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Be prepared - our Brexit message

We are continuing work on planning for Brexit by reviewing and updating our impact assessment via regular meetings of the Brexit Taskforce – a group of officers drawn from all areas of Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council who keep our main risks under review, recommend action and monitor and highlight information updates from national government.

The impact assessment is also regularly scrutinised by the council’s Audit and Accounts Committee – and you can see the most recent report taken to its March 28th meeting.

We are working with our countywide Local Resilience Forum (LRF) on planning joined up communications messages and on developing a list of standard FAQs – which will be updated for our local situation as the questions arise. These will be available shortly.

In March, we highlighted warnings across the county of scammers offering paid support to help EU communities apply for settled status, something which can be done for free and without putting personal documentation into dubious hands. A nationwide communications campaign from the Government to promote the Settled Status application process was launched on 30 March– with information in all 26 EU community languages which we are also highlighting - and would ask all Members to promote this to staff and communities who may benefit. The Government has made clear that the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to operate in a ‘no deal’ scenario for EU citizens’ resident here by 12 April 2019, who will have until the end of 2020 to apply.

Trading Standards – who are taking the lead on regulation as part of the taskforce - will shortly be offering training packages, both general and bespoke, to local business to help them understand and adapt to the changes to the regulatory landscape. 

Transport Investment Plan (TIP) now available as a map

The Transport Investment Plan (TIP) is a list of potential transport schemes that have been identified to support growth in Cambridgeshire. Not all the schemes in the TIP have funding or an associated programme; it is in some ways a ‘wishlist’ of schemes that could support growth.

Work has been underway to map the TIP schemes, and we are happy to share with you the completed map available on the County Council website.

There is guidance available below to help you navigate the map.

If you would like further information about the TIP, including the list of schemes in each city/district, please visit the main TIP webpage.

For any questions or comments, please email [email protected].


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Minerals and Waste Development – second chance for residents to have their say

Cambridgeshire residents have a second chance to have their say on a new Joint Minerals and Waste Plan. 

The new plan is being produced jointly with Peterborough City Council and will look ahead to 2036. 

A first round of consultation took place last year to gather views on what the plan should include and also asked for landowners to come forward with suggested sites. Since then work has been underway on a further draft of the plan, which now includes proposals to allocate a number of sites at locations where mineral supplies can support development as well as improve the local biodiversity. 

No waste sites are being proposed, as most waste management needs can be met. The plan sets out a range of planning policies which will be used to decide planning applications for mineral and waste management development over the plan period. It will also provide guidance for new developments. 

The consultation will run until 9 May 2019.

Street Lighting Attachments Policy implementation

Cambridgeshire County Council introduced a new street lighting attachment policy on 1 April 2019, covered in the Highways Operational Standards and approved by members of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee (12 March 2019). 

As of 1 April, if anyone would like to attach any item to a County Council street light (such as hanging baskets, festive lighting, advertising banners, CCTV cameras or public transport information, etc), they will need to apply for an attachment licence online. 

12-month licenses for temporary / seasonal attachments or a 5-year licence for permanent attachments can be applied for online. Fees will be charged to commercial organisations only, and the criteria to be applied can be found via our street lighting webpage.

The Council aims to grant permission for each application but as a responsible authority, we have a duty of care to ensure any attachment placed on the adopted public highway is safe and appropriate.

If you have any queries regarding the new street lighting attachments policy, contact [email protected].

Clinical Commissioning Group Research Celebration Event - book now for 1 May

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is hosting a free research celebration event on 1 May at Jesus College, Cambridge (buffet lunch 12.30, talks start 1.25 finish approximately 5.15 pm). The overarching theme will be prevention of ill health and disease. 

The celebration event is targeted at people with a professional interest in primary care and public health research. There will be some time for networking during the afternoon. 

They have some great speakers lined up including Professor Jonathan Mant, Professor Simon Griffin and Professor Christi Deaton from the Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge and Professor Carol Brayne from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care amongst others.  

Research topics include: reducing the risk of dementia; age friendly environments for the elderly; diabetes prevention; screening for atrial fibrillation; identification of heart failure; withdrawing hypertension medication in the elderly; use of apps for behaviour change and improving treatment adherence; and risk prediction and early diagnosis of cancer.  

If you would like to book a space please contact [email protected] to reserve a slot.

Ely Registration Office – new opening hours

Current opening hours are limited to Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm – with some Saturdays for ceremonies. 

The relocation to the new Cambridgeshire Archives building in late summer 2019 provides the opportunity to improve customer service, and operational reasons have resulted in this positive change being introduced in advance of the move. 

The new hours will mean that from 1 April 2019 customer appointments (births, deaths and notices) are available everyday Monday to Friday during the same times (9am to 4pm) as the other full-time Registration offices across the county - Saturdays for ceremonies are unaffected. All services continue to be by appointment only. 

This will benefit customers immediately and also gets the new hours embedded prior to the physical move itself.

Trading Standards: upholding public safety at sports grounds 

After an internal appointment, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards have taken the lead role for public safety at sports grounds for CCC and PCC, building on its many years of experience in an inspection / liaison role. Comprehensive safety requirements and inspection regimes were introduced following the Hillsborough tragedy.

Currently, officers are working with Peterborough United Football Club, the concert promotor and Safety Advisory Group members on the upcoming Craig David and Tom Jones concerts.

The Service must be satisfied that all safety requirements have been met before issuing a Special Safety Certificate, thereby authorising the event to go ahead.

Trading Standards: couple ordered to pay back £24k

Trading Standards have formal agreements in place with Huntingdonshire DC and South Cambs DC for the provision of Accredited Financial Investigator services, enabling these authorities to pursue defendants for their proceeds of crime. In the most recent case, HDC had successfully prosecuted David Clements and Theresa Creaney for sub-letting rooms in their shared ownership property in breach of their shared ownership agreement, whilst living in the property they owned in Ireland.

An order was secured for almost £24k, representing the money they had received from renting out these rooms.  

Design contract for St Neots Bridge awarded

The design contract for a new landmark pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire has been awarded to engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP.

The design is to be based on a suspension bridge concept prepared by Knight Architects and will be one of the few recent suspension footbridges in the UK.

WSP will explore innovative use of materials for the bridge deck and parapets, in order to create a bridge fit for the future, which could potentially include looking at composite materials.

The bridge itself will have a main span of circa 65m and the site in which the bridge will rest is within one of the most important vistas of St Neots and in proximity to the site of the St Neots Priory and The Maltings (kiln), which are two Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Planning application for the bridge is due to be submitted in 2019.

New Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill

The Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Bill successfully completed its passage through Parliament on 15 March. The Bill will now move to attaining Royal Assent shortly, where it will become law. 

The Bill also includes provisions in four different areas, where reviews are currently being undertaken:

  1. To introduce a schedule system for the registration of marriages moving from a paper-based system to registration in an electronic register and facilitate the updating of the marriage entry to include the names of both parents of the couple instead of just fathers' names as is currently the case.
  2. To extend civil partnership to opposite-sex couples and consider the extent of these provisions, e.g. whether couples should be offered the opportunity to convert from a marriage to a civil partnership.
  3. A report on whether, and if so how, the law should be changed to provide for the registration of pregnancy losses (pre-24 weeks).
  4. To publish a report on whether, and if so how, the law should be changed to provide for the registration of stillbirths.

Greater Cambridge Local Plan - find which sites we've submitted

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have commenced work on the new joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan to provide a sustainable vision for the future of the area. 

This includes planning for new housing and economic development to meet our needs and protect and enhance our environment.  

An early step in the plan preparation process is to gather information on what land is available and suitable for development. As a part of this work, a ‘Call for Sites’ consultation ran between the 11 February 2019 and 25 March 2019. 

Cambridgeshire County Council, as landowner, submitted 64 sites to Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council as a part of this consultation. 

These sites will be evaluated by both councils as part of the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment, alongside other landowner’s submitted sites. 

It is highly likely that a large number of the sites will be unsuccessful. A full list of the county’s submitted sites and plans are available.

The Local Development Scheme, which was adopted by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council in October 2018, sets out the timetable for the development of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan, which includes an Issues and Options consultation in autumn 2019 and proposed submission to the Secretary of State for examination by the end of summer 2022. 

Further information can be found at on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website

As the Greater Cambridge Local Plan is developed, further information and details about how to get involved in the process will also be provided on Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council’s websites.

Cervical Screening Saves Lives campaign

Public Health England, with support from NHS England, has launched a national cervical screening campaign targeted at all eligible women between 25 years and 64 years. The campaign, Cervical Screening Saves Lives, will run for eight weeks from 5 March until 28 April 2019 with the aim to raise awareness of the risks of cervical cancer and highlight the preventative benefits of screening. 

Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year and around 690 women die from the disease.  It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented. 

However, there has been a decline in the coverage of cervical screening in Cambridgeshire which mirrors a national downward trend with the national pattern. 

Therefore, the Council’s Public Health Directorate is working closely with colleagues in the Communications Team to promote the campaign locally via social media engagement, local press including radio interviews, and other local digital channels. 

Missing Moments campaign

The Public Health team and CCC Communication Team have developed a stop smoking campaign titled ‘Missing Moments’, working closely with Health Committee Chair Councillor Peter Hudson - whose experience of receiving a health warning from his GP and quitting smoking helped to inspire the campaign. 

The campaign has also built on information from commissioned social marketing research that focussed on how to engage with smokers in Cambridge City and Fenland, the districts in Cambridgeshire with the highest smoking prevalence. 

The campaign uses emotive images and text to highlight the risks of ill health associated smoking can lead to missing special moments in a loved one’s life (wedding day, spending time with your child or grandchildren). Other types of loss associated with smoking such as loss of looks are used to target younger people.

Watch the videos by clicking on an image.

Smokers are encouraged to register for a Quit Kit through the Cambridgeshire Be Well website. Those who register will then be followed up periodically by stop smoking specialists.

The campaign was launched on National No Smoking Day Wednesday 13 March and will run throughout the year.

Strength and balance MOTs can keep you doing the things you enjoy

Since the launch of the Stronger For Longer campaign back in October, over 100 new people have joined strength and balance classes around the county and are now stronger and steadier. Over 2,300 people have also downloaded our Super-six leaflets, which is helping people to do strength and balance exercises at home at least twice a week.

The campaign is now encouraging local older people to have a Stronger for Longer MOT to help keep them fit, active and independent. With the help of a qualified instructor, a person will learn about their level of fitness to do everyday activities and find out what simple strength and balance exercises they could do at home or at recommended classes in the community.

The MOTs will be running throughout May across the county, for more information go to  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/strongerforlonger

Naturally Healthy - how the environment can keep us healthy

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s natural environment has huge potential for improving our health and wellbeing. 

There is a growing evidence base which supports the use of the natural environment to improve health and wellbeing and this is increasingly reflected in national policy and strategy, such as the Government’s 25 year environmental plan and the new National Planning and Policy Framework. They recognise the need to not only use the natural resources available but to plan in a way that maximises its potential to improve health and wellbeing. 

For more information contact Ben Brown, Speciality Registrar in Public Health on [email protected]. 

Controlled drinking - Jimmy's 5 year contract 

Jimmy’s Cambridge was recently awarded the contract to deliver a Controlled Drinking Project in Cambridge City. The new 5-year contract starts on 1 April 2019. 

The Controlled Drinkers Project is a small 6 bed housing project situated on Newmarket Road in Cambridge for people with long-term alcohol misuse problems. The approach to “controlled drinking” is a harm minimisation approach whereby service users can only stay if they agree to limit the amount they drinking and percentage strength of their drinks. The ultimate aim is to work towards recovery from alcohol dependence, but for some clients who are not ready to commit to recovery, a controlled drinking approach can help to limit the impact / damage that more excessive drinking can have. 

For more information, please contact Joseph Keegan, Commissioning Manager for Substance Misuse on [email protected].  

Atrial Fibrillation - what we're doing to prevent strokes 

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). 

Prevalence of AF increases with age and leads to an increased risk of experiencing one of the most severe forms of stroke. Improving the management of AF and increasing identification of undiagnosed AF provides an immediate opportunity to improve health and social outcomes for local resident as one stroke is prevented each year for every twenty-five AF patients treated with anticoagulants (blood thinners). 

An AF stroke prevention programme funded by Cambridgeshire County Council Public Health, Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainable Transformation Partnership (STP) and NHS England has been undertaken with GP practices across Wisbech and Greater Peterborough in order to:

  1. Increase the proportion of people with known AF, being treated with blood thinners.
  2. Identify new undetected cases of AF through pulse checks in the over 65s as part of annual flu jabs.

Improving treatment also significantly reduces costs to the health and social care system through the avoidance of hospital admissions and care costs related to stroke. The proportion of patients in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough being treated with blood thinners has historically been lower compared to similar areas and the rate of undiagnosed cases is higher in the Wisbech and Greater Peterborough areas. 

Overall, this should help prevent up to 18 strokes over the next year across Wisbech and Greater Peterborough. 

Adult Learning and Skills - 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 the 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 the 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] or visit www.cambsals.co.uk

The Library Presents

‘The Improvised Book Club’ comedy show with Do Not Adjust Your Stage – March Library, 26 April 2019.

The Spring Programme of arts in libraries is currently in full swing, with dozens of activities already held and much more to come! The Season continues until 25 May 2019, with activities for all ages and interests. Tickets can be purchased at participating libraries or online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts.

Selection menus for the upcoming Autumn 2019 Programme are now available in all hosting libraries, and members of the public are invited to visit their local library and help select from the menu which activities they would like to see programmed in our next season.

The offer of arts activities is being extended from library buildings to Mobile Libraries this April.

Isleham Mobile Library will have a performance of eerie Victorian ghost stories told by Christine Pike called ‘Lady Chillers’, while Coates Mobile Library will hold a spooky Fenland narrative with storyteller Marion Leeper, ‘Ghosts of the Fens’.

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

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

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.

2019 Connected Britain Awards - Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge make the shortlist

Congratulations go to the teams in Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge as they have both made the shortlist for the 2019 Connected Britain Awards:

  • Connecting Cambridgeshire Enabling Digital Delivery (EDD) team - Barrier Removal Award
  • Smart Cambridge - Smart City Initiative

Launched in 2018, the Connected Britain Awards are open to operators, government departments, local authorities and superfast bodies plus, depending on the category, other stakeholders, including vendor companies. All entries are assessed by an expert panel of judges.

View the complete shortlist

The award winners will be announced at Connected Britain in London on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

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