Climate Environment Fortnight – Starts today – free webinars available

Commencing on Monday 22 February, the South Cambs District Council will be marking Climate and environment fortnight 2021 with a series of webinars to help people think about how to live more sustainably, reduce carbon emissions and in turn help tackle climate change. All are welcome to join any of these free online event
• Greener businesses, Thursday 25 February, from 1pm to 2pm
• Sustainable farming in Cambridgeshire, online film premiere and discussion, Friday 26 February, from 9am to 10am
• Greening your older home, tips and inspiration, Tuesday 2 March, from 1pm to 2pm
• Shrinking your carbon footprint, Wednesday 3 March, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
• Food for our Future workshop, Thursday 4 March, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
For more information, please visit SCDC website from next week where they will be updating information about how to join these events.

Parish Council Elections – FREE training for residents interested in becoming a councillor

Following the Community Governance Review, SCDC  are holding prospective councillor training sessions to help residents of Northstowe decide if they would like to nominate themselves. They are also extending this to residents of Willingham and Longstanton. The training will be provided by CAPALC and is free of charge to any resident who may be interested in becoming a Councillor.

The date offered is 8 March @ 7pm – and the session will be approximately two hours long and will take place on Zoom.

CAPALC have advised that there is a maximum capacity permitted into the session so I would ask that anyone interested in attending let the parish office know as soon as possible so that we can try and get you booked on.

St Ives to March V2 – Changes to bus timetable

We have been notified by Stagecoach that they will be extending their V2 service out to serve March from 01 March, 2021.

Attached to this email is a copy of the timetable for this extended service.

Timetables and further information can also be found on their website:  https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/east-covid19-services

Parish Council Elections

Following the Northstowe Governance Review, Willingham will be holding Parish Council elections on the 6th May 2021. If you are considering applying to join the Parish Council, information on becoming a Councillor and What the Parish Council does can be found under the policies tab on our website.

For covid safety SCDC do not intend to routinely provide copies of nomination papers to candidates. These along with guidance and timetable details for submission can be printed off the Electoral Commission website here: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-council-elections-england

Beware Romance Fraud

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Dear subscriber, 

Romance fraudsters are scamming victims out of more than £7,000!

That’s according to new data from UK Finance while Action Fraud has revealed romance fraud incidents have rocketed during lockdown.

Scammers set up fake profiles to lure their victims in, promising love and happiness and building what seems to be a genuine, trusting online relationship before asking victims to help them out with financial issues or travel costs so they can visit them in person.

Remember: Be suspicious of any requests for money from someone you have only met online Speak to your family and friends to get a second opinion if you’re unsure Do a reverse image search to check if someone has used a fake profile picture Never: Share your bank details with someone you’ve met online Transfer money on their behalf Take out a loan for them Provide copies of your personal documents such as passports or driving licenses Invest your own money on their behalf or on their advice Purchase and send the codes on gift cards from Amazon or iTunes Agree to receive and/or send parcels on their behalf (laptops, mobile phones etc.) For more advice on romance fraud, visit: https://bit.ly/3rKv9IW
or contact CyberProtectCambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk


Many thanks,
Corp Comms

Bitcoin-related Scam Emails

Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails


Dear Subscriber,


We’re warning the public to be vigilant of unsolicited emails promoting cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) investment opportunities. We’ve received over 750 reports this week about Bitcoin-related phishing emails that use fake celebrity endorsements to try and lure victims into investment scams. The links in the emails lead to fraudulent websites that are designed to steal your money, as well as personal and financial information.


How you can protect yourself:Investment opportunities: Don’t be rushed into making an investment. Remember, legitimate organisations will never pressure you into making a transaction on the spot.  Seek advice first: Speak with a trusted friend or family members, and seek independent professional advice before making significant financial decisions.  FCA register: Use the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) if things go wrong and you lose your money.  For more information about how to invest safely, please visit: https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart  Report suspicious emails: If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service by forwarding the email to – report@phishing.gov.uk

To see examples of the Bitcoin-related phishing emails that have been reported to us, follow Action Fraud on Twitter or Facebook.


(Please forward this message to any friends, family members, or colleagues that may find this information useful)


 
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SCDC Planning Portal – Public Access – Essential maintenance on Saturday 13th February

This Saturday (13th February) IDOX will be carrying out a final upgrade of GCP Uniform Public Access between 09:00 through to 17:00. This is being carried out at the weekend to minimise disruption, during this time Public Access will be unavailable and with commenting unavailable from Friday. During this time you will be able to submit comments on planning applications via planningcomments@greatercambridgeplanning.org.

We will also introduce a new map base to improve the levels at which you are able to zoom.

Recent Power Outages

Following the recent outages, the Parish Council contacted UK Power Networks to try and ascertain what was causing the issue. Below is response from them received 11th February 2020.

We can confirm that following the last fault on the 2nd February 2021 our engineers identified a fault on our high voltage cable, which affected a large quantity of customers. After further investigations our engineers ascertained the location of the fault and carried out the necessary repairs on the 3rd February 2021, we do not expect any further related problems on this section of cable.

We do hope this information will reassure you, if we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Need help to find work or help to manage your finances – please see below

90-minute online sessions to help people find work

C3 Church is running three 90-minute sessions covering: what are my skills and where are the jobs?; application forms and CVs; and preparing for interviews. Session dates are: 11, 18 and 25 March.

Financial support for residents

C3 Churches are also offering some online finance courses covering help with bills, debts, loans and budgeting (session one) and money saving strategies, universal credit and grants (session two). Session dates: 7.30pm to 8.45pm on Thursday 25 February and Thursday 4 March.

Flooding

Following the recent and ongoing issues with flooding please find below a link for residents who wish to make a formal complaint to Anglian Water:

https://www.anglianwater.co.uk/about-us/core-customer-information/unresolved-complaints/

other useful information

Standards of service customers can expect https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/households/supply-and-standards/standards-of-service/

Another useful website is: https://nationalfloodforum.org.uk/

And finally if anyone is impacted please also contact your house insurance as they may be able to undertake the clean up and then recharge Anglian water.