Have your say about nature in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough!

Our area is one of the most nature depleted in England and your response to the surveys below will help develop a strategy to help our county to become a world-class environment where both nature and people can thrive. Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) will set priorities for nature recovery across England.  Your input will help to identify existing habitats and species which are important to conserve, as well as opportunities to increase biodiversity and create a landscape more resilient to climate change and other environmental pressures.

Whether you are an individual that cares about nature in your local area or you are a local group or organisation that has an interest in nature recovery, we would like to hear your thoughts and ideas to help shape nature recovery in our county.

LNRS survey for individuals – https://forms.office.com/e/gz7th9AkkE

LNRS survey for local groups and organisations – https://forms.office.com/e/2ddKrVgDMV

Please visit the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LNRS website for further information and sign up to their newsletter for more regular updates.

Please note the deadline for responses is Friday 5th April.

Street Works – Meadow Road, Willingham

Please see attached Order for your information. This Order has been approved and will come into operation on 08/04/24. All necessary legal procedures have been attended to by ourselves, and the emergency services are copied in to this email.

Please note, the signing schedule has not been checked in detail. The signage of the closure must be in accordance with the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 8 and must comply with the Safety at Roadworks and Street Works Code of Practice.  Adequate signing of the alternative route is entirely the responsibility of the applicant. The applicant MUST place Advanced Warning Signs at each end of the highway to be closed at least 14 days prior to the closure informing the travelling public of the start and end dates of the closure.

Have your say on creating Healthy Places

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council’s joint public health team is inviting residents to have their say on how new and existing communities can be healthy, supportive and inclusive.

Work is currently underway to develop the Healthy Places Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, a piece of work which will support the development of healthier, easy to access, and inclusive communities. To inform this, the team has launched a survey asking for views on access to healthcare services, inclusive and accessible green spaces, opportunities for active travel and healthy play and leisure, and the provision of affordable healthy food options.

The survey is open until Monday 15 April at 5pm and can be found at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WNC1CB/. It will take around 10-15 minutes to fill in and may be completed on behalf of yourself or someone you care for.

If you’d prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, you can pick one up from your local library or New Shire Hall, Emery Crescent, Enterprise Campus, Alconbury Weald, Huntingdon PE28 4YE.

If you have any questions about the survey or the Healthy Places Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, please email healthinallpolicies@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Public Health – Measles

You may be aware of the recent outbreak of measles in parts of the country, and that on 19 January the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) declared a national incident over the rising number of cases.   Locally, staff in Public Health are working hard to raise awareness and to encourage vaccination across all ages, and are really keen to reach community organisations to both raise awareness, and promote the additional clinics being held across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. 

If you’d like more information you may find this link helpful Measles | CPICS Website .   

Please also view the following links:
Cases of #Measles are rising in… – Cambridgeshire County Council | Facebook  
Cases of #Measles are rising in… – Cambridgeshire County Council | Facebook
Cases of measles are continuing to… – Cambridgeshire County Council | Facebook  

Flood Reporting – Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council are trying to gather information as to which areas have properties that have been affected by flooding. 

If residents could please report flooding to Cambridgeshire County Council, including where properties might not have been directly affected but access was made difficult/impossible, it would be really helpful.

Reports can be made here: Flood reporting – Cambridgeshire County Council website (achieveservice.com)

Steady on your Feet

Cambridgeshire County Council together with Peterborough City Council have launched the Steady on your Feet interactive falls self-assessment tool to help older adults understand their risk of falling and the simple steps they can take to stay active and independent. The new tool is primarily aimed at those who haven’t previously had a fall but it is also aimed at people who have experienced a fall but have declined a referral for a multi-factorial falls risk assessment.

Please click on the link above or on the poster link below.

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Cambridgeshire Care Together

People talking in a community centre.

Care Together is a programme led by Cambridgeshire County Council in collaboration with our partners and local communities. The aim is to help more older people to remain living independently and happily in their own home for longer. It will change the way care and support for older people in the community is commissioned and delivered.

To ensure that it is helpful for you, we would like your participation in answering an online questionnaire.

If you would prefer to collect a hard copy of the questionnaire, please contact the Parish Council office who will be more than happy to give you a copy. You can return it to the office once completed.

Highway Improvement Works – Station Road, Willingham

Highway improvement works are due to take place on Station Road, Willingham from the 6-10/2/23, with works taking place between 08:00 – 17:00. These works include sign and lining works.

During this time the road will be closed as a through route so work can take place safely, however access for all residents within the worksite will be maintained. Depending on where we are working at the time, we may ask you to access the area via the opposite end of the closure.

Whilst we will try to minimise disruption caused by the works, please understand there may be some delays caused by this approach. We have programmed the work, so it is delivered in the most efficient way possible, causing the least amount of disruption to the surrounding road network.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience whilst delivering this highway improvement work.

Please rest assured that the work being undertaken has been properly planned and will proceed in line with current Public Health England, and Government guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Cultivate Cambs Grant

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Cultivate Cambs grant applications is 16 December 2022. Pre-application advice appointments will be offered in November.

Cultivate Cambs awards grants of £2,000 to £15,000 for new initiatives that support adults & older people with care and support needs and children, young people & families, to live independently, safe and well in thriving and inclusive communities.

The fund is open to voluntary & community organisations and social enterprises based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire, for projects that benefit Cambridgeshire residents. Please note that projects serving Peterborough residents are not eligible.

Pre-application advice

We encourage you to seek pre-application advice on your project ideas before submitting your application.  Appointments are available on 8 & 9 November for projects supporting adults with care and support needs, 9 & 23 November for projects supporting children, young people and families, and 7 & 10 November for anti-poverty projects (e.g. enhanced community food projects). Please pre-book your 15-minute telephone or virtual advice appointment here.

Cultivate Ideas

Do you want to do something for your community but need inspiration to start a project? Cultivate Ideas offer guidance and support for setting up the following community-led initiatives – Enhanced Community Food Projects, Care Micro-enterprises, Community Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker, Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.  

Cultivate Cambs grant applications and information may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Scam Phone Call – Council Tax Arrears

This was shared by a Peterborough resident in order to protect others – It’s the transcript of a phone call that her Mother received last week:

“You are in debt £1,998 on your Council Tax bill. This issue will be taken to court and you will get house arrested. If you don’t want to resolve this debt in court, you must pay for a solicitor. I can help taking you to the solicitor to solve this Council Tax case. If you don’t get the solicitor or pay the £1,998 debt now, you can get house arrested.”

Luckily, the lady’s daughter was there at the time and when she noticed that her Mother was feeling panicked and confused by the phone call, she took the call and ended it.

They then did exactly the right thing: they contacted the City Council directly where the team confirmed that the lady was fully up-to-date with her Council Tax, that it would NEVER threaten someone with “house arrest” and that it would send out reminder letters if the account was in arrears.


Never be Rushed – Take the time to talk to friends and family if you are worried about a cold call approach, whether that has come by phone, mail, online or on the doorstep.

Stay in Control – Make your own enquiries as the lady and her daughter did here.

If you need to phone to check the veracity of a call:

Use a phone number you know and trust, not one the caller gives you.

Make sure the line you use is clear (by leaving 10 mins before phoning, or phoning a friend first), or maybe use a different device. This is to prevent what is known as “no hang up” fraud where the scammer stays on the line.

County Council Highways events diary – October 2022

Please find attached the Highway Events diary for October. The diary shows all known events and their highway restrictions. The diary includes links to one.network where further details can be viewed, including the specific road closure timings of each traffic management plan.

October’s Highlights

Duxford Flying Finale – 8th October 2022

Cambridge Town & Gown 10K – 16th October 2022

Please remember details of all highway events can be found on https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/highway-events/

Future key event dates

Numerous Remembrance events are planned county wide throughout November.

Cambridge Bonfire Night, Midsummer Common – 5th November 2022

Mill Road, Cambridge Winter Fair – 3rd December 2022

School uniform help available for families

School uniform helpFamilies struggling to buy school uniform and shoes for children are being made aware of a special scheme which is providing vital help.  The School Uniform Wardrobe project, run by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Think Communities team, is holding a series of uniform donation events over the coming weeks in Whittlesey and Wisbech.  People can donate school uniform and shoes that they no longer need which will be used by families struggling financially due to the cost of living crisis. Anyone in need of school uniform can attend the events or contact the team and they will aim to find suitable attire for you.  The scheme has already received backing from Tesco Extra, with the supermarket giants donating new items of uniform. At a recent donation event, shoppers were encouraged to buy an item of clothing to donate while doing their regular shopping.  The next donation bank events will be at Tesco Extra in Wisbech tomorrow (Friday 26 August) from 10am – 3pm and at Whittlesey Library on Tuesday 30 August from 10am – 1pm.  Councillor Tom Sanderson, Chair of the council’s Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion, said: “We know that many people are struggling with the cost of living crisis and this time of year is also very expensive for families with new school uniform and other items needed as their children go back to school. We’re hoping that communities will get behind this truly worthwhile scheme to ease the pressure on those who are struggling.  “Although the scheme is primarily aimed at those struggling financially, it will also help reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill waste. If people can help either by donating good quality second hand uniform they no longer need, or by buying items while shopping, then that will really help.”  The scheme’s current round of support is focused in both Wisbech and Whittlesey, with similar support offered in March and Chatteris during October half-term.  Click here for more information about the scheme, how to make donations or if you are need of school uniform