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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - August 2010

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

The New Parish Council
Following May's elections, the new Parish Council met for the first time on 9 June. Douglas de Lacey was re-elected to the Chair and Brian Bromwich was elected Vice-Chairman. Other elections and appointments may be seen in the Council Minutes. The major item of business was to approve the sum set aside in the budget to argue Girton's case for better protection in the A14 Public Inquiry; happily this will no longer be needed.

Speed Limit on Huntingdon Road
In November 2006 the Council presented a petition to the County Council asking for a reduction in speed to 30mph along Huntingdon Road. In the years which followed slow progress was made and the reduction was agreed in principle. It now appears that the County is planning to shelve this, just as more building projects make the case for a lower limit even more compelling. The Council is being asked therefore at its July meeting to approve another petition which we shall make available as widely as possible, and we invite all residents to sign it.

Girton Feast 2011
The 2009 Girton Feast was a great success, and planning has already started for next year's. To ensure its success we need you - your ideas and your help. If you could serve on the organising committee please contact Chris Starling or Len Sparling. More...

Village Planters
By the time you read this the planters should all have been refreshed for the autumn and spring seasons. But we need more sponsors as some have had to drop out: if you would be prepared to sponsor one at a cost of £25 per planting please contact the Clerk. We also need helpers to ensure they are watered and kept looking at their best; again please let the Clerk know if you could adopt one.

A14 Fire
Many residents were woken early on Tuesday 22nd June by a series of explosions when a lorry caught fire on the A14 adjacent to Weavers Field. As a result the play area there was heavily contaminated with soot and ash. Since we were unable to establish the nature of the cargo, we closed the area off while our Health & Safety Officer took a sample for analysis. This was confirmed to be within acceptable tolerances by the Public Health Protection Unit, and the play equipment has now been cleaned.

Wellbrook Way
The Council's new Planning & Resources Committee has noted that the current financial projections for the cost of the proposed bowling green exceed available community monies from the developer. Additional funds will be needed before we can proceed. The situation with respect to VAT is extremely complex and we are therefore examining the possibility of devolving the project to an independent Trust. Meanwhile progress on transfer of the land to the Parish remains slow as there are some problems with the play area. We are hoping that a proposed face-to-face meeting between members of the Council and Wimpey executives may move us to a solution.

News from the Recreation Ground
Hot weather means holidays and picnics, and many have enjoyed visiting the recreation ground the shade of the trees. This is fine as long as rubbish and litter is taken away. An additional and very unwelcome activity is having a barbecue on our sports fields. Not only are fires banned by our bylaws, they are also potentially criminal damage to our playing areas. A number of burnt patches of turf have appeared. Please do not add to them!

Cambridge Northern Fringe
Residents will wish to be aware of two North West Cambridge Community Forum events arranged by the County and City Councils. The first is on Wed 22nd Sept, 7pm-9pm, at Orchard Park Community Centre, and topics will include Flooding & Drainage; the second is on Sat 27th Nov, 10 am-12 noon in Girton. Meanwhile outline planning permission has been given for the second phase of "NIAB 1", up to the City boundary. The Parish should be a consultee on the details as they emerge.

Girton Parish Council Policies
Efforts have been made in recent months to produce a number of community policies including Health & Safety, Complaints, Disability, and Child Protection. These will gradually become available here when approved by the Council.

Small Grants
Cambridgeshire County Council has just launched its small grant scheme for 2011-12 offering grants of up to £000 to small voluntary and community organisations working with young people or vulnerable adults. Advice is available from Young Lives on 01480 494333, or Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on 01223 410535. South Cambridgeshire District Council offers Home Improvement grants for repairs and disability assistance. For information please email home.imp.agency@scambs.gov.uk or call 03450 450 063.