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

 

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

Hail Weston Community Speed Watch

Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities around Cambridgeshire. It can be a factor in road traffic collisions and impacts on the day-to-day lives of people living in Hail Weston.

Hail Weston Parish Council have been contacted by residents about speeding vehicles on Ford Rd, B645 and within the village.  Vehicle ‘noise’ from bikes & cars is also mentioned as one of the biggest community concerns and as such PC wants to work to set up a Community Speed Watch.

Community Speed Watch is operated by Cambridgeshire Constabulary in partnership with HWPC and community volunteers supported by the County coordinator, full Covid-19 compliant training will be provided to any volunteers either by virtual or in groups less than 6.

We still require a further 6 volunteers for it to operate successfully: the intention is to organise several speed watch sessions so that HWPC can determine how well the current speed limits are being adhered to.

From the successful data capture in 2015, in which Tony Baker and volunteers commenced a speed survey which was instrumental in speed limit reductions on the B645 & Hail Weston village it is time to review, encourage more considerate driver behaviour and collaborate with Cambridgeshire constabulary to help shape any future action.

If you would like to be part of the Hail Weston Community Speed Watch team please contact Clerk@hailweston.org  Any hours of the week that you can spare will be helpful in building the data capture.

 

Communities-urged-to-social-distance-and-stay-alert

Messages urging people to continue following the social distancing guidelines are being reiterated and translated into other languages to encourage people from all of Huntingdonshire’s communities to pull together to avoid a second peak of coronavirus – particularly ahead of a potentially warm weekend.

Please read more advice here:

https://www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/news/communities-urged-to-social-distance-and-stay-alert/

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
You are welcome to share this Parish Update by forwarding the email to people in your community, who can also subscribe to receive updates from Cambridgeshire County Council by registering and selecting ‘Parish and District Updates’ from the list under Covid-19.

Contact:
parishesCV@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or email address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your email address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please visit subscriberhelp.govdelivery.com.
This service is provided to you at no charge by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Notice to impose a 20mph speed limit in the village of Hail Weston

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Cambridgeshire County Council proposes to make an Order under Sections 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”) and of all other enabling powers, having given public notice in accordance with subsection (2) of that section and after consultation with the Chief Officer of Police in accordance with paragraph 9 of Part III of Schedule 9 to the Act the effect of which will be to impose a 20mph speed limit in the village of Hail Weston.

The draft Order, together with a map showing the road and length of road concerned and a statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make the Order, may be examined at Reception, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP or at the office of the undersigned during normal office hours or go to http://bit.ly/cambridgeshiretro

Objections to the proposal, together with the grounds on which they are made or any additional comments, must be sent in writing to the undersigned or by email to policyandregulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk by 2nd August 2019 quoting reference PR0555.  If you require further information regarding this proposal please telephone Karen Lunn in the Local Projects Team (0345 045 5212).

Steve Cox, Executive Director, Place & Economy, c/o Policy and Regulation, Vantage House, Washingley Road, Huntingdon PE29 6SR

Official copy of Public Notice

PCSO encourages methods of keeping informed/reporting

Richard Braddick, PCSO 7101
Richard Braddick recently attended Hail Weston Parish Council Assembly he enquired if residents were signed up to E-cops
Register here https://member-registration.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/108/Join

His contact details are: St Neots Safer Neighbourhood Team
St. Neots Police Station, Dovehouse Close, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 1DS
Mobile: 07921-094801, Richard.braddick@cambs.pnn.police.uk

He encouraged all to report any suspicious activity/crime – citing issues on Ford Road, including deposits of small silver cans to suspicious vehicles.

101 for urgent calls, 999 for urgent response alternatively Reporting non-emergencies online. To view the online reporting section of the constabulary’s website visit www.cambs.police.uk/report/. The live webchat function is available by clicking on the green icon on the bottom right of the page.

In October last year (2018) Cambridgeshire Constabulary re-launched their website with added functionality to report non-emergencies via specially designed forms or a live webchat.

The live webchat option enables people to communicate directly with a member of staff in the control room, just as would be the case when calling 101. Online forms are processed in the same way as a call and the person reporting can expect a response within 24 hours.

Due to the high level of demand there are often queues when calling 101. Reporting online is quick, easy and free of charge.

Superintendent James Sutherland said: “In the digital age people are doing more and more online. I’m pleased that our website now has increased capability to allow people to contact us in this way.
The system went through a thorough testing process and has been used successfully thousands of times since being introduced.

“Feedback from a recent survey suggested that some people wanted to communicate directly with a person rather than submitting an online form. The webchat function allows people to do exactly that.
Report submitted online are treated in the same way as when people call 101 and will receive the same outcome.”

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.