Notes of Parish Meetings
Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - July 2009
The following were amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes may be found here.
1. SCDC to consult on Gypsy and Traveller site options South Cambridgeshire District Council is consulting until 9th October on potential sites for Gypsy and Traveller pitches in the district. These include two sites in the immediate area of the village; 10 pitches on the NIAB land, and 10 on the university farm site which extends to Girton between the Huntingdon Road and Madingley Road. SCDC has arranged exhibitions to explain its proposals between 1pm and 8pm at Willingham Village Hall on 20th July; at Cottenham Village College on 22nd July; and Milton Community Centre on 31st July. The Parish Council would value your views.
2. Wellbrook Way Girton Parish Council continues to do battle with South Cambridgeshire District Council to try to unravel the mystery of why planning permission for the play areas at Wellbrook Way is taking so long to be approved. We have lodged a formal complaint.
3. Grass Verges The Clerk and Chairman recently met a representative of Cambridgeshire County Council's Highways Department to explore repairing a number of verges in the village that have been damaged by car parking. All being well repairs will be carried out in the autumn on verges in Cambridge Road, and Thornton Road. Would residents please remember that driving on verges is illegal and damages them.
4. Hedges and trees alongside public footpaths At this time of year trees and shrubs grow rapidly. It may not always be immediately apparent when the footpath next to your property becomes difficult to use because of overhanging vegetation. Please check, and if you receive a polite request to clear the path next to your house please do not be annoyed.
5. Transport Infrastructure Fund (TIF)/Congestion Charge The Chairman recently made a submission to the Cambridgeshire Transport Commission concerning the TIF proposals. He presented a number of concerns which the village would face if the plans go ahead in their current form.
6. Feast Week The Council was happy to contribute a further grant of £500 towards the expenses of Feast Week. We hope this will be a popular and successful event which will once again become part of our regular village activities.
7. Fencing the play area on the recreation ground Plans for improved fencing between the play areas, and car park will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on 15th July. This will be in addition to the existing rail fence by the side of the car park and will restrict access to the car park by children, and to the recreation ground by dogs.
8. Thanks One of the successes of recent months has been has been the amount of pleasure given to so many by the village flower tubs that decorate our village. Replanting by Peter Graves with summer bedding has been sponsored by a number of generous individuals and organisations in the village: Graves themselves, Cambridge Self-Service; Wendy's Taxis; Paul Clare (Panther); St Colette's School; Professor Ron Martin; Dench Construction; Churchfield Court; The Old Crown; Girton Co-Op, Cambridgeshire Highways, Costain-Skanska-Atkins, Gretton Court and the Allotments Society. Thanks to this generosity there will be two extra planters in the village. We are also grateful to the volunteers who have offered to look after them.
9. More thanks Thanks are also due to Chris Lloyd of Chris's bikes for cleaning, rubbing down and oiling the bench outside his shop; and to all the volunteer litter pickers in the village who work hard to keep our streets clear of rubbish.
Forthcoming Meeting. The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th July 2009 at St Vincent's Close Community Centre. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm. Members of the parish are welcome to speak during the public session.