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Member Newsletter February 2019

Welcome to the February edition of the Member Newsletter!

This newsletter has been produced by the Communications and Information Service to inform all Members of the latest council news and projects taking place across the county.

Latest news

Extra income for Highways

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 is being spent on:

  • 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)

Business and IP Centre launch

Gillian Beasley (Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council), Julie Deane (CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company), Liz Jolly (British Library's Chief Librarian) and Cllr Kevin Cuffley (Vice-Chair of the County Council's Communities and Partnership Committee) celebrate the launch of the new Business & IP Centre at Cambridge Central Library on Friday 1 February.

On Friday 1 February, we launched the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business & IP Centre at Cambridge Central Library with The British Library. The new service is designed to enable people to start, protect and grow their business in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Cambs & Peterborough Business & IP Centre is the 11th to join the BIPC National Network and alongside 13 other Centres, including London, Birmingham and Sheffield.

The new Centre in Cambridge will be a hub for entrepreneurs to come together to network, attend events and access a wealth of resources including business databases, market research reports, company data and information on patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. The Centre will harness the expertise of local public and private business experts, working with regional partners such as the Growth Hub, Chambers of Commerce, local universities and colleges and Cambridgeshire-based enterprises. It is a physical hub in Cambridge Central Library and Peterborough Central Library, but also making the most of both Cambridgeshire’s and Peterborough’s fantastic networks of libraries. The other 32 libraries across Cambridgeshire and 10 in Peterborough will be a touch point for this service so that anyone can walk into any of our libraries and seek help or use these resources.

In creating a model that makes use of all our Libraries and mobile libraries, all across the county and including in more deprived areas, we want to engage with and support anyone who has a business idea, regardless of their background, gender, ethnic origin, age, ability or disability.

This launch marks the beginning of a six-week programme of events and activities, and as the service grows and develop in the future, we want to hear from anyone who might be thinking of setting up a business, or is already established, for their suggestions on how we can make our libraries truly effective, entrepreneurial hubs across the county.

Find out more about the services on offer at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/BIPC

Power to the people

If you know of vulnerable people in your division, 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.

Bus services protected, while review continues

Bus services across the county were discussed at the Economy and Environment Committee meeting on 7 February 2019.

Whilst the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s bus review continues and options are worked on, it is important that the existing bus services are protected.

Although bus service policy and delivery is a Combined Authority function, the authority has asked Cambridgeshire County Council to carry on providing this for one more year while longer term options are considered and discussed.

It is proposed that from April all bus services across the county will continue after Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have agreed funding for the next year.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s bus review went live on 24 January and more information can be found on their website

Ely Walkway opens

Official opening of Ely Walkway

The new Ely Southern Bypass Walkway was officially opened by Cllr Anna Bailey and Cllr Ian Bates who cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony on Wednesday 23 January. Local ramblers joined the first (brisk) walk on the new structure and stopped to enjoy the scenic views of the Fens and cathedral from the viewing platform, albeit in the wintery wind and freezing temperatures!

The event was also an occasion for Andy Preston, Assistant Director for Infrastructure and the project team - Brian Stinton, Nathan Thrower and Christopher Reed - to thank and say goodbye to contractor VolkerVitzpatrick, as they have now officially completed their part of the project.

Work on the underpass, to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists, continues and will be finished by the end of February 2019.

The opening was covered on BBC Radio Cambs (listen in at 1:24) and Heart FM, the Ely Standard, and Cambridge News, and featured on ITV Anglia.

East West Rail update

Members may already be aware of proposals led by the East/West Rail Company to create a new rail connection between Oxford and Cambridge, but you can read more about the scheme here

A public consultation has been launched on the central section between Bedford and Cambridge, which will run until 11 March 2019. This consultation will inform route option selection and is an opportunity for your constituents to have their say on the options. This is not a statutory consultation so there will be time later for people to help shape the final route alignment and station locations as it moves through the formal stages of planning. 

Cambridgeshire County Council’s response will be presented to the Economy and Environment Committee on 11 March 2019. 

We are also supporting EWR from a communications point of view by publicising their proposals and the consultation events across the corridor between Bedford and Cambridge. 

To find out more about the railway proposals, routes for consultation and dates and times of events near you, visit the East West Rail website: https://eastwestrail.co.uk/haveyoursay.

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.

A targeted mailshot to 6,000 households and businesses, flyers, radio adverts on Heart FM (listen out for the “whoosh”!), social media and local newsletter articles are being used during the two month campaign, which is being funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

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.

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

Closed landfill project update

Three public outreach sessions have been held on the Stanground and Woodston closed landfill projects.

The third of these sessions was attended by three Peterborough City Councillors - Cllr Bisby, Cllr Harper and Cllr Rush.

Key concerns expressed by residents related to: limited publicity on the projects and outreach sessions to date; visual impact; and alternative grazing for the existing tenants.

In response to these comments the Energy Investment Team are: ensuring that they publicise future events more fully; providing interested residents regular project updates by email; assessing and mitigating visual impacts in the project design that will be submitted for planning consent; and setting up meetings between the tenants, CCC and PCC Property teams to discuss alternative grazing opportunities.

Presentations at Orton Waterville, Orton Longueville and Farcet parish council meetings have been scheduled over the next 5 weeks. For more information, please contact the team at [email protected].

Babraham Park and Ride - engagement update

Members of the Energy Investment Unit presented to the Great Shelford Parish Council last month and were available on the site to provide information to commuters at the Babraham Road Park and Ride on a solar and battery storage project planned for the site. This project is very similar to ones being developed by the team for park and rides at St Ives and Trumpington.

The investment would see clean electricity generated at the site to meets the site’s demand, and to provide excess electricity for sale. 

A public presentation also took place on 5 February 2019 in Great Shelford and a full planning application for the project will be submitted in the coming months.

For more information, please contact the team at [email protected].

Stay Well campaign 2018/19

As in previous years, Public Health has been distributing the 20,000 Stay Well Winter Health packs. These packs include tips, information, key contacts and resources to help our most vulnerable residents stay well and warm during the winter months. 

At present, Public Health, with support from the Library Service and members of the multi-agency Stay Well Steering Group have disseminated around 17,500 packs to a wide range of organisations and communities including parish councils. Another 2,500 has been allocated to the ongoing Stay Well Pharmacy Campaign. 

Led by Public Health, the Stay Well Steering Group is increasing the involvement of frontline health and social care staff (who play key roles in identifying those at risk) and developing links with new networks such as the Living Well Partnerships. 

Public Health staff have attended multi-agency Neighbourhood Team meetings to update on the campaign and to signpost frontline staff to opportunities for securing support to those most in need.

Chief Medical Officer annual report

The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies published her Annual Report in December. The CMO Report is titled ‘Health 2040 – Better Health Within Reach’ and it looks ahead to health in England in 2040 – potential best case and worst case scenarios, and how actions that we take now can influence this. The CMO draws on knowledge and ideas from a wide range of academic and policy experts, and includes a focus on: 

  • Health as one of the primary assets of our nation, contributing to both the economy and happiness
  • The potential health gains and reduction in health inequalities that could be possible with a 'prevention first' approach
  • Emerging technologies and their potential impact on health promotion, protection and treatment
  • Current and future uncertainties in health

NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan was published in January 2019, highlighting the potential for prevention as a way to save 500,000 lives over the next 10 years.

Specific commitments include:

  • Everyone admitted to hospital who smokes will be offered help and support to quit.
  • Expert Alcohol Care Teams will work in up to 50 hospitals to provide access to medical care within 24 hours.
  • The National Diabetes Prevention Programme will be doubled over the next five years. A new digital option will help to tackle inequalities and widen patient choice, so those who cannot attend classes in person can still access the support they need.
  • Duncan Selbie, Public Health England Chief Executive, has highlighted that "It is vital for the NHS, with its new focus on prevention, to work alongside adequately funded and appropriately resourced local government".

Resurfacing work between Warboys and Ramsey

Resurfacing work to make repairs to Puddock Road and Fenside Road near Warboys started on Saturday 2 February for up to four weeks. 

The Highways team will be carrying out road reconstruction work covering almost 4km of the road - which will include making deep repairs down to the foundation layers and re-cycling the material. 

Due to the extensive nature of the repairs, and for safety reasons, the road will need to be fully closed for the whole duration of the work. 

During the closure, road safety improvements will also be carried out alongside the resurfacing work on Puddock Road. This will include installing new road signs highlighting the narrow sections of the road, cutting back vegetation and marking the edge of the road with risen ribbed lines - these cause vibration if driven over. 

This type of resurfacing work will mean the road will be more resilient against extreme weather conditions, reducing the need for future maintenance and improving safety. 

These repairs are being funded by the extra money from the Department for Transport, received at the end of last year. 

For more information and the diversion routes (access to properties for local residents will be maintained) please visit https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/resurfacing-work-between-warboys-and-ramsey-starts-next-week/

The Library Presents

The Library Presents Light Steps performance by Dancing Strong.

The Spring Programme began in style with a Watercolour Workshop, inspired by James Whistler, on 2 February 2019 in Ramsey Library.

Upcoming February highlights include Singing Workshops (Arbury Court, Cambridge Central, St Neots), Performance Skills Workshop (Cambridge Central), Folk Music (Chatteris), Storytelling Workshop (Ely), Improvised Comedy show (Ramsey, Wisbech), Light Steps dance performance (Whittlesey) and a Creative Collage workshop (Yaxley).

The Season continues until 25 May 2019, with lots more activities for all ages and interests.

Tickets can be purchased at participating libraries or full ticket information and programme details can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts

RePaint

CCC 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 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.

Don’t forget to visit our news pagelike us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest announcements. 

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