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Play ground Covid-19 Risk Assessment

Ickleton Parish Council has carried out a Playground Covid-19 Risk Assessment. The document can be found on the document page.

Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain.  

Ickleton Parish Council recommends the following:  

•  Use by under 12 years only •  The maximum number of users should be 12 •  A maximum of 1 family member to accompany 1 child •  Retain the recommended 2m distance from other users •  Be considerate of other users •  Use of hand sanitiser gel or wipes is advised when using equipment •  When using equipment you do not touch your face •  Food and drink is not consumed within play areas •  Use bins provided or take litter home

2021 Census

The 2021 digital-first Census is taking place on the 21st of March as planned, the ONS has reviewed the Census plans in light of COVID-19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely. Help and support will be available in many different forms for those who need it including paper questionnaires, accessible options and language support. A national contact centre will open on the 1st of March and will provide help and support by phone (freephone) and online, field officers will be working locally too. 

More information about the census and the coronavirus pandemic can be found here – https://census.gov.uk/about-the-census/the-census-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic. Your local Census Engagement Manager is Colin Lippitt. You can email Colin if you need more information colin.lippitt17@field.census.gov.uk or visit the Census website.

Dog walking – recreation ground

It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that dogs are being let off their leads on the recreation ground and are not under the proper control of their owner. The Parish Council would like to remind users that dogs must be kept under control at all times while on the recreation ground for the safety of all users.

Covid-19 vaccine scam

Message from the Cyber Protect Officer – Cambridgeshire Police

Sadly, scammers continue to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud on unsuspecting victims. We’ve had reports of fraudsters sending fake text messages, which claim you are entitled to a dose of the newly-approved vaccine.

The bogus message states that you are entitled to a vaccine and to receive more information you should click on the link. Unfortunately, these texts are fake. Once you click on the link, you are taken to a webpage, which is branded to look like a genuine NHS page, which requests to see ‘proof of ownership of address’ in the form of your bank account, sort code and a full bank card number.

Do not give your bank or card details to make payment for a vaccine or to prove your residential address. Coronavirus vaccines are free and the NHS will never ask for any money or your bank details.

Covid grant to support the vulnerable and those who need to self-isolate

Upfront grants from South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) of between £100 and £400 are now available to support the vital work that community groups are carrying out to help vulnerable people and/or those who need to self-isolate. This grant is intended to be used for things such as:

  • Hand sanitiser and basic protective equipment
  • Printing of leaflets to help keep people informed about your community group and its activities
  • Paying for a few days of shopping or topping up an electricity meter for people who need to suddenly self-isolate and are demonstrably in financial hardship.

In addition SCDC expect to provide ‘top-up’ funding in addition to the grants that they are offering upfront. They are not expecting to be able to help a family in hardship for more than a few days. This is intended as short-term assistance whilst arrangements are put in place for longer term help. Each case will have a unique set of circumstances and your SCDC officer patch lead will help on a case-by-case basis.

Community Warden Scheme

A new Community Warden Scheme for Ickleton and surrounding villages has been funded by South Cambs District Council. The warden for Ickleton is Anita Gilchrist. Parishioners aged 60 or over who would like help to continue to live independently in their own home can get assistance from the Community Warden by providing a daily phone call (Mon-Fri) and support such as making drinks and a light meal, collecting prescriptions, small items of shopping, help with paperwork and making appointments, and signposting to other services where appropriate. There is a free 2 week trial and then a small weekly fee afterwards. More information can be found by calling 07812496001 or emailing anita.gilchrist@ageukcap.org.uk

M11 Shelford Railway Bridge: maintenance works

Highways will be carrying out essential maintenance work at the above location. During this work, they will be improving parapet connections, installing new bridge joints and widening the verges.

They plan to complete this work over 8 weeks from Tuesday 12 January to Friday 12 March, on weeknights only, working between the hours of 8pm to 6am, subject to weather conditions.

Diversion routes for the dates are detailed below:

M11 from junction 10 to junction 11, in both directions, from Tuesday 12 January to Thursday 14 January and Monday 8 March to Wednesday 10 March, between 8pm and 6am (4 nights)

  • Southbound traffic will be diverted off at the M11 at junction 11 via the A10 to Royston and A505 to re-join the M11 at junction 10.
  • Northbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 10 via the A505 to Royston and A10 to re-join the M11 at junction 11.

For the rest of this work they will be working behind the safety barriers on the M11 between junction 10 and junction 11 and the carriageway will remain open. For safety reasons, hard shoulder closures will be in place as well as a temporary 40mph speed limit along the M11 carriageway between these junctions. 

For more information please visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/east/east-maintenance-schemes/.

Waste recycling

Thriplow Household Recycling Centre is open for residents who have essential waste that cannot be stored safely at home. From 22nd June 2020, all visitors must book a time slot to enter Thriplow Household Recycling Centre. E-permit holders should already be booking time slots before visiting. For more information please visit http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/directory/listings/thriplow-recycling-centre. The booking page is www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/waste-and-recycling/booking-system-for-household-recycling-centres or telephone 0345 0455207

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