Update: M11 junction 9 to 10: bridge repairs

I am writing to update you as we continue our work to replace the expansion joints, re-waterproof and resurface the M11 junction 9 overbridge. This work will ensure the bridge continues to remain in a safe and serviceable condition.

We plan to complete this work over 1 weekend from Friday 27 May, weather conditions permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, there will be a 50mph speed restriction on the junction 9 overbridge and close the M11 between junctions 9 and 10 in both directions. Traffic will be diverted as follows:

  • M11 junction 10 to 9 southbound, full closure

Friday 27 May, 9pm to Monday 30 May, 5am

Southbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 10 onto the A505 / A11. Exit the A11 using the A1307 slip road and return onto the A11 southbound to re-join the M11 at junction 9. Northbound traffic will follow the same diversion but in reverse.

How to find out more

To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our website at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/.

If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at  info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Stagecoach Service Changes

Stagecoach will be making changes to some of our Cambridgeshire and Busway timetables from Sunday 5th June 2022. A full overview of the timetable amendments can be found in the attached document. Timetables can also be viewed on our website: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/east-timetables

Service Changes June 5th 2022

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Newsletter

Issue # – Date

Mental Health week is now over and the CAPASP team though we would create a quick guide of all the information that has come out during the week for easy reference

Mental health services and support

One in four people across the country will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Mental health problems and illnesses include anxiety, depression, addiction, personality disorders and psychosis.

Experiencing a mental health problem can be upsetting and very frightening. It is important to know you are not alone and that there are a wide range of services and support available to you. These include online support and information services, helplines, talking therapies, counselling and crisis mental health support, as well as specialist mental health help.

There are a number of services that you can access or self-refer to (self-refer means you do not need to have been referred by your GP or medical professional to use the service).

Below, you will find information on local support and services. You can also find further information at www.nhs.uk/mental-health

You can also contact your GP who will be able to provide advice on how to deal with your symptoms and talk to you about available treatments and support services that are available locally.

Support available:

  • Keep Your Head keep-your-head.com website provides information on mental health and wellbeing support and local services available for young people and adults across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  • How Are You (H.A.Y.) haycambspboro.co.uk is an interactive local website that brings together information on activities and support available in your local community to help boost mental health and wellbeing.
  • Lifeline lifecraft.org.uk – Free, confidential helpline that you can call anonymously to talk to a trained volunteer. Lifeline is available daily 11am-11pm and can be reached by calling 0808 808 2121.
  • Mind – CPSLMind, cpslmind.org.uk – A mental health charity providing a range of services and support for people suffering with mental health problems and promoting positive mental health across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  • Qwell and Kooth – Free online wellbeing services offering chat-based counselling, peer support and self-help. qwell.io – for ages 18+ www.kooth.com – for ages 11-25

 Crisis support – NHS 111 Option 2 – If you feel you are in a mental health crisis, urgent support is available in our area 24/7 through 111. Simply dial 111 and select option 2. You will be put through to a trained advisor who will speak to you and discuss your current mental health needs.

 Psychological Wellbeing Service – Psychological therapy for mild to moderate depression or anxiety for anyone aged 17+. You do not need a diagnosis to access the service and can self-refer by visiting cpft.nhs.uk/psychological-wellbeing-service

Mind – (CPSLMind) is locally-run mental health charity providing a range of services and support for people suffering with mental health problems and promotes positive mental health across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  Their website is packed full of advice, information and can point you in the direction of the best help for you.

For more info:  www.cpslmind.org.uk

Did you know, here in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough there is a dedicated website packed full of help, advice and information if you or a loved one is suffering with their mental health.

It includes ways to improve your mood, tackle anxiety and will signpost you to helplines and services that can really make a difference if you are struggling.

It has specialist information for adults, young people, professionals and schools – check it out here: www.keep-your-head.com

Are you feeling distressed? – did you know Lifeline is a real person at the end of the phone? They just want to help you work through your problem and give you some options.

They care, listen and won’t judge. The helpline is available every day from 11am-11pm on 0808 808 2121.

How Are You (H.A.Y.) Cambridgeshire & Peterborough is a family of websites that bring together everything in the local community that boosts wellbeing. Support looks different for all of us and H.A.Y. includes everything from yoga to singing, sports clubs to arts groups, as well as where to find professional support services.

For more information visit: www.HAYCambsPboro.co.uk

If you or someone you care for is in a mental health crisis and registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, and not sure where to turn call NHS111 and choose option 2.
Centre33 supports young people in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough aged 13-25 with their mental and emotional well-being, offering:

  • One-to-one confidential counselling
  • Guided self-help
  • Drop-in sessions across Cambridgeshire
  • Website packed full of help, advice and signposting to services that can really make a difference.

For more advice and information or to self-refer visit: https://centre33.org.uk/

Mental health partners across the region have set up a network called NAILCAP for community organisations to meet and share information, messaging and supporting each other’s work to tackle isolation and loneliness in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

 

For more information on how your community organisation can join visit: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/adults/adults-services-strategies-and-policies/nailcap

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Welcome to May’s Newsletter
The weather is picking up, and, with Covid restrictions lifting, we are perhaps starting to look at going to concerts and festivals. There has been an increase in the number of festivals being organised with new companies starting up. This can cause issues with knowing who is a genuine ticket provider and who isn’t. See the article below for more details.

This year, Learning at Work Week 2022 is in May, and I have added some of the training courses available for you, should you wish to have a look at them.

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Cambridgeshire Police Fraud Alert- Cold Calling regarding government energy rebate

National media reports state that fraudsters are cold-calling people and posing as government representatives and then requesting bank details to receive the government’s £150 energy rebate. Currently, I am unaware of any such reports within Cambridgeshire.

The one-off rebate is available to most properties in bands A-D, around four-fifths of homes in England.

Key message:

All households with properties in the above bands which pay council tax by direct debit will receive the rebate directly into their bank account, while others will be sent a letter with details of how to claim.

Please DO NOT give out any of your bank details in response to a cold call including telephone, text, email, or Social Media platforms.

If you want genuine information and guidance on the rebate, visit the official government website www.gov.uk.

For the media article about the scam visit New scam warning as cold-callers pretend to offer £150 energy bill rebate | UK News | Sky News.

If you suspect you are a victim of a scam, contact your bank first and then report to Action Fraud.

Update for those supporting refugees from Ukraine – 14 April 2022

Dear hosts, volunteer coordinators and parish council colleagues,

If this is the first time you are receiving this weekly ‘Support for Ukraine community update’ from us as a host, please note that we send these out on a regular basis both to hosts in South Cambridgeshire, and to District Councillors, community coordinators and parish council colleagues. The idea is to share all the latest updates that we have on support for the Homes for Ukraine scheme. All information previously shared can be found on our Support for Ukraine webpages. Hosts also receive information from us directly related to DBS checks, accommodation checks, £350 (host) and £200 (guest) payments – hosts should already have received this welcome email from us.

 

For any questions not covered in this e-newsletter or on our Support for Ukraine webpages, please email duty.communities@scambs.gov.uk

Virtual get together for hosts and community coordinators

We are planning to host a webinar in the near future to enable hosts, community coordinators and council colleagues to talk about the current scheme, share learnings and best practice, and answer any queries that people still have. Before we book this in, we want to hear from you about what topics you would like to be covered. We can then ensure the right mix of colleagues from local authorities will be available to attend. Please email us to let us know what topics you would like to be discussed. Feedback by Wednesday 20 April would be much appreciated.

Safeguarding new arrivals

It is important to remember that people arriving from Ukraine may have been traumatised by the war and having to leave loved ones behind. Some may need support to process what has happened from mental health practitioners.

There will be many ways in which hosts and community groups can support new arrivals in the coming weeks and months, but one thing everyone can do immediately is to help ensure no guests are subjected to risk of trafficking, modern slavery or exploitation on their arrival in the UK.

 

In addition to looking out for new arrivals, communities could display / share some of the tools that will help people to understand what modern slavery looks like, and who to contact if they are at risk. The following were developed by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority: a workers’ checklist poster, a know the signs poster and a workers’ rights leaflet (in multiple languages).

Facebook groups

We are in the process of setting up some closed Facebook groups, specifically for guests and hosts. The idea is to provide an online community space only for guests and hosts, to bring people together using a platform that people are already familiar with. We will provide you with further details and links when these groups are established, so hosts and guests can join if desired.

Updates on support for guests

All previous information shared is available on our ‘I am a guest from Ukraine’ webpage.

Emotional support

The British Red Cross can support arrivals from Ukraine with help in more than 200 languages. It helps people who are lonely, worried and finding it hard to get the help they need in the UK. Guests can call them on 0808 196 3651 (open daily 10am – 6pm) and ask for an interpreter if they need one. If guests are feeling very distressed, they can call The Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

More information from the British Red Cross can be accessed, in Ukrainian, using the following links: on coping with trauma (adults) and coping with personal crisis. A PDF is attached with information, in Ukrainian, on coping with trauma (children).

Education

As you will be aware, Cambridgeshire County Council is responsible for education in Cambridgeshire. The County Council has now published information about how arrivals should apply for school places. Please visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website for information on how families arriving from Ukraine, with school age children, can apply for a school place.

Benefits

The Government has updated guidance on access to Child Benefit – guests are eligible immediately (rather than having to wait for the usual three-month qualifying period). People who wish to claim should complete a CH2 Child Benefit claim form and submit this by post to the Child Benefit office. The address is included on the form. You will need to provide an original birth certificate and the passport or travel document used to enter the UK. Where this documentation is not immediately available, people are advised to include a note in their claim and someone from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will be in touch to discuss further. Anyone wanting more information on Child Benefit can visit GOV.UK or call 0300 200 3100 (from inside the UK).

Updates for hosts

All previous information shared is available on our ‘Information for Homes for Ukraine hosts’ webpage.

Key processes – when we will contact you

We are contacting hosts directly within a couple of days of being given your contact information by the Home Office. We are only provided with host contact information once hosts have been successfully ‘matched’ with guests. We are receiving updated information regularly from the Home Office, sometimes daily, and we will email each new cohort of matched hosts with information about next steps.

 

When you receive this information from us, please do not share it with anyone else. We need hosts to provide us with information at the right time to make our process as efficient as possible.

 

This initial welcome email to you will provide you with information to start the process of getting a Disclosure and Barring Service check for every eligible member of your household. We will also be able to start organising your accommodation check. These can both happen before your guests arrive (although in some instance guests may arrive before they are complete – this is OK).

 

We will then need you to notify us once your guests have arrived. This is because we cannot make host payments (£350 per household per month in arrears) or guest payments (£200 per guest ASAP after arrival) until guests have arrived at your address.

 

Information about how to notify us about all of the above will be sent to hosts direct by email.

Intercultural awareness

It is worth remembering that people have different cultural norms, and sharing your home with people who may not have the same cultural norms will not only provide lovely opportunities to learn about another culture, but also some possible challenges.

 

Some things you may want to bear in mind are that people may have different diets (some preferred items may be found in Polish shops locally), may be used to drinking bottled water, may not be comfortable with ‘small talk’ such as about the weather, may not be used to saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as much as some in the UK will, will not know about local recycling conventions and so on.

 

We suggest asking your guests (while being mindful that people may have recently experienced significant trauma and, even if not, may not be comfortable being too open with a stranger) whether there is anything they need, and regularly checking back in with them about their comfort and needs. There is further information in a document provided by ‘Health Prom’ attached.

Will my Council Tax be affected?

The Government has announced that a Ukrainian joining a sponsor’s home under the Homes for Ukraine scheme will be ‘disregarded’ when Council Tax discounts are calculated to ensure sponsors are not financially worse off as a result of taking part in the scheme. As well as there being no impact on a sponsor’s discount for their main home, there will be a 50% discount for empty or second homes that are used to house Ukrainians on the scheme. Council tax discounts will not be affected if you sponsor and host a Ukrainian household in your home.

If I receive care and sponsor a refugee through the Homes for Ukraine, will I be affected?

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance for councils on charges relating to care recipients who sponsor refugees under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. It outlines that sponsors should be considered to be volunteers engaged in a voluntary activity as a host, when carrying out financial assessments in relation to adult social care.

 

Gareth

Gareth Bell | Communications and Communities Service Manager

South Cambridgeshire District Council

East West Rail Central Section (EWR CS) – Bedford to Cambridge Business Case

To: The Rt. Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
by email
15/3/2022

Dear Secretary of State,

We write as a group of parish councils, councillors, environmental groups and residents of South
Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Central Bedfordshire.
We are alarmed that, despite the design for this section having been worked on for several years
and construction costings having been produced, at no time has EWR Co. made their business case
public.
In a letter dated 2nd February 2022 the East West Rail Team confirmed that “EWR is a key project
for supporting the delivery of the Government’s objectives for the Oxford Cambridge Arc.” However,
the flagship Levelling Up White Paper published on the same day makes no mention of the Oxford
Cambridge Arc; and indeed, specifically excludes the Oxford/Cambridge/London Golden Triangle as a
search area for further investment.
In January 2020 the EWR CS benefit to cost ratio was stated at an extremely low value of 0.64. Since
then, a number of factors would lead us to think that the BCR can have only worsened. There is no
housing planned around EWR stations in the update to the Greater Cambridge proposed Local Plan
2021; there is no published incremental business case for freight; there is no evidence that postpandemic
inter-city passenger numbers will be anything like as before and local commuter traffic
numbers and patterns are unknown; the EWR CS was not mentioned in SR21. Lastly, the
electrification or “hydrogenation” of the line will add significantly to the cost.
If this project is to continue then a positive business case needs to be published. If this project is not
to continue then it needs to be stopped now, lifting a planning blight that impacts many
communities, thousands of people and to prevent wasting millions of pounds on current project
costs.
We believe that the time has come for EWR Co. to publish a business case; and the purpose of this
letter is to ask you, as Minister responsible, to direct EWR Co. to do so.
List of Supporting Organisations
Arrington Parish Council
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trusts
Bedford For A Re-consultation (BFARe)
Barrington Parish Council
Barton Parish Council
Bourn Parish Council
Boxworth Parish Council
Cam Bed Rail Road Action Group
2 of 3
Cam Valley Forum
Cambridge Approaches Action Group
Comberton Parish Council
Countryside Restoration Trust
CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
CPRE Bedfordshire
Caldecote Parish Council
Clapham Parish Council, Bedfordshire
Croxton Park
Croxton Parish Council
Croydon Parish Council
Dry Drayton Parish Council
Elsworth Parish Council
Fowlmere Parish Council
Gamlingay Parish Council
Great Shelford Parish Council
Guilden Morden Parish Council
Harlton Parish Council
Harston Parish Council
Harston Residents Association
Haslingfield Village Society
Haslingfield Parish Council
Hatley Estates
Hauxton Parish Council
Litlington Parish Council
Little Shelford Parish Council
Kingston Parish Council
Knapwell Parish Council
Madingley Parish Council
Melbourn Parish Council
Meldreth Parish Council
Newton Parish Council
Oakington Transport Action Group
Orwell Parish Council
St. Neots Town Council
Stapleford Parish Council
Steeple Morden Parish Council
Stop The OxCam Arc Group
The Eversdens Parish Council
Toft Parish Council
Trumpington Residents’ Association
Wimpole Parish Council
Yelling Parish Council
List of Supporting Individuals
Cllr Michael Atkins, Cambridgeshire County Council (Lib Dem)
Cllr Sam Davies, City Councillor, Queen Edith’s Ward (part of the South Cambs. constituency)
(Independent)
Cllr Peter Fane, South Cambridgeshire District Council (Lib Dem)
Cllr Stephen Ferguson, Chairman Cambridgeshire County Council and Mayor of St. Neots
(Independent)

The Library Presents

The Library Presents is delighted to announce the launch of our Spring Season of exciting arts events which will run from April to July 2022. The season will see workshops and performances taking place across Cambridgeshire’s Libraries and community locations.

Please find attached a digital copy of our season brochure.

Full details of the programme, along with booking information can also be found at www.library.live/the-library-presents

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the brochure please email thelibrarypresents@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Please share this email with your colleagues and with any contacts who may be interested in the programme.

Best regards,

The Library Presents Team

 

Email:              TheLibraryPresents@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Web Links:      https://www.library.live/the-library-presents

www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts

Homes for Ukraine

How this works

This bespoke scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but we have a minimum expectation of 6 months.Someone is eligible for the scheme if they are a Ukrainian national or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and were resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022.We will welcome as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors.

People arriving under this scheme will be able to:

  • Live and work in the UK for up to three years
  • Access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition

I’m interested how do I register?

If you have a named person who you wish to sponsor you should get in contact with them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application with all their details and yours. The visa application will go live on Friday 18 March.If you don’t know anyone who you wish to sponsor you may wish to get in touch with charities, faith groups or local community organisations who are starting to make connections between individuals.You can also record your interest as an individual or as an organisation (for example charity, business, community group). Please read the rest of this form and the FAQs first before recording your offer of support, and we will keep in touch with you with updates as the scheme opens and develops.

https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

What sort of accommodation am I expected to provide?

If you have a residential spare room or separate self-contained accommodation that is unoccupied then please come forward.  The accommodation must be available for at least 6 months, fit for people to live in, and suitable for the number of people to be accommodated.Further details on types of accommodation suitable can be found in our FAQs.

Do I need to provide meals or just accommodation?

Just accommodation. There is nothing stopping sponsors offering meals should they wish to.You will not be expected to cover the costs of food and living expenses (although you may wish to offer this yourself).

I’ve recorded my interest, what happens now?

You will be kept updated. In the first phase of the scheme, sponsors will be able to bring named Ukrainians and their immediate family members to the UK. This will launch later this week, and if you have a named family or individual you wish to support you will be able to fill in a form requesting to sponsor them.Please see further FAQs for those interested in becoming a sponsor.

Neighbourhood Plan

Why not take the opportunity to have your say on the future of Harston.

Further to the recent Exhibition held in the village hall to promote the idea of compiling a Neighbourhood Plan for Harston, the display boards will be available to view in Harston Parish Church from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, until Tuesday 22nd March.