The latest information on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme is published below.
After consideration of the responses received during the consultation period led by Highways England, they have now announced the selected route for this scheme. To view more details on the selected route and to read their consultation report, please see the scheme web page that follows. Click on the heading to access.
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
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:
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.”
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The latest news story from Highways England on the A14 Improvements has been published today (31st January) about the discovery of what is believed to be evidence of the first beer brewed in the UK! Earliest evidence of beer making discovered on Britain’s biggest road scheme Improvements and major road projects
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.
HDC have now published the modifications requested by HM Inspector to the Local Plan 2036. The modifications themselves are difficult to make sense of without the original so below a link to the main Plan on District Council’s website.