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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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Discover more about trees with new interactive trail at Cherry Hinton Hall

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:07

CAMBRIDGE City Council has launched a new interactive tree trail to encourage people to discover more about the trees around them.

The first of several planned trails in the city has been introduced at the popular Cherry Hinton Hall park – known for hosting the annual Cambridge Folk Festival and for being home to many interesting and unusual trees. 

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Appeal to residents to help city's young trees survive the hot weather

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 09:53

AN APPEAL has been made to residents to help water new and young trees on their street that may suffer in the hot, dry summer months.

Cambridge City Council plants around 250 new trees every year to replace those lost to old age and for their first three years, newly planted trees need extra care and attention to help them become established.

Keeping them well watered is critical as they settle in to their new surroundings and while the council waters new trees regularly, residents are being asked to help out during the hot, dry summer weeks.

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Council buys former Ridgeons site and will build more than 90 new council homes

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 08:11

CAMBRIDGE City Council has bought land off Cromwell Road in Romsey on which it plans to build more than 200 new homes, including at least 90 council homes.

The purchase of the 3.3 hectare former Ridgeons site will enable the council to take a big step towards delivering its programme to build 500 new council homes in five years, using the £70m funding secured in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal, in addition to its own resources.

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Developer named for major development in north east Cambridge

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 16:48

CAMBRIDGE City Council and Anglian Water have today announced the appointment of a master developer for a new development that will provide thousands of new homes and jobs on the northern fringe of Cambridge.

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Council helps residents live a more active and BETTER life with cancer

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:39

RESIDENTS living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis are being invited to take part in a new weekly physical activity class, thanks to a partnership between Cambridge City Council and BETTER.

Adults currently undergoing treatment for cancer, their carers, and residents who have previously undergone treatment are all welcome to participate in the new class at Cherry Hinton Village Centre. 

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Initial archaeological study work begins at Park Street car park

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:38

INITIAL archaeological study work is about to get under way as part of the first stage of the redevelopment of Park Street car and cycle park.

The Cambridge City Council facility is set to be redeveloped by Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) as a hotel – potentially an aparthotel – with a new underground car and cycle park beneath it.

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New look Arbury Court reopens following £200,000 refurbishment programme

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 14:13

ARBURY Court local centre has officially re-opened following the completion of a £200,000 improvement project.

The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Nigel Gawthrope, cut the ribbon to mark the completion of Cambridge City Council’s renovation of the public spaces around the shops at Arbury Court.

The public areas at Arbury Court have been refurbished with new features including:

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Council agrees grant to help fund continuing work of local homeless charity

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 14:03

LOCAL charity Wintercomfort is set to receive new funding from Cambridge City Council for a period of two and a half years. 

The new funding will initially cover the period from October of this year until the end of March 2021, subject to formal adoption of the council budget for 2019-20.

Wintercomfort provides a range of services to people who are homeless, formerly homeless or threatened with homelessness. It comprises three elements:

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Rapid chargers for electric taxis up and running in Cambridge

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:23

TWO new rapid electric vehicle chargers have been installed in a central Cambridge car park to encourage more of the city’s taxi fleet to make the move to less polluting electric vehicles.

The rapid chargers, which can provide 80% charge to an electric taxi in just 30 minutes, have been installed on behalf of Cambridge City Council in Adam and Eve Car Park off East Road, using funds granted following a successful bid to the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

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