County News

County News

September 2017

ECONOMY, TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES
  • Total Transport
    A revised school bus network will be in place in the pilot area (in the north part of East
    Cambridgeshire covering Ely, Soham and Littleport) from September 2016. We’ve written to
    the parents who were invited to take part in the consultation in the spring, setting out the
    results and summarising these changes. Letters to individual pupils, along with their specific
    journey details and new smartcard were sent out around 25 August. We expect to remove
    several vehicles from the network from September 2016, but still provide journeys for all
    students up to year 11, who qualify for transport.
    Discussions with day centre users who travel into Ely Community Centre and Bedford House
    are continuing. These will be led by staff based at Ely Community Centre, who will try to get
    a full picture of what impact changing session times would have. Their work will be brought
    together in a report for County Councillors in November 2016. Changing times would allow
    us to provide the same number of journeys but with fewer vehicles, so it’s a good option if
    there are enough ways that we can reduce the impact on existing users. No decision will be
    made until November 2016.
    There’ll be a new Flexible Minibus Service from January 2017. This will replace the current
    dial-a-ride and weekly bus routes 117/129, as well as the Coveney and Wardy Hill section of
    the 125 (Little Downham to Ely will continue). It will also provide journeys to day centres,
    either at the current times or possibly at new times (see the point above).

 

 

A14 Project
Work is expected to start on the construction of site compounds and enabling works in
September 2016 with main construction work starting in late 2016 on Section 1; A1
Alconbury to Brampton Hut.
Highways England has secured funding to undertake Feasibility Studies to support Legacy
projects for flood mitigation and improvements to local non-motorised user provision,
including a new footbridge over the existing A14 to improve links between Conington and
Fen Drayton.
Cambridgeshire County Council continues to liaise with Highways England and their
Integrated Delivery Team on delivery of the approved scheme.

 

CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND ADULT SERVICES
How good are we at Think Family? National evaluation report outcome
Cambridgeshire is one of ten local authorities participating in a qualitative strand of the
evaluation of troubled families nationally. This particular strand has been considering the
extent to which service transformation towards a Think Family approach is evident in the
local authority area.
Think Family means improving outcomes for children, young people and families with
multiple needs by considering and understanding the needs of all family members and co-
ordinating the support they receive from children’s, young people’s, adult’s and family
services through a single family support plan co-ordinated by a Lead Professional.
The evaluation has been delivered by Ipsos Mori and involved interviewing six families, the
lead professional’s co-ordinating the work their family and also strategic leads from across
the partnership. The evaluation concluded that Cambridgeshire is one of the more ‘mature’
case study areas, where multi-agency working and whole family working are at a more
advanced stage. They also found that partners were increasingly building core Troubled
Families principles into their practice and that families reported productive and positive
relationships with their lead professionals