County Councillors Report November 2022

Ongoing and forthcoming Consultations and Schemes: Greater Cambridge Partnership (GPP) Making Connections consultation on the future of travel in the Greater Cambridge (Cambridge City and South Cambs District Council) area. The consultation runs until midday December 23 2022
https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/making-connections-2022
This consultation continues until 23 December, with an in person event
Monday 12 December – 5 – 7pm – Impington Village College (Main Hall), New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX
Note these are information sessions and not treated as submissions to the consultation please either write in on paper or fill in the online consultation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK-sRevQTto
watch on Youtube the GCP board members and Mayor Nik Johnson explain why the consultation is so important.
Orchard Park Flood Plan – a resident is due to meet with County flood officer in early 2023 to discuss creating a flood plan, this will be discussed at the Orchard Park Community Council meeting in December. Anyone interested in working on this please get in touch.
Voi Scooters – their removal from the streets of Histon and Impington is because the area was not included on the original documentation and the scheme was rolled out here in error. 

The Combined Authority is looking to rectify this with amended documentation from the Department of Transport as quickly as possible, but government will set the timetable on this.
Remembrance Sunday – Orchard Park Scouts joined Histon and Impington uniformed groups and residents to remember those lost in conflict.  As ever this was a special and thoughtful event and good to see both communities come together around the War Memorial.
Warm Hubs and Spaces – a warm hub will be opening in Orchard Park in December with good support from the District Councils, Histon and Impington have the warm space in the library with extended opening hours and a number of church groups are opening their doors to welcome residents.
Budget gap – significant work has taken place to reduce the County Council’s budget gap of £29 million.  What this means is that the County council does not have enough money to operate all the services and do all the things the Council did this year next year, previous budget gap predictions have been exacerbated by the punitive impact of inflation. With significant work from council officers this budget gap has been reduced to £13 million but cuts will be felt with things like the Cultivate community fund cut.  

The council is still waiting further information form the government on what their settlement will be.  As ever government guidance arrives late in the year making the last months of budgetary decision making fraught.  There are no easy decisions and quite simply not enough money to go around.
LHI Scheme Discussions have taken place in regards to implementing the 2020 scheme in Histon including consulting with residents in the School Hill area about double yellow lines and talking to Council Officers and contractors about ways to reduce costs for the scheme as inflation has lead to a budget gap for this scheme which includes a raised table to improve pedestrian accessibility at Brook Close.

The new Local Highways Improvement Scheme (LHI) closes on Friday 6th January 2023 at 1700hrs. Orchard Park and Histon and Impington are working on applications please speak to parish and community councillors about this.
A Fairer Cambridgeshire
Household Support Fund –The third iteration of the Household Support Fund (HSF3) is live. The fund is designed to support those most in need, providing help with inflationary challenges and the rising cost of living.

There are three ways to apply for the Fund.

The majority of applications will be received through a straightforward, intuitive application form on the Council’s website. To find it search “CCC HSF”

We also have trusted partners who can use the Household Support Fund to make an award to those who they are working with and are in need. The trusted partners that can be approached directly by the public are listed on our website (search CCC HSF). We are always open to adding more partners to our network. If you represent a local community group and would like to be considered to issue Household Support Fund support, please mail CommunityCV@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Those of pensionable age can apply through our partners Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Apply by phone on 01223 221929 or by email at hsf@ageukcap.org.uk

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