Norwood Playing Field, preparation begins…

Work to prepare the Norwood Playing Field for the ‘Witches Hat’ and other activity equipment has begun on the field and will continue over the summer months. Reluctantly, we have to remove the old tree trunk as its is failing with the natural rotting process but part of it will be used for seating.

Cambridge Park & Ride Services back in operation 31 May 2020

Following the announcement by the UK Government of a new bus, tram and light rail restart programme, Stagecoach East have confirmed plans for a phased step up in services as more people return to work and other parts of daily life re-open.

From Sunday 31 May, four of Stagecoach East Cambridge Park and Ride services will be back in operation. 

There will also be further service changes across East from Sunday 14 June and Stagecoach East will be providing further details on this in the next few days.

Further information and timetables can be found here on their website: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/east-covid19-service-enhancements

Success!

Somersham Parish Council is excited to announce that through County Councillor Steve Criswell, the Parish Clerk Penny Bryant with the assistance of the Deputy Clerk Megan Blewett, submitted a successful funding bid to the Communities and Partnerships Committee and were awarded £32,560.

This means the extra money allows the parish council enough funds to install a concrete skate ramp, a ‘Witches Hat’ piece of play equipment and free to use fresh air fitness gym equipment for the Norwood Playing Field.

The installation of all the above items means we can cater for the majority of our community from the age of 4 years and upwards.

We will keep you updated with the progress of works during these restricted times but our aim is to have everything installed as soon as we practically are able.

Penny Bryant, Somersham Parish Clerk

Weekly Policing Update – 5th to the 11th May

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

 
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 5th to 11th May:

 
Covid-19 – Police have continued to received reports from across the county of people congregating in groups and ignoring the Covid-19 regulations. Where necessary, people have been dispersed with words of advice given, and the need to stay home and stay apart has been explained. In some cases, £60 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued.

 
Somersham – Police had to disperse a gathering of between 10 and 20 people breaching the Covid-19 regulations by having a street party and not maintaining social distancing in Somersham on Friday evening, 8th May. Officers gave words of advice and explained the dangers, and the participants returned to their houses. (Ref CC-08052020-0413)
 
 
Holme Fen Drove, Colne – Police seized and towed away a silver VW car found abandoned on Holme Fen Drove, Colne, late on Friday night, 8th May, when checks showed that it had no valid insurance. One person was also arrested. (Ref CC-08052020-0639)
 
  
And Finally – “Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives”
 
 
Government rules on leaving the house during the current Corona virus emergency are changing slightly from tomorrow, Wednesday 13th May. We are all asked to “Stay Alert” to help control the virus, but the basic precautions remain the same –
 Stay at home as much as possible;
 Work from home if you can;
 Limit contact with other people;
 Keep your distance if you go out – 2 metres apart wherever possible;
 Wash your hands regularly. 
More detailed information on what we can and can’t do is on the Government web-site at the following link:
 
       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 
  
 
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

    https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive


Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
 

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
 the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number; the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon; Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.
In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.


Best Wishes,
 
Chris Shaw, PSV
 
St Ives Police Station
Message Sent By
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV – Online Communities, Huntingdonshire – St Ives)

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 19th-25th April

The Lockdown Continues
 
Police have continued to respond to reports of groups of people apparently ignoring the Covid-19 regulations and gathering in public spaces or in private houses and gardens. Where necessary, people have been dispersed with words of advice given and the need to stay home and observe social distancing has been explained.

However, overwhelmingly, people are abiding by the rules, staying at home and only going out when it is essential. Thank you to everyone for doing this – it is vital in helping to save lives.
 

Now to our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 19th to 25th April. There is just one item to mention:
 
 
Fenton Hill, Pidley – Police received a report of a large amount of rubbish fly-tipped in the middle of the road at Fenton Hill, Pidley, late on Friday evening, 24th April. The rubbish was completely blocking one lane of the road and was posing a danger to traffic. Police contacted the Council’s Highways department to come and deal with the situation as an urgent priority. (Ref CC-24042020-0544)
 
  
 
And Finally – Covid-19 Help and Advice
 
If you are in need of any help or advice about the Covid-19 virus and the current situation, remember that there are several on-line sites that can give you assistance and information,  including:
 
 The Government’s official Covid-19 web-site:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Huntingdon District Council’s new web-site, that has lots of information to help residents and businesses:

https://www.wearehuntingdonshire.org

… and the Police’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ web-site, that has specific advice about the current social-distancing and self-isolation regulations:


          www.cambs.police.uk/information-and-services/Coronavirus-COVID-19/Coronavirus-COVID-19-FAQs2

 



 
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive


Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
 

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

 

the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;

the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;

Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 11th-18th April 2020

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –


We Still Need To Stay Home

Police have received quite a few reports of groups of people apparently ignoring the social-distancing regulations, and have attended and given words of advice where necessary – but overall, feedback from patrols is that people are generally abiding by the rules, staying at home and only going out when it is essential. Thank you to everyone for doing this – you are actively helping to save lives.


Now to our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 11th to 18th April. I’m sorry this report covers a longer period than usual, and also may not include everything significant that has happened over the period – there is an on-going technical glitch which hopefully will be resolved soon.


Long Drove, Somersham – Police responded to a report of two people trespassing on private land off Long Drove, Somersham, believed to be camping and fishing in a private lake, and in breach of the coronavirus regulations, on Sunday morning, 12th April. When officers arrived, two campers were found who were in the process of packing up and leaving. (Ref CC-12042020-0080)


High Street, Somersham – Police seized and towed away a silver Toyota car found on Somersham High Street on Friday evening, 17th April, when checks showed that it had no valid insurance. (Ref CC-17042020-0505)


High Street, Somersham – Police issued an alert to patrols to be on the lookout for a particular car following an attempted theft at a shop on Somersham High Street on Saturday evening, 18th April. A male from the car was reported to have run into a shop, grabbed a crate of beer and some soft drinks and attempted to leave without paying. Fortunately staff managed to take the goods off him, but he then ran back to the car which drove off at speed. (Ref CC-18042020-0354)


St Ives Road, Somersham – Police issued an alert to Countryside Watch members, following a suspicious incident that happened on St Ives Road, Somersham, on Saturday evening, 18th April. Twice during the evening, a white van with a black stripe was seen loitering near a field of sheep and lambs, raising concerns that a theft of lambs might be being planned. (Ref CC-18042020-0408)


And Finally – Some Advice About Domestic Abuse


If you or someone you care about is suffering domestic abuse, there are support options available to you.


To find out more, visit:


www.cambs.police.uk/domesticabuse

Parish & Town Council and Resident Assoc update – Friday, 17 April 2020


Social distancing measures set to continue for a further three weeks

Last night the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a further three weeks of its social distancing measures.

This follows the news from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that the infection rate appears to be decreasing, but that any change in social distancing now could trigger a second peak, placing further pressure on the NHS and economy.

Today, our council leaders commented on the Government’s announcement and gave these messages to residents in both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Councillor Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The Covid-19 virus has made a huge difference to all our lives over the last few weeks, however, the social distancing guidelines do need to continue to prevent a second wave. I’m urging all Cambridgeshire residents to stay patient and continue to follow the Government’s advice.”

Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “Covid-19 is a cruel virus that has taken far too many people from us too soon. By continuing to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines we can prevent a second wave, protecting both the NHS and the economy. I’m urging all city residents to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Both leaders have also recorded a vlog with these messages included which is on our Peterborough and Cambridgeshire YouTube channels.


Key highlights from the Countywide Coordination Hub

Last month the Countywide Coordination Hub was launched to help those people in our communities who are at the highest risk and shielded during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The hub will help ensure that services provided by key workers, such as care for the elderly, are able to continue through the redeployment of staff and the deployment of volunteers.

It also co-ordinates the distribution of support to the most vulnerable shielded group, whether it is food, medicine or social aspects. In addition, it works closely with the district/city hubs to ensure all vulnerable people are supported.

Here are some key highlights resulting from the work of the hub this week:

Shielded list

We have so far received the details of around 13,000 people who have registered as needing to be shielded. Of those other residents whom the NHS believe need to shield, the hub has contacted them by letter encouraging them to do so. The hub has also responded to 1,700 direct requests for help and support.

To ensure we keep in contact with this ever-growing group of people, 150 redeployed staff and volunteers have been identified to make telephone contact with shielded people each week, to check they have what they need and where support needs are identified.

Access to food

As more and more shielded people successfully register, they are given access to supermarket home delivery slots or are registering to receive food parcels arranged through a national scheme. However, for many, neither option is suitable and so we are also using our volunteers to collect groceries ordered via click and collect and delivering food supplies from our warehouse to residents in emergency situations. Around 250 emergency deliveries have been made so far and these continue.

PPE delivery to pharmacies

National supplies of PPE were received at our warehouse this week. The first delivery went to 151 pharmacies across the county. The Red Cross volunteers are doing an amazing job sorting, organising and delivering supplies.

Offers of mutual aid

The hub continues to receive information about mutual aid offers right across the county. These offers of support are being added to either the Cambridgeshire Directory or the Peterborough Information Network.

Where possible, we want people to access support from these organisations or groups, or from friends, family and neighbours, to make sure help available from the countywide and district/city hubs is prioritised for those who need them most.

Find out more about our Coordination Hub on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough websites.


Virtual council meetings to begin in Cambridgeshire 

Members have agreed a protocol to allow virtual formal meetings to take place at Cambridgeshire County Council during the remainder of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Committee meetings will now be conducted using the Zoom software platform. They will be livestreamed on the council’s YouTube channel for members of the public and the media to watch – with the exception of confidential items – which will be discussed in private as usual. 

Public questions can be submitted in written form and will be published on the council’s website prior to the meeting taking place. Meetings will be recorded to allow people to watch them afterwards if they can’t log on during the event itself. 

This protocol will allow the council to continue to conduct the vast majority of its democratic decisions remotely, while adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidelines -and follows legislation which came into force on 4 April.

A list of decisions to be taken at formal meetings has been prepared for the next three months and the urgency of each decision will be marked as either high, medium or low – only decisions marked as high or medium will be taken to committee. The list does not include monitoring or information items, as these will be circulated to committees via email. 

Training is now taking place with members to help them get used to the new system and the first meeting will be Communities and Partnerships Committee on Wednesday, 22 April. 

The protocol will be reviewed after one month of meetings. For further information on the protocol, visit the council’s website.

A similar process is now being developed at Peterborough City Council.


Fire safety in the home

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind residents to follow fire safety guidance in their homes.

As we prepare for at least 3 more weeks of isolation to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it’s more vital than ever for us to practise sensible habits to help prevent fires.

The service has released a useful online booklet explaining good smoke alarm habits, how to avoid fires in your home, how to avoid electrical fires, how to plan an escape route and the benefits of making a bedtime checklist.

Read the full guidance here.


Help spread sunshine and joy by joining a virtual orchestra

If you fancy making your musical mark on the world from your own home, why not join Cambridgeshire’s online school orchestra?

In the first of a series of online initiatives, Cambridgeshire Music – the county’s music education hub – is inviting our county’s budding musicians to contribute to a virtual performance of the theme tune from the US TV classic, Hawaii-5-0! Jog your memory of the happy vibes here. Surfboards and shorts at the ready!

This invitation is open to everyone – regardless of ability, instrument or location. You don’t need to be an expert. Simply download your part and guidance sheet from this Dropbox link here and follow the instructions.

You can send a video file (mp4) or an audio file (mp3) via a WeTransfer link to mymusic@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Remember, if you providing a video clip, you are giving your permission for us to edit and use your contribution in the final performance.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 24th April, and the final masterpiece will be available on Monday, 27th April.


Sharing Parish Updates

You are welcome to share this Parish Update by forwarding the email to people in your community, who can also subscribe to receive updates from Cambridgeshire County Council by registering and selecting ‘Parish and District Updates’ from the list under Covid-19.  We are asking City councillors to forward this update to their local residents associations.