Wildlife Trust Walks – Hardwick Wood and surrounding

Dear residents,

There are some interesting walks, planned by Wildlife Trusts, happening in our surroundings. All will be a sociable walk in small groups, looking at common wildlife. The Cambourne session is suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs.

For more information, please visit: https://www.wildlifebcn.org/events

Millenium Way Permissive Path maintenance

The permissive path of Hardwick Millenium Way has undergone a bit of maintenance recently – where the start and end of the permissive section has been marked as well as ongoing directional markers. Hopefully, this will benefit avid and new walkers…see recent photos and a map showing approximately the permissive path

More information about the Millenium Way is here: https://www.hardwick-cambs.org.uk/footpaths-walks/

SCDC: A new community safety toolkit

Free toolkit to keep caring for your community 
The South Cambs Community Safety Partnership – a partnership between South 
Cambridgeshire District and Cambridgeshire County councils; the Police, Fire and 
Rescue Services; the Probation Service; and the NHS – has created a toolkit to help 
local people keep caring for their community as the pressures of the pandemic ease. 
As we approach the final stage of restrictions easing, many volunteers are thinkingabout putting in place longer-term structures to build community cohesion, and to tackle some of the other concerns that residents have. 
 
The six packs within the toolkit cover: Combating loneliness and isolation; Reaching your community; Making the local environment safer and greener; Crime prevention in your community; Preventing antisocial behaviour; Tackling road-related concerns. 
The toolkit also provides advice on how to encourage fellow residents to join in, as 
well as how to find out what the community thinks about the issues in question, and offers case studies from community groups which have successfully taken similar action before. 
 
The toolkit is funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), 
which awarded the funding to the South Cambs Community Safety Partnership of 
which South Cambridgeshire District Council is a partner. 
 
Find out more about the toolkit or share the toolkit in your communities by taking a look at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s video on Facebook or Twitter, or visit their press release online.  

Government Restart Grants for businesses: Deadline 30th June

South Cambridgeshire District Council has around £1.4m of central Government money waiting to be claimed by local businesses, by Wednesday 30 June.  
Restart Grants support rate-paying businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant. Businesses have less than a month to apply for the one-off grant to help with costs of reopening safely.  
 Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 or £18,000 (sector dependant)The eligibility criteria and application form for businesses is on South Cambridgeshire’s website: Restart Grants – South Cambs District Council (scambs.gov.uk)
 The council also have a dedicated email set-up and managed by their business support team: BusinessGrants@scambs.gov.uk  

Give-Way Traffic Calming on Cambridge Road

As a result of The 2018 Village Plan survey, one of residents’ top fears for safety in Hardwick was from traffic speeding through the village.  89% of those who responded (371) “think this should be tackled in some way”. The Parish Council used the village Speed Displays to verify the excess speed being measured and consulted County Highways as to the best solution to reduce it.

The result is the /Priority /Give Way scheme shown below. Option 2 was selected as this provides better access from Egremont Road at peak times.

This type of solution is used by many neighbouring villages and we expect it will improve respect for the village safety and disregard of the legal limits.  The Parish Council will monitor the effectiveness of the scheme and review the results in 12 months’ time.

Installation should follow the current Footpath Upgrade which still around 2 to 3 weeks from completion.

Annual Parish Meeting 2021 – 4th May

Dear residents,

Please find the link to the agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting, which will be an online meeting planned for the 4th of May. Instructions for joining via Zoom are included on the agenda.

If you are a representative of a charity or village group or organisation shown on the agenda, it would be appreciated if you could present a report and/or accounts to the Annual Parish Meeting, and if possible please email the report/accounts to the Clerk at clerk@hardwick-cambs.org.uk  in advance of the meeting. Reports and accounts will not be recorded in the minutes but instead all written reports will be appended to the minute book.

The meeting is open to all parishioners who may by law discuss all parish matters, ask questions, put forward views and pass resolutions.

If any village group wishes to apply for a small grant, application forms are available on the website at:

https://www.hardwick-cambs.org.uk/grants/