Waste Collection Arrangements: Christmas & New Year

During the Christmas and New Year holiday periods waste collection days will change.
All residents will receive a bin hanger at the beginning of December to advise of the changes that apply to Great Paxton. These are also set out below for you to note.

Normal Change to
Monday 23 December Saturday 21 December
Tuesday 24 December Monday 23 December
Wednesday 25 December Tuesday 24 December
Thursday 26 December Friday 27 December
Friday 27 December Saturday 28 December
Monday 30 December Normal day of collection
Tuesday 31 December Normal day of collection
Wednesday 1 January Thursday 2 January
Thursday 2 January Friday 3 January
Friday 3 January Saturday 4 January

Residents can also download their collection calendar via www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/bins

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)

CHH A5 Signposting Booklet

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

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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