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Businesses urged to apply for Government Restart Grants

 

South Cambridgeshire businesses affected by the post-Christmas national lockdown can now apply online for the Government’s Restart Grants.

 

The Restart Grants funding scheme was announced by Government on Wednesday 3 March 2021 and is designed to support businesses (including non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses) that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public. 

 

The funding scheme has two strands. Under strand one, grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises to help them to reopen safely. Under strand two of the scheme, grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open but will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen. The level of grant that will be paid under both strand one and two will depend on the rateable value of the premises on Thursday 1 April 2021.

 

All grants require an online application form to be completed. Details on the Restart Grants and how to apply can be found on our website: Restart Grants - South Cambs District Council (www.scambs.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/financial-support-for-business/restart-grants). The application process allows pre-payment checks to confirm scheme eligibility and to allow the appropriate level of grant to be identified. The application closure date for the Restart Grant funding scheme is Wednesday 30 June 2021 and final payments will be made by Saturday 31 July 2021.

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Business Support Team Leader, Adele Gritten said: “The latest funding of Government grants will help our local business community recover from the national lockdown that has being easing over the past few weeks. Since the start of the pandemic we have allocated £34,000,000 of Government grants to 4,638 local businesses. Our staff are working incredibly hard to get this Government money to as many eligible applicants as quickly as possible. We recognise the challenges local businesses are facing and our priority is to support the recovery of our local economy as restrictions ease.”


Nominations for District Council vacancies close

The candidates standing for election to four vacant seats on South Cambridgeshire District Council have been confirmed after the nomination period closed.

On Thursday 6 May, by-elections will be held for four vacant District Council seats. These are:
Girton ward
Harston and Comberton ward
Melbourn ward
Milton and Waterbeach ward

After nominations closed yesterday (Thursday 8 April) you can now find a confirmed list of the candidates standing for each ward at www.scambs.gov.uk/elections

Several other elections will also be held locally on Thursday 6 May. These include:
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayoral elections
Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections
Cambridgeshire County Council elections
Northstowe Town Council, Longstanton Parish and Willingham Parish Council Elections
Waterbeach Parish Council by-election

Neighbourhood Plan Referendums will also be held in Cottenham and Histon and Impington.

To vote in any of these elections, you must be registered to vote. If you are not registered to vote, it is quick and simple to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote but you must register by the end of the day on Monday 19 April. If you do not register, then you cannot vote in elections in South Cambridgeshire.

If you want to apply to vote by post, you must apply for a postal vote by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

If you want to apply for a proxy vote, you must ask for one before 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.

To find out how you can apply for postal or proxy votes, follow the guidance at www.scambs.gov.uk/elections or call 03450 455 214 for more information if you don’t have internet access.

Anyone who needs to self-isolate on election day because of Coronavirus, and is registered to vote, will still be able to vote. This will be via new emergency proxy voting measures, even if they have not applied for a proxy vote before the above deadline. Anyone in this situation will be able to access an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on election day.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Deputy Returning Officer, Andrew Francis, said: “If you want to vote in the upcoming elections in South Cambridgeshire, please remember that you must be registered. It’s quick and easy to register to vote online so if you are not registered – please don’t wait. Similarly, if you know you will want a postal or proxy vote, please apply for one now. There are strict deadlines to register to vote and apply for postal or proxy votes, so don’t delay. Act now to make sure you can have your say at the upcoming local elections.”

Posted April 11 2021


Council launches £30,000 Covid Recovery Grant for local communities 

 

A £30,000 Covid recovery grant fund to help local community groups and parish councils resume activities has been launched by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

As the Government’s cautious road-map out of lockdown continues, the Council has earmarked the financial package as part of its Community Chest funding so that community groups and parish councils can progress projects and services that will support local people.

The Council’s Grants Advisory Committee has temporarily amended the rules around eligibility criteria for its Community Chest Grant scheme for the next two months to allow applications for grants of up to £2,000 for Covid recovery related projects and initiatives.

Previously, few parish councils could apply to the scheme as the criteria stipulated they had to have fewer than 160 registered electors. But for the next eight weeks, it will be open to all parish councils and community groups – including new ones that are now setting up. Applications are now being accepted until 10 May 2021, with submissions being reviewed at the May 28 Grants Advisory Committee meeting.

Meanwhile, the normal Community Chest Grant scheme continues to run for community groups for a maximum grant of £1,000.

Applying for a Covid Recovery Community Chest Grant is the same as applying for a standard Community Chest Grant. The applicant simply selects which type of grant they are applying for at the start of the process with all other criteria being the same. See https://www.scambs.gov.uk/community-development/grants/community-chest-grants/

Chair of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Grants Advisory Committee, Cllr Jose Hales said: “It’s been a hugely difficult period for many local voluntary organisations which have struggled to keep going or to continue with much-needed projects. As we come out of the pandemic and try to rebuild, community cohesion will be more important than ever and extending the scope of our Community Chest funding for a short period will give a boost to getting some of those valuable projects and services back on track.”

Cllr Bill Handley, the Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Community Resilience, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Our Community Chest funding is all about the improvement of quality of life in South Cambridgeshire. Volunteers have played a crucial role in helping our communities get through the pandemic and we are immensely grateful to them. However, some of the activities of voluntary organisations and parish councils have had to be on hold for a whole year, and their role will be crucial in the coming months as we all progress through to recovery and renewal. By increasing the amount available to them and extending the criteria for acceptance for a limited period, the grants will hopefully help to give renewed impetus to their work, whether it is helping in practical ways by providing services and an improved environment, or supporting residents who are suffering with depression, stress or anxiety.”

For further details, please email community.chest@scambs.gov.uk

 

Posted March 25 2021
Easter bin collection dates

Residents of Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire are being reminded that bin collections will be later than usual over the Easter period and after the Early May Bank Holiday.

 

Another reminder to residents is to keep up good recycling habits, especially when it comes to the packaging that comes with Easter eggs - the aluminium foil, plastic containers and cardboard can all be recycled in their blue bin. Making sure to scrunch up the foil and flatten the cardboard makes sorting at the recycling plant easier and more effective.

 

All collections scheduled from Good Friday 2 April to Friday 16 April and from Monday 3 May to Friday 7 May will take place on a later date than usual. As always, residents can check their collection days online.

 

Usual collection day

Revised collection day

Good Friday 02 April

Tuesday 06 April

Easter Monday 05 April

Wednesday 07 April

Tuesday 06 April

Thursday 08 April

Wednesday 07 April

Friday 09 April

Thursday 08 April

Saturday 10 April

Friday 09 April

Monday 12 April

Monday 12 April

Tuesday 13 April

Tuesday 13 April

Wednesday 14 April

Wednesday 14 April

Thursday 15 April

Thursday 15 April

Friday 16 April

Friday 16 April

Saturday 17 April

 

Monday 19 April - Friday 30 April

Collections as normal

 

Monday 03 May

Tuesday 04 May

Tuesday 04 May

Wednesday 05 May

Wednesday 05 May

Thursday 06 May

Thursday 06 May

Friday 07 May

Friday 07 May

Saturday 08 May

 

Cllr Brian Milnes, South Cambridgeshire District Council's Lead Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Licensing, said: “Thank you to all our residents for continuing to recycle right throughout the pandemic, and to our bin collection staff for maintaining the collection service. If you are spending time outside over the Easter weekend, make sure to use the litter bins provided to help keep the streets clean. I also urge residents to check their bin collection dates over the next few weeks as a result of the upcoming bank holidays.”

 

Cllr Rosy Moore, Cambridge City Council's Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre, added: “Easter can be a time when a lot of excess packaging is produced, so it’s even more important to make sure it goes in the correct bin. Alternatively, consider reducing your packaging consumption this Easter by buying eggs wrapped only in foil. If you are planning on having a clear out in Spring, try and reuse or pass on as much as possible. If you can’t do this, and if your waste can’t be stored safely at home, then please use the household recycling centres at Milton or Thriplow.”

 

For more information about waste and recycling including which items can be recycled and how, and to see tailored bin collection calendars, Cambridge residents can visit www.cambridge.gov.uk/bins and South Cambridgeshire residents can visit www.scambs.gov.uk/bins

 

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