Severe Weather Warning across Southern England

There is a severe weather warning in place for heavy rain across much of southern England (including South Cambridgeshire) on Saturday and Sunday.

South Cambridgeshire District Council can help some residents whose properties are at imminent risk of flooding. Depending on the amount of rain, it is however worth bearing in mind that it may be the case that drains simply cannot get water away from an area fast enough.

As mentioned on their website, they have a supply of sandbags / Floodsax that can be delivered to domestic properties that are about to flood. This is primarily aimed at their most vulnerable residents. Residents requesting these sandbags / Floodsax during normal office hours should call us on 03450 450 063 or email streets@scambs.gov.uk –  If it is outside of normal office hours and an emergency then please contact our out of hours number for Environmental Health Emergency on 01253 501 055. However, please bear in mind that they have a limited supply of sandbags / Floodsax and, depending on resources, it will likely take officers some time to deliver them. This is why it is so important to make preparations before a flood risk becomes imminent.

Residents whose property has flooded in the past or are concerned it may flood during the current period of weather warnings should seek to buy their own sandbags / Floodsax etc now. There are more useful tips for preparing for floods in the attached recent South Cambs Magazine articles.

If parishioners need help to stop their properties from flooding and don’t have access to sandbags etc they can also contact the Parish Council Chairman (Derek Law) on 07866 726910 as we do have a limited supply of sandbags.

Concessionary Bus Renewals

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is aware that over the next eighteen months the number of renewals of the concessionary bus passes is going to be potentially very high. It is the responsibility of the pass holder to check when their pass is up for renewal and then to contact the Combined Authority to get a new one.

In order to aid the pass holder they have set up an online form which allows people to easily renew online. This online form can be found at Free Bus Passes – CPCA Transport (cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk) . If people have any problems with the online form then they can also call the number on the back of their passes.

A14 C2H Road Closures week commencing 19th July 2021 – REVISED

Please see the revised version of this week’s closures attached. We have an additional closure of the A14 westbound entry slip at Godmanchester junction 23 this weekend.

Please note there will be 2-way temporary traffic lights at the southern roundabout at the Godmanchester junction to facilitate the resurfacing works on the western side of the roundabout.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Kind regards

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme
Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW
Web: http://www.highwaysengland.co.uk

Neighbourhood Alert

Message Type Icon Warmer Weather Brings Opportunities For Burglars
We don’t need to point out the obvious that the weather has got much warmer, however we do want to take this opportunity to remind you to take extra precautions to secure your home.

There is usually a notable correlation each year between when we get the warmer months and opportunistic burglaries where windows and doors have been left open.

Our advice is to make sure windows are closed fully when leaving your home or even when you are in your garden (if you are fortunate enough to have one!) and make sure your front door is locked.

Sadly some people see this as a window of opportunity to quickly enter homes and take items they can then sell on, often going unnoticed for some time.

Also, homes without basic security features are five times more likely to be burgled than homes with security, therefore our advice is to put in place simple yet effective, precautionary measures to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary.

Security measures that can be taken are: installing a visible burglar alarm having good outdoor lighting or motion sensored security lights locking doors, windows, side gates and outbuildings when you leave your house, even if you’re just out in the garden keeping vehicle keys out of sight and away from letterboxes keeping ladders and tools stored away Please be vigilant and report any concerns about suspicious activity to us – even if you think it may be nothing, it could help us prevent a burglary or catch those responsible.

Sharing information on social media or with your neighbours is great, but please also remember to pass it on to us.

To report information, visit https://bit.ly/3enN585 or use our online webchat function at https://bit.ly/3vsiYDw. Those without internet access should call 101, but always dial 999 if a crime is in action or someone is in immediate danger.

More information on how to keep your home safe can be found on our website at https://bit.ly/3elWc9l.

Kind regards,
 
Message Sent By
Lauren Alexander (Police, Senior Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary)

Guided Nature Walks – New Life in the Old West

New life in the Old West are starting their activity programme with two guided walks for families over the school summer holidays.

These will follow planned routes through a range of wildlife habitats of about 2 miles, starting in the villages of Rampton and Wicken. We will be on hand to help identify any wildlife spotted – perhaps dragonflies, remaining summer migrant birds, and butterflies. The walks are suitable for families with children and are level and mainly off road. They take place at 10am on 11 August (Rampton) and 18 August (Wicken).

Participants are asked to book in advance, and can do this via our new website at https://www.newlifeoldwest.org.uk/events/

There are many more activities planned and on the way this autumn and onwards, across all the parishes involved in New Life.

COVID-19 Community Update – Mass Vaccination walk-in event – Sunday 18th July 2021

A mass vaccination walk-in event is taking place this Sunday at the Hub in Cambourne.

In general, vaccination take up in the district is good, but it is recognised that transport difficulties and a lack of flexible, non-appointment based walk-in events in the district can be a barrier for some people.

The venue will have both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines available. Anyone who is 18 or over will be able to have a first or second dose (second doses are available if their first dose was eight weeks ago or more; on or before 23 May).

Venue: The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, CB23 6GW

Date: Sunday 18 July

Time: Drop in any time from 10am to 4pm


A face mask must be worn.

Below are links to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s social media channels that you can visit for information .

South Cambridgeshire District Council Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SouthCambridgeshireDistrictCouncil/

South Cambridgeshire District Council Twitter – https://twitter.com/SouthCambs

South Cambridgeshire District Council Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/southcambs/

With further unlocking taking place on 19 July and infection rates increasing, it is important for as many people to be protected through the phenomenal national vaccination programme as possible. .

Free Places For Children At Summer Holiday Schemes In Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) has funding for families who receive free school meals for their children, due to the benefits they receive, to have fun with their friends and enjoy new experiences at a local holiday scheme this summer. The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and is co-ordinated by CCC.

An eligible child will be entitled to up to 64 hours of free holiday childcare through the school summer holiday period. Parents can book places directly with participating holiday schemes, more information can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/haf

A meal is also provided as part of the offer and children will have much needed social contact and physical activity.

Kind regards, Allison Box

HAF Programme Co-ordinator

Cambridgeshire County Council

Sling your hook Campaign

Sling your hook campaign launched by Neighbourhood Watch to tackle scams

We are excited to tell you more about our SLING YOUR HOOK campaign running throughout July to help tackle scams

WHY ‘SLING YOUR HOOK’?
The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We’ve identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use: They imply they’re doing you a favour (reciprocity) They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof) They say your only chance is to act now (urgency) They act like they’re similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection) They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).
We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time.  This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right.  This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim.

“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.” John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network

How can you support this campaign? LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit SHARE: Follow us on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn channels and share our posts        JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join us for an online talk (details below) ONLINE TALKS
We are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.

Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on ‘Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes’. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm.  Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.

Keep safe,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn
Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349
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Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)

Highways events in and around Cambridge July 2021

Please find attached the highway events diary for July. The diary shows all known events and their associated highway restrictions.

As the easing of Covid restrictions has been delayed until July 19th, several event organisers have reconsidered their plans for 2021, instead focusing on 2022.  This includes the Tour of Cambridgeshire and the Race for Life.

Please note

  • Expected attendance figures are now colour coded. Larger events are easily identifiable (RED – 5000+, ORANGE 500 – 4999 and below 499 no colour).
  • Expected attendance figures show the maximum attendance on any one day of the event.
  • Events link directly to their entry on the one.network web page, where more details can be found relating to associated traffic management.

As usual the diary can be searched and filtered via the arrows in the title bar.                           

Upcoming Highlights

Newmarket Races and concert nights are going ahead throughout July and August. 

  • Town and Gown – Saturday 16th October
  • Cambridge Half Marathon – Sunday 17th October  (moved from its usual March date)

Additional Resources

Potential event organisers are urged to review the current government guidelines. As well as following any recommendations from relevant governing bodies/associations, to ensure Covid – 19 risks are identified and mitigated within risk assessments. * Details of all highway events can be found on https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/highway-events/