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Airfield Road closure

Alex Rileyfrom SCDC Cllr Allex Riley

At the Northstowe Community Forum held on 17 January, a representative of Sisk’s (the company responsible for the infrastructure of Phase 2 of Northstowe) explained that they intended to install a crossing across the Airfield Road via traffic lights. They were waiting for clarification of the Public Right-of-way situation from the County Council but were intending to close the road from early summer.

This statement was in conflict with what residents had previously been given to understand, namely that the closure of the Airfield Road would not take place until the local works to upgrade the A14 (including the road for local traffic) have completed.

I have recently met with Homes England (formerly the HCA) in order to clarify the situation. They have explained to me that any permanent closure of the Airfield Road could not take place until a public notice has been advertised. This notice will be advertised setting out the proposed details of the stopping up order and will be subject to a 28 day public consultation process which would be run by the County Council.

I am very relieved to hear this because it is my view that to shut the Airfield Road while the A14 is in its current state would be a serious mistake.

Newsletter – March 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

Hospital Waiting Lists
Please note that some hospital departments currently have very long waiting lists. Once your referral has been sent to the hospital, the GP has very little power to expedite your appointment or move you up the waiting list. The hospital is responsible for prioritising your referral. Moving a patient up the waiting list will obviously lead to a longer wait for someone else. If you are concerned your referral has been lost or forgotten, we are happy to check on the progress for you. Please contact the surgery if you are concerned.

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Newsletter – February 2018

from Sharon Unwin – Practice Manager

Driving with Care
We have recently received some complaints and concerns about some quite dangerous and inconsiderate driving on the surgery road and car park. We would like to remind patients that the road leading to the surgery, and particularly the junction with Long Lane, can be extremely busy with small children on the school run during peak times. Please drive slowly and carefully when entering and leaving the surgery road, and take particular care during busy periods. If you witness anything dangerous please report the registration number of the vehicle concerned to the Practice Manager.

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Newsletter – January 2018

from Sharon Unwin – Practice Manager

***HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR PATIENTS***

Patient Survey
Thank you to all our patients who took part in our annual Patient Survey. The results have been published on the practice website. We are delighted with the positive feedback we received. We always like to know what you think so we can improve the service we deliver, and invite you to comment either via NHS choices, through our website or using the suggestion boxes in the surgeries.

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Longstanton Living Advent Calendar – starts 1st December

The idea for a ‘living advent calendar’ came from Saltaire Inspired. Five businesses and 22 private houses in the village will be putting on a window display during the run-up to Christmas, with one new display being ‘opened’ each evening.

Using this map, you will be able to enjoy a walking tour of all the participating homes and businesses. There is also a facebook page @LongstantonAdventCalendar where you can see details of festive treats offered by some participants when they open their windows.

Newsletter – December 2017

from Sharon Unwin – Practice Manager

***Our surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Normal opening hours apply every other day ***

Out of Hours Care
Please remember to phone Urgent Care Cambridge on 111 if you require medical attention when the surgery is closed. Please help our Emergency Services and only call 999 for a life threatening condition. Remember that Accident & Emergency is intended for life threatening conditions or if you are likely to need an x-ray.

Repeat Prescriptions
Please plan ahead and make sure you have enough medication. The last date for ordering repeat prescriptions in time for the Christmas holidays is Wednesday 20th December. The last date for collection before the Christmas holidays is Friday 22nd December by 1pm at Longstanton Surgery and 6:30pm at Willingham Pharmacy. The last date for ordering repeat medication before New year will be Weds 27th December and collection is no later than 29th of December. The surgeries will re-open as normal on Tuesday 2nd January.

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Cinderella – Box Office is open!

Christmas is coming.

Did we really say that? It’s not even Hallowe’en… Still if you want to be sure of your tickets for December’s panto by the Over Players, better start planning ahead.

The seasonal production from The Over Players will be the ever popular traditional family panto Cinderella. There is a Prince and Ugly Sisters and shoes, plus a Pantomime Horse and wonderful songs for all the family to enjoy.

Following a successful and fun workshop, rehearsals are now well underway and the Players look forward to welcoming you to the Over Community Centre in December.

Book early to avoid disappointment!
Tickets on sale 9th October 2017
Show dates 5th – 9th December 2017

Visit the website https://overplayers.uk/ or follow the Players’ Facebook page @theoverplayers for the latest up to date information.

Major A14 closures start next Monday

A14Contractors will be completing repairs on the A14 westbound carriageway starting next Monday, 16th October.

The westbound carriageway will be closed every weekday night (10 nights) from 16th to 28th October from 9.00 pm to 6.00 am between the Girton interchange and Spittals interchange. In addition, access from the M11 will be closed at Madingley.

For through traffic, signposted diversions will be via the A428 to the A1 and then north. However, we are advised that westbound access will be allowed TO LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY between the Huntingdon Road at the Girton interchange and Fenstanton. Drivers using this access should be aware that they will be driving through road works with a speed limit of 15mph.

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