Published, Weekly Bulletin - Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12.00 p.m.

Contact: Patrick Adams  01954 713408 Email:

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Meetings and events from Thursday 7 November to Friday 22 November






Thu 7 Nov

Fri 8 Nov

Mon 11 Nov


Licensing Committee

Monkfield Room

Victoria Wallace



Member Briefing on the Budget

Council Chamber


Tue 12 Nov


Planning site visits

Wed 13 Nov


Planning Committee

Council Chamber

Ian Senior

Thu 14 Nov


Scrutiny and Overview Committee

Swansley Room

Victoria Wallace

Fri 15 Nov


Licensing (2003 Act) Sub-Committee

Monkfield Room

Victoria Wallace


Mon 18 Nov

Tue 19 Nov


Climate and Environment Advisory Committee

Monkfield Room

Patrick Adams

Wed 20 Nov


Employment & Staffing Committee


Patrick Adams

Thu 21 Nov


Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly

Council Chamber

County Council

Fri 22 Nov




Local Government Information Unit

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Did you know that we’re a member of LGIU - the Local Government Information Unit? This gives all members and officers at South Cambs access to LGIU information and support services, including:

  • More than 300 new policy briefings every year (preferences can be entered on their website, so you only receive the briefings that interested you)
  • Daily News, a summary of the top local government news stories in your country emailed to you every morning. Alternatively, you might opt for a weekly, fortnightly or monthly summary.
  • Exclusive member only reports and articles
  • Discounts for learning and development events.


You may already receive information briefings or the Daily News local government news email but since launching their new website you'll need to register to set your email preferences and to view their content online. Simply pop your details here



Community Chest Grants Awarded in 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Please find attached details of the successful applications made to the Community Chest Grant scheme during the last financial year of 2018/19. The Community Chest Grant scheme has awarded over £550,000 since 2011. Any local non-profit group in the District can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for capital funding for equipment, improving community buildings or start-up costs.




Community Right to Bid - Assets of Community Value

The Council has received the following nomination:

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In Great Chishill - The Pheasant Public House


The Council will make its decision by 13th December 2019.


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



Rough Sleeping Estimate - Evening/Morning of 21/22 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 200 KB

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You may recall a similar request for your help in previous years, in order to provide an estimate of the number of people sleeping rough in the district. Last year our estimate was 0. The Council will again be trying to achieve a snapshot of the number of people sleeping rough in the district on the evening, overnight between 21st/22nd November 2019.


I would be very grateful if you could notify me if you are aware of anyone sleeping rough in your community on this evening.


The Government definition of a rough sleeper is as follows:

“People sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments). People in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations, or “bashes”).”


The definition does not include people in hostels or shelters, people in campsites or other sites used for recreational purposes or organised protest, squatters or Travellers.


Our estimate must only include those rough sleeping on that single night. Our typical night has been chosen taking into account local factors, a weekday and it is the same night as some of our neighbouring authorities are estimating or counting their figures.


Where possible and to prevent double counting, it would be helpful if you can provide the following information when notifying us of any rough sleepers: -

  • Their location
  • Gender
  • Age brackets (under 18/ 18-25/ 25 and over)
  • Nationality (UK National/ EU National/ Non-EU National).


Please send any notifications of rough sleepers to me at:


In addition, I have attached a copy of our fact sheet for Severe Weather Provision. These arrangements are to ensure there is a humanitarian response to prevent rough sleepers dying from the cold while there is severe weather.


Thank you very much for your help with this. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Planned Road Closures this week - A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme pdf icon PDF 128 KB

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Please find attached road closures information for the week commencing4 November, 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: Alconbury to the East Coast Main Line

John Birchall -


Section 3: East Coast Main Line to Swavesey

John Birchall -


Section 4 & 5: Swavesey to Milton

John Akester -


Section 6: Huntingdon town centre

Liam Heath


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.



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 online

Staff shortages in council planning departments having knock-on effect on residents


Article based on report published for City Council


Cambridge News

Improved route for cyclists


GCP article


Cambridge Independent

Safer cycling and walking paths on school route


GCP article


Cambridge Independent

Wellcome expansion or a scheme too far?

P16 & P17



Cambridge Independent

Letter: So many new homes, but who are they all for?




Cambridge News

Shortage of staff causes problems for planning service


Article based on report published for City Council


BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cllr Mark Howell and Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer interviewed about rat-running through Elsworth

2'15'' into show



Cambridge News

Letter: Council planning committee has just rolled over


Letter about Wellcome Trust expansion approval


BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Segment on Disability Huntingdonshire looking for further funding

8.12 am

Statement read out


Cambridge News online

The idyllic Cambridgeshire village with a 'hidden homelessness' problem


Cllr Bridget Smith quoted



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 31 October, ITV Online: Business rates system is broken, says Treasury Committee

The Government must look at alternatives to the ‘broken’ business rates system crippling high street retailers, the Treasury Committee has said.


Friday 1 November, Guardian: Tesco’s to ditch plastic

Tesco is ditching plastic ready-meal trays, straws and loose fruit bags as it aims to remove a billion pieces of plastic from its own-label products by the end of 2020.


Saturday 2 November, ITV Online: Electric car charging points

Nearly 100 local authorities have fewer than 10 public charging devices per 100,000 population, according to figures published by the Department for Transport.


Saturday 2 November, BBC Online: Climate change: Thousands invited to join citizens’ assembly

Letters are being sent to 30,000 households across the UK inviting people to join a citizens’ assembly on climate change.


Sunday 3 November, BBC Online: Benefits freeze to end in 2020

The freeze in benefit payments is to come to an end in April next year when working-age benefits such as universal credit and jobseekers allowance will rise by the rate of inflation.


Tuesday 5 November, ITV Online: Next government ‘must tackle dangerous shortage of accessible homes’

The next government should make all new homes accessible and adaptable, according to a coalition of housing and charity groups.


Tuesday 5 November, Express Online: Councils could soon take over speeding fines

Powers to issue fines for speeding offences could be handed to councils to help improve safety.


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’


Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory, Five Year Housing Land Supply Calculations for Greater Cambridge and Housing Delivery Action Plan for South Cambridgeshire

The Lead Cabinet Member for Planning took a decision regarding the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory, Five Year Housing Land Supply Calculations for Greater Cambridge and Housing Delivery Action Plan for South Cambridgeshire.


This decision was first published on Friday 1 November and so the deadline for call-in is 5pm on Friday 8 November.


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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·                      Licensing Committee 11 November

·                      Planning Committee 13 November

·                      Scrutiny & Overview Committee 14 November

·                      Employment & Staffing Committee 14 November


·                      Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory, Five Year Housing Land Supply Calculations for Greater Cambridge and Housing Delivery Action Plan for South Cambridgeshire


·                      CDRP Board Stakeholder Event 1 October

·                      Scrutiny & Overview Committee 17 October


·                      Street lighting Policy and LED upgrade program



SCDC Starters and Leavers


New Employees at the Council


Name: Marie Roseaman

Job title: Policy Planner

Date started: 9 September 2019

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Staff who have left


Name: Billy Knowles

Job title: Commercial Waste Aftersales Co-ordinator

Date leaving: 31 December 2019