 296)
 • Total163,002
 • Rank124th (of 296)
 • Density470/sq mi (180/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.1% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code12UG (ONS)
E07000012 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTL318598
South Cambridgeshire District Council
Peter Fane,
Liberal Democrat
since 25 May 2023
Bridget Smith,
Liberal Democrat
since 23 May 2018
Liz Watts
since 2019[1]
Seats45 councillors
Political groups
Administration (35)
  Liberal Democrats (35)
Other parties (10)
  Conservatives (9)
  Independent (1)
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
Meeting place
South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, CB23 6EA
Longstanton, one of the many villages of the district

South Cambridgeshire is a local government district of Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 162,119 at the 2021 census.[2] 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.

Oakington, one of the many villages in the district

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] A Halifax survey rated South Cambridgeshire the best place to live in rural Britain, and sixth best overall in 2017.[6]

Histon, one of the largest villages in the district

In 2010 South Cambridgeshire had the highest median household income in the county of Cambridgeshire.[7]

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 breach the Local Government Act.[8][9]


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. The new district covered the area of two former districts, which were both abolished at the same time:[10]

The new district was named South Cambridgeshire, reflecting its position within the wider county.[11]


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.[12]

Political control

The council has been under Liberal Democrat majority control since the 2018 election.

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:[13]

Party in control Years
Independent 1974–1992
No overall control 1992–2007
Conservative 2007–2018
Liberal Democrats 2018–present


The leaders of the council since 2001 have been:[14]

Councillor Party From To
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:

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 35
Conservative 9
Independent 1
Total 45

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.[15] The district council's headquarters moved from Cambridge to Cambourne in 2004.


See also: South Cambridgeshire District Council elections

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.[16]

Councillors and Wards

Ward Parishes[17]   Councillor[18] Party
Balsham Balsham, Carlton, Horseheath,
West Wickham, West Wratting,
Western Colville
  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
  Shrobona Bhattacharya Conservative
Caxton & Papworth Boxworth, Caxton, Conington, Croxton,
Elsworth, Eltisley, Graveley, Knapwell,
Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes
  Mark Howell Conservative
  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,
Stow-cum-Quy, Teversham
  Graham Cone Conservative
  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
  Daniel Lentell Independent
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
  Heather Williams Conservative
Whittlesford Heathfield, Newton, Thriplow, Whittlesford   Richard Williams Conservative


Cambridge Airport is located in South Cambridgeshire.[19]

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway passes through South Cambridgeshire.


ScotAirways has its head office on the grounds of Cambridge Airport in South Cambridgeshire.[19][20]


Jenny Jefferies an author of several cook books and member of the Guild of Food Writers.

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


Coat of arms of South Cambridgeshire
Granted 13 May 1978 [21]
On a Wreath Argent and Gules upon a Mount Vert a Great Bustard close between the legs two Quill Pens in saltire points downward all proper.
Niet Zonder Arbyt

The council's coat of arms contains a tangential reference to the coat of arms of the University of Cambridge[22] by way of the coat of arms of Cambridge suburb Chesterton.[23] 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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