The Poacher August 2016 Newsletter

Dear villagers,

Another busy month has passed and we have finally seen some sunshine, our family barbeque was held in glorious weather and the Indian Cuisine Evening was another fantastic success. July’s Quiz had slightly less people than normal but was still an excellent evening and it was great to see some new faces, our Folk Evening on the last Monday of every month just gets better and better, I really would recommend people coming down to this as it is such a pleasant event and is really worth a listen (This months: Monday 29th August).

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Elsworth’s Textile bank

Have you ever wondered what happens to the textiles that you recycle in the textile bank on Boxworth Road?  Have a look at this fascinating article about where they end up and just how much is recycled through the European Recycling Company that operates the bank.

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New national phone number for power cuts

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

 

Key points to note about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

 

A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels.

Community Car Scheme open to Elsworth Residents

Cambourne Community Car scheme has very kindly offered to include Elsworth in its scheme on a three month trial basis with immediate effect.   The County Council is backing this offer which hopefully will see a very welcome facility for Elsworth’s residents. 

 The Community Car Scheme provides door-to-door transport for medical and essential social journeys for people who cannot make the journey by car, by bus or dial-a-ride. But it is NOT a taxi service and you need to give as much notice as possible (preferably 48 hours). Drivers are all volunteers, so the scheme cannot guarantee availability (if more people become volunteers the availability would increase). There is a minimum charge of £3.00 for each journey, or 30p per mile from the driver’s home and back to their home.  (Ask your doctor if you qualify for free transport to hospital by other providers).  Passengers pay the driver direct on the day.

 It is hoped that, not only will this scheme help Elsworth residents, but that it will encourage volunteer drivers from Elsworth to come forward to become part of the team for the well run Cambourne scheme.   The County Council tops up the mileage payment for the drivers and ensures full insurance cover.

 

Please contact Liz Sim the Parish Clerk on 01954 267664 clerk@elsworthvillage.com if you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver for this scheme. It is a great facility and so well organised.

 

The contact details for you if you would like to use the scheme are:

 

Telephone: 07858 933230

 

Email cambournecarscheme@gmail.com

 

Cambridge City Deal – Tackling peak time congestion

 

Cambridgeshire City Deal Team  would like to know the views of the parish on their eight-point package to tackle congestion in Cambridge. The proposals aim to transform people’s ability to travel into, out of and around Cambridge by providing more efficient, safe and reliable capacity for travel, without the need to get in a car.

The package includes:

  • Better bus services and expanded use of Park & Ride
  • Better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • Improved public space and air quality
  • Peak-time Congestion Control Points (PCCPs)
  • A Workplace Parking Levy
  • On-street parking controls
  • Smart technology
  • Travel planning

Information is available online at www.gccitydeal.co.uk/congestion, at community hubs and at employment locations across Cambridge, South Cambridge and beyond. A series of events and exhibitions will be held in July, September and October where people can find out more information and speak to members of the project team. Please see the attached Poster for further information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at city.deal@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, by phone on 01223 699906 or by post to City Deal Team, SH1311, Major Infrastructure Delivery, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

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