In this section we will be including colour or higher resolution versions of some of the photos included in the current issue of Willingham News magazine. From time to time we may also include items which had to be left out of the magazine due to lack of space. This page will also have any corrections to errors in the magazine not spotted before printing.
This month we have a poster for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme, the full District Councillors report for July and some assorted photos that did not make it into the magazine.
Article for Willingham News – July 2021 Edition
Here is an update from your South Cambridgeshire District (SCDC) Councillors:
Rates of COVID-19 continue to decrease across the whole of Cambridgeshire and in every district they are now well below the national and regional average. The most recent data shows that Cambridgeshire had 4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population – well below the England average of 23.6 and the regional average of 18.6. Hospital admissions remain low and there have been no COVID-19 deaths since the end of April. Although this is very encouraging, past experience has shown how quickly this can change and the public is encouraged to continue to follow the rules and to understand that getting back to a more normal way of life depends on all of us and the actions we take. People are still being called to have their second vaccine and it is very important that people have both doses to give them the best possible protection. Thanks to Val Thomas, Acting Director of Public Health, for the above information.
Zero Carbon Communities Grant
As the closing date is 30 July, we want to emphasise that Community groups can now bid for a share of £100,000 from the District Council’s Zero Carbon Communities Grant scheme, which has already funded more than 35 grassroots projects to tackle climate change. Grants between £1,000 and £15,000 are available. The money comes from business rates from renewable energy sites, like solar farms, in South Cambridgeshire that the Council retains and earmarks for use in green initiatives like this.
Non-profit groups or organisations that are based in the district and parish councils can apply. Other groups, such as social enterprises and community interest companies can apply as part of a partnership led by a parish council or not-for-profit groups. tinyurl.com/yp9pxewm
‘Wild Minds’ Outdoor Activities for Young People
Fourteen to 17-year-olds can register free for eight outdoor activity sessions at Milton Country Park, where they can try their hand at bush craft, yoga, survival skills, water sports on the lake and much more, for the benefit of their wellbeing. The sessions are 90 minutes long and are run on Sunday afternoons as part of an eight-week programme, in which small groups of teenagers are supported by skilled instructors as well as trained youth workers. The course is designed to help teens tackle things like mild anxiety or low mood, or to improve self-confidence and esteem.
The courses have been developed by South Cambridgeshire District Council together with Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust (which runs Milton Country Park) and is also supported by a Clinical Psychologist. Register free for courses on our Wild Minds page at www.scambs.gov.uk/wildminds. The courses are popular and some are already fully booked, with further dates being released soon.
SCDC’s Investment in Cambourne
The new South Cambridgeshire Investment Partnership (SCIP) has agreed to purchase land in Cambourne to bring forward new homes – while South Cambridgeshire District Council is also making a major investment in the future of Cambourne Business Park. SCIP is a 50:50 partnership between South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Hill Group.
The land on the southern edge of Cambourne Business Park being purchased for £12.9 million by SCIP and is expected to lead to around 275 new homes. 40% of these will be much needed affordable housing. This will include social housing, such as rented accommodation managed by the Council or a Housing Association
Additionally, South Cambridgeshire District Council is purchasing a currently empty plot of land at Cambourne Business Park, which is identified for commercial activity, with a view to completing this part of the Business Park. Key parts of the infrastructure of the Business Park are also being purchased by the Council. The total cost of these two transactions is £1.4 million. These deals represent a direct and long-term investment into this local community – establishing Cambourne as one of Cambridgeshire’s prime business locations and playing an important part in our administration’s commitment to bringing forward new homes that are truly affordable to live-in.
The first site comprises 19.2 acres of brownfield residential land to the south of the access road and is allocated in the District Council’s current adopted Local Plan for residential and employment use. It has the potential to deliver around 275 new homes, with 40% affordable. The second site, being purchased just by South Cambridgeshire District Council, comprises 2.77 acres adjacent to South Cambridgeshire Hall, with detailed planning consent for 48,000 sq. ft of office space, set within the Cambridge Compass Enterprise Zone area.
Bill Handley and Dawn Percival
Willingham Wolves Ladies Football Team
The Baptist Chapel in George Street
The Flower Tubs supplied by WAG