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Plans for future redevelopment of Cambridge Junction set to be explored further

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:15

CAMBRIDGE Junction could be expanded and modernised under proposals to be considered by Cambridge City Council.

A report being taken to Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee on 22 January recommends a detailed study on proposals for a partial redevelopment of the site.

These proposals could see the large music and entertainment venue at Junction One, the older main building at the Junction, replaced by a state of the art multi-storey building containing not only a new and improved large performance space but also a mix of new creative workspaces.

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Views needed on proposed changes to Shopmobility service

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:19

USERS of Cambridge City Council’s Shopmobility service, which operates from the Grand Arcade and Grafton East car parks, are being encouraged to give their views on proposed changes to the way it is financed, after councillors opted to introduce some charges for users.

The introduction of membership fees and hire charges for use of equipment will cover a loss of funding from Cambridgeshire County Council of £49,500. Members of the service would be eligible for a 50% reduction in hire charges.

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North Pole ice rink attracts around 37,000 visitors

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:16

THE NORTH Pole ice rink and winter fair on Parker’s Piece once again proved popular with Cambridge residents and visitors.

The ice rink, which was open from November to early January, attracted around 37,000 skaters in total, with around 85,000 visiting the attraction as a whole.

Under the terms of the agreement with Cambridge City Council, the rink and fair are now scheduled to be dismantled and removed by 14 January.

The cost of any remedial work required for grass affected by the North Pole attraction will be met by the operator, Arena Events Ltd.

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Review of Empty Homes Policy outlines help available to owners of empty properties

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:08

CAMBRIDGE City Council is set to review its Empty Homes Policy which sets  out the action it takes in relation to empty properties in Cambridge – whether through assistance and advice or through formal enforcement..

The revised policy includes the assistance the council can offer owners of long-term empty homes including the recently introduced interest-free loans scheme which offers property owners up to £25,000 to pay for renovations.

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Voluntary groups set for £900,000 boost from community grants

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:29

NEARLY 60 local groups and organisations have been recommended to benefit from funds totalling £900,000 in Cambridge City Council’s Community Grants scheme.

Community Grant funds are aimed at voluntary and community groups working on projects to help reduce social or economic inequality among Cambridge residents with the greatest needs.

Funding will help to provide a variety of services to residents including financial and legal advice, employment support and community, cultural and sporting activities.

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New council homes in the pipeline for former garage sites in King's Hedges and Queen Edith's

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:00

TWO former garage sites owned by Cambridge City Council will be developed to provide much-needed new council homes, if proposals are approved by Housing Scrutiny Committee.

A site at Markham Close in King’s Hedges ward would see four one-bedroom flats built, while another site at Gunhild Way in Queen Edith’s ward would see two new two-bedroom homes constructed.

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Local groups tackling inequality invited to apply for Area Committee Grants

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:50

LOCAL groups serving disadvantaged areas and communities in Cambridge could be eligible for grants from Cambridge City Council.

The council’s Area Committee Grants totalling £70,000 are available to groups across the city, including non-profit, voluntary and community organisations, or groups of local residents.

Grants of up to £5,000 are awarded to groups to help fund various aspects of a project benefiting people living in a particular part of the city, such as:

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Council set to review Shopmobility services at multi-storey car parks

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:28

ANNUAL membership fees and hire charges for use of equipment are among the changes to be considered as part of a review of Cambridge City Council’s Shopmobility service.

The review is being carried out to ensure the service can continue to operate and provide assistance for people with reduced mobility visiting the city centre, despite a loss of funding.

Shopmobility currently operates at no charge for customers from Grand Arcade and Grafton East multi-storey car parks, whereas most similar services in the UK charge their users.

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Have your say on Local Plan modifications

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 09:18

A six-week public consultation has begun on proposed modifications to the draft Local Plans for South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge.

Independently-appointed Planning Inspectors have reviewed the two Local Plans submitted by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, held hearings and visited sites. They have now asked for a consultation to be carried out on some proposed modifications.

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New measures proposed to improve city markets

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:03

CHANGES to operating regulations and to fees and charges at city markets are being proposed by Cambridge City Council.

In a report to the Environment Scrutiny Committee on 16 January, the council is proposing to update the Charter Market Regulations which govern how the council’s General and Sunday Market operates. The proposed changes are being made following a period of consultation of market traders at the end of last year.

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Car park charging proposals aim to help cut congestion and air pollution

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:10

PARKING charges at Cambridge City Council’s car parks are set to change from April, as part of the council’s plan to cut congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.

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City council budget plans biggest programme of asset investment for over a decade, and expands support for people in most need

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:22

MAJOR capital investment including 500 new council homes, significant council land redevelopment, and investment in digital technology and CCTV are the centrepiece of the Cambridge City Council annual Budget Report published today, the biggest council investment in its major sites and community assets for well over a decade.

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Great Get Together brings people together, combats loneliness and promotes well-being at Christmas

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:05

FOLLOWING on from the success this summer of the national initiative in memory of Jo Cox, The Great Get Together is now focusing on bringing people together this Christmas and Cambridge City Council is encouraging local groups to get involved.

The campaign encourages people to share their mince pies with people in their local community who may be isolated or be feeling lonely during the festive period from 24-26 December. For more information go to  

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Cancer healthcare company signs up to the Real Living Wage

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:02

A CANCER healthcare company is the most recent Cambridge-based employer to have become Living Wage accredited, with support from Cambridge City Council.

Endomag signed up to the Real Living Wage during Living Wage Week, a national campaign week in November that promotes fair pay and aims to reach new networks of employers to encourage them to become Living Wage accredited.

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Licensing decision on Uber Britannia Ltd

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:56

CAMBRIDGE City Council has today (18 December) advised Uber Britannia Ltd that it will be issued with a private hire operator licence when its current licence expires on 20 December, 2017.

The council is responsible for licensing all taxi operators in Cambridge, including Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

Private hire operators have to meet regulations under Part II of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and demonstrate to the council how they do so. The council must then decide whether an operator is fit and proper to hold a licence.

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Council prioritises building more homes to provide people with a secure place to call home

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 09:05

PROVIDING more homes for people in desperate need remains a top priority for Cambridge City Council.

The Housing Revenue Account Budget Setting Report (BSR), published today, describes how the council will invest in housing services in the coming year to target resources on those people in greatest need and to improve efficiency.

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Free energy advice service aims to cut bills and keep homes warm this winter

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:11

A NEW energy advice service has been launched to help Cambridge residents cut household bills and keep their homes warm this winter for less.

‘Winter Warmth’ has seen Cambridge City Council team up with environmental charity, PECT, to provide residents with access to free household energy advice and to book a free home energy advice visit from an impartial advisor.

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Peer challenge team praises city council ambition

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:48

AN INDEPENDENT review of Cambridge City Council’s prospects has concluded the council is well run, is working well in partnership to improve the quality of residents’ lives and knows the things it needs to do better.

This view was arrived at by a team of officers and councillors from other UK authorities who were invited to Cambridge by the council, to provide an independent review of its strengths and areas for improvement.

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New council homes on Anstey Way move a step closer

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:33

A £10 million scheme to provide 54 much needed new council homes on Anstey Way in Trumpington has taken a major step forward, as clearance work on the site has begun and a planning application is set to be submitted later this month.

The scheme will, subject to planning permission, see 54 new council homes built to replace 28 properties of which 23 were let to council tenants and included an existing block of flats and a number of small bungalows. Due to their age and layout, some had been hard to let.

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Cambridge Junction development plans move a step closer

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:59

CAMBRIDGE City Council is working with Cambridge Junction, one of the city’s flagship cultural venues, to ensure its buildings and facilities are fit for purpose well into the 21st Century.

A report being taken to Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee on 22 January will seek approval to:

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