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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - November 2010

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

New Parish Clerk and Parish Councillor. The Council is pleased to announce that we have a permanent Clerk. Jo Howard comes to us with a great deal of experience in the Law, and is also working part-time for Red Lodge Parish Council in Suffolk. She will start on 8 November but has already attended a Parish Council meeting and made her presence felt. We are delighted to welcome her. The Council also welcomes back Councillor John Thorrold who has been co-opted onto the Council.

Offers of help. We are very grateful to the several people who offered help manning the Parish Office during the past couple of months. In the event it was felt that explaining our procedures might make this just too complicated, and Linda did sterling work to ensure that the Office was open almost as usual. It is good to experience such public-spirited support, and it may be that we shall wish to take up such offers later. If you would like to help the Council in any way -- perhaps by being co-opted onto one of our Committees to help with minuting the meetings -- please let the Clerk know.

The Pavilion Floor. We discovered earlier this year that the reason we have had problems with the floor lifting over the years is that the floor was wrongly laid when the pavilion was built. We are still exploring whose responsibility it is therefore to correct the fault, but users will know that recently the problem has become intolerable and so the Council has commissioned repairs but without accepting responsibility for the costs.

Planters. The Council frequently receives message of appreciation for the planters through the village, and we are grateful to all those who have sponsored them. We still need more sponsors, though, and this year it has not been possible to plant up the Pump Garden between the pubs. So if you enjoy them perhaps you might consider sponsoring one when we come to re-fill them in the spring. This year our sponsors have been: Dr Margaret Harding & Prof Paul Hewett; Professor Ron Martin; Dr Penny de Lacey; Cambridge Self-Service Storage; Cambridgeshire Highways/Atkins; Churchfield Court; Costain-Skanska-Atkins; Girton Allotment Society; Girton Co-Op; Gretton Court; Gretton School; Panther Taxis; The Old Crown; Wendy's of Girton; and Peter Graves who not only sponsor a tub but do all the planting for us.

Parish Plan. The Parish Plan open meeting on 11 October was a great success. The Council will now investigate whether any minor modifications are needed before it is recommended to South Cambridgeshire District Council and the County Council, where we hope it will function as a Supplementary Planning Document. The Parish Council will also be exploring ways of ensuring that the recommendations in the Plan are properly implemented.

The Comprehensive Spending Review and Developments Round Girton. As a result of the CSR it has been confirmed that the whole A14 project will be re-evaluated. We hope this may allow the villages most affected to put our concerns about noise and air pollution into the debate from the start.

Meanwhile there will be major knock-on effects for all the developments around Girton: Northstowe, the NIAB developments and North-West Cambridge. The University is hosting another meeting on Monday 22 November at 6.30pm at the Sheila Gillies Room, Wolfson Court, Girton College. This follows a Discussion of the University's Regent House at which both Councillor Ash and Councillor de Lacey spoke about concerns expressed by the Village over the current outline proposals.

St John's Field. The overgrown hedges between St John's Field and the Recreation Ground have been cut back and a fence put in, and later this month new hedging will be planted. This separation between the fields was required by St John's College; it also enable us to make the field a free area for dogs while safeguarding the Recreation Ground.

Wellbrook Way and Bowls Club. The Council is still negotiating the hand-over of the public land at Wellbrook Way, but meanwhile the Council and the Bowls Club have begun to discuss the management of the site once the Green is laid.

Car Break In. On 11 October at about 5pm the window of a car parked in the Recreation Ground was smashed and a handbag stolen. Unfortunately the scene was masked from our CCTV by other vehicles parked in the area. If you have any information on this incident please report it to the police.