County Council Report – June 2016

peterhudsonfrom Cllr Peter Hudson

Devolution
The County Council has agreed to put a devolution proposal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough out to public consultation.

A14 update
Assuming there is no successful legal challenge; Highways England will issue a notice to proceed to construction to the contractors probably in late June. Work will start in the summer on pre-construction activities such as construction of site compounds and enabling works. Site compounds are proposed at Brampton – two compounds on Buckden Road, Ermine Street off the A1198, and Swavesey – two compounds off Boxworth Road.

The legal agreement between Highways England and the County Council provides for consultation with the County Council on design and construction of local and de-trunked roads. The County Council has a right to be consulted over the design, and for reasonable comments to be taken on board by Highways England. Similarly, there is a right to inspect works under construction. The agreement further provides for the payment of design check and inspection fees to the County Council.

HE has set up meeting dates for local Members and the Public to attend and view the proposals in more detail, these dates along with locations and venues are set out in the table below:

  • Offord Village Hall – Tuesday 27th September 2-8pm
  • Hilton Village Hall – Thursday 29th September 2-8pm
  • Bar Hill Village Hall – Saturday 1st October 10am-4pm
  • Madingley Village Hall – Tuesday 4th October 2-8pm
  • The Alconbury Memorial Hall – Wednesday 5th October 2-8pm
  • Brampton Memorial Centre – Saturday 8th October 10-4pm
  • Milton All Saints Church Hall – Tuesday 11th October 2-8pm
  • Oakington Pavilion – Saturday 15th October 10-4pm
  • Swavesey Memorial Hall – Wednesday 19th October 2-8pm
  • United Reform Free Church – Thursday 20th October 2-8pm
  • Godmanchester Town Council (Judith’s Field Hall) – Monday 24th October 2-8pm
  • Parish Forum 19th July 19:00-21:00 at Hilton Village Hall
  • Parish Forum 27th July 19:00 – 21:00 at Bar Hill Community Centre

The link to the A14 website is as follows:
http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-improvement-scheme

And Highways England Customer services can be contacted on 0300 123 5000. .

New integrated NHS 111 and GP Out of Hours provider
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have appointed Herts Urgent Care (HUC) as the new integrated NHS 111 and GP Out of Hours provider for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Previously, there were three providers.

The new, integrated Urgent Care (NHS 111 and GP Out of Hours service) will launch by the end of October 2016 for patients in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s aim is to provide a clinically-led, high quality and integrated service for patients. Joining up the NHS 111 service and GP Out of Hours service through a single contract will simplify access for patients, making it easier for people to access the service they need. It will also ensure consistent standards and processes. The new model will mean better sharing of expertise between GPs, clinical advisers and health advisers all working together so that an appropriately trained member of staff will be able to deal with different levels of illness.

The new service has taken into account feedback from patients and clinicians and made changes to include easier access for hard of hearing groups, clearer pathways for patients at the end of their lives, pharmacist prescribing for weekends and bank holidays and advice for patients with mental health problems. Patients who need to see a clinician will be able to speak to or meet a clinician within a minimum of four hours, or sooner if clinically appropriate. This means that calling 111 first will ensure that patients get access to care quickly and efficiently.

New Path for Rights of Way in Cambridgeshire
Future of Cambridgeshire’s footpaths, bridleways and byways set to benefit local residents as updated Rights of Way Improvement Plan is adopted.

Walkers, cyclists, horse riders, carriage drivers and motorists will see improvements to the public rights of way network as Cambridgeshire County Council recently adopted its updated Rights of Way Improvement Plan. The adoption of the Plan is the most recent step in making the countryside more accessible and safer for healthy activities. It looks to create a better countryside environment and integrate new housing into the network, taking advantage of any development opportunities to improve routes across Cambridgeshire.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan forms part of the Cambridgeshire Local Transport Plan. It can be viewed on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website:
http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20006/travel_roads_and_parking/66/transport_plans_and_policies

The Rights of Way interactive map is also available on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/rightsofway

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