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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - January 2012

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

Extraordinary Parish Meeting
On 7th December 2011, the Parish Council met for an Extraordinary Meeting to discuss the boundary between the Abbeyfield development and the open space which will shortly become the property of the parish. There are a few areas where the current situation is definitely suboptimal and the Council has agreed to do what it can to achieve the best result for both Abbeyfield and the village.

Footpath between St Andrew's Church and the Recreation Ground
The Parish Council has long been concerned for the safety of children walking through the Recreation Ground Car Park. We believe there is room to have a footpath from Cambridge Road behind the bus shelter to the Recreation Ground, and we have asked an architect to look at the possibilities.

Mobile Toy Library
Histon Early Years Centre's Mobile Toy Library is now visiting the village each term-time Monday at the following times and locations: Recreation Ground 9.00 - 9.45 a.m., Wellbrooke Way 10.00 - 10.30 a.m., St Vincent's Close 10.45 - 11.15 a.m., and in Dodford Lane 11.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon.

Parish Budget
The Finance Committee has met to approve a budget which will be recommended to the December Council Meeting. The Committee was very concerned to ensure that necessary increases in spending should not inflate the precept, and fortunately owing to an increase in our housing stock we have been able to keep the increase per household to 5% overall.

Village Plan
We are delighted that South Cambridgeshire District Council has at last approved the Girton Village Plan. Now in order to implement its findings we shall need volunteers to work with the Parish Council. If you would be interested, please contact the Clerk.

Wellbrook Way
It has been a long haul, but the Parish Council and South Cambs have finally come to an agreement with Taylor-Wimpey for the transfer of the public spaces on Wellbrook Way to the Parish, and we expect it to be completed before Christmas. This will allow the Parish Council finally to develop the bowling green on the plot by the pumping station, and replace the failed landscaping elsewhere.

We are also pleased that the Wellbrook Way Residents' Association has had great success in getting Taylor-Wimpey to agree to improve the road surface at the entrance, and in investigating the possibility of a footpath through to Thornton Way. The Association will always welcome more residents of Wellbrook Way to support their own community.

The Council has just learned that owing to a shortfall in its funding the Village Plan committee was unable to distribute copies of the Plan in Wellbrook Way. The Plan should shortly be available online but it was not anyone's intention to slight our residents at Wellbrook Way and we are urgently seeking funding to enable copies to be distributed to its residents.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Wednesday 18th January and Wednesday 15th February, starting at 7.30 p.m. at St Vincent's Close Community Centre. Please check on the Parish Notice Boards for details of other Parish Council Committee Meetings. Members of the public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings and to speak at the open session at the start.