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Keep up to date with all the latest news and events from Fenland District Council on the First Wednesday of every month

FACT AUDIT VERDICT

The Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT) is complying with all the necessary rules and regulations governing its procedures and is not operating as a private hire business.

That is the conclusion of an audit carried out by Fenland District Council at the request of local MP Stephen Barclay following a meeting held to discuss concerns raised by local taxi drivers.

The audit established that FACT was sticking to all the rules regarding its membership criteria and application process and that its practice and procedures did not cross over into legislation covering private vehicle hire.

The full audit can be seen as a download at http://www.fenland.gov.uk/article/2714/FACT-Dial-A-RideService

KIER JOBS SAVED

Fears that 40 staff at Kier Construction in Wisbech could be put out of work when the business moves to Cambridge in a few weeks have proved unfounded.

Thirty-two of those initially considered under threat have guaranteed jobs. Twenty-seven are relocating to the company’s new office, two have secured posts with Kier elsewhere and three have found other work.

The good news on jobs was announced by Graham Howe, Kier’s Eastern managing director. It was welcomed by Fenland District Council, which has been lending support to Kier’s staff since the announcement of the Wisbech closure in May.

REACHING OUT

A big crowd gathered at Community House in Wisbech to celebrate the achievements of four groups of volunteers and learners that have come together there since last September.

The four groups are all part of the Reaching Everyone Around Community House (REACH) project. They have brought together 40 people with different interests, including music, gardening and cooking, but a common goal - learning and developing new skills. They have been established through a partnership comprising Fenland District Council’s Community House, Cambridgeshire County Council, Roddons and the College of West Anglia.

SNAP INTO ACTION

Every picture tells a story - and charities and community groups are being given a great chance to tell theirs by entering “Community Treasures”, a photographic competition organised by the Cambridge Council for Volunwtary Service.

Entries must be in by Friday, October 18. Two prizes of £150 will be awarded to the winning groups. Details from CCVS at www.cambridgecvs.org.uk/Your-voice/Photo comp

DIGITAL BOOST

Multi-million pound funding has been secured to help local businesses get on the superfast highway and drive economic growth by making the most of the latest digital technologies.

The extra cash will help Connecting Cambridgeshire create a county-wide package of support to hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses, improving their connectivity and use of digital technologies to increase productivity and create new jobs. Details from www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk

For more details on these stories and to see the latest FDC news, visit www.fenland.gov.uk/news