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Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - October 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. Correspondence from Andrew Lansley CBE MP. We have received copy correspondence from Andrew Lansley with the Secretary of Sate for Communities and Local Government regarding the East of England Gypsy and Traveller Review, expressing his concerns about the number of proposed Gypsy and Traveller sites in South Cambridgeshire.

Andrew has also forwarded a copy letter from Microsoft offering free donations of software to local charities. This is being done under the auspices of the Charity Technology Trust. If you would like more information contact Paul Morris on 0203 139 6279, email paulmor@microsoft.com or visit the following website: www.ctxchange.org/about_ctx/partners/microsoft

2. Cambridgeshire County Council consultations. As many people as possible are asked to respond to two current consultations. The first relates to the County Council's new Community Engagement Strategy to keep communities informed. A 12 week consultation on the draft ends on 24th November. If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please call 01223 699141.

The second consultation concerns the level of housing growth in the county over the next 20 years. Paper copies of the survey will be available at Cambridge Central Library on Saturday 10th October.

Meanwhile do not forget the Gypsy and Traveller consultations by the District Council: the deadline for your views is Friday 9 October.

3. Village surveys. Cllr Bromwich with assistance from Cllr de Lacey has recently carried out a levels survey within Girton. The bench marks that have been established will be used to record flood events such as the one which occurred on 6/7th August this year following 43mm of rain. This will allow us at any time in the future to establish accurately levels of flooding anywhere in the village.

Assistance has also be obtained from the Ordnance Survey Liaison Officer at SCDC who has demonstrated some of the mapping software and maps available for village open space projects.

4. Maintenance of Town End Close. Now that mains water has been laid on at Town End Close and we have cattle grazing there, we are going some way towards preserving its special character. This also meets our obligation to Natural England, allowing them to continue to give us a grant. But a considerable amount more work is needed over the next few years to preserve Town End Close as an ancient meadow and nature reserve.

We have erected a secure fence within the bounds of the old hedge on the Woody Green side. Most of this work was done by volunteers and members of the Parish Council Environment Committee. The next stage will be to remove the old hedge and what remains of the old fence, level the site and plant a new hedge and some new trees. The funding for this will be provided by the Cambridgeshire County Council. Work is expected to begin in November and will be completed by the spring. There will still be more work required during the winter and we would welcome volunteers to join our work parties.

For more details contact Ray Gordon on Cambridge 276933.

5. Village road signs. A number of signs in the village are in poor condition and need replacing. Rather than contacting Highways Department piecemeal we shall be shortly be carrying out a village "audit" of signs to be replaced with a view to sending in a consolidated list. Please contact the Parish Office if your street needs a new sign.

6. News from the Recreation Ground. A new cycle rack has been erected outside The Pavilion, and is now in use. A new inner fence and gates will shortly be put up on the car park side of the play area to keep small children in and dogs out! If your group needs a regular booking in the Pavilion hall slots are available from 3.30pm on Thurdays, and 12 noon on Fridays. Contact Linda Miller on 472182.

7. Spring planting of village planters. Residents have welcomed the summer bedding displays throughout the village. Spring planting will need to be arranged shortly. Sponsors will be welcome! Please contact the Parish Office.

8. Hedgerow Course. The Campaign to Protect rural England, and Cambridge Preservation Society, are running hedgerow courses on 7 & 8th November at the Education Centre at Wandlebury. There is no charge but booking is essential as numbers are limited to 30. For further information telephone Shirley Fieldhouse on 01223 426514, or email cprecambs@btinernet.com

9. Policing Priorities. Cambridgeshire Police Authority is inviting the views of the public on a "People's Priority", to become part of the 2009--2012 Policing Plan. Our PCSO writes "The overall 'People's Priority' will be decided based solely on the consensus of public opinion". The deadline for responses is 23 November 2009, and details are available at libraries and on line at http://tinyurl.com/laovur which takes you to the relevant page of the Authoritiy's website.

Forthcoming Meeting. The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st October 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.