South Cambridgeshire District
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|o Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|o Body||South Cambridgeshire District Council|
|o Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)|
|o MPs||Anthony Browne (C)|
Lucy Frazer (C)
|o Total||348.12 sq mi (901.63 km2)|
|Area rank||40th (of 309)|
|o Rank||124th (of 309)|
|o Density||460/sq mi (180/km2)|
|o Ethnicity||97.1% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|ONS code||12UG (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
South Cambridgeshire is a mostly rural local government district of Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 148,755 at the 2011 census. 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.
The district's coat of arms contains a tangential reference to the coat of arms of the University of Cambridge by way of the coat of arms of Cambridge suburb Chesterton. The motto, Niet Zonder Arbyt, means "Not Without Work" (or effort) in old 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 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, and sixth best overall in 2017.
In 2010 South Cambridgeshire had the highest median household income in the country of Cambridgeshire.
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South Cambridgeshire District Council's headquarters are located in South Cambridgeshire Hall in the Cambourne Business Park in Cambourne. 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.
The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway passes through South Cambridgeshire.