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Minutes of Parish Meetings




Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting - September 2002

1. New Officers for the Parish Council
It was with regret that Councillors had learned during August that Peter Starling had resigned as Parish Council Chairman although he was remaining on the Parish Council. Vice-Chairman Mrs H Wilson chaired the meeting until Andrew Meek was elected as the new Chairman. A decision was taken to elect Richard de Horsey as a second Vice-Chairman.

2. CALC In-House Workshop for Councillors
Two trainers from CALC (Cambridgeshire Association for Local Councils) are coming to Girton to give Councillors a training session on their duties and responsibilities. The workshop will cover, among other things, the new Model Code of Conduct and Standards Committees, Standing Orders and Chairmanship, Insurance and Health & Safety Issues, Powers of Parish Councils and Meeting procedures. It was agreed that this would be extremely worthwhile, as there were now three new Parish Councillors and a change in Officers.

3. Girton Post Office and Shop
District Councillor Jane Healey had written to the Post Office relaying residents deep concern regarding the possible closure of the Girton Post Office and Shop. The Post Office wrote back to assure Mrs Healey that no final or firm proposals had been made at the current time about the future of any Post Office branch. The letter stated that the Post Office was committed to ensuring 95% of people living in urban areas would be within no more than a mile of their nearest Post Office branch, and that the majority would live within half a mile. The letter also spoke on Mrs Healey's query with regard to the urban classification of Girton Post Office. It was agreed that the Parish Council should write to Mr Russell expressing its concerns too.

4. Police
The Parish Council had received reports of people posing as security salesmen, trying to gain access into houses. The Parish Council strongly advises residents to check all identification of all tradesmen before allowing them into their homes.

5. Recreation Ground
Having heard a presentation from Mrs Wilson on the Glebe School children's thoughts on play equipment, the Parish Council awarded the Recreation Ground Committee a sum of up to 18,000 to replace the aged Logworld Structure on the children's play area. The Recreation Ground Committee proposed a 'do it yourself' Rainbow Multiplay system from Wicksteed Leisure Ltd. It was hoped that savings could be made if voluntary labour was used to install the equipment and donations were received towards general expenses. The Parish Council wished the Recreation Ground Committee good luck with this exciting project, and understood that help and advice would be sought from the residents of Girton in the near future. A new litter bin is being installed by the play area at Weaver's Field, so please encourage children to use it. Thank You.

6. Open Spaces Committee
It was noted that ten trees needed replacing on Weaver's Field and this was scheduled for next year. The Committee was gathering quotes to repair the Village sign at Redgate Road and to repair the bench at pump garden. It was anticipated that the legs on the Hibbert-Ware commemorative plaque would be repaired in the very near future so it could be returned to the garden.

7. Flooding
The Environment Agency has sent the Parish Council copies of their post flooding questionnaire. If any residents are unfortunate enough to suffer flooding over the coming months, would they please contact the Clerk.

Next Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th October at 7.45pm in the Orchard Close Community Centre. Clerk to the Council