Girton village website

Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - April 2010

The following were amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes may be found here.

Elections. The whole Parish Council is up for election next month and several Councillors have decided not to stand again. We therefore need community-minded residents who would like to put a little time into working for their village. In particular we need:
* younger representatives
* more women
* residents from south of the A14 bridge, particularly from Wellbrook Way.

No qualifications are necessary and training is available. Application packs are available from the Clerk, and must be returned to South Cambridgeshire District Council by midday on 8 April. Please consider if this is a way you could serve Girton.

Milton Parish Council has a very helpful page on its website (www.miltonvillage.org.uk/opus211.html) about being a Parish Councillor.

Annual Parish Meeting. The Annual Meeting is your opportunity to express your views. The new Parish Council will need to know the concerns of Villagers as it sets its priorities for the coming year, at a time of great economic pressures. Please let us know what you think. The results of the Parish Plan should also be available by then.

The meeting will be held in Girton Glebe Hall on Tuesday 1st June. We shall start at 7pm with refreshments and displays of various activities within the village. Please put this in your diary now, and make every effort to attend: it is important that the Council hears as many views as possible.

North West Cambridge Development. Following the presentation to the Council last month by the University, Officers from South Cambridgeshire spoke briefly at the March Council meeting and answered questions from Councillors. It is good that both sides have expressed concern that the Parish Council should be as involved as possible in the development. It was also noted that the Town Charity is also an interested party.

Wellbrook Way. By the time you read this the children's play area should be completed and necessary re-planting done elsewhere. The whole of the public area should then be ready to be handed over to the Parish Council. Plans are already advanced for the construction of the bowling green.

The whole of the road in Phase 1 has now been completed, and it is possible that the rest of the road may be completed and adopted even before the Abbeyfield Development begins. If this is not possible Wimpey have agreed to improve the entrance way.

Looking for work? Girton Parish Council has agreed to take part in a Government funded scheme to help young people between 18 and 24 who have been claiming job seekers allowance for 6 months or more to gain paid experience of work. Temporary employment opportunities will last for six months. Entry into this scheme (which is known as the Future Jobs Fund) is via the Job Centre Plus office in Cambridge. We are offering two opportunities, with immediate effect, one for office administration and one for grounds maintenance. More information is available for the Parish Clerk on 472181. .

Battery Recycling. Under recent legislation local sellers of batteries are obliged to offer recycling facilities and we are told one should soon be appearing in our local Co-Op. A Parish Councillor also noted that the Mobile Library has a battery recycling unit