COVID-19 Business Grants Form LIVE

Dear Business Owner,

We are getting in touch with you to let you know that you can, from today, access more grants to support your business. We have been working hard over past weeks through a number of schemes the Government has created – with the intention of making those complex processes as simple as possible for you. Thank you for patience whilst we did this. The result is that with a simple to use declaration form you will be able to access the funding all at once and you will not have to make multiple applications or supply more supporting paperwork.

As you have previously successfully received funding from the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG), the grants listed below can all be accessed simply by filling out the declaration form. This can be accessed by clicking on the ‘apply’ button below. The declaration form should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Once you have submitted the form, and assuming all is ok, then we’ll get on with the job of sending you the grant.

The range of money available to eligible businesses is dependent on the rateable value of your businesses but can range in total across the schemes from just over £6,400 to almost £17,200 (this figure is an example, from all grant schemes combined, based on different rateable values and maximum qualifying periods)    

Apply

 

About the form 

The form is a declaration that your business has continued to trade since you successfully applied for the Local Restriction Support Grants (LRSG) that covered the period of 5th November to 2nd December 2020. Provided that your business is still eligible, completion of the declaration will enable your business to receive a continuous payment grant.

The payments will be based on your business type, the dates you were trading, and the impact that national and local restrictions had on your businesses, as determined by the Government. The rules the Council follows and the amounts you will receive are specified by the Government.

We appreciate this is a very unsettling time for you and we are prioritising support for businesses. We encourage you to read our website information which is regularly updated.

MyHuntingdonshire portal account 

Your previous applications for a business support grant would have been made using your MyHuntingdonshire portal, which you should already have a login and password for. You will need this information to submit this new declaration form.

A step-by-step process on how to check for updates and any correspondence, once you have submitted your declaration form, can be found under the grant specific FAQ’s listed above. More information on current grants is available on our website.

What can I do if I need help? 

If you have any queries about the declaration form, please visit our website where you will find a link to FAQs for each grant scheme, before submitting your declaration form.

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and will therefore be unable to provide a response.
Yours faithfully,

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Team  

Huntingdonshire District Council 

Census 2021 will help shape your community for the next 10 years

The Census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The Census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

The ONS have reviewed the digital-first Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

Follow and share @Census2021 posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Linkedin

If you need help or have any questions, visit www.census.gov.uk

 

Tier 4 guidance

The link to the Tier 4 guidance is here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

I am also asking people across the county to look out for neighbours and friends who may be alone or under specific pressures and suggesting that they ring or contact them online

The network of support hubs run by the district and city councils and the Countywide Co-ordination Hub can offer support to those who may be lonely or isolated, or who suddenly need very practical support. To contact the hub network people need to call 0345 045 5219 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk

For anyone whose mental health is being more severely impacted, there is the Lifeline support number 0808 808 2121 which operates daily from 11am to 11pm and for people with a mental health crisis you can phone the NHS 111 number and ask for Option 2. More information about mental health support is available on the Keep Your Head website  www.keep-your-head.com

I am writing to confirm the announcement made in Parliament this afternoon that Cambridgeshire will be under tier 4 restrictions from 12.00am on Saturday (26 December).

Case numbers have more than doubled in Cambridgeshire in the most recent week, with the most rapid increases seen in South Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, and Cambridge City. There are significant increases in all districts.

It is thought that this rapid increase in infections – after a period of reducing rates – may be associated with the new variant of the disease which is being seen across London, the East of England and South East England. Peterborough was placed in tier 4 last weekend (20 December).

Under the new restrictions, all non-essential shops must close as well as personal care services such as hairdressers, gyms and entertainment venues such as theatres and cinemas. Hospitality venues such as pubs, cafes and restaurants must also close, offering only take away and delivery services.

People must reduce their contact with anyone outside of their household /support bubble to the absolute minimum and can meet with only one other person from another household outdoors, socially distanced at all times.

People should stay local and travel outside the tier 4 area is only permitted for essential reasons such as work, education, or medical appointments.

It is a great shame that we have reached this stage, especially when I know how hard so many people have worked to keep rates of the virus down, and how much we have done as a council with our district and city council colleagues and partners to keep people safe and to protect our health services.

However, this isn’t simply a reflection on everyone’s efforts so far. We know that the new variant is up to 70% easier to catch, and this may have contributed to the increases seen in Cambridgeshire and also elsewhere. Thankfully, there is currently no evidence that the virus leads to worse outcomes than other variants.

With rates of the virus rising sharply it is clear that we need to do even more. We will be working with our district and city council colleagues on this, and we need everyone across Cambridgeshire to do more as well.

I will be asking residents to play their part and avoid all non-essential contact with anyone outside of their household or support bubble – and any help you can give to promote those messages internally and externally will be extremely helpful.

The tier 4 rules, which I ask you to share with residents, are as follows:

  • Don’t invite anyone into your home for social reasons, who you don’t normally live with or who isn’t in your existing support bubble.
  • Only leave home for essential reasons (for food/medicine/essential care or personal safety) and when you are out, remember to keep 2 meters away from anyone you don’t live with, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay in well ventilated, uncrowded places.
  • You can go out to exercise alone, with people you live with, or with one other person you don’t live with providing this is in a public place like a park.
  • Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so, and if it is essential to work outside the home take maximum precautions – particularly travelling to or from work (avoid car sharing and busy public transport, wear a mask, regular hand washing or sanitising, staying in well ventilated places, and cleaning surfaces).
  • Don’t travel outside tier 4 unless for essential work or education or a legally permitted reason – and reduce the journeys you take inside the area. People from tiers 1 – 3 should not travel to tier 4 areas, except for essential purposes such as work, education or a legally permitted reason.

Other impacts of the tier 4 rules are as follows:

  • All non-essential shops have closed. Click and collect is allowed.
  • All hospitality is closed – except for take away, drive through or food delivery.
  • Businesses offering personal care, hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, gyms etc are all closed.
  • No weddings except in exceptional circumstances, funerals with only a maximum of 30 people.
  • Places of worship open for private prayer or communal worship – but don’t mix with anyone not in your household.
  • Visits to care homes can take place if there are arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows.
  • Close-contact indoor care home visits supported by rapid testing, which are allowed in some care homes in Tiers 1-3, will not be allowed in Tier 4.
  • Entertainment venues are closed. Some outdoor sports facilities are allowed with Covid secure measures

 

Congratulations to Maurice & Sue Winners – Rural Volunteer of the Year Award 2020

Congratulations to Maurice & Sue!   The Parish Council nominated you both, a couple of months back for a  ‘Hunts Forum Rural Volunteer Award’ in recognition of your amazing work setting up and sustaining the Neighbourhood cafe.  We are delighted to share this news that they were awarded a ‘Bronze David Morgan Rural Volunteer of the Year Award’!

This was announced on December 2, 2020 at Hunts Forum AGM, and you can see it on their website.  click here – Volunteer Awards 2020 Announced | Hunts Forum

Reason for nomination:

 The Neighbourhood Cafė in Hail Weston has now been running for four years. –  It was set up by Maurice & Sue Lee, independent of the Parish Council and was born out of a village Community Led Plan 2016-2021, that Maurice & Sue were very actively involved with.

One of their ambitions following the Community Plan was to set up a Community Café in the village hall for residents to meet, chat and enjoy a cuppa and homemade cakes.   They both set up (doesn’t really do the pair justice) as they researched and engaged with CCC, Care Network Cambridgeshire, Help the Aged, other local schemes, Village hall committee and villagers to name a few, to ensure a fantastic twice every month chance for residents and visitors a natter with tea, coffee and cake!

During that time they have organised a small team of volunteers in producing homemade cakes & bakes and serving tea, coffee and juice for members of the community. All ages of residents have benefited from 2 years of age to 89 years old, as well as visitors.

Maurice & Sue have throughout the four years have mostly welcomed visitors themselves, rarely missing a café.  Always with a friendly smile whilst collaborating with the Village Hall Committee, setting up chairs and tables, decorating hall and tables and inviting engaging speakers from beekeepers, security, defibrillator demonstration and health checks and local historical talks to the afternoons.

The donations that have been received from willing residents in exchange for chat and delicious home bakes has been instrumental in raising the amazing sum of £6,928.57 for a number of charities such as Upside Down Club, Mind, British Legion, Young Carers, Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group, Air Ambulance and St Nicolas Church restoration to name a few.  As well as funding the purchase of two village defibrillators.

You can imagine how proud the Neighbourhood Cafe teams is, and The Parish Council offer no hesitation in nominating Maurice and Sue particularly poignant this year as due to Covid -19 they feel the café is in safe hands to hand over to the small team of volunteers who have also been part of that huge community effort.

Unfortunately, Covid 19 has meant that they have been unable to run any cafė events since March of this year, but as Maurice and Sue say themselves nothing is forever!

Thank you!

waste collections during Christmas and New Year

Please find below some information regarding waste collections during Christmas and New Year and some additional information which I hope you will find useful

During the Christmas and New Year period waste collection days will change which can be seen in the table below.

Residents can also download a collection calendar from www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/bins

Normal Change to
Monday 21 December Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December Thursday 24 December
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 December Wednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December
Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January
Friday 1 January Monday 4 January
Monday 4 January Tuesday 5 January
Tuesday 5 January Wednesday 6 January
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January
Thursday 7 January Friday 8 January
Friday 8 January Saturday 9 January

The household recycling centres will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  A booking system is now in place at all sites so if you are planning on visiting between Christmas and the New Year, book a slot today.  Visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more information.

Christmas Tree Recycling

We are supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice again this year who will be collecting real Christmas trees for recycling on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January.

To check availability and book your slot visit just-helping.org.uk/register-tree

Donations received from the Christmas tree collection provide vital funds for your hospice and other local charities.

Real trees can be placed by the side of the garden bin on collection day.  If the tree is bigger than the bin we ask that it is chopped in half.

Communication from – Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS) Working Group

Dear Resident,

With the approval of Perry Parish Council, a number of concerned residents and 2 Parish Councillors have set up an opposition working group to the London Luton Airport (LLA) Arrival Flightpaths Consultation.  We have called the group Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS).

You should now be aware that LLA has co-sponsored an Airspace Change Proposal and that a consultation process is in full swing. Individual consultation responses must be submitted by 5th February 2021, and Parish Councils must provide feedback to Huntingdonshire District Council on proposals by 15th December 2019.

In short, LLAs Consultation Document describes rerouting flights into and out of a new holding stack above our heads! Here is a link to the overview:

https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/

It looks like the new holding stack stretches roughly from St Neots around to Kimbolton, up to Buckworth and Alconbury and back down the A1 and around again. In other words the effect of this proposal is directly above 38 of our neighbouring villages and towns impacting approximately 50,000 people.  The villages will go from nearly zero decibels of background noise to nearly 60 decibels of constant and multiple aircraft engine drone. Here is a link to an example of what one single aircraft could sound like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeHFqX3-TYU

We are sure you are not too dissimilar to ourselves many of us have been brought up in the area and many have chosen to live in this community for its rural setting, tranquil and beautiful environment, and clean air; unspoilt by urban influences.

LLA propose, above our heads, an average of 7 to 9 planes an hour, with peaks of 12 to 13 planes an hour at 7am in the morning, midday, and from 5pm to 11pm at night!!

This is the table LLA presents to illustrate the average number of arrivals per hour of the day (from 0001 to 2359), for the year 2019.

Local Time 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Av 2019 5 5 2 1 1 0 2 13 7 6 7 9 13 12 10 9 11 13 12 11 11 12 12 9

From virtually no planes above our heads currently, to a 2019 average of 157 to 218 per day, the noise of 1 plane at 8000ft is easy to dismiss but 200 plus a day is a constant noise. On 17 June 2019 between noon to 1pm, 24 planes arrived in 1 hour!

The whole point of the LLA plan is to increase capacity, 19 million passengers at first and in 10 years potentially doubling that. Just imagine how many more flights above our heads that will bring along with the noise, pollution and damage to our environment.

We are encouraging you to express your concerns to you at the Parish Council before the 15th December 2020.

This proposal does not have to go ahead, unless of course we do nothing. We are encouraging everyone, not just those of us under the proposed stack, to complete the Consultation Feedback Proforma and to have their say. We don’t have long; we have until the 5th February 2021 to have our say. Here is the link to the Proforma feedback form

https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/consultation/intro/

We at Against Luton Airport Stack, a working group of residents, endorsed by Perry Parish Council would appreciate hearing if your Parish too is opposed to the London Luton Airports proposed change in flight path, to above our heads?  We would also be interested to know what activities your Parish might be doing to support the community to engage in the Consultation process and would be very keen to work with you in opposing the proposed stack. We also wonder if you have any technical experts in your community – aviation, environment or legal – that may be able to support us on a pro bono basis? Sharing information rather than all of us reinventing a wheel could prove beneficial given we only have 12 weeks left to respond to the LLA proposal.

Our working group now has a website and social media presence, detailed below, and we would welcome you sharing details with your parishioners for them to join us.

www.AgainstLutonAirportStack.co.uk

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/Against-Luton-Airport-Stack-100706685199994/

We look forward and anticipate hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Sarah from Against Luton Airport Stack (ALAS) Working Group, againstlutonairportstack@gmail.com

Perry Parish Clerk. clerk@perryparishcouncil.org.uk

Census is taking place in March 2021

What’s happening with the Census?

The Census is taking place in March 2021 as planned, the ONS has reviewed the Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely. This was confirmed by ONS to Local Authorities in October, here’s a link to the communication.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways, and it has further emphasised the need for up-to-date data about the population to help organisations shape services for society for the years to come.

For the first time this will be a digital-first Census, but paper copies will be available for those who need it. Help will be available for people who need support to take part online or need translations, through a public contact centre. Accessible options are also available.

ONS have listened to users and to broaden understanding of our modern society there are new and voluntary questions in this Census about armed forces leavers, gender identity and sexual orientation.

View here: Community Handbook

Consultation on Luton Airport flight paths

The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) have recently launched a consultation exercise on plans to make alterations to the flight paths and holding pattern arrangements for Luton airport.  These changes are being made in order to provide clear separation of the air traffic for Luton and Stansted airports, which currently overlap.  As the proposed flight paths are to the south of our district, there is likely to be little impact in Huntingdonshire.  However, the plans also include a new holding pattern for the airport which is intended to be over the south-western corner of Huntingdonshire (broadly circling round the line of the A1 from St Neots to Alconbury).  The intention is that aircraft in the holding zone will be flying at a height of over 8,000 feet and the consultation document sets out a position that this will not present a nuisance, either in terms of noise or pollution.

A web site, with “walk around” facility, video presentations and detailed information on the proposals has been set up by NATS and can be accessed here:  https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/.  NATS are also holding some open sessions by webinar and interested parties can book on to these from within the web site.  It is also possible to make comments on the proposals on the web site, if you would like to do so.

Hail Weston Parish Council are due to discuss the Airspace Change Proposal at their next (virtual) parish meeting on the 17.11.2020The consultation closes on 05.02.2021 any resident can make a comment direct to the consultation.  If you are concerned about the impact of the proposals and intend to provide a formal response to the consultation and wish to notify the parish council please send to Clerk@hailweston.org.uk.  Huntingdonshire District Council is planning to discuss the proposals at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting and Cabinet in January 2021 and, if considered necessary, comments will be submitted to NATS via the route mentioned above.

Jonathan Djanogly MP is also concerned about the impact of these changes and intends to provide a formal response to the consultation in due course.  He would also welcome constituents contacting him directly with their views on this issue so that he may accurately reflect local feeling in his consultation response.