QEII Field Play Park remains closed

The Council would just like to remind residents that in line with Government advice the play-park remains closed until further notice. There are notices and taping across the entrance and although we appreciate the closure can be very frustrating, we would ask that everyone respects it. We will of course re-open the play-park as soon as we are able.

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings (Updated 15th April 2020) – The Government have amended legislation to allow Councils to hold meetings remotely. Where possible Willingham Parish Council will hold remote meetings and the link to those meetings will be added to the agendas. Members of the public wishing to speak during the public forum are asked to make their request known to the Clerk ahead of the meeting.

The next scheduled meetings are:

Planning – Thursday 23rd April 2020

Full Council meeting: Wednesday 6th May 2020

A14 C 2 H Road closures week commencing 6th April 2020

Our apologies, the below closure was omitted from this week’s closure information:

Saturday 11th 8pm – 8am

  • Brampton Road B1514 between station car park and Edison Bell Way

Vehicles on the Huntingdon town centre side will be diverted onto the ring road, Ermine Street B1044 to Spittals roundabout, A141 west to Brampton / Brampton Racecourse junction and into Brampton via B1514. Vehicles on the Brampton side of the closure will follow this diversion in reverse

Changes to bus services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

As Government social distancing during the Covid-19 outbreak continues, a number of bus companies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have announced changes to their timetables.

  • Call Connect in Peterborough – Call Connect has decided not to operate its services on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday. Bookings will still be taken for the Saturday service from 8.30am to 4pm (Welland) and 9am to 4.30pm (Lincolnshire). Visit the Call Connect website
  • Stagecoach timetable changes in Peterborough and Cambs – Updates to bus services – Further temporary changes to Stagecoach bus timetables will be introduced in Cambridge and Peterborough from Sunday, 5th April. Critical routes will be maintained wherever possible. Visit the Stagecoach website
    • Cambridge – Changes to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 13A, 13B and 13X, 16A, 18, 19, 25, H, X8 and 39.
    • Peterborough – Changes to services 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. 

Some revisions to the Busway A, B and D timetables have also been made

Planning Application for Consideration

Due to Coronavirus the Parish Council are not holding Planning Committee Meetings for the time being. Any applications received will be posted on our website with a date for residents to send any representations to us by. The following application has been received.

Proposal:

Application No: Location:

Construction of irrigation reservoirs by the extraction, processing and export of sand and gravel; widening vehicular access onto the A1123 (Hillrow Causeway) at Doles Drove; mineral processing plant, weighbridge and three 6 metre x 3 metre temporary office buildings

E/3003/18/CM
Willow Hall Farm, Hillrow Causeway, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3PA,

http://planning.cambridgeshire.gov.uk

All representations must be received by the Parish Council no later than Friday 17th April 2020. The Council will then consider the application remotely and make their recommendation to SCDC.

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Council provides essential supplies for most vulnerable shielding from Coronavirus

Parcels of food and emergency supplies for the most vulnerable in our communities who are shielding from the Coronavirus are being delivered to residents across the county from this week.

The Government has promised that a national food distribution scheme will be up and running very soon, to support 1.5million people nationally who need to be shielded from the virus for at least 12 weeks because of serious health and medical conditions.

Every one of those people is being contacted by the NHS to advise them of this, and to ask whether or not they have a reliable support network in place to make sure they receive food and medicines, and other supplies, to prevent them from having to leave their homes.

Those who don’t have such a network will be provided with food and medicines via a national scheme which is being developed with food wholesalers, supermarkets and community pharmacies.

In the period up until this national scheme is fully operational, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been working with the British Red Cross to ensure that those residents who need food, medicine and emergency supplies are looked after.

During the weekend council staff telephoned residents who they knew were shielding to see if they needed help and then arranged deliveries of items to those that did.

Yesterday (Monday) a team of council staff and British Red Cross volunteers packed tens of boxes with emergency supplies which have been delivered by the Government, which will be delivered to residents who are shielding at home in the coming days and weeks.

The council and British Red Cross have also been supported by a planner from the military and staff from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A warehouse facility has been secured in the centre of the county, from which distribution of the parcels will take place via the local hubs network.

Residents are asked to note that they will NOT be asked for payment or bank card details, either at the door or by any other contact.

If you are at home and shielding because of serious health or medical conditions and we have not been in touch, please visit our Coordination Hub page or call us on 0345 045 5219

Please visit our Cambridgeshire or Peterborough websites for further contacts details.

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Shielded Patients List

NHS Digital has published the shielded patients list (SPL) which is enabling partner organisations across government to support and protect those who need shielding at this time.

People who have not yet received a text or letter from NHS, can self-register (or register a family member) if they are extremely vulnerable and think they should be on the NHS Shielded Patient list https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

People who believe they have been included in error on the list can ignore the communication provided they have checked the list of identified conditions does not apply to them, and may wish to contact their GP or clinical specialist for advice

Coronavirus scams prevention

26 March 2020
Coronavirus scams prevention Wash your hands of Coronavirus scams!   Read it.  Share it.  Prevent it. The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team has produced some materials to help promote awareness around Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams at this difficult time. The team has published various tools that will help spread the message that criminals are exploiting fears about Coronavirus to be able to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.  

On the Against Scams Partnership pages of our website you will find a page for scam prevention resources where you will find: Coronavirus infographic – this is printable and sharable via social media or email. Link to the updated FAS training materials  Social media pack – please share on all your platforms (Word and PDF files available) Letter template – for partners who want to contact people in vulnerable situations in their area. Please add your own logos and contact information and edit as you wish. Please share amongst your partners, groups, communities and social media platforms to support us in this campaign and help share the important scams awareness messages. If you haven’t already please follow @AgainstScams and @NTSscamsteam. Please join the fight against scams by registering to become a Friend Against Scams Follow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) on Facebook or Twitter or visit our website for more information. Dr Liz Robin vlog  We’re sharing a regular video blog from our Director of Public Health, Dr Liz Robin, explaining the public health advice about dealing with the Coronavirus. Click here to watch today’s video blog. Garden Waste changing to one collection every four weeks in Peterborough This will ensure essential refuse services (general waste and recycling) can be maintained to all residents during the Covid-19 outbreak. Further advice being issued includes:  No extra garden waste placed by the side of the bin will be collected as this would slow down crews and would require more resources  Bin lids should be shut and not overflowing  Garden waste should not be put in the refuse bin  The Aragon Direct Services bin collection crews are key workers doing a vital job, please show your support by driving safely near them.   Ensure bins are placed out for collection by 6.45am  Further information is available on our website.  Aragon Direct Services are also actively working with their subcontractors who work on their behalf for example Tree Services, to ensure social distancing procedures are put in place where possible. Change in working for refuse collectors in Peterborough  Aragon Direct Services bin collection crews are key workers doing a vital job. The structure and nature of the duties carried out by key workers means there are times when they need to be in closer proximity to people to carry out their work, as is the case for doctors, carers and police officers. For example, crews must travel together in the same refuse collection vehicle. The following safety steps, have been put in to limit the likelihood of spreading Covid-19 as much as possible, while ensuring they can still provide an essential service to residents:  All vehicles have been issued with specialist wipes, and instructions given to staff on which surfaces to wipe down regularly   Crews always have gloves as part of their issued personal protective equipment and the vehicle have hand sanitising facilities  At the depot hand washing and hand sanitising facilities has been increased  Early last week Aragon introduced new procedures for shift patterns for front line staff to reduce mass gathering at the start and end of shifts  Staff are being updated daily with information around symptoms, safe working practices and changes in government guidance.    Aragon Direct Services are also actively working with their subcontractors who work on their behalf, for example Tree Services, to ensure social distancing procedures are put in place where possible. Daily management meetings are being held to ensure staff safety is paramount while still delivering key frontline services. Road projects across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough  In light of the Government guidance about ‘stay at home’, after speaking to our contractors and in order to protect the public and our workforce, we have taken the decision to close down all project sites. During these difficult times, we have taken the latest advice, assessed the staffing issues due to COVID-19 and taken into account a number of supply chain partners who have already begun to withdraw. We also want to keep our roads open and available for key workers and emergencies as well as protect the workforce and our contractors who are not able to work whilst adhering to the 2m/6ft distance rule. We will make our sites safe and close down. This will include, the Dutch-Style roundabout project in Cambridge and the King’s Dyke advance work. The A15 junction 18, Rhubarb Bridge works will complete tomorrow (Friday) as planned, with just minor finishing elements such as landscaping to follow at a later date.   All emergency, safety critical work and essential maintenance will continue and resources will be prioritised for this to be carried out. Cllr Steve Count, Leader at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is absolutely vital we all follow the advice from Government and stay at home. We have assessed this impact on our highway services contracts and the ability to deliver on the ground and adopt a managed approach to the tightening restrictions and reduce risk. That is why both councils have taken this decision.” Cllr John Holdich, Leader at Peterborough City Council, said: “We have to be sensible and protect the public as well as our workforce. With a number of supply chains shutting down their operations, the need for social distancing, along with the pressure on resource we have had to take this decision to close down our sites. The work on Rhubarb Bridge is in the closing stages and will finish tomorrow as planned.” Helping provide schools and early years settings with clear information As the Local Authority we have been listening to schools and early years settings, and along with daily updates and conversations already taking place, have now provided comprehensive answers to the most commonly discussed topics. Jonathan Lewis, Service Director for Education at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council said: “We have been working hard to provide schools and early years settings with clear information to help them navigate the ever-changing situation. Yesterday we wrote to our Heads and Leaders to share a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, which we complied based on the intelligence we have gathered from working closely with schools and Trust leaders, and through our daily meetings with the Department for Education. We will keep these updated on a daily basis. “With regard to Free School Meals in particular, we have been working hard with schools to put in place plans to continue our provision, so those families in receipt do not lose out.   A government scheme was planned for vouchers but this has been delayed.  Unfortunately we have been told about a scam where fraudsters have targeted parents so I want to reiterate, if you do receive an email asking for your bank details in relation to this, do not give them over, just delete the email straight away.” As of yesterday (Wednesday), only 2% of school children registered in Cambridgeshire were in attendance, while in Peterborough this was 1% – this shows parents are continuing to do their bit to stop the spread of the virus by keeping their children safely at home. The Government has launched its free WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service. Parents and the public are encouraged to sign up to receive trustworthy and timely general information and advice about the Coronavirus. To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

Planning applications for consideration

Due to Coronavirus the Parish Council is not holding planning committee meetings for the time being. Any applications received will be posted on our website with a date for residents to send any representations to us by.

The following application has been received:

Reference: 20/01675/HFUL
Proposal: Single storey front and side extension
Site address: 172 Station Road Willingham Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Applicant: Mr Nicholls.

All representations must be received by the Parish Council no later than Tuesday 31st March. The Council will then consider the application remotely and make their recommendation to SCDC.