The Girton Parish Council
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting - May 2001.
The following were amongst items discussed at the May Annual General
Planning Application for Mast at Girton Farm
As the site notice with details of this proposed telecommunication
mast was never displayed, the 42 day notice period, giving residents time
to respond, had not come into effect. The notice however was put
up on Monday 14th May and at the Parish Council meeting the Council returned
a recommendation of 'refuse' to South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning
Department. It was reiterated that Girton was against masts in principle,
but that the Parish Council's recommendation of refusal to this 'permitted
development' would be treated as a consultation only and would not necessarily
bear much weight.
Peter Starling, Vice-Chairman was elected in and welcomed as the
new Chairman to the Parish Council. Thanks were given to Kevin Bonnett
as retiring Chairman for his three years of hard work. He was pleased
to accept the position of Vice-Chairman. The remaining elections
for members of sub-committees and groups went ahead without much change.
Skateboard Ramp and proposed Street Course
It was anticipated that work could begin soon on preparing the
area for the wooden mini-ramp on the Recreation Ground. Work would
also begin on the concrete area between the Tennis Courts and the Astroturf
for the proposed street course. The play equipment itself for the
street course could be purchased when the Council had heard from WREN on
the success of its application for funding.
Girton Town Charity
It was reported that the Trustees had signed the Section 106 Planning
Agreement for the development of the land at Wellbrook Way.
Would anyone who wishes to use the Parish Noticeboards please check
with the Clerk first on (01223) 472181. Thank You.
Make The Commitment - Kill Your Speed Campaign
The Parish Council is keen to slow down the traffic in the village
and details of this proposed campaign can be found below. If anyone
were interested in helping run the campaign would they please contact the
Clerk for more details.
Make the Commitment - Kill your speed
Girton has been offered the chance to run a "Kill your Speed" campaign.
The campaign has already attracted over 9000 individual drivers to sign
up, but we now have the chance to make a difference as a community. This
campaign has already been run successfully in other villages in the area.
The campaign would involve local residents, and the Parish Council,
working together with road safety officers from Cambridgeshire County Council,
in the fight to reduce speed in the village.
It is hoped that the campaign would gain the support of the village
and highlight the dangers of driving at inappropriate speed. It would firstly
involve the County Council monitoring vehicle speeds to find the extent
of the problem.
For example, in a recent study, Lesley Gordon, County Council Road
Safety Officer said:
"During the last few weeks, I have been monitoring vehicle speeds
in Duxford and found that very few drivers stick to the 30 mph limit. Some
motorists are travelling at well over 40 mph, with some in excess of 50
mph, in the 30 mph limit.
"These results reinforce the need for us to highlight the dangers
of driving too fast, proving that drivers are taking serious risks in the
built up areas of Duxford."
Once results had been collected residents would be asked to support
the ‘Make the Commitment’ campaign, and to think about the speeds
at which they drive.
If you are keen to tackle speeding motorists in your area please contact
the Parish Clerk for more details.
Clerk to the Council
Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 20th
June at 7.45pm in Orchard Close Community Room.
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Last updated: 24th May 2001