Agenda

Published, Weekly Bulletin
Wednesday, 6 March 2019 12.00 p.m.

Contact: Patrick Adams  01954 713408 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Meetings and events from Thursday 7 March to Friday 22 March

Date

Time

Name

Venue

Contact

Thu 7 Mar

2:30pm

Licensing (2003Act) Sub-Committee

Mezzanine

Victoria Wallace

Fri 8 Mar

Mon 11 Mar

Tue 12 Mar

Wed 13 Mar

9:30am

Planning Committee

Council Chamber

Ian Senior

Thu 14 Mar

10am

Employment & Staffing Committee

Monkfield Room

Patrick Adams

Fri 15 Mar

 

Mon 18 Mar

Tue 19 Mar

Wed 20 Mar

4pm

Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board

Council Chamber

Democratic Services

Thu 21 Mar

6pm

Scrutiny & Overview Committee

Swansley Room

Victoria Wallace

Fri 22 Mar

 

INFORMATION FOR DISTRICT COUNCILLORS & PARISH COUNCILS

2.

A14 Improvement Scheme: Monthly Parish Newsletter pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The attached newsletter provides you with updates for February to March 2019, in relation to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.

 

To contact your A14 sections stakeholder manager, please use the email addresses below or the A14 helpline.

 

Section 1, 2 & 3: Alconbury to Swavesey

John Birchall - John.Birchall@theA14.com

 

Section 4 & 5: Swavesey to Milton

Bob Pettipher - bob.pettipher@thea14.com

 

A14 helpline 0800 270 0114 - This will be answered by a team member during site hours 8am - 5pm and messages can be left at other times. Further updates as the scheme progresses can be found on their website.

3.

Planned Road Closures w/c 4 March - A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Please find attached road closures information for w/c 4 March, in relation to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

 

Please note an update to this week’s planned road closures on the A14 between Swavesey and Bar Hill.

 

The below closures will go ahead as planned on Monday 4th and Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th (5 nights in total):

  • A14 eastbound Swavesey J28 to Bar Hill J29
  • A14 westbound Bar Hill J29 to Swavesey J28
  • A14 westbound to westbound Girton J31 loop

 

On Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th, the closure has been revised to:

  • Dry Drayton J30 westbound entry and exit slips closed, along with a lane 1 & 2 closure between M11 J13 and A14 westbound to Bar Hill J29
  • The eastbound carriageway will remain open on these two nights

 

Also attached is an information poster, detailing how to find further information on the scheme. If you would like some to display in your Parishes, on notice boards, offices etc please contact Highways England who can post them to you.

 

To contact your A14 sections stakeholder manager, please use the email addresses below or the A14 helpline.

 

Section 1 & 2:Alconbury to the East Coast Main Line

John Birchall - John.Birchall@theA14.com

 

Section 3: East Coast Main Line to Swavesey

John Birchall - John.Birchall@theA14.com

 

Section 4 & 5: Swavesey to Milton

Bob Pettipher - bob.pettipher@thea14.com

 

A14 helpline 0800 270 0114 - This will be answered by a team member during site hours 8am - 5pm and messages can be left at other times. Further updates as the scheme progresses can be found on their website

Additional documents:

UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCILLOR TRAINING

Unless otherwise specified, please confirm your availability to attend any of the following briefing or training events by contacting Patrick Adams on 01954 713408. This will ensure your training records are kept up to date and suitable venue and catering booking can be made. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

4.

Working Effectively with Officers - Workshop for Members Mon 18 & Tue 26 March

District Councillors are invited to attend a workshop on "Working Effectively with Officers" in the Council Chamber, South Cambridgeshire Hall on one of the following dates:

·         Tuesday, 26 March 2019 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

·         Monday, 18 March 2019 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm

 

This workshop has been designed for South Cambridgeshire District Council to mirror workshops provided for officers focussed on building effective relationships  with Members.  It  will provide an opportunity for Members to develop their understanding of the relationship; the ways in which they can develop their own working relationships with officers and to consider how the Council as a whole can develop this further.

GENERAL INFORMATION

5.

Media Monitoring

Arising from the results of the Member Communication Needs Survey, many members highlighted the fact that residents found out about SCDC matters through the media.

 

The Council’s Communications Team will produce a weekly summary of recent news items to be published in the Bulletin to help keep members informed of recent coverage of SCDC.

 

Contact the Communications Team for further information.

 

 

Date

Publication

Details

27/02/19

Cambridge News

Combined authority's new chief executive to be revealed

P5

CA article

27/02/19

Cambridge News

Should we introduce a congestion charge to tackle traffic troubles

P8

GCP article

27/02/19

Cambridge Independent

Have your say, urges GCP in latest effort to cut congestion

P8

GCP article

27/02/19

Cambridge Independent

Cambridge Biomedical Campus: 30,000 new trips due daily

P8

GCP article

27/02/19

Cambridge Independent

Council agrees chief's £200,000 early retirement deal

P9

 

27/02/19

Cambridge Independent

Lib Dems unveil green vision

P13

 

27/02/19

Cambridge Independent

New Darwin Green community must wait longer for facilities

P18

Cllr Sarah Cheung-Johnson and Cllr John Williams quoted

27/02/19

Cambridge News online

Claims of disagreements at South Cambs as Chief executive leaves

Link

 

28/02/19

Cambridge News

Chief exec's golden goodbye costs council £200k

P1 & P10

 

28/02/19

Royston Crow

We've set an ambitious plan for the district - it will really stretch us'

P11

 

01/03/19

Cambridge News

Economic growth could be 'choked' without new station

P10

GCP article. Cllr Peter Topping quoted

01/03/19

Fenland Citizen online

Cambridgeshire Mayor's intervention slammed as an "abuse of power"

Link

CA article. Cllr Bridget Smith quoted

01/03/19

Peterborough Telegraph online

Anger after Peterborough's metro mayor clashes with scrutiny committee chair

Link

CA article. Cllr Bridget Smith quoted

02/03/19

Cambridge News online

Cambridgeshire mayor is 'abusing power', say critics

Link

CA article. Cllr Bridget Smith quoted

05/03/19

Cambridge News

Letter: £200k golden handshake is not justifiable

P21

 

06/03/19

Cambridge News

Views sought on options for Cambourne-Cambridge link

P13

GCP article. Cllr Gavin Clayton quoted

 

6.

Items of Interest from the Local Government Association (LGA)

Items of Interest from the Local Government Association (LGA)

 

The Local Government Association provides a list of news headlines relevant to its members. Please click the headlines below for more details.

 

Thursday 28 February, Times: Build new homes away from roads, says watchdog

New-build flats and houses should be situated away from the roadside, according to health advisers in new guidance on town planning to cut exposure to dirty air.

 

Tuesday 5 March, BBC Online: Council tax bills in England to rise by an average of 4.5%

Research by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) has found that council bills in England will increase by 4.5 per cent a year from April.

 

Wednesday 6 March, BBC Online: Fall in apprenticeship starts

Apprenticeships starts have fallen by a quarter since reforms, including a levy on large employers, were introduced, according to a National Audit Office report.

7.

View Planning Applications

To view the list of planning applications that have recently been submitted to the Council, please visit the authority’s on-line Planning Application Search.  Once the page has loaded, you can use the Search option to set your own criteria of parish, area and date range.

 

The system will provide a range of information on current and decided applications since 1948, including a brief description of the development, reference number, decision and the date of decision.  More recent applications show the name and telephone number of the council officer who is dealing with the application.

 

Search results are presented in a collection of pages, the number of which depends on the number of results your search produces.  There are navigation tools to allow you to browse your results.

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE DECISIONS TAKEN SINCE 27 FEBRUARY 2019

In accordance with the Access to Information Procedure Rules in Part 4 of the Council’s Constitution, any executive decision shall be published normally within five days of being made.  That record will bear the date on which it is published and will specify that the decision will come into force, and may then be implemented, on the expiry of 5 working days after the publication of the decision, unless called in for review by the Chairman of the Scrutiny and Overview Committee or by any five other councillors.

 

A list of decisions currently within the call-in period is available on the Council’s website.

 

The call in procedure is set out in full in Part 4 of the Council’s Constitution, ‘Scrutiny and Overview Committee Procedure Rules’

8.

Community Chest: Funding Applications

The Lead Cabinet Member for Finance AGREED the recommendations made by the Grants Advisory Committee on 22 February 2019:

 

 

Applicant

Village(s) affected

Description

Total applied for (£)

Total recomm

ended (£)

Additional conditions/ comments

 

1

 

Cambourne United Football Club

 

Cambourne

 

Provide new equipment for FA’s new ‘Just Play’ project

 

1,000.00

 

  954.76

 

Grant awarded for equipment only

 

2

 

1st Over St Mary’s Scout Group

 

Over

 

Purchase of new tents for camping events

 

1,000.00

 

1,000.00

 

 

3

 

St Catherine’s Parochial Church Council

 

Litlington

 

Installation of kitchen and toilet facility

 

1,000.00

 

Deferred

 

 

4

 

Footprints Café Ltd

 

Sawston

Sound proof panels to enhance acoustics in training room café

 

1,000.00

 

Deferred

 

Further documentation needed

 

5

 

Willingham Action Group

 

Willingham

 

 

Purchase and install bird boxes

 

354.19

 

354.19

 

 

 

6

Histon and Impington Communications Community Interest Company

 

Histon and Impington

 

Develop and create a new online “hub” for news in Histon and Impington

 

1,000.00

 

Defer

 

More info needed on relationship to PC

 

7

 

Heathfield Area Recreation Trust

 

Thriplow

(Heathfield)

 

Purchase a marquee to support a new youth club

 

1,000.00

 

1,000.00

 

 

8

 

The Connections Bus Service

 

Cottenham

 

Provide a 10-week babysitting course for students in Cottenham

 

1,000.00

 

Nil

 

On-going revenue costs are outside scope of scheme

 

9

 

Cambridge Past, Present and Future

 

Stapleford

 

Purchase materials for outdoor education program

 

995.50

 

995.50

 

 

 

9.

Consultation response on A14 Motorway Status

The Deputy Leader AGREED to submit the following response to the Planning Inspectorate:

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council supports the proposed amendment to the Development Consent Order (DCO) to amend the status of the A14 between the M11 at Girton and the new Ellington junction and the A1 between Alconbury and Brampton from all-purpose trunk road to motorway.

 

The Council recognises that the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme is already designed and being built to a high specification and that slow vehicles, which would be prohibited from using a motorway, are accommodated by the local access road and provision for non-motorised users.

 

It is also recognised that the changes would provide Highways England more control over traffic speeds to further improve safety for road users and achieve more consistent journey times. This may deliver benefits to the local and national economy, and local residents by keeping traffic on the most appropriate roads and out of villages and parts of Cambridge, and in terms of noise and air quality for these residents. Addressing congestion and improving traffic flow on the A14 is in line with recommended actions in the Council’s Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP).

 

It is understood that the proposed amendment to the DCO is a non-material change that would not alter the existing provisions and requirements in the DCO which Highways England will need to fulfil in delivering the A14 Improvement Scheme.

 

On this basis and for the reasons set out above, the Council supports the application for a change to motorway status.

10.

Mobile Warden Scheme Grant Funding 2019/20

The Lead Cabinet Member for Finance AGREED to award the Mobile Warden Schemes the grant funding for 2019/20 as per table 1 below.

 

To support a valuable community led service within each of these wards/villages in keeping with the Council’s aims and objectives.

 

The decision to award the grants as per Table 1 was made taking into consideration:

a)    the amount of grant requested,

b)    the fees charged by each scheme to the client,

c)    the number of clients supported in the previous year,

d)    income and expenditure for the previous year,

e)    the schemes finances, and

f)     the amount of reserved and unreserved funding.

 

Scheme

Grant Awarded 2019/20 (£)

Amount Awarded 2018/19 (£)

Reason(s)

Histon & Impington (Age UK)

2,520

2,520

Increase from 2018/19 due to additional new schemes.

Swavesey (Age UK)

1,240

1,240

Small Villages (Age UK)

3,040

3,040

Teversham (Age UK)

1,600

1,600

Waterbeach (Age UK)

1,300

n/a

Linton (Age UK)

2,500

2,500

Stapleford (Age UK)

1,000

n/a

Cottenham

1,800

1,200

Uplift to reflect low reserves and increased client charge.

Harston

1,250

1,250

 

Haslingfield

250

250

 

Melbourn

2,200

2,200

 

Milton

2,155

2,155

 

The Mordens & Litlington

2,155

2,155

 

Great Shelford

1,000

n/a

Great Shelford has not applied every year.  They last applied in 2016/17.

TOTAL

23,410

20,110

 

 

DECISIONS MADE BY OFFICERS AND REPORTED FOR INFORMATION

Please click on the link below to find details of decisions made by officers under delegated authority:

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/the-council/access-to-information/access-to-information-summary/

OTHER INFORMATION

11.

Newly-Published Items on modern.gov

Agendas

·                      Planning Committee 13 March

 

Decisions

·                      Community Chest: Funding Application

·                      Mobile Warden Scheme Funding 2019/20

·                      Consultation Response on A14 Motorway Status

 

Minutes

·                      Licensing (2003 Act) Sub Committee

·                      Planning Committee 13 February

 

12.

SCDC Starters and Leavers

Staff who have left

 

Name: Peter Naylor

Job title: HR Coordinator

Date left: 1 March 2019