Coronavirus Updates

For the latest Government advice, see the gov.uk website.

UPDATE ON COUNCIL FACILITIES (updated 17th September 2020)

Pavilion – Is open with restricted access to regular users, in line with the latest Government guidance

Ploughman Hall – Is open to regular users in line with the latest Government guidance.

Neither facility is currently accepting one off bookings.

Parish office – Staff are manning the office during normal office hours but members of the public will be required to remain at the inner entrance hatch and will not be given access to the office. All visitors to the office will be asked to provide contact information for track and trace purposes.

Parish Meetings – continue to be held remotely in line with Government guidance

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Updated 31 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Parish Office – The Parish office is currently closed to members of the public although and is operating under reduced manpower and reduced hours. Please contact the Council via email clerk@willinghamparishcouncil.gov.uk or by phone 01954 261027

Willingham HUB – the Parish Council is working closely with the Willingham HUB team who are very busy trying to get the HUB up and running. You should all receive flyers through your doors over the coming days providing information on how to get help if you are isolated and vulnerable. If you have any concerns or require further information, please contact the office on the above number.

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. Members of the public wishing to attend should contact the Clerk for log on details. Those wishing to speak during the public forum are asked to make their request known to the Clerk ahead of the meeting.

QEII Field – The QE II Field is now open. Please follow the guidelines posted at the entrance when using the play areas.

Ploughman hall, Pavilion and Public hall – The Ploughman hall, Pavilion and Public hall are closed until further notice (Updated 17.07.2020)

South Cambs District Council Support for small businesses

Posted 1st April 2020

As part of the Council’s Covid-19 response, we are trying to urgently support businesses in the district who are struggling during this difficult period. We don’t have a single database for all businesses in the district, as not all businesses are registered for business rates. To help us get a list together as quickly as possible, could you help by sharing with us any mailing lists or databases you have on this including:

  • Sole traders
  • Home based businesses
  • Community enterprises and charities including CICs

We want to ensure that we can put in place, as quickly as possible, appropriate support to help businesses through the next few months, and fill the gaps around the central government support offer where we can. We will be proactively contacting businesses to find out what they need, so any help you can give in providing details for our emerging database would be very helpful.

Please could you send any lists to our colleagues at the Greater Cambridge Partnership who are helping us with this work via greatercambridge.business@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Please also use whatever communications channels you have (social media, websites etc) to spread the word about this appeal, and encourage any businesses of these types to flag themselves to us by emailing greatercambridge.business@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Additionally, information for businesses is being updated frequently on the Coronavirus section of our website at www.scambs.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-information-for-businesses

Parish & Town Council and Resident Association Updates

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.

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

Changes to bus services in Cambridgeshire

Changes to Call Connect Service – AllConnect is a bus service for rural communities which can be requested by pre-booking only. The times the buses operate will be unaffected. However, the call centre that users phone to request a service will be reducing its opening hours by one hour at the end of each day. These temporary changes will help the service ensure it has sufficient staffing levels. The revised opening hours will be: Mon-Fri – CallConnect emergencies and cancellations: 8am-6pm, Drivers: 6.30am-6pm, Main booking service: 8.30am-5.30pm (Welland and North Lincs 8am-5pm). Saturday – CallConnect emergencies and cancellations: 8am-5pm, Drivers: 7.30am-5pm, Main booking service: 9am-4.30pm (Welland and North Lincs 8.30am-4pm)

Stagecoach – Stagecoach Changes will be made to the following services provided by Stagecoach. For full service changes visit the Stagecoach website: Guided Busway – postponing launch of busway service until further notice and service changes. Cambridge Park & Ride, Cambridge Service, 99 Service, X5 Service, Bedford Service, Peterborough Service, Cambridge City Sightseeing Tour and Fenstanton Service

Beware of COVID-19 scams

24th March 2020

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Visit the National Trading Standards COVID-19 Scams page for details on how to protect yourself and others: https://www.nationaltradingstandards.uk/news/beware-of-covid19-scams/

Recycling points closed (posted 27th March 2020)

Due to the impacts of the virus and restrictions on movement, many of the operators who empty clothing and other recycling banks at our recycling points are unable to collect from them. To avoid them overflowing and making a mess, and the items being wasted, please can you help us to discourage residents from taking their items to the banks at this time. Some of you have already shared our social media posts relating to service updates, which is really helpful. You can find them all at:

South Cambridgeshire District Council:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCambridgeshireDistrictCouncil/

Twitter: @SouthCambs

Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GtrCamRecycles/

Twitter: @GtrCamRecycles