Contact: Patrick Adams 01954 713408 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings and events from Thursday 30 January to Friday 14 February 2020
INFORMATION FOR DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
Please find attachedroad closures information for w/c 27 January, 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.
John Birchall has now left the project. For all queries in relation to Section 1 & 2: Alconbury to the East Coast Main Line & Section 3: East Coast Main Line to Swavesey, please email A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk
Section 4 & 5: Swavesey to Milton
John Akester - John.Akester@thea14.com
Section 6: Huntingdon town centre
Liam Heath – email@example.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 the website.
Community Right to Bid - Assets of Community Value
The Council has received the following nominations:
In Great Eversden – The Hoops Public House
The Council will make its decision by 19th March 2020.
In Longstanton – The Black Bull Public House
The Council will make its decision by 20th March 2020.
Further information about the Community Right to Bid and Assets of Community Value can be found on our webpage
In December Cabinet approved a policy for the 1800 streetlights it maintains in partnership with 84 parishes across the district.
The policy can be found on our website at streetlighting and sets out:
o Our responsibilities for the repair and maintenance of the lights and the expected service standards.
o A requirement for the approval of any new attachments to a streetlights, such as signs and vehicle speed monitoring devices, to ensure safety, which can be found here.
o Our responsibility to maintain a detailed inventory of the lights.
The policy also includes plans to upgrade the streetlights to low-energy LEDs, which will begin this year and reduce the energy they use by 60% and electricity bills to parishes. The Council will work closely with parishes via Parish Clerks throughout the planning and delivery of the upgrade. All parishes were contacted last year as part of preparations and will be contacted again ahead of works commencing.
Innovate & Cultivate Fund Application Deadline
The next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund grant applications is 1 February 2020.
The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen our communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. The fund’s key priorities are Adult Social Care and Children & Families services.
The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.
There are two funding streams:
1) A ‘Cultivate’ fund for smaller projects that build community support networks (grants of £2,000 - £19,000).
2) An ‘Innovate’ fund for bigger, bolder and more innovative initiatives (grants of £19,001 - £50,000).
Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) website. Also CCF can answer questions about applying for the Fund: firstname.lastname@example.org
Items of Interest from the Local Government Association (LGA)
Thursday 23 January, Guardian, Universal credit ‘sending people into arms of loan sharks’
Universal Credit fuels debt problems for low-income claimants, forcing many into destitution and driving others to loan sharks to get cash for basics such as food, clothes and heating, a leading charity has claimed.
Friday 24 January, Guardian, Food waste down 7%
Total food waste in the UK has fallen by the equivalent of 7 per cent per person over the past three years.
Friday 24 January, BBC Online, Tesco to ditch plastic-wrap for multipack tins
Tesco is removing plastic wrapping from its multipack tins in an effort to cut down on waste and remove 350 tonnes of plastic a year from the environment.
Saturday 25 January, Mail, Church set to offer public funerals
The Church of England is set to offer help to families who cannot afford to pay for a loved one’s funeral.
Saturday 25 January, Mail, Windfall for pubs with £1,000 tax relief on the way
Thousands of pubs will have £1,000 cut from their tax bills, after the Chancellor announced tax charges aimed at supporting premises in local communities.
Sunday 26 January, Sunday Telegraph, ‘Beautiful homes’ to be fast-tracked through planning system
New homes which conform to local residents’ ideas of beauty would be fast-tracked through the planning system under radical proposals drawn up by a government-commissioned review.
Sunday 26 January, Sunday Telegraph, Four million rural homes in line for ultrafast internet in a year
More than 200 British market towns and villages are in line to receive an ultrafast full fibre broadband connection with the next 14 months, it is reported.
Sunday 26 January, Sunday Times, Plastic bottles wasted
Billions of plastic bottles used in Britain’s bathrooms have become a significant cause of environmental contamination because they lack labels telling consumers how to recycle them.
Tuesday 28 January, Times, ‘Restrictive’ planning laws face reform in push for more homes
Councillors could lose their powers to veto housing applications under plans being reportedly examined by Downing Street to speed up planning permissions.
Tuesday 28 January, Guardian Online, English councils set to miss carbon emission targets
Many councils in England are not aware of how much energy they use, according to a new survey.
Wednesday 29 January, Guardian, Councils’ homeless spending is over budget by £140m
Two-thirds of English local authorities were forced to overspend on their homelessness budgets last year, due to growing numbers of homeless families and the increasing cost of putting them up in bed and breakfast hotels, new analysis by the LGA shows.
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