Grants for low income home owners

Grant funding will soon be available for home repairs and energy efficiency measures for private households on low incomes

Through the Better Care Fund and in accordance with the Cambridgeshire Housing Adaptations & Repairs Policy, assistance is available to help low income households to boost the energy efficiency of their homes and to help with repairs.  For example, if you are struggling to heat your home due to an old, faulty or inefficient boiler, we may be able to help pay for a new one through our Discretionary Grants scheme. 

To qualify for a grant, householders will need to have owned and lived in their home for at least two years and be in receipt of one of the following means tested benefits: Universal Credit, Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, or Income Based Employment Support Alliance, Working Tax Credit with gross income less than £18,000,   Council Tax Support, Guaranteed Pension Credit, or child tax credit with a relevant income less than £18,000

Help may also be available to improve home insulation, replace draughty windows and doors or to carry out a range of other essential repairs.  Work is carried out by our partners at the Cambridgeshire Home Improvement Agency who also carry out works for disabled adaptations, such as ramps, level access showers, stairlifts, etc.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from this support, please contact the Parish Clerk using the ‘contact us’ tab at the top of the page.

Congratulations to Julian Pell-Coggins

Congratulations to our own Duxford Parish Councillor, Julian Pell-Coggins, who has received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Young People in Enfield. Well done Julian!

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/new-year-honours-cambridgeshire-2020-17478924

Hinxton Road closed 26/1/20 and other Highway Events

CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Hinxton Road, Duxford

(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC)

ORDER 2020/023

NOTICE is given that Cambridgeshire County Council has made an Order
pursuant to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by the Road
Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the effect of which is to stop any
vehicle from proceeding along Hinxton Road, Duxford as lies between points 20m either side of the railway level crossing situated there as measured from its gates or barriers.

Access will be maintained to properties affected by this order.
The alternative route for vehicles is via Chapel Street – Moorfield Road – A505 – A1301 – North End Road, Hinxton – High Street – Duxford Road and vice versa.
The Order is made to facilitate essential maintenance works which are being carried out on or near this highway and it will come into operation on 26 January 2020 and continue until these works have finished.
It is anticipated that these works will be carried out overnight between 01:20hrs and 07:30hrs 26 January 2020.

Other events in 2020 are:-

8th March, Cambridge Half Marathon. The popular running event returns, taking in the scenery of central Cambridge. Road closures will be in place for the event, so please bear this in mind if you are planning on visiting Cambridge.

3rd May, Sawston Fun Run returns following its best attended run last year. The 2020 Fun Run will be celebrating the VE Day anniversary, and will be raising money for charity. Road closures and restrictions will be in place throughout the event.

23rd & 24th May, Duxford Air Festival returns for the Battle of Britain. With the event being so popular, the routes around the event location will be busier than normal.

*Please remember details of all highway events can be found on https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/highway-events/

Cambridge Local Plan

Ever walked past a building and wondered how it got planning permission? Worried about climate change and how we are going to adapt? Trying to buy a house and finding it really difficult?

The Council’s Local Plan is the document that shapes our area’s future and answers these big questions. It covers the key themes of climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, well-being and social inclusion, and great places. It will affect what kind of new homes get built and where, where businesses can grow and how buildings, streets and spaces should be designed. As a result, the Local Plan affects all of us – yet most people have never even heard of it.

The consultation will run between 9am Monday 13 January and 5pm Monday 24 February 2020.  

During the consultation we will be taking a pop-up ‘roadshow’ to places around the area including shopping centres, schools, community centres and other places where we can reach out to as many people as possible, making it easy for you to spend a few minutes finding out more and sharing your views. 

We will also be holding a Big Debate’ on the evening of 18 February, where we are inviting local groups to share their ideas about what should be in the Local Plan, in a fun, provocative and lively public event. If you are interested in being one of the groups to present, please contact Hana Loftus at localplan@greatercambridgeplanning.org. Also look out for details about how to book your seat in the audience on the night, when we open the consultation in January. 

If you would like further information or have any questions please contact us by emailing localplan@greatercambridgeplanning.org  or calling 01954 713183. 

Duxford United Match Boxing Day

If you are thinking of going along on Boxing Day (10am) to watch our local team play on the Rec, please bear in mind that due to the ongoing building works for the new Community Centre, it could be very muddy!

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and make sure you are wearing the appropriate footware! Hopefully all works will be completed in the next few months.

With warmest festive wishes, Duxford Parish Council

Tree Planting on Brewery Field

We have recently planted almost 100 free trees as well as some bigger trees on Brewery Field – with the help of volunteers from the parish including some provided by local company SMT – thank you!

See the photos and read all about it on the Friends of Duxford Green Spaces Blog: https://friendsofduxfordgreenspaces.org/blog/

Please think about becoming a “Friend” – you can join or make a donation on the website.

Duxford Parish Maintenance Contracts out for tender

The current maintenance contracts for Duxford Parish Council run until the end of March 2020. The updated contracts are attached, together with their associated maps to clarify locations and a guidance document.

The new contracts are intended to run for 3 years, but will be reviewed each year, with either party able to withdraw from the contract without penalty, following the annual review.

If you are interested in tendering for any or all of the attached contracts, please submit your tender/s to Clerk@duxfordvillage.com by close of business on the 10th December. Email the Clerk if you require further clarification.