Flood Risk Management Strategy consultation

Cambridgeshire County Council has revised its Flood Risk Management Strategy, and public consultation has now opened at Consult Cambridgeshire.

The County Council has a legal responsibility to develop and maintain this Strategy. It is now inviting partner organisations, community groups, and the public to have their say before the consultation closes on Sunday 23 January.

The new draft Strategy provides a high-level overview of types of flood risk in Cambridgeshire. It also provides details of relevant policy, legislation, responsibilities and resources. 

The Action Plan lists priority actions for Cambridgeshire between now and 2027. The County Council will develop and assess details and options as these actions are carried out.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s flood team will be contacting community flood groups with known contact details, to make them aware of the consultation. 

Recent planning applications

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The following planning application in the Sutton division has been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

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Coveney
Land adjacent 2 Gravel End Coveney
Construction of dwelling, associated parking, and new car port for 2 Gravel End Lane.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access web page (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

Merry Christmas from the Council …

Mepal Outdoor Centre to be demolished in December

East Cambridgeshire District Council will send in the wrecking ball to Mepal Outdoor Centre in the week beginning 7 December*, members of the Council’s Finance & Assets Committee will be told this afternoon.

The much-loved outdoor centre will be demolished by the Council to make way for its unwanted and unnecessary crematorium.

*And yes, we know the week doesn’t start on a Tuesday.

Flood Action Week: be prepared

This week is Flood Action Week, and minds are turning to the flood events of last winter and the importance of avoiding a repeat.

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Local Resilience Forum has published some useful advice for residents. The Forum is chaired by the Fire Authority, and is urging residents to be prepared and know in advance what to do.

More information here https://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/news-and-incidents/news/2021/11/2021-11-19-flooding-be-prepared-and-know-what-to-do/

Access to vaccinations: community group survey

Vaccine, Vaccination, Covid-19, Syringe, Inject

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service is asking local voluntary groups what stops people getting vaccinations if they’d like them.

For some, it may be transport, child care, or not being able to book online. For others, it may be anxiety, lack of information, or physical accessibility. CCVS are particularly keen to hear from those whose voices are seldom heard. This information will be helpful in addressing health inequalities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

CCVS are asking voluntary organisations, local groups, and community representatives to complete this survey on behalf of their communities. They will then feed back to those running the vaccination programme locally.

Anyone who needs help with the survey, would prefer a telephone interview, or has questions is welcome to get in touch with CCVS.

Recent planning applications

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The following planning application in the Sutton division has been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

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Little Downham
The Briars 1A Park Lane Little Downham
Single storey side and rear extensions and garage.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access web page (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

Holiday Activity and Food in Cambridgeshire

Enriching experiences and a nutritious lunch are being made available in the Christmas holidays for the children of families receiving benefits-related free school meals.

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme offers fun with friends and free food for primary and secondary school children in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The sessions will include a healthy meal, a variety of exciting activities or sports and the opportunity to socialise with other children. Any child receiving benefits-related free school meals is eligible for the programme.

Funded by the Department for Education (DfE) for the next three years, the HAF scheme enables local authorities to coordinate free holiday childcare and enriching experiences locally. The programme will be delivered by approved providers, co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.

Each eligible child will be able to access up to 16 hours of free holiday childcare or enriching experiences through the school Christmas holiday period. Bookings have already opened and information about how to book with participating providers can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/haf and Early Years & Childcare | Peterborough Information Network

As part of the HAF programme, eligible children will be able to access:

  • Fun and enriching play opportunities or new experiences that provide children with new skills and knowledge.
  • At least one meal a day.
  • Guidance on healthy eating and getting children involved in food preparation and cooking.
  • Support for parents, carers or other family members with guidance on how to source, prepare and cook nutritious and low-cost food.
  • Information and signposting to other services and support which might be helpful.

Both councils are working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to deliver the HAF programme.

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “I am delighted that this excellent scheme is being continued in Cambridgeshire in the Christmas holidays. The HAF programme complements the work we are already doing to educate children about the benefits of physical and creative activity and nutritious eating. I would urge parents to book as early as possible since places are limited.”

Visit the government website for more information on the national programme.

Recent planning applications

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The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

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Little Downham
10 Fourth Drove Little Downham CB6 2ES
Change of use of existing workshop garage to dwelling.

21/01592/OUT
Sutton
44 The Row Sutton CB6 2PD
Outline application with all matters reserved except access, layout and scale for three dwellings.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access web page (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

County Council full council meeting

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Cllr Alison Whelan (Ely North) giving the Pension Fund Committee’s annual report to the County Council

The latest full council meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council took place this morning at the Burgess Hall in St Ives. Lots of absentee Conservative councillors, and Cllr Sebastian Kindersley in the chair replacing Cllr Derek Giles who was unwell.

There were five motions from councillors up for debate.

  1. A motion from Conservative councillor Mark Goldsack from Soham & Isleham on surface water flooding. I spent a lot of time with Cllr Goldsack in the days before the meeting to turn this motion into one which reflected current facts and could be agreed by all sides – which it was.
  2. A motion from Independent councillor Tom Sanderson from Huntingdon West on welcoming refugees from the terrible situation in Afghanistan – again passed unanimously.
  3. A motion from Labour councillor Richard Howitt from Petersfield in Cambridge on the failure of the Government to fix the crisis in social care – passed by a majority, with Conservative councillors voting against.
  4. A motion from Lib Dem councillor Lucy Nethsingha from Newnham in Cambridge proposing to work with partners to set up funding to provide reduced cost access for children from low income families to out of school activities – passed by a majority, with Conservative councillors abstaining.
  5. A motion from me supporting the development by partners including the County Council of a Land Use Framework for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – passed by a majority, with Conservative councillors voting against.

The meeting also agreed various changes to the council’s Constitution, and adopted a parental leave policy for councillors. We received the annual reports of the Pension Fund Committee and the Local Pension Board, answered a question about East West Rail, and also (in confidential session) agreed the appointment of a new Chief Executive of the County Council to replace the retiring post-holder Gillian Beasley.