Would you like to become a Parish Councillor?

The Parish Council is the first tier of Local Government representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs wherever possible, and improving quality of life and community well being.

The Parish Council currently has a Councillor vacancy for co-option.

Why should you become a Councillor?

  • To make a difference for the future
  • To represent your community’s views
  • To guide policies
  • To support community diversity
  • To help Hilton get better resources
  • To engender an inclusive community

 

You can read a guide on what Parish Councillors might be expected to do (although this is very broad and covers all Town and Parish Councils, so don’t be scared!) in The Good Councillors Guide.

There are a few criteria you must be able to comply with:

To qualify a person must be a British subject, over 18 years old and an elector; must reside within Hilton or within 4.8km of it, or occupy as owner or tenant any land or premises therein, or have their principal or only place of work there, and must not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.

If you would like to join us, please email the Clerk a brief CV and explanation about why you would like to be a Councillor by Saturday 23rd January and your application will be considered at the February meeting.—

 

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no items to mention in our summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, reported to police during the period 28th December – 5th January.

Spectrum

The Spectrum editorial team have decided to temporarily suspend publication of Spectrum starting with the February 2021 edition. Sadly, because of the current Covid-19 situation, there is very little of note taking place in the villages to report. There will be an ongoing monthly review and publication will resume as soon as possible.

A copy of the article from Hilton Parish Council that would have been included in the February edition can be found here: Spectrum

National Lockdown

As you are aware, we are now in a national lockdown and we must all stay at home unless we have a “reasonable excuse”. A copy of the government guidance can be found at gov.uk/coronavirus or downloaded here: National Lockdown Guidance.

The Hilton Coronavirus volunteer support, co-ordinated by the Parish Council, is available to organise assistance to anyone in the village who needs it during this time.

Assistance could include (but is not limited to):

  • Picking up shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Posting mail
  • A friendly telephone call
  • Help with methods of online communication

If you need any help or would like to volunteer please contact Nicola Webster, Clerk to the Council, at or on 830605.

Flooding

Thank you to everyone who helped with the recent flooding in the village. Many people helped to keep the exit grilles clear on the culverts and clear the rubbish from the ditches, which stopped the flooding from being any worse and helped the water drain away. Also thanks to those who helped in other ways like assisting stranded motorists, putting out the flood warning signs on the roads and checking on their neighbours.

Weekly Policing Update

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 20th to 27th December:

A1307 Galley Hill Roundabout – Three cars were left abandoned in flood water on the slip road at the Galley Hill Roundabout on Wednesday evening, 23rd December. Police and the Highways Department closed the road to stop further cars becoming stuck. One stranded driver was rescued and taken home. (Ref CC-23122020-0520)

Church End, Hilton – A Transit van needed towing away by recovery services after being swamped by flood water at Church End, Hilton, on Wednesday evening, 23rd December, with water up to its windows. (Ref CC-23122020-0729)

Hilton Road, Fenstanton – Police closed Hilton Road on Thursday evening, 24th December, after flood water over two feet deep made it too dangerous for traffic to be allowed to pass through. Warning signs and cones were also put out on Connington Road which also had some flooding. (Ref CC-24122020-0559)

Flooding

Whilst the flooding has gone down across the village, the water level in many of the ditches remains high. The river levels are high but slowly falling in the St Ives and Houghton lock gauges and high and rising at the Tempsford (Roxton) and Bedford river gauges. A second peak of floodwater is moving down the Great Ouse from Bedford so river levels at St Ives and Houghton are expected to rise from the afternoon of Sunday 27th December. Further rainfall is expected tonight (Saturday 26th December) and on Sunday 27th & Monday 28th December.

Hopefully, this will not cause flooding of property in Hilton but we are subject to an amber flood warning which means “Flooding is possible – be prepared”. If you are concerned that your property is at risk from flooding and need any help to prepare please contact the Clerk at or 830605. Please check on any neighbours who may also be at risk.

Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. Please take care whilst walking near to and avoid walking through flood water as there is always a risk of falling into ditches or open manhole covers and floodwater may be contaminated and harmful to health.

Please also consider those residents who have been affected by floodwater when driving and drive (if absolutely necessary) dead slow through any standing water as any bow wave created can cause additional water to flood into properties or garages.

Flooding

Please be careful in the village tonight. The ford is now impassable. Graveley Way and Fenstanton Road are also flooded.
Huntingdonshire District Council are managing the flooding incidents across the district and are currently unable to assist with individual requests. For assistance and advice please call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
If you are in immediate danger call 999.

Weekly Policing Report

Very happily, there are no items to mention in our summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, reported to police during the period 13th to 19th December.

Census 2021

For the first time this will be a digital-first Census, but paper copies will be available for those who need it. Help will be available for people who need support to take part online or need translations, through a public contact centre. Accessible options are also available.

You can find out more on the census website or via their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.