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Welcome to the September 2018 Cambridgeshire Matters newsletter

Welcome to the seventh 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.

Thank you

With that 'back to school' feeling in the air and autumn on the horizon, we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in our Cambridgeshire Matters survey last issue. Your responses will help us identify what you want from this newsletter. We're happy to report that:

  • 83% of you think that both the content and the frequency of the newsletter is just right.
  • 95% of people who filled out the survey said they were happy to continue to receive the newsletter by email (instead of a printed version) which is good news for the environment!
  • 61% of you would consider sending us news about your own parish council to include in future issues.

If you have any stories or updates you'd like to see in a future issue, please send them to us via [email protected]

Latest news

Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference 2018

Venue: Marriott Hotel, Kingfisher Way, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6FL
Date and time: Friday 23 November 2018, 9.30am - 3.45pm
Bookings now open! 

Cambridgeshire ACRE is pleased to announce that the 2018 Conference for Cambridgeshire Local Councils will be taking place on Friday 23 November 2018 in Huntingdon.

Based on last year's feedback, and thanks to sponsorship from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority along with Cambridgeshire County Council, this will now be a full day event (9.30am - 3.45pm) including lunch and opportunities for networking with other attendees. There will also be a marketplace of stalls offering useful information and services to local councils.

The full programme for the event has yet to be finalised but they wanted to give as much notice of the date as possible so that all local councils in Cambridgeshire have a chance to consider sending one or more representatives along. More details on the programme will be released as it takes shape and the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, will be there to talk about his ambitions for our rural villages and market towns.

This event will be useful to councillors and clerks from local councils, district and county councillors and representatives from organisations that work with and support local councils across Cambridgeshire. Bookings are now open.

How to book

Click here to book your place

Bookings should be made by Friday 9 November 2018. Joining instructions will be sent to all delegates one week prior to the event. 

Who is organising this conference?

This event is being organised by Cambridgeshire ACRE in association with:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils
  • The Society of Local Council Clerks - Cambridgeshire branch
  • District councils
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

We are working together to deliver this conference as part of our continued commitment to building a stronger dialogue between all levels of local government. Any enquiries should be addressed to Alison Brown at Cambridgeshire ACRE on 01353 865 029 or [email protected]

Business planning - General Purposes Committee on 20 September 2018

Increased demand for services this year has seen Cambridgeshire County Council’s current budget gap leap to £5.2 million – with a predicted additional £20.7m to find in 2019/20.

In a report on the Council’s current financial situation, Members of the Council’s General Purposes Committee will hear on Thursday 20 September 2018 that this year’s widening gap is due to the local impact of a national increase in demand for children’s and adults services  - with predictions of increased numbers made earlier in the year already outstripped.

Members will hear that the council has clear plans in place to manage the growing levels of demand, and is moving at pace to deliver them, but because of the nature of the work some of the investment made now could take up to three years to deliver the most noticeable effect. Work is also continuing to increase and boost the income the council makes from its commercial activities, which will see £4million returned to the council this year, £10 million next, and more in future years. 

However Cambridgeshire County Council Leader Cllr Steve Count has warned of stark choices ahead.

“We must balance our budget this year, and next while our ambitious plans continue to take hold. But without taking serious action now, our situation looks dire” he said.

Suggestions for further changes to meet the current in-year budget gap, as well as balancing next year’s budget, go before Members in October and November Committees – with a period of consultation on the council’s business planning for 2019/20 available soon. This will include a downloadable pack for use by local groups to have their own discussions available on the council’s website, a face-to-face and online survey which start from early October.

Fostering - join Cambridgeshire's biggest team

Could you be a foster carer? Cambridgeshire County Council’s Fostering Service has launched a major campaign to recruit more foster carers to join Cambridgeshire’s biggest team and help provide homes for the 700+ local children currently in care.

Launched on 12 September at the Abbey Stadium, home of Cambridge United, the campaign has the support of first team players and scores of local businesses and public sector partners.

Cambridgeshire has 138 fostering households across the county – but aims to recruit 40 more a year as part of the campaign to reduce our over reliance on independent fostering agencies whose placements cost the council up to £400 more per child per week, and are sometimes out of county breaking a child’s link with their extended family and education.

County Council carers receive comprehensive local training, 24 hour support and generous allowances. Carers can also earn additional payments and gain professional qualifications as they develop their skills and experience. In addition, they can be assured of only having local children placed with them.

Foster carers need to be over 21, but can be single, married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner. The Council welcomes applications from people who are working, retired or unemployed, of all ethnic backgrounds and from people who have their own children, as well as those who haven’t raised children of their own. Carers don’t need to be a homeowner to foster, just have a spare room.

For further information, please visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 052 0078.

Amey Community Fund

The Amey Community Fund offers grants of £5,000 to £50,000 for:

  • The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity
  • The conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs
  • The repair, maintenance or restoration of a place of worship or a place of architectural importance

Projects must:

  • Be ready to start (i.e. have secured the majority of funding, have planning permission etc) within 3 months of the next expression of interest deadline
  • Be in Cambridgeshire (the fund does not cover Peterborough)
  • Be within 10 miles (as the crow flies) of any licensed landfill site - find your local landfill sites
  • Be able to contribute 11% of the value of the grant you are seeking

Applicants can be not-for-profit organisations and parish councils.

The next application deadlines are 17 September 2018 and then 10 December 2018. More details can be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website

Innovate and Cultivate Fund

Parish and Town Councils are invited to apply to the County Council’s Innovate and Cultivate Fund, either on their own or in partnership with local community groups. The fund strengthens our communities by funding initiatives that support the needs of residents, thereby reducing pressure on County Ccuncil services and offering a return on investment. It’s open to public sector organisations, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises and invests in projects that help to deliver the council’s priorities for children and families, vulnerable adults, and older people.

View our short film about the fund. 

There are two funding streams:

  • Cultivate - small grants of £2,000 - £10,000 aimed at encouraging local networks where people help themselves and each other
  • Innovate - larger grants of up to £50,000 for projects that demonstrate an innovative approach

To be eligible, all projects must:

  • be either new, or build on an existing project in a new location or with new beneficiaries
  • show that they will reduce pressure on council services and / or offer direct savings for the council
  • focus on one or more of the seven key outcomes (see below) that are prioritised by Cambridgeshire County Council for Cambridgeshire residents
  1. Older people live well independently
  2. People with disabilities live well independently
  3. Adults and children at risk of harm are kept safe
  4. Places that work with children help them to reach their potential
  5. The Cambridgeshire economy prospers to the benefit of all residents
  6. People live in a safe environment
  7. People lead a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy for longer

The next deadline for applications is Thursday 1 November 2018. More information about service priorities, eligibility and how to apply may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website

If you'd like to talk through your project idea, please join us for an advice session on 24 September 2018, 9.45am - 12.00pm at March Community Centre. Register your attendance here

Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute - 11 November 2018

On 11 November 2018, the country will commemorate the end of World War One with a national tribute named ‘Battle’s Over’.

On 11 November, the United Kingdom and its friends overseas will mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

The organisers of Battle’s Over want to see more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals participate by ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm on the night of 11 November 2018.

For more information on this historic event and to download a guide which lists all the activities that councils are participating in and information on how your parish council can take part please visit www.brunopeek.co.uk

Community gritting scheme for 2018-2019

Our Highways team will shortly be writing to all parishes regarding the winter volunteer scheme so please keep a look out for details arriving soon.

Under this scheme the parish or town council agrees specific routes in their area which are important to the local community and agrees them with the county council.  Volunteers can then sign up to grit these routes.  

For more information, please visit our gritting webpage.

Ely Southern Bypass

Ely Southern Bypass is anticipated to deliver a huge boost for the area, easing congestion in and around Ely by providing a new link between Stuntney Causeway and Angel Drove avoiding the notorious level crossing and low bridge.

In the next few weeks, the walkway installation will continue, the road surface will be completed, safety barriers completed, signs and road markings installed ready for the opening, which is still on target for October 2018.

Following the opening of Ely Southern Bypass, the existing level crossing on Station Road will be closed to all traffic and the underpass will become single file traffic controlled by signals. It will not prevent local traffic from using this route should they wish to do so. 

For more information please take a look at the latest Ely Southern Bypass newsletter.

LED lantern replacement update

Between May and December this year, 3,635 energy-saving LED streetlights will be installed as part of the LED lantern replacement project being carried out by Balfour Beatty on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council.

With regards to reaching the 25% milestone for the LED lantern replacement project, this was achieved in late July (with 908 lanterns completed) and we now expect the next milestone of 50% to be achieved by early-to-mid September with the last two milestones of 75% and 100% being achieved in early November (75%) and mid-December (100%).

Feedback we have received from Balfour Beatty’s project supervisor is that residents have spoken to the installation team to say they are pleased that the new LED lanterns are being installed.

All residents and business benefiting from the street lighting lantern replacement programme will be notified in advance and full details of the streets to be included in the upgrade programme can be viewed on the Lighting Cambridgeshire website.

If you have any queries regarding the LED lantern replacement programme, please email [email protected] or telephone 01954 233 331.

County's potholes go up in smoke as 'dragons' fly in

Cambridgeshire has become the ‘mother’ of three fiery ‘dragons’ as the campaign against potholes continues.

The County Council has been firing up two new specialist machines, known as the ‘dragon patcher’, to complete their pothole repairs.

The machine is much more efficient, as it can repair up to 150 potholes a day, and is faster and quieter than traditional methods.

Nicknamed the ‘dragon’ because it fires out flames to dry out the road surface, it is then cleaned with compressed air and sealed with a stone mix and hot bitumen. This is much quicker and simpler compared to traditional methods.

With five crews on the ground, plus two dedicated dragon patchers, the County Council is currently filling more than 1,000 potholes a week.

In order to keep our roads maintained, we rely on people to help us – please report any faults in your local area using our online tool.

Cambridgeshire roads marked up for resurfacing

Roads in 17 locations across Cambridgeshire will be resurfaced as part of a countywide programme of work, starting mid-September 2018.

The package of work aims to improve the condition of roads, which are suffering from surface deterioration.

Work by contractors working on behalf of the county council will involve resurfacing full widths of road, with all road markings being renewed once the new surface has been laid. Most of the schemes will require a full or overnight road closure.

The first schemes will be starting on Monday 17 September 2018 on A1307 Haverhill Road, Mill Road in Great Gidding and C89 Hod Fen Drove. The programme is expected to last until early 2019.

Areas included in the package of work are:

  • Mill Road, Great Gidding
  • C89 Hod Fen Drove
  • B1086 Somersham
  • B1050 London / Chatteris Road
  • A10 Lynn Road, Littleport
  • A10 Littleport Bypass
  • A142 Witcham Toll
  • A10 Little Thetford
  • Lynn Road, Ely
  • A1307 Haverhill Road
  • Walnut Tree Avenue, Cambridge
  • A603 Barton Roundabout and J12 exit on M11
  • A1307 Horseheath Bypass
  • Fen Road, Milton
  • A1307 Cambridge Road (Westbound)
  • Cambridge Road, Milton
  • A1303 Madingley Road

For more information about the schemes and to find out if the resurfacing is happening in your area, please visit our dedicated resurfacing webpage.

You can also follow the Twitter page @Cambs_Traffic for updates or to keep an eye out for local signage for more information.

Cycleway and footway improvements for St Audrey Lane, St Ives

Work will be starting on St Audrey Lane in St Ives in September 2018 to widen the southern footway and convert it into a shared use cycleway and footway.

Cambridgeshire County Council will begin the work to widen the existing footway to 3 metres, utilising the existing verges between Ramsey Road and Nursery Gardens. Works are likely to last for up to eight weeks.

Further information including the exact location and dates of all three phases of the work, plus FAQs for residents, can be found on the dedicated St Ives cycleway works webpage

Construction to begin on GCP's Cross City Cycling project - Cambridge and Fen Ditton

Construction began last month to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians travelling between Cambridge and Fen Ditton.

Work to widen the shared-use path and cycleway on both sides of Horningsea Road between High Ditch Road and north of Fen Ditton Primary School is expected to be completed in Spring 2019.

Ditton Lane will also be widened as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Cross City Cycling scheme, which will also see a new toucan crossing installed to the north of the school and an upgraded pedestrian crossing near the High Street.

The Ditton Lane project is one of five Cross City Cycling schemes being delivered by the Greater Cambridge Partnership which aims to provide safer and improved cycling and walking routes between people’s homes and their schools and places of work.

The other Cross City Cycling projects are: Fulbourn / Cherry Hinton, Arbury Road, Hills Road and Addenbrooke’s and Cambridge North and Cambridge Science Park.

For more information, please visit the project page.

Cycle path upgraded in Sawston as part of £4.6m programme

People returning to work and school this month will be able to use an upgraded walking and cycling path in Sawston as part of a £4.6m package of improvements.

Work to widen and resurface part of an off-road route between Stapleford and Sawston was completed before the schools went back. The rest of the path, which runs between the two villages, will be upgraded by the winter.

A small stretch of a deteriorating shared-use path used by pupils and parents outside Sawston Village College in New Road has also been resurfaced.

This is the first of a number of cycling ‘quick wins’ the Greater Cambridge Partnership has identified across the Greater Cambridge area.

These ‘quick wins’ are being delivered along with the Greater Cambridge Greenways – a network of 12 high-quality walking, cycling and equestrian routes linking surrounding villages to the city centre.

Public consultations on the Barton and Haslingfield Greenways routes closed earlier this month, with consultations on four further routes – Waterbeach, Fulbourn, Melbourn and Comberton – due to be held in the autumn.

A full list of the cycling ‘quick wins’ can be found here.

Cambridge Greenway routes - consultations: Waterbeach, Fulbourn and Comberton

Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) are proposing new routes for cyclists, walkers and equestrians from Waterbeach, Fulbourn and Comberton into the city as part of their Cambridge Greenways Scheme, and they want your views on the proposed views.

Visit www.greatercambridge.org.uk/greenwaysconsultationCC where you can find out more information and fill in the consultation survey. 

Public events and road closures

Do you want to know if there are any upcoming road closures, roadworks or public events that might call for diversion routes to be in place in your parish? For information on known events that will have an impact on the highway network in the next 3 months, you can view an interactive map on our highway events webpage.

Zoom into the map to view event information and roads affected. If you need further information about any event shown, you can contact the Highway Events team at [email protected]

Your library is changing

Do you know how much more than just books your library can offer?

It is the 'go-to' place for information and advice about everything from health and well-being, to learning and employment, as well as somewhere to enjoy, meet others, attend events and get inspiration. Our network of libraries is growing and we want you to use them for more services than ever before. 

Have a look at the video below to find out what’s happening at your library. 

If you haven't been to a library for a while, come and see what's on offer, pick up our events brochure, and have a chat about how you could be more involved in your local library service.

The Library Presents - autumn programme

Libraries around the county are looking forward to a new season of arts activity. 'The Library Presents’ autumn season starts on Saturday 15 September 2018 and will continue bringing high quality arts activities into the heart of towns and villages until Saturday 15 December 2018.

The programme will appeal to all ages and different interests. It includes performances of dance, music, puppetry, comedy and theatre as well as workshops in music, art, writing and performance skills.

Nineteen Libraries are involved this season:

  • Arbury Court
  • Barnwell Road
  • Cambourne
  • Cambridge Central
  • Chatteris
  • Cherry Hinton
  • Ely
  • Histon
  • Huntingdon
  • Littleport
  • March
  • Ramsey
  • Sawtry
  • Soham
  • St Ives
  • St Neots
  • Whittlesey
  • Wisbech
  • Yaxley

Programmes are available in hosting libraries and an electronic version can be found on www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts

Ely Library

Work is due to commence on a new lift at Ely Library from Saturday 8 September until 17 October 2018. This work is essential to improve fire safety provision and provide accessibility for all.

The library will remain open, apart from the following days:

September: 8, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25

October: 1, 2, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16

There will be a mobile library parked on the market place on Saturday 8 September and Saturday 13 October.

The lift will be unavailable during the duration of the works, however the ‘Library at Home’ service is offering temporary home visits to customers unable to access via the stairs and will deliver books to customers' homes.

There is a contact number already displayed on the library to alert customers. There will also be a book drop on the ground floor while the work is carried out. Customers who cannot access the library and who require assisted digital help with forms, such as Blue Badge and Bus Pass Applications, can arrange an appointment with library staff who will assist them at Ely Job Centre.

Archives temporary closure from December

Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives will be temporarily closed to the public for approximately six months from 1 December 2018.

The closure is necessary in order for all archives staff to be able to focus entirely on the essential cleaning, repackaging and data correlation work to prepare all the archive documents ready for the move. All of the records in the Shire Hall basement need to be cleaned and properly packaged. If this work is not done in advance, the service runs a high risk of damaging or misplacing records during the move to the new archives centre in Ely.

Work is underway to mitigate the effects of the closure as much as possible. The transcripts of Cambridgeshire parish registers, which are the most popular and heavily-used information resources we hold, will be made available at the Cambridgeshire Collection in Cambridge Central Library for the duration of the closure.

For more information please visit our archives webpage.

Gigabit voucher scheme for businesses to get future proof fibre

The Government’s new Gigabit Voucher Scheme is offering small and medium sized businesses and local communities vouchers of up to £3,000 to cover the cost of installing Gigabit-capable broadband.

Businesses can claim against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit businesses into the future. For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to find a full fibre broadband supplier, go to the website - https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/.  If you have any problems, you can contact the Connecting Cambridgeshire team via their website.

New and improved bus service for Ely

L-R: Cllr Richard Hobbs, Cllr Lis Every, Cllr Anna Bailey, Mayor of Ely Cllr Mike Rouse, and Nigel Tarrant, Commercial Manager at Stagecoach.

A new and improved bus route around the city of Ely set off on Monday 3 September 2018 thanks to a campaign by a group of local residents and councillors for a better bus service for Ely.

Following the loss of the old number 15 Ely service, a group of local councillors along with two Ely residents have been working with the help and support of officers at the County Council, and planners at Stagecoach, to make improvements to the current bus timetables on offer to Ely residents.

In an innovative move, a Community Bus Partnership has been formed between Stagecoach and the campaign group to promote the service locally with the aim of building up ridership over time. Full timetable information for the new no 9 service can be found here

Cambridgeshire County Council will also be working with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer and the Combined Authority to consider longer-term options for bus services across Cambridgeshire pending a more far-reaching Bus Review by the Combined Authority.

Calling all Swaffham Prior residents - we need your annual oil data for the Community Heat Scheme!

(L-R) Cllr Josh Schumann, CCC Energy Project Director Sheryl French, Mayor James Palmer, Mike Barker and Emma Fletcher (CLT) outside Shire Hall.

Oil is not easy to budget for due to fluctuating costs which increasingly puts people off buying and renting oil heated homes, the tanks are an inconvenience and it’s not environmentally sustainable, especially in the long term.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Energy Investment Unit is working with the Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust (CLT) and Bouygues Energies & Services on an innovative and ambitious project to replace the use of oil as a residential energy source with a highly sustainable ground source district heat scheme. This will harness natural heat from underground through a network of insulated pipes, delivering hot water for central heating and domestic use to homes across the village. Bouygues is working on a feasibility study for the scheme at the moment. A presentation will be held on Tuesday 2 October 2018 in the Village Hall where we will go into much more detail on the scheme.

So far the project has received an initial £20,000 development investment, a £40,200 government grant to carry out a Technical Economic Feasibility Study and a further £20,000 grant funding from the Combined Authority.

To help Bouygues Energies & Services carry out the feasibility study, if you live in Swaffham Prior and have an oil heating system, please send us an estimation of your annual oil consumption in litres or pounds sterling, along with a picture of your boiler to [email protected] by Thursday 20 September 2018. Thank you.

Would you like to start your own energy scheme?

Parish and Town Councils are starting up their own sustainable energy schemes within their communities. For example, Swaffham Prior’s proposed sustainable heat project will take the village off oil and onto renewable energy as a heat source for homes and community buildings. This is not only environmentally sustainable but also economically due to the fluctuating costs of oil.

If you would like to start a renewable energy project, or learn from the Swaffham Prior experience so far, we would like to hear from you. Sources of funding and useful guidance is available here:

We have been approached by local councils for support to secure Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points. We would like to work with two local councils, one urban and one rural, to support you through the process of applying for grant to deliver EV charging for your village hall or community spaces.  

We can offer the following help for five months:

  • Support with the submissions of funding applications
  • Access to energy expertise
  • Project management support

If you would like to work with us and pilot an electric vehicle charging project for your parish, please contact [email protected] by 26 October 2018.

Cambridgeshire Statement of Community Involvement - land use planning

The County Council is required to have a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) which sets out how stakeholders, including the local community, district and parish councils, and statutory consultees, can participate in the land use planning processes which are undertaken by the County Council in its role as the Mineral and Waste, and County Planning Authority. The current SCI was approved in 2014 and must be reviewed every 5 years.    

The Council is preparing a new SCI which will set out how and when stakeholders will be involved in the following land use planning activities:

  • The preparation of mineral and waste planning policy (local plan, supplementary planning documents);
  • The preparation of the Local Enforcement Plan; and
  • The determination of the planning applications for mineral and waste management development; and the County Council's own development proposals.

It is anticipated that this draft SCI will be published for public consultation, for six weeks, in autumn 2018. Views will be sought on the proposals which have been drawn up having regard to the area of work concerned, resources available and statutory requirements.

The level of involvement set out will be the minimum required, and will not preclude the council from undertaking additional community involvement if appropriate. Responses to the public consultation will be then be considered, and a final SCI will be prepared for approval in early 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Ann Barnes - Principal Planning Officer
[email protected]
01223 715 526 (Mon - Weds midday)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals and Waste Local Plan

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are in the process of writing a new joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan. This plan will seek to ensure an adequate supply of minerals and waste management facilities over the period to 2036, including policies for determining planning applications for such development.

Over May and June this year, the councils consulted on a preliminary draft of the new plan, seeking views on the proposed wording of these policies, and also asking landowners, agents and operators to submit their suggested sites for future mineral and waste management development. A number of suggested sites were received. 

By early September it is intended to consult parish and town councils on these sites in order to capture any relevant knowledge of the local area or suggested sites, and views on the potential use / after-use proposed.

Links to the site information will be provided when the consultation is sent out, and approximately 8 weeks will be allowed for replies to be made. Any replies will be taken into account in the assessment of the sites. Please look out for correspondence or for more information please contact:

Ann Barnes - Principal Planning Officer
[email protected]
01223 715 526 (Mon to Weds midday)

It is important to note that no assessment has been made by the councils of these suggested sites and the councils have not come to any view on their suitability or otherwise. The sites have been suggested to the councils, not by the councils. The next stage of the plan process is to consider all comments made, along with those already received at the preliminary draft consultation stage, and to prepare a further draft local plan for consultation in Spring 2019. This further draft will include preferred options for the plan, including any proposed allocations.

Energy from Waste, Waterbeach - Planning Committee decision to be made on Monday 17 September 2018

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Planning Committee will be deciding on a planning application for a new Energy from Waste (EfW) plant at the Waste Management Park at Waterbeach at a meeting in Shire Hall on Monday 17 September. This is due to be live streamed on the council website owing to considerable local interest. 

At this meeting our Members can only consider whether the application from waste contractors Amey meets planning requirements, and any representations from local groups which are related to planning issues. 

Even if permission is granted, there is a strong likelihood that the planning application will receive a holding directive from the Secretary of State so that he can decide whether the planning application should be ‘called in’ to allow the Government to make the final decision rather than the Council. 

Planning permission is only the first stage of the regulatory process, as the operators would still need an Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency before they could operate there if planning permission was granted. 

View papers for the meeting.

"Drinkfree Days" alcohol campaign

Public Health England has been working closely with Drinkaware on a new alcohol campaign, due to launch on 10 September 2018: www.drinkfreedays.co.uk 

The campaign, aimed at mid-life adults who fall into the ‘Increasing and Higher Risk’ drinking category, will highlight the ways that our drinking can creep up on us and offers a practical strategy for reducing the amount people drink by taking drinkfree days.

The campaign will encourage people to take “Drink free days” in line with the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance that taking days off from drinking alcohol can be a good tactic to reduce consumption.

Free resources for local authorities, including social media assets and a poster, will be downloadable from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre. For further information please contact [email protected] or visit www.drinkfreedays.co.uk

'Know your numbers' - get your blood pressure checked free

Age is just a number – but knowing your heart age could prevent a heart attack or stroke.

Public Health England East, is supporting Blood Pressure UK in encouraging people in the east of England to check their blood pressure, asking them “Do you KNOW YOUR NUMBERS?”

Together we are calling for adults in the region to go into any participating pharmacy in the region to take a free blood pressure test. High blood pressure can put you at risk of a stroke or a heart attack.

With the results they can access the NHS Heart Age Test online which will give an indication of their heart age and if higher than their actual age, take control of their health and make lifestyle changes to lower the age.

The Heart Age Test can be accessed via the One You website.

The Heart Age Test has been completed over 1.9 million times across England. Completed tests in the East of England show that 75% of people have a heart age higher than their actual age. Worryingly, 32% have a heart age over five years and 13% at least 10 years over their actual age.

Adults are encouraged to get a free blood pressure test from any participating pharmacy in the region showing the ‘One You’ poster and with those numbers, search ‘heart age’ to take the free online test.

The Heart Age Test asks a number of simple physical and lifestyle questions and provides an immediate estimation of someone’s heart age, as well as a prediction of the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by a certain age. It also gives suggestions on lifestyle changes to help people reduce their heart age such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and cutting back on alcohol.


In advance of October’s annual ‘Stoptober’ event, the Public Health Team will be giving all Cambridgeshire Stop Smoking Service providers (GP practices, pharmacies and CAMQUIT) resources provided by Public Health England which will include details on how the Stoptober campaign should best be implemented, posters and leaflets.

The campaign will direct people to the local stop smoking services and in areas of the county where smoking prevalence is higher the team will ensure that the resource packs are sent to partners such as libraries, community centres, workplaces and job centres and that the stop smoking service increase service provision throughout the month.

The Stop Smoking Services will continue to provide weekly clinics throughout the county and information about these clinics is available at www.camquit.nhs.uk or by calling 0800 018 4304.

Exercise to prevent falls in older people: 'Stay stronger for longer' campaign

The ‘Stay Stronger for Longer’ campaign, due to launch on 1 October 2018 – International Older People’s Day, aims to encourage older people to take up strength and balance activities twice a week to keep them doing the things they enjoy.

The campaign is being led by Cambridgeshire County Council working with health and community partners and is developing a communications toolkit for town and parish councils to share the messages. There will be a dedicated web resource with advice and information later this month on our Be Well website

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