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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting - December 2005

The following were amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk.

1. Parking on Smithy Green. During busy periods at the Recreation Ground it has been noticed that cars are being parked on Smithy Green (triangle of grass at top of Church Lane and opposite entrance to Recreation Ground) because the Recreation Ground car park is full. The Parish Council would like to remind people that this area is not suitable for parking on, and would also ask users of the Recreation Ground to inform visiting teams that they should not park on this grassed area.

2. Boundary Hedges. The Council would like to remind residents to trim back overhanging boundary hedges, and also hedges facing the road. If anyone has a concern about the height of a neighbours hedge the Clerk has details of the High Hedges Act in the parish council office.

3. Payphones. Following a consultation from BT regarding the proposed removal of the payphones in the village, the Council have been informed that BT will, for the time being, retain the two payphones on Cambridge Road and Girton Road.

4. Dog litter bins. The Council have purchased two more bins to be located at Manor Farm Road and at the St Vincent's Close entrance to the Woody Green track. A litter bin has also been purchased for Manor Farm Road to be situated next to the bench.

5. Church boundary wall. The Council are in the process of looking at ways to secure the wall that runs along the side of the Recreation Ground, which is leaning towards the Recreation Ground. Discussions are also taking place regarding the boundary between the churchyard and carpark which is in need of tidying up.

6. Community recycling payments. Due to cutbacks at South Cambridgeshire District Council, community recycling payments are to be discontinued from April 2006. The payments were based on the amount of recycling materials collected from recycling banks and the green box kerbside collection scheme. SCDC are also in discussion with the County Council to transfer the maintenance and power responsibility for footway lighting and the possibility of parish councils entering into individual agreements for maintenance and power with the County Council.

7. Parish Council meetings. The Council have agreed to continue the three- weekly cycle of meetings until the elections in May. Dates and times of the meetings for the first half of 2006 are posted up on the noticeboards.

8. Forthcoming meetings. The next Parish Council meetings will be held on Wednesday 4 January at St Vincent's Close Community Centre and Wednesday 25th January at Orchard Close Community Centre. Both meetings will begin at 7.30pm.