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Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - November 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. 20mph Zone in Girton? At the Council meeting of 16 September Councillors received a presentation from County officers on a proposed experiment of a 20mph zone from Girton Corner to the Oakington Road. Councillors expressed some scepticism that the scheme could work without greater investment than is proposed.

2. Gypsy & Traveller consultation by South Cambridgeshire District Council Proposed responses to these consultations were agreed by Girton Parish Council at an Extraordinary meeting on 7th October at Orchard Close. These include a letter to the Chief Executive of SCDC, to express concern about the lack of proper care shown by the District Council as regards its vision for meeting the needs of existing and future generations of gypsies and travellers and the local existing community,

3. A14 Traffic Orders by Department of Transport The A14 Draft Orders have now been published. Hard copy of some of the basic documents has been lodged in the Parish Office and an Environmental Assessment is available on DVD of which the Parish Council has copies (documentation is also available on-line at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/4211.aspx). There is significant compulsory purchase in Girton and the environmental impact will need detailed study to ensure that our village environment is safeguarded as far as possible from noise and pollution.

4. Wellbrook Way It is clear that after much delay Wimpey now wish to settle all the outstanding Wellbrook issues as soon as possible. Various members of the Council have met representatives from Wimpey and SCDC officers and we are close to finalising the financial issues, while details of repairs to paths and replacement of some planting are now agreed. The Parish Councilís Wellbrook Committee will soon meet to take over the oversight of implementation, and we expect to co-opt residents onto this committee if volunteers arise.

5. Town End Close Residents may have noticed that the old hedge and what remains of the old fence have been removed from the track adjacent to our nature reserve at Town End Close. The area has also been levelled preparatory to planting a new hedge and some new trees. The funding for this has been provided by the Cambridgeshire County Council. We appreciate that the hedge area may look a little bare at the end of these works but our plan is to convert a very poor quality hedge with a great deal of dead wood in it into a diverse and vigorous hedge which will benefit both residents and wildlife.

6. Sustainable energy A number of parishes including Girton have been collaborating as part of the South Cambridgeshire Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership to look at ways to reduce energy consumption in domestic homes. A workshop convened by SCDC in Dry Drayton School on 12th October looked at insulation for lofts and cavity walls, a local energy monitor loan scheme, home energy surveys, and forward planning. A further workshop will look at the operation and financial impact of solar panels. Suggestions for local energy projects are welcome Ė see the article by Kieran Mansley elsewhere in this copy of GPN.

7. News from the recreation ground Repairs have now been carried out to the surface of the rainbow play equipment next to the church wall. Works are also scheduled to waterproof the balcony at the Pavilion. Shortly thereafter it is hoped to order new play equipment for the recreation ground. Pupils from Girton Glebe School have voted for something to test their climbing and agility skills. This fits in well with the Councilís wish to provide something for junior play for 6 to 12 year olds. We have commissioned a fence between the Pavilion and the church boundary to protect children using our play area, and to prevent access by dogs to the recreation ground.

Forthcoming Meeting. The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th November 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.†