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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - July 2011

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

Farewell and thanks
The Council is sad to announce that Cllr John Ash has tendered his resignation. We are immensely grateful to the work which Cllr Ash has done during the past year; his enthusiasm and drive, and his attention to detail, meant that he made a great contribution to the work of the Council. The Village will now be asked if it wishes for a full bye-election; otherwise the Council will co-opt a replacement member in due course.

June Council Meeting
The following are amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes of Council meetings are published on the village website at

North-West Cambridge
Members of the University's North-West Cambridge project attended the Council meeting and gave a presentation focused on drainage and flooding issues. The Council was assured that the project will be water-neutral for Girton, but Councillors raised a number of questions on this and other issues, to which the team will provide a written response.

Wellbrook Way
In an attempt to speed up progress on Wellbrook Way, a number of proposals had been placed on the Council's agenda. After extensive discussion it was agreed to remove these motions and instead seek a meeting with relevant South Cambs officers.

Girton Town Charity
The Council moved a formal vote of thanks to the Charity for the works it has sponsored at the St John's Field and the Hibbert-Ware Garden. Signs designed for the Charity have been affixed to the St John's Field gates to mark the Charity's gift.

News from the Recreation Ground
I inadvertently started a storm in a tea cup last month by publicly thanking our groundsman, Chris Wilson, for his work on the recreation ground. I have been asked to point out that members of the Cricket Club are primarily responsible for the beautiful wicket and I much regret that I gave the wrong impression.

Chris himself writes: `Although it would be untrue to say that I have nothing to do with the excellence of the cricket wicket, nearly all the credit must go to Steve Tyrell. His unstinting efforts over many years (both unpaid and now paid) have proved their worth. We do work together on some tasks; indeed I deputise for him when he is away on holiday; but make no mistake -- as far as the square is concerned, Steve is the boss.' Chris Wilson.

The moral of this story is, don't try and lighten the mood of an official report -- be like Brer Rabbit -- lie low and say nuffin! Although they are less than one year old, the spring on one of the Recreation Ground gates has been broken and has had to be replaced. This is almost certainly the result of abuse by children swinging on the gate. We ask parents to ensure that their children confine themselves to the designated play equipment, which unlike the gates is designed for such use.

CAMTAD (Cambridge Campaign for Tackling Acquired Deafness) recently used our pavilion for its AGM, and has written to express its appreciation for our facilities.

Girton's Open Spaces
On 1 June the Warden of our nature reserve at Town End Close held an Open Day, ably supported by several keen volunteers. A good number of villagers attended, from the very young to some of more advanced years, and we were treated to an extremely informative walk around the field. We found instances of a wide variety of wildlife, from cocksfoot and hemlock (yes!) to froglets and bugs. Following the University Farm's involvement in its management the field is in very good condition, and will again be grazed by young cattle later in the year.

Penny de Lacey and George Thorpe arranged a weeding session at the Hibbert-Ware garden, where the dry weather had prevented the drilled grass-seed from germinating while fat hen and bindweed had begun to flourish. The weeds were all cleared away just before a good day's rain, and the grass is now just beginning to sprout.

Thornton Road Bus shelter
The height of the seat and its distance from the glass wall has now been adjusted and hopefully will be more comfortable for those waiting for a bus.

All residents are welcome to correspond with the Chairman or any other Councillor, who will endeavour to help all they can. However, if you wish it to be treated as formal correspondence to the Council please ensure that a copy is also sent to the Clerk.

Reporting potholes
Cambridgeshire County Council has developed a new on-line form for reporting highway defects. All reports will be logged and investigated, and those deemed dangerous should receive rapid attention.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 20 July and 17 August 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.