Problems on the Recreation Ground – Offord Darcy

We have been made aware of recent issues with possible anti-social behaviour late at night on the Recreation Ground.

These have been reported to the police who have agreed to increase their patrols and talk to any groups they encounter. The police have informed us that over the past three months they have not received any reports from residents. It is very important that these incidents are reported when they occur. The more reports they receive the more visits we get! You can dial 101 or use the online reporting tool via this link https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-a-crime . Obviously, if it is an emergency dial 999.

Councillors are increasing their visits to clear up excessive litter and to check the CCTV cameras and we are in the process of installing extra cameras on the Recreation Ground and Millennium Green.

Hopefully, by working together, we can deal with these problems.

If you have any thoughts of anything more we can be doing, please get in touch.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY HEALTH MESSAGE

We have been asked by HDC to highlight the following community health message and ask that members be vigilant and take note of Public Health/CCC/HDC messages relating to this area of concern.

“The overall admission rates at Hinchingbrooke Hospital related to Covid-19 are not declining at the rate we would, at this stage, expect and there are some hotspots emerging from patients with symptoms who are presenting at primary care(largely GPs and community pharmacies). These concentrations are found in Huntingdon, St Neots and Sawtry.

It is essential that we get strong messages out to residents in these areas to continue to follow the advice from our health experts of working from home wherever possible, maintaining social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel. Could you please use your local communication channels to get this message to your residents?”

We would ask you to re-iterate and re-inforce the community health message in your local areas please:

Stay at home as much as possible
Work from home if you can
Limit contact with other people
Keep your distance if you have to go out – (2 metres apart where possible)
Wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you, or anyone within your household, have symptoms.

Hunts District Council COVID-19 Update

For all of us, the last few days have seen us having to completely re-think the way we work in the short term to aid our communities to tackle the new challenges COVID-19 is throwing our way. Chief amongst your responsibilities is to cascade information about key district council services and other important national information to your wider village and town communities. With this in mind, please find below all of the relevant and up to date links and contacts for best supporting the residents and businesses in your area:

HDC Services

HDC COVID-19 dedicated webpage:

Please direct people to this webpage for the latest updates on how the district council services are running, this page is being updated regularly throughout the day. The webpage can be accessed here: https://huntingdonshire.gov.uk/serviceupdate

Information for local businesses:
· There is a dedicated webpage for local businesses to access information about business rate relief, access to support and other measures that have been introduced by the government. It can all be found in one place here: https://huntingdonshire.gov.uk/investhuntssupport

· The Council are also issuing letters imminently to every business ratepayer in the district which will contain information on how to access new guidance and support that the government has announced.

Impact on waste services:

· Due to the coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness levels, some recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in general rubbish being prioritised, other services being suspended at short notice, such as organic waste, recycling or bulky waste collections.

· Services offered and operating hours may also change at Recycling Centres. We are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciate your understanding if services do change. We are monitoring the situation closely but should the situation change we will be altering the service accordingly. Currently, all collection crews are deployed so services are running as normal.

· Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste. Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner. This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied. These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection. After 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable and the double-bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only heavily contaminated waste, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal. Please note, individuals who are self-isolating should not visit any recycling centre.

National Advice

Key worker definition:

Following the Government’s announcement that schools are to close from Monday until further notice, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, please see a link for the government guidance on who qualifies as a ‘key worker’: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Guidance for charitable organisations:

Please cascade this link to any contacts you know who have links into the third sector: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector

Other useful links

Five things you can do to protect yourself and your community (Public Health England)
Dedicated coronavirus/COVID-19 Information (NHS)
Guidance to assist employers, employees and businesses (Invest Huntingdonshire)
Information for the public (GOV.UK)
Travel Advice (GOV.UK)
Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people (Public Health England)
Thank you for your cooperation in this these unprecedented times.

Jane Gadsby

Communications Executive

Huntingdonshire District Council

Telephone: 01480 388009

Mobile: 07590 827684

Scams Partnership Urges People to be vigilant against COVID-19 Scammers

MEMBERS of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) are warning people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to be vigilant against scammers who are taking advantage of Covid-19.

As Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the world, various reports have emerged about fraudsters seizing the opportunity to defraud.

In the UK, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has reported that victims have lost over £800k to scams relating to the coronavirus since February 2020.

Many of the scams involve criminals contacting victims by email, phone or text message posing as genuine organisations such as banks, police officers or health providers. The fraudsters may claim to provide medical guidance, investment opportunities or a safe place to transfer and keep money – using coronavirus as a cover story. Alternatively, victims are tricked into disclosing personal or financial information or clicking on links which could contain malware.

In Cambridgeshire, doorstep scammers are reported to have been visiting residents purporting to be from Red Cross or other legitimate organisations, and offering to provide coronavirus testing kits – for a hefty fee.

Some examples of other coronavirus scams to watch out for are:

· Flight cancellation scam. If you have had a holiday cancelled, beware of individuals or organisations making contact asking for bank details to refund your money. Your travel agent or airline should refund directly by the original payment method.

· Fake email or website scams. Watch out for authentic looking websites or emails seemingly from official channels such as Public Health England or WHO (World Health Organisation). These may look very convincing and offer enticing information for a fee or a single click on a link or attachment. Clicking may install malicious software which can monitor the victim’s every move and provide the details to criminals. Recent examples include e-mails or websites claiming to be able to show local cases of Covid-19 but which are in fact designed to infect the victim’s computer with malware to steal banking and log-in information.

· Online offers for vaccinations. There are currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges, prescriptions or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Covid-19 coronavirus. DO NOT send money, buy bitcoin or vouchers to anyone offering this.

· Bogus charity callers. Fraudsters may pose as charitable organisations claiming to help individuals or businesses in these challenging times. Check the authenticity of any caller on the phone or doorstep by contacting the organisation on the number you know to be correct. If the caller was on the phone make sure you wait at least 10 minutes or use a different handset to conduct your authenticity check.

· Tax refund scam. E-mails purporting to be from HMRC or GOV.UK are being sent by scammers with the promise of a tax rebate ‘for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak’ at the click of a link. The link is likely to infect the device with malware and allow private information to be stolen.

· Good Neighbour scam. People in self-isolation have been approached by criminals offering to help with shopping who take the resident’s money and never return.

Acting Police and Crime Commissioner, Ray Bisby said:

“In these difficult times, there are many genuine people and organisations offering to support people’s health and wellbeing needs within their local community, such as shopping, collecting prescriptions or providing a friendly conversation over the phone.

“These people will carry official documentation or identification and will ask YOU to contact THEM if you need any help.

“Remember, always check ID of people knocking at the door – do your own, independent research to contact the organisation in question rather than using any contact details on the ID itself.

“Please stay safe and look after one another.