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Cash help for budding athletes in South Cambridgeshire

Budding athletes in South Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to apply for a council grant to help boost their chances of success.

Since the Olympics in London 2012 the 'Elite Athlete Award Scheme' has handed out 50 thousand pounds of grants to 100 promising sports stars. The money is often used to pay for things like equipment and travel to competitions.

The local authority is now taking applications for the next round of grants.

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Tories hold South Cambridgeshire with reduced majority

The Conservatives have held South Cambridgeshire council. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Conservatives still have an overall majority on South Cambridgeshire District Council despite slight losses in yesterday's poll.

The Tories and independent candidates lost out in favour of the Liberal Democrats.

But the Conservatives still have a majority of 15 over the other parties.

Volunteers improve life for water voles

Volunteers at the Bar Hill nature reserve in Cambridgeshire Credit: South Cambs District Council

Endangered water voles have been given a helping hand by volunteers who have carried out a tidy up at Bar Hill nature reserve in Cambridgeshire.

The team has been cutting back hawthorn and brambles ahead of work planned for later in the year which will see ditches dug and banks formed to make the area a haven for the animals.

Keeping the peace

A report has named three areas in the East as the most peaceful places in the UK.

The survey by the Institute for Economics and Peace looked at rates of murders and violent crimes to come up with the list.

The Norfolk district of Broadland came out top with South Cambridgeshire and Maldon in Essex also getting a mention as Luke Farrington reports.

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Cash boost for Cambridgeshire villages

12 villages in South Cambridgeshire are to get a share of £130,000 from the District Council to improve local facilities.

Cottenham Parish Council will receive £40,000 while Harston Village Hall Trust and Steeple Morden Village Hall Committee have been awarded £25,000 and £18,093.

Linton Parish Council and Granta FC will put £18,094 towards extensions and alterations to their pavilion and Willingham Parish Council will use its £13,000 grant to create a new venue for young people.

Seven £2,500 grants have also awarded to Comberton Parish Council, Cottenham Parish Council, Hinxton Parish Council, Histon and Impington Parish Council, Little Shelford Sports and Recreation Trust, Longstowe Village Hall and Sports Ground Management Committee and Melbourn Parish Council.

Recycling success story

Almost two tonnes of clothing, shoes and sheets have been saved from landfill on the first day of a new textiles recycling trial in South Cambridgeshire.

The trial which covers 5,000 homes began on Wednesday with hundreds of blue bags full of textiles being loaded up for recycling in one day.

If the trial is successful waste bosses aim to roll it out to all homes in the district.

Hidden cameras to catch flytippers

Fly tipping in South Cambridgeshire Credit: ITVAnglia

South Cambridgeshire District Council has been given the go-ahead to install hidden cameras to catch flytippers. It is are planning to use them at a location that's become one of the worst in the county.

The council say anyone caught on camera will be prosecuted as they are determined to stop flytipping and get the area cleaned up once and for all.

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