FLOOD WARNINGS – Latest information

River Great Ouse at St Neots, Little Paxton and The Offords
Flooding is expected – immediate action required

River levels have risen at the Bedford river gauge and continue to rise at the Tempsford river gauge following the heavy rainfall on Wednesday 24th December. Consequently, flooding (of property) is imminent. We expect flooding to affect Chester Road, School Lane, Barford Road, Cromwell Road, St Neots Road, Cross Hall Road, Mill Hill Road, Huntingdon Street and Cambridge Street in St Neots, Skipper Way in Little Paxton, High Street in Offord D’Arcy and Station Lane in Offord Cluny. Further rainfall is forecast on Sunday 27/12/20 and Monday 28/12/20 so we expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services. Please follow advice from emergency services. Call 999 if in immediate danger. Move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 9:19am Saturday 26 December 2020 For the latest information please follow this link:

Flood information for River Great Ouse at St Neots, Little Paxton and The Offords – GOV.UK (flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk)

2021 Census Recruitment for Full and part time temporary roles

With 5 months until everyone in England and Wales will be asked to take part in Census 2021, here’s an update on the ONS plans in light of Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways, and it has further emphasised the need for up-to-date data about the population to help organisations such as local authorities shape services for society for the years to come.

They have reviewed and refined their Census plans and are confident that everyone will be able to provide their census information safely and securely.  Their design now means they can conduct the main census field data collection operation without anyone ever needing to enter a house. All contact will be socially distanced, field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance and our recruitment and training have been moved wholly online.

Some 200 full time ONS-employed census engagement managers (CEMS) have recently started work across England and Wales, responsible for engaging communities in local areas and raising awareness of the census. 

Recruitment

Full and part-time Census Officer roles are now open for applications, until 27th January, on the Census jobs website here.

There is also a Roma Community Advisor role for Cambridgeshire, applications close 8th January, details are here.

Christmas and New Year Waste Collection Arrangements

If your normal day is: Change to:

Monday December 21 Saturday December 19
Tuesday December 22 Monday December 21
Wednesday December 23 Tuesday December 22
Thursday December 24 Wednesday December 23
Monday December 28 Tuesday December 29
Tuesday December 29 Wednesday December 30
Wednesday December 30 Thursday December 31
Thursday December 31 Saturday January 2
Friday Janauary 1 Monday January 4
Monday January 4 Tuesday January 5
Tuesday January 5 Wednesday January 6
Wednesday January 6 Thursday January 7
Thursday January 7 Friday January 8
Friday January 8 Saturday January 9

The household recycling centres will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. A booking system is now in place at all sites so if you are planning on visiting between Christmas and the New Year, book a slot today. Visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more information.

Christmas Tree Recycling
We are supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice again this year who will be collecting real Christmas trees for recycling on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January.
To check availability and book your slot visit just-helping.org.uk/register-tree
Donations received from the Christmas tree collection provide vital funds for your hospice and other local charities.

Real trees can be placed by the side of the garden bin on collection day. If the tree is bigger than the bin we ask that it is chopped
in half.
The Household Recycling Centres will also take Christmas trees.

The Offords are now in Tier 2 of the Government Covid Restrictions

What does that mean?

Tier 2: High alert
This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2:

you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals

hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:

provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol

close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)

stop taking orders after 10pm

hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm

public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies

weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.

organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue

organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing

you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey

for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

Play areas in The Offords are open!

Following the recently annouced Lockdown, Councillors have assessed the situation regarding its open spaces and play areas and has decided to allow them to open provided the current guidance regarding social distancing and hand hygeine is observed. The toilet on the recreation ground must NOT be used.

National Lockdown Announced

A National Lockdown has been announced.  This will run from 1 minute past midnight on Thursday, November 5th until Wednesday December 2nd.  Click on the following link for the guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

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.