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Closer look at Cambridgeshire Council

April 29, 2016
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Cambridgeshire is a county in eastern England. It is made up of seven districts including Cambridge, Peterborough, Huntingdon, North East Cambridgeshire, North West Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire, and South East Cambridgeshire. The administrative center or ‘county town” is Cambridge.

The Cambridgeshire County Council manages almost all of the inner workings of the district. These functions include social services, education, fire and public safety, waste management, transport, libraries, trading standards, housing, and planning. Because the council has so many functions, it is a large employer in the area.

A council is made up of elected members. 69 councilors make up the Cambridgeshire Council. The Chairman of the council is Councillor Sebastian Kindersley, Each councilor is an elected representative from one of the districts of Cambridgeshire. Members belong to several different political parties.Council decisions are made at meetings and all meetings are open to the public. All issues are voted upon by a committee that is comprised of 17 councilors and some qualified citizens. If a unanimous decision can’t be made the Chairman has final say so on the topic.

A monthly record of key decisions is published. This record is called the forward plan and it has to be published at least 28 days before any of the decisions within the plan can take place. Any documents or other information that has any relevance toward any decision must be included in the plan. 

There are many upcoming issues that will be addressed or decided by the council and its members. Some of these items include the allocation of highway and infrastructure budget, school reviews and budgeting, and waste management procedure reviews.

From Cambridge to Peterborough, the council is key to the structure and function of Cambridgeshire. Information on every issue that the council handles can be found on the council website at along with many other resources. Providing one-stop service to citizens, you can use council resources to find information on housing, jobs, education, childcare, volunteering, and many other topics.

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March 16, 2016
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Minimini Mart dot com is developed by myself Andy Garden, the website is a means for me to post articles and opinions of what is important to me and for any future employer to see to weigh up my character. Previously I used a blogspot but have now moved over and matured into my own domain. Born and bred in Peterborough and currently living in Wellend in the PE1 district. Any questions please contact me

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Winter gritting in Cambridgshire

February 16, 2016
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Winter gritting can be really important for keeping people safe in Cambridgeshire when there is ice and snow on the ground. The applying of grit and rock salt on to roads and sidewalks can improve safety markedly even during the most harsh of winters. That is why winter gritting is a practice widely carried out in the many countries that have a great deal of ice and snow. 

The practice is helpful for avoiding injuries and loss of income for businesses alike. Some of these countries are used to having hard winters than others are, and will therefore have better procedures and developed practices for applying grit to make roads and sidewalks safer to use than if surfaces were left untreated. 

Sometimes even gritting will not be enough to clear away ice and snow and snow plows will have to be used. In most cases winter gritting will be sufficient enough to clear away the worst of the snow and prevent ice from forming. Grit can end up been in short supply in the more severe winters. Sometimes governments have been caught out by a severe winter after a series of mild ones and have not stockpiled enough sand or rock salt to be used as a grit mixture. 

The advantages of using winter gritting is that it will keep people moving, whether it is driving their vehicles on the roads, or walking freely on the sidewalk with drastically lower risks of broken limbs and other injuries. Without the winter gritting taking place people would almost certainly find it harder to do the everyday activities they normally take for granted. 

Getting to work and going to school become difficult, meaning that businesses, schools, and shops could close. Winter gritting is used to reduce the amount of accidents, injuries, and even deaths caused by really heavy falls of snow and subsequently very icy conditions. Usually during this period ground maintenance companies experience an uptick in business as business parks and warehouses struggle to cope the drastic changes in and around there location. Untreated roads as well as sidewalks can thus significantly increase the number of accidents filling up the Accident & Emergency departments of local hospitals. 

In the most extreme cases people may not be able to reach hospital due to ambulances finding it difficult going to get through blocked roads. Snow plows may be the only way to resolve the problem of blocked roads. If winter gritting is carried out the blocking of roads or the complete closing down of roads for days would potentially cut off food supplies as well as put peoples’ health at risk. The longer places were cut off for the worse the health consequences could be. 

Certainly not having winter gritting is bad for businesses due to customers and workers being unable to get to company premises either to buy things or to work. Businesses will suffer if new supplies cannot come in, and orders will not be delivered on time, if at all. Obviously the longer that places are blocked off by ice and snow the worse it affects businesses as well as their profit levels.

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