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Cambridgeshire County Council would like to bring to your attention the Community Gritting Scheme for 2017-2018. You may already be aware of this scheme. For those who are not: under this scheme the parish or town council agrees specific routes in their area which are important to the local community and agrees them with the county council. Volunteers can then sign up to grit these routes using equipment provided by the county council.
If you would like to forward volunteers for this winter please return a form for each volunteer by 30th September. All volunteers must read the attached training information.For further information on the scheme please click the link to their web pages:
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Essential road upgrades that will bring new businesses and jobs to Peterborough will start next week, on Thursday 3 August.
Extra capacity is being added to junction 17 of the A1(M) and junction 1 of the A1139 Fletton Parkway to the south west of the city that will enable the expansion of the Gateway Peterborough business park. At the same time, Cambridgeshire County Council will carry out full depth resurfacing on the A1(M) junction 17 roundabout.
The work has been carefully planned in a partnership between Highways England, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Gateway Peterborough’s owners Roxhill Developments and their contractors Winvic. By closely coordinating the projects and by carrying out the vast majority of the work overnight, the partnership hope to avoid any repeat of the delays caused by recent roadworks on the A1(M) in Peterborough.
The work is expected to take around five months and to be complete in November.
Highways England Capital Delivery Team Leader, Aran Nugent, said:
We’re very clear that there can be no repeat of the disruption that drivers suffered last time there were road works at junction 17 of the A1(M). We’ve looked closely at what happened then and we are doing everything we can to make sure that the work happening now will cause minimal disruption for drivers.
As well as completing the vast majority of the work overnight, we’re working together to publicise the work across the area using mobile digital signage and lifting roadworks for major events such as Bonfire Night.
Customer service is a priority for Highways England, and by working closely with our partners in the council we hope to keep drivers fully on the move throughout this work and to help people understand the benefits of this work.
Cambridgeshire County Council Traffic Manager, Sonia Hansen said:
We have been working closely with Highways England, Peterborough City Council and Winvic, the developer’s contractor, to ensure we’re all working together and co-ordinating the works for Peterborough Gateway.
During the work planned on the A1(M) slip roads at junction 17 there will be some weekend closures towards the end of October. We have made sure our work can be carried out at the same time to try and minimise the amount of disruption to the public.
We will be reconstructing four sections of the roundabout, this work is not just resurfacing, it will involve digging deeper than normal and re-building parts of the road to ensure longevity for around 15 years. It will require some full weekend closures as it would not be safe to open while the work is being carried out. “We’d ask drivers to follow the signed diversion route and allow extra time for their journeys. We have all worked hard to forward plan and reduce the impact the work will have but delays are expected.”
A new lane will be added to the north side of the junction 17 roundabout helping improve traffic flow toward Peterborough and new traffic signals will help the junction to operate efficiently. A new filter lane from the westbound A1139 into the business park will help take pressure off the A1139 junction 1 roundabout. At the same time, the A1(M) junction 17 roundabout will be fully resurfaced, and other maintenance and renewal work will be carried out. By carrying out the work at the same time, in a tightly coordinated way, disruption to journeys should be kept to an absolute minimum.The work is being completed in various phases across the next few months. All dates are subject to potential changes based on weather and other conditions. A summary of upcoming roadworks will be published by Highways England each week.
At junction 1 of the A1139 Fletton Parkway
Work on the parkway verge near junction 1 of the A1139 will begin on Monday 7 August.
From September there will be off-peak lane closures between 9.30am-3.30pm each day, avoiding the busy peak periods. The lanes will reopen outside these times, but a 40mph temporary speed limit on junction 1 will be in place for the duration of the work.
Additional work will include overnight resurfacing under a night time closure of the slip road at the end of the project and work to upgrade lighting on the junction.
All work at junction 1 is expected to be complete in November.
On the A605 to the west of the junction
Northamptonshire County Council will also be maintaining bridges on the nearby A605 and resurfacing sections of the road. Sections of the A605 between Thrapston and Peterborough will be closed:
On each occasion, access to homes and businesses on the closed section will be maintained and there will be a diversion for through traffic via the A14 and the A1(M).
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
New GP Hub provides evening and weekend appointments to patients across Greater Peterborough.
Patients registered with a GP in Greater Peterborough now have access to evening and weekend GP and nurse appointments at the GP Hub, based at Boroughbury Medical Centre, Craig Street, Peterborough.
Open seven days a week, the GP Hub is a new GP-led evening and weekend servicewhere local GPs and nurses offer a range of services.
Appointments are available to book between 18:30 and 20:30 Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 17:00 at weekends and on Bank Holidays. To book an appointment, patients simply need to phone their own GP surgery as they would do normally and they will be advised of which appointments are available at the GP Hub.
The GP Hub, which is run by a group of local GP surgeries called the Greater Peterborough Network (GPN), also provides specialist clinics such as cervical smears, wound care and blood tests as well as Healthy Lifestyle Coaches offering advice on diet, exercise and smoking.
For further information patients should speak to their GP surgery’s reception to find out more about booking appointments, they can also visit www.greaterpeterboroughgps.nhs.uk, or find Peterborough GP Hub on Facebook.
The Parish Council asked that residents be reminded of their responsibilities to maintain the safety of trees on their property.
For guidance visit: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/FCMS024.pdf/$file/FCMS024.pdf
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Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.
Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. There are many ways that ransomware can infect your device, whether it be a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email, or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use.
Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:
For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware
Key Protect advice for individuals:
Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:
Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/