Parish & Town Council and Resident Assoc update – Thursday, 16 April 2020

Help us to spread the word about our Countywide and Local Hubs

Our network of COVID-19 Coordination and Response Hubs – including the Countywide Hub and Local Hubs led by district/city councils – is busy responding to residents in need and linking up to offers of support.

Now, we need your help to spread the word by sharing infographics showing your Local Hub contact details with people living in your area – via social media/local networks. These also have details of the countywide co-ordination hub for shielded people.

The relevant infographics are being distributed to county, city and district councillors, and will also be emailed to Parish and community partners following this Update. Please email if you wish to be sent the infographic for your local hub.

The Countywide Hub, led by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, supports shielded residents at highest risk, ensuring our most vulnerable residents have access to food, medicines and other important supplies as well as ensuring broader social needs are met as far as possible. These critical services across the public sector are being sustained through additional staff redeployment and volunteers. Further information is available at or

The Local Hubs, led by District/City councils, are providing more local support for residents across their communities – including those not  being shielded – and responding to individual offers of help or requests for support. They also connect with and support mutual aid and community/parish led initiatives. Further information is available on district and city council websites.

Nearly 250 people being supported by Coronavirus support hub

Almost 250 people across Peterborough who need help and support during the Coronavirus public health emergency have been in contact with the Peterborough Local Community Resilience Group (CRG).

The support hub was set up following an instruction from the Government for every council in the country to establish local hubs to provide targeted support for those people who require it during the pandemic. The hub includes representatives from the public, private, voluntary, independent and faith sectors.

Its role is to support those who are vulnerable and in need of help and support, but are not classed as being high risk (shielded). Those who are highest risk and therefore identified as shielded are being supported by the countywide co-ordination hub.

Since its launch on 2 April, almost 250 people have been in touch asking for help, with many vulnerable people needing assistance to source food or medicine, or requiring support around benefits, or because they feel lonely. 

People who need help and support should get in touch with the Peterborough CRG by visiting the council’s website or by calling (01733 747474). The hub is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Organisations offering help city-wide can also be found on the Peterborough Information Network

Number of pupils starting their first choice school in September increases

The vast majority of pupils starting primary school in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough this September will be attending their first preference school.

In Cambridgeshire, the early opening of the Primary School application process saw a slight increase in the number of applications received before the submission deadline compared to  previous years – with a higher percentage of children being offered their first preference than was the case in 2019.

Overall, of the 6890 applications received, the Council were able to allocate 93.7% of pupils a place at their parents’ first preference school (an increase from 92.75% in 2019), with 4.2% being offered their second preference, and 0.7% offered their third. The number of children not receiving one of their top three preferences dropped from 1.96% to 1.4%.

In Peterborough, while the number of applications received was down on last year – 2727 as opposed to 2870, the percentage of pupils being offered their first preference has increased.

Of the applications received, the Council were able to allocate first preference to 93.7% of pupils (an increase from 91.5% in 2019), with 4.3% being offered their second preference, and 0.8% offered their third. The number of children not receiving one of their top three preferences dropped from 2.1% to 1.1%.

The Councils are sending letters to parents today, letting them know the result of their application, but parents who applied online can also check for themselves:  

Cambridgeshire’s online portal

Peterborough – parent portal   

What can parents do if they are not happy about the place their child(ren) has been offered?

Parents are legally entitled to appeal against the Admission Authority’s decision to refuse a place at their preferred school(s). Accepting a place at an alternative school does not affect their child’s place on the reserve list for their preferred school(s), or right of appeal. For more information see the Cambridgeshire County Council’s Appeals page and Peterborough’s Appeals page  

Parents should be aware that appeals are likely to be delayed due to the current situation. We ask that you check the appeals web page for updates.

Littleport motorbike training school offering free courier service

An award-winning motorcycle training school in East Cambridgeshire is now offering a free courier service to residents in need.

Based in Littleport, AAA Motorcycle Training School Ltd has shifted its focus from training new motorcyclists to delivering prescription medication to households who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 outbreak.

In response to government advice, the motorcycle training school first began delivering prescriptions to elderly and vulnerable residents who were struggling to collect their own medication, while also protecting pharmacy and surgery staff by reducing face-to-face contact.

As the severity of the lockdown developed, the company began contacting local pharmacies and surgeries and advertising on social media to offer their help. Their free courier service is now available to all residents with prescriptions in an effort to reduce footfall and maintain social distancing.

In their first week, the company had two riders each handling between 30 and 60 prescriptions a day. As demand increased, so did their team, which now consists of four riders, each handling between 50 and 60 prescriptions a day, with slightly fewer at weekends.

After initially covering the needs of Littleport, Ely and Soham residents, the company soon expanded their service to Duxford, Foxton, Chatteris, March, Newmarket, Downham Market and beyond.

The training school has ceased all training other than for essential workers who rely on their use of motorbikes for work.

Residents in need of this free courier service can contact AAA Motorcycle Training School Ltd on its website or by calling 07384 746025 between 8am and 8pm.

Dean Abbess and Amanda Hellmann, owners of the company, also regularly update the AAA Motorcycle Training School Ltd Facebook page with stories of their adventures.

You can keep up-to-date with any changes to our services on our websites:Peterborough –

Cambridgeshire –

Our advice and latest information on Coronavirus can be found on both websites – and 

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.

Parish & Town Council and Resident Assoc Update – Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Urgent appeal for foster carers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A campaign to urgently boost the number of people fostering to support children across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during the coronavirus crisis has been launched.

The number of people enquiring about becoming foster carers has dipped, with the immediate need being for teenagers, children with additional needs and sibling groups.

Both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are launching a ‘Call for Action’ urging people who can help to change the lives of children and young people to become foster carers and provide loving, supportive homes as demand for the service increases.

During COVID-19, we are taking all the necessary steps during the fostering process to follow the government advice, for example, we can conduct initial visits virtually and have made arrangements to do so. If your application progresses then we will discuss the next stages with you which will include a face to face visit as part of the assessment process, this will adhere to the social distancing rules at all times.

People who believe they can make a positive difference to a child’s life are encouraged to contact both council’s today. All carers receive training, 24 hour access to support, along with allowances. As a foster carer you need to have the time, patience and determination to support and help vulnerable children and young people who are living away from their families. You will need to be over 21 and have a spare bedroom in your home.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council encourage you to find out more about fostering, visit: email or call 0800 052 0078

Visit email or call 0800 328 8433.

Trading Standards warns about Coronavirus personal protective goods

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service are asking local residents to report any online products claiming to protect people against coronavirus that haven’t been provided by a reputable supplier or nationally approved. This could be home-made sanitisers, genuine looking face masks claiming protection and coronavirus swabbing kits. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. This is a time when unscrupulous criminals will attempt to make illegal profit and prey on the fears of the most vulnerable in our society.

In addition to cracking down on such products, you might also be interested to read the latest Public Health England blog about personal protective equipment (known as ‘PPE’) and what is being recommended for the necessary excursions we are having to make. For the vast majority you will find in fact the recommendation is to use no PPE but instead to adopt thorough hand washing practices and social distancing.

Members of the public can contact the Trading Service via the Citizens Advice helpline on 0808 223 1133

Dr Liz Robin vlog thanking everyone staying at home for Easter

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, thanks everyone who observed the government’s stay at home rules over the Easter Bank Holiday, and reminds us that by doing this together we can continue to save lives in our local communities.

Click here to watch today’s video blog.

Easter message from Chairs/Vice-chairs and cabinet members

Senior councillors from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have pulled together a personal message to remind people to stay at home over the Easter holiday to protect the NHS and save lives.

This followed the launch of an Easter campaign by the two authorities, with ‘Buddy the Bunny’ setting daily challenges and activities to help keep the county’s families entertained during the holiday.

The animated message, which features the leaders, chairs and vice-chairs from both councils, can be viewed on our Cambridgeshire and Peterborough YouTube channels.

The councils also kicked off their #SafeAtHomeEaster campaign with ‘Buddy the Bunny’ setting activities for all the family on social media – including a video tutorial for how to bake bread and craft challenges.

Daily activities and challenges will be posted on:Cambridgeshire – Our Facebook and Twitter

Peterborough – Our Facebook and Twitter

Cambridgeshire distillery produces hand sanitiser for frontline care staff

Cambridgeshire based artisan Gin Distillery Roundwood, who are based in the village of Abbots Ripton, have kindly offered to donate ten litres of hand sanitiser free of charge to council social workers and personal advisers to help them continue their vital roles.

The sanitiser will ensure that front line staff are keeping themselves and young people in care safe during visitations.

Rupert Waters, Co-founder of Roundwood Gin, said: “Once the Government relaxed the licensing requirements for production a couple of weeks ago, we felt we had to take the opportunity and do something to help the heroic key workers in our community.

“These dedicated staff are providing an excellent service to young people and we hope that Roundwood can help, even if in a small way, to support the incredible work they’re doing.”

Schools on song to support Countywide Covid-19 response

Fantastic support from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools saw 159 opening on Good Friday and a further 148 open on Bank Holiday Monday, supporting vulnerable children, or the children of key workers to help keep essential services like the NHS working.  Around 30% of the available early year’s providers were working too.

As well as continuing to provide as much of the curriculum as possible, schools are coming up with innovative and inventive ways of keeping in touch with their communities – such as this example from Stukeley Meadows Primary School in Huntingdon, a video medley featuring some very familiar faces.

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.

A14 Related Road Closures 16th- 20th Sept 2019

Please find attached road closures information for w/c 16 September, in relation to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

The Bar Hill junction 29 exit slip will be closed for the next four nights, (Thursday – Sunday 9pm – 6am)

Please note, this weekend’s closureat the A14 Histon junction (32) has been amended. The closure is now as follows:

Friday 13 9pm to Monday 16 5am

  • A14 eastbound Histon J32 exit and entry slips
  • Bridge Road both northbound and southbound (no access to and from Histon roundabout J32)

Diversions will be via Milton J33.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire: major improvements Construction work on the new A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme is underway. We are currently carrying out a variety of tasks for which we need to close lanes or carriageways on the A1, A14 and some local roads at times, usually

overnight between 8pm and 6am, unless otherwise stated. A clearly signed diversion route will always be in place for closures.

For this week, the planned closures are:

Full closures

Monday 16 to Friday 20 (five nights)

  • A1 northbound between Buckden and Alconbury

Vehicles will travel east on the A428, north on the A1198, west on the A14 and then north on the A14 link road to re-join the A1

  • A1 southbound between Alconbury and Buckden

Vehicles will be diverted south on the A14 link road, then east on the A14, south on the A1198 and west on the A428 to re-join the A1

  • A428 eastbound Madingley to A14 eastbound Milton junction 33

Motorway traffic will travel south on the M11, east on A505 and north on A11 to re-join the A14. Non motorway traffic will be diverted on local roads through Cambridge.

  • A14 Milton junction 33 gyratory eastern side
  • M11 junction 14 exit slip
  • A14 westbound between Six Mile Bottom junction 36 and Girton junction 31

Motorway traffic will travel south on the A11, west on the A505 and then north on the M11.

Non motorway traffic will diverted on local roads through Cambridge

  • A14 westbound Brampton Hut junction 21 to Ellington junction 20

Vehicles will be diverted north on the A1(M) then travel west on the A605 to re- join the A14 at junction 13

Monday 16 to Sunday 22 (seven nights)

  • A14 westbound Swavesey junction 28 between exit and entry slips

Vehicles will be diverted off the A14 at junction 28 via the westbound exit slip and will re-join via the entry slip

Friday 20 9pm to Monday 23 5am

  • A1 M southbound between junction 14 and Alconbury

Vehicles will be diverted south on the A14 link road, then east on the A14 to re-join the A1 at Brampton Hut

  • Woolley Road
  • A14 eastbound Histon junction 32 exit slip

Vehicles wishing to exit the A14 at junction 32 will be diverted to junction 33 and return on the westbound carriageway

  • B1049 Histon junction 32 north western quadrant

Saturday 21 5am to Monday 23 5am

  • A1 northbound between Brampton Hut and A14M junction 14

Vehicles will be diverted east at Brampton Hut on the A14, then north on the A14 link to re-join the A1

Saturday 21 (one night)

  • A14 westbound Dry Drayton junction 30 exit and entry slips

Vehicles will be diverted to Bar Hill junction 29 and return on the eastbound carriageway

For more information about this scheme, visit cambridge-to-huntingdon-improvement-scheme-home/ , or stay updated by following us on and

A1(M) Major Maintenance in conjunction with the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement scheme

From 30 August – 24 September 2019 we are carrying out essential maintenance on the A1(M) southbound between junction 14 and Alconbury Interchange and northbound between Brampton and junction 14. This work is to make sure that the road continues to be safe for motorists to use. During this time, we will be making the lanes on the A1(M) narrower than usual and the speed limit will be reduced to 40mph

To minimise disruption to the travelling public we will carry out this work within existing closures that are taking place for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement scheme.

Our work will provide a safer and smoother journey for road users and will also reduce road noise as we will be using a very low noise surface treatment. We are also making additional improvements to the safety barriers and carrying out work on the bridge joints as well as gully cleaning and vegetation clearing. Doing this during the planned closure will reduce the need for future closures. Traffic restrictions – check before you travel

The A1(M) will be closed to traffic on the following dates to enable work to be carried out safely.

Week Commencing 16 September 2019 Full weekend road closures

A1(M) Northbound & southbound

  • 21:00 hours Friday 20 September to 06:00 hours Monday 23 September

Roadworks & events report 1st – 15th July 2019

Please find attached the roadworks bulletin, detailing works and events that are due to start between 1st – 15th July 2019.

Just a reminder that this only includes works that are due to start between 1st – 15th July and longer term works that are still in progress will have been included on previous reports. Alternatively please refer to  which will include details on emergency roadworks.

Public Meeting – The Future of Cambridge Area’s Bus Services

Many Parish & Town Councils are concerned about bus services – and rightly so. This is a chance to question operators and others.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think would appreciate receiving it.

Public Meeting – The Future of Cambridge Area’s Bus Services

Ross Barton, Traffic Manager, Stagecoach East
a speaker from Whippet, and others

Saturday 15th June 2019 2:30pm

Preceded by Cambridge Area Bus Users Annual General Meeting at 2:00pm

All welcome

St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge CB2 3AR
Entrance through Livingstones Café (light refreshments on sale)

More details: Public Meeting: The Future of Cambridge Area’s Bus Services.

Skate Ramp vandalised and now CLOSED

Very sad news, the Skate Ramp was vandalised 13th May 2019 roughly 5-7pm whilst there is CCTV, any information on the vandals would be welcome or a police report. Below are the images attached. The Skate Ramp is now CLOSED until damages are repaired.

Please Contact Somersham Parish Council
01487 841359