SPC Councillor Vacancy

Stapleford Parish Council currently has one vacancy for a new councillor. We are keen to receive applications from anyone who wants to get involved in supporting the local community. We are particularly keen on hearing from the younger parishioners to ensure their voice is heard and to develop a range of views and opinions. The requirement is to attend the monthly Parish Council meeting, of which there are 10 annually as we do not meet in August or December, and these usually take approximately two hours. We would also like councillors to get involved in their personal area of expertise which could be the environment, youth, facilities, planning matters, community spirit, or anything else which needs addressing in the parish; the amount of time outside the meeting you invest is up to you and it may be worth attending a Parish Council meeting for an insight into how business is conducted and what we do.

Please do consider being a Councillor and supporting your community. To stand for election as a Parish Councillor, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union.

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area.
  • You have lived in the parish area of within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

If you are interested, please contact either Howard Kettel for an initial conversation or any of the other councillors for an informal conversation as to what being a councillor in Stapleford entails. More information is available from Belinda Irons, the Parish Clerk, also.

Cambridgeshire Recycling Centres

The county’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be open from Monday 11 May for residents who have essential waste that cannot be stored safely at home.

The recycling centres will open their doors for their usual summer opening hours.

Think before you visit

  • Only visit if it is essential – Residents should only visit a Household Recycling Centre if essential and if you cannot minimise your waste, store it at home safely, or use alternative kerbside or bulky waste collections. Further Government advice is here (paragraph 1.1).
  • Covid-19 infected waste – You must not bring any waste which could be infected with Covid-19. This includes disposed of PPE waste or general household waste if you have been suffering from Covid-19 symptoms. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being disposed of in your kerbside collection.
  • Do not attend if you or your household are suffering from Covid-19 symptoms – If you or anyone in your home have related symptoms or are suffering from Covid-19 you must not visit any of the Household Recycling Centres under any circumstances.
  • Vans/trailers/permit holders – There will be a delay before we are able to accept vans and trailers that require a permit, this includes current permit holders. This is in place to stop large loads from coming in and slowing down the operations. It will be reviewed after two weeks. Please don’t use the Household Recycling Centres until you are advised to do so.
  • Are you a Cambridgeshire resident? – Please note that the Household Recycling Centres are for the use of Cambridgeshire residents only. If you need to visit the site, please bring proof of your address (utility bill, council tax bill, driving licence or similar) in case you are asked to provide it.
  • Please avoid peak times – Our traffic management is unable to allow excessive queuing, so you may be turned away and asked to return later if it is busy. To try and avoid this, we ask residents to plan their journeys away from the anticipated peak times of 9am to 10am, noon until 1pm and 5pm to 6pm.

For further information, please see our Household Recycling Centres page.

Motorists warned to be vigilant

The South Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Team is warning Motorists to be vigilant:

We are urging motorists across South Cambridge to be vigilant following a number of handbag thefts from vehicles over the past month.

A total of 22 vehicles were broken into between 19 April and 12 May including incidents in Stapleford, Sawston, Duxford, Great Shelford, Haslingfield, Grantchester, Swavesey, Milton, Oakington and Fen Drayton.

In the majority of cases purses, wallets and handbags have been targeted and in some instances the thieves have gone on to use the victims’ bank cards in shops.

We’re focusing our patrols in these areas but would urge all motorists to make sure their cars are locked and double checked when left unattended as we’re seeing incidents when windows are left open and doors unlocked.

Also ensure all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, mobile phones and tools are removed from the vehicle.

Call 101 or go online to report any suspicious behaviour in your area.

Message from the Chief Constable

Over the weekend we saw the county bathed in warm weather and are expecting it to continue over the coming week. Normally this would be a cause for celebration and would see family and friends spending time outside in the many beauty spots which Cambridgeshire boasts.

However, in these unprecedented times we are issuing a reminder that travel should only be undertaken if absolutely essential and people should try to complete their daily exercise walking from where they live rather than driving to hot spots.

Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “We haven’t issued any fines and that I think is a real positive story and a thank you to the communities in Cambridgeshire who have been adhering to the new legislation.”

Mr. Dean implored people to have a clean conscience and said: “Most people know an elderly person, a vulnerable person and before they think about breaching the rules just have a look and think, what can I do to make a difference today? And that is about staying home where possible and not undertaking unnecessary travel.

“Enforcement as we’ve always said throughout this is our last option, our position as a force is to support the NHS, to save lives and prevent the spread of the virus. That’s our main aim and the main aim of many agencies across this county.

“My clear expectation of my officers and staff is to talk to people, to explain the legislation and the guidance which has been issued by the government and really encourage people to adhere to that guidance.

“At the end of the day the clear message is that this is about saving lives and protecting our fantastic NHS.”

Kind regards,

Nick Dean

Chief Constable

Message Sent By
Lauren Alexander (Police, Senior Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary)

Stapleford and Shelfords local businesses Coronavirus update

This is the list of Stapleford and Shelford businesses that are still open as at April 7 and their revised opening times.
The Three Horseshoes is offering meal deliveries. If people call in (01223 503 402) from 17:00, Wednesday ~ Saturday and place an order, pay over the phone we will deliver. Sunday’s the phone line will be open from 11:00. The kitchen will be closed at 15:00.

The Spar shop is now offering a door drop home delivery service (see details below)
Gog Magog Farmshop open as usual (with distancing), stay in car shopping available, online delivery service being created, cafe closed
Tesco in Great Shelford is currently open 7am – 10pm
Zara Indian restaurant is currently doing takeaway collection service for as long as they are allowed to by the government, to encourage social distancing they are encouraging everyone to pre order early so when they come to collect there is no wait and no crowd.
Forum House Chinese restaurant in Great Shelford is currently offering contact free delivery as well as pick up takeaways
Shelford Deli is opening the Deli shop for essential goods service only during this government lock down. No takeaway pizzas or coffees will be available

The Square and Compass pub is offering takeaways, Tuesday to Sunday 12-3pm, Tuesday to Saturday 6-9pm
To place an order call 01223 843273. Orders taken from 11.30am to 1.30pm and 5.30pm to 8.30pm on applicable days. Please order Sunday lunch by 8pm Saturday

Days of Ashwell in Great Shelford is open, but only from 8am to 2pm.

Noel Young wines is open 10am-7pm Monday to Saturday on a two in, two out basis, free deliveries to CB postcodes with orders over £50 and if in Great Shelford happy to drop in a couple of bottles especially if self-isolating

Barkers Butchers is open and also offering a delivery service. Now closed 1-2pm and also closed Mondays.
Great Shelford Dry Cleaners is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm but closed Friday and Saturday. They are running a free collection and delivery service on Monday afternoons – phone 844344 or email greatshelforddrycleaning@gmail.com
Davies Solicitors in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford is open as usual from 9am to 5pm
Lay Electrical is now closed but can deliver domestic appliances (07740543187)
Harveys Garden Centre on Little Shelford has had to close their Cambridge so have set up a website and online order service for bedding plants and vegetable seedling / plants that you can collect at an allotted time from outside the property on Hauxton Rd.
The Rose pub is now closed. However you can ring for takeaways which need collecting from its sister pub, the George at Babraham on 837755. Its open 12 til 2.30pm and 6pm to 8pm.

Stapleford Granary has closed until further notice.

Stapleford Rec play equipment and tennis courts are closed
Cara Coffee in Great Shelford is now closed
The Navigator is Little Shelford is now closed
The Plough in Great Shelford is now closed
The Great Shelford dental surgery is closed
Great Shelford library is closed
The Cambridge Building Society in Woollards Lane is now closed
Winners Chinese takeaway in Little Shelford is now closed
Magog Down car park is closed. Locals who are able to reach Magog Dow on foot must respect others: taking into account govt advice on social distancing: maintain distance 2m(6ft) from anyone not in your household group.

Scotsdale’s is now closed.
Travis Perkins is closed for the foreseeable future.
Pillsorted Help is a locally based online NHS pharmacy who deliver. It is free. They are based at Copley Park email: Help@pillsorted.com
Robert T said of Pillsorted; “Just wanted to say, thank you for putting Pillsorted in your newsletter. It is a really good service for anyone who might want to know. I have Parkinson’s and it has saved me the stress of getting my drugs from the pharmacy of which a lot of the time they only had part of my prescription. However Pillsorted had no problems at all delivering everything to my door, wonderful service.”

Rayments garage is still open

T & J Tyres also in Gt Shelford (01223 845155), and they are similarly open until instructed by government to close.

Dave Hatter gas specialist is still operating

Relief Chiropractic health clinic in Great Shelford is still open Monday to Thursdays.

Wandlebury Country Park remains open to pedestrians and cyclists only, to enable people to take their once-a-day outdoor exercise. The car park and toilets at Wandlebury are now closed, please do not drive to the parks.
Would people visiting their loved one’s graves in Stapleford Cemetery take any dead flowers, and other rubbish home with them while COVID-19 lasts?
The people who normally look after the bins are unable to do this at present – the Parish Council is looking for volunteers to replace them.

(Updated noon April 7 2020)

Watch out for email scams

Emails, text messages, instant messages could be a scam. Do not click on blue or any colour links within electronic messages unless you have verified who the sender is. If in doubt, don’t click.Links are just a shortcut to a website.

Instead, you could consider logging into your account the message refers to, using your tried, tested and trusted way. So, if the message appears to be from HMRC and you do actually have a HMRC account, then come out of your email account and visit www.gov.uk and login that way rather than clicking on a link.

If you don’t have a HMRC account then be very suspicious and ignore it.

If the message purports to be from Amazon, eBay, Netflix, DVLA, the list is endless, the same applies don’t click on the link but login to your account using a tried, tested and trusted way.

If you want information about coronavirus and COVID-19 visit www.nhs.uk or Public Health England via www.gov.uk
Please don’t go searching the internet because you may just read something untrue, or your device will get infected with malware because you visited a website controlled by a cyber criminal.

Just because a web address contains HTTPS it does not mean it is a genuine site.
Criminals can use HTTPS in their web/link address.
HTTPS just means that the connection between you and the website is secure.
Ensure you are visiting a genuine website, if you have anti-virus/malware installed and updated, a Firewall installed and updated they may warn you if you are about to visit an untrusted website but what if they don’t? Be careful when clicking on the results of a search and ensure you are visiting a genuine site.
If you know the address of the website such as www.gov.uk then type it direct into the address bar at the top of your browser rather than searching for it in the search box in the middle of your screen.

Here is one way of assessing whether a website is unsafe.
Google offer a service called Google Transparency Report at www.transparencyreport.google.com/safe-browsing/search
You will then be asked to enter the suspect web address (URL) into the search box and press return.
It will then make an assessment based on data it holds (and that is a lot) and give you an indication as to whether the website can be trusted or not as the case maybe.
For those of you curious enough, Google offer a lot of advice on this subject which can easily be found using the transparency report website.

To report fraud or cyber crime, and for advice on how to avoid it visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

Message Sent By
Sue Loaker (Police, Community Safety Officer, East Cambridgeshire)

Council tax increase

Council tax increase

The Parish Council’s share of the village’s council tax bills will increase by 3% from April.

The proposed precept would increase the Parish Council element of Council Tax for a Band D property by £2.27 per year.
The Council agreed at its meeting on January 8th to raise £72,100 through council tax bills across Stapleford.
Posted Feb 20 2020.