Coronavirus Briefing for Parish Councils

Great Paxton Parish Council has received the following advice from Dr Liz Robin, the Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

‘I know that people are concerned about news reports on the spread of Covid-19 – or Coronavirus. This continues to be a fast moving issue, which is being carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) with the current impact and risk to the UK population considered moderate.   However, there are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.
These include:
• Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, and use soap and hot water.
• Particularly remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas or travelling on        public transport.
• Promote the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.  We can all reduce the spread of germs when we cough or sneeze, by covering mouths and noses with a tissue, or a sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately in a closed bin.
• Keep up to date with information from trusted sources – like these:

o Public Health England – five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
o For updates see the NHS dedicated Coronavirus webpage’.

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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.