A reminder. Hatton’s Road will be closed between Longstanton and Bar Hill next week, beginning on Sunday evening and ending Friday morning. Closures will be from 21.00 to 06.00 each night. The most convenient access to the A14 during these periods will be via Junction 28 (Swavesey/Boxworth).
There are numerous other closures planned for parts of the A14 east and west of Junction 29 (Bar Hill). For a full list please see the post in the Parish Council area. Don’t be caught out.
from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery
August Bank Holiday Monday 27th August Surgeries Closed
Normal Opening Tuesday 28th August
Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn doesn’t just happen on holiday – you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy. There’s no safe or healthy way to get a tan. A tan doesn’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. Don’t rely on sunscreen alone to protect yourself from the sun. Wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest between 11am-3pm. Everyone who’s exposed to UV light is at risk of getting sunburn, but some people are more vulnerable than others. You may be more vulnerable if you:
If you’ve been reading your Longstanton Life or attending Community Forums, you will be aware of the ongoing struggle to return the so-called ‘Kingfisher Pond’ to something like its former state, as it was before the clearance of the Northstowe site. Since that time, the water table has dropped significantly and last winter the pond was essentially empty and became choked with weeds. This year, the water level has increased but remains well below what is needed if the pond is once again to support the variety of wildlife it hosted as little as 3 or 4 years ago.
There has been a lengthy discussion involving the site developers, Longstanton Parish Council, South Cambs District Council, and the Longstanton & District Heritage Society over what should be done- and by whom – to restore the health of the pond. Gallaghers, the developers, agreed before clearing the Northstowe site that they would maintain the pond in good condition, but it has taken considerable efforts – notably by the Longstanton & District Heritage Society – to motivate them to actually take positive steps to this end.
At last there is some movement. The SCDC has agreed with the developers to take action to restore the pond. To this end, a meeting will be held next Wednesday, 13th June at 11a.m., at the pond on the Barrett Homes side. Anyone interested in helping to clear the scrub vegetation at the pond is asked to turn up at that time to register their interest, though work is not expected to start before the following week at earliest. The RSPB and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) are also being approached to see whether they can offer any assistance.
In recent weeks the pond has recovered some of its former lushness, though the water level remains worryingly low. Some (actually 2…) medium-sized fish have been spotted in the water, though it is a mystery where they came from, as the pond was virtually dry last autumn and it is hard to see how they could have survived. Perhaps some local enthusiast is restocking? The plant growth choking the bed of the pond will need to be removed and the surrounding woodland tidied up. In addition, to achieve a viable habitat, more water will need to be added over and above that available naturally. Whether or not kingfishers will ever return remains to be seen.
from Lisa Smith
ChatHealth: a confidential text service for young people
Do you need confidential advice and support from a School Nurse? Then contact this text messaging service for 13-19 year olds on 07480 635060.
ChatHealth is an easy way for young people to confidentially seek help about a range of issues, make an appointment with a school nurse, or find out how to access other local services including emotional support or sexual health services.
from Christine Trevorrow
CCVS is a Cambridge based charity offering support for community groups across the county.
They are running an event on 2nd July in Cottenham sports pavilion in collaboration with Cottenham parish council. The event is aimed at community groups in the area who would like to know more about making successful funding bids, plus the chance to hear about funds that groups can apply for. The event is free to any community group.
For more information, please see the CCVS website.
from Alex Riley
Many of you will have seen the signs proclaiming that the Airfield Road will shut next Monday, 21 May. This post aims to fill you in on some of the background.
As you may remember, Simon Edwards and I met up with Philip Harker (Homes England) and Becky Allen (Sisk’s) on 23 April. Arising from that a second meeting was arranged, to involve our new District Councillors (Sarah Cheung Johnson was able to attend). I sent the participants of that meeting a briefing note which contained the following points:
from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery
If you are unable to attend your GP appointment, please call the surgery with as much notice as possible so your appointment can be offered to someone else. This will help us reduce our waiting times for appointments. In March, there were 51 missed GP appointments in Willingham and 20 missed appointments in our Longstanton Branch Surgery. The resulting cost of this is approximately £1775 being wasted (an average GP appointment costs £25).
from Cllr Alex Riley
My colleague Simon Edwards and I have just met with Philip Harker of Homes England. We explained to him about the conflicting messages that have been put out about a consultation period, together with previous commitments not to shut the road until the A14 upgrade is completed, etc. It seems possible that the works that are intended could proceed with the road left open, but subject to delays so that heavy plant can cross the road. We agreed that a meeting should be held very soon (before the 3rd May election) to involve County Council Highways officers and Pete Hudson, our County Councillor. I will report back to you after this meeting!
Whatever the outcome of this meeting, the Airfield Road will continue to be open for pedestrians, cyclists and invalid carriages.
Elections will be held on May 3rd for Parish and District Councils.
In Longstanton, the new Parish Council will have a largely familiar look. Only nine candidates were proposed for the eleven seats on the council, so all will be elected unopposed. Of the ten existing councillors, eight will be returning, the exceptions being Sandy Sastry and Sarah Cheung Johnson, who will instead be standing for the District Council. Stephanie Ness will be the only new face.
At District Council level, Longstanton joins a ward that also includes Oakington and Northstowe that will be represented by two councillors. Candidates for these posts are:
- Sandra Ann ARCHER (Green)
- Sarah Elizabeth Kar Yee CHEUNG JOHNSON (Liberal Democrat)
- Simon Mark EDWARDS (Conservative)
- Polly GUNSMAN (Labour)
- Roger HALL (Conservative)
- Alex MALYON (Liberal Democrat)
- Ed STOKES (Labour)
Edit: Sarah Cheung Johnson and Alex Malyon were elected.
Alex Riley reports:
Sisk’s, the Northstowe Phase 2 contractor, have applied to shut the airfield Road “temporarily” for 19 months from 21 May. This means that they have not given the statutory minimum of 12 weeks’ notice. I am currently unclear whether there will be a public consultation. I have asked the County for clarification.