An Alternative View of a Persistent Problem

CONTRIBUTION FROM A CONCERNED RESIDENT

 LET’S CLEAN UP OUR ACT

The purpose of this ditty

 Is to say – it’s such a pity

 We let litter and poo bags despoil our ground.

 It takes but a moment

 To care for our environment

 And transfer both safely to containers that abound.

  We live in a lovely village

 And each thoughtless spillage

 Can easily be remedied one step at a time.

 The birds will salute you

 The creatures say thank you

 And all can walk safely … without stepping in poo.

 

 

 

GRAFHAM WATER: UPDATED MESSAGE FROM ANGLIAN WATER

Message from the Regional Engagement Manager Anglian Water on GRAFHAM WATER

As you know we’ve been making plans to reopen safely and we know that many have been looking forward to getting back on the local trails. As we are now confident our reopening preparations are all in place, we’re very happy to let you know we will be reopening Grafham Water and our other water parks from Tuesday 2nd June.

However, there will be some changes across the park to make sure social distancing can be maintained, to protect visitors and our colleagues. Children’s playgrounds and sandpits will be closed. Cafes will be offering takeaway food and drink and toilets will be open. The cycle outlet is click and collect only to start with, but we’re asking people to check the Rutland Cycling website for more cycling information and to look at the park website as well:  https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/grafham-water

It is clear that there is still a long road ahead in respect of living with Covid-19 and it’ll come as no surprise that, as with all walks of our current lives, things will look a little different for some time to come. We will be monitoring the Government’s advice and the situation at our parks as the summer progresses, and will keep you updated on any changes we need to make.

Once again, thank you for your help and support.

Regional Engagement Manager

 Anglian Water Services Limited

Lancaster House, Lancaster Way, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6XU

 

DOG BINS & DOG NUISANCE

Firstly, the Parish Council offers its sincere apologies to all residents for the current problems with regard to emptying of the Dog Bins around the village.   The Parish Council is working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the Parish Council regret having to raise this issue again – BUT dog nuisance is becoming a problem again in various locations in the village. Please remove your dog faeces (poo) and carry a suitable bag for picking up and disposing of it. Remember, offenders may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

 

Corona virus Updates

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

HDC Services

          COVID-19 dedicated advice:

 

  • Business Advice: There is a dedicated webpage for local businesses to access information about business rate relief, access to support and other measures that have been introduced by the government. It can all be found in one place here: https://huntingdonshire.gov.uk/investhuntssupport  The Council are also issuing letters imminently to every business ratepayer in the district which will contain information on how to access new guidance and support that the government has announced.

        Impact on waste services:Due to the coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness levels,               some recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in general rubbish being prioritised, other           services being suspended at short notice, such as organic waste, recycling or bulky waste collections.

  • Services offered and operating hours may also change at Recycling Centres. We are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciate your understanding if services do change. We are monitoring the situation closely but should the situation change we will be altering the service accordingly. Currently, all collection crews are deployed so services are running as normal.
  • Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste. Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner. This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied. These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection. After 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable and the double-bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only heavily contaminated waste, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal. Please note, individuals who are self-isolating should not visit any recycling centre.
  • Key worker definition: Following the Government’s announcement that schools are to close from Monday until further notice, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, please see a link for the government guidance on who qualifies as a ‘key worker’: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
  • Guidance for charitable organisations: Please cascade this link to any contacts you know who have links into the third sector: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector

 

  • Other useful links

NEW: Mobile Post Office Service to start in January

The Parish Council is very pleased to announce that from 14th January 2020, a new Mobile Post Office will be making weekly visits to Great Paxton. It will be parked in The Bell Car Park, 50 High Street, Great Paxton, close to the Community Shop.
This is a travelling Post Office, located within a mobile vehicle which will bring Post Office products and services to the local community. The Mobile Service is provided directly from the vehicle which is carefully designed with a fully fitted Post Office counter inside which means customers will be able to carry out a wide range of Post Office transactions. There is a step into the Mobile vehicle, but an electronic tailgate is available to facilitate easy access for wheelchair users and those with disabilities. Please can I encourage you to use this new service.

The Mobile Van will visit Great Paxton every Tuesday between 2-4pm!