Market Ward's local councillors have put together a short update during this unprecedented and worrying period. We hope you are managing well and find it helpful.
Mutual Aid teams – We hope you are aware of the fantastic street-by-street network of volunteers that has sprung up across our ward and the city to help neighbours out. If you aren’t, and would like to find a way of offering or receiving help, contact MarketWardAid@gmail.com. If you know of someone who isn't an internet user please call the City Council on 01223 457000 who will put you in touch – or you can ask any of us. Please let others know about this, especially if they may be needing help.
The bins – This is to remind you that at least until 4th May green bin collection has been suspended, so please don’t put them or brown bags out. The council took this decision to try and ensure black and blue bin collection can continue while staff are ill or self-isolating. They are asking that you put food waste in your black bin and try and compost garden waste. Note also that collection days will shift temporarily over the Bank Holidays and you can check these here:
Parking – Residents have reported unusual difficulties finding space in the residents’ parking scheme in the daytime because more are working from home. We have been in touch with the County Council and can report there will be increased flexibility, as long as vehicles are not parked dangerously or obstructively, but please get in touch with us for more specific details. The City Council has also stopped charging for use of the Adam & Eve Street car park.
Rough sleepers – As part of the Covid public health emergency the council is trying to get all rough sleepers into specially commissioned accommodation where they can self-isolate. So far around 60 have been placed. If you see anyone sleeping rough, please let the council know by calling 0300 500 0914 or via www.streetlink.org.uk. This will enable the street outreach team to go and talk to them and either make an offer or encourage acceptance of an earlier offer.
Other – There are lots of sources of information for this crisis available. Here are several:
Government Guidelines and other measures - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS Advice – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Tenant/Landlord Guidance - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities
Updates on council services – https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-changes-to-our-services
We hope this is useful. Do contact us if we can help in any way. Meantime, in these difficult times, let’s keep on celebrating and thanking those giving their own time for acts of kindness and neighbourliness and above all those working in our public services. Follow the guidance – stay home (if your job allows) and keep safe!