Notes of Parish Meetings
Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - April 2012
The following were amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes may be found here.
This copy has had to be submitted before the March Parish Council meeting, but parishioners may wish to know that among the items to be discussed will be the appointment of Trustees to the Village Institute and a motion to further our plan to provide a footpath behind the carpark to the Recreation Ground, the Pavilion and the School back gate. The Council will also discuss the situation in Woodlands Park.
It is proposed that the Annual Parish Meeting will be held at Girton Glebe School on the evening of Monday 21 May. Please put this date in your diary: it is your opportunity to meet your Council and raise issues which concern you. As before, we hope Village organisations will be interested in having a stall before the meeting starts to demonstrate the range of activities available in Girton. Please contact the Clerk for more details.
Woody Green Roundabout
The new trees at Woody Green have established themselves well, and the bulbs which resident families helped to plant are providing a wonderful splash of colour.
This is a good opportunity to acknowledge all those who contributed financially to the replanting scheme. We are grateful to Mr V & Mrs M Claydon, Mrs C Fullah, Dr A & Mrs M Rodger, Ms A Warlow & Ms W Barrett, R Westley and Daphne Randall. And if you donated and have somehow slipped off our list please accept our apologies, and let the Clerk know.
Other Open Spaces
As we move into spring it is good to see all our open spaces looking bright and cheerful. The Smithy Green and Hibbert Ware gardens, the Pump Garden between the two pubs, and Town End Close, are all looking at their best, and again the Council would like to thank all the volunteers who have raked and weeded, cleared the Town End Close pond and generally helped to make Girton such an attractive place to live.
Woodlands Park Trees
By contrast it is very sad to report the destruction of several of the trees in Woodlands Park. The County Council's plans to replace footways and kerbs in Woodlands Park were undertaken without adequate attention to the formal guidelines and as a result six of the silver birches were damaged beyond saving and have already been felled. Following our objections the works which affect trees have now been stopped pending consultation.
The Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the Town Charity have met the Bowls Green committee to assess progress. Some problems were identified and solutions agreed and we hope this project will move speedily forward. We have set up another committee under Cllr Gordon to oversee replanting and maintenance of the other open spaces and it is already busily at work. Volunteers from Wellbrook Way to assist in overseeing new planting, watering and other simple tasks would be very welcome: the success of our plans to provide a really attractive context for residents depends on your help! Please contact the Clerk for information and to register your interest.
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 18 April and 16 May 2012, 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.