South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire is a mostly rural local government district of Cambridgeshire, England with a population of 148,755 at the 2011 Census.[1] 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.

South Cambridgeshire District
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
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)
Area rank40th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank126th (of 317)
  Density450/sq mi (170/km2)
97.1% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code12UG (ONS)
E07000012 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTL318598

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 remained the only English district to completely encircle another. As the other parts of Britain consists of district-equivalents, none of them are shaped like a doughnut.

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

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

Local government

South Cambridgeshire District Council's headquarters are located in South Cambridgeshire Hall in the Cambourne Business Park in Cambourne.[2] The council consists of 45 councillors (reduced from 57 in 2018), representing 26 electoral wards (reduced from 34 in 2018). The Liberal Democrats now have a strong majority on the council, having gained control in the 2018 local elections which saw a major shift in voting; the Conservatives having had control since 2007. Prior to that, no party had overall control of the council.

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrat 30
Conservative 11
Independent 2
Labour 2


Cambridge Airport is located in South Cambridgeshire.[3]

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway passes through South Cambridgeshire.


ScotAirways has its head office on the grounds of Cambridge Airport in South Cambridgeshire.[3][4]


  1. "Non Metropoliatan District council population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  2. "How to find us Archived 23 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine." South Cambridgeshire. Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  3. "Local Plan 2004 map 27b – Cambridge Airport." South Cambridgeshire District Council. Retrieved on 6 July 2010.
  4. "Contact Us." ScotAirways. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.

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