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“Everyone involved is a winner” this World Theatre Day

After receiving almost half a million pounds from the Combined Authority to develop their already unique and vibrant cultural offer, the community in Soham now look back on the impact Viva Theatre has had on residents, making culture and wellbeing accessible to all residents and raising the town’s profile as a creative epicenter.  In 2022, […]

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Makeover grants extended to more market towns

Town centre traders in Huntingdonshire are set to benefit as the successful Shop Front Grant Scheme funded by the Combined Authority is extended from Huntingdon and St Ives to St Neots and Ramsey. The scheme, funded by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s Market Towns Programme, was visited by the Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson this […]

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Wisbech Park community pavilion nearly finished

Wisbech Park’s new community pavilion is taking shape as construction work on the eagerly anticipated facility nears completion – thanks in part to funding from the Combined Authority. The project contractor Probus expects to finish work on the £851,000 construction phase in mid-December, ready to hand over to Wisbech Town Council in the New Year. […]

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Agile use of ‘active travel’ money gives March next steps

Walkers and cyclists in March will benefit from smart footwork by the Combined Authority’s transport committee which this week gave wholehearted backing to using underspend on one stage of a project to move forward the next. Members of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee noted progress on March Area Transport Study – MATS – and unanimously […]

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Advantage Whittlesey as town sports fresh look

Thanks to thousands of pounds in funding from the Combined Authority, the sports court in the grounds of Whittlesey’s Manor Leisure Centre is getting a makeover. It will be resurfaced, repainted and marked out to be used as either three tennis courts, or two netball courts, and the lighting will be improved. The Fenland District […]

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Combined Authority helps Whittlesey take traffic-beating plans forward

Plans to tackle transport issues and boost economic growth in the market town of Whittlesey have taken a step forward thanks to Combined Authority funding. Following the establishment of a Whittlesey Relief Road project board earlier this year, consultant Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Fenland District Council to lead the development of a Strategic […]

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Cambridge Science Centre’s ‘STEM in the Fens’ initiative garners support from Combined Authority

Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) proudly welcomed Dr Nik Johnson, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, earlier this week to their immersive STEM Pop-Up Science Centre, currently hosted at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. This groundbreaking initiative is part of the visionary programme to engage with the public and local schools to improve access to Science, […]

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Breaking new ground for Wisbech in historic Park

In a big day for Wisbech, local councillors joined officers from Fenland District Council, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and Cambridgeshire County Council to celebrate breaking ground on the £851,000 construction phase of the project to build a new Pavilion in Wisbech Park. Thanks to funding from Combined Authority’s Market Towns Programme, Cambridgeshire County […]

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St Ives and St Neots could get faster broadband

Around one in three homes and businesses who can upgrade to ultrafast full fibre broadband across Cambridgeshire have done so – but thousands are still missing out on the more reliable and lightning-speed services. In a £21 million local investment, Openreach engineers are building the network to make one gigabit per second  available to people […]

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Work to start on March’s Broad Street regeneration

The next stage of March town centre’s multi-million pound regeneration is set to forge ahead this month. The works are being delivered with over £6million from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and £3.6million of funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, awarded to Fenland District Council. The Combined Authority funding comes from two sources – […]

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Wifi in a Jiffy: New stickers in market towns show free Wifi zones

Thanks to funding from the Combined Authority, free public access CambWifi continues to expand across Cambridgeshire’s market towns, ramping up digital inclusion and helping everyone to get connected. In a campaign to remind locals and inform visitors that they can get online for free while on the go, eye-catching new stickers show Wifi areas in […]

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Free screenings to take place across the region to celebrate the Coronation and Eurovision

On Saturday 6 May the region will be coming together to host live screenings of the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort. In addition, some areas will be screening the Coronation concert on Sunday 7 May and Eurovision on Saturday 13 May. These events have been made possible thanks in part […]

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On the road again! Multiply bus tour promoting free courses to improve number confidence

The Multiply Bus Roadshow is back, aiming to help even more people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to become more number confident. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority was awarded £4 million by Government to help improve numeracy across the region as part of the national Multiply programme. The Mutiply Bus Roadshow toured the region at […]

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Huntingdon and St Ives win last Market Towns pot with culture, community, and business bid

In a significant vote, the Board of the Combined Authority today unanimously approved the last bid for funding under its Market Towns Programme.  It means the £13.1 million fund is now fully allocated across 52 beneficiary projects in the key market towns of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough region.   A green cycling link to help active […]

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Market towns in line for millions in community and rural enterprise funding

Pop-up science centres for children are among the community enterprises that could benefit from the latest phase of Combined Authority investment in Cambridgeshire’s market towns.   Members of the Combined Authority Board today unanimously approved the full business case for Phase 2 of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Market Towns Programme, putting £2,500,000 of Combined Authority […]

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Deputy Mayor sees Renaissance work in Chatteris

Building improvements in Chatteris brought about with funding from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority were  welcomed by the Deputy Mayor when she visited the town on Saturday. Cllr Anna Smith was invited by the Mayor of Chatteris, Cllr Linda Ashley, to visit the Fenland market town to see for herself how Chatteris Town Council […]

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Combined Authority co-funds smart tech pilot in St Neots for early flood risk notifications

Local councillors in St Neots spent time at the Rowing Club last week discovering why smart sensors capable of detecting river level rises are being trialled in vulnerable flood spots across Huntingdonshire. The flood sensors offer the potential to provide messages about changes in water levels and are being trialled to see if triggering of […]

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Vote clears the way for Broad Street construction

Members of the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee today unanimously recommended that the Board votes through funding to start construction of the main Broad Street scheme in the Fenland market town of March. Members were updated on the completed March Area Transport Study Full Business Case 1 (FBC1) for Broad Street and agreed to […]

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Combined Authority helps market towns hit by market forces

Community sport, solar energy, and history in Whittlesey stand to benefit from switched funds following the Combined Authority Board’s decision to support a clutch of community projects chosen by the Town Team.   Members noted the latest financial position for the Market Towns Programme and decided to reallocate £195k from the cancelled Whittlesey Heritage Centre to […]

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Combined Authority committee keeps options open for Wisbech rail

Getting Wisbech better-connected came closer today when the Combined Authority’s transport and infrastructure committee decided to move forward with an Options Assessment Report analysing the costs and benefits of different types of connection. The options to be looked at will include both light and heavy rail modes and would centre on a service initially operating […]

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Cyclists and walkers to benefit as Combined Authority ramps up March revamp

The Combined Authority Board today approved the release of over half a million pounds to complete the March Area Transport Study Full Business Case – and Members also put another half-million towards active travel in the Fenland market town. In a vote to keep up the pace of the March revamp, Members agreed to release […]

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Fenland cyclists and walkers see fresh regeneration at Whittlesea Station

In the latest benefit from regeneration of the Fenland stations, a new wayfinding pillar has been installed to help people move around Whittlesea station and get to and from Whittlesey town centre more easily.  A map of the station, directions, and a plan promoting the various walking and cycling routes around the historic market town […]

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Further £300K allocated to North Cambridgeshire Training Centre by the Combined Authority

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board have voted to allocate a further £347,000 to the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC), Chatteris. The money is additional to £3.16m of Local Growth Funding the Business Board awarded the training centre in January 2020. NCTC, which has been built on land owned by Stainless Metalcraft in Chatteris […]

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£6 million from Combined Authority to take A141 St Ives Improvements forward

The Board of the Combined Authority today voted to take the A141 St Ives Improvement scheme up to the next level by putting £6 million to fund the Outline Business Case, or OBC.  Unanimous approval from all members followed a wholehearted recommendation by the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee. On July 13th, the committee […]

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£6 million urged to push A141 St Ives Improvement

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee of the Combined Authority today decided to recommend that the Combined Authority Board pushes the A141 St Ives Improvement scheme to the next stage by releasing £6 million to fund the Outline Business Case.  After an update by officers, the Transport and Infrastructure Committee noted the progress of the A141 […]

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An Extraordinary Meeting of the Combined Authority Board was held on Friday 20 May.

At that meeting, an amendment to the Motion on Notice was passed. It recommend that, in light of the investigation currently in progress under the Member Conduct Complaints Procedure, that the Board would fully support that investigation and not interfere or prejudge any outcome nor see any reason to cause the Mayor himself to prejudge […]

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Jubilee Gardens Get Platinum Makeover

The Fenland market town of Chatteris has a brand new town sign, crowning a wider makeover funded by the Combined Authority.  The proud heraldry of the design, created by Chatteris artist Ric Savage, was unveiled in Jubilee Gardens by the town’s Mayor, Councillor Linda Ashley.   A key public space in Chatteris, Jubilee Gardens has been […]

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Mayor opens redeveloped March railway station

Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson has officially opened the newly developed March Railway Station and its upgraded bike and car park at a ceremony in the refurbished Platform 1 Building.  Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Colonel Mark Knight MBE, Cllr Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council’s  transport lead and Chairman of the Fenland Stations […]

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Combined Authority drawdown may kickstart March makeover

When they meet on Wednesday (30th March), members of the Combined Authority Board will be asked to re-purpose £586,205 of Future High Street Fund money to kick off the initial phases of the March Area Transport Study – MATS – Broad Street construction. The money is for statutory works to get the project ready for […]

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Soham scoops half a million for state-of-the-art business and culture hubs

The Board of the Combined Authority has agreed to invest nearly half a million pounds for two innovative projects in Soham to help serve the community and attract visitors   The successful applications, made by East Cambridgeshire District Council under the Combined Authority’s Market Towns Programme, and sees a total sum of £470,000 invested into the […]

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Mayor and MP visit March for update on town’s exciting regeneration plans

The Mayor visited March town centre last week to hear about the exciting progress being made on the town’s transformational Future High Streets Fund work. The Combined Authority has invested £2 million in backing the March plan. Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet […]

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Ely scoops market town funds from Combined Authority

Ely walked away with thousands of pounds in development money today when members of the Combined Authority Board approved three East Cambridgeshire District Council project proposals received under the Market Towns Programme. A total sum of £344,000 of Combined Authority funding was approved by members. The first grant is £120,000 for a project to expand […]

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Travel information screens and smart sensor network set to transform market towns across Cambridgeshire

Market towns across Cambridgeshire are set to benefit from the installation of travel information screens alongside a new wireless sensor network which is being rolled out to help the local economy grow and create better and more sustainable places to live, work and visit. On behalf of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, the Connecting […]

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Extending Free Public Access Wi-Fi in Ely

Ely’s free public access Wi-Fi service is being upgraded and expanded to become part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough wide CambWifi service – extending seamless Wi-Fi connectivity in East Cambridgeshire and hundreds of other locations around the county. Funding from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is supporting the wider rollout of secure, public access […]

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Market town Whittlesey welcomes dynamic safety signs funded by Combined Authority

Interactive highways signs to improve travel and safety in and around Whittlesey are now fully operational in the town. The three new variable highways message signs along East Delph and the A605, east and west of the B1040 roundabout, alert drivers when flooding closes the B1040 and/or North Bank alongside the River Nene. The signs will also warn motorists when […]

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Board backs Mayor’s call to give impetus for March Broad Street makeover plan

The Combined Authority today pushed forward the fresh new fit-for-the-future look for March when members of the Board approved the use of £180,000 to start the detailed design for rejuvenating Broad Street. In a unanimous vote, welcomed by Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson as “good news for the wonderful market town of […]

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So far, Soham good for station opening in December

Network Rail has successfully completed a key milestone in the development of the new railway station for Soham which will pave the way for trains to start to call at the station from December 2021.   Over the August bank holiday weekend, the developing station at Soham was connected to the wider signalling network. This is […]

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Mayor’s rescue bid for Wisbech Access gets full backing from Combined Authority Board

At a meeting of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board, members today unanimously supported Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s proposals to save a major transport initiative for Wisbech, ‘Capital of the Fens’. The multi-million pound improvement scheme was being delivered by Cambridgeshire County Council when it ran into trouble following a shortfall in funds. It […]

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Peterborough and March receive money from Combined Authority

Members of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board backed the recommendation by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson that a £350,000 drawdown is given to further develop transformational plans for the Peterborough Railway Station Quarter. The drawdown, from the Transport Response Fund, is for the development of a Strategic Outline Business Case. Members were also asked […]

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‘Good day for Fenland’ as Combined Authority members unanimously back Mayor’s support for Wisbech and March

Members of the Combined Authority Board have unanimously supported the mayor’s proposals to step in to save key development projects in the Fenland market towns of March and Wisbech. With the fate of two multi-million pound improvement schemes on the table, the Combined Authority, led by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, voted across the political divide […]

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Combined Authority makes time for Hunts and East Cambs market town plans slowed by Covid

Members of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board came to the help of market towns struggling with the effects of Covid  when they unanimously approved requests from Huntingdonshire and East Cambridgeshire district councils to extend the funding timeline on  Market Towns budget allocations. The Board team, led by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, yesterday (Wed) approved […]

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Fenland market towns scoop a million from Combined Authority

Community, culture and public health in Fenland were big winners at today’s meeting of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Board when Chatteris and Wisbech scooped  £1,071,021 for proposed projects under the Market Towns Programme, and for use in town-centre Covid recovery. Chaired by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, the Board unanimously approved the two Fenland District Council […]

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£16,788,750 grant funding approved for affordable housing across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Grant Funding of £16,788,750 has today (21 June 2021) been approved by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s Housing and Communities Committee. The grants will support three housing projects which form part of the Combined Authority’s £100M Affordable Housing Programme to build 2,000 homes before March 2022: £2,082,000 for 50 new homes (41 affordable rented properties […]

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Community to map road ahead with ‘Your St Ives, Your Say’

People eager for long-awaited improvements to the roads around St Ives have the chance to vote on their favourite scheme when the new Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor reveals the options for the first time on Monday(14th June).  The Combined Authority has set up a dedicated website mapping out a range of potential improvement schemes for residents and road users to consider and comment on.   In a video welcoming people to the Combined Authority’s specially created “Your St Ives, Your Say” website, Mayor Dr Nik Johnson encourages as many people as possible who […]

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Combined Authority funding for market town projects and Covid bounceback plans

Huntingdonshire District Council has received capital funding from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to support the economic growth of market towns Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives through a series of individual improvement projects, in light of the impacts Covid-19 has had on high streets and town centres.   Applicants for the Combined Authority grants, including Huntingdonshire District Council and partner agencies, were asked […]

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Market town investment tops £20 million as Combined Authority splashes cash for Wisbech, Chatteris and Ramsey

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer today won wholehearted approval from the Combined Authority Board to fund four project proposals for Fenland and Huntingdonshire under the Market Towns Programme and for plans to support Covid-19 recovery. Combined Authority investment into the Market Towns Programme, and match funding, now tops £20 million across eleven […]

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Mayor asks Combined Authority to splash out on Wisbech water park, Chatteris learners, and Ramsey pedestrians as Market Town investment tops £20 million

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will ask the March meeting of the Combined Authority Board to approve five Fenland and Huntingdonshire proposals under the Market Towns Programme and Covid-19 recovery To date, 38 projects have pocketed £9,016,648 in Combined Authority grants, which have attracted a further £11,072,744 of match investment. There have already been […]

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Listen Now: Sustainable travel in March on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Combined Authority investment to encourage cycling and walking in the Fenland market town of March took centre stage on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s mid-Morning show today when Mayor James Palmer joined presenter Amir Suleman to discuss plans for greener, safer travel. Listen in:

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More Progress for A47 Upgrades as Transport Committee hear latest news

Mayor reveals upbeat talks with transport minister about A47 ‘Gateway to the East’ James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough informed members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Transport and Infrastructure Committee that transport minister Baroness Vere had told him yesterday that the A47 “needed a solution”. Committee members heard how Highways England has […]

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£60K confirmed for walkers and cyclists in March

Walkers and cyclists in March to benefit from £60k as delivery of  Quick Wins gathers pace It’s hoped that more people will take to active travel with today’s Transport & Infrastructure Committee recommending that Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority draw down £60k to help make walking and cycling around March easier, safer and more enjoyable. […]

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‘Smart savings’ on A141 to fund St Ives travel improvements

‘Smart savings’ on A141 business case can fund St Ives – with work starting this month         Good housekeeping and joined-up planning hallmark the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s proposal for the St Ives road network, with efficiency savings from one scheme’s Strategic Outline Business Case – SOBC – being used to fund another. Today’s […]

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New faster bus service linking March and St Ives is set to provide a welcomed transport alternative for residents living in March, Wimblington, Chatteris and Warboys.

The long-awaited trial of the V2 (Villager 2) bus service linking March and St Ives, which is due to start on 1 March 2021, is the latest of Mayor James Palmer’s commitment to provide alternative ways to travel across Cambridgeshire without needing to use a car.  Operators Stagecoach, will provide four round trips during the day, linking March, Wimblington, Chatteris and Warboys to St […]

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Fenland market town scoops millions for high street regeneration, helped by Combined Authority

March has been awarded £6.4million from the Government to help implement a “once in a generation” transformation of the town centre. Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, announced on Boxing Day that March is among the areas in England which will receive a share of £830 million from the […]

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Free Wifi gives Huntingdonshire market towns a pre-Christmas boost

Supported with funding from the mayoral Combined Authority, free public access Wifi is now live in Huntingdonshire market towns, bringing a welcome pre-Christmas boost for local businesses and residents. The CambWifi network has been extended by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Connecting Cambridgeshire programme, with the support of Huntingdonshire District Council, and additional funding for market towns […]

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£900k to build final ‘Quick Wins’ for March – and deliver a kid’s crossing for Christmas

Children, cyclists and Christmas shoppers will be among the first to benefit from today’s decision by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, to release almost a million pounds to start constructing the remaining ‘Quick Wins’ in the March Area Transport Study. Following the recommendation of its Transport and Infrastructure Committee, the […]

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Fenland and East Cambridgeshire proposals win market town funding

The Combined Authority Board has today approved Combined Authority funding for a raft of imaginative projects for market towns in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. On the table was some £1.5 million for Chatteris, Ely, Soham and Whittlesey, all seeking to increase their pull for residents, visitors, and businesses. Future-proofing and history featured high on the […]

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Mayor backs Fenland and East Cambridgeshire proposals for market town funding

Mayor James Palmer will this week ask the Combined Authority Board to approve Combined Authority funding for a raft of imaginative projects for market towns in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. On the table, some £1.5 million for Chatteris, Ely, Soham and Whittlesey, all seeking to increase their pull for residents, visitors, and businesses. Future-proofing and […]

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Mayor champions ‘Quick Wins’ funding for greener, safer March

Mayor James Palmer will this week urge the transport committee of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to back him in pushing forward to completion a raft of road improvements for the key Fenland market town of March. The Mayor is asking the Transport and Infrastructure Committee of the Combined Authority to give the go-ahead […]

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Mayor Palmer pledges further support to help bring transformational projects across the finish line

A multi-million pound bid to dramatically transform March town centre has been given a competitive edge in the bidding process after being backed by the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. In May, Fenland District Council submitted an £11.3million bid to the Government’s Future High Street Fund (FHSF) to help deliver a “once in a generation” […]

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Free CambWifi going live in Huntingdonshire market towns

Free public access Wifi is going live in market towns across Huntingdonshire to help residents keep connected and bolster local businesses through the dark days of Covid. CambWifi has just gone live in St Neots and will be available in St Ives, Ramsey and Huntingdon town centres this autumn, bringing users safe internet access when they […]

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Fenland station car park plan wins resounding approval

Plans for a new car park at Manea railway station have been approved by Fenland District Council and design work is now forging ahead with an eye to completion in November.   Proposals for the much-needed project were agreed unanimously by Fenland’s planning committee. The car park, in Fodder Fen Road, will have spaces for around 100 cars, and will be just north of the station. It is one of a […]

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Fenland wins as Board agrees first batch of Market Town proposals

Wisbech and Fenland featured strongly in the first tranche of proposals to help Cambridgeshire’s historic market towns ‘get fit for the future’. Today, Mayor James Palmer won approval from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board for Fenland’s Wisbech and Whittlesey and Huntingdonshire’s Ramsey, Huntingdon, and St Ives to get funding for their development proposals. […]

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Mayor asks Board to fund Hunts Market Town proposals

In a move which will help Cambridgeshire’s historic market towns ‘get fit for the future’ and punch their weight in the Covid world, Mayor James Palmer tomorrow asks the Board of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to approve funding applications from Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives. Eleven market towns across the Combined Authority of […]

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Manea car park gets thumbs-up from Fenland planners

Fenland district councillors have given unanimous approval for a car park at Manea station, funded by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, so that the much-needed project can now forge ahead. Proposals for the new car park, to be built on land north of the station with access from Fodder Fen Road, went before Fenland District […]

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Mayor says Covid must not be used as an excuse to cut Fenland ‘lifeline’ services

The train operator Cross Country has decided to stop its services halting at Whittlesea, March and Manea, blaming a resource issue. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority officers have engaged with Network Rail and Department for Transport officials over the past week over the Cross Country cuts and will continue to engage with these teams to find solutions to ensure long-term […]

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Leader in major infrastructure delivery, Simon Wright OBE, appointed to help drive forward CAM

Simon Wright OBE, a civil engineer and senior executive with more than 40 years’ experience delivering multi-billion pound infrastructure programmes, has been appointed to support the development of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM). Working on a part-time consultancy basis, Mr Wright joins the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority at an important phase. He will provide […]

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Fenland towns set to bid for millions of pounds of Combined Authority investment

Preparations are under way in Fenland to win millions of pounds worth of Combined Authority investment for the district’s four market towns. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, last month agreed to more than double the amount of investment for its Market Towns Programme – with £13.1million now available to […]

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‘Capital of the Fens’ back on track? Mayor’s plan for Wisbech rail gets green flag

In a historic vote, the business case for re-opening the Wisbech rail link was this week approved by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. The Transport and Infrastructure Committee was asked to accept the conclusions of the Full Business Case – the FBC –  that restoring a heavy rail link between Wisbech and Cambridge would […]

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Mayor says C2C report can be catalyst for joined-up working with GCP on ‘One CAM’ approach

At yesterday’s (July 8) Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Transport and Infrastructure Committee meeting, members voted to approve to release to the Greater Cambridge Partnership, for their review and consideration, an independent report into their current Cambourne to Cambridge busway proposal, which found it does not align with the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro Sub Strategy. James […]

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Mayor meets Minister to discuss restoring Wisbech rail link

Ahead of the next week’s meeting of the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Mayor James Palmer met the rail minister, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, to discuss the case for reconnecting Wisbech to the rail network. “It was a very positive meeting. The Minister is fully cognisant of both the needs and opportunities of our rail […]

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A141 Options Work Scrap Controversial Huntingdon Third River Crossing

Today Members of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and representative Ward Members on the A141 and St Ives Steering Group were presented with the findings of the emerging results of work completed by Cambridgeshire County Council who have been working on options for the A141 including the controversial proposal for a Huntingdon Third River […]

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Last chance to have your say on a better future for March

Time is running short for people to make their voices heard on a better future for March. Those who live, work or regularly visit March are encouraged to enter an innovative virtual consultation room to give their views on ways to tackle congestion, encourage more cycling and walking and create a more vibrant town centre. […]

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Mayor’s Blog: A Tale of Two Cities – and Eleven Market Towns.

We could all do with a pandemic pick-me-up and June hit the ground running with terrific news from the Combined Authority Board. More than a pick-me-up, it’s a big step forward.  Board members gave unanimous and very enthusiastic approval for our region’s market towns to apply for a share of a whopping £13.1 million to […]

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Mayor gets go-ahead for Market Town multi-million giveaway

The Board of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority today unanimously approved triggering the process through which eleven market towns can bid for millions of pounds to help them build the future they want. The first funding applications for a share in the £13.1 million allocation are likely to go to the Combined Authority Board […]

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Mayor’s Masterplan: £13.1 million for eleven Market Town makeovers

Mayor James Palmer will this week ask the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board to trigger the process by which the region’s market towns can apply for millions of pounds to help them unlock opportunity and shape their own future. The Combined Authority has put £13.1 million on the table to support delivery of eleven […]

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‘Going virtual’ to keep March transport consultation going despite coronavirus

A public consultation on how best to improve the future vitality of March will be ‘going virtual’ thanks to an innovation being used by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to adapt to coronavirus safety measures. Local people are being invited to step into an online virtual consultation room to take part in the March […]

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St Neots gets people-friendly new look with street makeover

Full funding is now in place for improvements to the look and feel of St Neots town centre, including replacement and upgrade of bus shelters around the market square, signposts to help visitors, planters, bench seating, and new cycle racks. With additional funds from Huntingdonshire District Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy – CIL – there will […]

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More affordable homes for Huntingdonshire and Cambridge after funding agreed

The Housing and Communities Committee of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has approved funding for 81 affordable homes at sites across Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire on Monday. Three different sites in Stilton, Ramsey and Alconbury will provide 42, 11 and 17 affordable homes respectively, through a mixture of social rent, affordable rent and shared ownership. […]

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Access all areas: Mayor’s trailblazing summit to bring better mobile phone coverage

Mayor James Palmer recently convened a trailblazing summit bringing Mobile UK and the four Mobile Network Operators (EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone) together with business leaders and local councillors to achieve progress by collaborative action. In a major first for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, the Mayor brought together the big four mobile phone networks to find […]

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Mayoral team hears how St Neots Masterplan is moving ahead

Led by Mayor James Palmer, a team of officers from the Combined Authority visited St Neots to discuss the latest steps towards delivery of the town’s Masterplan. The Combined Authority is the strategic partner and key funder for the St Neots Masterplan. It has committed £4.1 million to the project which is a partnership between […]

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Combined Authority seals deal for Network Rail to build Soham station

A new station to reconnect Soham with the rail network will improve economic growth, jobs and investment in the area, and give Soham people freedom of travel from their doorstep for the first time since the old station was axed in 1965. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority this week contracted Network Rail to build […]

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Mayor James Palmer visits St Neots to see how £4.1m Masterplan funding will boost town

Mayor James Palmer went on a tour of St Neots on Friday to see how the town will benefit from £4.1 million of Combined Authority investment into its new Masterplan aimed at helping it continue to thrive. The Masterplan funding for the first phase, approved last summer, is focussed on creating a more vibrant town […]

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Another step forward for Soham station as Mayor James Palmer visits for first monitoring works

Mayor James Palmer donned his hard hat and high-vis jacket on Friday (March 22) at the planned new Soham railway station site to see first-hand another step forward in its delivery. The Mayor joined Network Rail at the site, off Station Road, to see noise monitoring studies which are needed to support a future planning […]

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Combined Authority reveals plan for the year ahead

An important milestone has been reached as the 12 key projects that will be the focus of activity throughout 2019/20 at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority were agreed. The new Business Plan was approved at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board Meeting this week (30th January 2019). It sets out the 12 key […]

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Public information event for Soham station proposals

Plans for a new station in Soham will be on public display at an information event planned for the end of February. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has been working closely with Network Rail to develop proposals for a new station in Soham. Constructing a new station would reconnect the town with the rail network […]

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CPCA supports collaborative approach to deliver new £4m specialist supported living scheme in Chatteris

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have shown their support for a collaborative approach to deliver new homes for disabled adults in Cambridgeshire. Work has officially kicked off at the site of a former agricultural garage in Chatteris to build fifteen new apartments and three bungalows at the site on Huntingdon Road. The £4m scheme, […]

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Combined Authority agrees loan to bring 88 empty homes in Ely back into use

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board has agreed a repayable commercial loan up to a maximum of £24.4 million to bring 88 empty homes in Ely back into use. The loan will enable the purchase of the Ministry of Defence-owned homes site at Princess of Wales hospital in Ely, where the properties currently sit vacant […]

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Combined Authority Board approves £10.5 million Wisbech road upgrade package to help deliver on growth ambition for town

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board has approved allocating £10.5 million of funding to bring forward a package of improvements to the road system around Wisbech. The highway improvements will stimulate housing, economic and jobs growth in the town, with the funding coming via the Government’s Growth Deal package. The interventions have been independently […]

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Mayor James Palmer supports funding for study into delivering rail link between Wisbech and March

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer has voiced his support for moving forward with a detailed study into delivering a rail link between Wisbech and March. The Mayor said re-establishing a rail link between Wisbech and March would boost the local economy and help deliver the proposed Wisbech Garden Town. At their meeting on November […]

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Combined Authority supports ‘smart’ solutions for St Neots

St Neots residents have welcomed the opportunity to share their views to help find ‘smart’ solutions to tackle some of the town’s challenges. More than 50 people dropped in to the first Smart St Neots Meetup held at the new Art & Soul café to discuss key issues facing the town over a cuppa and […]

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Mayor James Palmer puts collaboration at heart of meeting challenge to double the size of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough economy

Mayor James Palmer was today (November 6) joined by local elected representatives and business leaders to present his and the Combined Authority’s vision for meeting the housing, transport, skills and economic challenges raised in this Autumn’s Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) report. The event, called Ambitions for Growth, was an opportunity for the […]

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Mayor James Palmer welcomes ‘single route approach’ as significant step forward in accelerating plan to fully dual A47 in Cambridgeshire

Mayor James Palmer has described the Combined Authority Board’s approval of a comprehensive, single route approach to dualling the whole of the A47 in Cambridgeshire as a significant step forward in the long wait for the road to be upgraded. A paper presented to the Board on Wednesday (October 31) also described the economic case […]

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‘It’s about delivering for people’: Mayor James Palmer welcomes Ely Southern Bypass opening

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer has hailed the opening of Ely Southern Bypass, describing it as a significant boost to residents and the economy of East Cambridgeshire and beyond, after years of suffering the effects of delays and congestion on the busy A142 route. In his previous role as leader of East Cambridgeshire District […]

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Combined Authority welcomes budget announcement to support UK high streets

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) have today, (Monday, October 29), welcomed a budget announcement from Chancellor Phillip Hammond that sees significant investment into our UK high streets. He announced a high street regeneration fund of £675 million and a cut to business rates by a third for small businesses for the next two […]

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Solar power lights up Whittlesea railway station

A Fenland railway station has improved its carbon footprint and boosted passenger safety after having new solar-powered lights installed. As the dark nights draw in, passengers at Whittlesea Station are benefitting from new LED ‘cat eyes’ powered entirely by the sun. A footpath between the station entrance on Station Road and Platform 2 used to […]

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Mayor James Palmer steps in to save two vital market town bus services

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer has stepped in to prevent the loss of two ‘vital’ town centre bus routes serving St Neots. Bus operator Whippet was preparing to pull out of the town’s 61 and 63 services because they were making a loss. After hearing the services were under threat, Mayor Palmer agreed […]

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Success for electric car charging points bill, supported by Mayor James Palmer

Mayor James Palmer’s support for a bill to give Metro Mayors powers to deliver more public electric car charging points has been successful.  The enactment of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 means that Mayor Palmer, along with other Metro Mayors, will be able to designate locations where large fuel retailers and motorway services […]

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Masterplan for St Neots Moves Forward

A bid for £4.1m of investment in St Neots will be presented at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board meeting next week (Wednesday 27th June 2018). St Neots is the first Market Town in the Combined Authority area to complete its Masterplan and deliver a Strategic Business Case and funding proposal to the Board. […]

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