The Former RAF Upwood Makes the News - AGAIN!
Huntingdonshire District Council has been accused of ‘dragging its feet’ by developers who have waited more than three years to start work on a disused RAF base, which has become a magnet for crime.
"I think it needs to be developed and I’m delighted that this is going to go ahead."
Councillor Robin Howe
Proposals to build on RAF Upwood by Strawsons Property were first considered by the council in 2013, but after a number of setbacks, including drainage problems and traffic objections, the site is only now about to receive planning permission.
“It’s taken three years to get to this point, which is absolutely ridiculous,” Adrian Sail, strategic development manager at the company, said. “I think it’s a number of factors, one being that there have been general cuts of staffing levels in the planning department, but they have been procrastinating and dragging their feet all the way through it.
“It’s just very frustrating and every time you turn on the news they talk about wanting to build houses and bring brownfield and Ministry of Defence sites forward. We’re ready to go.” The company hopes to build 160 homes, and Mr Sail said he was also keen to see the site redeveloped to put an end to vandalism and arson there – something which spiked again recently. On April 14, police were called to another report of trespassing at the site and found two cars parked near the entrance. Six people were then spotted on the roof of a 60ft-high derelict building. It was the latest in a recent surge in reports of trespass and vandalism at the site, with fire crews also called to tackle arson attacks.
Councillor Robin Howe, who represents Upwood and the Raveleys, said planning had taken so long because of previous objections including traffic, and that, while he recognises those problems, thinks the development is a good thing. “I’ve spoken to the developers about this and they are absolutely convinced that when the site is developed the vandalism will cease,” he said. “I think it needs to be developed and I’m delighted that this is going to go ahead.” He added: “The buildings should have been preserved instead of being desecrated and we as a council should have secured the site and kept it in good condition, but unfortunately once the gate was left open for years the vandalism has occurred.”
A spokesman for the district council confirmed that last minute matters were being dealt with and both parties expect planning permission to be issued by the end of the month.
Andy Moffat, head of development, said: “The application was considered by the planning committee in December 2013 and again in April 2015 to resolve a drainage issue. The negotiations since then over the terms of the section 106 planning obligation and the planning conditions have, we accept, been unduly protracted for which we apologise. “Our procedures are being reviewed to streamline dealing with section 106 agreements. Both documents have now been agreed and the planning permission will be issued shortly.”
Source: HuntsPost 26 Apr 17 - PUBLISHED: 07:43 26 April 2017 Abigail Weaving
Fri 14 Apr 2017
Antisocial behaviour by the riders of three motorcycles
Antisocial behaviour by the riders of three motorcycles on Monday morning, 10th April. The bikes had been seen being ridden fast on footpaths along Upwood Road and across fields up onto the disused airfield. Police are are concerned about any such activities, please contact police by using the '101' telephone number. Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form. In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'. Info: Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)
06 March 2017
Arrest in Bury
Bury - On Tuesday 28th February, police arrested a suspect in Bury following the theft of a sat-nav from a car in Ramsey the previous night. Following further investigations, the suspect has also been charged with offences of possession of drugs, criminal damage and possession of an imitation firearm. Info: eCops: POC Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)
06 March 2017
Roadworks planned for the county as A14 construction begins
After months of preparatory work between Cambridge and Huntingdon, lane and full road closures will now be put in place to start main construction on the A14.
1 Feb 2017
No train service at St Neots and Huntingdon for next two weekends due to improvement work on the line
Another service will stop at all stations which will include Peterborough-Huntingdon-St Neots-Sandy-Biggleswade-Arlesey-Hitchin. The work, staring on Saturday, February 4, is part of the East Coast Main Line £3.6 million programme to completely renew switches and crossing, also known as points, which allow trains to move from one track to another. The project aims to increase the reliability and performance of one of Britain’s busiest rail routes. Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “There isn’t ever a good time to disrupt passengers but it is essential that this piece of work is carried out when trains are not running, and I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.” Passengers are advised to check with nationalrail.co.uk before travelling on 4/5 February, as well as on 11/12 February [Source HuntsPost 1 Feb 17]
Round-up of events 13th - 19th Jan 2017
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Upwood Road, Bury - An elderly man had his bicycle stolen from where he had left it for a short time, leaned up outside a shop on Upwood Road at around midday on Friday 13th January. The bike is a 'Rekord' with small 20" wheels, quite old but in good condition. Police have made local enquiries but no-one has reported seeing anything suspicious in the area at the time. RAF Upwood - Police were notified by the Fire Brigade that they were called to a fire on the derelict RAF Upwood site at 6:30 pm on Friday 13th January. The cause of the fire is not known at the moment. Warboys Road, Bury - Police were notified of a road incident that occurred at 7:15 am on Tuesday 17th January on Warboys Road, in which a car had hit a spot of black ice and spun off the road, ending up in a ditch. The driver was unharmed and did not need any assistance from the police. Upwood Road, Bury - Police were called to a collision between two cars on Upwood Road just before 6:00 pm on Thursday 19th January. Occupants of both cars were reported to have sustained minor injuries, and an ambulance was called. The incident did not block the road and the owners were able to arrange recovery of their cars through their own insurance companies.
Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Bury on Warboys Road.
Warboys Road, Bury - Police have appealed for information following a break-in and burglary at a house on Warboys Road, Bury, that occurred sometime between 4:45 pm and 8:00 pm on Friday 6th January. Thieves entered the house and carried out an untidy search before leaving, having stolen items of jewellery and other personal property. Police would like anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact the Huntingdon Burglary Team at Hunts.Burglary@cambs.pnn.police.uk or by using any of the methods listed at the end of this report. or you can call anonymously by calling 0800 555 111
Looking After the Vulnerable Adults and Families.
Calling all people of Bury Village. Please try to encourage fellow Bury Villagers to sign up to the UK Power network who are identifying vulnerable adults / Families to keep electric supplies in case of Power cuts / emergency situations. The link is: http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/power-cuts/priority-services-during-a-power-cut/ [edited 07 Dec 2016 - website Editor]
New Integrated Urgent Care Service for patients
The new Integrated Urgent Care Service that incorporates NHS 111 and the GP Out of Hours services for patients in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Oundle, Wansford and Royston has now launched. Wisbech patients are part of the Norfolk NHS 111 and Out of Hours service. Read More...
Hinchingbrook merger is out...
Download the Poster here.... Book a place at Healthwatch Cambridgeshire’s panel style public meeting and get your questions answered on the Hinchingbrooke Hospital merger. Find out about the proposed merger with Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at Healthwatch Cambridgeshire’s free public Meeting - Monday 7 November, 7-9pm Maple Centre, 6 Oak Drive, HUNTINGDON, PE29 7HN We have invited Lance McCarthy, CEO of Hinchingbrooke Hospital, to tell us their Board’s reasons for wanting to merge with Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We have also invited representatives from local groups to hear their opinions, including Hands off Hinchingbrooke who are opposed to the plan. You will have an opportunity to ask our speakers your questions. The meeting will be chaired by our very own Val Moore, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire Chair. Book your place by calling 01480 420628 or email Sharon at email@example.com This event is likely to be very popular, so please book a place if you want to get in. For more information visit: http://www.healthwatchcambridgeshire.co.uk/hinch-merger-meeting [Source: Communications Manager - HealthWatch Cambridgeshire]
The Speedwatch scheme allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding has been identified as a priority at quarterly neighbourhood panel meetings. The scheme is run by the force alongside the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership. It is about educating motorists in the law in relation to speeding and monitoring any trends in speeding in neighbourhoods. Volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which displays vehicle speed. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter from their local neighbourhood policing team, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community. How do I become a volunteer? How much time must I give? - Please Contact Jo using the "Contact Us form" from the menu...... Thank you! [Posted: 18:10 Thursday 27 Oct 2016]
You do! "Preparatory work to build our construction compounds has already started and we expect to begin main construction work later this year. The new A14 will open to traffic in 2020, with some work, such as removal of the Huntingdon viaduct, continuing beyond that. To find out more about the scheme and how it affects you, come along to one of our public information exhibitions. Preparatory work to build our construction compounds has already started and we expect to begin main construction work later this year. The new A14 will open to traffic in 2020, with some work, such as removal of the Huntingdon viaduct, continuing beyond that. To find out more about the scheme and how it affects you, come along to one of our public information exhibitions." Find out more........... [Source: Communications Manager, A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW]
Watch out, Watch out, there's a Fraudster about
There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo. The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false. The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to. Protect yourself!
- Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
- The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber [Source: Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National) 13 Sept 2016]
Consultation Shows Support for Devolution
Thefts of Catalytic Converters from Honda Accord cars
Please be aware that three thefts of catalytic converts from Honda Accord cars have been reported to police in the last week. The thefts took place from outside houses in Houghton, St Ives and Warboys. In all cases, the cars had been left parked on their owners' drives overnight and the thefts were only discovered the following mornings when the owners noticed the different engine noise. The converters were cut away in a very competent and professional manner by someone who obviously knew what they were doing and how to do it. Whilst Honda Accords have been specifically targeted in this series of thefts, other makes are at risk too. Please be vigilant and aware of the risks to cars left parked in accessible places, and if possible leave cars in locked garages if they are not going to be used for a few hours, especially overnight. For general advice on how to protect yourself from vehicle crime, please see the information on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site: Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site: Source ecops 16 Aug 2016
On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Key points to note about this service are:
- Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
- 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
- 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
- Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels. You can download a slide deck with more details about this new service Here
Do you know your speed limits?
Do you know the correct speed limit for single carriageway roads with street lights? Or what the motorway speed limit is if you are towing a trailer? These are just two examples of the questions that can be found on our new quiz to test your knowledge of the different speed limits on the county’s road. The quiz has been created as part of a month-long THINK! speed campaign educating motorists of the consequences of speeding. Start the Quiz
Crime Stopper. Read the June weekly report - Here Message sent by eCOPS 29 Jun 2016: Rio 2016 Olympics Ticket Fraud " The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6th August 2016 and as of late June, you will be able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices. Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry. To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at www.rio2016.com. Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold. Protect yourself
- When purchasing from another company or individual, ask questions; specifically when you will receive the ticket and what type of ticket you are purchasing.
- Pay for tickets by using a credit card or trusted payment service. Payments made by bank transfer may not be recoverable.
- Always check that the payment screen is secure by looking for the padlock symbol or making sure the website/url begins with “https”.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk"
Fire "AGAIN" at former RAF Upwood Base
A crew and water carrier from Ramsey were called to a fire in the open on the former RAF base in Upwood at about 6.30pm 16 May 2016. A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “A large quantity of rubbish, including household white goods, rubber and wooden pallets, was on fire. “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and jets to extinguish the fire. A second fire was discovered close by in a disused building and this was also extinguished.” Crews remained at the scene until 8pm. An investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was deliberate. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. [Source: Hunts post] See more about the former Upwood RAF Base - Note: Bury Village Website takes no responsibility for the content and accuracy of the http://www.bcd-urbex.com/raf-upwood-cambridgeshire-uk/ site.
Residents of Bury Village are invited to enjoy a program of events hosted by the Ramsey Arts Festival. The 2017 programme is being completed now. Watch out for our brochure which should appear very soon. In the mean time please visit The Arts Website or you can follow the link on this site [Click]
Bury Speed Watch Needs YOU!
Bury Speedwatch is looking for willing volunteers to help operate speed surveys to highlight the speed limits on our village roads and encourage drivers to keep within them. Any volunteers would be gratefully welcomed if they could email Jo McGlashan, Bury Speedwatch Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org Jo will respond to give further details. You will need to take part in a short training session held by Cambridgeshire Constabulary before you can take part in surveys and once Jo has enough volunteers Jo will look into scheduling this for a mutually convenient day and time. [/one_half]
Why street lights are being reduced in Bury Village
The changes are being made due to the need for the County Council to make further financial savings to the annual street lighting energy costs which are required as a result of funding reductions from central government. In order to meet these challenges all of the County Council’s services are being affected and the Authority’s priority will be to protect critical front line services.... Read More
Bury Residents beware... The ransomware that knows where you live
A widely distributed scam email that quoted people's postal addresses links to a dangerous form of ransomware, according to a security researcher. Andrew Brandt, of US firm Blue Coat, contacted the BBC after hearing an episode of BBC Radio 4's You and Yours that discussed the phishing scam. Mr Brandt discovered that the emails linked to ransomware called Maktub.... Read More
As we move into the "warmer" weather...
THINK! advice for motorcyclists
Riding defensively makes you less vulnerable Make sure you:
- anticipate the actions of others
- are alert and observant
- can slow down and stop if the unexpected happens
- position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards
- take a 'lifesaver' glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing
Consider further skills training to improve your performance and safety on the road Find out more about training Wear the right gear Fall off your bike and tarmac will shred through your jeans in seconds. Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it.
- Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night
- Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers
Source: http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html THINK! advice for drivers
THINK! take longer to look for bikes: Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you're approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too. Keep your distance Driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist. Check for bikes when changing lanes A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot. Check for bikes when turning Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists might pass you on either side Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you're turning left or right. Park safely Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door - and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember to look specifically for motorcyclists as they can accelerate faster than cars. Source: http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html
Bury Neighbourhood Planning takes hold.
Bury Resident Jeremy Mumford engages withe the Bury Neighbourhood Planning committee. Jeremy says, " A Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is a plan for the neighbourhood area i.e. the Designated area of Bury Parish which includes policies and ideas that become part of the HDC local plan and have to be taken into account by the planners. Something that does not happen in all cases now." see more.....
Bury Village Website features.
Bury village website features in the Ramsey and Warboys informer. If you don't have a copy delivered then you can get it here...
Huntingdonshire villages join police Speedwatch scheme
The scheme now has volunteers in Warboys, Bury and Upwood. The decision was made at a meeting organised by Councillor Jill Tearney and attended by residents interested in the initiative. Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods. Brian Robins, Speedwatch coordinator for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “There was tremendous enthusiasm at the meeting and a lot of very good questions from those present. “I was able cover all the points raised and everyone present is now a fully trained and authorised Speedwatch volunteer. There is clearly a concern about speeding in the villages and a desire to do something about it. “Speedwatch has a very good track record of tackling antisocial speeding and the effort of our volunteers has resulted in more than 15,000 letters being sent to drivers last year asking them to respect our villages and modify their approach to speed limits. Following the meeting Cllr Tavener said: “Together we can reduce speeding and make our village a safer place. As several people showed an interest in Speedwatch but were unable to attend, another workshop will be arranged during April.” Source. HuntsPost 08:29 03 March 2016
We all like technology is some form or another. An interesting article from the BBC Technology website reads.....
Android Mazar malware that can 'wipe phones' spread via SMS
A Danish security company has detected an attempt to spread a powerful form of Android malware via text messages. Mazar can gain administrator rights on phones, allowing it to wipe handsets, make calls or read texts. However, it will not install on phones where the language is set to Russian. Additionally, users would have to have unchecked a default setting on Android devices that ensures software may only be installed from trusted sources. Security firm Heimdal thinks the malicious texts could have been sent to over 100,000 phones in Denmark, though it is not sure whether users in other countries may have received the messages. This is believed to be the first time Mazar has been detected in widespread, real world attacks. In the examples studied by Heimdal, users receive an innocuous-looking text providing a link to what looks like a multimedia message. This link downloads Tor software, which enables anonymous internet connections, to the phone. Afterwards, the malware itself is downloaded through Tor in an apparent effort to hide the source of the malicious software itself. Read more on the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35586446
New homes to get superfast broadband.
The government has struck a deal between BT-owned Openreach and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) which aims to deliver superfast broadband to all newly built homes. BT said more than half of new homes would now be connected free of charge, with the rest co-funded by developers. It follows criticism about a backlog of properties waiting for broadband services. more on this Did you know: If you are the homeowner you have responsibilities for the water pipes. Your water pipe brings the fresh water into your home and may be as much as four feet underground. If you are the homeowner you are generally responsible for the water supply pipe, from the property boundary up to where it enters your home. You are also responsible for the plumbing and drainage system at your home. Source: Cambridge Water Company
Bury Man climbs epic mountain to Raise money
Bury Man, Ian Fleming is embarking on a challenge of a lifetime to climb to the top of Africa's highest mountain, the 19,500ft Mount Kilimanjaro. During the 7-8 day trek he will experience all four seasons including starting in the rainforests of Tanzania, camping at extreme altitudes (over 4600m or 15,000ft) and a 36 hour final trek in -20 degree conditions to reach the summit at day break on the 6th day. All this to raise money for the Stroke Association, a cause both Ian and his wife Susan are happy to support. Ian (61) is hoping to raise £3,000 for the Stroke Association in memory of his father who had a stroke back in 1987. To sponsor Ian, visit www.justgiving.com/ian-fleming007 and remember every penny raised goes directly to The Stroke Association.
Bury Council Chairman in lively discussions over being ignored
Bury Parish Council Chairman John Prestage joined Warboys resident Bill Hensley to talk about the work of the parish council, the ongoing developments at the Upwood Clinic and the upcoming Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). The lively discussion covered the ‘ignored voice’ of local councils and the area itself, with John proving his Bury knowledge from the start. Trust me, there’s a thing or two to learn with regards to our local area. Hear the interview here Source: Ramsey & Warboys Reporter
Burton Brothers Jim hit 70 but still too young
Burton Brothers Sales Executive and motability specialist Jim Harrison celebrated his 70th Birthday recently. Jim says he is still too young to retire. Jim started out at the young age of 13 selling fruit and veg, later working in various sales, management and marketing roles within the retail food industry and later in the DIY trade travelling up and down the country where, moving house many times depending on the areas he covered.