Parish e-bulletin from South Cambs District Council for March 2021

March 2021 parish e-bulletin

News and information from South Cambridgeshire District Council

Welcome to the latest e-bulletin. We hope you and your communities are well and preparing to welcome the upcoming phases of the road-map out of lockdown. Our Council teams continue to face challenges as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic and the recovery plans, and we are keeping in touch with you and local Covid-19 community groups to update you on this on a regular basis. This bi-monthly parish e-bulletin covers important notices we would like to draw your attention to from other teams in the Council.

 

Contents

  1. Elections on Thursday 6 May. 1
  2. Funding opportunities. 2
  3. Planning updates. 5
  4. Easter Bin collection dates. 5
  5. Young people’s wellbeing. 7

 

1. Elections on Thursday 6 May

Elections are taking place on Thursday 6 May across South Cambridgeshire, including elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor and Cambridgeshire County Council. There will be processes in place at our polling stations to make them as safe as possible. The deadline for registering to vote is 19 April and the deadline to apply for a postal vote is 20 April at 5pm.

 

Contact: elections@scambs.gov.uk

2. Funding opportunities

2.1. COVID Recovery Community Chest Grant

To help groups and projects begin to resume their activities as we come out of lockdown, we have earmarked a £30,000 Covid recovery grant fund as part of our Community Chest funding. This is specifically designed to help local community groups and Parish Councils resume community activities which have been difficult or impossible during the pandemic.

 

The eligibility criteria for our Community Chest Grant scheme have been temporarily amended to allow applications for grants of up to £2,000 for Covid recovery related projects and initiatives. Previously, few parish councils could apply to the scheme but for the next eight weeks – up until 10th May 2021 – it is open to all Parish Councils as well as community groups, with applications being considered at the May 28th Grants Advisory Committee meeting. Meanwhile, the normal Community Chest scheme continues to run for community groups for a maximum grant of £1,000.

The process is the same for both types of application – just select which grant you are applying for at the start of the process.

 

Contact: Community.Chest@scambs.gov.uk

2.2. Parish Councils may be eligible for support grants for properties

Parish Councils may be eligible for one of the Local Restrictions Support Grants for properties with a rateable value that were mandated to close due to Coronavirus restrictions (since November). The deadline to apply for this grant is 31 March. If you have not applied and think you may be eligible, please apply before the deadline.

 

Contact: BusinessGrants@scambs.gov.uk

2.3. Community ownership fund

The Government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund. The fund is aimed at helping to ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them. At this stage, we know that community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched-funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses.

 

We do not know at this stage if there is any link between this fund and assets that have already been registered as an Asset of Community Value – a process we administer. The first bidding round for the Community Ownership Fund will open by June 2021. At that point, the Government has said that a full bidding prospectus will be published.

More information is available on the Gov.uk website.

Contact: duty.communities@scambs.gov.uk

2.4. Tools and funding to make your community safer and stronger

The Community Safety Partnership between South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, the Police, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS and the Probation Service, meets together to tackle local crime and anti-social behaviour. We want to encourage residents to take ownership of some of these local issues to create local solutions – and there is funding and support available to help you do this.

 

Grants of between £50 and £500 are currently available to improve community safety as well as improve cohesion. Apply before 30 September 2021. Voluntary groups, charities, parish councils and enthusiastic individuals can apply for funding for anything from printing leaflets or posters, hosting a website, buying equipment for a Speedwatch group, litter picking, creating a community garden or accessing training. For further information, please contact Linda Gallagher: 07376 901 019.

2.5. Zero Carbon Communities grant: Round 3 opens 10 May

Round 3 of our Zero Carbon Communities Grant will open on Monday 10 May to provide funding of between £1,000 and £15,000 to parish councils and voluntary sector organisations for projects that support the shift to zero carbon emissions by 2050.

 

This time, we will be inviting applications under two main themes plus an extra general theme for exceptional projects; with each theme being allocated a nominal percentage of a £100k grant fund:

 

  • Community buildings (40%)
  • Nature (40%)
  • Other projects (20%)

The closing date for applications is 30 July.

 

Please email zcc@scambs.gov.uk if you would like to discuss your potential project before making an application. More information will also be available soon on this part of our website.

2.6. Funding for creativity in the lives of people with mental ill health from ethnically diverse backgrounds

The Baring Foundation, an independent foundation which protects and advances human rights and promotes inclusion, has launched a new fund for projects that promote the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

 

Grants of £10,000 to £40,000 are available for projects that: 

  • find ways to attract participatory artists from ethnically diverse communities into this area of work, and/or
  • undertake activity to offer creative opportunities to members of specific ethnically diverse communities who have mental health problems.

3. Planning updates

3.1. Planning Area Teams

Contact details for the new Area Teams officers in the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service are now regularly updated on our website. If you have a query about a planning application, please visit our Development Management Area Teams page and for all other planning contacts, visit our planning contacts page.

3.2. Parish Area Forums

Thank you to everyone who has attended our first round of the new-style Area Forums for parish councils. We hope you found them useful and all parishes should now have received the links to the Zoom recordings. If you missed the links, please email Beverley Childs.

3.3. Housing trajectory published

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service has now published its updated housing trajectory and five-year housing land supply position statement.  This concludes that Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire jointly have 6.1 years of housing land supply for the 2021-2026 five-year period. This conclusion is based on our five-year housing land supply being calculated jointly, using the Liverpool methodology, and applying a 5% buffer. 

 

For more information please visit our Monitoring delivery webpage

4. Easter Bin collection dates

All bin collection dates over the Easter weekend and the following bank holidays will be later this year. Dates can also be checked using the online calendar.

Usual collection day

Revised collection day

Good Friday 02 April

Tuesday 06 April

Easter Monday 05 May

Wednesday 07 April

Tuesday 06 April

Thursday 08 April

Wednesday 07 April

Friday 09 April

Thursday 08 April

Saturday 10 April

Friday 09 April

Monday 12 April

Monday 12 April

Tuesday 13 April

Tuesday 13 April

Wednesday 14 April

Wednesday 14 April

Thursday 15 April

Thursday 15 April

Friday 16 April

Friday 16 April

Saturday 17 April

 

Monday 19 April – Friday 30 April

Collections as normal

 

Monday 03 May

Tuesday 04 May

Tuesday 04 May

Wednesday 05 May

Wednesday 05 May

Thursday 06 May

Thursday 06 May

Friday 07 May

Friday 07 May

Saturday 08 May

 

Monday 10 May – Friday 28 May

Collections as normal

 

Monday 31 May

Tuesday 01 June

Tuesday 01 June

Wednesday 02 June

Wednesday 02 June

Thursday 03 June

Thursday 03 June

Friday 04 June

Friday 04 June

Saturday 05 June

Monday 07 June

Back to normal

 

Contact: waste.enquiries@scambs.gov.uk

5. Young people’s wellbeing

5.1. Wild Minds: outdoor wellbeing activities for teenagers

South Cambridgeshire District Council with Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust is running eight-week programmes of FREE weekend wellbeing sessions for 14-17 year olds who are experiencing some anxiety, low mood, or other mild mental health difficulties. Based at Milton Country Park, the small group of 8-10 teenagers will be supported by skilled instructors and youth workers in therapeutic outdoor activities such as bush craft, survival skills, yoga, and paddle boarding on the lake. The project is also supported by a Clinical Psychologist. The two-hour sessions place particular emphasis on young people being in contact with nature and the outdoors, and aim to improve mental health and build confidence and connections with peers in a therapeutic environment.

 

Visit our website for more information or contact Leah Collis: Leah.Collis@scambs.gov.uk

5.2. A summer of play

Child development experts are calling for a summer of play. If you would like to support the summer of play in your community, please feel free to access some useful resources: