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Welcome to the March 2019 Cambridgeshire Matters newsletter

Welcome to the tenth edition of Cambridgeshire Matters, designed to keep you up to date with Cambridgeshire County Council's latest news and features relevant to you and your council. 

Please share this e-newsletter with your councillors and feel free to use any of the features in your own newsletters or social media. 

We had a submission sent to us for this issue from Elton Parish Council. If you have an item you'd like to submit for the May issue, please contact us at [email protected]

Information event - Big Lunch or Great Get Together - 26 March, 11am to 1pm, Huntingdon

As part of the Campaign to End Loneliness we are working together to encourage communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to host a Big Lunch on 1 - 2 June or a Great Get Together on 21 - 23 June 2019.

This is part of the #50000reasons campaign that was launched over Christmas to encourage people to reach out to isolated people in their community who may be experiencing loneliness.

The Big Lunch will be taking place on 1 - 2 June and The Great Get Together will be taking place on 21-23 June. Both national events provide a great opportunity to bring your neighbours together, including those who might be more isolated, to share food, have fun and get to know each other better. We simply want to see as many community events as possible across our area. 

We will be holding an information session for those who would like to find out more about hosting a Big Lunch or Great Get Together, with tips on 'how to make it happen' as well as examples of successful events. The event will be held at on 26 March 2019 from 11am to 1pm at:

The Assembly Room
Huntingdon Town Hall
Market Hill
Huntingdon
PE29 3PJ

If you'd like to attend this event, please email [email protected] to confirm your attendance, as places will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. 

If you’re interested in hosting or supporting a community to host either a Big Lunch or Great Get Together or would like further information, please let Alex know, as the team would really like to map all events that take place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in June to celebrate kindness, respect and all we have in common. 

Reminder: Tell us about local initiatives that support older people to socialise with others

As you will be aware from the message sent out last month - in January, Cambridgeshire County Council's Adults Committee gave approval for all of our funded Older People's Day Services to undergo a strategic review and redesign. This is to ensure that our funding is achieving the best possible outcomes for older people in Cambridgeshire and their carers.

With this in mind, and to support us in this review, we are trying to find out about all of the great activity taking place in our communities that support older people to socialise with others. These are things like lunch clubs for over 65s, 'men's sheds', support groups around using digital technology and lots more.

If you are aware of any services / clubs / initiatives that support older people to get involved in meaningful activities and socialise with others, please could you contact [email protected] by email with the details of these by 22 March 2019.

Think Communities

We understand that the way that some of the County Council’s public services across Cambridgeshire are organised can sometimes feel complex to our residents.

We sometimes hear that they don’t know who to go to, to get the service or support they need. We also hear that from many of our partners including parish and town councils, and voluntary and community organisations.

Increasingly, we are all needing and wanting to work more closely with other organisations across the public sector and this can add complexity.

Because of our structures, staff sometimes find it difficult to work effectively with different teams and different organisations – they may not be located together, information sharing can often become a barrier to shared working, and our staff don’t always feel like they have our support to look beyond traditional approaches.

To help overcome these issues, and, most importantly of all, to ensure that our residents know exactly where and how to get the services or information they need, we have launched a new approach to transforming public service delivery – ‘Think Communities’.

Think Communities is an ambitious, far-reaching approach to re-thinking the way public services are delivered, encouraging staff to think and behave more creatively, developing a place-based approach to service design and delivery rather than the traditional silo approach we sometimes take now - creating a much better and shared understanding of each of our communities, including their challenges and issues, as well as their strengths and opportunities, and, ultimately, ensuring that our residents and communities are truly at the very heart of all that we do.

We’ll be reaching out to you over the coming months, to share more details about Think Communities and to discuss ways in which we can all work together to create a modern, dynamic and responsive public service to best meet the needs of our residents, so watch this space.

Cambs 2020 – community hubs

Cambs 2020 is a major programme of work in the County Council which has two workstreams – first, the creation of a new civic hub at Alconbury Weald, and second the creation of community hubs across our whole county to form the local places from which our staff will operate.

The civic hub will replace the current County Council HQ at Shire Hall – it will be where all of our councillor meetings will take place, and will be the office base for some of our back office staff. Its location at Alconbury Weald places it at the centre of our county, and alongside the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority with whom we work closely. The move will also result in a significant financial saving.

Community hubs are an integral part of our Think Communities approach – if we are to truly better meet the needs of our communities, and do so in a place-based approach, we need our staff to be based within the communities they serve.

Over the next few months, we will be reviewing all of the buildings we own across the county, and assessing which of our staff teams should work from them, based on the needs and attributes of our communities.

We’ve also been talking to our partners across the rest of the public sector, such as colleagues in the district councils and the NHS, to see what opportunities there are to share spaces so that our staff can work in shared teams, truly in the spirit of Think Communities!

We’ll update everyone on the progress of this major programme over the next few months, and will be keen to hear from you about the recommendations we’re making.

Innovate and Cultivate Fund

Houghton and Wyton Timebank members on litter pick

Parish councils are encouraged to apply to the County Council’s Innovate and Cultivate Fund, either on their own or in partnership with local community groups. Grants are available for initiatives that support the needs of our residents and help to deliver the council’s priorities for children and families, vulnerable adults, and older people.

We’ve made some helpful changes to the Cultivate funding stream. We increased the maximum grant to £19,000 and produced a set of ‘Cultivate Seed Fund Projects’ that offer inspiration and guidance for projects that meet the fund criteria and can be set up and run by parish councils or local community groups. Are you inspired to start a timebank, good neighbour scheme or a men’s shed or make your community more dementia-friendly?  

The next application deadlines are Wednesday 1 May 2019 for Cultivate grants (£2k - £19k) and Thursday 1 August 2019 for Innovate grants (£19k - £50k).  

If you’d like to talk through your project idea, please register here for an advice session on Monday 25 March, 1-4pm at March Community Centre. There will also be a workshop for groups interested in starting a Timebank. Another advice session will be held in June (details TBC). 

More information about the Cultivate Seed Fund Projects, service priorities, eligibility and how to apply may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

New opportunity for churches

Cinnamon Network helps churches transform communities by reaching out and building relationships with those in greatest need. The County Council are working alongside the Police to fund Cinnamon Network to work with 10 local churches to start tried-and-tested social action projects such as:

  • Parish nursing to provide local whole person healthcare to support people's wellbeing
  • Linking Lives, a unique befriending service, primarily for isolated older people
  • TLG Early Intervention to support primary school aged children at risk of exclusion
  • 4Family to support isolated, lonely or vulnerable families in their communities

Cinnamon Network are offering £2,000 micro-grants and significant start-up training to equip churches to deliver these worthwhile projects.

Churches can apply here by midday on 29 March. Please pass on to churches in your parish and encourage them to apply.

#Nellie4Soham - community transport with a twist

Neighbourhood Cares have teamed up with Viva Arts and Community Group, Soham Men’s Shed and other community partners to buy a tuk tuk so that local volunteers will be able to provide lifts around Soham – the town’s own unique form of community transport.

Neighbourhood Cares are leading the campaign to raise £4,000. Viva will own and look after Nellie, and Soham Men’s Shed will recruit and organise the volunteer drivers to whizz around town.

If you live locally, why not visit Soham Library to see their Lend-a-Hand board and find out about a range of other opportunities to volunteer your time to. The Lend-a-Hand board is next to a big Blue Peter-style Nellie-o-Meter in the library foyer!

Find out here about why Soham needs Nellie and show your support #Nellie4Soham.

Upcoming highway events for 2019

Thriplow Daffodil Festival  - 23 and 24 March sees Thriplow close some roads to allow visitors to walk the traffic free streets and enjoy the numerous flower displays. This year’s event also feature a new coach route into the village.

Key event dates for your diary

  • 12 May - Sawston Charity Fun Run
  • 25 and 26 May - The Duxford Air Festival
  • 1 and 2 June - Tour of Cambridgeshire
  • 2 June - Cambridge County Show, Wimpole Hall Farm
  • 7 July - Race for Life, Cambridge
  • 1 August - Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall
  • 20 October - Cambridge Town and Gown

Details of all highway events can be found on our highway events page

Guide to Independent Living

The Guide to Independent Living in Cambridgeshire 2019 is the essential guide to accessing the information you need to enjoy the best quality of life for as long as possible. It’s is easy to use and has a handy action plan so that whatever your age or ability, you can find things that you can do to remain independent, safe, well and living a fulfilled life.

Care is not just a costly care home, or paying for carers to come and visit. There are many people, places and activities that can help you to carry on doing what matters to you, without having to pay for professional care. Many of these are small lifestyle changes that will make a big difference. By taking action now, you can improve your life today and in the future.

There’s a lot of excellent support available in Cambridgeshire. The Guide will help you to think about the options available and help you make the choices that are right for you.

Pick up a copy at your local library or view online at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/guide-to-independent-living.

For more information on support to stay independent, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/adults.

Power to the people

If you know of vulnerable people in your area, have you checked if they are signed up to the UK Power Networks Priority Service Register – giving them extra free help in a power cut

While power cuts are increasingly rare, severe weather can damage overhead power lines and being without electricity can be particularly worrying for people in vulnerable circumstances.

More than 1.6 million customers have signed up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register which provides people in vulnerable circumstances with free extra help during power cuts, such as hot meals, home visits, or even hotel accommodation.

This support and advice is aimed at older people, families with young children and people who depend on electrical equipment to help them manage specific health conditions.

By signing up to the register they get a priority number, a dedicated team that will make contact during any power outage, and any specific tailored support.

To apply all they need to do is fill in the form on the UK Power Network website.

Powerful volunteers come with extra cash

If your town or village sports team is supported by any employee of UK Power Networks, you (or they) might not know that they come with a dowry!

Any UK Networks Employee can apply up for funding for local sports or sponsorship activities.

Up to £250 is available for any employee to support a local sports team and money has already gone to children’s football teams, swimming clubs and even a dressage club.

The company will also match an employee’s fundraising activity for charity.

Get them to check out details on the company’s intranet.

New Old Street Lights for Elton Village

New ‘old’ street lights will be making a Cambridgeshire village safer and more energy efficient while saving ratepayers money.

With the help of a grant under Cambridgeshire County Council’s Local Highways Initiative, Elton Parish Council has almost completed the upgrading of the first 17 of the 34 old fashioned street lights that are owned and maintained by the parish.

The old-style ornamental lights, with fluted cast iron columns and decorative lights on swan neck lamp holders were installed in the early 1960s. After almost 50 years’ service these old lights had become very unreliable and the glass lanterns had discoloured. Some of the lights developed wiring faults.

As a result, the overall level of lighting was very poor with dark areas between lights and the frequent “outages” meant some streets and footpaths were plunged into darkness until the maintenance contractor could attend to them.  And the old style lights were very energy inefficient and attracted a high energy tariff.

A 50% grant from Cambridgeshire County Council has helped the Parish Council renovate the old columns and adapt them to accept stylish new lanterns with energy efficient LED lamps.

As the contract for the first phase nears completion, Elton’s oldest male resident, 90 year old David Housden “cut the ribbon” to mark the installation of the first 17 lights.

David said “These smart new street lights keep the character of our village but at the same time help the very old and very young to keep safe. Elton’s footpaths are not uniform like modern roads and have many steps and slopes, bollards and trees, which all present potential hazards.

“The new lights have been prioritised to provide good lighting to our village shop, the church, village hall and other community facilities. This makes us feel a lot safer and encourages us to take part in village events, especially on winter nights”.

Richard Donoyou, Chairman of Elton Parish Council said: “This is the parish council’s biggest project for many years. It has taken a lot of time and research to get this far. Now new street lights have become a reality, we have received a lot of positive comments from our community on the much-improved lighting and the pleasing appearance of the new lanterns. 

“As important, the new lights will substantially reduce CO2 emissions, reduce the sum the parish spends on constant lighting maintenance and reduce our annual energy bill.

“None of this would have happened without the support of the County Council and its staff.”

For more information on the Local Highway Improvements schemes, please visit our local highway improvement funding webpage. Please note that applications to the LHI Initiative 2019/20 have now closed.

Cambridgeshire praised for the quality of leadership in Children’s Services

Recent ambitious changes which aim to transform our support for vulnerable children in Cambridgeshire were highlighted during a recent Ofsted inspection.

Ofsted undertook the unannounced two week inspection of our Children’s Services in January 2019 and found that while overall children’s services in Cambridgeshire require improvement to be good - we had already put in place a package of measures to swiftly address those areas where we knew improvements were needed.

Inspectors look at three areas for their inspection:

  • The impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families - where CCC was rated 'Good'
  • The experiences and progress of children who need help and protection - rated 'Requires improvement'
  • The experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers - rated 'Requires improvement'

In giving judgement the inspectors said: "Since the last inspection (2014), changes of senior leadership, restructuring of services, rising demand and challenges in recruiting enough social workers have had a negative impact on how well and how quickly children and their families receive help and support. Leaders have recognised this and have taken a series of well-considered actions, backed by financial investment, which have begun to improve the quality and impact of work with children, young people and their families.

Wendi Ogle-Welbourn, our Executive Director for People and Communities said: “The report said that ‘social workers and other staff who spoke to inspectors were overwhelmingly positive about the future.’ I would certainly agree with this.  

“Inspectors also highlighted a number of areas where there is good practice. They were impressed by our Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Hub which makes sure that any young person who has been missing from home or from care has an opportunity to speak to an independent person about their concerns. Similarly, they praised the work of our children in care and care leavers teams as well as the quality of our fostering service and the training and support provided to our carers and support for children with disabilities.”

Find out more and read the report

What speed do you need? Superfast broadband take-up campaign

Connecting Cambridgeshire has launched a Superfast Broadband Take-Up campaign to highlight the availability of superfast (and faster) broadband and remind residents that they need to upgrade to get it – particularly in areas of low take-up.

The superfast broadband rollout has reached over 96% of premises across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which is above the national average. The county has some of the highest take up in the country - close to 60% - which has brought ‘clawback’ funding to reinvest in extending the rollout.

Residents can use the postcode checker  on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk to check if superfast broadband is available or planned for their address, and find out how to get faster broadband.

Ofcom’s independent website www.boostyourbroadband.co.uk also has useful tips to help people decide what speed they need, and how to get the best deal.

Email: [email protected] if you have any queries or feedback.

Choice for better journeys - your feedback is needed!

A message from the Greater Cambridge Partnership

The Greater Cambridge Partnership wants to find out your views on creating a world class transport system.

We want to create a world class public transport system that makes it easy to get into, out of, and around Cambridge. We need to significantly improve public transport across the area, alongside continued improvements to walking and cycling provision, to give people better choices for their journeys.

We want your feedback on:

  • Ideas for the new public transport network for Greater Cambridge and beyond.
  • Ways to fund and deliver the public transport network.
  • Reducing congestion and improving air quality.

For more information and to share your views via our survey visit www.greatercambridge.org.uk/choicesbetterjourneys-mn from 25 February 2019 to 31 March 2019.

What are you going to learn today?

Adult Learning and Skills aims to support adults and communities furthest from work and learning to access the support they need to progress to gain employment, independence and build stronger families and communities.

The Service offers a consistent and high quality experience for people wherever they engage with us.  Much of our work is done in partnership with other organisations who enable us to reach our priority groups.  We reach adults through short engagement activities, outreach work, family learning and workshops with the aim of progressing learners through a journey onto qualification programmes to equip them for the economic success in the workplace.

Qualifications can be done through classes in the community or via our Online Learning Centres. Our courses are held in schools, community centres, Child and Family Centres as well as in our own Learning and Skills Centres in five libraries around the county (Cambridge Central, Chatteris, Ely, Huntingdon , March and Wisbech). 

If you would like to explore how our service can better support your local community, we would be delighted to meet with you or attend a meeting.

To find out more, please contact Susannah Lewis on 07917 720 508 or email [email protected]

www.cambsALS.co.uk 

Mobile libraries - advertising and hiring opportunities

If you’re looking for a low cost way to promote a local event or service, did you know that you can advertise on the back of our Mobile Libraries? We are also hoping to be able to hire the vehicles out for events, fetes, fairs etc. if this service would be of interest to your community?

Cambridgeshire Libraries operate three Mobile Libraries delivering library and information services to 230 communities across the county each month:

Cambridge Area Mobile Library
Based in Cambridge City
145 stopping locations in the city and South Cambridgeshire in 78 villages and communities.

Huntingdon Area Mobile Library
Based in Huntingdon
132 stopping locations in the Huntingdonshire area in 81 villages and communities.

Fenland Area Mobile Library
Based in Whittlesey
134 stopping locations in the Fenland area in 55 villages and communities.

The advertising space on each vehicle is 2200 x 1330mm and only costs £200 per month (20% discount for 6 month contract).

We can also offer poster display and leaflet / bookmark distribution from within the vehicles.

Be part of this exciting initiative by promoting your event or service on the rear of one of our vehicles (or inside it!). With unrivalled access to the community and those working in the local area, the Mobile Libraries provide great value, rear vehicle advertising space - allowing you to target motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and library visitors in your local community.

For further information on either advertising on or in, or booking one of the mobile libraries for an event, please contact [email protected]

The Library Presents

March highlights for The Library Presents… programme include upcoming Memoir Writing workshops (Ely, Cambridge Central), Self-Portrait Mask workshops (Chatteris), Blues, Country & Folk Music (March), Magic & Mindreading shows (Gt. Shelford, Littleport), interactive Heritage Clothing exhibitions (St Neots, Wisbech) and a fantastic assortment of puppetry and theatre, including ‘Pied Piper’, ‘Mr. Robeson’, ‘Adambara & Zhim’, ‘Rocket Girl’, ‘Wow! It’s Night Time’ and ‘The Magical Library’ (various libraries).

The Season continues until 25 May 2019, with lots more activities for all ages and interests. Tickets can be purchased at participating libraries or online www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts.

The Open Call for Artists for the Autumn 2019 Programme received 189 Expressions of Interest from local artists, companies and organisations - from which a selection menu will be created.

In April 2019, we are inviting members of the public to visit their local library and choose from the menu which activities they would like to see programmed in our next upcoming season.

Removal of computer charge in libraries

A report proposing the withdrawal of charges for computer access in libraries was discussed and agreed at the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee meeting on Tuesday 12 March 2019.

The £1 charge for computer access, introduced in May 2018, was part of a package of measures based on public feedback and trialled to ensure computers are available for those who most need them and to generate more income for the library service to ensure they remain financially sustainable for the future.

In September 2018, Members reviewed progress on these measures, including the charge for computer access, and asked officers to continue monitoring computer usage and bring back a detailed report on the charge and its impact to address their specific concerns.

The recommendation and agreement to withdraw the computer charge comes in response to this review, as well as feedback collected in a customer survey and a detailed analysis of the anticipated income.

Now the proposal has been agreed, computers will be free for all to use all the time from 1 April 2019 and the Library Service will look at how to manage demand for computers so they are available for those who most need them. Furthermore, an upgrade of the 330 library computers is set to be rolled out later this year to improve the service for all.

More information can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/removal-of-computer-charge-in-libraries-set-to-be-discussed/.

Extra income for Highways

Cllr Bates with the Dragon Patcher in St Ives

Cambridgeshire County Council was allocated an additional £6,653,000 worth of funding for highways maintenance further to the Chancellor’s budget announcement in October 2018.

This funding, which will be spent before the end of March 2019, is being used for the following:

  • Local pothole patching / crack sealing repairs over winter (£900k)
  • Additional preventative treatment programme preparation (£150k)
  • Minor bridge repairs (£75k)
  • Footways and cycleways (£900k)
  • Carriageway maintenance (£4.6m)

Above is a photo of Cllr Ian Bates who spent a morning with one of our Dragon Patcher teams on 1 March 2019, who were repairing potholes in St Ives.

RePaint

Cambridgeshire County Council launched the Community RePaint scheme 8 years ago in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) and our contractor Amey.

Since then they have collected and treated over HALF A MILLION LITRES of paint.

The scheme collects used paint from six of our Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) where it is sorted, tested and re-manufactured so that it can be resold or donated into the community.

The scheme has been going from strength to strength and has a range of re-manufactured emulsion paint and chalky furniture paint all made from paint recycled from our HRCs. They come in a host of great colours for great prices too.

So if you are thinking of redecorating, upcycling or know of a community or school project that needs paint, why not visit CCORRN, located in March, or follow them on Facebook.

Scams awareness

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) is urging local councils to get involved in building resilience to scams and fraud within their communities. Every year over 3 million people fall victim to scams, losing £5-10 billion in the process. However, in addition to the financial detriment, the effect on health and wellbeing can be devastating. A person defrauded in their own home is 2.5 times more likely to die or go into care within a year. 

Local councils and community groups are best places to support their community from within. ‘5 Simple Steps’ have been identified to help local groups to raise awareness of scams within their community. They really are simple to do! And there are plenty of resources available in the ‘resources’ section of the CAPASP website to help communities to spread the word. Please take a look. 

Councils who are willing to deliver the ‘5 Simple Steps’ and receive communications from CAPASP to share onwards locally are invited to become an official CAPASP supporter. Supporters are acknowledged in the ‘supporters’ section of the website where we’d be happy to link to your local council’s website to showcase your good work. 

Please contact at [email protected] or 01954 284 635 for further information or to register as a CAPASP supporter.

Fit for the Future: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

From January 2019 onwards, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) will be holding its Board meetings in public. 

The STP Board meets every other month and members of the public are invited to attend. The next meetings will be held on:

  • Thursday 14 March 2019: Hemingford Pavilion, Manor Road, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon - time to be confirmed 
  • Thursday 30 May 2019, venue and time to be confirmed 

Details on venues and times of these meetings will be posted on their website here:

https://www.fitforfuture.org.uk/delivering-the-stp/fit-for-the-future-stp-board-meetings-to-be-held-in-public/ 

The STP Board is made up of the leaders from all the NHS organisations in the county, partners in general practice as well as elected members and executive directors from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. Their role is to focus on the big issues, ensuring that health and care services are sustainable in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for the medium and longer-term. 

Health Outcomes in Cambridgeshire – February 2019

Public Heath England (PHE) has released its quarterly data update for the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF), and Cambridgeshire is generally a healthy place to live and has a higher than average life expectancy.  

The county is assessed as better than the national average for many indicators and this latest update shows Cambridgeshire is now assessed as better than England for: emergency hospital admissions due to falls (65-79yrs), newborn hearing screening coverage, HPV vaccination coverage (one dose), and hip fractures in people aged 65 and over. 

There are several PHOF indicators for which Cambridgeshire is assessed as a level that is worse than England. Furthermore, some indicators show variation across the districts of the county, often linked to levels of deprivation. 

Further information on what the PHOF shows for Cambridgeshire can be found on the health and wellbeing pages on Cambridgeshire Insight: www.cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/health/phof.  

The latest version of the PHE Fingertips PHOF Data Tool is available at www.phoutcomes.info and provides a number of ways of viewing and mapping the data. 

Abbey Chesterton Bridge and the Chisholm Trail

Abbey Chesterton Bridge - view from the north bank towpath

The official sod cutting for Abbey Chesterton Bridge took place on 8 March 2019. 

Chair of the Council, Mandy Smith and the Chair of Greater Cambridge Partnership, Lewis Herbert cut the sod along with local campaigner Jim Chisholm who first set out a vision for the route 20 years ago. 

The appointed contractor is Tarmac, and they started preparatory work in November 2018. 

The bridge will only be the second new crossing of the River Cam to be put in place since 1970. It’s currently being fabricated in sections in a large warehouse in Pontefract and will then be brought down to the Chesterton side of the river to be joined together, and then lifted into place – this will take place at night due to the proximity of the railway line. 

The Chisholm Trail also includes a new underpass under Newmarket Road to link the Chapel Meadow next to Leper Chapel with Barnwell Lake and Coldhams Common. This section of the train creates a missing link for public access in linking green spaces in the city. 

The whole route will link Cambridge North Station, Science Park area and Cambridge North Eastern fringe development site with Abbey, Romsey and onwards to link up Cherry Hinton Road near to its junction with Hills Road, and hence a link to Addenbrookes / Biomedical Campus and the Southern Fringe, as well as linking the two sections of the Busway. 

It is hoped that the Trail will be a game changer in getting more people walking and cycling.

CCC Archaeology Team helps Highways England scoop national award

Among the amazing archaeological finds have been these woolly mammoth tusks and woolly rhino skulls, believed to be around 100,000 years old.

Highways England’s work to tap into the nation’s history while delivering huge road improvements has received national recognition.

In a public vote, the archaeological work carried out as part of the company’s £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14, the crucial route linking the East of England and the Midlands, was awarded the top gong.

The accolade for the improvement scheme comes as Highways England progresses projects across the country to uncover more and more of England’s rich past.

Both the A14 and Cambridgeshire County Council archaeology teams are working together and CCC are involved in advising and monitoring the archaeological excavations.

The improvement of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon was honoured with “Rescue Project of the Year" accolade in the 2019 Current Archaeology Awards.

A team of up to 250 archaeologists led by experts from MOLA Headland Infrastructure has been investigating 33 sites across 360 hectares.

Finds so far on the A14 have included three Anglo Saxon villages, an abandoned medieval village, 100,000-year old woolly mammoth tusks and a woolly rhino skull, a Roman supply depot and rare Roman coins from the third century.

The A14 improvement, due to open to traffic by December 2020, is upgrading a 21-mile section between Cambridge to Huntingdon, which will speed up journeys by up to 20 minutes, adding capacity and boosting the local and national economy. 

Cambridge Assessment donates money to sponsor Bikeability

Bikeability, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) to offer free cycle training for children, gives young people the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on the roads, as well as encouraging them to continue cycling into adulthood.

Each year an estimate of the number of training places required for the county is submitted to the Department for Transport as a bid for funding, and in Cambridgeshire the programme is then delivered by local company Outspoken Training.

Up until 2016/17, the number of required places in Cambridgeshire was always met, but in recent years though the numbers asking for training have been increasing steadily, but demand for a funding pot that has remained at the same level means that requests cannot always be met.

Members of the Economy and Environment Committee considered the idea of charging schools for Bikeability training if needed, so that the amount of training delivered would not have to be scaled back, but this plan was rejected last year in favour of investigating sponsorship as a solution for the potential shortfall.

Cambridge Assessment was approached late last year by Cllr Linda Jones and cycle champion Cllr Noel Kavanagh, and have kindly agreed to support the programme and donate £6,000 towards the scheme.

By the end of the course the children will have learnt how to ensure their bike is road-safe, be able to recognise typical hazards, plan an independent journey and use commonly-known hand signals to ensure other road users are made aware of what they are about to do.

There are other opportunities available to sponsor the scheme, so if you know of any interested parties please contact [email protected]

Ely Underpass reopens 

Ely Underpass reopened to traffic on 28 February 2019 now work to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists has been completed.

New over-head vehicle detection signs have also been installed and are now live.

This final stage marks the completion of the Ely Bypass project!

Replacing Cambridgeshire.net

The Cambridgeshire.net website, owned and maintained by Cambridgeshire County Council, will be replaced during summer 2019. 

About Cambridgeshire.net

Cambridgeshire.net is an online directory that provides residents and communities in Cambridgeshire with easy online access to local information and services. Being able to find out what is happening locally helps people to get involved and build networks around their interests. 

What is changing?

Cambridgeshire.net is reliant on old technology. Over the next few months, we will be moving to a new online directory in order to:

  • Improve design, functionality and security
  • Improve accessibility and compatibility with all internet browsers and devices, including mobile phones
  • Make it easier to share and find information from across Cambridgeshire

The replacement online directory for Cambridgeshire.net will remain free to use. 

Cambridgeshire.net will continue to operate as normal until the launch of the new online directory. We will provide further updates on progress in due course.

If you would like any further information, please email [email protected]

Brexit

Over the past few months the Council has been considering the potential impacts of the EU Exit on the Council, its partners and our communities, culminating in the production of an impact assessment. This Impact Assessment and an introductory report were presented to the Audit & Accounts Committee on 24 January 2019 (meeting documents here) along with an outline of the Council’s Emergency Planning approach. A follow up report is due at the next Audit and Accounts Committee meeting on 28 March 2019.

A dedicated section of the Council website has been set up to provide information and resources on EU Exit to the public (https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/council/briefings/understanding-the-brexit-process-advice-from-government/) which includes links to Government advice for citizens and businesses. You may be particularly interested in the Community Toolkits that can be found there, as these contain guidance for community leaders that will be of use within their divisions. The most recent toolkit can be found here.

Adrian Chapman, Director of Communities and Safety, has been appointed as the lead on EU Exit preparedness across Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. Feel free to contact [email protected] with any queries regarding how EU Exit may be affecting the work of the Council or about any mitigations that are being prepared or already underway.

Become a CAPALC Board Member

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils (CAPALC) is a membership organisation that provides training and support for more than 2,000 parish councillors across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, along with CILCA training for clerks. CAPALC will shortly be recruiting new board members to support their next phase of development and are specifically seeking expertise in fundraising, communication and human resources, along with an experienced treasurer. Please email Henry Clark at [email protected] with your expression of interest. 

Cambridgeshire Local Councils Surveys for Clerks and Councillors

The Cambridgeshire Local Council Strategic Partnership will shortly be inviting you to take part in a survey of clerks or councillors, depending on your role. These surveys allow us to collect information on the state of the local council sector in Cambridgeshire and help inform the programme of activities delivered by organisations, including Cambridgeshire ACRE, CAPALC and SLCC Cambridgeshire, who provide support to local councils. We would urge everyone to seize the opportunity to give your views when you receive the email invitation.

Support Cambridgeshire training offer

Support Cambridgeshire is a countywide partnership between Hunts Forum, Cambridge CVS and Cambridgeshire ACRE, who collectively deliver training, 1:1s, information, conferences, networking and peer learning events for voluntary organisations, community groups and Parish Councils. Their latest training and events offer can be found here.

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