Openreach fibre broadband funded by the Government Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme
The Government’s Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is an initiative to help homes and businesses in rural areas install a gigabit-capable, full fibre connection to their premises when part of a group scheme. Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) can apply for vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each SME, and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.
Residents in Ickleton will shortly receive contact from Openreach asking if they would like to participate in the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme. The Parish Council strongly recommends participation.
You can find more information and links for the scheme on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website https://www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk/funding-schemes/rural-gigabit-voucher-scheme/
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org