You will all have noticed an increase in problems with potholes since the severe
weather hit us in December. We encourage you to report potholes to the Melbourn Safer
Neighbourhood Team if you think there is a real danger to road users, however if
it is something that simply needs to be flagged up for the County Council to repair
then there is an online reporting form you can use or you can call them directly.
This is the message from Cambridgeshire County Council: -
Recent freezing weather conditions have led to an increase in potholes across the
county and teams of maintenance staff have been sent out to deal with them. Many
potholes have now been fixed, or we are already aware of them and they are on our
schedule to be repaired. However, the County Council need your help to find the location
of potholes in your area that we may not know about. Please report Highways defects
and we will do our best to resolve them.
Or telephone the County Council Contact Centre on 0345 045 5212.
(15 November 2011)
On Tuesday 1 November 2011 an exhibition was held at the Village Hall organised by
The Highfield Wind Farm. The exhibition was designed to give local residents an
opportunity to find out more about the proposal to erect 5 wind turbines on land
adjacent to the village.
The race is due to pass through Litlington between 09:45hrs and 12:45hrs on the Sunday
morning. Litlington is at the 12 mile point, so the race will be well spread out
at this stage, and the organisers are only expecting around 500 competitors in the
If anyone would like to support the race, the organisers would love to hear from
you. Please contact Chris Coghlan (Race Director) on 07884 260841.
Litlington Play Area Project
(30 March 2011)
At long last, real progress has been made on the improvement to the village play
area. Following the village survey undertaken over Winter 2009/10, the Parish Council
has agreed to fund 4 new large pieces of play equipment plus some smaller ‘linking’
pieces. The broad layout and choice of equipment was agreed after three designs
were presented to the village on 5th March 2011. Pictures of the new equipment,
to be installed in spring 2011, can be found here.
Safe as Houses: Pressure Selling & Suspicious Callers
(17 March 2011)
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service and Cambridgeshire Police
have been receiving reports from concerned residents who have been called out of
the blue by a security companies offering them an alarm system for their home. In
some cases the sales person has refused to give company details, or have given a
telephone number which is just an answerphone. Claims made by the salesmen suggest
they are connected to the Police Service which is untrue.
It starts with an initial telephone call offering an alarm system at a reduced price,
£1 or even for free. A salesman will then visit, pressuring the homeowner to sign
up straight away, in order to get a good deal. Initial costs outlined are misleading
- when yearly maintenance and monitoring costs are included the cost is substantially
higher. The maintenance contract may be for up to 10 years, which will run in to
many £1000’s. In addition salesmen have been known to remain in a person’s home for
many hours in order to persuade the customer to agree to the contract.
Advice for residents
Whatever work you want done on your home, it is recommended you always obtain 3 quotes
to make sure the price is reasonable.
If during a visit to your property a trader refuses to leave, contact the police
immediately and make a note of the time of the request and the time the trader leaves.
This applies to any trader – not just alarm companies.
When buying an alarm system it is suggested you look for companies that are accredited
by N.S.I. (National Security Inspectorate) or S.S.I.A.B. (Security Systems & Alarm
Inspection Board). Independent Inspectorates are not-for profit approval bodies who
carry out inspection services for the security industry in order to protect customer
interests. They are governed by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) the sole
accreditation service recognised by the government.
Free home security advice is available from Cambridgeshire Police on the number below.
If during a visit to your home you purchase goods or services from a trader and then
you have second thoughts you do usually have a right to cancel for contracts of more
than £35. The paperwork that a trader leaves will give the details on how to cancel,
and will include a cancellation form. You have 7 days in which you can cancel.
If you have been contacted by a security company and feel concerned please contact
the Police or Cambridgeshire Trading Standards for assistance.
Cambridgeshire Police: 0345 456 456 4 (in case of emergency dial 999).
Trading Standards: 08454 04 05 06. This is the partner organisation Consumer Direct
who will be able to advise you and pass information through to the Police.
Community Engagement Manager
Parkside Police Station, Cambridge
Direct Dial - 01223 82 3243
Mobile - 07736 084675 (Mobex 7110990)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
“There’s a villa here somewhere...” Broadcast on 31 October 2010
(4 November 2010)
At long last, Channel 4 broadcast Time Team’s visit to Litlington on 31 October 2010,
click herefor the official Dig Report plus a number of pictures from their visit.
Click here to see Ben Robinson’s commentary on the Time Team visit. Unofficial
pictures from the day can be found in the Gallery. If you have any pictures that
you are happy to have published on this site, please contact us.
Ploughing Competition - Litlington
(31 October 2010)
Breakfast cereal company Jordans hosted a charity ploughing match in Litlington on
Saturday 23 October to raise funds for The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
The Royston & Buntingford District Ploughing Match took place between 9am and 1pm
on Saturday, 23 October at Highfield Farm, Litlington. The event was hosted by Jordans
supplier Ralph Parker. The match featured a special Conservation Grade® category
for other farmers supplying grain to Jordans and well-known brands, including Allinson’s
flour and bread.
For more details see the Jordan’s website here. For unofficial pictures from the
day, see the Gallery.
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