July Parish Council meeting postponed

As you are undoubtedly aware, the stage 4 date for the government’s Covid-19 roadmap has been extended to Monday 19th July. Therefore, the planned meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 5th July will also need to be postponed. The new meeting date will be published once the official stage 4 date has been confirmed by central government.

Your St Ives, Your Say

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has set up a website which maps out the options to deal with the congestion in St Ives so visitors can compare the benefits and choose the solution they prefer. It isn’t the formal statutory public consultation demanded by law – that comes much later when a decision on the project has already been made – but a way of canvassing early views about what people want.Their purpose is to give individuals and organisations a direct way of telling the project team what they think, of shaping the road improvement scheme from its earliest stage. No decision has yet been made, so the more people who show a preference, and their reasoning for it, the better informed the Combined Authority and its partners will be in deciding the way forward.

This an early chance to influence and shape the plans before any decision on the final scheme is made. So please browse through the options and let us know which you prefer. The public engagement closes on 5th July at 5pm. If you would like a brochure, please call 0800 054 1163.

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no items to mention in our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, covering the period 5th to 10th June.

An Item Of Local News From The Police Web-Site:

A St Ives man was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months in jail at Peterborough Crown Court last Friday, 4th June, after pleading guilty to attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

The man had used an on-line messaging app to contact what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, although it was in fact an under-cover police officer.

More details are on the police web-site at:

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/paedophile-offered-naked-massages-to-undercover-police-officer

And Finally … Census Text Scam

A Somersham Ecops subscriber contacted me this week to let me know about a scam text he has received about the recent UK national Census.

The text reads as follows: “CENSUS: There is missing information from your Census application. Update your application – visit …” – followed by a suspicious web-address.

The text may go on to threaten you with a fine if you do not comply.

This kind of text is most definitely a scam, and you should NOT click on the link to the web-address in the text message. The government will not issue a fine so long as you have sent in your Census form.

The Census Office has issued the following information about this kind of scam:

“We will not contact you via a text message, email or phone call asking for your details or regarding a fine …. Please do not engage or respond to these messages and do not click on any links provided … If you wish to report the scam to us, you can send us a message using our web-form, providing as much detail as possible.”

More details are on the Census Office web-page at:

https://census.gov.uk/your-data-and-security/how-we-will-contact-or-visit-you

You can also send any suspicious text message that you may receive to the National Cyber Security Centre by simply forwarding it to 7726. This is a free service and enables your Internet Service Provider to investigate.

My thanks to the Ecops subscriber for sending me the details of this scam.

Letter from Buckingham Palace

Hilton Parish Council has received correspondence from Buckingham Palace in reply to their letter expressing both the Council’s and the wider Parish’s condolences following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh.

Thank you very much for your letter and message of condolences following the announcement of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Friday 9th April. We are immensely saddened this day has now arrived, but we have taken some consolation from the many warm tributes to Prince Philip, reflecting the broad span of His Royal Highness's endeavours and interests both in this country and further afield. Thank you again for your kind thought in writing at this particularly sad time, it is much appreciated. Yours sincerely, Archie Miller-Bakewell, Private Secretary to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Letter from Buckingham Palace regarding HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Could you represent the Parish Council on the Town Trust?

Background

The village of Hilton benefits from land and assets endowed over the centuries. The most recent definition of the charities was confirmed by a Deed dated 1899. We operate two Charities. The land and assets are held by the Estate Charity, the senior charity of the two.

The 1899 deed requires that half of the annual income of the Estate Charity goes to the Parish Church to be used for repairs to the building; the other half is paid to the second charity, the Town Charity to be spent for the general benefit of the village.

Both the Estate and Town Charities are administered by the Trustees and are chaired by the Revd David Busk.

The Parish Council appoints two trustees and the Church Wardens are usually the other two trustees. The Parish Council appointed trustees each serve for a 4 year term, with the appointments being offset by two years to ensure continuity.

While the Trustees have no specific mandate, a mix of grants are made under the general terms of the Deed including capital grants, educational grants, grants to charities or organisations directly serving the needs of Hilton.

Role of Parish Council Appointed Trustee

– To serve for a term of 4 years, from July 2021.

– To attend the Trustee meetings, routinely twice per annum.

– To promptly liaise with the other Trustees & Clerk on any business arising between meetings. (In practise most grant awards are made between meetings, usually by email to reach a consensus.)

– To have a broad awareness of the community in Hilton & to encourage individuals and groups who may benefit from a grant award.

– To ensure fiscal responsibility is maintained for the long term continuation of the charities.

For any further information about the role contact Rev David Busk on 436400 or Phil Wood (Clerk to the Town Trust) on 830866

If you are interested please contact Nicola Webster, Clerk to Hilton Parish Council— by the deadline of Saturday 26th June.

 

Highways England Roadworks Notification

A1307 Westbound Fenstanton to Huntingdon: resurfacing

A141 Westbound Huntingdon to Brampton Hut: resurfacing

 

I write to inform you that we’ll be carrying out essential resurfacing work between the above locations. During these works, we will also be renewing the road markings and studs.

 

We plan to complete this work over 6 weeks from Monday 14 June to Tuesday 27 July, on weeknights only, between 9pm and 6am, subject to weather conditions.

 

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the road. We have closely liaised with the local authority to agree the most suitable diversion routes as detailed below:

 

A1307 Fenstanton roundabout to A1307 Huntingdon, westbound only, starting Monday 14 June to Tuesday 27 July.

  • Motorway traffic will be diverted via the A14 at junction 24, before merging onto the A1 to the Brampton Hut Interchange, take the A141 exit and follow eastbound before re-joining the A1307 at Hinchingbrooke, junction 23.

 

  • Non-motorway traffic will be diverted off the A14 at Bar Hill onto the B1050, join the A1123 at Earith and continue along the A1123 until you reach Huntingdon. (Diagram 1)
map of a1307 road closure showing diversion routes

map of a1307 road closure showing diversion routes

 

A141 Huntingdon to Brampton Hut, westbound only, starting Monday 14 June to Friday 23 July.

 

To minimise disruption this closure will be split into phases, as follows:

  • Monday 14 June for one night
  • Thursday 17 June for one night
  • Monday 21 June to Thursday 1 July
  • Friday 9 July to Friday 23 July

 

Traffic will continue to follow the A1307 past junction 23, then exit the A1307 at the first exit to join the B1043, before joining the A1 southbound, exit at Brampton Hut Interchange to join the A14 westbound. (Diagram 2)

map of a141 road closure showing diversion routes

map of a141 road closure showing diversion routes

 

Please note that we will be carrying out additional work later in the summer, we will write to you again nearer the time with further information.

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no items to mention in our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, covering the period 29th May to 4th June.

And Finally … Burglary Prevention Advice

Now that summer is here, the warmer weather brings opportunities for burglars to take advantage of open windows, doors left unlocked, and people spending more time in their gardens.

Police advise that we follow these steps to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:

  • Lock all doors and windows when not in the house;
  • Don’t leave valuables on display;
  • Lock outbuildings and sheds;
  • Report any suspicious activity, using the 101 non-emergency number or the on-line reporting tool on the police web-site.

For more burglary prevention advice, please visit –

https://bit.ly/3uGTEYz

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no items to mention in our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, covering the period 22nd to 28th May.

However, here are two messages from the police, relevant to local incidents, taken from Police Logs and official Social Media posts this week:

E-Scooters

A man walking along the pavement at Market Hill in St Ives was nearly run into by a middle-aged male on an e-scooter coming round a corner, on Tuesday evening, 25th May.

It is actually illegal to use an e-scooter on the public roads, on pavements and in other publicly-accessible spaces such as car-parks, industrial estates and privately-owned roads. The only place where they can be legally used is on private land with the land-owner’s permission, or at other places as part of a government trial.

More information about the use of e-scooters and other ‘powered transporters’ is on the police website at:

https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/E-scooters

Drinking and Driving…

A 40-year old man was arrested for drink-driving in St Ives this week when officers noticed a car being driven in a suspicious manner. The car was stopped and a roadside breath-test administered which returned a result of 93. In custody, an evidential sample returned a value of 83 – the limit is 35.

Police say: “The limit may be 35 but you’ll be a real hero by staying at zero! As we head into the weekend, if partying is a must, designate a driver that you can trust. Make it a night to remember, not a night to forget!”.

There is more information on drink-driving, the law, and how to report any concerns on the police website at:

https://bit.ly/34rOJQS

Rabble

3 organised sessions of RABBLE!*

FREE

On Hilton Green

Starting on Thursday 10th June 4.15-5.15pm

Suitable for age 11+.  Only 12 places.

Pre- booking essential.

*Team sports with a twist! Inspired by playground games like British Bulldogs and Capture the Flag, Rabble mixes high-intensity exercise with fun and social team games.

Hilton Parish Council successfully applied for a grant to organise a range of free activities on the green.

More info on others to follow!

To book a place email:  or post a note with your contact details to 23 Scotts Crescent.

 

Weekly Policing Update

Very happily, there are no offences or incidents affecting your community to mention in this week’s ‘Policing Update’ for your community, covering the period 16th to 21st May.

However, you may be interested to see information about a police campaign to raise awareness of ‘County Lines’ drugs dealing:

‘County Lines’ Awareness Campaign

All this week the Police have been highlighting ‘County Lines’ drug dealing to raise awareness of what it is, who is at risk, and how to spot the signs.

They are continuing to work with hotels, landlords, taxi drivers and bus companies to identify victims of exploitation across Huntingdonshire. Officers are distributing leaflets and posters encouraging employees to look closer in order to spot children and young people who are being exploited by County Lines criminals.

More information, including how to spot the signs and to report information to the police, is on the police web-site at:

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/county-lines-woa-may-2021