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Welcome to the Sutton Parish Council website!

Your online resource for the village of Sutton

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Introduction

The parish of Sutton is situated 6 miles west of the Cathedral City of Ely, in the Cambridgeshire fens. The Parish Council has been in existence since 1895 and has 15 members serving the parish.

LATEST UPDATES!

Easter Refuse Collection Changes

Proposed closure - Mepal Road, Between Mepal & Witcham 09/06 - 11/06/2020

Application for Road closure with diversions, please see application here and the map of diversion route here.

An update from Cambridgeshire County Council Co-ordination Hub - 28.3.20

"I'd like to express my sincere thanks to the officers who have worked so hard to create this network in a matter of days. Already, there are over 1,000 volunteers signed up, and more than 350 staff members available for redeployment. The Hub has brought together staff from across the organisation to set up and run its operations, which will spread across seven days and last for as long as necessary. Both Irene and I are provided with a daily update from the director leading this work, which has enabled me to ensure that all issues are carefully considered, and again this will continue for the duration of the Hub being live. I know many of you are helping in your own communities, so please be careful and stay safe.  Best wishes,  Steve"

Steve Criswell, Chair, Communities & Partnerships Committee, Cambridgeshire County Council

Update on the COVID-19 co-ordination hub.

As you may know, a Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Covid-19 Coordination Hub has been created, supported by District/City level Hubs, as part of our efforts to tackle the current crisis.

This briefing note provides further information, including how to access the Hub for help and to offer support.

Offers of help from volunteers

The Countywide Hub is focused on ensuring critical public services, and the most vulnerable residents, receive the support they need.

For people or groups who want to offer their support in this way, they should complete the online form at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coordinationhub

Work is continuing to ensure information on the web sites, including how to ask for help, is made as clear as possible.

Details of people wanting to volunteer will be reviewed, and volunteers will be matched to specific activities. Details of volunteers will be shared across the Hubs network, to ensure that all needs are met.

The network of District/City Hubs will focus on supporting community-based activity and individuals who contact us or who we identify because they need some assistance. The diagram at the end of this briefing note sets out the relationship, and includes the main themes of work for the Countywide Hub.

At time of writing, we have had confirmation from more than 1,000 local people that they wish to help us. We’ve also had lots of information from community and mutual aid groups that have set up at speed to support the effort. We’re keen to capture these details in an easy format and have created a separate link to the Cambridgeshire Directory, and will be replicating this for the Peterborough version – content will be added at pace in the coming days and weeks. We will also be launching an app to allow anybody that needs help to identify and reach out to local offers of support direct. District Councils too are collating data about local provision to make sure that wherever someone asks for help or support, they can easily find it.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cambridgeshire-online-directory

Redeployment of staff

In both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, details of staff available for redeployment have been captured. Redeployment may be necessary into critical front-line services, or to support community action or individuals at the highest risk. These staff members are ready to be redeployed now. We have already been able to provide additional capacity via this route to the County Council contact centre, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust

Requests for help

The Hub network is working hard to identify those people we think might be in need of help and support – for example, those who need to self-isolate, those who are vulnerable or excluded, and those who are worried about their wellbeing. The Hubs will also receive data direct from NHS England about the people who need to be ‘shielded’ from the virus for 12 weeks because of their significant health issues.

Our Hubs network will be proactively reaching out to these groups, to make sure they know how to get the help and support they may need. However, we are also keen to receive direct contact from anybody across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who needs help and support, or referrals from Councillors and others where you know of residents in this situation.

Whether making direct contact or making a referral, people should use the contact details at the end of this briefing note

NHS Volunteers

You will be aware that the Government has now launched NHS Volunteers, to specifically recruit people who can support the NHS at this critical time. It is very likely that many of the 1,000+ volunteers registered with the Countywide Hub are also offering to volunteer with the NHS. This is of course absolutely fine – there is so much work to be done at all levels and across all disciplines. For-simplicity however, we are suggesting that volunteers with a clinical-type background register with NHS Volunteers, whereas others who want to volunteer their time in community-based activity, OR in non-NHS related public services, register with us.

We will receive more details in the coming days about how the national scheme will operate, including how it will link into local areas

Shielded Group

There are around 1.5million people nationally who need to be shielded from the virus for at least 12 weeks because of serious health and medical conditions. Every one of those people is being contacted by the NHS to advise them of this, and to ask whether or not they have a reliable support network in place to make sure they receive food and medicines, and other supplies, to prevent them from having to leave their homes.

Those who don’t have such a network will be provided with food and medicines via a national scheme which is being developed with food wholesalers, supermarkets and community pharmacies. However, people in this situation may also need additional support – for example, befriending, delivery of magazines and books, and other social-type support, and this is a role that our Hubs network will fulfil. This social-type support will also be extended to anybody in the shielded group if required. We have now received the first set of details of people in the shielded group category, and are in the process of contacting all of them to make sure they have what they need for the next 72 hours.

Additionally, it will probably be 3-4 weeks before the full national food distribution scheme is up and running, and so we are receiving supplies of basic foods for use in emergency situations, primarily targeted towards the shielded group. We have secured a warehouse facility in the centre of the county, from which distribution will happen via our local Hubs network. Our first delivery is expected within the next 48 hours.

Contacting the Countywide Hub.

The contact details for the Countywide Hub are as follows:

www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coordinationhub

 or by email communitycv@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Over this weekend, we need to allow our call handler volunteers to use the telephone lines to contact those most at risk and who are shielding, potentially without access to food and urgent supplies. Therefore, we will not be making the telephone line into the Hub active until after the weekend, but we will advise you of this number as quickly as possible.

We’ll also provide details of how to contact the Local Hubs within the next few days.

Licensing: East Cambs DC - Coronavirus update

Please find an announcement from ECDC Licensing Department

"Whilst we fully appreciate the financial impact that these measures are having and appreciate that the vast majority of our licence holders are supportive of the measures and will comply with them, in order to ensure that they are consistently observed, we must point out that any business found to be breaking these new rules will be served a prohibition notice, and continued infringements will be dealt with under the new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020, which includes the provision of an unlimited fine. Such is the gravity of the situation, we may also consider reviewing the premises licence of any premises that chooses to ignore the new requirements.

If we can be of any assistance during this difficult time, please feel free to email us, and we will respond as soon as possible."

Here is the document - Further business and premises to close - Guidance

25.03.2020

COVID-19 Coordination Hub - Cambridgeshire County Council Update 24.03.2020

Household Waste Recyling Centres

IIn light of the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, all recycling centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be closed from Tuesday 24th March until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus. 

If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened.

During this time, they ask residents to act responsibly and not place items such as DIY waste, garden waste, or recycling into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish. Try to limit your food waste by home composting and using your freezer. If you have food waste it can be disposed of in your general waste bin.

For more information please visit our websites: Cambridgeshire

Support for schools

Despite the difficult circumstances, schools and early years settings across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have already begun adapting to new ways of working, often with the support of parents and members of the local communities. It may not quite be business as usual, but the show definitely goes on.

They are also supporting home to school transport providers to make sure they are not disadvantaged and during this challenging time are paid for any service disruption. Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, both councils have committed to continue funding transport operators up to Easter and post Easter we are going to fund 85% of the contract value as providers will not be incurring fuel costs on the routes. This will be until the end of June at which point the position will be reviewed further.

Cambridgeshire County Council buildings

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, they have taken the decision to close all CCC buildings to the public from Tuesday 24th March. People can still get in touch with them, please visit their website for more details – Cambridgeshire

In an emergency people can call Cambridgeshire on 0345 045 5200

Archives - Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives search rooms will be closed to the public until further notice. They regret that they will be unable to offer their usual enquiry services during this period but they will continue to monitor and respond to emails as far as the available staffing allows.

Health and Personal Care volunteers

A campaign encouraging people with experience of adult health and personal care to volunteer to provide additional support has been launched across social media. This is to support out domiciliary care service, which assists older and vulnerable people who still live in their own homes, but require additional support with household tasks and personal care. More than 30,000 people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been reached so far since the campaign launched, and more than 310 have filled in a survey capturing their skills so far. This is part of COVID-19 Coordination Hub Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils launched last week to help those most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Registration services

Following the update from the Prime Minister on Monday 23rd March, as of today all ceremonies are cancelled until at least the end of April. A number of other changes have also been made to the registration services being offered by the council to ensure the government advice around social distancing is being followed. Measures have been put in place for birth and death registrations. More information can be found here on their website:

Cambridgeshire County Council  https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/births-deaths-and-marriages         

Update 24th March 2020        

East Cambs District Council Notice

 

COVID-19 Coordination Hub - Cambridgeshire County Council Information

Following yesterday’s press conference by the Prime Minister, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, in response to the MHCLG direction, have already launched a COVID-19 coordination hub to provide targeted support for those most at risk during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The hub will have a specific focus on providing access to food, medicines and other supplies in the first instance. As well as co-ordinate the need to make sure there is adequate staff and resource capacity to serve a significant increased level of demand in critical service areas, such as the NHS and social care.

They are waiting for guidance and instruction from Government in relation to the coordination of food, medicines and other support to the highly vulnerable list, the details of which will be shared with them this week and will draw in all necessary support from our partners, including the military, to support this vital work.

Changes to bus services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Stagecoach

Changes will be made to the following services provided by Stagecoach. For full service changes visit the Stagecoach website:

Guided Busway - postponing launch of busway service until further notice and service changes
Cambridge Park & Ride
Cambridge Service

Cambridgeshire libraries to close

Following the Prime Minister’s words on Friday (20 March), increasing social distancing by closing many social venues, CCC are striving to maintain key functions of the library service across Cambridgeshire.

CCC must do this in a way which minimises the risk of infection to their customers and staff as we face the COVID- 19 pandemic, so from next week they plan to focus on increased digital and online offer, and an appointments based system for all Cambridgeshire County Council libraries.

This means that from Monday 23rd March, their Library buildings will close but the service is working to create an alternative service offer including:

Appointments to use IT for those who most need it
A drop off / collection service for item reservations on an appointment basis – with items quarantined for 72 hours between loans

During the closure period, there will be no fines for overdue materials. Loans will also be extended until isolation advice is lifted for everyone.

Schools and Key workers

Following updated advice from central government, CCC have contacted schools and early years settings across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to clarify the national position on school closures and key workers.

The message from Government is clear - if it is possible for children to be at home safely, then they should be. Parents should not rely on, or ask for, childcare to be provided by anyone who should be stringently social distancing, such as grandparents or those with underlying health conditions. Schools will be asked to provide optional care for those children who are deemed to be vulnerable. Read more here

Children whose parents are ‘Key Workers’ – those whom the government deem critical to the COVID-19 response - will also be considered if they cannot be cared for at home. This will be the case if one or both parents are classed as key workers, and there is no means by which to keep the child at home, or in single parent families where the parent’s occupation falls within the list.

CCC update 24th March 2019

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

This evening the Government has given an instruction for people to 'stay at home' and only to go out under limited circumstances.  Full details can be found at .Gov.uk. 

From tomorrow morning the play park at Stiring Way will be closed for use.  Parish Council staff will close and lock the gated area, and secure the equipment outside the gated area the best we can.  It is important that you respect this directive.  The Commuity Room, Pavilion and Glebe will remain closed until further notice.  Parish Council staff will not be working out in the community, but the office team and myself will be working from home to support the village the best we can, given the circumstances and restrictions.

If you wish to contact me please email - rosie.hughes@suttonpc.org.uk.  Or speak to a parish councillor, contact details can be found on this website.

It is more important now to keep to the rules, and that way we can have a safe passage through this crisis.

Rosie Hughes - Clerk to Sutton parish council. (23rd March 2020).

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At the Extra-Ordinary meeting of Full Council last evening, it was agreed that Sutton Community Room, The Pavilion and The Glebe will be closed for hire from 5pm on Friday 20th March 2020. All hirers for the next few weeks have been informed.  At present we are not sure when they will be available, however updates will be posted on this website.

The Parish Council is pleased to be able to support both Sutton Helping Hands and Sutton Timebank, who are now working together to support residents.  Lucy - the Timebank Co-ordinator can be contacted on suttontimebank@suttonpc.org.uk

The Parish Council office will close at 12 noon on Thursday 19th March 2020.  The Parish Clerk will be working from home, and is contactable by email at:

rosie.hughes@suttonpc.org.uk. 

For now all Parish Council meetings and events have been postponed, this includes the Annual meeting of the electorate, and the Sutton Litter Pick.

I wish to take this opportunity to wish all residents and their families a safe passage through this difficult time.

Rosie Hughes - Parish Clerk (18th March 2020)

 

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The Parish Council emergency plan working party have met, and an extra-ordinary meeting of Full Council has been called for Tuesday 24th March at 8pm to discuss it's services to the community, during this crisis.

The Council is following Government Guidance, and has also received advice from the National Association of Local Councils and the Local Government Association. - Things are changing rapidly.

At the moment Council facilities are open for hire, as is the parish council office. - This may change going forward.  All hirers of our facilities will be notified if things change.  We ask that if you are visiting our facilities please do not enter if you have any flu or cold like symptoms.  When you enter the buildings please go directly to the cloak rooms to wash your hands before proceeding to the room or parish council office.

The Council is aware of a self-help facebook group to assist with helping vulnerable people, it is excellent news to hear that the community is coming together to help during this crisis.  As you will be aware the Sutton Timebank (which may have a delay with the launch due to the virus), would be pleased to know if the current volunteers would like to sign up going forward.

We hope that you all stay as safe as you can, and please contact the parish council office if you have any concerns, we can help to signpost you for assistance.

Rosie Hughes - Parish Clerk.  14th March 2020.

 

 

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ELECTORATE 2020 

All residents are invited to attend the Annual meeting of the electorate - 26th March 2020.

ECDC Bus Services and Cycling and Walking Routes Consultation starts Monday 9th March 2020

East Cambridgeshire District Council are consulting with local residents, businesses and stakeholders to identify key bus, cycling and walking routes that will allow local people to get to work, college, doctors, shops, public services or visit family and friends.

The aim of the consultation is:

To identify key bus routes and to seek funding for a trial period to allow routes to become established and self-financing.
To identify key cycling and walking routes and seek funding to deliver these.

A questionnaire will be delivered to every home in the district via Royal Mail week commencing 9th March 2020. The questionnaire can also be completed online at www.eastcambs.gov.uk/buscyclewalk

The feedback they receive is important as it will provide the evidence they need to secure funding for future delivery of bus services, cycleways and footpaths. The information they gather about bus services will be presented to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to inform their bus services reform work.

The focus of this work is to identify routes, the type of cycleway or footpath that will be provided will be determined at the delivery stage, but they will ensure that these are accessible to all users.

More information about the consultation and how to respond can be found at www.eastcambs.gov.uk/buscyclewalk

Local District Councillor’s will be holding resident’s meetings during the consultation period. These are an opportunity for local people to discuss and propose new bus, cycling and walking routes. The meeting dates are listed on the website

Great British Spring Clean - Saturday 4th April

 

Roadworks in the Village

If you ever would like to know about any roadworks in the village, please take a look at the link below. There is an interactive map that you can zoom in on and then click for more informtion.

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

Environment Agency - Ouse Washes Section 10 works update

Please click here to see the update

Public Spaces Protection Order for dog fouling in East Cambridgeshire

Further to the recent consultation, East Cambs District council are pleased to inform the Parish that the Public Spaces Protection Order for dog fouling is now in place, making it an offence to allow dogs to foul in the whole of the district of East Cambridgeshire.

Please click here for a copy of the order.

Sutton Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Website

Click here for Sutton Neighbourhood Plan Website