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Autumn 2012

Cambridge City Council’s magazine for residents

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Find out the latest on the new neighbourhoods

Keeping the city’s streets and open spaces clean

Sports and community events for all this autumn


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ing’s College School is pleased to offer a place at the School to a musical child at a Primary School on a means tested bursary worth up to 100% of the school fees. The place will start from Year 3 and continue during the child’s time at King’s. This would suit a child with musical potential who would benefit from the wide musical provision we offer at King’s. The music department of King’s College School has a national reputation for the quality and breadth of its music making. With 4 full-time and 34 part-time staff, over 60 performing groups and over 200 AB exam passes per year, it provides a happy and fulfilling musical experience for all of its pupils. Pupils who are awarded a bursary place at King’s should be keen to take part in the musical life of the School, and should show a general musical aptitude. They will also be expected to be academically sound. For further information, and to arrange a visit to meet the Headmaster and see round the School, please contact the School Office tel: 01223 365814. Please have a look at the School’s website www.kcs.cambs.sch.uk to find out more about the School.

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Contents Cambridge City Council online Website: cambridge.gov.uk

Save the dates:

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Fireworks spectacular Monday 5 November Wrap up warm and join in the fun at Cambridge’s biggest annual fireworks display. This hugely popular free event takes place on Midsummer Common. Come along from 7.30pm to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the funfair before the first rocket is launched.

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• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/fireworks Phone: 01223 457555 Christmas lights, the big switch on Sunday 18 November Be part of the official Cambridge Christmas celebrations when the lights are switched on. There will be music, dance and theatre entertainment in the city centre from early afternoon. The lights will be switched on at 5pm in the Market Square.

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Inside this issue... 04  06  09  10 

Activities for everyone this autumn Black History Month and Celebrating Age Important changes to Council Tax Benefits Find out how we’re cutting carbon emissions

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Update on the new neighbourhoods in Cambridge Your guide to recycling Come to a council meeting Voting for your Police and Crime Commissioner

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Front Cover: Rhiannan enjoying the Paralympic celebrations in August

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Working for a healthy, safe and enjoyable city

Sporting inspiration

Despite the rain, around 80,000 people lined the streets as the Olympic torch made its way into Cambridge in July. 40,000 people also gathered on Parker’s Piece, making Cambridge’s event one of the biggest evening torch celebrations in the country. Olympic medalist and former Commonwealth and European Games champion Iwan Thomas carried the torch onto Parker’s Piece, lighting the cauldron on the main stage to a great cheer. The Olympic celebrations formed the

centrepiece of the city council’s Big Weekend. The Paralympic flame’s visit to the city was also well supported at a large community sports event hosted by the city council at Netherhall Sports Centre. As part of the legacy of the Olympics and Paralympics, many new sporting and community opportunities have been set up in the city alongside our existing programmes. These pages have a selection of some of our newest sport activities. Be inspired – get out, be active and try something new…

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Community sessions

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These new sport sessions were set up to appeal to minority groups in Cambridge who traditionally have been less involved in some of our other sporting activities but are open to all. Come along, learn a new sport and get fit while meeting new friends and learning about other cultures. Women’s fitness classes Every Monday 7.30pm to 9pm at Ross Street Community Centre. These varied classes feature zumba, Bollywood dance and boxercise so you can be sure you’ll always get a brilliant, upbeat work out that you won’t get bored of!

Weekend back in July. The success of this event has propelled them into regularly getting together to play and they are looking for new members. Carrom board club Every Wednesday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Akeman Street Community Centre. Carrom board is a traditional Asian game – a cross between billiards, marbles and air hockey. It is easy to understand, fun to play, and suitable for children and

adults – come along on your own or as a family and give it a try. Indoor football Every Tuesday, 8pm to 9pm at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Gonville Place. After the great success of the five-a-side tournament at the Asian Mela sports at the Big Weekend, a team now get together to play weekly. If you’re looking for a quick tempo sport, this is a great way to improve fitness while having fun. Drop in for a kick about. ■

Single sex swimming sessions Every Sunday at King’s Hedges Learner Pool on Buchan Street. Some members of the community have requested the option of single sex swimming lessons. We’ve therefore set up these weekly sessions: Ladies can swim from 10am to 11am and men’s swimming takes place 11.30am to 12.30pm. Women’s netball club Every Tuesday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Gonvill Place. A new netball team took part in an exciting exhibition match at the Asian Mela sports event as part of the Big

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The five-aside players at the Big Weekend Asian Mela

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For young people Disability Sport The Street Games programme for young people is expanding to include: ● Streetball, Wednesdays 9pm to 10pm at Manor Sports Centre, Arbury Road. ● Trampolining, Mondays 4pm to 4.45pm and 4.45pm to 5.30pm at the Meadows Community Centre, St Catherine’s Road. ● Dodgeball, Thursdays 6pm to 7pm at Manor Sports Centre, Arbury Road. ● Boxing on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm (16s and overs) and Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm (11-15s) at Cambridge Combat and Fitness Centre, Harvest Way. ● Street Dance every Monday 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Meadows Community Centre, St Catherine’s Road. Urban sports Young people may also like to try our urban sports taster sessions. This event is open to all local young people aged over 10 and will feature street football, BMX riding, skateboarding, parkour demonstrations, freestyle basketball, street dance, and boxing. The event will be held on Thursday, 1 November in the Grafton Centre car park. Following these taster sessions, there will be an opportunity to continue with some of these activities on a regular basis as part of our Street Games programme. ■

Family fun Nans, granddads, kids, carers and parents – come along and try some family sports for free! The Generation Games festival will be held at Cambridge Regional College on Wednesday 31 October from 10am until 4pm. Families will be able to try out a variety of activities including badminton, cricket, table tennis and much more. The Generation Games festival is free although please note there is a charge of £2 for all day parking. ■

and Arts Festival This October will see Cambridge’s second Disability Sports and Arts Festival. All activities on offer at the festival are open to able bodied and disabled children and adults.

Trying out wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic celebration

The day will begin with disability awareness training for coaches and volunteers, and culminate with a series of sporting and arts activities. The sporting events will include blind and traditional tennis, wheelchair and traditional basketball, sitting volleyball, trampolining, table cricket, thai chi, kung fu, goalball, boccia, multisports, badminton and a climbing wall. Arts activities include painting, drawing and sculpture through to workshops in music, dance, drama and digital media. Sunday 28 October, 10am to 4pm. Netherhall Sports Centre, Queen Edith’s Way. ■

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Celebrate Black History Month Cambridge City Council and other organisations across the county are running a full programme of events during October in celebration and support of Black History Month. The event, recognised across the UK, gives a forum for black culture that has historically been underrepresented in mainstream British culture. Some of the highlights of Cambridge’s events this year include: Fun day 13 October, 1pm to 5pm A free family day at the Meadows Community Centre, St Catherine’s Street. Just drop in to this fun filled day that will include performances from Arco Iris drummers and dance performances. The Fitzwilliam Museum afro hair project will also be on hand to tell people about their current exhibition and how you can get involved. Plus there will be lots more entertainment and activities for all the family. Play Thursday 18 October, 7.30pm The Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University on East Road hosts an award winning play by Lisa Evans called ‘The Day the Waters Came’.

It’s summer 2005. Maya Marsalis leads you through her landscape the day Hurricane Katrina came. Go with her, as she shows you how her world and that of thousands of black American citizens changed forever on the day the waters came. Suitable for ages 13 and over. Tickets cost £11.50 or £8.50 for concessions. For bookings phone: 01223 352932. Lecture Monday 29 October, 5.30pm to 7pm Baroness Afshar, Professor in Politics and Women’s Studies at the University of York,

and Ekow Eshun, writer, journalist and broadcaster, give this race equality lecture. The lecture held at the Howard Theatre, Downing College, will explore the impact of black, minority ethnic visibility and aspiration and consider the issues of race equality and leadership. This is a free event but you should reserve your place online: eventbrite.co.uk A copy of the full programme of events in Cambridge is available from your local library or by contacting us. ■

• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/bhm Email: ariadne.henry@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 457876

Celebrating age We have also teamed up again this year with the organisers of Cambridgeshire Celebrates Age to provide a full programme of countywide events for older people. Throughout October, older people can take part in a whole host of events and activities. Some of the free highlights in the city this year include:

A Forever Active session

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Healthy eating demonstration Tuesday 2 October, 1pm to 2.30pm at Cherry Trees Day Centre, St Matthew’s Street. Demonstration on making simple healthy snacks with ideas for getting your five-aday. Phone: 01223 361766.

Join us for a day celebrating the fact that as we get older we don’t have to stop being active. The event includes taster exercise sessions for all abilities, promotional stands, giveaways, vouchers for classes and health checks. Phone: 01223 457685 Website: forever-active.org.uk

Cultural event Thursday 4 October, 2pm to 4pm at Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre. Over-55s are invited to this event which will celebrate cultural diversity. The interactive entertainment includes music, food and an Indian dance workshop. This event is free to attend, but please contact us to book a place. Phone: 01223 508149.

Gardening talk Tuesday 23 October, 7.30pm to 9pm at Ross Street Community Centre. Phone: 01223 471674.

Forever Active taster sessions Friday 5 October, 10am to 3.30pm in the Great Court at the Grafton Centre.

The full programme of October’s events for Cambridgeshire is available on our website, from council offices and libraries. A list of regular activities for older people will also be available from the same places from December. ■

• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/cca

Email: sally.roden@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 457685

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A new scheme is set to replace Council Tax Benefit next year. At the moment, people on low incomes can get help with paying their Council Tax in the form of Council Tax Benefit. This is a national, means-tested social security benefit that is administered by local councils. The government is abolishing Council Tax Benefit from 1 April 2013 as part of its welfare reforms. It is requiring district councils to produce new schemes of their own to replace Council Tax Benefit. These will be known as Council Tax Support Schemes. Since the government announced its intentions, Cambridge City Council has been working to develop a new scheme for Cambridge. The priorities have been to distribute the available funds as widely as possible and to ensure those people who are less well off continue to pay the least. It also aims keep the switch as simple as possible. Who will be affected by the changes? The scheme only applies to working age households, as pensioners are protected and will not see any changes in their assessments under the new scheme. This means that the government will still set entitlements for pensioners in England and these will be maintained under the current Council Tax Benefit Scheme. We will provide clear and accessible information for all residents affected by the ending of Council Tax Benefit, ensuring that you can access additional advice and support. We will also allow people currently receiving Council Tax Benefit to transfer to the new scheme without having to reapply to us, unless their circumstances have changed.

Have your say on the proposed scheme The proposed changes will affect many residents in the city so we welcome your views. The priority is to meet the needs of those people who are on low incomes and need the most help. Your input is important in shaping a fair and viable local Council Tax Support Scheme. Go to our website cambridge.gov.uk/ counciltax to read the proposed new Council Tax Support Scheme and complete a survey. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can get a copy of the scheme and the survey from the Customer Service Centre on Regent Street or by phoning 01223 457762. The consultation is open until 31 October 2012. ■

Take the hassle out of paying council tax Signing up for direct debit is a simple and safe way of paying your Council Tax. You can choose whether to have your payments taken from your account on the 5th or 15th of the month and you are competely protected by the direct debit guarantee. You can sign-up to pay your council tax by direct debit by printing, completing and returning a form on our website: cambridge.gov.uk. You can also phone the customer services team on 01223 457000 for further advice on paying by direct debit. ■

Government grant set to reduce ● The government has said it will reduce the grant it pays to councils for Council Tax Support by at least 10% of the current levels paid for Council Tax Benefit. ● This means the city council will have approximately £0.75 million less available for the new Council Tax Support Scheme than it had before. The government says it will not release the final figures to councils until November 2012. ● The grant will be fixed and will be paid at the beginning of each year. This means the grant will not take account of any increased demand for Council Tax Support throughout the year. ● A number of additional changes to Council Tax from 2013-2014 are being introduced that will help councils to make up for the reduced funding. These include allowing councils to charge up to 100% Council Tax on second homes that are currently charged at 90% and giving councils more say on charges for empty properties. It is anticipated that implementing these reforms will compensate for much of the loss of government grants for Council Tax Support.

Grants for community groups If you have any ideas about how your community could help reduce antisocial behaviour, crime, or the fear of crime, our Safer City Grant may be able to help. Funding of up to £5,000 is available to groups who can support their idea with evidence of the need for a project in their area. Full details, including the criteria, guidance • Website: cambridge.gov.uk/grants and application Email: tom.kingsley@cambridge.gov.uk forms are available Phone: 01223 457042 on our website. ■

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Tackling climate change

Working to cut

carbon emissions

One of the city council’s aspirations is for Cambridge to be a city that is in the forefront of low carbon living and minimises its impact on the environment from waste and pollution.

Stop homes leaking heat

The extreme weather we’ve all experienced in recent years – wettest summers, flash floods, periods of drought, storms and snow – as well as the energy bills we all receive, remind us of the importance of tackling climate change and its effects as part of the way we deliver services to residents. Working to a Climate Change Strategy introduced in 2008, we have delivered a number of schemes in recent years including: ● Reducing fuel bills for tenants of councilowned homes by more than £1 million by investing in energy efficiency measures such as new boilers and loft insulation. ● Setting high standards of sustainability for new homes built in the city through our planning policies. ● Installing a range of energy efficiency techniques and technologies in our buildings such as voltage optimisation, variable speed drives and solar panels.

The new strategy will cover actions for the city council as well as measures we will introduce to support residents and businesses to cut their own carbon emissions. Examples of measures the new strategy includes are: ● Introducing more energy efficient lighting in city council-owned car parks. ● Exploring opportunities to increase the types of material that you can recycle. ● Providing advice to residents, businesses and other organisations on how tree planting can help the city adapt to a changing climate. ● Continuing to work with developers to secure renewable energy and more sustainable homes as part of planning agreements for major new developments. ● Supporting you to make your homes more energy efficient by providing information on grants and loans available for insulation and other energy efficiency measures.

Last winter we started running a programme called HeatSeekers with an insulation company called Mark Group. Vehicles equipped with thermal imaging cameras passed through the city to identify homes that may benefit from improved insulation. Residents were then offered the opportunity to see the images of their property and receive a quotation for loft and cavity wall insulation that made use of any government grant assistance available. Nearly 500 properties have taken advantage of the scheme which will reduce households carbon emission and should help save money on energy bills. It’s not too late to get involved. Contact the HeatSeekers team to find out how they can help:

The 2012-16 strategy is due to be discussed at the Environment Scrutiny Committee meeting on 9 October 2012. The draft strategy and more information about our commitment to tackling climate change in Cambridge can be found on our website:

• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/heatseekers

Unfortunately, in recording the changes to energy use in our own buildings since 2005, we made some errors that led us to believe and report that we had reduced our carbon emissions by much more than we had. Although we had reduced energy consumption in some of our buildings, it had increased in others where, for instance, we had extended the opening hours. We apologise for these errors and assure you that we are putting in place measures to make sure we will be able to measure and report our energy usage and carbon emissions more accurately in future. We are now developing a new strategy to guide us through the next four years to 2016. We are using lessons from the previous strategy to target our efforts where they will make a bigger impact on our own emissions in the years ahead. We consulted publicly in July and August on what should be included in this strategy and you’ve provided us with some helpful feedback and ideas.

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• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/climatechange Email: sustainablecity@cam bridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 457046

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Managing the growth of Cambridge

Update on new n

Cambridge City Council continues to prioritise the development of new ne housing in Cambridge. We are making sure all new homes are supported by and maximise energy efficiency. Here’s the latest news at each of the major site North-west fringe

1 National Institute of Agricultural Botany site (NIAB) Between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road

The plan ● 1,593 homes planned with 40% being affordable housing on the main site and 187 homes on the frontage land ● Primary school, community facilities and shops. Current status 75 homes on the new Kings Court area, part of the frontage site, are now completed and occupied. Work continues on the remaining 112 homes. The developer is now drawing up detailed planning applications for further homes and the community facilities on the site which were all approved in principle in July 2010.

2 Cambridge University site

Between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road

The plan ● 3,000 homes with 50% key worker housing for university staff ● Accommodation for 2,000 students ● Other university buildings including offices, shops, indoor and outdoor community facilities and a primary school. Current status Following extensive consultation with local residents last autumn, an outline planning application was submitted. This was reported to the Joint Development Control Committee in August and has been approved subject to the completion of a legal agreement.

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Central Cambridge 3

CB1 station redevelopment

The plan ● 331 homes with 40% being affordable housing ● Accommodation for 1,250 students ● £4.25 million improvements to the railway station and its forecourt

● Offices, ●

shops, relocation of a doctor’s surgery, a park and an art workshop Improvements to the junction between Hills Road and Brooklands Avenue.

Current status Improvements, including a new bus inter-change, have been completed. The first phase of student

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Managing the growth of Cambridge

neighbourhoods

Community forums eighbourhoods to meet the high demand for community facilities, meet high standards of design, es: Southern fringe

to their new homes in late September.

Former Monsanto site close to the Trumpington Park and Ride car park.

6 Clay Farm

4 Trumpington Meadows

The plan ● 1,200 homes with 40% being affordable housing ● A primary school, shops, play area, games area, allotments and a country park. Current status Phase one of the homes, which involves building 353 properties, is now well underway and the first residents have already moved in. Work to create ponds at the country park is also complete.

5 Glebe Farm

Area east of Hauxton Road, north of Addenbrooke’s Road and south of Bishop’s Road. The plan ● 286 homes including 40% affordable housing ● Open spaces including allotments. Current status Building work started towards the end of last year on the 60 homes in the centre of the site. The first residents are expected to move in accommodation (511 units) was completed in the summer and these are now occupied. Construction work on the four blocks of homes and the conversion of the mill into 169 apartments is ongoing. These homes, and the Microsoft offices on the corner of Station Road, are due to be completed by the end of the year.

Between Long Road and Shelford Road. The plan ● Up to 2,300 homes with 40% affordable housing ● Secondary and primary schools, community facilities, shops, open spaces and allotments. Current status Work is underway with the second phase of new homes on the southern part of the site totalling 434 properties. The detailed plans for a further 600 homes will be considered by the Joint Development Control Committee this autumn. If approved work could begin on these homes in early 2013.

7 Bell School

South of Greenlands Road, south west of the Bell School and west of Babraham Road. The plan ● 347 homes with 40% affordable housing ● Accommodation for 100 students ● Public open spaces. Current status Plans for the layout of the road junction have been resubmitted. These issues will be resolved before any building work is carried out but discussions on the residential matters are ongoing pending this decision. ■

• For more information on all growth sites in the city, contact us: Website: cambridge.gov.uk/growth Phone: 01223 457200

Moving into a new home can be daunting so it’s always helpful to meet the neighbours who can give you valuable information such as your bin day and help you settle into the community. Things can be that bit harder for residents moving into newly built communities which is why Cambridge City Council is supporting the development of community forums. The Southern Fringe Community Forum is the first in Cambridge and it brings together existing and soon-to-be residents, council representatives and the developers associated with the new housing neighbourhoods on the southern fringe of Cambridge. The meetings take place every few months and always start with an informal drop-in where residents can view plans and talk to developers and council officers. The drop-ins are followed by formal meetings on key local issues such as the design of the new schools and transport links. Further details of the forum including meeting notes and future meeting dates can be found on our website. The next meeting is Thursday 6 December at Trumpington Village Hall on the High Street. The drop-in session is between 3.30pm and 6.30pm with the formal meeting starting at 7pm. A similar community forum will be established for the north-west soon. In addition to the forum, a website has been set up for the existing and incoming Trumpington community called Trumpington Online. The website acts as a ‘one stop shop’ for community news, information and details of the new developments. If you live in the Trumpington area, have a look at the website: trumpingtonlonline.org.uk ■

• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/sfcf

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Managing the growth of Cambridge

Planning for 2031 As well as developing new neighbourhoods today, we are planning for the future development of Cambridge. Over 11,000 comments were received in response to the local plan issues and options consultation that we ran during June and July. The local plan is used to guide local planning policy and decisions on matters ranging from the location of new housing to how the city can reduce its carbon footprint. In the issues and options report, we asked you to comment on all of the possible options that could be included in a new plan. We consulted widely as the new plan will help shape Cambridge for the next 19 years in all aspects of city life including shopping facilities, employment opportunities, housing design and locations, tourism and flood planning. Comments will be used to help us write a new local plan. We will tell you more about the feedback you gave in the winter edition of Cambridge Matters.

What are the next steps? January 2013 We will be asking you to comment on sites we’ve identified for allocation for particular types of development such as employment, housing and open spaces. Spring 2013 We will use the feedback from both consultations to write the new, draft local plan.

We will continue to work closely with South Cambridgeshire District Council throughout the process. This is because many of the development sites that will be considered are on the borders between the two councils so we want to make sure that our policies work well together and reflect the needs of residents in both areas. We will also continue to work with Cambridgeshire County Council as the Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire is developed at the same time. ■

• Phone: 01223 457000 Website: cambridge.gov.uk/localplanreview

June 2013 We will publish our draft plan and consult widely. October 2013 Following this final round of public consultation, the draft plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination. October 2013 to March 2014 The draft plan will be examined by an independent inspector. April 2014 We will adopt the new plan and use it to guide all future planning decisions. ■

New rights for your community Is there a local service you think could be run better? Or a local building your community could put to better use? Four national community rights have been introduced by the government which may be able to help you and your community achieve your goals. Neighbourhood planning The neighbourhood planning right gives communities more say about what can be built in their area. You can contact Brendan Troy in our planning team to discuss any proposals for neighbourhood plans. Email: brendan.troy@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 457442 Community right to build Community right to build gives communities the right to build smallscale, site-specific projects without going

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through the normal planning application process. If your local community has a project that you wish to explore further, please contact us: Email: planning.helpdesk@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 457000 Community right to challenge This gives communities the right to bid to run local authority services where they think they can do it better. Groups in Cambridge who would like to submit a formal expression of interest in running a service will have an opportunity to do this between 1 June 2013 and 31 July 2013. The group may then be given the opportunity to bid, alongside others, to provide the service. Please contact us for more information: Website: cambridge.gov.uk/right-to-challenge Email: david.kidston@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 457043.

Community right to bid Community right to bid is expected to come into effect in the autumn. This right gives communities the right to bid to buy and take over the running of local assets that are important to them, such as community centres, pubs and playgrounds. You can nominate these assets for inclusion on a list of assets of community value maintained by the city council. If an asset on the list is put up for sale, you’ll then have up to six months to bid for the asset, before it goes on the open market. We can tell you more about how this will work in Cambridge once the details have been agreed by the government. You can also find out more information about all these rights on the government’s community rights website: communityrights.communities.gov.uk

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Tackling climate change

Start recycling If you have just moved to the city or you’re a student embarking on your first year living outside of a college you’ll soon see that recycling in Cambridge is easy. To get you started, here’s a checklist for recycling success:

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Find out what day your bins are collected. You can find this out on our website bins.cambridge.gov.uk. Write your bin day on the calendar delivered with this edition of Cambridge Matters and stick it up on your wall. Make sure everyone in the house knows what can be recycled. The enclosed calendar covers this, but you can also download a poster at cambridge.gov.uk/ student-recycling and stick it up above your kitchen bin.

separate. Then you can just tip it into your blue wheelie bin when it gets full.

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If you have a green wheelie bin, you can recycle food waste too. You can get a free kitchen caddy from the city council to collect your food scraps in the kitchen before transferring them to the bin. Just pop into one of our offices: the Customer Service Centre on Regent Street (opposite University Arms hotel), the Guildhall on Market Square or the council depot on Mill Road, by the bridge.

Recycle more! You can now recycle all your plastic pots, tubs and trays with your plastic bottles. This means they can go in your blue bin, or in plastic banks at blocks of flats and recycling points. Here are some of the things you can now recycle:

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Set up a recycling bin in your kitchen next to your general rubbish bin so it’s easy for everyone to keep the recycling

Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/ recycleforcambridge and we’ll keep you updated with new recycling schemes and tips, and you can ask us questions.

Follow these tips and you’ll soon find that recycling in Cambridge is easy. ■

Changes to bin days complete At the beginning of August more than 6,000 households had a change to their bin collection day. This means that bin collections are now carried out more efficiently and with fewer lorries, saving around £250,000 per year. There have been teething problems in the first few weeks of the new routes and we are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. If you are unsure of your collection arrangements or would like to report any issues, please contact us. ■

Bin collection calendar You should have received a recycling and waste services leaflet with this issue of Cambridge Matters, which includes a copy of your new bin collection calendar. If you didn’t receive a calendar, please contact us. ■

• For more information on recycling and bin collections or for a copy of the calendar, please contact us: Website: cambridge.gov.uk/recycling Facebook: facebook.com/recycleforcambridge Email: bins@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 458282

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Connecting with residents

Tourist Information Centre – not just for tourists As well as the advice you might expect about accommodation, sights and shopping within the city, staff at the Tourist Information Centre can help you with much more. They can book your train and coach tickets, provide you with details of well known events, local activities, walks and current exhibitions, markets and talks. You can also purchase some interesting

gifts for family and friends from their gift shop. Next time you have visitors looking for a homely bed and breakfast, you want something different to do in an evening or need a little inspiration for what to do with the children on a rainy afternoon, pop in and put them to the test! The tourist information website was also relaunched in August with a bright

new look and additional functionality. The website now offers people the ability to plan and create an itinerary for their visit to the city and surrounding areas. See how it can help you plan your days out: www.visitcambridge.org n

• Visit: Tourist Information Centre, Peas Hill – next to the Green Coffee Company at the side of the Guildhall close to the Cath Kidston store. Website: www.visitcambridge.org Email: info@visitcambridge.org Phone: 0871 226 8006 Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday 11am to 3pm (April to October only).

Website improvements

Council meetings Council, committee and area committee meetings Many big decisions about the way the city is run are made at Council and committee meetings - come along and have your say:

• Environment Scrutiny Committee: Tuesday 9 October, 5pm, The Guildhall, Market Square • Community Services Scrutiny Committee: Thursday 11 October, 1.30pm, The Guildhall, Market Square • Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee: Monday 15 October, 5pm, The Guildhall, Market Square • Planning Committee: Wednesday 17 October, 9.30am, The Guildhall, Market Square • East Area Committee: Thursday 18 October, 7pm, Meeting Room, Cherry Trees Day Centre, St Matthew’s Street • Council: Thursday 25 October, 6pm, The Guildhall, Market Square

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• West/Central Area Committee: Thursday 1 November, 7pm, Selwyn Diamond conference facility on the corner of Grange Road and Cranmer Road • South Area Committee: Monday 12 November, 7.30pm, Meeting Room, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road • Planning Committee: Wednesday 14 November, 9.30am, The Guildhall, Market Square • Civic Affairs Committee: Wednesday 21 November, 6pm, The Guildhall, Market Square If you would like to speak at a Council or committee meeting about a particular subject you just need to let us know beforehand. Full papers and agendas are also available in advance. n

• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/democracy Email: democratic.services@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 457013

Thank you to everyone who replied to our website survey and well done to Rona McPherson from Romsey Ward who is the winner of the afternoon tea kindly donated by Hotel du Vin on Trumpington Street. The feedback you’ve provided is being used to improve the design, content and features of the website, which we are planning to relaunch in December. The result will be a new-look website that is easier for you to find the information that you need. Key tasks that you’ve told us about such as car park information, bin days and paying your council tax online will feature prominently so you can quickly find the information you use most. We will tell you more about the new website in the winter edition of Cambridge Matters. n

• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/ web-improvements Email: brigitte.wilson@cambridge.gov.uk

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Working for a healthy, safe and enjoyable city

Paying the price of litter Many residents and tourists take advantage of the variety of open spaces and parks that we are lucky enough to have in the city. On most occasions, people will find them well kept and litter free but by the end of a sunny day, they can be covered in litter. We take a number of remedial and preventative measures to tackle litter and problems such as flytipping . This includes providing a 100-strong work force who are out from 6am every day. In the summer they can spend up to two hours collecting around 30 bags of rubbish from Parker’s Piece alone. Clearing litter costs around £1.6 million every year which is money that could be spent on providing other services for local people.

responsible is not easy. We do investigate offences and take action wherever possible. We encourage you to help us by remembering to always take your litter home and by reporting any problems to us. ■

• Website: cambridge.gov.uk/enforcement

Email: streetenforcement@cambridge.gov.uk Phone: 01223 458282 Two of our litter pickers out early on Parker’s Piece

Other ways we help to prevent and clear litter include: ● Sweeping the streets, and shop fronts. ● Removing flytipping. ● Providing online reporting forms for litter and flytipping incidents. ● Serving street litter control notices on business premises requiring them to clear litter from the footway and adjacent land within 100 metres of their premises. ● Working with Cleaner Cambridge Campaign and Neighbourhood Links groups who also have an interest in keeping the city clean. ● Encouraging take-up of a voluntary litter code to help reduce litter from businesses and their customers. We also have powers to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone who drops litter, generates litter or flytips – however, catching those

Vote for your Police and Crime Commissioner Residents across Cambridgeshire will soon be able to vote for the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner of Cambridgeshire’s Police Force.

How to vote At the end of October, poll cards will be issued to everyone who has registered to vote in time. Your poll card will tell you which polling station you should go to on 15 November. Polling stations will be open as usual between 7am and 10pm. ■

Police and Crime Commissioners are being brought in across the country to cut crime and deliver a more efficient police service. Elections will take place across most of England and Wales on Thursday 15 November 2012. Who can be a Police and Crime Commissioner? There are a few basic criteria but if you are eligible to vote, you should be entitled to stand in this election. Applicants don’t have to be politicians and can be independent of political parties. Nominations are open between 8 October and 19 October. You should contact East Cambridgeshire District Council on 01353 616460 if you would like to know more about standing for election.

• General information and to Register to vote If you haven’t registered to vote yet, it’s not too late but you need to be quick. If you still have your green canvass form that we sent you in the summer, send it back to us by 15 October. If you don’t have a form or you are new to the area go to: aboutmyvote.co.uk or phone us on 01223 457048 by 31 October. Registering now will mean you are also registered to vote in the county council elections in May 2013.

register to vote, contact us: Website: cambridge.gov.uk/elections Phone: 01223 457048 You can also register to vote at: Website: aboutmyvote.co.uk To enquire about becoming a Police and Crime Commissioner, contact East Cambridgeshire District Council: Emails: elections@eastcambs.gov.uk Phone: 01353 616460 You can also get more information from: Website: homeoffice.gov.uk

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Your city councillors

North Area Committee

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Arbury Carina O’Reilly 97a Victoria Road, CB4 3BS carinaoreilly@gmail.com

King’s Hedges T: 07791 227953 Labour

Nigel Gawthrope 15 Perse Way, CB4 3SG nigel.gawthrope@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 07885 976830 Labour

T: 07964 280689 Labour

T: 07974 392234 Liberal Democrat

Mike Todd-Jones 2 Tedder Way, CB4 3RJ mike.todd-jones@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour & Co-operative

Kevin Price 12 Lavender Road, CB4 2PU kevin.price@cambridge.gov.uk

Tim Ward 12 Harding Way, CB4 3RR tim@brettward.co.uk

T: 316389 Liberal Democrat

Simon Brierley 9 Markham Close, CB4 2PX simon.brierley1@googlemail.com

T: 353937

East Chesterton Gerri Bird 5 Grieve Court, CB4 1FR gerribird@sky.com

West Chesterton Labour

Damien Tunnacliffe 45 Pretoria Road, CB4 1HD damientunnacliffe@yahoo.co.uk

T: 07514 939459 Liberal Democrat

Susannah Kerr 101 Gilbert Road, CB4 3NZ susannahfkerr@gmail.com

T: 457238 Liberal Democrat

Max Boyce 18 Springfield Road, CB4 1AD maxboyce@cix.co.uk

T: 358292 Liberal Democrat

Margery Abbott 85 Darwin Drive, CB4 3HQ margery.abbott.labour@hotmail.co.uk

T: 07766 092034 Labour

Mike Pitt 19 Kirby Close, CB4 1XP mike@einval.com

T: 709544 Liberal Democrat

South Area Committee

T: 457239

Trumpington

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Wards: Trumpington, Cherry Hinton & Queen Edith’s For more information on South Area Committee meetings and how you can get involved please contact us on 01223 457000 or go to cambridge.gov.uk/areacommittees

Cherry Hinton Robert Dryden 8 Bird Farm Road, Fulbourn, CB21 5DP robert.dryden@cambridge.gov.uk Russ McPherson 184 Church End, Cherry Hinton, CB1 3LB russ.mcpherson@cambridge.gov.uk Mark Ashton 23 March Lane, Cherry Hinton, CB1 3LG mark.ashton@cambridge.gov.uk

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Wards: Arbury, East Chesterton, King’s Hedges & West Chesterton For more information on North Area Committee meetings and how you can get involved please contact us on 01223 457000 or go to cambridge.gov.uk/areacommittees

Shapour Meftah 104 Foster Road, CB2 9JR shapour.meftah@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 512647 Conservative

Andy Blackhurst 34 Foster Road, Trumpington, CB2 9JR andy.blackhurst@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 511937 Liberal Democrat

Sheila Stuart (Mayor) 3 Aberdeen Square, CB2 8BZ sheilastuart17@gmail.com

T: 457233 Liberal Democrat

Queen Edith’s T: 457246

Jean Swanson 75 Cavendish Avenue, CB1 7UR jsswanson@ntlworld.com

T: 248319 Liberal Democrat

T: 457227

George Pippas 5 Mowbray Road, CB1 7SR george.pippas@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 473223 Liberal Democrat

Sue Birtles 54 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UE sue.birtles@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour & Co-operative

Labour

Labour

T: 07774 570976 Labour & Co-operative

T: 573797

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Your city councillors

East Area Committee

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Abbey Caroline Hart 3 Galfrid Road, CB5 8ND caroline.hart@cambridge.gov.uk Adam Pogonowski 24 King Street, Rampton, CB24 8QD aepogonowski@gmail.com Richard Johnson 688 Newmarket Road, CB5 8RS richard.johnson@cambridge.gov.uk

Coleridge Labour

Jeremy Benstead 47 Gilbert Road, CB4 3NX j_benstead@live.co.uk

Labour

T: 07807 396306 Labour

Lewis Herbert 77 Cherry Hinton Road, CB1 7BS lewis.herbert@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour & Co-operative

T: 457242

George Owers 54 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UE george.owers@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 07413 626990 Labour & Co-operative

Petersfield Sarah Brown 23 Ravensworth Gardens, CB1 2XL sarah.brown@cambridge.gov.uk

Wards: Abbey, Coleridge, Petersfield & Romsey For more information on East Area Committee meetings and how you can get involved please contact us on 01223 457000 or go to cambridge.gov.uk/areacommittees

T: 351669

T: 721027

T: 07833 012979 Labour & Co-operative

Romsey T: 710580 Liberal Democrat

Zoe Moghadas 62 Greville Road, CB1 3QL zoe.moghadas@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 07813 700986 Labour

T: 213803 Liberal Democrat

Gail Marchant-Daisley 120 Ross Street, CB1 3BU gail.marchant-daisley@cambridge.gov.uk

Labour

Paul Saunders (Deputy Mayor) 34 Ross Street, CB1 3BX lo_maximo@hotmail.com

Kevin Blencowe 16 Ferndale Rise, CB5 8QG kevin.blencowe@gmail.com

T: 07914 700602 Labour

Catherine Smart 136 Ross Street, CB1 3BU chlsmart@cix.co.uk

T: 511210 Liberal Democrat

John Hipkin 15 Oxford Road, CB4 3PH castleindependent@gmail.com

T: 564126 Independent

Simon Kightley 6 Sherlock Court, CB3 0JB simon.kightley@googlemail.com

T: 457263 Liberal Democrat

Philip Tucker 11 Maltings Close, CB5 8EB tuckerphilipa@btinternet.com

T: 210036 Liberal Democrat

West/Central Area Committee

T: 722214

Castle

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Wards: Castle, Market & Newnham For more information on West/Central Area Committee meetings and how you can get involved please contact us on 01223 457000 or go to cambridge.gov.uk/areacommittees

Market

Newnham

Tim Bick 13 Warkworth Street, CB1 1EG tim.bick@btinternet.com

T: 07720 413173 Liberal Democrat

Rod Cantrill 11 Millington Road, CB3 9HW rcantrill@millingtonadvisory.com

T: 368928 Liberal Democrat

Andrea Reiner 24 Hurst Park Avenue, CB4 2AE andreareiner23@gmail.com

T: 07717 693858 Liberal Democrat

Sian Reid 27 Millington Road, CB3 9HW sianreid27@gmail.com

T: 356100 Liberal Democrat

Colin Rosenstiel 17 Grafton Street, CB1 1DS rosenstiel@cix.co.uk

T: 368326 Liberal Democrat

Julie Smith Flat 15, Robinson College, CB3 9AN julie.smith@cambridge.gov.uk

T: 766259 Liberal Democrat

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