Milton, Cambridgeshire

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Location: 52°14’36"N, 0°9’41"E
Population: 4,275
Post town: Cambridge
Postcode: CB24
Dialling code: 01223
Local Government
Council: South Cambridgeshire
South East Cambridgeshire

Milton is a village just north of Cambridge. It expanded considerably in the late 1980s when two large housing estates were built between the bypass and the village, doubling the population between the 1981 and 1991 censuses.[1] In the next decade its population remained static and according to the 2001 census it was still around 4,275.[2] Milton's position immediately north of Cambridge, separated only by the A14, is the main factor in Milton's life and development. It lies within the Cambridge green belt.

The Cambridge Science Park lies within the parish boundaries.[3]. Milton is also the home of Pi Shurlok's head office and Nokia's Cambridge office. The village has three pubs and a brewery.

The land between Milton and Waterbeach has been bought by Cambridge Sport Lakes to develop a rowing lake and plans for an international-standard 8-lane rowing lake have been on the cards in Cambridge for many years. The original planning permission for the rowing lake was granted in 1995[4] but subsequently lapsed. However, permission was granted again in 2007.[5]


Church of All Saints'

Milton Country Park

Entrance to Milton Country Park

Milton Country Park is located at the south-eastern edge of the village. It is built on the site of a former gravel quarry and has offered sanctuary for wildlife and plants since 1993. Two flooded pits now form freshwater lakes, one of which is available for fishing.

A network of over two miles of paths leads around the park; many of these paths are suitable for bicycles and wheelchairs as well as those on foot. A sensory garden next to the visitors' centre gives has plants selected for aroma and texture, and opposite it a "sustainable garden" is being built. A wheelchair loan scheme is in operation.

The park's financial future became uncertain due to the 2005 Council Tax capping, causing South Cambridgeshire District Council to announce that they could not continue to fund the park and were looking for a new body to do so, or if that were unsuccessful, to close the park. A campaign to save the park collected over 10,000 signatures.[6] In July 2007, the council agreed in principle to hand the management of the park to Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust.[7]


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