CORVID-19 EMERGENCY SUPPLIES AND FOOD BANKS
If you are in need of emergency food or baby supplies in the current coronavirus situation, help is available. See here for details.
COUNCIL TAX RISE EXPLAINED
You may have spotted on your council tax bill a 14.4% increase to the local parish precept (the portion of the total council tax bill that is spent by your Parish Council). Over the course of 2019 the greatest concern that parishioners raised to the PC was the issue of speeding through the village. This is in spite of the recently introduced 20 mph speed limit around the shop, the school and Riddy Lane, and radar speed warning signs on Alms Hill and the Broadway. However, after conducting a village assessment the PC decided that we needed to ‘invest’ in more substantial measures – such as road narrowing and direction priority on the Broadway. The precept increase was voted as a ‘one-off’ increase to help the PC to pay for the installation of village traffic calming measures this year. Subsequent to submitting our budget, the Council was informed that its one-off “Local Highways Improvement” application made earlier in the year for modest funding to calm traffic was successful. This together with the precept increase will enable the Council to implement some additional traffic calming measures during this year. See Jan 2020 minutes
BOURN CORVID-19 ACTION GROUP
If you are self-isolating and need support we are here to help. We have co-ordinated a group of volunteers who are available to provide help to villagers who need support. This might involve picking up prescriptions, collecting shopping or just providing support and a friendly voice. If you would like help or to volunteer, please contact the group’s co-ordinator, Vanda Parcell, on [email protected] or call/text 07727 462523.
See here for further advice on coronavirus and the support available in the village.
Kingfisher Close Roadworks 16/05/2020
Cambridgeshire Highways are about to embark on the 2020 Micro Asphalt Program (latest version attached) which is planned to run from April to June.
Micro Asphalt is the coating of the existing surface of the road with a two layered mixture of liquid bitumen and stone. This is a preventative treatment designed to seal the road in to prevent the ingress of water and development of potholes. It will also restore texture to the road, improving grip and will extend the life of the existing road surface.
It will be necessary to close all roads in order to carry out these works; where possible access will be maintained to properties, however delays are inevitable. Through traffic will be required to follow the signed diversion route. Those requiring access to properties will need to liaise with the teams onsite. Advanced warning signs will go out 14 days in advance of commencement of works and all properties on the closed section of road will receive a leaflet.
This is a weather dependent process, and as such, the program may be liable to change at short notice. Any adjustment of Manholes and Gullies, and replacement of Roadmarkings, will take place at an unspecified time following the completion of the Micro Asphalt Surface Treatment.
Green Bin Collections
Green bin collections across Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire will not take place between Monday 23 March and Monday 4 May.
The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, has made the decision in order to support staff and the recycling and waste service as a whole during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The suspension of green bin collections will allow crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks. It will also assist with any future staff sickness or self-isolation issues.
As always, residents are being encouraged to waste as little food as possible, so they minimise the amount they need to throw away. For this period only, the advice to residents who do have food waste will be to put it into the black bin.
Residents who enjoy spending time in the garden and growing their own food are also being asked to consider home composting as much of their garden waste as possible.
Residents who are subscribed to the additional green bin collection scheme, and therefore pay for more than one green bin to be collected, will see a reduced fee for their permit upon renewal in the October.
The bulky waste collection service, which collects large items from residents’ homes, will also be suspended during this period.
Head of the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, Trevor Nicoll, said: “Our priority is to try and maintain a regular waste collection service throughout the difficult months ahead and to do what we can to support the health and wellbeing of all our staff and residents. We’re making this change now to make sure we can focus on collecting blue and black bins as normal for as long as we possibly can. Our bin collection crews are trying their very best and deserve all the help we can give them. Suspending green bin collections will take some of this burden off them – they each walk the equivalent of a half marathon every shift. Residents can help by trying their very best to absolutely minimise the amount of food that they are throwing out and trying not to generate garden waste for now. Finally, it would also be a big help to our hardworking crews if residents whose bins don’t have much waste inside can wait until it is full before putting it out – if they think they can manage until their next collection.”
The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service has also published advice on handling waste if your household is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.
If you’re experiencing the main symptoms – a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature – please be very careful when disposing of your personal waste (including used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths/wipes) at home. The advice for disposal of this waste is as follows:
The principle behind this method is that after 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable. This approach will help keep bin collection crews as safe as possible.
Other household rubbish and recycling should be treated as normal.
If you or anyone in your home is self-isolating or is confirmed as having Coronvirus, Cambridgeshire County Council are politely asking that you do not go to any of their Household Recycling Centres.
Residents who experience any waste-related difficulties during this period are asked to email [email protected] or call 03450 450 063. Please note that it may take longer than usual to receive a response as the service adapts to different working practices.
Parish Council Meeting – 18th March 2020
Please note that the above meeting has been postponed for now due to the latest information on Coronavirus Covid-19. We will keep you updated as and when we receive information, thank you for your understanding at this time.
Please click the link on the right to access the latest advice and updates on Coronavirus in our region.
This is to open six months early in the spring: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/spring-opening-for-britains-biggest-road-project/
1st Bourn Cubs need leaders and adult helpers for as little or as much time as you can spare.
We meet every Thursday evening to help our 8- to 11-year-olds develop skills for life. Every now and then that might mean using a compass, but more often than not it’s about giving them the confidence to have a go and get stuck in. You don’t have to be Bear Grylls to volunteer – we will give you the support and training you need. Can you help? Please contact [email protected] or visit bournscouts.org.uk/get-involved if you’d like to find out more.
Former Gestamp site being cleared for development
Clearance of the former Gestamp site starts on 14 Feb and will be completed before the nesting season in March. This is located in the northwest corner of Bourn Airfield , near the Caldicote roundabout on the old A428 and is being cleared for a new industrial site. Details here on the works.
Bourn Players present BLITZ!
Comberton Village College Performance Hall
Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March at 7:30pm and Saturday 21st March at 2:30pm and 7:30pm (see events calendar). Tickets (£14 and £9 concession) available online at bournplayers.org.uk or from the village shop.
Bedford – Cambridge railway: preferred route chosen
The route for the new railway line linking Bedford to Cambridge has been chosen. There will be a station at Cambourne and the line will run to the north of Bourn. See here to see a map of the route and why this route was chosen. Your Parish Council will actively engage with the consultation process and represent the views of our residents. Update on 14 Feb: The East-West Rail Company are doing a series of community events to explain the new railway – see here. The nearest ones to us are in Cambourne on 19 February and in Comberton on 28 March.
Bourn is awarded free trees from The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust has awarded Bourn Parish Council and The Bee Road 210 free trees following an application made earlier in January. The trees, selected to support wildlife, will include common oak, silver birch, hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose, elder and rowan. The saplings will arrive in November. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with planting so if you’re interested do get in touch.
Are you living with Parkinson’s Disease? Tulip Fun Run 2020
Most of us DO know of someone who has been diagnosed with this condition, who is now living with knowledge of what that implies for themselves and for their family and friends in the future.
THE CAMBRIDGE BRANCH OF PARKINSON’S UK exists so that People with Parkinson’s (PwPs) do not have to face the future alone. Meetings, therapies and a bi-monthly newsletter offer advice, information, and companionship. Please see our website for further details https://www.parkinsonscambridge.org.uk/.
Apply for up to £1,000 from the Community Chest Grant
If you’re a voluntary or community group wishing to improve the quality of life in South Cambridgeshire this might be for you. These are small grants of up to £1,000 for one-off costs relating to a project or activity and are available now. They are likely to be snapped up quite quickly so do apply soon. See here to make an application.
Could you be a Parish Councillor?
Bourn Parish Council currently has vacancies for two Parish Councillors. If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve the village and use your skills and experience to support the parish council in its work please email the Parish Clerk for details.
Highways England are proposing to improve journeys between Milton Keynes and Cambridge with a new 10 mile dual carriageway between the Black Cat roundabout and Caxton Gibbet junction. They’re also creating and improving a number of junctions including a new three tier junction at Black Cat roundabout, which will allow traffic to flow freely on.
We’re happy to live in an exciting and vibrant community. Below is a selection of upcoming events taking place in Bourn. Alternatively, view all upcoming events in the Calendar, or submit your own event.
The Parish Council is the first stage in the democratic process, and aims to care for all the affairs of the Parish and ensure that at all times, statutory requirements are met.
In order to do this, close liaison is maintained with the rest of the local authorities, South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridgeshire County Council, the Environment Agency, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and so on.
Agendas for forthcoming meetings are published here and displayed on the Parish noticeboards no later than three working days before each meeting to comply with current law.
Anthony Brown M.P.
Member of House of Commons
Cllr. Tumi Hawkins
South Cambridgeshire District Councillor
Liberal Democrat party