It is with great sadness that we have today learnt of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who served this country over many decades with the utmost dedication and distinction. He was a much-loved member of the Royal family and will be sorely missed.
On behalf of the people of Chatteris, I wish to convey our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the Royal Family at this sad time.
Councillor Linda Ashley
Mayor of Chatteris
Online Book of Condolence
Please use the comment form to contribute to Chatteris’ online book of condolence for The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip and to view comments already submitted
A letter of condolence will be sent to Buckingham Palace from the Mayor of Chatteris who will advise that Chatteris residents have contributed to a book of condolence. Unfortunately the Council has been advised against using a physical book of condolence due to the pandemic and Covid restrictions.
The Council had appropriate plans in place for this sad time but it has been necessary to curtail those plans as the care and well being of residents must take precedence over acts of mourning and remembrance. One such plan was the laying of floral tributes but we have been advised against this and instead have been urged, in line with national guidance, to encourage members of the public to make a charitable donation rather than lay flowers. This is for residents’ own safety and corresponds with the wishes of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Chatteris Town Council is delighted to announce that it has been successful in securing funding for a Renaissance Scheme for the centre of Chatteris.
The Council has been awarded funding by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to improve the town centre with the ultimate aim of revitalising the town’s retail area post Covid-19 by attracting more customers and more businesses.
The project is part of the Growing Fenland scheme and is an exciting opportunity to improve the visual appearance of the town. Part of the fund will be spent on re-painting and repairing the street furniture which was installed 17 years ago.
The remaining fund will be open to applications from business/retail unit owners and leaseholders in the centre of Chatteris. The money must be spent on refurbishment works such as re-painting, minor repairs and initiatives to improve the appearance of empty properties.
The premises, which are the subject of a grant, can either be trading as a business or currently empty. Applicants must pledge to contribute 40% of the total cost of the works proposed and the maximum level of grant is £5,000; there is no lower limit.
Business/retail owners with premises in the High Street, Market Hill, Park Street and East Park are being contacted and invited to contact the Town Council for a form to apply for a grant.
Did you know a that pop-up Covid-19 rapid testing site has opened at the King Edward Community Centre, 3 King Edwards Road, Chatteris?
It is open Mondays and Saturdays, 9am to 5pm.
The pop-up site consists of a designated sheltered testing area, with social distancing measures in place. No appointment is needed to get a test, people just need to turn up on the day testing is taking place. The tests are aimed at people who are leaving home regularly for work, volunteering or training.
The vaccination programme – the biggest in NHS history – is now well underway.
In the local area (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough) 15 Primary Care Sites and two additional Hospital Hubs have opened giving full area coverage.
The rollout of the vaccination programme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is on track to offer vaccinations to the top four priority cohorts by the middle of February.
Thousands of vulnerable local people have already received their first vaccination, with thousands more being vaccinated every day.
People aged 80 and over in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough still waiting for their COVID-19 vaccination have no cause to worry about being forgotten. If they are registered with a local GP, they will be contacted to invite them to book a vaccination appointment. They do not need to contact the NHS to book an appointment unless they are asked to do so. If they are not registered with a local GP, they are being encouraged to do so as quickly as possible to ensure they receive an invitation.
Patients of the George Clare Surgery will be invited to attend Doddington Hospital for their vaccination.
Chatteris Town Council has unfortunately had to put back the launch of the new bus service to Peterborough and the re-launch of the service to St Ives due to begin in November.
When Government guidelines allow the services will begin. Watch this space!
For details of the timetable please view this website, the town noticeboard, contact the Town Council on 695166 or ring FACT on the number shown above. Or click here for the PDF version: New bus service to Peterborough and Free bus service to St Ives.
The monthly bus service to St Ives will run on the second Monday of every month and is free of charge. Once again please use the details above to access the timetable and please remember the journey must be booked before noon on the previous Friday.