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New Member elected for Cambridgeshire County Council

Cllr Barbara Ashwood

Welcome to Cllr Barbara Ashwood (Liberal Democrat) who returns to the County Council as local member for Trumpington following the by-election on Thursday 2 May 2019.  

View the full by-election results.

County continues to focus on preventative work for young people

A recent release from the All Party Parliamentary Group on knife crime, made links between a change in the way we describe the budget we spend on preventative work for vulnerable young people – and a reported rise in incidents involving knives in the county.

While job roles and titles have changed, the level of support to those young people most in need in our county has not.

Since 2010, Cambridgeshire County Council has moved its focus on youth work away from open access to all such as youth clubs,  to providing targeted and focused service for those children and young people who are most vulnerable and most at risk,  and to parenting programmes and other support to their families.

In 2018/19, Cambridgeshire County Council allocated £1.6m to Early Help services linked directly to supporting young people, and a further £2m to Family Workers providing support to parents, including delivery of parenting programmes.  In addition to roles within Early Help teams, posts working with directly with young people can be found within both our Youth Support Service and Youth Offending Service.

In addition, our Innovate and Cultivate fund which offers grants for community and voluntary sector to develop local services allocated more than £250,000 last year to 13 specific projects targeted at supporting a variety of youth projects across the county.

Investment from Government for the county’s roads

The Government has announced further funding which will benefit roads in Cambridgeshire.

Both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have received the maximum amount of additional road maintenance funding from the Department for Transport, with £2.5m for Cambridgeshire County Council in recognition for making the best use of funds available and prioritising the needs of the public.

This year (2019/20), Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have also received funding totalling £990k to help prevent and fix potholes.

Our roads are important to us and we are listening to people by spending more money on repairing and resurfacing our roads in Cambridgeshire. We will also combine this with our specialist machines, known as ‘dragon patchers’ as we continue our battle on potholes.

In order to keep our roads maintained, people need to help us by coming forward and reporting them using our online tool.

Find out more about how we repair potholes.

Cherry Hinton Road consultation

Residents are being asked to have their bite of the cherry, by taking part in a consultation about pedestrian and cycleway improvements along Cherry Hinton Road in Cambridge.

The six week public consultation launched on 7 May 2019 asks local residents to give their views on the proposed plans, which aim to provide safer travel for cyclists and pedestrians.

Cherry Hinton Road is a key local commuter route in Cambridge, which sees on average 2,000 cyclists and 1,500 pedestrians travelling to Cambridge Train Station, city centre and locations along Hills Road each day. A public survey was carried out in 2015, which highlighted more than three quarters of the 1,100 respondents were in favour of there being walking and cycling improvements on Cherry Hinton Road – with only one in six people saying they felt safe cycling down this route.

The walking and cycling improvements which also include options for parking and bus stop layouts, have been designed to help reduce congestion in the area.

Members of the public have until Tuesday 18 June 2019 to have their say on the proposals.

Hard copies of the consultation document will be available at Rock Road Library and Cambridge Central Library or for more information and to fill out a survey online, visit our Cherry Hinton Road webpage.

Work starts on Cambridge's Gigabit City transformation

Left to right: John Henry Group: Natalie Keogh (Chief Support Officer), John Henry Jnr (CCO), Mick Webb (Project Director), CityFibre: Charles Kitchin (Cambridge City Manager), Jason Mealey (City Delivery Manager) and Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates.

Cambridge is set to become one of the most digitally connected destinations in the UK as CityFibre breaks ground on £20 million full fibre network expansion.

Our Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is one of the first in the country to establish a dedicated Enabling Digital Delivery (EDD) team to resolve barriers to the rapid delivery of digital connectivity, making best use of public sector assets and maximising private sector investment in full fibre.

The EDD team is working with CityFibre and our Streetworks team to trial the Government’s good practice toolkit for other authorities to follow, and will be working closely with both CityFibre and local communities to ensure a fast and successful roll-out with minimum disruption to residents.

Local Cambridge-based contractor John Henry Group has been appointed to deliver the programme on CityFibre’s behalf. The contractor will use modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly and efficiently. This and the work of other commercial providers complements our aim to expand full fibre networks across the county to underpin the local economy, support public services and prepare for the next generation of mobile services.

The project is due to be completed by 2021, while the first connected homes can expect to be enjoying Gigafast broadband services from Vodafone by autumn this year.

To find out more about CityFibre’s Gigabit City vision for Cambridge visit: cityfibre.com/Cambridge.

Monitoring traffic flow and air quality to improve city living

Traffic sensor

Smart Cambridge is installing 15 traffic counting sensors on street lighting columns on Mill Road in Cambridge and the neighbouring network of streets.

The smart sensors are capable of calculating the number of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles that pass by them and will be in place for at least 18 months to gather data before the closure, during the time when there is no vehicle traffic coming over Mill Road Bridge and then after the bridge is re-opened; allowing engineers to see the impact of the closure on surrounding roads, including on air quality.

Keeping the sensors in place for this long will allow the team to make greater comparisons, by taking in to account daily, weekly, monthly and annual variations in traffic levels.

The data, which will be collated and analysed by the Smart Cambridge programme, will help the Greater Cambridge Partnership understand how people use the road network and understand the impact a road closure has on traffic levels and journey choices in a surrounding area.

For more information visit the Smart Cambridge website.

New technology for Real Time Displays at bus stops

CCC’s Integrated Highways Management Centre (IHMC) team, in collaboration with Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) contractor VIX Technology, have introduced the first solar powered e-ink technology displays (think Kindle screen) providing real times for bus arrivals.

Replacing mains powered LED standard displays with energy efficient e-ink technology not only brings cost reductions, but also mitigates the environmental impact.

E-ink is a green and future-proof solution which is flexible in meeting changing business and passenger needs. It’s capable of displaying weather information, monochromatic pictures and of course those all-important bus arrivals.

Mains connections are not required so the units are also very flexible in terms of being able to sit in challenging locations, and the new display technology allows content to be viewed in direct sunlight and the units are also equipped with LEDs for night-time illumination.

So far six displays have been installed: one at the Grafton Centre to test the new technology; Chesterton Road near Hertford Street to address power problems; one in Sutton Village due to lack of power connection; and others in Huntingdon – one on Ermine Street and two on Stukeley Road.

The technology simplifies the project management process, which is a big step for this small RTPI project in saving time, as it eliminates both power issues and traffic delays during installations – meaning very little disruption to the public.

Another 12 displays will be delivered in next three months: eight displays on U route in Cambridge, two on Madingley Road and two in Witchford Village. 

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.

If you would like further information about the TIP, including the list of schemes in each city / district and guidance on how to navigate the map, please visit the main TIP webpage.

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

Cambridgeshire’s Local Street Gazetteer ranked GOLD again! 

For the second year running, the County Council’s Local Street Gazetteer (LSG) has been ranked at the highest possible level for the quality, accuracy and currency of its data.

The LSG is the definitive record of public highways maintained by the County Council, and is used to schedule and co-ordinate the maintenance of roads and the issuing of street works permits across Cambridgeshire.

It makes up part of the National Street Gazetteer, which is compiled and distributed by the Ordnance Survey and GeoPlace, who have awarded the Gold ranking based on a series of metrics for data entry standards and resolution of errors.

The Asset Information Searches Team in the Highways Service is responsible for maintaining this critical database, and the Gold award is recognition of the good work undertaken by the team and the enhanced understanding it has developed of the LSG.

Cambridgeshire Corridor Study

The Cambridgeshire Corridor Study was published by Network Rail on 9 April 2019.

The study, funded by the Department for Transport, the County Council, the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Combined Authority, looks at the rail capacity needed in the Cambridge area over the next 25 years, and identifies the infrastructure needed to provide the necessary additional services – over and above new capacity schemes that are already in development such as Cambridge South Station, the East West Rail Central Section, and improvements in the Ely area.

With planned growth, more track and platforms will be needed at Cambridge Station, and additional track needed north of the station and on the line to Newmarket.

The Corridor Study can be viewed on Network Rail's website and will be considered by the Economy and Environment Committee in May 2019.

Three remarkable female officers lead our charge for national recognition

Jenni Bartlett

Katie Ellis

Natalie Taylor

CCC is celebrating a clutch of national award nominations for the great work of teams and individuals, and the work of three remarkable women is leading the charge.

Jenni Bartlett

Jenni has been nominated for the Positive Role Model Disability Award at the 2019 National Diversity Awards.

As well as being a Health, Safety and Wellbeing Adviser, Jenni is also a member of the Council’s Equality and Diversity Network. As a local authority it is vital that the principles of equality and diversity are embedded in the way we work, and Jenni has worked tirelessly, inspiring staff and senior managers as well as members to apply these principles. Please support her here.

Katie Ellis

Katie, an Assistant Engineer in the Signals and Systems Team, has been nominated for the Top 50 Women in Engineering 2019 Award.

WE50 is a UK awards event founded by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2016 and linked to the International Women in Engineering Day global celebration on 23 June each year. The award theme for 2019 is Current and Former Apprentices.

Natalie Taylor

Natalie, our National Citizens Service Programme Coordinator, has been shortlisted in the Rising Stars category at the national MJ Awards, where winners are being announced at a ceremony in London on 26 June 2019.

We've also gained MJ Award recognition in the Digital Transformation category for work we've done to transform our services online, leading to fewer people making avoidable calls to our Contact Centre and more accessing online help.

Bring your empty crisp packets to Shire Hall to be recycled

Every year countless numbers of crisp packets end up in waste bins across the UK.

CCC is now an official crisp packet recycling drop-off location and Shire Hall is listed as an official crisp packet recycling point on the TerraCycle website along with various other locations across the county.

Members of the public can drop off any brand of crisp packet at Shire Hall reception, which will be sent off to get recycled as part of a national recycling collection scheme where empty crisp packets to be made into new, recycled products.

The County Council has joined the collection scheme as crisp packets often contain metallised plastic film – a product which looks like foil but actually contains both plastic and metal – which isn’t widely recycled.

Crisp packets are not accepted in household kerbside collections in Cambridgeshire so this is a great opportunity for anyone to bring in their crisp packets which will be sent off to be recycled.

As a business we are also in the process of refining a new Plastics Strategy, to address reducing the Council’s use of single-use plastics. This will be discussed and reviewed at the General Purposes Committee meeting on 28 May 2019, and a final version of the policy will then be considered by committee for approval and adoption at the next appropriate Full Council meeting.

It is our desire is to be a leading organisation in reducing our use of plastics whilst ensuring that what we can’t avoid using in the short term goes for recycling. 

Public Health peer review

The Local Government Association led a peer review of the public health system in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in early February this year. The key findings and recommendations of the peer review were presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board, together with a locally developed action plan. The six recommendations are:

  1. Develop across senior politicians and clinicians a shared vision and narrative and long term ambition for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  2. Enable collective leadership and accountability through a rationalised governance and partnership structure.
  3. Use the new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy to promote prevention, tackle the wider determinants of health and influence partners to drive improvements in population health and wellbeing.
  4. Ensure the wider role of Public Health is impacting on all aspects of the system in order to promote the health and wellbeing of the population.
  5. Develop a coherent and consistent model for integrated delivery in neighbourhoods.
  6. Develop a commissioning architecture with partners to realise the investment ambition to deliver place based solutions at scale, e.g. further scope joint commissioning with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Further information is available from the Health and Wellbeing Board papers on our CMIS website. 

Key health outcome findings for 2019 

Health and Wellbeing Boards have a statutory duty to jointly assess the health and wellbeing needs of their local populations and to prepare a joint health and wellbeing strategy to meet these needs. 

To assist with this, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Public Health Intelligence Team produce an annual JSNA Core Dataset and the 2019 version has just been published on Cambridgeshire Insight.

Selected key findings are:

  • Overall health outcomes for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough combined are generally good in comparison to national averages, although there is variation across the area. Health outcomes tend to be better than national averages in Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire and worse, or similar, to the national average in Peterborough and Fenland. The picture in Cambridge City is more mixed.
  • Life expectancy at birth is statistically significantly higher than the national average for males and females in Cambridgeshire as a whole, and statistically significantly lower than the national average in Peterborough and in Fenland. Female life expectancy in Cambridge City is similar to that for England and statistically significantly higher for Cambridge males.
  • In terms of demography, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are among the fastest growing areas in the UK. The proportion of older people in the population is also increasing, with associated increases in age-related demand for NHS and social care services.

For more information, please email [email protected]

#Vaccineswork – childhood immunisation campaign

In support of the World Health Organisation’s World Immunisation Week (24-30 April 2019), Cambridgeshire County Council launched a local social media awareness campaign, to promote a range of key messages and to encourage parents and carers to vaccinate their children. 

The campaign was called #Vaccineswork and focused on all childhood immunisations up to 5 years of age, including preschool boosters. The aims of the campaign were two-fold, firstly to promote awareness of vaccine safety and effectiveness and encourage uptake of vaccinations, and secondly to test key messages and activities to inform future campaigns.

Simple strength and balance exercises can keep you doing the things you enjoy

Following on from our update last month, a local woman has put a spring in her step after joining strength and balance classes to keep her doing the things she enjoys.

Rita, aged 77 from Ely, joined the fun and sociable class at the local library having heard about it from a friend after a recent fall. The class featured as part of the successful Stronger for Longer campaign.

Rita said: “The class has helped me with my walking, strength, balance, and posture, along with confidence outside of the class. I can see the difference in myself, I do a lot of walking and since going to classes I am now able to walk that bit longer without any problems – which means I can go out more and enjoy with my friends. Coming to the class will improve your well-being and help you to keep active. You will meet new people and it can be fun.”

Since the launch of the Stronger For Longer campaign back in October 2018, over 100 new people have joined strength and balance classes around the county and are now stronger and steadier.

Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are proven to keep older adults stronger for longer helping them to stay independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether it’s playing with grandchildren, shopping, socialising with friends or gardening.

For success stories and more information on classes and activities in your area, please visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/strongerforlonger.

NHS Health Checks – have you had your check?

Cambridgeshire County Council Public Health has been promoting an NHS Health Checks campaign. The campaign focused on a ‘call to action’ to attend a ‘free NHS Health Check’ for those eligible, and follows the national Diabetes Prevention campaign that aims to raise awareness of ways to prevent Diabetes. 

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74 who do not already have a diagnosed ongoing health condition. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk. For more information on NHS Health Checks, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check

To get your NHS Health Check, interested persons should contact their GP surgery and make an appointment, it takes 20-30 minutes and is a great way to identify health issues early, and access useful advice on how to improve your health. 

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