Cambridgeshire County Council
Conservatives lose control of Cambridgeshire County Council
The Conservatives, who had been in power since 2017, remain the largest party having won 28 of the 61 available seats, which were all up for election. Read full story here
2021 Conservative lose to no overall control, change from 2017
Counting complete. After 61 of 61 seats declared.Change compared with 2017
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 28
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -8
- Councillors overall total 28
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 20
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +5
- Councillors overall total 20
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
- Councillors overall total 9
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
- Councillors overall total 4
The Conservatives have lost control of Cambridgeshire County Council.
The party lost eight seats, the Liberal Democrats gained five, and Labour two.
The Conservatives had been in power since 2017.
By Phil Shepka
BBC News, Cambridgeshire
As coronavirus numbers continue to fall, keep caring is message a council wants to share.
Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "If we don't care for ourselves and care for each other it's going to go back up.
"We need to take advantage of the gains we've made."
He urged people not a relax social distancing and hygiene recommendations.
"Please care for yourself, care for others and help us get through this," he added.
Registration of births is to resume in Cambridgeshire from Monday - prioritising babies born in February and March and asking parents of younger ones to delay.
The county council's customer services said it was already being swamped with registration phone calls.
The service said: "Our team are doing their best to answer your call, we thank you for your patience and apologise for any delay."
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Temporary cycle lanes, put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, pose a hazard to riders, campaign group Camcycle claims.
Cambridgeshire County Council has painted lanes on to a number of roads in the county as part of wider efforts to make more space available for pedestrians and cyclists.Copyright: Camcycle
But the design of the new measures, put in place much more quickly than usual road layout changes, has prompted criticism.
Pictures posted on social media show in one case parked cars, in another potholes, blocking the new cycle lanes, which campaigners say raise safety concerns.
Camcycle, although in favour of the general strategy, said: “Narrow advisory painted lanes, such as those added in Milton and Girton, offer no protection from motor traffic and are potentially more unsafe than no lanes at all, encouraging drivers to treat the cycle lane marking as the edge of the carriageway and pass dangerously close to riders.”
Highways and transport committee chairman, Conservative councillor Ian Bates, said: “We have made these cycle enhancements as quickly as we can due to the special times we’re in and to help people cycle wherever possible.”
Some councils are to reimburse parents any costs they might incur for taking their children to school from next week.Copyright: Reuters
Social distancing rules has meant pupils should avoid public transport (including school transport) and either walk, cycle, or use their own car to get to school.
"If your child is eligible for home to school transport assistance and normally travels on a school bus or coach, but you are planning to drive them to and from school instead, we can refund you for the mileage you drive," Central Bedfordshire Council said on its website.
It will be offering 36p per mile but Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire county councils will be paying more, at 45p. All will be offering a reduced school bus service.
School transport will still be provided in the usual way for those pupils that cannot make their own way to school, though with a reduced number of seats due to social distancing rules," said Sue Clark, of Central Bedfordshire.
Essex County Council said it would not be reimbursing parents who chose to make their own arrangements as they would still be providing "tax-payer funded" buses.
- Copyright: Diamond Hampers
Volunteers have packed 71 hampers full of essential goods to give to care leavers after an appeal by local authorities in Cambridgeshire.
Food, toiletries, baby products, nappies, cleaning products and birthday presents were among the donations given to the young people, many without family support, as they cope with the lockdown.
Re-Imagine Resource Centre in Witchford and community organisation Diamond Hampers were among the donors.
Conservative member of Cambridgeshire County Council, Simon Bywater, thanked them "for everything they are doing to make life a little easier for others".
Another council has said it wants to reopen all of its household recycling centres on Monday, 11 May.
Cambridgeshire County Council said people should only go if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home "without causing risk of injury to health or harm".
Since council recycling centre closed fly-tipping has increased. A fly-tipping reporting page told BBC Look East that cases uploaded to its site across the UK were up 75%.
The council said the conditions of opening will include:
- A limit to vehicle numbers on site
- No more than two adults to be allowed to unload any one vehicle
- No staff assistance to unload vehicles
- No vans or trailers that require a permit
It said there may be further restrictions on individual sites with more detail to be released this week.
Cambridgeshire County Council has turned to social media to recruit people to replace staff that have succumbed to the coronavirus which it said had left home care services under "intense strain".
It is asking anyone who can help to get in touch.