Cambridgeshire Matters – Newsletter

Cambridgeshire Matters

The newsletter for Parish Councils, Town Councils and Neighbourhood Forums – January 2020

Welcome to the January 2020 Cambridgeshire Matters newsletter

Welcome to the January 2020 issue of Cambridgeshire Matters, designed to keep you up to date with Cambridgeshire County Council’s latest news and features relevant to you and your council.

Please share this e-newsletter with your town / parish council colleagues and feel free to use any of the features in your own newsletter or social media.
If you have an item you would like to submit for future editions, please send your submissions to communications@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Cambridgeshire Matters goes out bi-monthly in the middle of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November.

Latest news
A list of the items included in this month’s newsletter can be seen below.The full version of the newsletter is available to read on our website.

  • Village Halls Week – 20 to 26 January 2020
  • Deadline 1 February 2020 – Innovate and Cultivate Fund
  • Local Council Award Scheme: Peer Learning and Networking Event – 30 March 2020
  • Stay Well This Winter pack
  • Superfast broadband is here – have you got it yet?
  • Survey reminder – Climate Change and Environment Strategy – communities invited to have their say
  • Thinking about fostering – can you offer children a home?
  • Cambridgeshire Insight: Local area profiling
  • Cambridgeshire Insight and Think Communities
  • Dry January
  • Winter volunteers needed for Community Gritting Scheme
  • Consultation on Madingley Road cycling improvements
  • Celebrating the joy of reading all year long

We want to hear your views! Too long? Too short? Not enough relevant features? Let us know your thoughts after reading Cambridgeshire Matters so we can ensure our newsletter works for you. 

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Flood Warning – NO Longer In Effect

Flood warning no longer in force B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene.
Last time in force:

The water levels at Whittlesey Washes have being falling steadily yesterday and today Tuesday 21st of January, and we do not expect any further flooding to B1040 road. There may be standing water in low lying areas and fields for several days.
This information was last updated at

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Flood Warning Still In Effect.

B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene.
Flooding is expected – immediate action required.

This information was last updated at

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Have YOUR Say – Share YOUR Views

Share your views on ambitious plan for Fenland’s future.

Investing in property and developing Council-owned land to generate income and protect key services has been put at the heart of Fenland District Council’s plan to improve the quality of life for local communities.

Have Your Say

The launch of a Commercial and Investment Strategy to meet future savings challenges is a key part of the Council’s Draft Business Plan 2020/21, which sets out the projects and services it will deliver across the district over the next 12 months.

A project to transform the Council’s customer services, utilising technology to enable residents to access services 24/7, is another fundamental element of the draft plan, which has been approved for public consultation by the Council’s Cabinet.

To view Fenland District Councils Have Your Say …. Click Here

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Flood Warning Remains In Effect For B1040

Some people are getting ‘confused’ between the two sets of warnings – even though maps showing the effected roads are being shown!!! see below this warning other concerns.

B1040 Thorney to Whittlesey Road to the South of the River Nene
Flooding is expected – immediate action required.
The Whittlesey Wash flood storage reservoir is being operated to protect nearby communities from flooding. The water levels remain high in the Wash and this will continue to result in flooding of the B1040 road. Whilst the Flood Warning is in force, the Local Authority may close the B1040 for safety reasons. Diversionary routes will be put in place and further updates will be available through local media.

This information was last updated at

Irresponsible person/s removed the locks on both flood gates at East Delph & Whittlesey side of the Dog-in-a-Doublet Bridge over night.

At the moment sitting water remains on sections on the B1040 and CCC Highways haven’t cleared any of the debris that has been deposited on the road from ongoing flooding.

This has placed innocent drivers at risk, vehicle insurance will be null & void plus and prosecution from the Police as the Road Closure signage clearly indicates the B1040 is closed due to flooding.
I have just spoken to CCC Emergency Highways Team – they were alerted by Mick at the Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice Gates having raised the alarm and knowing the anticipated amount of water entering Whittlesey Washes today.
CCC Highways are tasked with ensuring Highways remain closed and at no risk to human life when they receive an order from the Environment Agency.
CCC Highways are now considering returning to using a crane and installing concrete blocks in the future – this could mean Whittlesey Wash section of the B1040 will be closed before the indicated time of predicted flooding and in turn the clearance operation will take longer before the highway can be reopened to traffic.

This morning CCC Highways are looking to see if the locks can be replaced, all providing the gates are not damaged. If not, the only option is to mobilise a crane and install concrete blocks as from experience certain drivers completely ignore warning tapes & cones by removing.

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WTC Meetings Tonight 20th January

Both meeting for tonight have been cancelled – Finance & Policy Committee and Planning Committee.
The F&P has little new items to be discussed and the budget for 20/21 has been to full council last month.
There were only two items on the Planning Agenda.

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Flood Warning No Longer In Effect @ Sun 08:44am

Flood Warning no longer in force: Northbank Road alongside the River Nene, East of Peterborough and West of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice.

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A Good Sunday Read – I Can Gell With This Person – Thanks

Sent to me from a recent posting on social media…..This has a lot of potential…?
Unedited and thanks…

I’ve invented a new board game which I hope to have on the market in time for when we get a bridge over the Kings Dyke crossing or eternity which ever comes first.

It is called ESCAPE FROM WHITTLESEY briefly based on Monopoly whereby the players choose a vehicle🚗🚕🚙 then rolls a dice, make circuits of the board  and then eventually choose a road to try to escape, picking up 200 pence if they don’t go to jail  every time they complete a circuit. The more circuits they complete before taking their chosen exit route the more funds they will have accumulated and the better chance they will have of getting to their destination and claiming victory over their opponents .

Completing each circuit will be not easy, many hazards such as speed cameras detecting anyone travelling more than 6 mph exist and fines for this and landing on an illegal parking square on the board will diminish your funds and delay your attempted escape.

Station Road will be closed at the crossing,  Eastrea Road will be no entry so those attempting to go via the A605  (the seemingly cheapest option)  would find that there will no chance  to turn back once stopped at either a succession of road works or the railway gates, get fined every time they  swear 🤬 and more than likely leave the game and go and put the kettle on. To the survivors who had been sensible enough to accumulate enough funds they will be met with a road closure at Stanground  and their  only route back to the board will be via Farcet and the Fen.

Those escaping along  the obvious route via Pondesbridge will find to their amazement that it is now a toll road and will have to return and circuit the board a few times to raise more funds. Those that do eventually manage to afford it will find that the only route open will eventually be Gosling Drove with the left hand lane closed for resurfacing and will then meet head on the survivors of the A605 travellers coming back to Whittlesey from the other way. Collisions will mean instant expulsion from the game.

The third and final option will be via Thorney  ( The North Bank will obviously be closed but no doubt many will still use it 😉) and a lucky player landing on square 13 will after accumulating enough funds be able to buy a boat 🚣‍♀️🚣‍♂️⛵️🛶 to negotiate the B1040.

This board game will probably be renamed by anyone who is still reading this post as a bored game and in which case thanks anyway and have a lovely evening 😂😉😂

PS as the game is in an early stage of development any suggestions of possible amendments would be welcome but “stick it in the bin ” would not be considered viable. Thanks for playing! 🤓

RG – I am sure there will be a lot of other additions to this very realistic game – keep it coming…

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2020 Straw Bear Festival #2

My thanks to JF, AO & RB for the photo’s.
(Click in the bottom left corner to advance/retard pictures)

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2020 – Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival

Thanks to JF for the pictures….

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