Parish & Town Council and Resident Association updates

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Council provides essential supplies for most vulnerable shielding from Coronavirus
Parcels of food and emergency supplies for the most vulnerable in our communities who are shielding from the Coronavirus are being delivered to residents across the county from this week.
The Government has promised that a national food distribution scheme will be up and running very soon, to support 1.5million people nationally who need to be shielded from the virus for at least 12 weeks because of serious health and medical conditions.
Every one of those people is being contacted by the NHS to advise them of this, and to ask whether or not they have a reliable support network in place to make sure they receive food and medicines, and other supplies, to prevent them from having to leave their homes.
Those who don’t have such a network will be provided with food and medicines via a national scheme which is being developed with food wholesalers, supermarkets and community pharmacies.
In the period up until this national scheme is fully operational, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been working with the British Red Cross to ensure that those residents who need food, medicine and emergency supplies are looked after.
During the weekend council staff telephoned residents who they knew were shielding to see if they needed help and then arranged deliveries of items to those that did.
Yesterday (Monday) a team of council staff and British Red Cross volunteers packed tens of boxes with emergency supplies which have been delivered by the Government, which will be delivered to residents who are shielding at home in the coming days and weeks.

The council and British Red Cross have also been supported by a planner from the military and staff from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A warehouse facility has been secured in the centre of the county, from which distribution of the parcels will take place via the local hubs network.

Residents are asked to note that they will NOT be asked for payment or bank card details, either at the door or by any other contact.

If you are at home and shielding because of serious health or medical conditions and we have not been in touch, please visit our Coordination Hub page or call us on 0345 045 5219
Please visit our Cambridgeshire or Peterborough websites for further contacts details.

Shielded Patients List
NHS Digital has published the shielded patients list (SPL) which is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time.
People who have not yet received a text or letter from NHS, can self-register (or register a family member) if they are extremely vulnerable and think they should be on the NHS Shielded Patient list https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
People who believe they have been included in error on the list can ignore the communication provided they have checked the list of identified conditions does not apply to them, and may wish to contact their GP or clinical specialist for advice

Community translation videos
The Government’s information about staying at home for all but essential reasons, keeping your distance when you must go out, and washing your hands when you return is vitally important for everyone to know and understand to prevent the spread of the virus. Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council identified that there was a problem reaching some people in our communities with this message who may not have understood the important public health messages, either because they cannot read or understand English or because they cannot access translations.
As a result we have worked with people across our communities to produce video messages of this advice in other languages. Video blogs have been produced covering 29 different languages so far – with more being added every day – and these are available to view and share on our websites and on all our social media sites. People across our communities have been sharing the messages and we are asking other organisations to use them widely to reach as many people as we can. Cambridgeshire Constabulary is already doing this.
Please help us to share the videos as widely as you can, helping to reinforce the message that people must stay at home unless for the reasons set out by Government. Take a look at the video blogs on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough websites.

Domestic abuse and COVID-19
We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them.
During the current coronavirus ‘stay at home’ situation, one of the concerns is that there will be an increase in reports of domestic abuse. Home is not likely to be a safe place for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and they will be increasingly isolated from sources of support.
The window of opportunity for anyone with an abusive partner to make a call and seek help is often very limited and that window is now likely to be even smaller. Research undertaken in China during the Wuhan lockdown revealed an increase of a third in reported domestic abuse incidents.
Councillor Mark Goldsack, White Ribbon ambassador and lead member for community safety and domestic violence at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “As a White Ribbon ambassador, domestic abuse of all kinds is constantly in my mind. Under current rules for COVID-19, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people in a heightened risk of domestic abuse.
“We want to make sure that despite the conditions our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”
Councillor Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Communities at Peterborough City Council, said: “Under the new ‘stay at home’ rules in place for coronavirus, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people at a heightened risk of all kinds of domestic abuse.
“We want to make sure that despite the current circumstances, our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”
Find all the contact details and read more here on our news pages at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Dr Liz Robin vlog
Today Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health, reminds us the measures we are taking will help to beat the spread of coronavirus and give us five simple tips that you can do every day to improve your mental and physical health.
Click here to watch today’s video blog.
Dr Liz Robin is available for down the line interviews about the current COVID-19 situation or the contents of today’s Vlog. Please contact the Communications team if you would like to set one of these up.

Support for businesses in Peterborough
From tomorrow (Wednesday), businesses in Peterborough will begin receiving financial support from the city council, following a package of measures announced by Central Government last week to support businesses which have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
12 month Business Rate Holiday
This applies to any retail, hospitality and leisure businesses and also non-local authority childcare providers. These businesses will have nothing to pay from tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 April) for 12 months. The collective saving for these city businesses is £33m and revised bills – with zero to pay – will be sent.
Small Business Grant Funding
All businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief (over 2,000 businesses in Peterborough) will automatically receive £10,000. The collective payment for Peterborough businesses is £22million. We are getting in touch with these businesses and will make the payments over the next two weeks.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funding
This affects almost 640 businesses in Peterborough who will each receive £25,000. The collective payment is £16million. We are getting in touch with these businesses and will make the payment over the next two weeks.

Support for city residents
Central Government has now provided the council with further clarification over which households should receive a slice of a national £500million Hardship Fund to help ease financial worries during Covid-19.
Over 7,700 city households will be eligible for a £150 payment. Residents across the city will collectively receive £1.6million. This will appear as a credit on their April council tax bills.

Businesses in Cambridgeshire
The Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority (CPCA), working with the County Council and Peterborough City Council, wants to ensure businesses across Cambridgeshire are fully aware of the various financial support measures being made available by Government and that as many businesses as possible secure the support they are eligible to receive.
The CPCA have set-up an email address to receive and respond to general business queries – business@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk
Further support and advice for businesses can be found on our websites: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Junction 18 (Rhubarb Bridge) works complete in Peterborough
The works are now complete, the bridge has been strengthened and traffic can flow at the main roundabout. The contractors will return as soon as possible to put the finishing touches to the pedestrian crossings, which then means they can be used. In the meantime the footbridge is open as usual.

Children in school are all smiles
While the current situation may be difficult for many of us, it is certainly not holding back those children attending Cherry Hinton Primary School in Cambridge. Not just content with keeping the positivity to themselves, they have been helping those passing by the school keep in good spirits too!

Bin collections in Peterborough
City residents are being asked not to overload bins and to ensure that recycling, general waste and food waste is in the correct bins. Crews are noticing some residents are having non-essential clear outs at home and are filling bins with many more items than usual. This means crews are taking longer to complete their collections and could place strain on the teams if workers begin to fall sick and are unable to come to work during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information about what should go in your bin, visit our website.
You can keep up-to-date with any changes to our services on our websites:
Peterborough – https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/healthcare/public-health/coronavirus/disruption-to-council-services
Cambridgeshire – https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/disruption-to-council-services
Our advice and latest information on Coronavirus can be found on both websites – www.peterborough.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Coronavirus: what you need to do
Stay at home
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Anyone can spread the virus.
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Sharing Parish Updates
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Contact:
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Have Your Say on Future Bus Services

ITP have been commissioned by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to better understand perceptions of bus services in the region in order to create a vision for future bus travel.

To inform this work we want to understand:
• How frequently people use bus services and how satisfied they are with those services,
• The factors are most important to them when considering travelling by bus;
• Levels of support for improvements to bus services in your local area.

We are collecting people’s views via an online survey.

The survey has recently been shared via the CPCA website and featured in the local press – https://cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk/news/public-to-have-say-on-cambridgeshire-and-peterborough-radical-bus-reform/. 

About the online survey
• The surveys launched  – Monday 4th November
The survey will be open for entries for 6 weeks, until Sunday 15th December.
• The survey can be accessed via this link – www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FutureBus/
• We are looking for responses from people who use the bus and those that do not.
• Surveys can also be completed over the phone by calling 07377 001512 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).

Everyone who completes the survey will have the choice to enter a prize draw to win £100 of high street shopping vouchers.
• Respondents can indicate a willingness to be considered to attend a follow-up group discussion session.
• Any personal information we collect to facilitate the selection of discussion group participants (name, email / telephone number) will be securely stored in accordance with GDPR and will not be shared with any third parties outside of our project delivery team, which consists of ITP and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

A1 Crosshall Bridge Works – B645 Kimbolton Road / B1048 Crosshall Road

Highways England is undertaking necessary improvement works on the B645 Kimbolton Road / B1048 Crosshall Road bridge above the A1. Works will include the replacement of joints, kerbs, road markings, studs and improvements to the road surfacing.

These road improvements are necessary to maintain the strategic road network along the A1. These safety improvements will add benefits such as a better road surface and an improved journey for road users.

The work is planned to start on Monday 9 September for approximately 2 weeks and will require two way traffic lights as well as a 24 hour closure of B645 Kimbolton Road / B1048 Crosshall Road at Crosshall bridge, followed by overnight closures of the A1 northbound entry and southbound exit slips between 8pm and 6am on weekdays only.

Traffic Restrictions

In order to minimise the impact on local communities and road users, we will only divert traffic onto local roads when absolutely necessary. We have consulted closely with the local authority to agree the most appropriate diversion route which is highlighted on the enclosed map. Access for emergency vehicles will be allowed at all times.

The following road closures will be in place.

• Closure of the B645 Kimbolton Road / B1048 Crosshall Road at Crosshall bridge from Tuesday 10 September 6am to Friday 13 September 6am (Diagram A) • Closure of the A1 northbound entry slip on Friday 13 September between 8pm and 6am (Diagram B) • Closure of the A1 southbound exit slip from Monday 16 September to Thursday 19 September between 8pm and 6am (Diagram C)
Pedestrian and cycle access across the Crosshall bridge will be available for the duration of the works.

Due to the nature of the work being carried out, some noise and light disturbance is unavoidable. We will however attempt to keep this to a minimum. The works will be intermittent, there will be times when there are no visible works taking place. This is due to us having to wait for surface cooling before further work can take place.
Please note that these works are subject to weather conditions and dates may change. Notices onsite will provide the most up to date information. Should there be a requirement to significantly re-programme the work, a further notification will be issued.
If you have any queries about our work, or want to know more, please contact us

on 0300 123 5000 or via email at info@highwaysengland.co.uk
Alternatively you can contact GRAHAM Construction who will be carrying out the works directly via email at HEworks@graham.co.uk

(Crosshall) Letter and Diversion routes

Yours sincerely

Steve Cox

Local Transport Plan – Future transport in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Local Transport Plan

This is the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Local Transport Plan consultation page. The draft Local Transport Plan, alongside details of how to get involved in shaping the future of transport in our area was launched on Monday 17th June.

Our consultation is an exciting and powerful conversation about the future of transport in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

For a simple guide to the Local Transport Plan, including a summary of the key transport projects in your area, click here.

Throughout the consultation period, which runs from Monday 17 June to Friday 27 September 2019, we will be providing the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback via a number of channels:

Online: Our online questionnaire can be completed here.

Email: send an email to LTP@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

In person: talk to a member of the team about the Local Transport Plan at one of our staffed events (details below)

The documents that form the draft Local Transport Plan can be found using the following links:

The Frequently Asked Questions for the Local Transport Plan here

The Sam Malt Collection – Local old photographs

St Nicolas Church Restoration Group

Please support a wonderful opportunity to come and see

THE SAM MALT COLLECTION

Local Old Photographs

Displayed by

Grafham Wildlife and Conservation Group

Featuring:

Hail Weston, Great Staughton, Little Staughton, Perry, Grafham Water (before & during construction),
St Neots, Gaynes Hall and the SOE.

Saturday, 14th and Sunday, 15th September 2019

Hail Weston Village Hall, PE19 5JS

10.30 a.m. to 4.30p.m. each day

Free Entry, but donations requested                                                          Raffle
Refreshments available

All donations will provide vital funds for St Nicolas Church
& go towards the costs incurred repairing damage to the Church Tower,
caused during a storm in 2018

 

Photographic Exhibition 2019 (2) (1)

Street Lighting

Reporting Footpath Issues

With the winter weather we have noticed that some of the footpaths in the Parish have started to become rather difficult to pass. The people to report this to are CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL, using their “Report a Problem” Service.

What to do:

It’s simple, easy, free and is the quickest way to report an issue to the right people.