County Councillor wants help to tackle road flooding in Willingham

We have been liaising with our County Councillor, Tim Wotherspoon regarding the ongoing issues with standing water on our village roads. Tim is trying to gather evidence so that he can try and get some action taken to address these issues. Please read the post from Tim below and help him to help us.

Tim writes: Increasingly many complaints have been percolating through to me as chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Flood Risk Management Partnership about gullies that are not just slow to empty but even blocked solid.  The resulting standing water is being blamed on the flood risk team, but it’s a highways issue.  Vehicles moving at speed through large pools of water standing in the roads throw up spray which not only soaks cyclists and pedestrians but also splashes on to walls and damages brickwork.  Irate residents themselves have been resorting to digging silt out of completely blocked road gullies and posting photographs of the piles of detritus on social media.  This is not good.

I suspect that cyclical maintenance may have been deprioritised in favour of filling in potholes, given the fuss created two years ago over the state of the roads after the repeated freeze-thaw damage of the 2017-2018 winter.  However, we may be experiencing an unusually wet autumn (with 3 October the overall wettest day ever across the entire country), and episodes of prolonged rainfall may become increasingly common – with a corresponding chorus of complaints.

There has been some gully emptying and drain jetting in Willingham, but if there are any instances of persisting problems, as well as logging the issue on, it would be really helpful to me in making the case for regular maintenance if you could take photographs and send them to me.  Please include a note of time and location, and if possible how long the puddle lasted.


South Cambs Public Planning Portal closed for maintenance

Please note from the 27th to 29th November the Planning Public Access System will be unavailable due to an upgrade as part of a Planning service wide project. This project will deliver improvements to resilience, ensure continued compliance with Public Sector security standards, will ensure ongoing support from the system suppliers and will bring new features to our staff and members of the public. 

This is a three phased staged project of which this upgrade is part two. The 3rd and final phase is schedule for the 22nd – 25th January and further communications will be sent near to that time. 

There are several new features included in the latest public access system.  

Mapping enhancements include: 

  • New look and feel to the base map 
  • Quick and easy tool to limit the display of applications within a selected time period  
  • New measurement tool allowing to measure area, distance and show longitude/latitude of point 
  • A new button to allow a large map to be available on the screen 
  • Saved searches function allows users to save an extent search or circular search based on a set radius 

Other enhancements to Public Access include:  

  • Filter searches by Local Authority on simple, advanced and weekly/monthly lists 
  • When a comment is successfully submitted to the Council the comments page clears down ready for selecting the next application.   
  • Title field now set as optional 

To compensate for this interruption to introduce the upgraded system, the consultation dates on applications that are open for comment during this downtime have been extended by 5 days.  

We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.  

Bird keepers required to take action to reduce bird flu risk

13 November 2020 Bird keepers required to take action to reduce bird flu risk
Bird keepers across Cambridgeshire are being urged to follow strict national measures put in place by the Government to help keep their own birds and the wild bird population safe.

Following confirmation of a number of cases of Avian Influenza (also known as bird flu) in England, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England to help stop the disease spreading. This means that bird keepers are now legally required to take a number of precautions, whether they run commercial poultry businesses or have a small flock in their back garden.

Keepers with more than 500 birds must restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers will need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Backyard owners with smaller numbers of poultry including chickens, ducks and geese are also urged to strengthen the measures put in place to protect their birds. This includes making sure the birds’ living area is clean, avoiding keeping ducks and geese with other poultry species where possible, putting fencing around any outdoor areas which wild birds can access and keeping a close watch on birds for any signs of disease, and reporting any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to a vet.

The prevention zone means that all bird keepers must: Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;Feed and water their birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures;Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy;Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.  Councillor Steve Criswell, chairman of the communities and partnership committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Although there haven’t been any confirmed cases of bird flu locally as yet, it is really important that bird keepers across the county follow the measures put in place by the Government, whether you just have a few chickens in your back garden or keep poultry commercially on a farm. 

“It’s really important for us to help protect bird keepers and the wild bird population, so we are asking everyone who looks after poultry to keep a close eye on them for any signs of disease and stay on top of their cleaning and working practices. 

“I would like to stress that the risk to public health is very low, and properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are still safe to eat according to the Food Standards Agency.” Bird keepers should see the AIPZ declaration on GOV.UK for full details of which measures apply in the AIPZ. Updated guidance for all bird keepers is also available on GOV.UK.   All bird keepers are encouraged to register their poultry, even if only kept as pets, so the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) can contact them during an outbreak. This is a legal requirement if you have 50 or more birds.  
Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301.

APHA runs a free disease alerts service for bird keepers. You can sign up at

For more information about bird flu, including the best practice advice, please visit   
ENDS For further information: Please contact Cambridgeshire County Council communications team on: 01223 699281 or email:   For further/alternative political comment contact:   Cllr Steve Criswell, Chairman of the Communities and Partnership Committee (Cons) (01480 740745)   Cllr Lina Nieto – Vice-chairman of the Communities and Partnership Committee (07402 351821)   Cllr Barbara Ashwood – Lead Member of the Liberal Democrat Group for the Communities and Partnership Committee (01223 842629)   Cllr Elisa Meschini – Lead Member of the Labour Group for the Communities and Partnership Committee (01223 438195)   Cllr Simone Taylor – Lead Member of the Independent Group for the Communities and Partnership Committee (07858 032076)   In an emergency or serious incident Cambridgeshire County Council communications team can be contacted out of hours on: 07833 480 348   Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or visit  

Cambridgeshire Police week-long operation to highlight knife crime

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Police in Cambridgeshire will be taking part in a national operation to tackle knife crime this week.

The week-long operation aims to reduce knife related crime and tackle violence across the county.

In Cambridgeshire, offences involving knives or sharp instruments rose 58 per cent from 908 incidents in 2018 to 1,436 incidents in 2019. Between January and October this year there have been 1,178 offences.

On average, officers are arresting three people a week in Cambridgeshire for knife related offences (168 in 2018, 199 in 2019 and 168 between Jan-Oct 2020).

During the crackdown the force will be conducting knife sweeps, talking to retailers about selling to young people and educating school children through virtual presentations about the dangers of carrying knives.

There will also be a live question and answer session on the force Facebook page on Thursday at 7pm (12 November) where members of the public can find out more about knife crime.

Superintendent Robin Sissons said: “While offences involving knives have risen, Cambridgeshire’s figures are still below the national average and in line with a rise in offences across the country.

“It’s simple; knives ruin lives.

“People carrying knives, particularly young people, do so without understanding the real consequences of using them, the devastation it can cause to those who are seriously injured or fatally wounded, nor the impact on the families who have lost loved ones.

“We’d like to urge the family and friends of people who carry knives to encourage them to stop. That one conversation could be life changing and that one small action could be enough to save a life.”

It is illegal to: Sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old Carry a knife in a public place without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade three inches long or less eg a Swiss Army knife Carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife Use any knife in a threatening way The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

If you know someone who carries a knife, you can report it to us or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website.

OWLS Community Car Scheme

OWLS Community Car Scheme

Is Operating a restricted service through the current lockdown in Willingham, Swavesey, Over and Longstanton.

Passengers make a contribution of 30p/mile with a minimum charge of £3

If you need help getting to medical appointments or would like further information on how the scheme works or how you could help, then please call on 07505 254363

Scam Warning – Fake Paypal Emails

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Dear Subscriber,

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.
  Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails. Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time. Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces. Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.
How does it happen?

Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

How can you protect yourself? Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment. Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details. How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Roadworks & Events Bulletin 1st-15th November 2020

Please find attached the roadworks bulletin, detailing works and events that are due to start between 1st – 15th November 2020.

Please let me know if you are unable to open the attachments or if there are others to whom this should be sent.

Just a reminder that this only includes works that are due to start between 1st – 15th November and longer term works that are still in progress will have been included on previous reports. Alternatively please refer to which will include details on emergency roadworks.