Be Winterwise

Cambridgeshire

10

January 2024

#BeWinterWise #ColdWeatherAlert #Cambridgeshire

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Don’t forget to look out for anyone close to you who might struggle with the drop in temperature.

Find out more about how to keep yourself and those you care for warm and safe by clickinghere: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keep-warm-keep-well-leaflet-gives-advice-on-staying-healthy-in-cold-weather/top-tips-for-keeping-warm-and-well-this-winter

#BeWinterWise #ColdWeatherAlert #Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Arts - The Library Presents

Cambridgeshire

08

January 2024

Make your voice heard and help choose events for this year's programmes - respond to survey at your local library or on line from 11 January to 9 February.  See attached

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Witcham

03

January 2024

Applications are invited to fill Parish Councillor Vacancy by Co-option 

See attached details and how to apply

Play Park Open

Witcham

22

December 2023

Newsletter

Witcham

11

December 2023

Xmas/New Year Parish Council Newsletter attached

Further update on Phase 1 Play project - Wicksteed are on site this week replacing fence and gates, and surfacing area for train.  Final safety report expected soon so that it an be opened before Christmas, with an official opening event planned in few weeks.  Wicksteed and the Parish Council take this opportunity to thank our residents for their patience in this matter.  With our good wishes  to you all for Christmas and the New Year

Sue

Parish Clerk   

11.12.23

Cambs County Council - Be Winter Wise Campaign

Cambridgeshire

11

December 2023

Helping Cambridgeshire residents with information and advice throughout the winter, the County Council has launched it's "Be Winter Wise" campaign.

www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/be-winter-wise-campaign-launches-to-support-cambridgeshire-residents-as-clocks-go-back

It’s aim is to draw together a range of services, activities and offers, keeping communities across Cambridgeshire informed and prepared to stay safe and healthy during the winter months of 2023/24. And to support partners by signposting to services that they offer.

“Our council delivers a whole range of services which help and support residents throughout the year, but the need for this help often becomes even more acute as we head towards darker and colder months, “ said Council Leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha.

“This year we are linking together everything from winter gritting, road safety activities, falls prevention, flu vaccination support, our household support fund – to help people with urgent expenses, or issuing vouchers to every child eligible for free school meals in the half term and Christmas holidays, under our single ‘Be Winter Wise’ banner – with Olly the Owl used as a helpful identifying motif.

“We’ll also be signposting to information from our partner organisations who provide essential winter support activities. And will continue our promotion of low or no cost winter activities for residents to support mental and physical health – which has been very successful over the summer.”

The County Council’s recent quality of life survey results which will be discussed at next week’s Strategy, Resource and Performance Committee showed that Cambridgeshire residents reported higher than average levels of loneliness, an issue particularly acute amongst younger people who also reported increased issues around their mental health. It also showed the effects that the cost of living is having on most residents, with many looking for more avenues for help and advice.

So, among activities already planned to be highlighted in the Be Winter Wise campaign are -

  • Work being carried out on the county’s road network – including gritting, gulley and drain clearage, getting ahead of expected impacts of bad weather
  • Road safety activities and advice - encouraging pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to wear reflective clothing, check lights and brakes and always travel according to road conditions
  • Information to help residents stay warm and well through the colder months – with an emphasis on activities to reduce loneliness and support mental as well as physical health
  • Further work to promote the council’s household support fund, open to eligible residents who are most affected by the cost of living crisis
  • Supporting NHS colleagues by promoting flu, COVID and MMR jabs to eligible groups.

This proposal builds on the approach taken by the Council during its eight week ‘Get Activated’ campaign over the summer which promoted low or no cost activities for families and children, reaching 93,000 people and showing an increased uptake of the activities promoted.

Lucy Nethsingha added: “The #BeWinterWise campaign continues our vision to make Cambridgeshire a greener, fairer and more caring place. I also want to praise our outstanding, highly motivated and compassionate staff in the council and amongst our partners who go the extra mile every winter whatever the conditions, to keep residents safe and are there ready to help when people face a crisis.”

You can follow the campaign by searching on your socials for #BeWinterWise

Play Park update from Wicksteed 8.12.23

Ely area

30

November 2023

LATEST Wicksteed plan to be on site finishing works week commencing Monday 11 December 2023

Once we have the all-clear we will advise about opening the facility.  See village noticeboards and on site for updates.


Update from Wicksteed on re-opening Play Park Phase 1   30.11.23

Play Park Update

Witcham

25

November 2023

When is our play park opening?

Play Park Closed

Ely area

16

November 2023

UPDATE:  

The new play park is proceeding well and you will have noticed that the contractors installing the new play park equipment have removed their fencing. Unfortunately, this was a little hasty as there are some snagging issues that need resolving with some of the equipment and a clear safety report signed off BEFORE the equipment is handed over to the Parish Council and play park can be used.

The gates have therefore been locked shut to prevent it being used. Hopefully, the issues will be resolved quickly.  The Parish Council hope to hold an opening event as soon as possible after the works have been completed. Updates will continue to be posted up, including on site and village noticeboard at crossroads.

We are grateful for your patience and please do keep children off of the equipment until the park is opened.

Witcham Parish Council

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Witcham

16

November 2023

Next meeting Tuesday 28 November 2023 Witcham Village Hall 7.45pm

Residents welcome.

See noticeboards at centre of village for updates

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - October meeting

Witcham

24

October 2023

Tues 24 October 2023 - 7.30pm, Village Hall - Next meeting of Witcham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group - residents welcome to attend for next updates

RECREATION GROUND: PLAY PARK - CLOSED

Ely area

24

October 2023

The new play park is proceeding well and you will have noticed that the contractors installing the new play park equipment have removed their fencing. Unfortunately, this was a little hasty as there are some snagging issues that need resolving with some of the equipment and a clear safety report signed off BEFORE the equipment is handed over to the Parish Council and play park can be used.  

The gates have therefore been locked shut to prevent it being used. Hopefully, the issues will be resolved quickly and the parish council plan to hold an opening event as soon as is possible.

Further updates will continue to be posted up, including on site and village noticeboard at crossroads.

Many thanks for your patience and please do keep children off of the equipment until the park is opened.

Witcham Parish Council 


Neighbourhood Plan update

Witcham

13

October 2023

STEADY ON YOUR FEET

Ely area

13

October 2023

https://cambridgeshire-and-peterborough.steadyonyourfeet.org

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched an online fall risk checking tool to help you understand your risk of falling and simple steps you can take to stay active and independent.

From the age of 65, the risk of having a fall increases but many are avoidable. The new tool, Steady on your Feet, is aimed at those who haven’t previously had a fall but would like to understand what they can do to prevent this happening.

Steady on Your Feet is easy to use, asking a short series of questions to help understand any individual risks you might have and providing an action plan to keep you active and independent while increasing your confidence and reducing the risk of falling. You can fill it in yourself, or ask a family member or friend if you need extra help.

Suggested steps to prevent a fall might include arranging an eye or hearing test, increasing your activity levels and eating a balanced diet, or even looking after your feet and making sure you wear supportive footwear with non-slip soles.


Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

Witcham

10

October 2023

Countdown......Have you done the village survey 

Please complete and submit by Monday 16 October...

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WitchamSurvey/


https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WitchamYouthSurvey/



Parish Council Meeting Agenda 11 October 2023

Witcham

06

October 2023

WITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Members are summoned to attend a Meeting of the

Parish Council to be held on Wednesday 11 October 2023

at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, Witcham,

for the purpose of transacting the following business:

A G E N D A

23/142

To receive and accept any apologies for absence

23/143

To receive declarations of interest from Councillors in respect of any items on this agenda in accordance with the Code of Conduct

i) Pecuniary interests

ii) Personal interests

iii) Prejudicial interests (and to inform the Chairman if they wish to speak on the matter during public participation).

23/144

Dispensations:

To note new Dispensations granted: Nil

23/145

To receive and note the October monthly reports from County and District Councillors

23/146

Public Participation

To allow up to 15 minutes for any members of the public, and Councillors declaring the existence and nature of a prejudicial interest, to address the meeting in relation to the business to be transacted at this meeting.

At the close of this item, members of the public will no longer be permitted to address the Council unless invited to do so by the Chairman. (3 minutes each to combined maximum of 15 minutes total for this agenda item (Standing Orders 3f) and 3g))

Chairman to close meeting to public

23/147

To approve and sign the minutes of the 27 September 2023 and confirm agenda

23/148

Matters arising from previous minutes (for information only)

23/149

Finance and General Administration

a) To approve donation to Royal British Legion for wreath for Remembrance Sunday

b) To approve receipts and payments for October 2023 (to follow)

c) To receive and approve quarterly reconciliations and budget to 30 September 2023 (to follow)

d) To review savings accounts (to follow)

23/150

Co-Option of Councillor

a) To receive and discuss applications for Parish Councillor vacancy (to follow)

b) To consider applications for filling vacancy by co-option.

23/151

Recreation Ground/Bus Shelter and Cemetery Matters

a) To receive monthly report on weekly inspections of play equipment and recreation ground (MH)

b) To receive update following meeting with ECDC Tree Officer (MH/Clerk)

c) To receive request from Ely City Cricket for use of recreation ground for 2024 season (Clerk)

d) To receive update from Play Working Party on progress with installation of phase 1 (LH/KM/MH), including

i) Release dates of funds to be discussed and approved

ii) Timing and arrangements for opening of phase 1 of the project

iii) Signage - content and size etc

iv) Refurbishment of existing fencing, eg powder coating

v) To discuss any other arrangements for finalising project

e) To receive any update on progress of grant application for phase 2 of play project

f) Consider review of Cemetery Fees and Rules (circulated)

23/152

Planning Applications

To note the following:

23/01000/TRE 2A The Slade T1 Row of Conifers - Trim back sides to leave approximately 1m overhang with green foliage over gravel access adjacent to property and reduce height down by approximately 5 metres. T2 Goat Willow - Cut back large low right hand limb growing towards 2a by approximately 4 metres. (Tree needs to be viewed from back garden).

https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/planning/current-planning-applications

23/153

Neighbourhood Plan

a) To receive and consider any updates from Neighbourhood Plan Working Group since September meeting.

b) To receive any update from Neighbourhood Plan Working Group Lead and Consultant for consideration and discussion in respect of application for further Locality funding for next stage of Neighbourhood Plan (to follow)

23/154

Highway and Street Lighting Matters

a) To note any items reported to Highways Authority

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/roadworks-and-faults

b) To receive September speed data (MH)

c) To receive and discuss response from Mepal Parish Council regarding resident’s requests for reducing Mepal Road / Witcham Road 60MPH Speed limit (circulated)

23/155

Bury Road Management Plan for Trees and Shrubs

To receive and consider correspondence regarding Parish Council support to renew the Plan from landowner (circulated)

23/156

Consultations (circulated)

a) ECDC Licensing Committee: Amendments to current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

b) CCC Local Highways stakeholders survey – roads and streetlighting

c) ECDC Polling District Review

23/157

Correspondence (circulated)

To receive and consider the following items of information/interest and invites:

CAPALC training, Councillor, inspections, planning, CIL etc

NHS Priors Field Surgery Sutton update – contract extended to March 2025

Greater Cambridge Partnership – Making Connections – Congestion Charge

ECDC Rough Sleeper estimate 23/24 November 2023

NALC Bulletins, Newsletters and Events

ECDC press releases

CAPALC Bulletin

TTRO 23-1298 Long Causeway, Coveney

23/158

Date of next meeting: 8 November 2023

Note any items for next agenda

To Review Actions

SJBell

S J Bell

CLERK/RFO

4 October 2023

Applications for Dispensations must be submitted to the Clerk on the application form at least 4 days prior to the meeting.

NOTES:

Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting and there is provision for public participation. Details may be obtained from the Clerk or Chairman prior to commencement of the meeting.

If the Council wishes to exclude the public and press from the meeting a resolution in the following terms will be passed:

“It is hereby resolved in accordance with section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, that as publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the ( special ) ( confidential ) nature of the business about to be transacted at Agenda Item ( No ) namely ( state subject listed ) it is advisable in the public interest that the public and press be temporarily excluded from this meeting and they are herewith instructed to withdraw. ( Mr/Mrs/Cllr ………….. ) to be invited to remain.” (as applicable)

Code of Conduct para 12(2) ‘If a Councillor with a prejudicial interest wishes to speak on an agenda item then that interest and intention must be stated immediately after the first item of the Agenda. The public will be allowed a maximum of six speakers who may provide information for up to three minutes only and each person may only speak once. The Chairman will look to secure a balance of public speakers. The public participation is not to be a part of the debate but merely fact giving and answering questions in the same manner as the councillor with the prejudicial interest” .

From Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

Witcham

02

October 2023

Hurry -- to complete on line

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WitchamSurvey/


https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WitchamYouthSurvey/

Must be completed and submitted by 16 October please



Priors Field Surgery Sutton update

Witcham

02

October 2023

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System

Next steps for future of Priors Field Surgery, Sutton

www.cpics.org.uk/sutton

Newsletter

Witcham

20

September 2023

Latest newsletter 

Play Project, Neighbourhood Plan, Councillor Vacancy, Headstones and more

Works on Recreation Ground - Play

Witcham

20

September 2023

Works expected to commence 25 September.  Recreation Ground/Village Green facilities closed to public until work completed

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Witcham

18

September 2023

No requests for info - deadlines extended

Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

Witcham

08

September 2023

Update on recent meetings

The Survey is nearly ready,  everyone encouraged to complete it when it arrives after holidays in September.  See attached

Cemetery Headstone Tests

Witcham

15

June 2023

NOTICE

AN INSPECTION OF HEADSTONES/KERBING ETC WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT WITCHAM CEMETERY DURING JULY

ANY ITEMS FAILING THE ‘SECURE’ TEST WILL BE LAID DOWN AND THE COUNCIL WILL ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE FAMILY IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS WITH THEIR REGISTERED NAMM STONEMASON TO MAKE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS URGENTLY

ANY QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT

THE PARISH CLERK

clerk@witchamparishcouncil.gov.uk

Tel 01353 778147

or speak to your local parish councillor who will pass your concerns/enquiry on to the Council

Witcham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

Witcham

15

June 2023

Witcham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

Next meeting: Tuesday 27 June 2023 at 7.45pm in Witcham Village Hall

Update on survey and feedback on consultation session held Saturday 10 June 2023 at Witcham Village Hall

Notes of latest meeting posted on noticeboard at bus shelter

Contact members for further details or drop in on the 27th.

BEST KEPT GARDEN COMPETITION

Witcham

09

June 2023

Judging is about to start!

Contact Julie Bibby 01353 777267 for details and to register your interest in entering

New Classes, - see News tab for full details

BEST KEPT GARDEN COMPETITION

Witcham

09

June 2023

Judging is about to start!

Contact Julie Bibby 01353 777267 for details and to register your interest in entering

New Classes, - see News tab for full details

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Witcham

25

May 2023

Parish Councillor Vacancy to be filled by Co-option - July 2023


Neighbourhood Plan UPDATE

Witcham

25

May 2023

The 2011 Localism Act introduced Neighbourhood Planning; an important and powerful tool giving communities statutory powers to shape how their communities develop and grow. Your chance to have a say over where new homes, businesses, facilities are built and what new buildings should look like. Maybe you want to protect and enhance specific areas of the village?

Read more........ see below

Annual Parish Meeting

Witcham

21

April 2023

REMINDER - Annual Meeting of the Parish at the Village Hall, Witcham at 7.30pm All welcome

Copy of Annual Report from your County and District Councillors www.tinyurl.com/lornasreports

Agenda and Minutes - select from Parish Council tab above

2023 Annual Report and Accounts - will be delivered to each household soon.  Advance copy on this website under Parish Council tab - choose Reports and Audits


2023 Best Kept Garden Competition

Witcham

19

April 2023

BEST KEPT GARDEN

COMPETITION

Judging planned for Mid-June 2023

Best Flowers, Best Vegetables

New Classes - Best Childrens, Best Organic and Best Small

To enter the competition this year, please contact Julie Bibby 01353 777267

(answerphone – please leave your name, address and/or telephone number)

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2023 Parish Council Elections

Witcham

05

April 2023

Update 2023 Parish Council Elections

Statement as to Persons Nominated

Declaration of Result of Poll Uncontested

2023 Elections

Ely area

05

April 2023

https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/elections-voting/elections-may-2023

For latest information on 2023 District and Parish Council Elections




PECT Energy Advice

Cambridgeshire

04

April 2023

PECT Energy Advice 0800 8021773

Anglian Water New Reservoir Consultation Results

Cambridgeshire

04

April 2023

Anglian Water/Cambridge Water Company - New Reservoir Consultation Results

Priors Field Surgery Sutton update

Witcham

03

April 2023

Interim arrangements for GP services

District and Parish Council Elections 4 May 2023

Ely area

27

March 2023

Notice of District and Parish Council Elections

Nomination Papers must be delivered to J Hill, returning Officer, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely on any day including the publication of this notice, but not later than 4pm on 4 April 2023.

Nomination Papers available from East Cambridgeshire District Council

See attached/village noticeboards at crossroads

Closure Priors Field Surgery Sutton

Witcham

02

March 2023

CLOSURE OF PRIORS FIELD GP SURGERY on 31.3.2023

www.fenlandgrouppractice.nhs.uk

An announcement has been made that the GP Partners at Priors Field Surgery, who currently hold a contract to deliver services at Priors Field Surgery, are taking retirement from the practice and have served notice to terminate their contract.

The practice will close its doors when the contract ends on 31 March 2023.

Arrangements are in hand with NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and NHS England to arrange for the patients of Priors Field Surgery to transfer to other local GP practices when the surgery closes. Ie others in the Fenland Group Practice and some for Haddenham and Ely. They are committed to ensuring all patients have access to high quality GP services and care in the future and will provide a smooth transition to patients’ new GP practice. But there are concerns for people who may have problems travelling to these new sites.

At this stage, patients do not need to take any further action. You will soon receive a letter confirming which local GP practice you have been allocated, and details about your transfer.

From now until your registration is complete you will continue to receive GP services from Priors Field Surgery in the same way as you do now.

Where a mobile phone number is held for you which allows the practice to send text messages to you, a text will be sent to confirm that your registration your new practice has been completed.

They appreciate patients may have some concerns about the closure and aim to address these through their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which can be found on the Fenland Group Practice website

Drop in sessions for Tuesday 7 March and Wednesday 8 March are planned. See surgery website for details or contact the surgery.

East Cambridgeshire District Council has said it is extremely concerned over the announced closure of the GP practice at Priors Field and is ‘urgently looking into’ the issue and District Councillor Lorna Dupre has set up a petition

2023 Elections - ID for Polling Station 4 May 2023

Ely area

02

March 2023