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Message from Cambridgeshire Police re County lines drug activity

Officers across Cambridgeshire have made nine arrests, seized drugs, cash and mobile phones as part of a week of action on county lines crime. Throughout the national week of action (14-21 September), police also visited vulnerable people across the county to check they were not being exploited by county lines drug dealers and to build up a better picture of the crime in the area. Working alongside other forces and partners, officers executed warrants in Cambridge, Peterborough, Wisbech and London where the arrests were made. They seized 88 wraps of heroin, more than 1,000 pounds cash and multiple mobile phones. Five potential cuckooed addresses, where drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for dealing, were visited and five people safeguarded. County lines is a priority in Cambridgeshire and during this targeted week we successfully dismantled four drug lines. Our work will continue beyond this week of action to tackle drug networks, which bring a whole host of criminality to our county as well as harm to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Throughout the week the force was also urging the people of Cambridgeshire to look closer in order to spot children and young people who are being exploited by county lines criminals. Public spaces like bus and train stations, fast food outlets, hotels and roadside services can be where young victims of exploitation are most visible.  read more ...  (28/09/20)


Vacancy for a part-time Finance Officer - closing date Midday on Monday 5 October

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to take on the role of Finance Officer. The Parish Council manages a range of facilities and also has some ambitions plans for new projects. The successful applicant will work to the Parish Clerk with the aim of delivering excellent financial management and support to the Council and the community it serves. The role requires 40 hours per calendar month. The actual working hours pattern will be agreed between the Clerk and the postholder, but there will be an opportunity for a degree of flexibility to be applied.

Although Waterbeach has a Parish Office, the successful candidate will be expected to work from home for much of the allotted time so a laptop computer will be provided. The postholder will be expected to attend up to 10 evening meetings per year, via Zoom or in person as and when face to face meetings are held.

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Vacancy - assistant Grounds/Handyperson - closing date midday Wed 23 September

We are looking to employ an Assistant Grounds/Handyperson on a part-time variable hours basis. The role is based mainly outdoors looking after the open spaces within Waterbeach Parish and some buildings owned by Waterbeach Parish Council. The normal working pattern will be 15 hours per week in the summer and 8 hours per week in the winter, but week to week these hours may vary according to Parish Council requirements. Duties include assisting the Senior Groundsman with the upkeep of the green spaces within the parish that provide sports, recreational and other facilities, litter management, emptying bins and carrying out minor maintenance jobs on buildings and other Parish Council property. Experience of driving a tractor is preferred but training can be provided if necessary.

Salary: within the local government service range SCP 7-12 - starting rate is10.44 per hour. Please contact the Clerk for a detailed job description: .

To apply please explain why you are interested and the skills you will bring to the post. You should also outline any relevant experience and qualifications, and include the names and contact details of 2 referees, at least one of whom must be known to you in a work capacity.Applications should be sent either by post to: Shelley Mason, Waterbeach Parish Council, The Old Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Cambridge Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9N or by email to . The closing date is midday on Wednesday 23 September.  (14/09/20)


Planning Committee Tuesday 15 September at 7pm

The agenda for the Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday 15 September can be seen here  (10/09/20)


A Message from the Greater Cambridge Partnership re Local Plan

We are getting in touch to let you know that we will shortly be publishing the responses we received to the Greater Cambridge Local Plan First Conversation consultation in early 2020 (including the Call for Sites and Call for Green Sites), and the 2019 Call for Sites. The responses will be published on our website, on 16 September 2020 at 9am. We will be holding some Zoom webinars to answer any questions you have about the information we are publishing.

Click on the date for the webinar link:

Monday 21 September 12-1pm Passcode 221515

Tuesday 22 September 12-1pm Passcode 739543  (09/09/20)


Flood advice

It is recommended that property owners or businesses at risk of flooding make their own arrangements of sandbags in advance of flooding. Residents can purchase empty sandbags and sand from builders merchants or DIY stores. You may also find further help from South Cambs District Council; however, depending upon the scale of the flooding around the district, their resources may be seriously stretched. Supplies of sand bags may be limited and slow delivery timescales could be experienced. In an emergency situation, this service can be accessed from 8am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday) by calling 03450 450 063.

Further information on how to prepare for this eventuality can be found on the South Cambs District council webpage

Flooding on roads and pavements caused by blocked drains of gullies can be reported on the Cambridgeshire County Council webpage  (27/08/20)


Council meeting Tuesday 1 September at 7pm

The agenda and papers for next week's Council meeting can be seen here  (26/08/20)


Annual Governance and Accounting return

Each year the Parish Council produces an Annual Governance and Accounting Return (AGAR)which is subject to external audit review. The Notice of Public Rights has now been issued. It summarises what this means in terms of the right of anyone to inspect relevant documents within the inspection period which runs from 26 August 2020 - 6 October 2020. These papers, along with further supporting papers can be found here.  (24/08/20)


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