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Punting company accredited by the Living Wage Foundation

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 16:53

A PUNTING company has become the latest Cambridge firm to become accredited by the Living Wage Foundation after taking advice from Cambridge City Council.

Rutherford’s accreditation means there are now 65 Living Wage employers in Cambridge supporting the fair pay movement.

Rutherford’s staff receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK that is calculated to reflect costs of living.

This rate is more generous than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour, which is calculated based on a percentage of median income (currently at 55%).

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Children bring football home to Chesterton Recreation Ground

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 15:12

A GROUP of children kick-started the summer holidays and brought football home to Chesterton Recreation Ground when they came together for a tournament.

Organised by Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) team, the event saw children from the King’s Hedges, Abbey, Chesterton and Cherry Hinton areas of Cambridge compete to win the accolade of football champions of the city.

After a series of tight matches, a team from Jack Warren Green in Abbey proved they could not be beaten and romped to victory to win the title.

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Crematorium recycling scheme raises money for local charity

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:31

A LOCAL charity has benefited from thousands of pounds raised by a recycling scheme at Cambridge Crematorium.

Cambridge City Council recently presented a cheque for £5,000 to Arthur Rank Hospice, which provides support for people living with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones.

The money was raised through a scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM). This enables people arranging funerals to give their consent for metals such as those found in orthopaedic implants or in coffins to be recycled following the cremation process.

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Date set for Petersfield by-election

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:51

THE DATE of a Cambridge City Council by-election in Petersfield ward has been set for Thursday 13 September.

A casual vacancy in the ward was created following the resignation of former city councillor Ann Sinnott earlier this week.

Petersfield residents wishing to vote in the by-election who are not already on the electoral register should do so by 28 August.

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Don't miss this summer's first Big Wednesday - part of the free PlayDaze summer of fun

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:26

INFLATABLES, junk modelling, face painting, arts, sport and a host of entertainment will be on offer to children and their families in the first Big Wednesday of the summer which takes place this week.

Big Wednesdays are a part of Cambridge City Council’s PlayDaze programme, which offers free outdoor activities for families across Cambridge parks and open spaces.

The Big Wednesday event will take place at Lammas Land on Wednesday 1 August from 1 to 4pm and will be led by the council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS).

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Help your bin crews during the heatwave

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:37

Residents of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire are being asked to help bin crews deal with the hot weather, as heatwave conditions continue.

With a Level Three – Heatwave Action alert currently in force from the Met Office, and temperatures set to rise further tomorrow, collection crews are facing challenges completing their rounds.

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Christ's Pieces recognised as one of the UK's very best green spaces

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:02

CHRIST’S Pieces has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the country.

The city centre park, which is managed by Cambridge City Council, received the prestigious Green Flag Award last week.

This international award, run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is now in its third decade, and indicates that parks or open spaces boast the highest possible environmental standards, are well maintained and have excellent facilities for visitors.

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Cambridge man prosecuted for abandoning burnt out vehicle

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 16:51

A CAMBRIDGE man has been successfully prosecuted by Cambridge City Council for abandoning his vehicle. 

Duane Butcher, of Molewood Close, was ordered to pay a fine of £660 by Cambridge Magistrates, on Thursday 10 May, after he failed to claim his Renault Megane, which had been left parked on Molewood Close in a damaged and burnt out condition.

The vehicle had been reported to the council as abandoned and a hazard to the local community.

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Local charity will form new partnership with council to run Ross Street Community Centre

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 10:43

ROMSEY Mill Trust has been awarded a contract by Cambridge City Council to run one of the city’s community centres.

The move follows a review of community centres which identified an opportunity to explore leasing Ross Street Community Centre to a voluntary organisation while keeping the centre in council ownership.

Romsey Mill Trust submitted a successful tender proposal and will work with the council to ensure a smooth transition when it takes over the centre on 10 September.

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Initial engagement period on ideas to improve Cambridge's streets and open spaces extended until 3 August

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 16:15

‘MAKING Space for People’ – a project to make Cambridge easier and more pleasant for people to get around – has extended its first stage of engagement until 3 August to allow more people to comment.

Residents, visitors and people who work in Cambridge now have an additional period to register their comments and ideas for potential improvements to walkways, cycleways, roads and open spaces, in order to ensure people are put at the heart of city life.

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On your marks for a new Parkrun event to be trialed at Coldham's Common

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:08

A NEW regular ‘Parkrun’ event is set to be trialed in Cambridge this autumn.

The free 5km timed event will take place weekly at Coldham’s Common recreation ground, after the open space was identified as a suitable location by Cambridge City Council and the organisers of Parkrun, and following a public consultation in June.

The new event will be the first in Cambridge itself, following the success of two other regular Parkruns nearby, at Milton Country Park and Wimpole Hall.

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Helping rough sleepers becomes easier as Cambridge Street Aid goes contactless

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:26

PEOPLE wishing to donate to Cambridge Street Aid, the charitable fund which helps vulnerable people get off or stay off the streets, can now do so quickly and easily at new contactless ‘giving points’.

Two giving point terminals have been installed by Cambridge City Council outside the customer service centre at Mandela House on St Andrew’s Street, and inside the Visitor Information Centre, situated on the Peas Hill side of the Guildhall.

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Annual report highlights council's successes and areas for improvement during the last year

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:05

THE performance of Cambridge City Council over the last 12 months has been set out in its annual performance report. The report analyses the council’s performance against its objectives for 2017-18 from the Corporate Plan 2016-19.

Among the achievements highlighted in the annual report are that:

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Time to get shop-ping as Ping Pong Parlour opens at The Grafton

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:40

VISITORS TO The Grafton shopping centre will be able to take a break and enjoy a fun game of table tennis this summer, after a new Ping Pong Parlour opens its doors to the public.

Cambridge City Council has teamed up with The Grafton and the sport’s governing body, Table Tennis England, for this initiative, which launches on Wednesday 18 July – National Table Tennis Day.

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PlayDaze offers free fun for children and families this summer

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 14:55

A STIMULATING four week programme of free outdoor activities for school aged children has been organised to banish any thoughts of boredom this summer.

As the school year heads towards its conclusion, Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) has once again organised a host of events for children as part of its summer holiday PlayDaze programme.

This year’s activities will focus on making the most of recycled materials and there will be plenty of opportunities for children to get involved in arts and crafts, sports, games and more.

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Ideas to improve Cambridge's streets and open spaces wanted by 16 July

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:32

RESIDENTS, workers and visitors are being urged to provide ideas to help make Cambridge easier and more pleasant to get around before the closing date for comments of Monday 16 July.

‘Making Space for People’ is being developed by Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, and is funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP).

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Get active and have fun in the sports zone on Saturday at the Big Weekend

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 09:42

ON THE same weekend as the World Cup Final and the Wimbledon finals, Cambridge City Council is hosting a free sports zone area as part of the Big Weekend event.

From 12 noon-5pm on Saturday 14 July, visitors to the Big Weekend will be able to join more than 30 local sports and fitness organisations who will be leading demonstration and taster sessions throughout the day.

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Council says farewell to Mill Road depot after more than a century

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 09:07

CAMBRIDGE City Council has departed from the Mill Road depot after more than 100 years on the site.

The council has moved services from the depot to a new, modern facility at Cowley Road in the north of the city, ahead of the site being redeveloped as housing, with 50% of the homes being built to be new council homes.

The Cambridge Corporation, as it was then known, first bought the three and a half acres of land behind Mill Road Library in 1905 to use as a store yard.

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Wildflower meadows in bloom and helping attract pollinating insects to city parks

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:56

WILDFLOWER meadows are currently bringing a splash of summer colour to parks and open spaces managed by Cambridge City Council.

The meadows are now in bloom at 13 parks and open spaces:

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Corn Exchange turning blue to mark NHS 70th birthday

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 13:09

CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange is being lit up blue this evening, 5 July, as part of the NHS’ 70th anniversary celebrations.

Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Live are supporting a nationwide event, which will see iconic buildings and monuments across the country turning blue as a show of support for the work of the NHS on its 70th birthday.

People are also being encouraged to take photos of buildings lit up in blue and to share them on social media using the hashtags #NHS70 and #LightUpBlue.

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