Planning application for consideration S/1859/14/FL

Mr Anthony Taylor Meadow Farm, Broad End, Elsworth, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB23 4JD

Replacement of the existing wooden storage shed on the Grass Close with a secure metal container to be clad in dark stained timber to match the community shop.

To be considered by the Parish Council at its meeting on September 17th.

Broadband update

You may have noticed green cabinets popping up in the village and Openreach vans around quite a bit.  The latest update from  Openreach is that the cabinet and fibre spine works are progressing but we have no information yet on an anticipated live date

The spine work is dependent on Swavesey spine upgrade which requires some A14 night works but there are no current issues with this.

We will let you know as soon as we know a confirmed go live date.

Update on changes to Waste and Recycling Services

Over the next five years the council must save around £4m due to reducing government grants – a quarter of its annual budget. Some savings have been found but we still need to find £1.1m savings by April 2015. The waste and recycling service will be contributing around £400,000 a year to these savings from a number of changes:

New collection rounds from 1st September

Using the very latest software, we’ve completely redesigned all our waste and recycling collection rounds, which will be rolled out from 1st September, making them even more efficient. The great news for residents is that, apart from nine properties, everyone’s collection day will stay exactly the same.

Collection times may however change so we’re asking residents to put their bins out the night before collection or by 6am on collection day.

The new rounds will mean big changes for our crews, so residents are being asked to be patient with the crews whilst they learn their new routes.

Residents have been notified of the changes in the Summer edition of the South Cambs Magazine, and further information will be included within the Autumn edition.  A press release will also be issued at the end of August.

Monthly green bin collections in the winter

Monthly green bin collections will be introduced this winter, in December, January and February only, when far less garden waste is put out by residents.

Further information on this change will be included within the Autumn edition of the South Cambs Magazine, together with a revised collection calendar detailing when the changes apply in all areas.

Changes to Christmas bin collections

Revised bin collections over the Christmas period will save £25,000, contributing to savings in 2014/15.

This Christmas period, collections will be made up until 27 December 2014, break until 5 January and then return back to normal collections.  Where, in previous years, collections that would ordinarily fall on Christmas Day and Boxing Day were re-scheduled for up to three days later, some of these collections will also be made earlier.

Besides saving money the changes will result in the normal service being resumed two weeks earlier than in previous year, reducing disruption for residents.

Residents will be reminded that they can recycle a wide range of materials from their doorstep in South Cambridgeshire, and all their Christmas wrapping paper can be recycled in the blue bin.  Any excess recyclable material can also be placed in a returnable container or cardboard box next to their blue bin for collection.

The changes will be highlighted to residents in a number of ways in the lead up to Christmas, through articles in the South Cambridgeshire Magazine, parish and village magazines, a press release, posters and leaflets.

A copy of the Autumn magazine can be found through https://www.scambs.gov.uk/news from the end of August.

Further information can also be found on the website via https://www.scambs.gov.uk/changes-waste-collections-south-cambridgeshire and https://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/collection-changes-faqs

Elsworth’s Streetlights

Following consultations with parishioners, agreement was reached for all the roads in the village in order to reduce the overall number of lamps by 10% and a reduction in the power consumption.   Agreement was reached on  existing streetlight poles to be replaced with new poles and different lights: others just the lights renewed and a few will be removed completely. The new lights will be able to be dimmed at night.

Click here for more information and maps showing the status of existing lights.

Enquiries about the Streetlighting can be made to Balfour Beatty at enquiries@lightingcambridgeshire.com

Elsworth’s new web site

This the new web site for Elsworth Village.  At the moment this is being updated and new information will be added gradually. We hope that you will benefit from this new site and enjoy using it.

Liz Sim, Parish Clerk

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