Public To Have Their Say on Bus Reform In Cambridgeshire

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is to launch a public survey on bus services as part of an ongoing radical reform of its bus network. From November 4th, there will be an opportunity to participate in a survey to canvas public views on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough bus services, how they can be improved, what you think is working and what could be improved through a series of focus groups. The survey can be completed online or by phone.

Respondents will be asked to comment on current levels of satisfaction with bus services and their support for a range of suggested improvements including more frequent services, an expansion of the bus network and new routes. Other ideas for improving services include greater use of technology such as driverless shuttles and more use of alternative fuels such as electric buses.
The results of the survey with the public will be used as an evidence base for what needs to change, which will be taken forward by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Authority and developed into a plan for how to improve the bus network.

The survey is open until Sunday 15th December 2019 and can be accessed via this link – www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FutureBus/
Responses are requested from people who use the bus and those that do not. Surveys can also be completed over the phone by contacting ITP on 07377001512. (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday). A summary of the survey results will be shared on the CPCA website in early 2020. Everyone who completes the survey will have the choice to enter a prize draw to win £100 of high street shopping vouchers.
Respondents can indicate a willingness to be considered to attend a follow-up group discussion session.

Message From Your County Councillor: E-Permit Scheme For Recycling

From October 2019, you will need an e-permit to dispose of household waste at any of the nine CCC Household Recycling Centres using a commercial-type vehicle or any trailer in excess of 1.5m length (excluding the towing mechanism) or 570 litre capacity. E-permits are free of charge and will only be issued to Cambridgeshire residents on a per household basis. The e-permit allows a maximum of 12 visits to a site within a 12 month period. If you use up your allowance, you will have to wait until the 12 month period has passed to renew your e-permit.
A vehicle that requires a permit and is towing a trailer of any accepted size will count as two visits if they both contain waste.

Residents without internet access can obtain a permit by telephoning 0345 045 5207.

To apply for your free e- permit go to https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/waste-and-recycling/household-recycling-centre-e-permit-scheme/

County Councillor Mrs Julie Wisson

Change To Bus Service Operator

The Parish Council has been advised of the following change to the local bus service formerly operated by HACT with effect from 15th July 2019.

No 65 Service from St Neots – The Offords – Buckden will be operated by Dews Coaches instead of HACT. There will be no change to the timetable.

Support For Local Residents From Cambridgeshire Hearing Help

Cambridgeshire Hearing Help provides NHS hearing aid maintenance services for local residents who face barriers to accessing mainstream NHS audiology services because they are older, frail, have other disabilities and/or live in rural areas.

The charity runs 43 free community-based NHS hearing aid maintenance drop-in sessions across the county. At these sessions they will clean and re-tube your NHS hearing aids, supply you with NHS hearing aid batteries, and offer information/advice about hearing loss. All you need to do is find out what days and times your local sessions run, and drop-in. You do not need to make an appointment. For more information please visit: https://www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk/core-services/community-nhs-hearing-aid-maintenance-sessions/

They also provide free home/residential home NHS hearing aid visits for those who are housebound or in a residential homes. They will clean and re-tube your NHS hearing aids, supply you with NHS hearing aid batteries, and offer information/advice about hearing loss, in your own home. Please contact them to arrange a visit.

Other free services they provide include:
– NHS hearing aid batteries by post
– Hearing loss awareness-raising talks to community groups
– Lip-reading classes in Cambridge & signposting to other classes
– ‘Living Well with Hearing Loss’ workshops for those with a newly acquired hearing loss
– Peer support & signposting to other peer support groups
– Rewarding volunteering roles

Visit their website for more information: www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk or contact them directly Tel: 01223 416141 Text: 07852 699196 Email: enquiries@cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk Office opening hours: Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 1.30pm (closed bank holidays)

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Local Bus Services

The County Council has advised that bus services across Cambridgeshire will be discussed at their Economy and Environment Committee meeting this week (7th February). Whilst the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s bus review continues and options are worked on, both authorities consider that it is important that existing bus services are protected. So, from April, the County Council are proposing that all currently funded bus services should continue. The Combined Authority has also asked the County Council to continue providing bus service policy and delivery on its behalf for one more year while opportunities for radical reform of the network are explored.

You can read more here – www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/bus-services-set-to-continue-across-the-county

NALC Press Release

MEDIA RELEASE | PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY BACKS NALC CALL TO STRENGTHEN STANDARDS REGIME FOR 100,000 COUNCILLORS

A year-long Parliamentary inquiry into ethical standards in local government, published today (30 January), has backed calls from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) for reforms to the current regime aimed at improving behaviour in 10,000 local (parish and town) councils.

NALC has campaigned for a range of measures to be introduced to support high standards of conduct by its 100,000 local councillors, including the re-introduction of sanctions, greater emphasis on training and development, and a single code of conduct for all tiers of local government based on NALC’s own model code.

However, the national membership body – which represents the first tier of local government in England – has issued a plea to the Government to address the report’s failure to recommend and promote more councillor training and development. NALC has been pressing for greater encouragement and support for induction and regular refresher training for local councillors on standards, coupled with new investment in a national training programme.

Measures recommended in the independent Committee on Standards in Public Life report on ethical standards in local government, presented to the Prime Minister, include:

  • a new power for principal authorities, such as district and county councils, to suspend councillors from all tiers of local government
  • revised rules on declaring interests, gifts and hospitality
  • an updated model code of conduct, in consultation with representative bodies of councillors and officers of all tiers of local government
  • a right of appeal for suspended councillors to the Local Government Ombudsman
  • greater transparency about the number and nature of complaints.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “NALC is fully committed to promoting and supporting the highest standards of conduct by local councillors and officers in the first tier of local government, which is increasingly playing a bigger role in communities including the delivery of public services and community facilities.

“Since the Localism Act was introduced in 2010, NALC has long-called for its review, including the standards regime it introduced, and therefore strongly welcomed this inquiry into local government ethical standards.

“Whilst the present regime is not fundamentally flawed, it does require some strengthening, therefore I am pleased the Committee on Standards in Public Life has listened to the concerns of NALC, county associations of local councils, and local councils themselves.

“The Committee rightly acknowledges it is a minority of local councillors who engage in bullying or harassment, or other highly disruptive behaviour, therefore NALC is delighted the Committee agrees with our proposal for the regime to have more teeth through the re-introduction of sanctions for breaches of the code.

“However, NALC is bitterly disappointed at the report’s failure to support local councillors by helping them develop a better understanding of the standards regime through councillor training such as induction and regular refresher training. That is why I am urging the government to go further and work with NALC to encourage and support training for local councillors, and to provide investment to support a national training programme comprising a range of initiatives including a member development charter. Such investment could come from existing funding into local government improvement.

“We support the recommendation to develop an updated model code of conduct to reflect the proposed changes, but given over half of local councils and many principal authorities use NALC’s model code of conduct, this should be the foundation for the development of an updated model code of conduct for all tiers of local government. NALC looks forward to further dialogue and engagement with the Committee and the government over taking forward the report’s recommendations.”

 

More information and contact

Justin Griggs, head of policy and communications, on 020 7290 0317 or 07894 937885 or email justin.griggs@nalc.gov.uk

HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY: FINAL REPORT

Mark Deas, Cambridgeshire ACRE has presented the findings of the Housing Needs Survey to the Parish Council. This was undertaken in the Parish during October 2018. It was the purpose of the survey to canvass opinion on the principle of developing affordable homes for local people in the Parish and to understand the nature of affordable housing need in the village. The Parish Council has agreed to await the response of the local housing provider, Luminus to the survey findings before proceeding further.

The Survey Report is now available to view.

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