News from FDC, CCC & Police

Planned Roadwork’s

Road Safety Improvements Wimblington – A141/B1093

The planned scheme involves the installation of traffic signals at the junction of Manea Road B1093 and the A141 Isle of Ely Way.   Works are planned to commence in March 2018 and are expected to last up to 8 weeks.  For more information please click on the following link: A141_B1093 – scheme poster

Damaged sections of carriageway between Doddington & Wimblington

Doddington Parish Council are pleased to confirm that the resurfacing has been carried out successfully and thank you for your patience during the disruption and positive feedback on social media.

Press Releases from Fenland District Council

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE May 1st, 2018                       Fenland’s housing supply restored – For more information follow the link: Fenlands Housing Supply Restored

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE March 29, 2018
Postponed litter picks go ahead Please follow the link for more information: GREATBRITISHSPRINGCLEAN

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE January 9, 2018
Litter louts ordered to pay a total of £4,400 – For more info follow the link: FPNCOURTCASES

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE January 3, 2018 

Help is at hand to get healthier in 2018 – Fenland residents are being reminded about the district’s GP-supported exercise scheme to help people with various medical conditions kick-start a healthy New Year. For further information please follow the link: GPREFERRAL

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE January 2, 2018  

Residents are being asked to have their say on which local services are most important to them to help shape Fenland District Council’s future priorities.  The Council has launched an annual survey to gather public views and help councillors make informed decisions when considering its options for the 2018/19 financial year and beyond.  For more information please follow the link: BUSINESSPLAN0201

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE December 14, 2017 Golden Age Fairs continue to make a difference, for more information follow the link: Golden Age Success

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE December 13, 2017 Extra funding to support vulnerable residents More disabled people living in fenland will be able to get help they need to continue living in their own homes thanks to almost £84,000 of additional Government funding.  For more information follow the link: Disable Facilities Grant

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE December 11, 2017 Helping stop the spread of Japanese Knotweed Fenland District Council is raising awareness of Japanese Knotweed to help homeowners identify, control and dispose of Britain’s most invasive plant – and help stop it spreading.  For more information follow the link: Japanese Knot Weed

Community Switch

The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch is a scheme that builds on the strengths of Cambridgeshire County Council, the District Councils and residents, and brings them together in order to get a cheaper energy tariff – form more information please follow the link Collective Switching Poster

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO A CHILDS LIFE IN 2017.

Cambs County Council has launched a campaign to urge anyone hoping to make a difference to the lives of others in 2017 to consider becoming a foster carer.

Across Cambridgeshire new foster carers are needed for hundreds of children and young people of all ages who are unable to live with their birth family. We are recruiting carers to provide a wide range of differing types of fostering. These range from part-time respite to long term fostering of children until they reach independence.

Cambs County Council’s fostering service welcomes enquiries from anyone who could find space in their lives to help make a positive difference to children and young people in care. More information is available on line at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO RECRUIT MORE MALE CARE WORKERS 

A campaign has been launched to encourage males to apply for care worker jobs. Changing the culture of our workforce – and the stigma and perception of male care workers – can be achieved by highlighting how rewarding a career in care can be, financially, personally and professionally. It can also be done by showing clients and their families that, regardless of gender, male care workers provide the same level of service as female workers.

Recruiting for the care sector has been a challenge for several years. A significant contributory factor is the increasing aging population, which is growing more rapidly than the workforce. Recent national studies suggest that the shortfall could be as high as 718,000 care workers by 2025.

It is predicted that the number of people over 85 will double in the next 20 years and one in five people currently over 85 will live to see their 100th birthday. Nationally, changes in legislation have seen a significant shift in the delivery of adult social care, with older people empowered to be supported at home as opposed to alternative care provisions. For more information and contact details please see http:www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/article/582/campaign launched to recruit more male workers.

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT LONELINESS.

Cambridgeshire Timebanking is launching a Crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help fight loneliness in and around Cambridgeshire.

Currently, over 29,000 people over the age of 65 live alone in Cambridgeshire and it is not only older people who are affected by loneliness. Cambridgeshire Timebanking will use any funds raised to hold coffee mornings, social groups, trips out and walking groups. Timebanking is a way of giving and receiving to build supportive networks and strong communities. Each timebank is different and reflects its members, the visions they have for their community, and what they choose to offer and receive. Cambridgeshire Timebanking Partnership includes eight timebanks and over 500 members who have given more than 16,000 hours. For each hour that someone helps another person in their community they can ‘Bank’ and hour for when they need help. We know that everyone has something to offer – skills and wisdom to pass on to their community, whatever their age. An hour at a coffee morning, a weekly walk with a fellow timebank member or helping with DIY can help break the silence of the day.

Are you interested in finding out how to set up a timebank, or would you like to support our Crowdfunder? Contact Gerry.cano@chsgroup.org.uk  – 0300 111 3555.

NEW BROWN BIN SERVICE

From April 3rd 2017 anyone wanting the council to continue to empty their brown bin will have to pay an annual charge of £40, by annual Direct Debit, cash, card or cheque.  The charge will be reviewed annually to ensure that the project remains self funding.  Full details about the new service can be found online at http://www.fenland.gov.uk/gardenwaste and at the Councils One Stop shops and community hubs.

 COMMUNITY REACH FUND

You can apply for up to £1000 from the Community Reach Fund to create positive activities for 0-19’s and their families (up to 25 for young people with special educational needs or disabilities). There is no deadline as the fund is open all year round, so please contact your Youth and Community Coordinators (below) for an application form Fenland Donna.Barnes@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk or Lizzi.Wales@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SCHEMES AVAILABLE IN FENLAND

– including by parish – which has been recently updated. You can see the updates on  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/communitytransport, and this document can also be downloaded from this webpage as a PDF document. These schemes are aimed at those who have difficulty using or accessing public transport, for a variety of reasons including mobility issues, for medical or social journey purposes. Each scheme operates uniquely, as per the main requirements for transport of the settlement(s) they serve  – with the number of volunteer drivers available –  therefore please refer to each scheme for your area respectively for more information on what they can offer.

There is a need for more volunteers to come forward to (a) to enable them to continue to meet current demand for transport requests, and (b) to meet future need. The latter is particularly important as the population and demographic of Cambridgeshire is projected to expand and as individuals live longer.

If you have any queries, please contact Gavin Moulton, Community Transport Officer at Cambridgeshire County Council, on 01223 715606 or e-mail community.transport@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Winter Burglary prevention advice from Cambridgeshire Police

After the clocks go back we start thinking about the darker nights drawing in. Traditionally there is a rise in burglaries in the winter period, especially during the run up to Christmas and it is sensible to think about your home security.

You can reduce the risk of being a victim of a burglary by following four simple steps:

1.Leave a light on inside your home when you are absent, preferably using a low energy bulb.

2. Use a time switch to activate lights as it gets dark, alternating the times they are illuminated to give the impression of someone being at home.

3. Make sure your front door is well lit using dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark.

4. Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.

In addition we would advise you to take these security tips:

  • Register valuable items with a serial number at http://www.immobilise.com and add a photograph
  • Do not leave your car keys, handbags, wallets or mobile phones near doors, letterboxes or windows.
  • Never leave keys in your door if you have a cat flap or a letterbox.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight. Burglars will be looking through windows for items of value.
  • Install a visible burglar alarm with a box in the front and rear of your property.
  • Keep gates and sheds locked.
  • Store your wheelie bins behind secure side gates to prevent them being used as climbing aids.
  • Increase the height of your back or side fencing by adding diamond style trellis topping which is difficult to climb.
  • Plant spiky plants in vulnerable areas.
  • Think about getting a driveway alarm – this is a cheap and effective deterrent which can be switched on at night when you go to bed to protect against anyone entering your drive or garden.
  • If you are lucky enough to be going away on holiday, do not post your holiday plans and movements on social networking sites.
  • Subscribe to your local Neighbourhood Watch.
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