Village Sign Restoration Progress Update

Streetworks

A contractor, on behalf of BT Open Reach, is currently installing ducting for superfast broadband in the village. They are currently on Fenstanton Road and will be moving along the Green and the High Street. This work is being carried out using temporary traffic lights which may add to your journey times.

Open Spaces Management Contract

Hilton Parish Council is inviting contractors to tender for the contract to manage the open spaces belonging to Hilton Parish Council. Detailed information can be found on the following documents:

Hilton Green Spaces – Environmental Management Plan-05-October 1-2021

HGS-Village Map-A2-11-Extract

Interested applicants should contact the Clerk with the following information:

• A letter introducing the company.

• Cost per year to the Parish Council of the contract as a whole excluding VAT, for each of the three initial years of the contract, and an indication of future costs should the contract be extended.

• A breakdown of costs covering the rate for each job at each site, including associated costs such as off-site disposal of grass, and an hourly rate for each type of work.

• Copies of all relevant and necessary licences and certificates.

• Copies of all necessary insurance documents, including the value of Public Liability insurance held.

• Current relevant staff numbers, including any specific qualifications (e.g. chainsaw licence holder) and indicating if any further people would be employed should the contract be awarded.

• A current relevant equipment list indicating any equipment that would be purchased should the contract be awarded. Particular attention should be paid to highlighting any rechargeable electric equipment.

• Company details – including but not limited to how long the company has been in operation.

• Examples of current and previous work, including contact details for at least two references to be taken up.

• An indication of willingness to take on the potential additions to the contract.

• Details of any of the possible ad hoc jobs the company is unwilling or unable to undertake.

• Any further information the company feels would be relevant to the bid.

Hilton Fireworks and Bonfire

Saturday 6th November

£3 per adult, £2 per child, under school age free

Gate opens at 6pm, fireworks start at 7pm

Food and drink will be available, courtesy of Hilton Feast Week.

Please, no sparklers. Light up toys will be available to purchase.

Parking is restricted so please consider walking. In the interests of safety please do not drive up Wraggs Row.

Combustible bonfire donations will be accepted from Hilton residents on Saturday 6th November from 9am to 1pm.

Bonfire Night Poster 2021

Sponsored by the Hutton Estate.

Queen’s Green Canopy

Go green for the Queen! That is the message to residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as Her Majesty prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

Next year marks 70 years of the monarch on the throne, and to celebrate the anniversary and create a lasting legacy a UK-wide tree planting initiative named The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) has been established.

The unique scheme involves inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee,” with everyone encouraged to plant trees from October – when the tree planting season begins – through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage the planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.

And to drive the push locally, both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are working with the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence, to raise awareness of the QGC and to work with residents, groups, schools, businesses and other partners to encourage and support their participation.

The councils are also working to identify sites across their estates where larger scale planting projects can take place.

Julie Spence, The Queen’s representative in the county, said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a wonderful initiative to ensure a lasting legacy which reflects Her Majesty’s remarkable contribution to public life.

“I hope residents, communities, schools and businesses will join me in helping to make our area even greener and push us towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral.

“It is vital, though, that everyone remembers to Plan, Plant and Protect so we can ensure the trees last well into the next century and beyond. For that reason I would encourage everyone to visit the official website for more information.”

Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Enhancing Cambridgeshire’s environment is one of this administration’s priorities, so we fully embrace this initiative and would encourage everyone to get involved.

“I can’t wait to see all the trees popping up throughout the county, helping us to make it a greener and more tranquil place to live in and enjoy!”

As well as leaving a lasting legacy for the Queen, the tree planting will support the environmental ambitions of both authorities, including the target to achieve zero carbon emissions.

It will also help remedy the fact that the county is among the least wooded areas of the UK and will create an improved natural environment for residents.

Everyone is invited to take part and it is easy to get involved – whether you are an expert gardener or complete novice there is something you can do. This ranges from individuals planting trees on their private land, community planting projects, schools planting trees on their premises and businesses setting up tree planting projects with employees.

There is also plenty of help and advice available – including what types of trees to plant and how to look after them – at https://hes32-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fqueensgreencanopy.org%2fget%2dinvolved%2fplan%2f&umid=9b10b6f1-b4a7-4fba-a13f-afb0d728a9c6&auth=73bef1691750f88fd854efaaa37c6473a4e78491-6f3d8281a35ff0e2d44464989f4762b1e52d82e3.

The Woodland Trust is an official project partner and can support your school or community project – https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/.

The councils are also encouraging the use of sustainable tree guards for planting projects rather than traditional plastic guards which have a negative impact on the environment. You can find out more at https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/research-and-evidence/plastic-tree-guards/.

A national map – https://queensgreencanopy.org/map-education-hub/qgc-map/#/will – be hosted on the national QGC website where you can add your planting project and view the contribution being made across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, the QGC will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

People taking part in the project can highlight their efforts and encourage other contributions on social media via the hashtags #PlantATreeForTheJubilee and #QueensGreenCanopy.

Further information can be found at: https://queensgreencanopy.org/ and https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/climate-change-energy-and-environment/improving-the-natural-environment/trees-and-woodland/queens-green-canopy-project.

Hilton Parish Council are planting a new copse at the end of Wragg’s Row near the Wilderness which will be dedicated to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Community Gritting Scheme

Cambridgeshire County Council are looking for volunteers to participate in the Community Gritting Scheme. This is a scheme where local volunteers can help to keep their communities moving in freezing weather. Please find further information in the documents below or on their webpage: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/gritting-roads-cycleways-and-paths/help-with-gritting-and-clearing-snow/

Community gritting training pack

Community Gritting Word Form

If you have previously volunteered for this scheme and would like to continue to do so, please complete the form and return it to the Clerk –

Flood training for community groups

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) are offering some free online flood incident training for community flood groups, and people looking to set up, or who have recently set up, community flood groups. CCC Flood and Water Team are delivering with Communities Prepared as part of CCC’s Community Flood Action Programme.

 

The training offered takes place on the following evenings across October and November, and residents can sign up using the following links:

 

12 October, 6:00-8:15 pm – Cambridgeshire: Incident Managementhttps://bit.ly/CambsCP_IM

19 October, 6:00-8:15 pm – Cambridgeshire: Flood Volunteerhttps://bit.ly/CambsCP_flood

26 October, 6:00-8:00 pm – Cambridgeshire: CEV Coordinatorhttps://bit.ly/CambsCP_CEV

3 November, 6:00-7:45 pm – Cambridgeshire: Crisis Recoveryhttps://bit.ly/CambsCP_recovery

10 November, 6:00-7:45 pm – Cambridgeshire: Snow Volunteerhttps://bit.ly/CPCambs_snow

16 November, 6:00-7:45 pm – Cambridgeshire: Utility Volunteerhttps://bit.ly/CambsCP_utility

 

Youth & Community Co-ordinator

Steph Webb, Cambridgeshire County Council Youth & Community Co-ordinator, made a presentation to the Council at the last meeting with regards to her role and her department which is for 0–19-year-olds. She detailed the two grants currently available, a £500 COVID-enabler grant and the £1000 Community Reach Fund for a longer-term project such as a Youth Club or Youth Council.

The Youth and Community Co-ordinator role is to help build community capacity through liaising, supporting and working collaboratively with a range of community members and agencies in Cambridgeshire. This is carried out with groups who primarily work with 0-19’s and their wider families.

  • We help and support community groups to identify needs in their local area and address these from within the community. This community led service is achieved through a process known as Asset Based Community Development.
  • We guide and support groups to understand the needs, gain skills, tools and assets needed to achieve their aims and support their community.
  • Groups who would like further support can be guided by us, to ensure they have their governance, any training, and processes completed, to ensure safe practice for their projects in their community.
  • We can also help with signposting to funding, linking with other community groups, and sharing relevant information.
  • We also have a small grant called a Community Reach Fund (CRF). This is a great starting point to help a group get started as it can support costs such as DBS, Liability Insurance and some small start-up resources.

Further information can be found on this document: Youth Provider Offer

Hilton Parish Council would like to invite parishioners to come forward if they would like to set up a youth club in the village and the Parish Council will refer them to Steph. If you are interested, please contact the Clerk –

Covid Self Isolation Guidance

Do you know the new guidance on self-isolation?

If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18 you no longer need to self-isolate if you’re a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (14 days must have passed since your second dose).

But you still need to get a PCR test as soon as possible to check whether you have the virus. Book online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. You don’t need to isolate whilst waiting for the results, but it might be a good idea to take extra precautions.

People who are double vaccinated can still get COVID-19, so wear a mask in public places, limit contact with others and consider those who are more vulnerable.

If you are not vaccinated yet, book online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 or phone 119. You can also get your vaccine from one of the many walk-in centres and pop up clinics – find out where by visiting www.thevaccinators.co.uk.

Remember, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you MUST self-isolate and get a PCR test.

This information can also be download as a pdf – Community self Isolate leaflet

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Update

Update from Highways England
“We’re delighted to let you know the new Views Common road in Huntingdon has opened as planned this morning.
The new road provides a connection to the A1307 and creates a link between Hinchingbrooke Park Road and Spittals roundabout
Safe travels.”