The Girton Parish Council
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting - November
Minutes of a meeting held on Wednesday 17th November 1999
Parish Councillors: E Bullman
Mrs V Godby
Mrs H Wilson
Mrs G Scrine
PC R Newman was present for items 4 and 5.
In attendance was the Clerk, Mrs P S Knight.
Apologies were received from Mrs J Healey, R Few and R Daniels.
The Chairman apologised for failing to inform all Parish Councillors
directly when the result of the Lottery bid was known.
2. MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 15th SEPTEMBER 1999
Signed as a correct record subject to the following amendments.
Minute 6.1 (ii) Change "club for the 13-16 year olds had
been set up", to "club for the 13-16 year olds was due to be set up".
Minute 7. Report from County Councillor. Mrs Healey
had reported to the Clerk on this Report. She emphasised that
SCDC is determined that should the study of the Green Belt go ahead, that
it would not be a 'site finding' exercise. Thanks were recorded to
Mrs Healey for her support against development the Green Belt areas and
it was agreed that vigilance be maintained on this issue.
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
3.1 Buss Pass Rebate. The Clerk reported that 213 x
£10 rebates were given out. Before next year's rebate the conditions
of rebate need to be tightened up. For example are holders of the
bus pass who no longer live in Girton eligible?
3.2 Safer Girton. The display will go up in the school
on the school's own display boards at the Christmas Bazaar on 4th December.
3.3 War Memorial. After discussion, A Meek proposed
that the Parish Council agree to go ahead with the current proposed works.
This proposal was seconded by Councillor B Parnwell and unanimously agreed.
This decision is to be included in the next Parish News. Clerk to write
to Hibbitts recording the Council's intent to proceed with the work and
to establish a start date in the spring of next year (c.c. to the PCC).
The PCC to be contacted again regarding their decision on a donation, and
to ask whether they have contacted the DAC about a new faculty.
3.4 Skateboard Facility. Designs are being collected
on type of facility wanted.
3.5 School Liaison. a) Clerk to set a date in February
2000, and to book the school hall for the meeting of the user groups of
the village meeting places.
b) K Bonnett reported that the Glebe Governors were unable to commit
more than £500 towards the proposed 'safety review of the school/new
pavilion'. As the Parish Council had previously agreed in principle
to consider matching the School's commitment, the Chairman said he or the
school should contact Richard Hackett to ascertain what could be achieved
with that level of funding. To be discussed at the next Parish Council
3.6 Police Authority 'budget-briefing' leaflet circulated
at the meeting. Comments invited.
3.7 Oakington Camp. Mrs J Healey had attended the
public meeting on 2nd November. K Bonnett read out the conditions
imposed on the asylum seekers, and the document was then circulated.
3.8 Open Spaces. Mrs Godby reported that Littleton
House children had planted bulbs, as had the Brownies.
At this point in the meeting PC R Newman was welcomed into the meeting.
4. RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE
N Knights gave a brief report as R Daniels was absent. Councillors
had received copies of the last RGC meeting minutes. The Clerk was
able to report that the new play equipment at Weaver's Field play area
would now consist of one seesaw, two swings and one slide.
N Knights is investigating ways to make the Logworld railings safer,
and the Clerk is liasing with Norman Lewell about the painting and replacement
of the swings/horse seats.
5. RECREATION GROUND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
N Knights reported that there were further meetings between himself,
K Bonnett, Neil Cook and the Clerk (the management team) regarding the
new pavilion. K Bonnett advised that all concerns regarding the pavilion
project should be referred to the Clerk in the first instance. Possible
extra hours to be paid to the Clerk for the duration of the project will
be discussed at the next meeting.
N Knights reported that issues currently under discussion include
the use of Portakabins as temporary changing facilities, and the erection
of the concrete store with supplies of electricity and water.
Concern was shown over possible damage to the car park by large lorries
and the parking space to be taken up by contractors' vehicles. Mrs
H Wilson hoped that the movements of large lorries in and out of the compound
during the school 'drop off' and 'pick up' times would be minimal.
These legitimate concerns would be addressed through regular meetings between
Parish Council Officers and the contractors and architects.
PC Newman was given an opportunity to address the meeting.
PC Newman was pleased to report that the village seemed 'quiet'
at the moment with known offenders behaving themselves. The young
people in general are looking forward the prospect of having a BMX/skateboard
facility in the village. One family in St Vincent's however is causing
PC Newman expressed concern regarding the security of Portakabins
and will be invited to meet with the contractors to discuss the lighting/security
of the building compound.
Speeding through the village still remains a problem, although
the Clerk reported that the recent speed survey conducted on the Oakington
Road revealed a total of only 17 offenders travelling over the 60mph speed
limit. Police Sergeant Chatfield wrote that he could not find
any records of speed related collisions at the location. The Clerk
is still awaiting a reply from CCC regarding the proposed speed limit reduction.
Wilburton and Comberton Parishes have successfully reduced speed limits
and the Clerk will contact them to discuss strategy.
The Chairman read out a complaint regarding occasional fast cars
along Washpit Lane. After discussion a decision was taken to see
if the 'no speed limit' signs could be removed and 'elderly people' sign
to be erected instead.
Mrs Wilson reported on an incident of careless driving that had
occurred in the Recreation Car Park that afternoon. PC Newman reported
that he had been officially notified of the incident and was following
6. REPORTS FROM OTHER GROUPS
6.1 Girton Town Charity. R Hiley reported that work
carried on behind the scenes and that he hoped the Wellbrook Land would
be going up for sale soon.
The Chairman reported that the County Council was selling the 2.18
acres of land next to the Ten-Acre Field. This could possibly jeopardise
access to the Ten-Acre Field and the Millennium Wood as the roadway in
front of the derelict bungalow is to be sold too. The Parish Council
agreed that it was vital that the right of way to The Woodland Trust be
established before the sale of land is concluded. R Hiley then proposed
that the Parish Council should investigate the possibility of buying the
land (known as 'land accessed from Cambridge Road, Girton'). The Chairman
is to approach the vendors of the land and the estate agents.
If a loan to the Council can be secured, an emergency meeting should be
held to discuss the next steps.
6.2 Youth Work. A Meek reported that two new youth
leaders (one male and one female) had been taken on. The intermediate
youth group was hoping to meet in Cotton Hall on Thursday evenings, whilst
the senior group continued to meet on Tuesday evenings at the Social Club.
No problems had been reported.
A Meek then reported on the Anti-Social Behaviour Task Group that
he had attended. Clerk to circulate the action plan to all Parish
Councillors. K Bonnett requested that youth representatives attend
the February 'village hall' user-groups meeting at the school.
6.3 Police Liaison. B Parnwell reported that
he had attended the recent Police Consultation meeting. Concern had
been shown that there was to be no extra policing in Histon, Longstanton
and Oakington and that policing levels in general were going to fall.
7. OPEN SPACES
P Starling reported that all the daffodil bulbs had been planted.
He had not yet been successful in contacting the Highways Officer regarding
the widening of the yellow barriers at Thornton Road/St Margaret's Road
footpath and also at Bandon Road/Huntingdon Road footpath.
8. REPORT FROM COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
Councillor Bullman had nothing to report that affected Girton.
9. CAMBRIDGESHIRE TRANSPORT PLAN
K Bonnett read out parts of Mrs J Healey's memorandum to the Clerk
on the Report on the Multi-Modal Study of the A14. After discussion
it was decided that a representative of the Parish Council should attend
the public consultation next year.
After lengthy discussion of the transport plan itself, and Girton's
own problem with its failing bus service, a decision was taken to gather
statistics from regular users of the local bus service via the GPN and
write to Stagecoach (copied to Anne Campbell) with the results.
The Chairman and Clerk are to put together a response to the Transport
10. Ten-Acre Field. Current Position
Mrs Scrine reported that she had met with a representative from
the County Council and that another planting plan had been drawn up.
This included planting right up to the ditch, which formed a good wet nature
area. E Bullman reported that the ditch needed scooping out (by machine)
and that he had noticed car tyre marks in the vicinity. It was noted
that a strong gate would need to go up with keys given out to Groomfields
for ground maintenance. N Knights sought permission from the Council to
spend up to £250 on hiring a mini digger to dig out the ditch between
the Recreation Ground and Ten-Acre Field. This was granted.
11. Girton Youth Works Garden Scheme
A Meek reported that Girton Youth Works had applied to the CCC
for a grant from the 'High Sheriff's Millennium Award' to create a Millennium
Garden for the Youth of Girton. It was hoped that they would be able to
secure about £3-400. The Council wished Girton Youth Works
every success with the venture and the location of the garden should be
discussed with the Open Spaces Committee.
C/11/17/33/1 Leakey, 15 Cambridge Road.
Works to Holm Oak Tree, subject to Tree Preservation Order No. 1/56. Approve
S/1750/99/F Lloyd, 29 Northfield.
Extension and Garage. No objections, subject to no neighbour detriment.
The Parish Council understands that a boundary fence is to be erected.
S/1690/99/F Roche, 15 Bandon Road.
Extensions. No objections SNND.
Oumamar, 43 Hicks Lane. Conservatory.
S/1272/99/F/DC/JJ CCC, Littleton
House School. Extension to Provide Classroom to replace Mobile Classroom.
12.3 Information Only
i) Drawing 32654/HM/A6/P1 Thorburn
Colquhoun. A6 Barton to Streatley Cycleway Footway. To be held on
ii) The Barn Health & Leisure Centre, Girton. Plan
of premises. To be held on file.
South Cambridgeshire Local Plan: Deposit 1999
The Chairman reported that he had received a copy of the proposed
changes to the above plan and also details of the response by SCDC to the
Parish Council's representations.
One query was that SCDC had proposed 'no change' to the objection
by the Parish Council that Girton is deemed a 'Rural Growth Settlement.
Advice to be sought from Mrs Healey. Any responses to the proposed changes
to the plan must be received by early December.
Post at 73 High St.
Increase in rental of hand dryers
13.3 Cambridge Victim Support
Request for donation
The Oldest Tree Search
Annual Report '98/99
Draft Register of Electors 2000/01
747 Girton Youth Works
749 Coulson Building Group
750 Wicksteed Leisure
752 C H Binder
753 Inland Revenue
755 Mrs P S Knight
15. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
15.1 The Clerk is to contact JJ Hall to see if
he would quote for constructing two bus shelter seats for the Mayfield
Shelter. These would be made out of concrete posts, reusing the wooden
slats from the original shelter seats.
Clerk to the Council
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 15th December 1999 at 7:30pm in Orchard Close Community Centre.
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