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Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - March 2011

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

The Parish Council
The Council is now up to full strength again, as we welcomed Councillors Sam Clift and Ray Gordon back onto the Parish Council, and John Burridge as our new Clerk. Before the Council meeting a small presentation was made by the Chairman to Sam for all the work he has done in the interregnum; and we now look forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity.

Almost all members of the Council were recently involved in a training course organised in Girton by the Cambridge and Peterborough Association of Local Councils. This was an intensive, 3-evening event which ranged from a general overview of what being a Councillor involves to detailed study of certain aspects of our work. As well as giving us a good basis for our work for the Village, we also learned at least one surprising fact -- see below.

February Council Meeting
The Council received a report from Ms Gill Francis, a Public Governor of the Addenbrookes Hospital Trust. She explained to the Council the importance of Governors in overseeing the work of the Trust particularly in the light of current changes in the Health Service. Ms Francis left some literature about becoming a Governor which is available from the Parish Office.

The Council has agreed to set up a working party to reassess the way in which the Council structures its activities. It has become clear that we need to reconsider the way our committees work and their remits. We hope the result will be a Council more able to respond to the needs of the Village.

Spring is Coming
-- and the bulbs in the Planters are poking through. But the Planters will soon be due for their summer planting, so please let the Clerk know if you would like to sponsor one. Replanting costs £25 and happens twice a year; a new tub is £25 plus the cost of planting-up.

We are delighted to be able to report that Girton Town Charity has accepted our plans for the redevelopment of the Hibbert-Ware Garden as reported last month, and work has already begun. Two diseased trees -- a sorbus and a chestnut -- have been felled, and the tree surgeon has made a wonderful job of turning the stump of the chestnut into a rustic seat.

Footpaths
The Probation Group has finished its work on Footpath 13, which runs between Thornton Close and Whitehouse Lane, and the muddy surface has been transformed. Since there was some excess material, thanks to the generosity of David Wilson Homes, material has also been placed on part of the surface of Footpath 10, which continues the route towards Histon and Kings Hedges. The Council again wishes to express its gratitude to the Probation Service (and the Probationers!) and to David Wilson Homes.

Use of the Pavilion
One aspect of the training mentioned above was the importance of legislation in areas such as Health and Safety. One Councillor was startled to discover that she should not be handling hot food in the Pavilion kitchen without the proper certificate. May we remind all who use the Pavilion that it is their own responsibility to ensure to obey all relevant legislation, and if necessary to attend training before using the kitchen. The Clerk can advise if necessary.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 16 March 2011 and Wednesday 20 April 2011, starting at 7.30pm at St Vincent's Close Community Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings and to speak in the open session at the start.