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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - September 2010

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

Girton Parish Clerk
After two years as our Clerk, Robert Stone has decided to move on. He has given a great deal to the Parish while he was with us, and the Council is extremely grateful for all his hard work. As well as running the Parish he has ensured that the Council is in line with current legislation, and his previous Civil Service experience was invaluable in our dealings with various layers of government over the developments around Girton and the A14 plans. He was temporarily replaced by our Administrative Assistant, Nicola Alison, but she was almost immediately offered a full-time and permanent job.

By the time you read this we should have made another temporary appointment, but please bear with us during our interregnum. We may not be able to staff the office for all of our advertised hours, so it may be wise to ring 472181 first if you wish to visit. If you know of anyone who might be interested in applying for the post of Clerk please do let us know.

Nicola came to us in April on a six-month placement sponsored by the Government's Future Jobs Fund. She has achieved a great deal during the five months she spent in the Parish Office, including her brief spell as acting Clerk. We are sorry to lose her but delighted at her appointment as a Learning and Behaviour Support Assistant in Essex.

Parish Councillor wanted
The Council is looking for another Parish Councillor following the recent resignation of Cllr Len Sparling. If you are interested please contact the Parish office by emailing clerk@girton-cambs.org.uk or phoning 472181.

Planters
We are grateful to all those who have sponsored the village planters, but there is still room for more if you are interested. A full list of sponsors will be published next month. There has been a suggestion that the Council and the Town Charity might together provide something similar along the A14 bridge, but there are a large number of issues (both as regards safety and in the maintenance and watering of any plants) which will need resolving before such a plan could be realised. Do give us your thoughts!

Huntingdon Road
It has taken longer than expected to organise the petition for a 30 limit on Huntingdon Road, and we are aware too that some residents are opposed to the idea. However the issue will only be discussed if the County Council receives some indication of the concern felt, so we shall be organising a petition as soon as possible.

Parish Plan
The Parish Plan was presented to the Parish Council in July, and will be considered at the Council's September meeting. If approved it will be recommended to the District Council as a Supplementary Planning Document. There will be an open meeting on 11 October in the Cotton Hall to present the Plan to the whole Village. Do put the date in your diary.

Infill Housing
Central Government is proposing that councils should be given financial incentives to encourage so-called "backyard development", the use of large private gardens for infill building. The questionnaire for the Parish Plan makes clear that this kind of development is very unpopular in Girton: it would be useful to know if financial incentives would change minds. Details of the scheme are still sketchy, but if you would like to have a say on this issue it might be a good time to join the Village discussion list hosted by Yahoo: see www.girton-cambs.org.uk/list.html for details.

Clothing Bank
Recently a large red Clothing Bank arrived unannounced in the Recreation car park. This appears to be a scam of some sort and we have asked the District Council to have it removed. Meanwhile we ask you please not to use it, it has nothing to do with our own recycling centre.