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South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire District
Non-metropolitan district
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Cambridgeshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Cambourne
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body South Cambridgeshire District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat (council NOC))
 • MPs Heidi Allen
James Paice
 • Total 348.12 sq mi (901.63 km2)
Area rank 285th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176
 • Rank 309th (of 326)
 • Density 180/sq mi (70/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.1% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 12UG (ONS)
E07000012 (GSS)
OS grid reference

South Cambridgeshire is a mostly rural local government district of Cambridgeshire, England with a population of 153,000. 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.

Southern Cambridgeshire, including both the district of South Cambridgeshire and the city of Cambridge, has a population of over 281,000 (including students) and an area of 1,017.28 km square.

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.

The district's coat of arms contains a reference to the coat of arms of Cambridge University. The motto, Niet Zonder Arbyt, means "Not Without Work" in old Dutch; it was originally the motto of Cornelius Vermuyden who drained The Fens in the 17th century. The district council's headquarters moved from Cambridge to Cambourne in 2004.

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. A Halifax survey rated South Cambridgeshire the best place to live in rural Britain.


  • List of settlements 1
  • Local government 2
  • Transportation 3
  • Economy 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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 – Connington – 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/Cherry Hinton – Thriplow & Heathfield – Toft – Waterbeach – West Wickham – West Wratting – Weston Colville – Westwick – Whaddon – Whittlesford – Willingham – Wimpole

Local government

South Cambridgeshire District Council's headquarters are located in South Cambridgeshire Hall in the Cambourne Business Park in Cambourne.[1] The council consists of 57 councillors, representing 34 electoral wards. The Conservative Party currently has a strong majority on the council, having gained control in the 2007 local elections. Prior to this, no party had overall control of the council.


Cambridge Airport is located in South Cambridgeshire.[2]


ScotAirways has its head office on the grounds of Cambridge Airport in South Cambridgeshire.[2][3]


  1. ^ "How to find us." South Cambridgeshire. Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Local Plan 2004 map 27b – Cambridge Airport." South Cambridgeshire District Council. Retrieved on 6 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." ScotAirways. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.

External links

  • South Cambridgeshire
  • List of settlements on South Cambridgeshire website
  • Coat of arms

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