Published, Weekly Bulletin - Thursday, 2 January 2020 12.00 p.m., MOVED

Contact: Patrick Adams  01954 713408 Email:

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Meetings and events from Thursday 2 January to Friday 17 January 2020






Thu 2 Jan

Fri 3 Jan

Mon 6 Jan

Tue 7 Jan

Wed 8 Jan



Council Chamber

Ian Senior

Thu 9 Jan

Fri 10 Jan


Mon 13 Jan

Tue 14 Jan

Wed 15 Jan


Planning Committee

Council Chamber

Ian Senior

Thu 16 Jan

Fri 17 Jan




Grant funding available for home repairs and energy efficiency measures for private households on low incomes

Through the Better Care Fund and in accordance with the Cambridgeshire Housing Adaptations & Repairs Policy, we are pleased to be able to offer assistance to help low income households to boost the energy efficiency of their homes and to help with repairs.  For example, if people are struggling to heat their homes due to an old, faulty or inefficient boiler, we may be able to help pay for a new one through our Discretionary Grants scheme. 


To qualify for a grant, householders will need to have owned and lived in their home for at least two years and be in receipt of one of the following means tested benefits:

·         Universal Credit

·         Income Support

·         Income based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Based Employment Support Alliance

·         Working Tax Credit with gross income less than £18,000

·         Council Tax Support

·         Guaranteed Pension Credit

·         Or child tax credit with a relevant income less than £18,000


We may also be able to help with improving homes’ insulation, replacing draughty windows and doors and carrying out a range of other essential repairs.  Work is carried out by our partners at the Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Agency who also carry out works for disabled adaptations, such as ramps, level access showers, stairlifts, etc.


If you know of anyone within your ward who may benefit from this support, please contact the Home Improvement Agency on 01954 713330 or


See home improvement grants for more information.


Annual Report to Tenants and Leaseholders 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The attached Annual Report to Tenants and Leaseholders 2018/19 has a wealth of information and highlights the impressive amount of work the Council did on behalf of its tenants and leaseholders in 2018/19.


The Report is also available on the Council’s website:


Community Right to Bid - Assets of Community Value

In Toft:


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The Toft People’s Hall - The council has approved the listing of The Toft People’s Hall as an Asset of Community Value until 19 December 2024.

The Council will update the asset register accordingly.


Further information about the Community Right to Bid and Assets of Community Value can be found on our webpage:



Media Monitoring

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

Please contact the Communications Team for further information.






Cambridge News

Views sought on plans for new railway station


Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer quoted in GCP role


Cambridge News

Crackdown on modern day slavery




Cambridge Network online

Council staff send Christmas cheer to local hospital




Cambridge Independent online

Your essential guide to Cambridge Christmas and New Year supermarket and doctors’ surgery opening times


Info from press release about festive bin collection dates


Cambridge Independent online

County council puts brakes on congestion charge plans


SCDC referenced as a partner of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, and Cllr Van de Weyer quoted


Cambridge News

Why ban vans from council's recycling sites?


Letters pages responding to CCC new e-permit scheme and SCDC new fly-tipping signs



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 19 December, Guardian: Depression and suicide linked to air pollution in new global study

People living with air pollution have higher rates of depression and suicide, according to a systematic review of global data led by University College London.


Thursday 19 December, i paper: Council generates own electricity

A council is to become the first in the UK to produce all its own electricity after buying the first of two solar farms.


Monday 23 December, Guardian: PM urged to overhaul flood defence funding

Boris Johnson needs to overhaul the system for deciding where flood-defence funding is spent and launch an emergency response unit to prevent a repeat of the damage caused by the November floods.


Thursday 26 December, Independent Online: Amount of flood-prone land used for new houses in England doubles in a year

The amount of land being used to build new homes in England’s most flood-prone areas has more than doubled in a year, figures reveal.


Friday 27 December, Guardian: Inquiry ordered into insufficient insurance for flood hit homes

Theresa Villiers, the Environment Secretary, said she was commissioning in inquiry into why some flooded communities were unable to get sufficient insurance, despite an agreement between insurers and the government in 2015 that was supposed to mean everyone would have access to affordable cover.


Monday 30 December, Telegraph: Rubbish could be turned into fuel

Household waste, surplus farmyard straw and discarded wood could be turned into fuel in a government-backed environmental scheme.


View Planning Applications

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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. 


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.





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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’


Minor changes to documents supporting the Greater Cambridge Issues & Options consultation following consultation with Statutory Consultees - the Sustainability Appraisal Issues and Options Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment Scoping Report

The Lead Cabinet member for Planning AGREED to confirm the proposed content of the supporting documents for the Issues and Options consultation including the SA Scoping Report and NTS, SA of the Issues and Options Report and NTS, and Scoping Report of the HRA as set out in the documents appended to this decision.


Consultation response to Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Minerals and Waste Local Plan Proposed Submission

The Lead Cabinet Member for Planning AGREED to confirm that the representations set out in Appendix 2 of this decision should be made to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals and Waste Local Plan Proposed Submission (Publication) Draft.


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



Newly-Published Items on

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·                      Cabinet 8 January



·                      Minor changes to the Local Plan

·                      Consultation response to Cambs and Peterborough Minerals & Waste Local Plan

·                      Planning Committee 11 December



·                      Climate & Environment Advisory Committee 19 November

·                      Council 28 November

·                      Cabinet 4 December



·                      Forward Plan of Key Decisions



·                      Council Tax Resolution 2020/21

·                      Business Plan 2020/21

·                      Policy for the allocation of Faith/Community Land at Northstowe