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Hazel’s report Jan 2018

by Hazel Smith on 23 January, 2018

Cllrs Hazel Smith and Anna Bradnam report each month to Milton Parish Council on items of interest that they have been involved in at South Cambs DC during the month. As County Councillor, Anna also reports to all the parish councils in her County division.

Communal Rooms review
South Cambs has 43 sheltered housing schemes and 41 of them have communal facilities attached. Our own Barnabas Court is not one of these – it is operated by Cambridge Housing Society, but Denson Close in Waterbeach is one of them. Residents of these schemes no longer come under the care of a warden as they used to, and in many of the schemes the communal rooms have become little used and an expensive white-elephant for which the residents have to pay for the upkeep – a significant amount for people on a fixed income. I am involved in a working group that is reviewing their use, and where they do not add to the facilities available in a village and the residents want them to close they may be reused for something else. This will be a case-by-case recommendation with a lot of consultation, and the group is starting by considering the 2 schemes in Fulbourn.

Campaign to End Loneliness
Anna and I attended the South Cambs launch of initiatives to provide more support to lonely people in the community, including those recently bereaved and living alone. Many agencies are working on this, and our own Community Care warden is an important support in this village. Many lonely people are not older or infirm: some foreign young mums, for example, can find living at home with a baby very isolating. I persuaded the portfolio holder at SCDC to give a Community Chest grant to a club for English learning, exercise and first aid to help such people get out and socialise.
Anna and I attended the South Cambs launch of initiatives to provide more support to lonely people in the community, including those recently bereaved and living alone. Many agencies are working on this, and our own Community Care warden is an important support in this village. Many lonely people are not older or infirm: some foreign young mums, for example, can find living at home with a baby very isolating. I persuaded the portfolio holder at SCDC to give a Community Chest grant to a club for English learning, exercise and first aid to help such people get out and socialise.

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