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Date published: 2007/10/02

The Cambridge News says:

More people could find themselves living in Cambridge if the boundary lines around it are redrawn.

Thousands of new homes are to be built on the Cambridge "fringe" developments, including Trumpington Meadows, the North West quarter and Arbury Park.

South Cambridgeshire District Council began exploring changing the parish boundaries of Impington and Haslingfield earlier this year.

Now many of the responses from residents, Cambridge City Council, parishes and others have suggested moving the boundary between Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

SCDC's electoral arrangements committee, which meets next week, has been advised to put the parish review on hold until the Government tells it whether a review of the district boundary is likely and, if so, when, and how it would work.

Coun Ray Manning, leader of SCDC, said: "The new development at Trumpington Meadows crosses the Cambridge city and the South Cambridgeshire district boundary. We have received a strong message through the parish review consultation that one body should administer the whole of Trumpington and not have separate representation at local and county level."

He said some of the consultees felt the same about Arbury Park.

Cambridge City Council welcomed a review of its boundary, said Coun Ian Nimmo-Smith, its leader.

The A14 and M11 have been the natural boundary for Cambridge on the north and west since they were built a few decades ago, and at long last it seems the political reality might catch up with the geography.

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