Important roadworks information: A1307, junction 24 – slip road lighting renewal

Information received from National Highways:

 

A1307, junction 24 – slip road lighting renewal

 

Earlier this year, we started work to renew the lighting on the A1307 slip roads at junction 24. We wasn’t able to complete all the works we needed to complete the project. We plan to complete this work over 2 nights on Monday 21 November and Tuesday 22 November, between 8pm and 5am, weather permitting.

 

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, there will be a lane closure on the roundabout at junction 24. We’ll also need to close each of the slip roads, which will be done 2 in phases, as set out in the table below:

 

Closure points Dates Diversion route
A1307 junction 24 westbound entry and exit slip Monday 21 November

 

Entry slip diversion

Traffic will be diverted to junction 26 and return.

 

Exit slip diversion

Traffic will be diverted to junction 23 and return.

A1307 junction 24 eastbound entry slip and exit slip Tuesday 22 November Entry slip diversion
Traffic will be diverted to junction 23 and return.

 

Exit slip diversion
Traffic will be diverted to junction 26 and return.

 

How to find out more

To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our website at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/.

 

If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at 

Community Gritting Scheme

Message from Cambridgeshire County Council:

This is a request for winter volunteers for this winter season 2022-2023.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the volunteers that took part in our Community Gritting Scheme last winter.

 

For those hearing about the Community Gritting Scheme for the first time, this is a scheme where Local volunteers can help to keep their community moving in freezing weather. Under this scheme, the parish or town council decides on specific routes in their area which are important to the local community and agrees them with the county council.

 

I will need a form for each of your volunteers, including those who have volunteered before.  The form is required annually ensure our health and safety standards are being met.

 

See below for a link to the Community Gritting registration form:

 

http://cambridgeshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Community_gritting_registration_form

 

A428 – November Newsletter and live online webinar

Information received from National Highways regarding the A428:

Drop in and come and meet us

 

Before construction starts later this year for our much-anticipated A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements, we are hosting a series of public information events.

 

These events are so we can meet you face-to-face to show you what we will be doing. From where and when construction starts, to the fascinating archaeological discoveries we continue to make! If you are unable to come and meet us in person, we will also be hosting an online webinar so you can find out more information.

Here is a list of where we will be and when…

 

Wednesday 23 November (1pm – 7pm)

A428 Black Cat Mobile Visitor Centre at Cambourne (Morrisons car park)  

Broad St, Great Cambourne, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EY

 

Friday 25 November (10am – 4pm) 

A428 Black Cat Mobile Visitor Centre at Biggleswade (near Surfin Cafe) 

Biggleswade Market Place, Biggleswade SG18 8AS

 

Saturday 26 November (8am – 1pm) 

A428 Black Cat Mobile Visitor Centre at St Neots Farm & Craft Market   

St Neots Weekly Market, Market Square, Saint Neots PE19 2AJ

 

Wednesday 7 December (10am – 4pm) 

Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange 

Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange, 13 St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

Wednesday 30 November (6pm – 7.30pm)

Live online webinar  

If you are unable to come and meet us in person, we will be hosting an online webinar on Microsoft Teams. This will give you an opportunity to listen to what we will be doing and to ask any questions. To register for this event please click below and fill out the form.

Sign me up to the online event

Metal Detectorists

The Council has received reports that metal detectorists have been digging across the Green, including the cricket outfield and square and around the pavilion. The turf has been badly replaced and now presents a trip hazard, so parishioners are urged to take care when walking.

They are claiming that they have the permission of the Council, however this is not the case. As their actions constitute criminal damage, this has been reported to the Police and the Clerk has a crime number. If anyone has any further evidence of the perpetrators, particularly video, please pass this information to the Clerk –

 

Living in Hilton? Struggling with the increased cost of living?

No one should be faced with the choice between heating or eating.

Hilton Town Trust has a limited number of £200 grants available for individuals / households in our village. These are one-off grants & do not need to be repaid. Getting one is quick, easy & confidential.
You can email , call the Town Trust Clerk on 830866 or drop a note through the door of 1 Sparrow Way.  Please include your name, address & how best to contact you.

This won’t solve the cost of living crisis but it may be one step to help! Please get in touch.

Hilton Town Trust is a small charitable trust which exists to give support to the village & villagers of Hilton.
Grants are usually paid by cheque
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HUNTINGDONSHIRE BEGINS ROLL OUT OF HEALTH INEQUALITIES PROJECT

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is beginning to roll out its brand new Health Inequalities Project across the district, thanks to a successful bid to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System for £250,000 funding.

Contributing to health improvement, HDC will work closely with local recognised community groups to develop solutions to the challenges their residents face. Local community groups have been given the opportunity to bid for money to enable them to launch projects in their areas, such as dementia cafés, strength and balance classes, art therapy and intergenerational group activities.

St Neots Community Support, one of the 15 organisations to have received their initial funding payment, launched ‘St Neots Charity Forum’ earlier this month. The first two workshops saw 40 local individuals come together to discuss the health priorities within St Neots.

Chair of St Neots Community Support, Catherine Goodman, said: “As we planned for the next steps to grow St Neots Community Support, we were offered the opportunity to partner with HDC on the health and wellbeing initiative.

“We have had great support from HDC, ensuring we received an initial payment to get us started and hosting the first St Neots Charity Forum. We have been able to capture local insights and to get the local charities networking and working more closely together.

“The Forum meetings were well attended, and it was gratifying to see the positive engagement and feedback that was provided.”

Executive Councillor for Community and Health, Cllr Ben Pitt, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for HDC to work closely with local community groups and residents to tackle health inequalities.

“It’s brilliant to see the organisations making a start on their consultation process, and I look forward to seeing the projects develop over the next few months. I am hopeful this way of working with the community will leave a legacy for years to come with plenty of new activities set up across the District, all contributing to residents’ health improvement.”

Find out more about the Health Inequalities Project on the council’s website.

Anglian Water’s proposal for a new reservoir in the Fens: consultation launch

Please see announcement from Anglian Water below:

Anglian Water is developing proposals for a new reservoir in the Fens, in partnership with Cambridge Water. This crucial new resource will secure water supply to our customers for future generations. It will store more water so it’s always on tap when we need it, meeting the challenges of a changing climate and a growing population. It will mean less water is taken from sensitive sources, helping us to protect and restore the environment.

Alongside meeting these challenges, the project presents significant social, economic and environmental opportunities. Our vision for the project goes beyond just building a reservoir. We want to create a place where water, people and nature come together. That means creating space for wildlife, such as wetlands, alongside enabling new recreational and educational activities and natural places for people to explore. It also means creating new jobs and providing opportunities for local businesses and tourism.

The proposed reservoir will be a strategic regional asset and due to its size and scale it qualifies as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). We will therefore follow the process set out in the Planning Act 2008, which provides the framework for how NSIPs are developed and consented. We will apply to the Planning Inspectorate, who act on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for permission to build the reservoir. The permission is called a Development Consent Order (DCO).

A non-statutory consultation on our proposals will start today, Wednesday 12 October. This consultation is the first in a multi-phase approach – at least two more consultations will follow, with the DCO planning application expected to be submitted towards the end of 2025.

The autumn 2022 consultation will start on 12 October and run for ten weeks, concluding at 23:59 on 21 December.

We will be asking for feedback on these main points:

  • the area we have identified for the reservoir and its embankments
  • the area we have identified for supporting infrastructure and during construction
  • the early concept design for the reservoir, and the features people would like to be considered in the design

Our consultation materials are available online at www.fensreservoir.co.uk as well as at consultation events and selected information points. Hard copy documents will also be available to view at reference locations in the Fens. The locations of all events, reference and information points can be found on the website.

The feedback we receive during this consultation will help us to develop the project design and understand what people would like to see. It will be reviewed, recorded and carefully considered alongside further technical work as we refine our proposals.

For more information on this non-statutory consultation, please visit our website: www.fensreservoir.co.uk.

If you have any questions, please contact the project team on or phone the project hotline on 0800 915 2492.

Cambridgeshire County Council Transport Strategies 2022

The Transport Strategy team at Cambridgeshire County Council has developed three draft transport strategies that will set the County Council’s transport policy approach for the districts of Fenland and Huntingdonshire, and for active travel across the whole county. They are now consulting with all stakeholders and the public on the draft strategies to give you the opportunity to input into them before they are finalised and recommended for adoption in Spring 2023. They would welcome your comments on the following strategies, and also ask for your help in spreading the word.

–              Draft Fenland Transport Strategy

–              Draft Huntingdonshire Transport Strategy

–              Draft Cambridgeshire’s Active Travel Strategy

 

The public consultation survey is now live and can be accessed on the consultation website here https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/. Please select which strategy you would like to find out more, read the draft strategy and provide your views by completing the online survey. The survey will close on Monday 7th November 2022. They welcome your response for any combination of the three strategies dependent on your interest.

 

A paper version of the survey is below if this is preferred, and please return a copy by reply to this email to by the deadline. If the this will not be possible, please inform them when they should receive your response to consider if they can accept a late reply.

Active Travel Strategy – 2022 survey

Fenland Transport Strategy – 2022 survey

Huntingdonshire Transport Strategy – 2022 survey

CCC Transport Strategies consultation 2022 – A5 flyer

Hilton Fireworks and Bonfire 2022

Hilton Fireworks and Bonfire Night will be on Saturday 5th November.

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

Gate opens at 6pm, Fireworks at 7pm

Food and drink 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 5th November from 9am to 1pm.

2023/24 Local Highways Improvement (LHI) Fund Bid

Hilton Parish Council has reviewed the responses to their recent consultation and you can view the summary below:

LHI Consolidated Responses

The Parish Council has resolved that they will submit a two-part LHI bid for improved signage regarding the 7.5t weight limit on the A1198 approaching from Papworth Everard and for a raised Zebra crossing on Potton Road.

They would like to hear your opinion on this decision and invite you to complete this form: LHI Decision Form

Further information can be found on the LHI page.

The closing date for responses is 17th October.