The Girton Parish Council
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting - October 1999.
Minutes of a meeting held on Wednesday 20th October 1999
Mrs V Godby
Mrs J Healey
Mrs H Wilson
Mr P Starling
In attendance was the Clerk, Mrs P S Knight.
Before the meeting began the Chairman welcomed Tony Leadley, Y2K
Officer from South Cambridgeshire District Council who gave a brief talk
on 'The Millennium and South Cambs.' Mr Leadley was able to reassure
Councillors that essential services were unlikely to be disrupted by the
consequences of the millennium date change, and that residents need do
no more than prepare for the holiday period as usual. However, the
police need to detail all millennium activities taking place, for the emergency
Apologies were received from Mrs G Scrine, R Hiley and PC
2. MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 15th SEPTEMBER 1999
Signed as a correct record subject to the following amendments.
Add P Starling to list of Parish Councillors attending the meeting, and
paragraph 8; change "Girton has been downgraded to a Limited Rural Growth
Settlement" to "Girton will be downgraded to a Limited Rural Grown Settlement
once the Wellbrook Court land has been developed."
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
3.1 Bus Pass Rebate, minute 3.3. To happen this week.
3.2 Sustainable South Cambridgeshire, minute 3.4. Reminder
of workshop on Monday 8th November in the School Hall at 7.30 p.m.
3.3 Safer Girton, minute 6.1. Thanks were recorded to Ann
Round and B Parnwell for their efforts in securing Girton's success in
this competition. The babysitting course, which is going well, can
now be funded. Clerk to thank the Marshalls Group on behalf of the
3.4 Girton Community Web Site, minute 6.3. There has been
media publicity for the web site and Mrs H Wilson reported that it had
secured 500 visits since being set up.
3.5 Report from Town Charity, minute 9. The Section 106 draft
agreement is still being circulated and comments will be gathered by the
Clerk and put to the working party.
3.6 War Memorial, minute 10. E Bullman questioned whether
the memorial could be simply cleaned up and repainted. A Meek replied
that Hibbitts had examined the stones and had stated that repeated cleaning
over the years had caused the surface to wear down, so the lettering, once
deeply set, was now in shallower cuts and rubbing off. It was agreed
that all Councillors should inspect the memorial for themselves before
the next meeting, whilst waiting for a reply about funding from the PCC.
3.7 Year 2000, minute 12.2. Mrs Godby and B Parnwell had attended
the Neighbourhood Watch meeting. Although no specific scheme would
be put in place to check on the welfare of neighbours, villagers should
be ready to help anyone vulnerable to the YK2 effects. Mrs Wilson reported
that an item would go into the November Girton Parish News, reiterating
Mr Leadley's report. Clerk to reply to Dr de Lacey's letter.
4. RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE
N Knights reported that he and the Clerk had met with Mick Cook,
Area Sales Manager from Wicksteed to inspect the Logworld play equipment.
The main concern was to ensure that the wood was not rotting from the inside.
Following the meeting, the Council had been supplied with quotations from
Wicksteed for replacement and for upgrading the structure.
These having been supplied, the Council agreed that large expenditure
was unnecessary for safety at this stage. The best way of improving
railing on Logworld would be decided, and the wooden elements regularly
It was unanimously agreed that the Council was satisfying its duty
of care and would continue to monitor the safety of all play equipment
in its care. The slide was considered by Wicksteed to be a low risk,
despite its technical failure under the new European Regulations.
The Chairman reported that Carter Jonas had replied to the Clerk's
letter regarding using St John's field as a site for the skateboard/BMX
facility. A sketch plan of the facility is required before Carter
Jonas approach the Bursar, but in principle it was likely that the College
would not object to the suggestion. N Knights will approach the contractors
for the likely amount of spoil available. A Meek to ask the Youth
Club for input.
5. RECREATION GROUND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
The Chairman reported that he had yet to hear from the Lottery
Board. No Councillors had objected to the decision of choosing the
lowest tender which was from Thackeray's, who were formally ratified as
the choice of tender, subject to satisfactory contract arrangements being
secured. N Knights recorded that they were a highly reputable
6. REPORTS FROM OTHER GROUPS
6.1 Youth Work. A Meek reported that:
i) The Junior Youth Club was fully staffed.
ii) A more structured intermediate club for the 13-16 year olds
was due to be set up, but still needed a leader. It was hoped the
club would follow the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
iii) The Senior Youth Club (over 16's) still has nowhere to meet,
but is to be given an opportunity to meet at the Social Club for a trial
run. Parish Councillors who are also trustees of the Social Club
indicated their support and said they would be pleased to attend too.
iv) The Bus Shelter Project still continues with courses and gardening
projects. Some youths have acquired permanent jobs.
v) The new name "Girton Youth Works" now covers all youth clubs.
Thanks were recorded to A Meek for his unstinting support of the
youth work. SCDC have invited a Parish Council representative to
participate in an 'anti-social behaviour task group'. A Meek said
he would attend.
6.2 School Liaison - The Chairman reported that he had had a meeting
with Mrs Baker, Mrs A Bonnett and Councillor R Hiley. Two ideas came
out of the meeting, which he wanted to put to the Council.
a) In the New Year there could be a 'community intelligence gathering
exercise', held under the auspices of the Parish Council. Village
groups that use meeting places such as the Glebe, the WI and Cotton Hall
could meet to discuss where they see their organisations and facilities
going in the future. The Council unanimously supported this initiative.
b) Mrs Baker would like to conduct a safety review of the school
and its future growth alongside the development of the new pavilion. This
initiative could possibly cost about £2,500. The Chairman proposed
that if the school could provide £1,000 towards the cost of the study,
that in principle the Parish Council should match that sum. This
was seconded by A Meek. R Daniels then proposed that the Council's commitment
to funding should not be a fixed sum at this stage. This amendment was
seconded by N Knights and unanimously agreed. The amended proposal
to support the review in principle was unanimously agreed upon. R
Few to notify the Governors about the Sustainable South Cambridgeshire
Safer Walking Routes to School. The Chairman proposed that
the Council put in another bid to Highways for raised walkways across junctions
on the pedestrian route to the primary school. This was unanimously
agreed upon. The deadline is November 1st 1999.
With the permission of the Council the Chairman diverted from the
agenda at this point in order to give Councillor J Reynolds an opportunity
to address the meeting.
7. REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR
The Chairman reported that he had been approached regarding development
on NIAB land. Councillor Reynolds explained that the County Council
and SCDC were in the process of joint discussion concerning 'areas of search'
for development potential in the Green Belt. However, this did not
imply any commitment to develop any particular site.
Councillor Reynolds then briefly outlined the financial issues
facing the Police Authority and that funding constraints had already frozen
the recruitment of staff and many police officer and civilian posts will
remain unfulfilled. The Parish Council is invited to respond to the
budget-briefing leaflet being sent out to all Councils.
Councillor Reynolds was thanked for his report.
E Bullman reported that he had met with the prospective buyer of
No 105 Cambridge Road, and also J Hellingsworth from SCDC regarding the
overgrown beech trees/hedge bordering that property and the Mayfield triangle.
After discussion the Council raised no objections to the trees being 'lopped'.
All correspondence and forms should go to P Starling in the first instance.
Councillor Bullman had nothing to report from the Environment and
Councillor Healey reported that she and Councillor Bullman would
be attending the public meeting on 2nd November concerning development
at Oakington camp of temporary accommodation for asylum seekers.
8. OPEN SPACES
P Starling reported that;
* He had purchased 1,400 daffodil bulbs to plant on the verges
and after consultation with the tree wardens would be looking for a working
party to help plant them.
* Along with John Cooper he was hoping to create a continuous footpath
through Girton for walkers.
* He was going to enquire why the barriers on paths between Thornton
Road/St Margaret's Road, and Bandon Road/Huntingdon Road had been widened.
Residents were concerned that this now meant motorbikes could use the footpaths.
Thanks were given to P Starling for his continuous hard work.
E Bullman and P Starling to trim off a few lower branches from tree by
the school to enable can bank to be moved to make space for the third bottle
9. MARSHALL SAFER VILLAGE AWARD
This item was covered under item three. Clerk to hold on
to plaque until a decision has been made on where to hang it. Congratulations
were again given to Ann Round.
10. MAYFIELD ROAD BUS SHELTER (PETITION)
The Council had received a petition with 49 names on requesting
that the seats be reinstated in the bus shelter by the Mayfield triangle.
After discussion, R Daniels proposed, and was seconded by Mrs Healey, that
in principle this request be granted. This move was agreed unanimously.
Clerk to follow up with Mrs G Scrine.
11. TEN ACRE FIELD - CURRENT POSITION
Planting plans and discussions continue between Mrs Scrine, SCDC
and Cambridge County Council. The question of registering the field
as a village green had been brought up by Mrs Scrine and would be discussed
at the next meeting when she was present.
12. CAMBRIDGESHIRE TRANSPORT PLAN
Clerk to circulate copies of the summary of the Provisional Local
Transport Plan 2000-2005 for Cambridgeshire to all Councillors ready for
discussion next meeting.
S/1642/99/F Malik, 3 Giffords Close.
Extension. No objections, subject to no neighbour detriment.
S/1382/99/F Oumamar, 43 Hicks Lane.
Extension and Front Gates and Gate Posts.
S/1448/99/F Calcott, 18 Bandon Road.
S/1430/99/F Watts, 76 Thornton Close.
S/1469/99F Barnes and Pycock, 49
Cambridge Road. Extension.
S/1479/99/F Leakey & Leakey, 17/19
Cambridge Road. Vehicular Access.
S/1391/99/F Hiley, 1 Fairway. Extension.
S/1467/99/F Dean and Dean, Adjacent 11
Duck End. Garage.
Councillor Healey advised that when the Parish Council raised objections
due to 'over-development', specific reasons should be given to substantiate
14.1 South Cambs PCG
14.2 Cambridge City PCG
Briefing note on meeting 22/9/99
Brochure safety areas
14.5 Herald Contract Services
Brochure on services
14.6 SCDC Jane Thompson
Playing Fields Advice Initiative
14.7 Cambridge County Council
14.8 Musco Lighting
Brochure Flood Lights
14.9 Environment Agency
14.10 Mr R Walker
PlanetAid, Recycling next to Co-op
739 Mrs Ann Round
740 Berrycroft Stores Ltd
741 Viking Direct Limited
742 Mrs G Scrine
743 Mrs P Knight
745 Inland Revenue
746 Kevin Bonnett
16 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
16.1 A decision was taken to exhibit the Safer Village Award display
in the School during the Christmas Bazaar on 4th December.
16.2 The Clerk reported that a youth had been
cautioned following the break in to the pavilion and the Language School.
The same youth has been assigned a Youth Panel Group Worker to spend time
with him. A local six-year-old girl has been handed over to Social
Services, as her home circumstances rendered her vulnerable.
Clerk to the Council
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 17th November 1999 at 7:30pm in Orchard Close Community Centre.
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