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Fenland District Council News from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Help to stay fit and healthy

People suffering from a wide range of health problems can get specialist help through a carefully monitored exercise programme relaunched by Fenland District Council last month.

Those who could benefit include people with a history of coronary heart disease or who have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity or asthma. To qualify, they must be referred by a health professional such as a doctor, nurse or physiotherapist.

The programme lasts for 12 consecutive weeks. For details, speak to your local health professional, pick up an information leaflet at your local leisure centre or surgery, or call Mytime Health on 07775 532285.

FDC ‘is coping well with cuts’

Fenland District Council has again been congratulated for continuing to provide excellent customer service during a time of great change and budget cuts.

An independent report has confirmed that the council meets all the requirements of the national Investors in People (IiP) core standard. It echoes an earlier report reaffirming the council’s Customer Service Excellence status.

The IiP report underlines the staff’s positive response to the challenges arising from budget cuts. It says: “Significant restructuring has taken place and substantial savings have been made since the last assessment but changes are still ongoing. Employees have typically taken on increased workloads and extra duties as their colleagues have left.”

Core Strategy consultation

An amended part of Fenland District Council’s Core Strategy is now out for public consultation. The changes involve the plans for development in March over the next 20 years. The strategy’s proposals for the rest of the district remain unaltered.

The strategy and associated documents can be viewed online at www.fenland.gov.uk/core-strategy Printed versions are also available for reference at Fenland Hall, the four Fenland @ your service shops and libraries. A special comment form is available to download from www.fenland.gov.uk/core-strategy Responses must be received by 5pm on August 7.

Get your dog microchipped

All pet owners, particularly those with dogs, are urged to get them microchipped to make it easier to have them returned if they go missing. The call has come from Fenland District Council in support of a campaign run by Petlog, a national database that holds microchip details. Last year the council received 134 reports of lost dogs, of which only 48 were chipped.

Good news on broadband

Parts of Fenland are among the areas set to be first in line to benefit from the expansion of superfast broadband across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over the next 18 months.

They are included among more than 50 rural parishes and urban areas being considered for the first phase of the roll-out of the new infrastructure that will deliver much better broadband speeds. For more details, visit www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk.

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